Tired of Hour Plus Commutes and High Housing Costs? Try Charleston

Thankfully, for most of my adult life, I’ve held positions where I controlled my hours, and have never worked 9 to 5 my whole life.  But many of you do, not so much 9 to 5 maybe, but have to be to the office at a particular time…and that means rush hour traffic. 

Read http://www.charlestonbusiness.com/pub/12_2/news/5693-1.html   “According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the mean travel time to work for people in Dorchester County was 28 minutes. It was slightly less for Berkeley and Charleston counties.”  I’m sure it’s a little more now, but the point is, in Charleston you can have a short commute. 

 We live on Dorchester Rd in Kings Grant and have run into morning traffic from time to time, with morning meetings.  It’s pretty brutal if you’re trying to get down Dorchester Rd at 7 in the morning during the school year.  You can easily sit for 20 minutes, if no longer, between Ladson Rd and Ashley Phosphate Rd. 

Here’s the point.   If you’re moving to Charleston, you don’t have to have a long commute, even if you have to be at work at 8am.  Or, you can have a much shorter commute.  No matter where you work, you can have a 30 minute commute on most days.  You just have to take care picking your neighborhood. 

Why have a long commute if you don’t need to?  I don’t know too many people who would prefer to be in their car…there are people that have a greater tolerance for it and appreciate the solitude…but there are much better places to experience solitude.  So, now you have one more thing to look forward to when you move to Charleston.  Cara and I lived in Atlanta for a couple of years, and managed to miss the traffic most of the time, but if you live in Alpharetta, and work in Buckhead or downtown, you have a mess on your hands every day. 

 Affordability – There really aren’t any reasonably affordable choices for you if you work in Buckhead or downtown.  The same is true in most cities.  Homes close to town where there are large concentrations of offices are prohibitively expensive.  So people move to the suburbs, and when that happens, you end up with ridiculous traffic.  Our downtown commercial area here in Charleston is not that big, comparitively speaking, and our offices are more spread out.  And so is the traffic.  As of this writing, you should be able to find a nice home in a decent neighborhood with good schools for less than $110/sqft in Goose Creek, Summerville, or Hanahan.  The prices go up in other parts of town such as Mt. Pleasant, James Island, West Ashley etc.  In Mt. Pleasant, prices are closer to $150/sqft for a 2400 sqft production built home.  James Island/West Ashley $120.  $150 is out of reach for most families, but then, let’s say you work in Mt. Pleasant, you can always adjust your priorities and live in a smaller home without that extra family room, and have more time to spend with your family. 

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