James Island is one of South Carolina’s most urban Sea Islands. The island is separated from peninsular
downtown Charleston by the Ashley River, from the mainland by Wappoo Creek and the Wappoo Cut,
and from Johns Island by the Stono River. It lies inshore of Morris Island and Folly Beach.
Fort Sumter is located on an island just off the eastern tip of James Island and is the site of the first battle of the Civil War. Bombardment of Fort Sumter was started from Fort Johnson which is located on the eastern portion of James Island.
For much of the period before and after the formation of the United States, James Island land was largely agricultural with close to 20 plantations making up much of the island. Growth accelerated after
World War II and James Island became a suburban bedroom community to Charleston.
James Island has a population of approximately 40,000 people. About one-half of the island lies within
the city limits of Charleston, and the remainder of the island is unincorporated. James Island is the gateway to Folly Beach and is an interesting combination of grand live oaks, parks, waterways and marshes with smaller neighborhoods interspersed. There is an abundance of shopping and casual dining, with emphasis on seafood. It is an area that begs to be searched for its hidden neighborhood gems. We would be thrilled to join you in that search for the perfect home.