For over 125 years, Moncks Corner, SC, has retained the charm and leisurely pace of life for which the Old South is known. Its beautiful scenery and dreamlike quality haven't escaped the notice of filmmakers; a number of movies and television shows have been shot in the area, including "The Notebook." Pro football players Omar Brown of the Baltimore Ravens and Andre Ellington of the Arizona Cardinals hail from Moncks Corner. Only 32 miles north of Charleston, it may be just the place to rent an apartment if you like history, outdoor recreation and mellow neighbors.
In the 1600s, Protestant French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution settled in the area. Around 1728, the settlement boasted a few stores, taverns and a post office. Things got booming when the Northeastern Railroad was built in 1856, and a depot was erected in the center of town. It was incorporated in 1909. The history of the town can be seen in a number of the local Revolutionary War attractions, which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, 8,600 people call Moncks Corner home. Nearness to the bustle of Charleston hasn't lured apartment renters from their favorite hiking trails and fishing holes. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Moncks Corner is perhaps best known for Cypress Gardens, opened in 1931. Trails wind through acres of plants and flowers, which is also a sanctuary for butterflies and birds. Tall cypress trees rise gracefully above the swamp water.
The Cooper River Historic District features buildings, barns, farm equipment and cemeteries that date back to the 1700s. The house on Lewisfield Plantation withstood the Revolutionary War and is in near-pristine condition. It is a beautiful example of early American architecture with its wide, wrap-around veranda and many columns.
Santee Cooper Country provides two lakes for fishing, boating, hiking and camping. Francis Marion National Forest features rifle ranges as well as trails for horseback riding or mountain biking. Apartment renters who enjoy golf can play 18 holes at the Santee Cooper Country Club and other first-rate courses that have a backdrop of some of the prettiest scenery in the region.
U.S. Route 52 links commuters to Charleston and its international airport. The TriCounty Link is a convenient option for getting from neighborhood to neighborhood. Apartment renters typically have a commute under 30 minutes.
Students who rent have three options just a short drive or bus ride away: Charleston Southern University, Trident Technical College or the famous Citadel Military College of South Carolina.
Several large employers are located in the neighborhood of Moncks Corner. Trident Health System, which earns some of the highest health care scores in the U.S., has medical centers right in town and in nearby Summerville. Educators who rent apartments have great opportunities in the Berkeley County School District. Boeing is located in North Charleston, about 20 miles away. If you rent in Moncks Corner, you'll love having the best of both worlds: the pulse and promise of city life at a laid back, Old South tempo.