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Life in Harleston Village

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Charleston Village is a prestigious area of peninsular Charleston that offers a true village in a prime downtown location. The neighborhood is comprised of tree-lined streets and houses constructed as early as the late 1700’s. Colonial Lake is nestled in the heart of this active Charleston location and offers a beautiful waterscape in an urban atmosphere.

We can trace the history and development of this cozy area of town back to the late 1600’s when John Harleston inherited the land from a deceased relative. For 100 years, Harleston Village remained a large tract of land until 1770 when streets were developed and the area became known as Harleston Village. During this time, the Harleston family were very active in government and for leisure, they bred horses. Is it any wonder that horse stables still remain and are in use in this area of downtown Charleston? Streets were named after prominent government officials – Charles Greville Montagu, William Bull, Beranger de Beaufain – but despite the neighborhoods early development, it was still another 100 years before homes began filling the area.

Bordered by the Charleston Harbor, historic Broad Street and both College of Charleston and the Medical University of the South, Harleston Village is conveniently located in the heart of the city, providing a prime downtown address with one of the highest rates of walkability and bikability in the city.

The prestigious College of Charleston and Medical University of the South surround this community and provide an energy unique to this area. The neighborhood is zoned for Charleston’s metro public school system and within just a few miles there are a number of independent elementary, middle and high schools. Notables include Ashley Hall, a k-12 college preparatory school for girls and Porter Gaud, a k-12 college preparatory school for both girls and boys.

Because Harleston Village is a public area of downtown Charleston, there is no HOA fee. The public amenities offered include the famous Colonial Lake and tennis courts and tennis courts. There are cute deli’s, shops and full scale restaurants along with the marinas along the Charleston Harbor on Lockwood Blvd.