15 S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 2 2 14 E R A D I S T I N C T I V E P R O P E R T I E S L U X E C O R N E R A 300-year-old city, Charleston is a uniquely fascinating place where the echoes of the past resonate deeply. History has certainly left its imprint, particularly on the downtown area, where a beautifully preserved residential, historic district is popular with tourists and local residents. Once a thriving 18th-century seaport, the city is now primarily supported by tourism. It’s also home to an intriguing inventory of luxury homes, which makes it popular with wealthy “refugees” from northeastern cities. Downtown Charleston: The Historic District H I S T O R I C A L H A V E N : L U X U R Y L I V I N G I N C H A R L E S T O N , S C Activities and Culture Charleston has a long and fascinating past, leaving countless historic attractions to tour: Charles Towne Landing, Charleston City Market, Fort Sumter, and the famous Angel Oak Tree are just a few of the many examples. Nicknamed the Holy City, Charleston also plays host to more than 400 places of worship. Although summers can be humid and hot, the rest of the year offers pleasant temperatures that set the stage for outdoor fun. A day at the shore is a common activity for Charlestonians, and there is a nice selection of alluring beaches nearby. Home to a very active population, Charleston offers abundant water sports, including kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing and fishing. The nearby towns of Folly Beach, Mount Pleasant and Isle of the Palms also offer additional nearby options for outdoor activities. Dining Destinations With a distinctive culture and history, downtown Charleston is a foodie's paradise. The booming local food and beverage industry provides endless destinations to eat, drink and be entertained. After an unforgettable meal, residents like to catch performances at the Charleston Gaillard Center or enjoy a relaxing stroll at the Battery. The city’s Southern hospitality is on full display at the many award-winning dining establishments, and its unique brand of Southern style radiates from the bespoke boutiques lining downtown's King Street. Whether it's the smell of shrimp wafting through downtown or the soaring oak trees adorned by Spanish moss, downtown Charleston has plenty of ways to charm you. Just minutes away, however, there are other alluring luxury living options in Sullivan’s Island and Kiawah Island.