Daniel Island: 2016 Year In Review

January 3, 2017

From celebrating Daniel Island’s 20th anniversary to watching our growing downtown continue to take shape, 2016 was another fantastic year for Charleston’s island town! Take a look back at some of our top highlights from the year:

Daniel Island Celebrated Twenty Years of Community

Planning for Daniel Island began in the early 90s but the first island residents moved into their homes in 1996. At that time, Daniel Island looked a bit different than it does today! To celebrate the island’s 20th anniversary, we sat down with several key visionaries and some of the very first “pioneer” residents. Check out the video below!  

A New Partnership Drove Into Charleston’s Island Town

In April, the world’s top tennis professionals took to the court to compete in the Volvo Cars Open for the first time. The largest and longest running women’s-only tennis tournament was previously known as the Family Circle Cup. In 2015, Volvo Cars of North America became the tournament’s title sponsor as construction got underway on the first Volvo plant in the U.S., right here in Berkeley County.

Our Downtown Continued to Grow

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If you’ve strolled through downtown Daniel Island this past year, you’ve no doubt seen a ton of construction and several new businesses open. This past spring, some healthy new businesses opened their doors, like the new Peace Love Hip Hop / CrossFit Discovery building and Fit Culture, plus Tropical Smoothie, Juice Bar and Blondies Bagels. More recently, the eagerly anticipated Refuel Market & Gas opened for business. Just next door, Central Island Square, an upscale urban living, shopping and dining center, is under construction and expected to open in 2017.

New & Improved Recreational Amenities Were Established

Daniel Island Club members saw the expansion of the Park Club begin in late spring. Updates include an expanded fitness center with increased fitness amenities and new locker rooms, an expanded Cabana Bar and dining area, and new Har-Tru tennis courts.

Construction also began on Daniel Island’s newest amenity, The Crow’s Nest at Edgefield Park. This much-anticipated amenity includes an Olympic sized pool with lap lanes, beach entry and water features, a fun poolside venue for events complete with a catering kitchen and bathrooms, plus beautiful marsh views from an open-air area and second-story screened porch. Close to completion, the pool will be open for the 2017 swim season!

 We Saw the Addition of Some of the Last and the Best Properties on Daniel Island


Daniel Island Real Estate released new collections of golf, marsh and deepwater homesites in Nobel’s Point, Ralston Grove and Fish Tale Island. Located in Daniel Island Park, these neighborhoods include some of the island’s best and last properties, with just a limited number remaining to be released. Stay tuned to learn more about the upcoming offering in Nobel’s Point and Ralston Grove in February 2017. Edgefield Park, the last neighborhood on the south end of the island, is also close to completion. See below for more information about Edgefield Park’s new amenity.

Blackbaud Began the Expansion of Its Daniel Island Campus

The world’s leading cloud software company for non-profit and social good organizations, Blackbaud has been headquartered on Daniel Island since 2000. In 2016, it was announced that Blackbaud would be building a brand new global headquarters on a 13-acre site in the center of downtown Daniel Island to accommodate its ongoing growth. Site work is now underway on the innovative new facility and construction is anticipated to be complete in early 2018.

It Got Easier To Explore Daniel Island’s 25+ Miles of Trails


Another great addition to Charleston’s island town this past year was the installation of new trail markers across the island’s 25+ miles of trails and the accompanying DI Trails app. With 23 trail loops that range from under a mile to more than 2.5 miles, the markers and app are a great way navigate the island via running, walking or biking. Learn more here!

Daniel Island Continued a Tradition of Giving Back

2016 was a banner year for giving for Charleston’s island town. A total of 29 nonprofit organizations received funding from the Daniel Island Community Fund, our community’s primary vehicle for giving back to neighbors in need. A record $777,000 was distributed (a nine percent increase over last year’s record for giving)! Click here to learn more about the DICF and this year’s recipients.