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Charleston Highlight: Avondale

guest blogger: Cameron Tumbleston

Leaving historic downtown Charleston and traveling south on Highway 17, you very quickly come across a charming little up-and-coming neighborhood known as Avondale.  This delightful suburban area is comprised of nicely sized home lots and is very centrally located, being within minutes of not only Downtown Charleston but also Charleston area beaches (the closest of which is Folly Beach).  Avondale is made up of mostly small to medium-sized homes, with some apartment complexes as well.  According to realtor.com, the average listing price of a home in the Avondale neighborhood is around $365,000, coming out to about $258 a square foot, and the average monthly rent is about $1,500.

Much of the population are comprised of middle-class families.  These working adults spend on average 15-30 minutes commuting to work each day, which is another positive attribute about this neighborhood’s location.  Most of the homes are older, built in the 1940s and 50s; however many of these homes feature very appealing interior and exterior updates.  You cannot drive through Avondale without noticing the curbside appeal- well-manicured, clean, landscaped yards are found all over.  Avondale is also rated as one of the top retirement- friendly communities in South Carolina.  There are different housing options for older adults to choose from, such as a smaller one-story home or a small condo or apartment.  It is also a very settled and quiet area, suitable for many retirement age adults to call home.

However, if you are looking to move to Avondale with school-aged children, the St. Andrews School of Math and Science is a very short car drive away- only about 5 minutes, depending on traffic and red lights.  The school has an excellent reputation, with test scores well above the state average.  Also, the West Ashley Greenway is located just across Highway 17, and crosswalks are provided in the area if you want to cross safely with the kids for an evening bike ride.  The crime rate is extremely low, which is a significant factor for young families. And late April through early October the West Ashley Farmer’s Market runs weekly every Wednesday evening at Ackerman Park, located itself in Avondale.  This park is also home to a youth skateboard park and soccer fields, as well as a fenced-in dog run, for those that have fur babies instead of the humankind.

As far as entertainment goes, there are many unique stores and boutiques located in Avondale within walking distance; you can venture just down the street and have an eclectic and satisfying shopping experience.  And the area is not lacking in restaurants either.  Some of the choices for dining include Triangle Bar, Little Pearlz Oyster Bar, and East Bay Deli, just to name a few.  In addition to the quaint homes and central location, perhaps Avondale is best known for its evening and nightlife.  There are many local bars to explore when going out for a night on the town.  Many local people choose the Avondale area bars as an alternative to those of Downtown Charleston to avoid the tourist hustle and bustle.

Overall, Avondale is a very appealing community to call home.  The area has succeeded in being named “Best Neighborhood” by the Charleston City Paper for the past three years in a row.  With so many attractive reasons why it can only be agreed upon that this little community is indeed a great place to live that has so much to offer for all ages.

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