Summerville is a charming small town founded in the 1700’s by wealthy Charlestonians seeking respite from the summer heat of the city. It was also thought the many pine trees in the area offered healing properties from the diseases of the day and in the late 1800’s Summerville flourished with many inns serving travelers from around the world. The town square features quaint shops and is adjacent to the Historic District with beautiful old homes.
Summerville’s convenient location off Interstate 26 and only 21 miles to Historic Charleston placed it directly in the path of Charleston’s growth, and Summerville is now a popular suburb of Charleston offering all the suburban amenities you would expect yet retaining a rare small-town feel of Southern charm and historical elegance.
Dorchester County which includes Summerville was the fastest growing county in the State of South Carolina during the past decade and the highly regarded Dorchester II school district is considered to be one of the finest in the State of South Carolina. In Summerville high school football is important and John McKissick, coach at Summerville High School for over 50 years, has won more games than any other high school football coach in the US.
Summerville offers more affordable housing choices than many other communities in the Charleston area. While the historic district still has many original homes dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth century with prices reaching over $1 million, there are also many historic homes at lower price points. With so much growth in Summerville, there are good housing choices for almost any budget with starter homes beginning in the low to mid $100’s to more upscale developments at higher price points.
There are 3 golf course communities in Summerville including Legend Oaks Plantation, Pine Forest CC and Wescott Plantation. Your choice of area beaches are only a short 30 minute drive and some of Charleston’s most famous plantations including Middleton Place, Magnolia Plantation and Drayton Hall are near Summerville’s western edge.
The annual Flowertown festival is held annually over the first weekend in April when spring foliage is at peak. This major event draws a quarter million visitors to the Historic downtown square and the heart of the festival in Azalea Park.
- Bridges of Summerville
- Legend Oaks
- Myers Mill
- Pine Forest
- The Ponds
- Wescott Plantation
- White Gables