The Downtown Charleston Neighborhoods: Radcliffeborough

The Downtown Charleston Neighborhoods:   Radcliffeborough

The Downtown Charleston Neighborhoods:   Radcliffeborough

Downtown Charleston SC Real Estate captures everything this picturesque waterfront city has to offer: the downtown southern restaurants, charming hotels, cruise ships, Victorian-style homes, arts and crafts homes, historic bungalows, nearby beaches, markets, and shops; not to mention the Charleston Waterfront Park and the Charleston South Carolina Aquarium.

Parking is often a challenge in downtown Charleston, but your best bet is to find a parking garage off King or Meeting Street and spend some time walking around the bustling area. Staying in one of the many downtown Charleston hotels or bed and breakfasts is a romantic experience to be had by all and they are located close to all of Charleston's restaurants and attractions.

If you walk around long enough, you're sure to find some of your favorite cuisine. With Charleston’s location on the water, there are seafood restaurants serving up the daily catch on nearly every block. If seafood isn’t your fare, there are many Italian and American restaurants to choose from in downtown Charleston.

The Charleston Market is downtown's hub on the weekends. Vendors set up tables along the open-air market and sell a variety of clothes, apparel, and art. The market's location is just a couple blocks from the ocean and Charleston Waterfront Park. 

Who wouldn’t want to find their next home in one of the nearby Downtown Charleston  neighborhoods?  The Charleston neighborhoods are South of Broad, Harleston Village, French Quarter, Ansonborough, Upper Concord Street, Radcliffeborough, Mazyck-Wraggborough, Cannonborough-Elliotborough,   Eastside, Westside, Hampton Park Terrace, Wagener Terrace, North Central, and East Central.  This series of blogs includes some history, a brief market analysis, and the boundaries of each neighborhood.  Explore Charleston SC Real Estate and find the right neighborhood and Charleston home for you.


Charleston’s Radcliffeborough neighborhood began as farmland purchased and surveyed by Thomas Radcliffe in 1786. Thomas’ estate and his widow, Lucretia continued to develop the borough after Thomas was lost at sea in 1806.  In 1811, the Third Episcopal Church was built on four lots donated by Mrs. Radcliffe for this purpose. St. Paul’s convenient local and grand appearance attracted rice planters from the neck to worship alongside homes built by merchants and mechanics, several free black families (from before the Civil War) as well as slaves living apart from their masters and after the war, newly freed slaves.

Today, Radcliffeborough is as racially and economically mixed as it was then but its boundaries have grown from its original eight blocks to span from King Street to Ashley Avenue and from Bee Street, to Calhoun. Its topography has changed as well and would seem incredibly different to Thomas Radcliffe. In his time and even up to 1846, Calhoun Street did not exist. The area that would eventually become Calhoun was a millpond and Comings Creek ran through the land where the Cathedral of St. Paul now stands.

During the past six months Charleston’s Radcliffeborough neighborhood had 8 homes sold at an average price of $512,038.  See Charleston SC Real Estate to search for homes.  View Radcliffeborough homes currently on the market here.

Radcliffeborough is bounded on the north side by the South side of Morris Street and one block to Bee Street, and on the south side by the North side of Calhoun Street.  The eastern boundary is the West side of King Street and the western boundary is the East side of Ashley Avenue.

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