Charleston continuously ranks as a top city in the world for its historic charm, aquatic lifestyle, culinary scene and Southern hospitality. For many years, Charleston was a hidden gem tucked away in the Lowcountry, but the secret is out. People from all over the map are choosing this charming city to call home. We’ve rounded up valuable insider advice from William Means agents to pass along to those who are moving to the Holy City.
“Be sure to check out the many different pockets beyond downtown Charleston, from the island vibes of Folly Beach, to the rustic nature of Johns Island, to the planned new urbanism design of Daniel Island.”
“Get involved in local schools, places of worship and organizations. There is no better way to truly learn about Charleston and its people!”
“Charleston is full of names that don’t sound anything like they look. The ones I hear mispronounced by newcomers most often are Beaufain, Huger, Legare, Simons, and my own last name, Gaillard. Don’t be afraid to ask a local how to pronounce something if you aren’t sure!”
“My best advice to people moving to Charleston is to take at least one trip down to see the different islands and neighborhoods. Each area of Charleston can feel so different, and you might not know which island or neighborhood suits you best until you see it! My last piece of advice is to not underestimate the need for a screened-in porch! Everyone in Charleston treats their screened-in porch as their second living room to beat the heat and mosquitos.”
“Be friendly to everyone and don’t honk your horn when driving. The pace in Charleston may be slower than you are used to, but you will find that people are friendly and eager help. Enjoy your new place to call home.”
“Beware, our restaurants are world class, but that can be dangerous to your waistline!!”
“When you want to beat the traffic, arrive to your destination by boat!”
“I’ve taken several walks downtown recently and the charm of Charleston never ceases to amaze me. I’ve lived here 17 years and I’m still exploring. From downtown and Mount Pleasant to the islands and beaches, I encourage you to take in the beautiful scenery, grab a meal with new friends and relish the fact that you get to call Charleston home.”
“I always have my clients match their lifestyle goals to a specific Charleston neighborhood before diving into the housing inventory. At the end of the day people are moving to Charleston for the lifestyle – so this is where they should start their search process.”
“Screened porches are gold! We have great weather that you’ll want to take advantage of many months of the year here, but it’s best to avoid the bugs if you can.”
If you’re thinking of moving to Charleston and need a local to help you navigate the process, contact one of our agents for expert advice.