Moving to the coast is pretty much living the dream. These 20 truly remarkable small towns, big cities, colorful islands, cozy communities, and exotic international destinations make it the dream of a lifetime.
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While the city of Charleston may have invented gracious urban living, this 20-year-old community that lies within Charleston’s borders on its own island offers a small-town version of that ideal in a setting that emphasizes open space, diverse architecture, and prime recreation facilities (including 25 miles of running and walking trails that meander among maritime forests and marshes, as well as along the water’s edge; two private golf courses and the Family Circle Tennis Center). Bordered by the Cooper and Wando rivers, this is a place of neighborhood boat ramps, fishing and crabbing docks, and weekend kayak expeditions. And this Lowcountry island life is only 15 miles from downtown Charleston, should one require a bit of the urban from time to time.