James Island

Forever Small Town
James Island is a residential area that is set on protecting their small-town feel and atmosphere. The town is placed along the Charleston Harbor and is flanked by the Folly and Stono Rivers. James Island is most well-known for its involvement with the Revolutionary War. It was the location of the last known armed action against the British in the entire war. This has cemented James Island as a historic site in American history, and has attracted many people as a wonderful neighborhood to live in ever since.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink on James Island, each with its own unique flair and twist. Many of them are highly recommended by the locals and are definitely worth a visit for any newcomers. Restaurants include Bohemian Bull, Charleston Crab House, Smoky Oak Taproom, Great Wall, and Mondo's Italian Restaurant. Bars in the area include Obrions Pub, Harbor View Tavern, The Break, and Stag Erin Pub. James Island is a great spot to live for those who want to live on an island that embraces small-town culture and traditional values.
What James Island Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.2
value
7.2
amenities
7.2
social
5.8
management
7.2
Median rents in James Island
Studio
$
1,375
1 Bedroom
$
1,524
2 Bedroom
$
1,943

Living in
James Island

James Island — 8.1/10 Rating (based on 14 neighborhood reviews)
I don't really have many bad things to say here. Most of my classes are at Grice Marine Lab, which is only a 10 minute drive from Riverland. Plus Folly Beach is just 10 minutes away, and whenever I have to drive downtown it's a 10-15 minute drive depending on traffic. It's perfectly located and really the only downside is that traffic can get bad at times, especially when getting onto the connector. There's tons to do on James Island though, lots of restaurants and everything else you'd need.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Riverland Woods
Neighbors are nice for the most part. If you have a dog, there is a group of people who goes to the dog park in the complex pretty regularly and everyone knows each other.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Riverland Woods
Lots of restaurants, but you have to drive everywhere since there’s no good sidewalks or walking areas
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Avalon at James Island
Love living on James Island. I am 10 minutes from school and 10 minutes from Folly Beach. I am close to all of the stores I need to go to and not bombarded with traffic.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Penninsula
I love living on James Island. It's close to campus and the beach while also providing easy access to West Ashley.
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5
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Quarterdeck at James Island
I do not know many neighbors, put everyone I see is friendly.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Penninsula
James Island doesn’t have much, but the location is nice- close to the beach and to downtown
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Penninsula
James Island is a suburban area with lots to offer. Many good restaurants and breweries, as well as greenery, nature, and historic sites. No shortage and a wide variety of grocery stores and other retail options. Easy access to Folly Beach, West Ashley, and downtown.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Sawgrass Apartments
Great restaurants and grocery stores nearby. 10 minutes or less to Downtown, 15 minutes or less to Mt. Pleasant.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Aspire at James Island
Everyone around the complex and the surrounding neighborhood is very friendly. There are a lot of shops along Folly Road that are easy to get to around the neighborhood.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Riverland Woods
The neighborhood is EXTREMELY safe compared to downtown. Everyone is friendly but also respects privacy and is quiet.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Spyglass Seaside
I love living on JI, you are close to so much. It is a great "hub" for charleston.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Quarterdeck at James Island
I love living on James Island!!! Great place to live, a lot of places are walkable and the parks are great. Not far from Folly Beach or Downtown! Traffic on Folly Road can be rough at times.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Standard at James Island
Lots of young people in the complex, but can be loud at times
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Riverland Woods


Getting to Know
James Island

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Wampler Dr. to Stono River
North to South Boundaries: Wappoo Creek to Oak Island Dr.

Best Apartments
in James Island


1 Bed $1,549
2 Beds $1,850
3 Beds $2,010

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2 Beds $2,475
3 Beds $3,988

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2 Beds $1,519

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