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West Ashley

South Carolina


Living in West Ashley, South Carolina

West Ashley is a large area of Charleston that is, as the name suggests, west of the Ashley River – across from the main peninsula of Charleston. West Ashley stretches westward to the Sono River, with Wappoo Creek and intracoastal waterway bordering to the south. The area is home to several of Charleston’s oldest historic sites, major shopping centers, and vast parks. With miles of waterfront on three sides, West Ashley is an outdoors enthusiast’s paradise. If your dream southern lifestyle includes shady groves of moss-draped, 100-year-old live oaks, and low-country homes featuring breezy porches, West Ashley probably has just the place for you.

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Things to Do in West Ashley

Avondale is the area known as West Ashley’s downtown. There’s a lot going on here, where Savannah Highway and Magnolia Road meet. You’ll find artsy shops alongside hip bars and cafes, with new businesses cropping up all the time. Discover antiques, new-to-you resale finds, local gourmet gifts, and more. When you’re ready to go hiking, biking, roller-blading, etc., try West Ashley Greenway, featuring about 8-10 miles of trails on former railroad beds. Charles Towne Landing, a 664-acre historic site and park, can also be found in West Ashley. Fishing, crabbing, kayaking and boating are also popular things to do in West Ashley.

Housing in West Ashley

From small rental apartments to rambling low-country estates, and everything in between, it’s here in West Ashley. Avondale attracts those wishing to be in established neighborhoods near shops and dining, while other subdivisions will get you closer to the Charleston peninsula or riverfront amenities. Northbridge is a sought-after neighborhood near the Ashley River. Along the southern part of West Ashley, you can find older neighborhoods like Windermere. A local Long & Foster Real Estate Agent will make sure you find the perfect home in West Ashley.

Transportation and Travel in West Ashley

CARTA bus service operates routes in West Ashley. Charleston International Airport is minutes away via Interstate Highway 526 East. Taxis, airport shuttle services and ride-hailing services operate in West Ashley, as well. The neighborhood is known for its many well-maintained biking and walking trails. West Ashley is five miles from downtown Charleston. The James Island Expressway and U.S. Route 17 are two main connections to downtown, across the Ashley River.


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  • You don’t need to cross the river for unique dining or shopping. Locals love their Avondale business district.
  • April through November, check out the West Ashley Farmers Market to meet local artisans, and growers and sample their wares.
  • • Residents are proud of West Ashley’s distinction as Charleston’s birthplace. Learn more Charles Towne Landing.


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