West Ashley is a section of the city of Charleston that you may want to consider. It is a closer drive to downtown than Mt. P, and it has a variety of neighborhoods from old and established to upcoming and upscale. WA public schools are fairly decent, considering they're in Chas County. The really bad schools in the county are usually in the north area. The beaches are 15 minutes away, the metro's largest mall is even closer, and the city has numerous recreation parks to accomodate many families.
Old Charleston Map from 1872Many people who consider Charleston, South Carolina as a retirement destination or a possible move with a job transfer sometimes feel overwhelmed with the number of options available. Each area that surrounds Charleston has its own unique character, charm, and feel about it.
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