North Charleston, SC Real Estate
As the third-largest city in South Carolina, North Charleston has grown from what was once known as a military community to a thriving metropolis with a performing arts center, a 14,000-seat coliseum, popular museums and abundant shopping. North Charleston, with a population of 80,000 covering more than 76 square miles, attracts many new residents due to a revitalization plan that rivals any in the United States.
Incorporated in 1972, the city of North Charleston was mostly plantations from the 1600s until the Civil War. It was just seven square miles with a population of 21,000. From the War to the early 20th Century, this area north of the historic city of Charleston was filled with phosphate fertilizer plants and strip mining. The United States Navy Shipyard was established in 1901, followed by the world’s largest asbestos mill built by the General Asbestos and Rubber Company.
In 1912, the Park Circle development was designed with areas designated for industrial, commercial and residential usage. An original concept, Park Circle was one of two English Garden-style city model communities in the country. Many of North Charleston’s streets are still named after some of the Charleston businessmen who formed the development.
When the area’s residents became disheartened with the North Area’s development throughout World War II to the 1960s, the South Carolina Supreme Court declared North Charleston its own city. John E. Bourne Jr. was the first mayor.
North Charleston has seen tremendous growth rate. Its communities include:
• Liberty Park
• Palmetto Heights
• Singing Pines
• Dewey Hill
• Old North Charleston Area
• Liberty Homes
• John C. Calhoun Homes
Charleston Naval Base Closure
In the 1990s, talk of the closure of the Charleston Navy Base began. On April 1, 1996, the shipyard closed. It was a blow to the local economy, with many military and civilian jobs dependant upon the base. Today much of the base has been leased to government and private businesses, and community parks have been established on the old grounds.
The Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial was established. Also in the area is the Hunley Museum, honoring the world’s first submarine to sink a vessel in 1864; the American LaFrance Fire Museum with a collection of 18 antique firefighting vehicles; Tanger Outlet with more than 90 brand-name manufacturers and outlet stores; and the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, a multipurpose arena for concerts, meetings sporting events, including the ECHL SC Stingrays hockey team.
Revitalizing North Charleston
In 2001, the city of North Charleston and the Noisette Company announced a joint partnership to revitalize a 3,000-acre area which includes 340 acres on the Old Charleston Naval Base. The Noisette Project includes residential, industrial, commercial and recreational areas in a sustainable community.
North Charleston offers an average home price of $170,000, making the areas of North Charleston, Goose Creek and Hanahan area desirable and affordable. Newsweek magazine recently named a North Charleston high school, Academic Magnet High School, as the seventh-best public high school in the United States.
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North Charleston Market Update
Average List Price: $251,040
Average Days on Market: 94
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