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Thinking of Moving to Charleston, SC? 23 Things No One Tells You

most people envision looking out their windows at historic mansions when thinking of moving to charleston scAre you thinking of moving to Charleston, SC?

 

So is everyone else, it feels like.

 

In fact, 28 people move to the three counties of the Charleston metro region every day.

 

Plenty of articles and people (especially real estate agents) will list all kinds of fantastic qualities of the experience of moving to Charleston.

 

An abridged list includes:

  1. The beaches
  2. The history
  3. The friendly people
  4. The world-class food scene
  5. The beauty of Lowcountry nature and abundance of outdoor activities
  6. Beautiful weather (especially compared to the Northeast and Midwest)

And there’s no question these are all huge selling points for living in Charleston.

 

But there are a few things I, as someone who was previously thinking about moving to Charleston before picking up and settling here, would have appreciated knowing beforehand.

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Top 20 Charleston Travel Tips and Tricks to Know Before You Visit

charleston travel tips include visiting the hidden gem that is the angel oak on johns island of charleston sc

The Angel Oak tree is bigger than you’ll expect, and a hidden gem on Johns Island

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the best places I’ve lived. And I spent years bouncing around like a tumbleweed. As of last year, Charleston, SC, is where I have lived the longest since I lived at my parents’ full-time in high school.

 

Like a lot of other people that live here, I visited a couple times, loved it, and decided to move here. The steady influx of outsiders has changed the traditional delineation of Charleston society between locals and outsiders, or people “from off”.

 

There are still some Charleston travel tips and tricks to know before you step foot here to help you blend-in. Follow the below (and be conscientious) and you’ll avoid being one of those tourists that people here hate.

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clock on East Montague Avenue in Park Circle, North Charleston, SC, in front of a sunset

A Hipster’s Guide to Park Circle, in North Charleston, SC

outdoor dining on east montague avenue in park circle of north charleston, sc

By North Charleston from North Charleston, SC, United States [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

I came this close to moving to Park Circle instead of downtown Charleston when I first came to Charleston.

I love living downtown, but there are times when I’m in Park Circle that I kind of regret my decision.

Not enough to move, though.

Yet.

For me, it’s likely more my scene, and seems to be becoming more so as people I associate with are priced-out of historic downtown Charleston.

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tilling the soil while taking part in community gardening in charleston sc

The Joys and Dangers of Community Gardening in Charleston, SC

chamomile growing at a community garden in charleston scMy first foray into community gardening was here in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

I’ve gardened and even farmed in various locations both in the United States and in Africa. But gardening in a plot as part of a community garden is a different experience entirely. While it has its benefits, there is no question there have been some negatives to my experience as well.

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teenage suicide prevention in charleston sc starts with better understanding your various emotions

(Untitled), or Thoughts on Teenage Suicide and Prevention

the marshes of charleston, sc, are a good place to reflect and deal with emotions brought-on from serious issues like teenage suicideRecently, a young member of the church I attend committed suicide. I only knew him because of the time I’ve spent volunteering with the youth group.

 

Considering how well we knew each other, our lives would have barely intersected for a brief while.

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