Best Places to Retire: Charleston

October 25th, 2010

By Kelly Greene for The Wall Street Journal

Suzanne Hardie found herself drawn to Charleston, S.C., and its pedestrian-friendly, antebellum waterfront after wrapping up her chemical-engineering career with Procter & Gamble Co. She had been living in a small German city, where she walked everywhere and enjoyed the historical charm.

In fact, a few years before Ms. Hardie, who is 57 years old, and her husband Frank, 62, moved to Charleston in 2008, they bought a two-bedroom condo facing the Cooper River. Now they enjoy being a few blocks from the downtown hubbub while also being able to watch porpoises and herons from their porch.

The Hardies are part of a steady stream of retirees finding their way to South Carolina’s Lowcountry, an area that sweeps inland from the barrier islands of the Atlantic and extends some 150 miles along the state’s coast. Charleston sits in the center of this landscape and reflects its multiple personalities: a mix of cultural offerings, entertainment, history and natural beauty.

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