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Old 06-24-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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I have been following a lot of the Mt. Pleasant vs. Summerville threads, and while many people seem to love Mt. Pleasant it just seems like the only real difference between the two cities is the proximity to the beaches. Am I correct??

From the information I have gathered through various online resrouces, it seems like both towns offer the same things: good schools, nice neighborhoods, plenty of churches, parks, community recreation centers, a short drive to shopping centers, etc. But in Summerville you get SO much more house for your money! I completely understand it's all about location location location which is why I think Mt. Pleasant get so much hype.

But what is the REAL difference between the two? What TRULY makes Mt. Pleasant stand out against Summerville? Looking for candid, honest replies please! And thank you
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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I could give two rats about the beach. For me, it was the schools since I have a school aged daughter. Since I do not like congested areas, I will be moving to the country after she is out of school but I wouldn't live anywhere else having a school aged child. I understand that you will hear differing opinions than mine but I did base this decision on empirical evidence and researched both districts including but not limited to graduation rate, state school reports, student test scores, national awards and distinctions, and college attendance. I was willing to live in a smaller home in order for my child to attend the Mt Pleasant schools. I have not regretted my decision.
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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This debate becomes exhausting after a while, doesn't it? To me, it's like trying to compare different flavors of ice cream. The fundamentals are the same but still the total product is widely different, and it comes down to personal preference. I don't find the cities to be similar at all, other than the fact that they are really close school wise, so I don't really see why they are constantly pitted against each other.

Personally, I don't like Summerville and I would never live there, but I tend to keep that opinion to myself. The vibe on this board feels like if you say anything negative about Summerville you are written off as a snob, while side remarks about Mount Pleasant are the accepted norm.

To go back to the original question, "Is Mount Pleasant overrated?" This is also very subjective, so you can't really expect a clear answer. The Mount Pleasant haters are going to say yes, obviously. Judging by the thread regarding regrets in choosing Mount Pleasant, the vast majority of Mount Pleasant residents will say no. Most of us will admit that the proximity to the ocean was part of our decision to move to MP, but I doubt if you'll find many who say it's the only reason.
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Summerville
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Ok, now it is time for a 'Mt Pleasant Hater' to chime in......

The major difference between MtP and Summerville is the proximity to the beach and the price you are willing to pay for that, on average, and I am sure anyone of the realtors on here can correct me if I am wrong, it will cost you $150K more for a house in MtP than you would pay for the same house in Summerville. So the question becomes are you willing to pay that much more for location?
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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The question could be..."Is Charleston Overrated?"...then go on to say how the only real difference between Columbia & Charleston is that CHS is closer to the beach.

Really, the two towns are different...like most towns are different from one another.

Good, bad, or indifferent...they are separate entities. You have to come to your own conclusion based on your personal lifestyle.

Best of luck!
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:34 PM
 
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I think my biggest beef with Mt. Pleasant thus far is the home prices for such small square footage. That's why I believe it's all about location. Location aside, am I comparing apples to oranges?
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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What is the best areas to drive through to get the "feel" of whats in and around Mt. Pleasant?
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Summerville
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Coleman Blvd....
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:20 PM
 
Location: N.Charleston,SC
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Its the way that "some" of the PEOPLE act with there stuck up "Better than you" attitude that ruin MtP.

To me you will find more friendly "Southern hospitality" people in Summerville.

,,,,,,that is the honest truth!

My wife is from MtP, and my Dad lives in SV.
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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I agree with Tom. The most vibrant part of Mount Pleasant is right around Shem Creek. If someone were looking to get a feel for Mount Pleasant I would say they really need to explore that area, but also down around and past IOP, since the town is very different from one end to the other. Of course, right now the road construction has the entire town in a mess.
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