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Charleston’s Charming Sister Town

History, charm and fine southern hospitality have long defined Summerville, South Carolina, but the quiet town is quickly becoming a top destination for visitors and new residents. Having a successful balance of preservation and innovation has opened the doors for new restaurants and shops, while the vibe remains friendly and welcoming. There are many beautiful parks and hiking trails around the city. With the beaches, cuisine, industry and arts of Charleston a mere 25 miles away, Summerville is an oasis for nature-lovers in search of a wholesome community and beautiful home without losing the amenities of a bigger city.



Summerville’s population is upward of 43,000. Nicknamed the Flower Town in the Pines, the area is known for its lush pine trees and colorful azaleas. With a lower cost of living than Charleston, a thriving restaurant scene, high quality new construction neighborhoods and ample opportunity for outdoor living, the city attracts a lot of young families and first-time homebuyers. Currently, the average age for residents is in the mid-30s.



The Eclectic Chef
A Summerville favorite, this European style cafe offers a seasonal menu of tasty salads, paninis, sandwiches and wraps using fresh ingredients. Stop in for a leisurely lunch or grab from the Gourmet-to-go menu. In addition, The Eclectic Chef offers catering services and cooking classes.

Five Loaves
The longtime Charleston staple has a local Summerville location, serving healthy and delicious lunch and dinner. They work with local farmers to procure the freshest ingredients and use antibiotic-free chicken and turkey raised in the Carolinas.

Known for their “Creative, Casual Cuisine,” Graze has an eclectic menu that changes often. With tons of vegetarian and gluten-free options, the health-conscious restaurant is the perfect complement to Summerville’s adventurous, fit community.

The southwest kitchen and tequila bar is actually very family-friendly with a great outdoor area and full kid’s menu. Lively and fun, the upbeat atmosphere is infectious and the food is superb.

Persimmon Cafe
With the original location tucked in a Charleston laundromat, Persimmon has a reputation for its quirky personality. But the pressed sandwiches are tasty as they can be, and the Summerville location recently started offering lunch delivery.

Perfectly Frank’s
The gourmet hotdog joint was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and rightly so. It’s everything a traditional hotdog restaurant should be: cheap and delicious!

Guerin’s Pharmacy
Every American small town worth its salt has one of these, but Guerin’s Pharmacy is one of the best. Open since the 1800s, the pharmacy is a catch-all for anything you need and serves the best ice-cream float around.


Flowertown Festival
Named one of the top 20 events in the southeast, the Flowertown Festival draws flower enthusiasts from near and far for the three-day event. With fresh blooms covering the town, it truly is Summerville at its best.

Summerville Farmer’s Market
Starting in April, the iconic Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 8am-1pm. Residents and visitors flock to the lot behind Town Hall for fresh meat, produce, breads and more. Many locals do their grocery shopping for the week!



The Coves at the Lakes of Cane Bay
Cane Bay, the state’s most popular neighborhood, surrounds a gorgeous 300 acre lake system; the perfect place for kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, fishing and sailing. The Coves at the Lakes is an ideal community for nature-lovers and active individuals with its many lakeside trails, including an 8 mile bike path. 10 minutes from downtown Summerville and 30 minutes from Charleston, its homes start in the low 300’s and have 3-6 bedrooms. With 11 beautiful floor plans starting at 2413 square feet from our Indigo and Palmetto Series, homes in the community feature fiber cement siding, hardwood floors, crown molding, granite countertops, and environmentally-friendly appliances and materials.

The Hammocks at Cane Bay
The family-friendly community is nestled within Cane Bay, South Carolina’s top selling neighborhood. With wooded surroundings and tranquil hiking trails, it is a peaceful oasis with all the amenities of downtown Summerville nearby, and Charleston a quick ride down the road. Homes start in the mid 200’s with plans ranging from 1686 to 3100 square feet featuring our Palmetto Series. The series includes 1 and 2 story plans with 2-3 car garages and fiber cement siding.  The community includes a pool, outdoor grilling area, fire pit, swings and children’s playground. Cane Bay schools are conveniently located within the neighborhood.

White Gables
White Gables is a friendly, affordable community with colorful cottages starting in the high 100’s. A quick three miles from historic Summerville, it is convenient to restaurants and shopping while maintaining the space for miles of jogging trails and local fishing ponds. The community features our Cottage Series, with floor plans ranging from 1,299 to 2,748 in 2-5 bedroom homes.  The historical architecture style is known for its wide porches, cement siding and craftsmen details. White Gables is within the award winning Dorchester II school district, serving Knightsville Elementary, Dubose Middle School and Summerville High School. The neighborhood includes a clubhouse, Olympic sized pool, park, tennis and basketball courts.

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