Cara and I have lived in Kings Grant for about 5 years now. We purchased a classic "fixer upper" that needed a lot of cosmetic work as well as a new roof, new siding, and some new exterior trim. King's Grant was built in the 70's and there is a wide selection of homes, from custom built homes on the Ashley River, to the more typical homes in the neighborhood, most of which I believe were built by Centex.
It's important to note that neither Cara nor I commute in the morning. If you catch Dorchester Rd at the wrong time, as in, when everyone is taking their kids to school during the school year, you can be in for a long wait. We live on the border of Dorchester County North Charleston. We have a Summerville address. The defunct Kings Grant Golf Course is in North Charleston. Our neighborhood is located directly across Dorchester Rd from the main entrance to Wescott Plantation and the brand new Lowes Store. I expect that many outparcels will crop up in the next year to five years and it will be interesting what types of stores fill this space. What I like most about this location is that it's centrally located. It takes us about 30 minutes to get to downtown Charleston and just a little longer than that to get to Folly Beach. When can be to North Charleston shopping in 15 minutes as well as the relatively new Summerville shopping center in 15 minutes.
This side of town is still a bit lacking in good quality restaurants, although we do enjoy Tomatoes which is 10 minutes away. We eat at the Mustard Seed fairly often which is in the historic part of Summerville.
For newcomers, there is a wide variety of neighborhoods from which to choose, existing and new construction. I won't cover those in this post. There is something for everyone. In my priorities, drive time tops the list. There are a lot of things competing for our time today, and I appreciate time with the people I care about. The less time I spend commuting, the better. I fly a lot and the Charleston Airport is about 15 minutes away.
Think through the commute time issue. No matter where you work, the Charleston area has a neighborhood that can keep your commute time under 30 minutes, and probably one with decent schools. That would be my final comment. Charleston has some good schools and some that are dreadful. Dorchester County Schools are some of the best in the state. Given that South Carolina as a whole doesn't have the greatest schools, that's pretty important. Our son went to Summerville High School and did fine graduating from USC's Business Program while nearly working full time.