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Overview of Charleston

Charleston apartments for rent are home to one of the most consistently ranked cities among the country's most elegant places in the nation. The city was named a "must-see" by USA Today due to its old-fashioned Southern charm and beauty. Charleston was founded back in 1670 and has undergone many natural disasters, pirate raids and the Civil War. Today, 73 pre-Revolutionary buildings are still intact. Conde Nast Traveler named Charleston as the top U.S. city in 2012, crediting the well preserved architecture, excellent restaurant community and inviting people who live in the city.

Living in Charleston

Residents looking into Charleston apartments for rent enjoy the Old World charm of the city, like its cobblestone streets, antique shops, quaint boutiques and fine dining. House museums are open to residents and visitors who want to step back in time and learn about the city's rich, cultural history. Many plantations still line the Ashley River and are open to visitors for viewings. Families and individuals enjoy the idyllic weather and beautiful scenery thanks to the city's location along the Atlantic oceanfront. Charleston beaches are a go-to destination for vacationers and residents during the summer months. Residents and tourists enjoy partaking in water activities at the beach, including swimming, surfing, boating and fishing. The famous Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach and Hunting Island Beach are all located around the Charleston area.

The city hosts an array of activities and festivals year round, including the Charleston Festival of Houses and Gardens, the Cooper River Bridge Run and the Founders' Day Festival at Charles Towne Landing State Historic site. Residents and visitors don't have to miss a beat thanks to the CARTA - Charleston Regional Transportation Authority. DASH - Downtown Area Shuttles - are offered free and run through major Charleston attractions. Additional city transportation options near apartments for rent in Charleston include fixed bus routes serviced by CARTA and a water taxi service that offers transportation around Charleston Harbor.

Charleston Apartments and the Cost of Living

Due to a large gap between social classes in Charleston, the city government came together to develop the Charleston Homeownership Initiative Program to help families and individuals in need obtain Charleston apartments for rent and other housing options. The program is dedicated to revitalizing homes around the city to build better, sustainable neighborhoods and living conditions for low- to moderate-income households.

Those residing in apartments in Charleston have a cost of living index recorded at 0.4 percent higher than the state average and 2.3 percent less than the national average cost of living. AreaVibes estimates that Charleston residents typically pay $3.43 for a gallon of gas, $4.66 for a cup of coffee and $8.00 for pizza.

Apartments in Charleston Work and Study

Charleston apartments offer business entrepreneurs the opportunity to live, work and play in a thriving economic industry. Top Charleston industries include government, trade, transportation and utilities, professional and business services and leisure and hospitality. The leading employers located in the city of Charleston are Joint Base Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina and the Charleston Community School District.

Students living in Charleston have access to more than two dozen colleges and universities. Higher education institutions located in Charleston include Trident Technical College, the College of Charleston, Citadel Military College of South Carolina and Charleston Southern University.

The Courtyards At 411 Meeting Street - Charleston, SC 29403
27

Charleston, SC 29403

$920 - $1595

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Charleston, SC (Harleston Village, Radcliffeborough)


$920 - $1595

159 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Sawgrass - James Island, SC 29412
35

James Island, SC 29412

$975 - $1250

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

James Island, SC (James Island)


$975 - $1250

144 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Crickentree - Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
27
(32)

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

$969 - $1119

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mount Pleasant, SC (Mount Pleasant To Highway)

(32)

$969 - $1119

152 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Parish Place - Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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(32)

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

$989 - $1179

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Mount Pleasant, SC (Mount Pleasant To Highway)

(32)

$989 - $1179

100 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Hibben Ferry - Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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(2)

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

$1230 - $1475

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mount Pleasant, SC (Mount Pleasant To Highway)

(2)

$1230 - $1475

240 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Landing - Hanahan, SC 29406
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(11)

Hanahan, SC 29406

$869 - $999

2-3 Beds 1 Bath

Hanahan, SC (North Charleston Outside Mark Clark)

(11)

$869 - $999

119 Units 2-3 Beds 1 Bath

Jamison Park - North Charleston, SC 29405
34

North Charleston, SC 29405

$835 - $1170

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

North Charleston, SC (North Charleston Outside Mark Clark)


$835 - $1170

216 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Parks at Nexton - Summerville, SC 29483
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(2)

Summerville, SC 29483

$989 - $2109

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Summerville, SC (North Charleston Outside Mark Clark)

(2)

$989 - $2109

320 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

James Towne Village - James Island, SC 29412
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(24)

James Island, SC 29412

$980 - $1480

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

James Island, SC (James Island)

(24)

$980 - $1480

112 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Windjammer Apartments - Charleston, SC 29407
23

Charleston, SC 29407

$804 - $1169

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Charleston, SC (West Ashley Inside Mark Clark)


$804 - $1169

160 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Plantation Oaks - Charleston, SC 29414
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(68)

Charleston, SC 29414

$810 - $1130

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Charleston, SC (West Ashley)

(68)

$810 - $1130

264 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Grove At Oakbrook - Summerville, SC 29485
26

Summerville, SC 29485

$855 - $1280

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Summerville, SC (North Charleston Outside Mark Clark)


$855 - $1280

160 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Riverwood Apartments - Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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(5)

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

$989 - $1279

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mount Pleasant, SC (Mount Pleasant To Highway)

(5)

$989 - $1279

88 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Brackenbrook - North Charleston, SC 29418
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(28)

North Charleston, SC 29418

$739 - $909

1-3 Beds 1 Bath

North Charleston, SC (North Charleston Outside Mark Clark)

(28)

$739 - $909

168 Units 1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Palmetto Grove I & II - Charleston, SC 29406
40

Charleston, SC 29406

$803 - $1236

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Charleston, SC (North Charleston Outside Mark Clark)


$803 - $1236

368 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Colonial Village At Hampton Pointe - Charleston, SC 29407
15

Charleston, SC 29407

$875 - $2635

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Charleston, SC (West Ashley Inside Mark Clark)


$875 - $2635

304 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Gardens at Ashley River - Charleston, SC 29407
7
(2)

Charleston, SC 29407

$850 - $1050

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Charleston, SC (West Ashley Inside Mark Clark)

(2)

$850 - $1050

288 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Sawbranch Apartments - Summerville, SC 29485
30
(8)

Summerville, SC 29485

$779 - $989

1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Summerville, SC (North Charleston Outside Mark Clark)

(8)

$779 - $989

112 Units 1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Paces Watch - Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
42

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

$1074 - $1819

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mount Pleasant, SC (Mount Pleasant To Highway)


$1074 - $1819

232 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Coventry Green - Goose Creek, SC 29445
26
(71)

Goose Creek, SC 29445

$865 - $1234

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Goose Creek, SC (North Charleston Outside Mark Clark)

(71)

$865 - $1234

256 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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