Within Charleston, South Carolina, a very special island town has emerged. This is a place where traditional neighborhoods, nationally ranked golf and a vibrant downtown enjoy a spectacular coastal setting. Surrounded by rivers, creeks and beautiful marsh views, Daniel Island is a place where people live and work, where children walk to school, and where the opportunities for active recreation are limitless. Residents of all ages have come from around the country to make their home here, drawn by the island’s natural beauty, welcoming neighbors and endless array of amenities and conveniences, all within just 15 minutes of historic Charleston, SC.
An Island Town
A small-town atmosphere makes Daniel Island a place where neighbors quickly become friends, looking out for one another and lending a hand when others in the community are in need. There are endless ways to get involved here, from welcome committees, churches and schools, to clubs and groups for all interests – running, biking, walking, gardening, kayaking, fishing, fine dining and more. There are also an impressive array special events year-round. A popular annual picnic and concert at Smythe Park, concerts at Volvo Car Stadium, a seasonal farmers’ market and much more provide endless opportunities for mixing and mingling with neighbors.
As in any great small town, the conveniences of modern living and a diverse selection of boutiques and restaurants are centrally located to the neighborhoods. In addition to banks, medical offices, beauty salons, a supermarket, and a seasonal farmers’ market, Daniel Island’s pedestrian-friendly downtown is also home to professional offices of all types and sizes, from small “home-grown” businesses to the corporate headquarters for some of Charleston’s largest employers.
Parks & Trails
With hundreds of acres of parks and greenspace and more than 25 miles of trails to explore, Daniel Island is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. In fact, parks are such an important part of living here that each neighborhood has its own. The island’s parks attract families, friends and neighbors for picnics, relaxation, exercise and play, with swimming pools, picnic tables, playing fields, gardens, gazebos and more. Trails wind through maritime forest, along marsh and the water’s edge and through neighborhoods and the island’s downtown, offering scenic views and a safe and convenient environment for runners, walkers and cyclists.
Daniel Island is home to two acclaimed professional sports facilities. The Family Circle Tennis Center hosts the Volvo Car Open (formerly the Family Circle Cup), the WTA Tour’s longest-running professional tennis tournament. Daniel Island’s MUSC Health Stadium is home to the Charleston Battery, the city’s professional soccer team. Each also host special cultural events and activities for island and Charleston area residents throughout the year. The Daniel Island Club is the island’s in-town country club, home to exceptional sports amenities for members, including nationally ranked golf courses by Tom Fazio and Rees Jones.
Daniel Island’s 23 miles of beautiful rivers and creeks are easily accessible for residents who live on this sea island, luring families to the water for boating, swimming, fishing, crabbing and other aquatic pursuits. The island is bordered on the west and east by the Cooper and Wando Rivers and on the north by Beresford Creek. Neighborhood boat ramps and fishing and crabbing docks ensure that residents can enjoy access to these beautiful Lowcountry waters.
Health & Fitness
It’s easy to live a healthy lifestyle on Daniel Island. This master-planned community was designed with great thought given to the quality of life it offers residents. Beyond the hundreds of acres of parks and more than 25 miles of trails for walking, running and cycling, the island is also home to many community fitness programs administered by the Daniel Island Property Owners’ Association, numerous tennis courts, gyms and fitness centers, two nationally-acclaimed private golf courses and vast expanses of water for kayaking and paddle boarding. Also, the temperate climate means mild winters and year-long access to numerous outdoor fitness options.
Daniel Island is home to three schools of the highest caliber, offering educational opportunities for children of all ages:
The Daniel Island School – This public elementary/middle school, located within walking and/or biking distance to all island neighborhoods, opened in August 2006.
Bishop England High School – One of the state’s finest private schools, Bishop England offers an outstanding curriculum and award-winning athletics department.
Daniel Island Academy – A private Early Childcare Center for children age 1-4 accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the gold standard for child care.
Daniel Island is served by the Berkeley County school system. The schools in this system have an enviable reputation for their facilities, student-teacher ratios, uncompromising commitment to excellence and impressive technology resources. Students living on Daniel Island are zoned to attend the K-8 Daniel Island School and Hanahan High School, located in nearby Hanahan.
Part of the city of Charleston, Daniel Island is conveniently located just 15 miles from Charleston’s historic district and 8 miles from the airport. The area’s Atlantic beaches and most other popular local attractions are within a 20-minute drive. Island residents love living so close to the charms and attractions of Charleston, voted America’s Best City by Travel & Leisure readers, but also enjoy all the conveniences of modern living right at home on Daniel Island.