Welcome to Mt. Pleasant

Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC

From Waterfront Homes to Easy Beach Access, Mt. Pleasant has It All

Mt. Pleasant has long been one of Charleston’s most-desirable areas—and it’s not hard to see why. When it comes to choosing a place to live, you can’t beat a neighborhood with palmetto trees and deepwater access, a short drive across the Ravenel Bridge to historic downtown Charleston, and easy access to some of the best beaches on the East Coast. Even if you don’t live on the water, you are no more than a 10-minute drive away, and there are several boat landings and other public waterfront areas throughout Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Beyond its water and beach access, Mt. Pleasant has much more to offer as well. Restaurants, coffee shops, gyms and studios, public parks, the Charleston Battery soccer stadium at Patriots Point are all in the area. Mt. Pleasant residents can run errands in the morning, go to the beach in the afternoon, and enjoy an evening in the stands—and then they can go out to dinner before going home to sleep in their own beds.

In short, life in Mt. Pleasant is good. Whether you are looking for an apartment, your first house, or a multi-million-dollar home on the water, you can find what you are looking for. There is more than enough to do in the area; and, when you decide to venture out from Mt. Pleasant, your closest options are the beach and the peninsula.

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Living in Mt. Pleasant

People move to Mt. Pleasant for lots of different reasons. For some, the short commute to downtown Charleston is the main draw. Lots of Mt. Pleasant residents work on the peninsula at MUSC, the College of Charleston, museums and art galleries, law firms, and other businesses. But, many residents work in Mt. Pleasant as well, and the areas of Mt. Pleasant that are closest to Sullivans’s Island and Isle of Palms are also popular with people who work in the marine and tourism industries.

Beyond work and home life, residents also choose Mt. Pleasant because of the options for dining, recreation, and family-friendly activities in the area. Some of Mt. Pleasant’s (and the entire Charleston area’s) most popular restaurants are on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, where residents can drive or boat to waterfront dining. Attending Charleston Battery soccer games is a popular activity as well—the games are exciting, the stadium has food trucks instead of chicken tenders and hot dogs, and the Ravenel Bridge serves as a backdrop to the west-end stands.

Additionally, since Mt. Pleasant is in Charleston County, residents have access to several local parks that are extremely well-designed and well-maintained. For example, Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park is located next to, and partly under, the Ravenel Bridge. It has multiple playgrounds for children of different age groups, a snack stand with ice cream, and a fishing pier with views of downtown Charleston. Further inland, Palmetto Islands County Park has a large waterpark, trails, fishing dock, kayak launch, boat rentals, and several other amenities.

Eating Out in Mt. Pleasant

There are numerous options for eating out in Mt. Pleasant. As already noted, some of the area’s most-popular restaurants are located on Shem Creek. There are several popular restaurants nearby on Coleman Boulevard as well. Coleman Boulevard is one of the main thoroughfares in Mt. Pleasant, running from the Ravenel Bridge to the bridge to Sullivan’s Island.

Houston Northcutt Boulevard and Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, which are two of Mt. Pleasant’s other main thoroughfares, have several restaurants as well. On the northern end of Mt. Pleasant near the Isle of Palms Connector, Mt. Pleasant Towne Center is home to several well-known restaurants, including popular sit-down restaurant chains.

Along with fine dining and less-refined sit-down restaurant options, Mt. Pleasant also has several coffee shops, smoothie bars, and cafés. With so many local restaurants—and so many things to do—going out to breakfast is popular in Mt. Pleasant as well, and there are several options for getting pancakes, waffles, eggs, avocado toast, and other types of traditional (and not-so-traditional) breakfast fare.

Things to Do in Mt. Pleasant

We’ve touched on many of the things to do in Mt. Pleasant already. These include going to Charleston Battery games, visiting Waterfront Park and Palmetto Islands County Park, fishing and kayaking, boating, and finding other ways to enjoy the Charleston area’s year-round temperate climate. Some other popular places to visit in Mt. Pleasant include:

  • Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina (for boat storage and waterfront seafood restaurants)
  • Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
  • Dunes West Golf and River Club
  • Fort Palmetto Park, Hamlin Park
  • Laurel Hill County Park
  • Patriots Point Links
  • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
  • Pitt Street Bridge and Picket Park (with views of the Charleston peninsula)
  • Shem Creek Boardwalk

For car enthusiasts, Mt. Pleasant Towne Center hosts a Cars and Coffee on Saturday mornings at 8:00am. Mt. Pleasant has farmers markets, historic sites, and numerous other places to visit as well.

