Bordered on two sides by institutions of higher learning is the downtown Charleston neighborhood of Harleston Village. It’s a community noted for its eclectic architecture, supreme walkability, and the largest body of water on the Peninsula. The only downside is that you might feel its name is lacking a ‘C', but there’s a reason for that. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Harleston Village got its start in 1770 when the first of its streets were formally opened. It takes its name from a 17th century landowner, John Harleston. Since Harleston Village was a little late in the Charleston development game and building would linger on for a century or so, its overall appearance isn’t as dense as say the French Quarter.
The neighborhood is the site of some collegiate buzz owing to a pair of nearby schools, the Medical University of South Carolina (to the north), and the College of Charleston (to the east). The latter also dates to 1770 and is the oldest educational institution south of Virginia! Colonial Lake is another landmark of Harleston Village, and its wide expanse gives the area a nice dose of breathing room. Also worth mentioning Cannon Park with its canine play area.
Rutledge Avenue at Montagu Street, near the center of the village, ranks a Walk Score of 83. This puts it in the “very walkable” category. Although Harleston Village is largely residential, its short blocks and preponderance of shady street trees makes it an easy trek to businesses on King and Calhoun Streets. Plus, the Bull Street Market and the Queen Street Grocery are charm-your-pants-off local spots to whet your whistle. Queen Street’s been voted the best corner store in Charleston two years in a row by the readers of Charleston City Paper.
As mentioned before, the residential offerings in Harelston Village run the full spectrum in style, size, and price. The classic Charleston Singe is well represented here, as are homes in Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Folk Victorian modes. We’re north of Broad here, so the ceiling of the market isn't as astronomical. A modest 1/1 condo might go for $200,000, while the most palatial homes reach over $2,000,000.