Mount Pleasant, SC is one of the Charleston region’s most desirable communities. This town of more than 65,000 people has grown significantly, developing into a metropolitan community of beautiful neighborhoods, shopping districts and businesses. It is the fourth largest municipality in South Carolina.
Mount Pleasant is just minutes from downtown Charleston, easily accessible via the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge spanning the Cooper River. The bridge itself is a majestic structure – a more than 2-mile long, cable stay bridge with two diamond towers. The bridge has a pedestrian/bicycle lane continually in use by locals and visitors who want a bird’s eye view of the Charleston harbor while getting their daily exercise.
The Ravenel Bridge, which opened in summer 2005, helped with traffic but a significant improvement to Mount Pleasant’s traffic flow was the widening of Highway 17 stretching from the foot of the Ravenel Bridge to Interstate 526 known as Johnnie Dodds Boulevard. That project was completed in late 2012 followed by the completion of additional widening to Highway 17 North.
Residential areas of Mount Pleasant range from upscale, planned neighborhoods like I’On to spacious golf course communities on the outskirts of the town including RiverTowne and Dunes West to older homes in Mount Pleasant’s charming Old Village area.
Businesses and shopping areas have grown significantly to keep up with the community’s growth. Towne Centre with restaurants, shops and a movie theater is located in the heart of town. Mount Pleasant is also home to the Charleston area’s only Whole Foods and Trader’s Joes specialty grocery stores.
The Coleman Boulevard area is home to Shem Creek where restaurants and bars line the water and people gather in the warm months to take in a sunset or watch the dolphins play in the creek. Just down the boulevard, the town of Mount Pleasant is planning a redevelopment project to alleviate traffic congestion and foster development.
Recreation opportunities abound in Mount Pleasant. Residents have access to several parks, including a Palmetto Islands County Park with a water park, dog park and playground. Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park is situated under the Ravenel Bridge and has a visitor center, playground and pier with fishing access. Recreation complexes are scattered about the town with running tracks, a swimming pool and more.
Plus, Mount Pleasant is just minutes from two beaches – Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island.
Students in Mount Pleasant attend Charleston County schools and have easy access to a number of academic magnet schools, private schools as well as daycare centers and preschools.