Are you considering making a move to Charleston, or do you live here and want to upgrade to a larger home? Whatever the case, buying a new home means a major opportunity to improve your quality of life. Let’s take a look at why buying real estate in Charleston means buying a lot more than four walls, a roof and a piece of land.
Balancing Access to Work vs. Access to Play
One of the prime lifestyle considerations that one has to make when they purchase real estate is finding the balance between living close to work and living close to whatever recreational activities they enjoy. Few people jump at the prospect of spending hours in their car commuting each month, so if you’re moving to Charleston for work and you have quite a bit of time left in your career, you may want to consider living near your office. Conversely, if you would rather sacrifice a bit of commute time to enjoy life on the beach you can consider real estate in an area like Isle of Palms, which is about 20 minutes away from the downtown core.
Don’t forget that if you’re moving to Charleston with your family, you’ll need to consider their desires as well. If you have young children, being closer to the city means being within walking distance to elementary schools and parks where they can play.
How Quiet Do You Prefer Your Lifestyle?
While Charleston has all the amenities you could want in a major city and with a metropolitan-area population of nearly 700,000, things can get a little busy. Thankfully, there are numerous areas around Charleston where one can live in peace and quiet. For example, James Island (population 34,000) and Johns Island (population 11,500) are beautiful areas with coastal access that are still within a quick drive to downtown Charleston. Give some thought to whether you’d prefer to be in a bustling downtown, a populated suburb or a quiet rural area, as Charleston has it all.
Is Retirement Just Around the Corner?
Finally, give some thought to the future and to what life might have in store for you within a few years. If you’re moving to the Charleston area and you’re close to retirement, perhaps being closer to one of the dozen senior centers will ensure that you keep active throughout your golden years. Or, perhaps you’ve decided that you’re going to get a few rounds of golf in each week to keep fit. While you’re by no means tied to your home forever, if you plan on having the investment last it’s wise to try to peer into the future before making your final decision.
When you’re ready to learn more about the charming lifestyle that awaits you in Charleston, we’re ready to show you. Contact The Cassina Group at 843.628.0008 or alternately you can send us a quick email via our contact form. We look forward to introducing you to the Charleston area.