Ironically, Charleston ’s first post-war automobile suburb also has roots back to the first days of the colony’s settlement, and was the site of some of the antebellum era’s grandest plantations.
As the cost of housing on the peninsula continues to rise, this area on the west bank of the Ashley River is experiencing a newfound cachet today for hipsters and young families alike.
For most visitors, though, the biggest draws are the ancient plantations and historic sites along the west bank of the river: Charles Towne Landing , Drayton Hall , Magnolia Plantation , and Middleton Place  farthest north.
Getting to this area from Charleston  proper is easy. Take U.S. 17 (“the Crosstown”) west across the Ashley River until the junction with Highway 61. Take a right north onto Highway 61; veer right to get on Highway 7 for Charles Towne Landing, or stay left on Highway 61 for the plantations.