James Island

James Island

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Welcome to James Island Real Estate

A peaceful and laid-back island oasis close to downtown Charleston and Folly Beach.
James Island is a beautiful island town, 10 minutes from Downtown Charleston. The homes on James Island are a delightful mix of older properties built between the 1950s and 80s and small pockets of newer construction. Architectural styles are also quite eclectic, including Southern Low Country, Coastal, Ranch, Colonial, and Craftsman Bungalow. Lot sizes on James Island are larger in the older communities, and many of the homes on these lots are grand southern estates. The town is not only surrounded by water; it also has many small creeks and marshes scattered throughout, so many homes have fabulous water or marsh views. Properties on the northern side of the island have fantastic views of the Ashley River, Charleston Harbor, and the city skyline. 
James Island has a laid-back and welcoming feel. Many of the streets are lined by a picturesque canopy of beautiful old moss-draped oaks, adding to the peaceful ambiance of the town. With easy access to miles of coastline, James Island is a fantastic location for fishing, boating, crabbing, shrimping, and watersports. For those who prefer the allure of a windswept sandy beach, James Island is only minutes from Folly Beach. The island is also great for families, offering excellent schools and inviting green spaces like James Island County Park. The park is a popular gathering place for fun and recreation, and it’s also the site of many highly-anticipated annual events and festivals, like the Cajun Festival, Reggae Nights, and the Holiday Festival of Lights.  

What to Love


  • Laid-back lifestyle
  • Close to beautiful beaches
  • Peaceful 
  • Family-friendly

Local Lifestyle


James Island is serene, lush, and inviting. Its residents enjoy a laid-back, family-oriented lifestyle that thrives on outdoor activities. From enjoying the amenities and festivities at James Island County Park to exciting days out on the water and being close to Charleston and the beach, it's an idyllic lifestyle that is hard to beat. The quiet neighborhoods are perfect for long walks or a morning run. The town is also golf cart friendly, and families are often seen piled into their carts and heading into town for dinner or a movie. The boat ramps are busy on weekends as locals head out for a day of fishing, shrimping, crabbing, or just having fun on the water. James Island is an easy-going and unpretentious island oasis.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Don’t be fooled by the casual, laid-back vibe of this island town; James Island is known for its incredible foodie scene, especially when it comes to local seafood! What the local restaurants may lack in the “snob factor,” they more than compensate for food quality, creativity, and a welcoming ambiance. Bar George is an unassuming establishment with fantastic fresh seafood, Peruvian chicken, and Greek-inspired dishes. To experience quintessential James Island seafood at its best, check out the ultra-casual Bowens Island Restaurant. Bowens is a favorite local haunt famous for its fresh local seafood, graffiti-covered walls, fantastic waterfront views, and live entertainment. Seafood may be James Islands’ claim to fame, but it’s not the only game in town. Mondos is a popular local favorite for authentic Italian cuisine that offers indoor and outdoor dining. 
James Island also offers several excellent venues for entertainment. The Pour House is a hip and lively bar and entertainment venue that showcases live music acts, and it has become a trendy venue in the Charleston-area nightlife scene. James Island is also where you’ll find the iconic Terrace Movie Theater, an award-winning independent theater that offers a fantastic mix of modern films, classics, and Indy films. In addition to traditional concession fare, the theater also serves beer and wine. 

Things to Do in James Island


If you love the outdoors and fun community events, you’ll enjoy all James Island offers. The centerpiece of recreation and entertainment is the James Island County Park. The park is over 643 acres of recreational bliss. There’s a waterpark, climbing wall, dog park, campground, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The park is also the site of many annual events and festivals, including Reggae Nights at the James Island County Park, The Cajun Festival at the James Island County Park, and the James Island County Park Festival of Lights.

James Island Schools


James Island offers residents many excellent public, private, and charter schools. 

Overview for James Island, SC

11,618 people live in James Island, where the median age is 41.2 and the average individual income is $44,238. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

41.2 years

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Around James Island, SC

There's plenty to do around James Island, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Gorditas Locas, Historic Charleston Supper Club, and Chocolate Cake Charleston.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.14 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.3 miles 21 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.61 miles 22 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.79 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.42 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.75 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for James Island, SC

James Island has 4,309 households, with an average household size of 2.69. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in James Island do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 11,618 people call James Island home. The population density is 2,449.22 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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50.64 / 49.36%

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