The houses, winding roads and grand oak trees compose the majority of the historic traits in Charleston’s residential neighborhoods. Though not typically recognized as historic compared to downtown Charleston neighborhoods, many of the older West Ashley neighborhoods such as Old Windermere illustrate Charleston’s growth in the early to mid-twentieth century. Development west of the Ashley River after World War I and World War II represents unique historic periods of idealism and growth. Follow our neighborhood guide below to find out what makes Old Windermere so special.
Location. Old Windermere is located in West Ashley across the Ashley River from the Charleston Peninsula. With its prime location and convenience to shopping and local amenities, Old Windermere is approximately three miles west of downtown Charleston and is within walking distance of the South Windermere Shopping Center and the Moreland Shopping Center. The West Ashley Greenway runs through the neighborhood, the perfect place to enjoy exercise among the Charleston sunshine. Old Windermere is also located less than a mile from St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science, a true highlight for families with children.
Home styles. Each section of Old Windermere features a variety of architectural styles, single family homes as well as duplexes and light commercial uses. Homes are frequently brick or wood-sided and one to two stories. Styles are reflective of homes built in the 1940s (take a peek at our listing pictured below at 8 Stocker Drive, a transformed 1940s brick home), while other styles present include Tudor Revival, Minimal Traditional, Ranch, Colonial Revival and Georgian Revival. Most houses have brick veneer siding, gable roofs, porches and a single chimney. Divisions of Old Windermere have developed with different aesthetic features and also feature new builds.
Neighborhood history. The Old Windermere community was developed in 1926 by James S. Simmons. The neighborhood was named for Windermere, England, as the property owners were of English ancestry. The grand oak trees that stand today were planted when the neighborhood was developed and give the neighborhood one of its most striking features. Because the neighborhood was developed over several decades, the 1920s through 1950s, there are a variety of house styles from different eras. Most of the homes have been altered or expanded, yet the neighborhood’s character is still very much intact over eighty years after its inception.
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