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Daniel Island

Residents of Daniel Island love their small-town lifestyle in a 4,000-acre master-planned community, first developed in the mid-1990s. The island is separated from downtown Charleston by the Cooper River, but it's still considered part of Charleston proper. As a result of its natural geographic boundaries, Daniel Island exists in its own little world in the middle of the city. Kids ride to school on their bikes and the golf cart is a common vehicle of choice. There are eight main parks evenly distributed over the island, as well as more than 25 miles of trails for walking, cycling, or running. Many here belong to the exclusive Daniel Island Club, with its two well-regarded golf courses, three swimming pools, and tennis courts. The island also boasts the Credit One Stadium, which hosts major musical artists throughout the year, as well as a WTA 500 tennis tournament.

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Living in Charleston

Greater Charleston, which includes the city’s suburban neighbor of Mount Pleasant as well as the nearby barrier islands, is the epitome of southern charm. Charleston has a place for every mood, with relaxed beach towns just across the water from historic neighborhoods boasting cobblestone streets and colorful row houses. The subtropical climate of the South Carolina Lowcountry is a heaven for plant lovers, with a distinct fragrance perfumed by the abundant jasmine and gardenia shrubs as well as the smell of the surrounding marshes’ pluff mud. To outsiders, the latter might seem like an odd thing to love—it’s made of decomposing swamp grass and sea life—but Charlestonians know that the oozy goo and its scent is as central to the city’s identity as the famously delicious oysters that live in it. That’s Charleston for you—a city where the locals are passionate about their idiosyncratic and layered history.