Daniel Island, it's not the Truman Show

Daniel Island is Charleston's exclusive but laid-back coastal community with glimpses of a world-class resort. The down-home Southern hospitality gives this stylish island a relaxed but grown-up elegance. Covering approximately 4,000 acres and bordered by the Cooper and Wando Rivers, there are two sections to the island: the northern Daniel Island Park side and the southern Daniel Island South side. The housing at Daniel Island has been built in phases, starting in 1996 and is ongoing. When completed, the development is designed to accommodate 15,000 residents.

The award-winning planned community, which was developed by The Daniel Island Company in the late 1990s, and is named after the landowner and former colonial governor of the Carolinas, Robert Daniell from the 1600s. By the 1940s, Harry Frank Guggenheim owned the island and used it as a hunting plantation and hunting club. Upon his death in 1971, the land was put into a trust which developed the island.

The island maintains a small town vibe and is designed with more than 20 parks, 23 miles of rivers and creeks and 12 miles of trails and paths- making walking, biking and golf-carting the primary mode of transportation.

Its not unusual to see 300-400 brightly colored bikes parked outside the school, all unlocked. The community’s public school, Daniel Island

School, enrolls approximately 1,400 students in K through 8th grade. On the island you will also find, Bishop England High School and Daniel Island Academy (for preschool students aged 1 to 4). Philip Simmons High School is the public high school that is located just off the island.

The Daniel Island Club, an exclusive members-only entity that has two nationally ranked private golf courses, a clubhouse for events and resort-style swimming, fitness and tennis centers. The Daniel Island Yacht Club will be part of the new Waterfront DI community overlooking a new $5.6-million waterfront park.

Its resort-like amenities, central location, style and quality of architecture set it apart from most other coastal-living communities. You can play golf at a top ranked Charleston course, play tennis in a world-class facility, watch a concert at the Volvo Stadium, enjoy a great dinner at one of the several restaurants, shop at the islands grocery store and boutiques, walk by the water, launch your boat, paddle board and kayaks without leaving your community. Come see what "Island Life" is all about!