Tucked between Mathis Ferry Road—a main thoroughfare in Mount Pleasant—and the marshy banks of Hobcaw Creek lies I’On, a planned community founded in 1995. The neighborhood is a sweet spot for families and couples of all ages, boasting grand homes that mimic the European-influenced architecture of downtown Charleston; a quaint square with shops and restaurants; easy access to water and wildlife; and a bustling clubhouse with pools, tennis courts, and family events galore. As it’s situated roughly two miles from the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, residents are just minutes from downtown Charleston—not to mention the restaurants, movie theaters, and shopping outlets aplenty located throughout the Town of Mount Pleasant.
THE HOMES: For those who adore the architectural details found throughout Charleston’s French Quarter but aren’t interested in the upkeep of a historic home, I’On is a perfect and one-of-a-kind option. The houses lie close to one another to both mimic the design of downtown Charleston and to support friendly interaction with neighbors. They offer the visual appeal of tradition Charleston Singles—wrought-iron gates, window boxes, spacious piazzas, ornate millwork, and on—but are less than a quarter-century old. Plus, an HOA keeps the tight-knit community’s streets, sidewalks, and public spaces tidy year-round.
THE COMMUNITY: I’On is attractive to families for a host of reasons. Mount Pleasant is known for its top-notch public school system and I’On specifiically is home to the state’s first public charter Montessori school. The Mount Pleasant Amphitheater—a green space located beside one of the neighborhood’s many picturesque lakes—regularly hosts movie nights, picnics, and live music. And The I’On Club contains three pools (one that’s an eight-lane junior olympic pool) and seven clay tennis courts. Residents of all ages enjoy easy access to Hobcaw Creek via a neighborhood boat ramp (the creek is an off-shoot of the mighty Wando River), and can reap the benefits of nature via six miles of trails, including 2.5 miles that overlook the marsh, and an on-site bird rookery. I’On Square is the commercial hub of the neighborhood and holds a handful of yummy restaurants (Square Onion is fantastic for lunch and O’Brion’s Pub & Grill is great for drinks or dinner), a luxury bed and breakfast (The Inn at I’On), and more.