Real Estate in Mt. Pleasant

As Mt. Pleasant has grown in popularity, so too has the number of neighborhoods in the area. This number currently stands at well over 100, and is continuing to grow. But, some of Mt. Pleasant’s oldest neighborhoods are both among its most popular and among its best, and the neighborhoods close to downtown Charleston and Patriots Point in particular are extremely desirable.

Some of Mt. Pleasant’s most popular neighborhoods include:

  • Belle Hall
  • Brickyard Plantation
  • Carolina Park
  • Cooper Estates
  • Dunes West
  • Hidden Lakes
  • Hobcaw Point
  • I’On
  • Old Mt. Pleasant
  • Old Village
  • Oyster Point
  • Rivertowne
  • Simmons Pointe

Due to its unique geography, Mt. Pleasant has several neighborhoods with waterfront homes. This includes homes on the Charleston harbor, the Wando River, and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). Many homes in these neighborhoods have deepwater docks, and many residents have boats that they moor at home and use to explore Charleston’s waterways, visit waterfront restaurants, and go deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Apartments in Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant has several apartment communities, including multiple newer communities near Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park with views of the Wando River and downtown Charleston. Residents can easily walk to the park and run or bike across the Ravenel Bridge. There are affordable and luxury apartment buildings along Coleman Boulevard and in other areas of Mt. Pleasant as well, including areas that are no more than a 10-15 drive to the beach on Sullivan’s Island or Isle of Palms.

FAQs: What’s It Like to Live in Mt. Pleasant?

Why is Mt. Pleasant, SC So Popular?

Mt. Pleasant, SC is popular for several reasons. These include its proximity to downtown Charleston, its proximity to the beach, its waterfront homes and restaurants, and residents’ easy access to parks and other public amenities. As new residents come to Mt. Pleasant, builders are establishing new developments with Charleston-style homes and luxury, family-friendly amenities—and homes in these developments sell quickly. However, some of Mt. Pleasant’s most-popular areas continue to be those with older homes and established landscaping closer to the peninsula.

Does Mt. Pleasant, SC Have a Beach?

Mt. Pleasant, SC does not have a beach—despite being surrounded by water on three sides. However, many residents have direct access to the water via community docks or their own private deepwater docks, and the beaches on Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms are only about a 10-minute drive away for most Mt. Pleasant residents.

Is Mt. Pleasant, SC a Nice Place to Live?

Mt. Pleasant, SC is a very nice place to live. Residents enjoy easy access to the Wando River, Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), and Charleston harbor—in many cases from their own deepwater docks. There are several nice restaurants in Mt. Pleasant as well, including those on Shem Creek. Mt. Pleasant is also home to several nice stores, supermarkets, parks, and other facilities and attractions, and residents have easy access to downtown Charleston as well as the Atlantic Ocean beaches on Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms.

What is the Best Place to Live in Mt. Pleasant, SC?

The best place to live in Mt. Pleasant, SC depends on what you are looking for in your next home. If you want to live in an established neighborhood with million-dollar-plus homes, then you will likely want to explore Old Village and Old Mt. Pleasant. If you want a luxury home in a planned community with its own downtown and amenities, I’On is one of the most-desirable and most-unique neighborhoods in Charleston. Finally, if you are looking for a family-friendly neighborhood with sidewalks and a community pool, there are options for families with all budgets off of Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Chuck Dawley Boulevard, and the Isle of Palms Connector.

Is Mt. Pleasant, SC Worth Visiting?

Mt. Pleasant is worth visiting for lots of reasons. Some of the area’s most-popular attractions include Shem Creek, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, and Patriots Point. Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park is popular with families as well, and attending a Charleston Battery game is a unique experience during the professional soccer season (March through October). Visitors to Mt. Pleasant can also walk, run, or bike the Ravenel Bridge, or have a waterfront lunch or dinner at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina.

Does Mt. Pleasant, SC Get Hurricanes?

Mt. Pleasant, SC gets hurricanes just like the rest of Charleston (and much of the South Carolina coast). While this is certainly something to consider, keep in mind that the Charleston area’s population has recently grown to more than 400,000 residents. In other words, plenty of people live here and deal with the hurricanes as and when they come. While evacuating occasionally is a part of life for all Charlestonians, for those who live here the lifestyle and benefits are well worth it.

What Movies Were Filmed in Mt. Pleasant, SC?

Several movies and television shows have been filmed, or at least partially filmed, in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Perhaps the most famous of these movies is The Notebook (2004). Other movies filmed in Mt. Pleasant include Chasers (1994), Rich in Love (1992), and The Price of Freedom (2004). The popular HBO series The Righteous Gemstones and Netflix series Outer Banks have filmed scenes in Mt. Pleasant as well.