Your Neighborhoods 19

Focus on The Old Village

Taking a stroll in Mount Pleasant’s Old Village is like visiting a different era. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, it’s obvious why so many choose to call the Old Village, one of Mount Pleasant’s oldest waterfront communities, home. Historic Pitt Street was featured in the movie, The Notebook, and brings tourists each year to visit its tony shops, restaurants, eateries and hotspots. Harkening back to a time when life was lived at a much slower pace, residents are within walking distance to its shops, green spaces and nearby Shem Creek. Recognized for its stunning 18th & 19th century architectural style, beautiful parks, breathtaking harbor views, tree-lined, quiet streets and close proximity to Sullivan’s Island, it’s one of Mount Pleasant’s most treasured neighborhoods.

Fast Facts About The Old Village

  • Jacob Motte, Charleston City Treasurer, built a house on a property in 1759 and the 67-acre plantation was called Mount Pleasant. James Hibben purchased the plantation in 1803 and renovated the home. It still stands in the Old Village and is the oldest building in Mount Pleasant, known as the Hibben House.
  • Wealthy Charlestonians summered in the Village and many of the original homes, which date back to the post-civil war era, remain.
  • The Village’s historic districts is comprised of 30 blocks bound by the Charleston Harbor, Shem Creek, Royal Avenue and McCants Drive.
  • The Pitt Street Pharmacy on Pitt Street opened its doors 80 years ago. Many residents consider it the “heart” of their main street.
  • The Post House, an Inn, tavern and upscale restaurant also located on Pitt Street, was originally built by German immigrants in 1888.
  • The Pitt Street Bridge built in 1898 offers spectacular views of the Charleston harbor and is a hotspot for walking, running, biking, fishing, dog-walking, people-watching and water activities.
  • Mount Pleasant Academy, a public elementary school located on Center Street in the Old Village, was awarded the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence and The Palmetto Gold School for Academic Achievement.
  • Alhambra Hall, which overlooks the Charleston Harbor was a former Ferry Terminal, and now serves as a popular spot for weddings and other events.
  • Sales prices of lots and homes in the Old Village/Old Mt. Pleasant range from $300K to over $3M.
  • Old Mount Pleasant units built as of 2015: 1558; total units approved is 1703.*
  • Old Village Landing units built as of 2015: 95; total units approved is 113.*

*TOMP 2016 Demographics Report