Situated in the heart and soul of South Carolina, Summerville is a southern city to its core, with enough charm to deserve its nickname of ‘Flower Town in the Pines’. Summerville is a suburb of coastal Charleston and has experienced rapid residential growth over the last few years. Whether you envision a large, Victorian-style home with a classic wraparound front porch, or a sleek, modern bungalow with enough spacing for a growing family, Summerville is happy to accommodate.
Summerville spans three counties, Dorchester, Berkeley, and Charleston, and is bordered by the Ashley River to the south and by the town of Lincolnville to the east. Within Summerville, the neighborhoods are wide and sweeping, offering residents something of a small town atmosphere with all the convenience of the city close at hand. The communities and classically southern subdivisions of the city are generally tight-knit and family-oriented, but with room for much expansion as the housing market has grown quickly and steadily in recent years. This residential boom is partly due to the lower taxes that Summerville boasts, as compared to Charleston. Those who enjoy historical locations will appreciate the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, Middleton Place, and Ashley River Road areas, which are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Many Summerville residents choose to commute to areas of Charleston for employment, though those who stay within the city can also choose from an array of meaningful jobs. The local school system and the government are two of the major employers for the city of Summerville. Plentiful business service opportunities, health and medical jobs, and retail employment possibilities are also available. One of the major job markets in Summerville is tourism, a local industry which is fueled in part by the annual Flowertown Festival, the largest and longest running arts and crafts festival in the state of South Carolina.