James Island

This suburb offers easy access to all the amenities of downtown Charleston

Welcome to James Island 

A prestigious coastal community featuring stately homes and a laid-back atmosphere 
James Island is included in the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area. The town of James Island is in the southern and central parts of James Island. James Island attracts people from all over the United States. Close to the beaches and downtown Charleston, James Island is in a prime location. It is situated across the harbor from Downtown Charleston, and this suburb offers easy access to all the amenities of downtown Charleston. 
James Island has all the amenities any community needs. Markets, retail stores, movie theaters, restaurants, and boutique shops are all on James Island. Residents of James Island can access West Ashley and downtown Charleston in 10 to 15 minutes. Folly Beach is also a noted area close to James Island. Seaside Plantation and Ocean Neighbors are popular neighborhoods on James Island that are within biking distance of the beach. 
The public schools on James Island are some of the best in the State of South Carolina. James Island is a developed community, and many homes are older. It is difficult to find newer construction on James Island because most of the lots have been created and owned for decades. But living on James Island offers amazing amenities and a laid-back atmosphere that feels worlds away from downtown Charleston. Fishing, boating, and sailing are popular activities among the residents of James Island. 

What to Love

Local Lifestyle

Life on James Island is picturesque, and many residents feel as if they are on island time. The ocean breezes and sweet smell of the salt marshes make James Island an ideal place to reside. Residents enjoy having access to numerous marinas and beaches. Boating, sailing, and fishing are always available, and for those who enjoy big game fishing, the gulf stream is only a few hours offshore. Anglers can also visit the snapper banks and catch redfish in the tidal creeks and estuaries of James Island and the surrounding area. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

James Island Center, Merchants Village, and Island Plaza are three popular shopping centers on James Island. The Shoppes of Folly Road is also a notable shopping center on James Island. Numerous retail stores and boutique shops are also located throughout James Island. 
Edison James Island is a great bistro that serves international cuisine in a modern dining room. Gillie’s Seafood serves fried seafood and southern cuisine in a stripped-down dining room. Zia Taqueria serves excellent Mexican cuisine in a simple dining room. 

Things to Do

The Historic Charleston City Market is one of the best places to shop near James Island. Visiting the market is a great way to spend a day with family members and friends. Fort Sumter National Monument is the perfect place to spend an afternoon learning about Charleston’s military history. 
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is the best place to learn about the naval history related to James Island and Charleston. 


Charleston County School District serves the schools in James Island. The following are some of the most notable schools on James Island: 

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