West Ashley is noted as the birthplace of Charleston, where English colonists established the first permanent settlement at Albemarle Point in 1670.[ The local Kiawah Indians led the colonists from the ship Carolina to a suitable settling ground. It is believed that the Indians welcomed the colonists, in the hope they might provide defense against the constant raids by the Westco Indians from Georgia. The original settlement, which was built in an unorganized manner, built fortifications early on due to fears of an invasion by the Spanish. In 1680, the settlement was relocated to the Charleston peninsula, in-between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. The 663-acre area of the original settlement's location has been preserved as a state historic site known as Charles Town Landing.
West Ashley Living:
You can’t get much closer to downtown at the great home prices still available in West Ashley. Neighborhoods along Savannah Highway enjoy about a five-minute drive into downtown. While those residents closer to I-526 and Highway 61 have a few more miles to drive, it’s a straight shot down 61 or Savannah Highway into downtown Charleston.
One of West Ashley’s most popular areas is Avondale, which features several restaurants and bars and other great shops and restaurants. Avondale is the perfect neighborhood for those who like to be able to run errands on foot. There are banks, grocery stores, home goods stores, doctor’s offices, veterinarians, and other necessities all within a less than one-mile radius of the area. Ashley Harbor, another popular are is a true gated water front community. The subdivision offers large lots, water access and great out door spaces.
The West Ashley Greenway provides a, public place to walk, run, and bike any time of day. The trail, which totals 7.8 miles, stretches from Wesley Drive at Folly Road all the way to McLeod Mill Road near Main Road. With expansion to connect to downtown.
Add in lots of shopping options such as chain stores, boutiques and a Whole Foods, close proximity beaches, golf and downtown it is a great choice.