Just a two minute drive across the Ashley River from downtown Charleston “West Ashley” was originally a series of plantations which were located along the Ashley and Stono Rivers. This area also included the original 1670 settlement of Charlestowne which is now a State Park.
Internationally known Drayton Hall, Magnolia Gardens and Middleton Plantation are the best known of the West Ashley plantations and are all open to the public. Some of the most beautiful waterfront and marshlands that exist in Charleston surround West Ashley. Its proximity to the peninsula city makes it one of the most desirable areas in which to live. It is also surprisingly affordable with homes in all price ranges. From the bungalows of Avondale and Byrnes Downs to the elegant homes of the Crescent and Wappoo Heights, West Ashley boasts some of the most attractive early to mid-20th century neighborhoods in Charleston.