Residents of Daniel Island Park automatically receive a social membership to the club, which includes access to the private swimming pools, tennis courts, club dining, and fitness center. Those who do not live on the “park side,” may purchase either a sports membership, which includes all the aforementioned amenities.
Full golf memberships include privileges to the two championship golf courses: Beresford Creek designed Tom Fazio and Ralston Creek designed by Rees Jones. Both courses play out of the same clubhouse, a Lowcountry style mansion that features a golf and tennis shop, pub, locker facilities, and casual dining. Home within Daniel Island Park range in price from $900,000 for a luxury townhome to more than $3 million for a custom estate.
Located on the southside of Daniel Island, established neighborhoods such as Codners Ferry, Etiwan Park, Cochran Park, Center Park and Smythe Park all boast tree-lined sidewalks, quiet streets, and thematically constructed playgrounds. Often called a “modern Mayberry,” families living in these connected communities appreciate the close proximity to Daniel Island School, a top-rated school serving children from Kindergarten through eighth grade. A consecutive recipient of the South Carolina Palmetto Gold honor, Daniel Island School has a concentration in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). In fact, third through eighth grade students all receive a school-issued Google Chromebook to use for digital assignments, projects, and presentations. After graduating from Daniel Island School, students transition to Phillip Simmons High School, a brand new facility located on Clements Ferry Road. Many families opt to stay on the island and attend Bishop England School, a private Catholic high school established in 1915. Bishop England is well known for its academic rigor and competitive sports teams. The baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and football fields are all conveniently located on the school campus, thus bringing together the entire community for Friday Night Lights.
Parents need not worry about buses or carpools as most elementary and middle school children utilize the bike paths to and from school. After school, children enjoy fishing at Smythe Lake, biking to Tropical Smoothie for a healthy treat, swinging at Pierce Park, playing sports at one of the many open fields, or participating in after-school clubs and activities. Residents of these neighborhoods have access to two swimming pools, one located on Scott Street and the other on Pierce Street. Outdoor grills and picnic areas are located by the swimming pools and at some of the parks. Annual events such as the Pumpkin Walk, Light the Night, Scout fishing tournament, and Fourth of July festivities all lend to community camaraderie and sincere friendships.
Affectionately tagged as “Charleston’s Island Town,” Daniel Island is governed by the City of Charleston but a part of Berkeley County. The coastal city has its own downtown area that includes a grocery store (Publix), numerous retail shops, medical practices, restaurants, salons, and other businesses. Residents enjoy biking to popular pubs and eateries such a Laura Albert’s, Sermet’s, Daniel Island Grill (DIG), Orlando’s Pizza, and Lidi’s. With a strong focus on family, downtown Daniel Island also has Black Tie Music Academy, Japan Karate Institute, and a recreation department. Operated by the City of Charleston, the Recreational Department on Daniel Island offers numerous organized sports including lacrosse, soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and flag football. Additionally, the recreation department hosts after school programs, camps, and classes with focus in music, art, or community service. Though not affiliated with the City of Charleston’s recreation department, Daniel Island also has its own competitive swim teams, soccer teams, baseball teams, and tennis teams. The tennis teams and soccer teams are often supported by coaches from the Volvo Car Open Tennis Complex and the Charleston Battery Soccer team, respectively. The Volvo Car Open is an annual tennis tournament held on Daniel Island and features the world’s top female tennis players. When not used for tennis matches, the stadium hosts a variety of concerts, including an annual show by Darius Rucker and his former band, Hootie and the Blowfish. The MUSC Health Stadium, home of the Charleston Battery soccer team, also hosts a variety of sport and entertainment events including weekly outdoor movies for families.
Daniel Island is home to nationally-known businesses such as Blackbaud and Benefitfocus, and it is a short distance to other major corporations like Boeing and SPAWAR. Commuters appreciate the short commute via I-526 to downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, and the Charleston International Airport. As one resident stated, “We really do not need to leave the island, but if we do, we are only 15-minutes away to everywhere else we would want to be.”
For all the amenities, dining options, entertainment, and businesses, perhaps Daniel’s Island greatest commodity is its dedication to preservation and outdoor enjoyment. Bike paths meander throughout the island and wooded bike trails provide panoramic views of the Wando River. Residents of Daniel Island rave about its uniqueness and invaluable real estate.