James Island, SC Homes for Sale

James Island- the most affordable location to live, this close to the beach! It is one of the islands that lies south of Charleston.  Due to the close proximity to the beach and Charleston downtown district, James Island real estate is much sought after by home buyers and investors. Even so, there are still a lot of homes that are accessible and appealing to first-time homebuyers.

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James Island NeighborhoodsBordering downtown Charleston, James Island has a variety of neighborhoods close to town. From mature, brick ranch style neighborhoods, to new planned family communities. Search James Island, SC Neighborhoods


James Island CondosWith the high number of condos available, many opt for the less expensive route than purchasing downtown. Close proximity to the beach is another main draw for James Island Condos. Search Condos for Sale on James Island

Waterfront Homes

James Island WaterfrontWaterfront homes come in all different flavors on James Island: deepwater, tidal creek, marshfront, and lakefront. Being that James Island is an island in itself, there are numerous creeks and estuaries on the island. Search James Island Waterfront

New Construction

James Island New ConstructionNew homes for sale on James Island are a little more difficult to find than other areas due to most of the island having already been developed. Homes are a little more expensive due to more demand than supply. New Homes

Lots and Land

James Island Land & LotsPurchase a James Island lot today on tidal creek, deepwater, or right on the marsh. With James Island, the lots are plentiful while the larger tracts of land are almost non-existent. Search James Island Lots & Land


James Island ForeclosuresWhy not look for a great deal at 75% of the average home value? James Island foreclosures and bank owned property have and will continue to be a big hit with home buyers. Search James Island Foreclosures

NEW Listings!

James Island New ListingsNew listings this week! These are all the new listings, less than a week old, that are new to hit the market! Updated hourly. Get a jump on other buyers! Search James Island New Listings

Short Sales

Short Sales on James Island, SCShort Sales give opportunities to sellers to sell before foreclosure, and this will also give opportunities to buyers as well. Make sure your agent is well-versed in Short Sales! Search James Island Short Sales

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James Island SC Homes For Sale

James Island Homes for Sale: Urban Island Living

James Island lies south of the Charleston Peninsula and borders West Ashley, Johns Island, and Folly Beach. Surrounding James Island are Charleston Harbor and Wappoo Creek to the north, Folly Beach and Morris Island to the east, and Johns Island and the Stono River to the west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a population of around 12,698 as of 2020. James Island covers an area of around 15.6 square miles, and has a median household income of around $66,329. The town is located near the city of Charleston, and is known for its close proximity to the ocean and its abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. Some notable attractions in James Island include James Island County Park, Fort Sumter National Monument, and the James Island Farmers Market.

Real Estate on James Island

James Island Real Estate is diverse enough to appeal to a wide range of buyers. There are mostly single-family homes, but condos and townhouses are also very popular for those choosing to live 10 minutes from downtown, Charleston. There are a large percentage of 60's style brick ranch homes, but there are a few newer subdivisions as well.

You won't find sprawling, master planned neighborhoods, but rather many different communities that each have their own character and vibe. The great thing with James Island is the close location to downtown Charleston, as well as being less than 10 minutes to the beach from any point on the island!

James Island homes overlook countless saltwater tidal creeks, vast marshes, and incredible views. There are numerous waterfront homes as options. Mature oak trees seem to line almost every street. Fishing, crabbing, and shrimping are enjoyed by many residents from their own backyards. James Island County Park, two golf courses, and outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, and boating support the active lifestyle enjoyed by many residents. If one has the desire to go farther afield for entertainment, Charleston is only a 10 minute drive away.

According to the most recent population census, there are about 19,500 James Island residents. A younger generation has grown to call James Island home, for its close proximity to MUSC, the College of Charleston, and the beach. With lower interest rates and a number of different condominium developments, many first-time homebuyers find the James Island location a perfect fit.

Fun Things To Do on the Island

Canoe & Kayak Festival, James Island County Park

Besides having a wonderful location that borders Downtown Charleston, and also Folly Beach, James Island also has plenty to do where you don't even have to leave the island. James Island County Park is one fine example where the natural beauty of the lowcountry couples with many exciting things to do throughout the year here. This park is a natural 643 acre preserve teeming with wildlife, plenty of walking and jogging trails, fishing and crabbing docks, waterslides (Splash Zone), swimming pools, a fountain area, an 8 acre dog park with large pond, a gigantic children's play park, and much, much more. Summers in the JICP include Reggae Nights and The Cajun Festival, where music and refreshments are always a great welcome in the summer evenings. What about in the winter? The Holiday Festival of Lights is a local favorite all around Charleston, with smores, Santa, rides, and food.

Plenty of fish on James IslandBoating and fishing are another favorite past time of James Island residents. Being that the island has an abundance of marshes and fingering creeks winding their way through James Island- the locals and visitors alike take advantage of the great fishing, swimming, and boating in the saltwater creeks. Redfish, flounder, trout, sheepshead, and plenty of bigger fish offshore offer plenty of entertainment. What's the easiest way to access these fish? Living on a tidal creek home or launching from your own deepwater home.

Bordering James Island one side is the Stono River, and on the other side is the Charleston Harbor. Either way you slice it, a cruise on the boat is within 30 minutes after work. Just general boating and cruising in the Harbor whether to get something to eat, or to watch a nighttime firework display- is always a good time. Morris Island is also a hot spot with locals. This island is inaccessible by car, so many boaters go out to the island and spend a day with family and premier shell and shark tooth collecting. This is the one beach in Charleston that still has few people since it has limited access to those without boats.

The Charleston Municipal Golf Course is another popular attraction on James Island. This public golf course is called "The Muni" by locals and was opened in 1929 and designed by John Adams. There are 18 holes (par 72), a 25-tee driving range, and plenty of live oaks draped with spanish moss. This is a very affordable golf course with green fees starting around $40.

Once again, with James Island it's all about location. You have downtown Charleston on one side of the island, as well as Folly Beach on the other side. This means very easy access to get to where you want to be, and enjoy all that Charleston has to offer without breaking the bank.  It is the most affordable location to live, close to the beach!

A Brief History of James Island

James Island is a small island located off the coast of South Carolina, near the city of Charleston. The island is approximately 12 square miles in size and is home to a population of around 13,000 people.

James Island has a rich history, dating back to the early days of European settlement in the Americas. The island was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, and was later settled by European colonists in the 17th century.

Today, James Island is a residential community, with a mix of single-family homes, apartment buildings, and condominiums. The island is connected to the mainland by a series of bridges, and is a popular destination for recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming.

James Island is also home to several important historic sites, including the James Island County Park, which features a nature trail and many parks for those to enjoy. The island is a vibrant and thriving community, with a strong sense of history and community.

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