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Summerville, South Carolina

About Summerville, South Carolina

The town's name is evocative of its history. Situated on a pine-forested ridge, it was first inhabited in the late 1700's as Charlestonians and other inhabitants of the SC Lowcountry sought respite from the summer heat, mosquitos and disease. From May to September plantation families along the nearby Ashley River and other coastal areas, headed for higher elevation to live temporarily or "maroon," in the tiny forest colony soon dubbed Summerville. Other pioneer residents descended from those 1696 puritans who settled the nearby former colonial settlement of Dorchester, endowing Summerville with a heritage spanning three centuries.

Modernization came to town with the arrival of the railroad in the early 1800's and led the village to incorporation. Trees were being cut in large numbers for laying rails and the clearing of lots to relocate the commercial center near the tracks. To protect Summerville's biggest asset, the village became an official town in 1847, passing a first law prohibiting the cutting of certain-sized trees without permission, and fining offenders a then hefty $25. That ordinance, one of the oldest of its kind in the United States, is still on the books.

The last decade of the 19th century saw two of the worst local events, followed by one of the best pieces of luck ever to befall a struggling community. While still recovering from the War Between the States, Summerville suffered extensive destruction during the 1886 earthquake, followed by a downtown fire which wiped out most of the buildings surrounding the town square. The good fortune stemmed from Paris, France, when the International Congress of Physicians declared Summerville as one of the two best places in the world for the treatment and recovery of lung disorders. Such belief was founded in the purported healing aspects of that tree's turpentine scent. This led to the building of inns and hotels to handle the mass of visitors, who first came for their health and then discovering the comeliness of the town, built winter homes and often became permanent residents.

Summerville's beauty is mirrored in her motto, "The Flower Town in the Pines." Since the early 1900's tourists have flocked to the town during early spring to enjoy millions of spring blossoms, particularly azaleas, in private and public gardens, including the mid-town Azalea Park. It's no wonder perhaps that the motto on the town's official seal is "Sacra Pinus Esto- The Pine is Sacred".

Despite the publicity and the development it spurred, the town's population hovered around 3,000 for nearly a century, not reaching 6,000 until the late 1970's. Then, as a bedroom community for the larger urban centers in the area, the charm of Summerville resulted in a doubling of the population in the 1980's. It continues to attract families, business people and military personnel, all looking for a quality of life that has long since disappeared in cities. It is hard to believe that 40 years ago the Town of Summerville had a population of 3,000 and today we exceed 46,000.

Real Estate Statistics
Total Listings 1,820
Average Price $358,083
Highest Price $8,250,000
Lowest Price $795


1,820 Properties Found. Page 1 of 152.
Photo of Listing #30008966

805 Jedburg Rd, Summerville


MLS® # 30008966

Photo of Listing #30008987

805 Jedburg Rd, Summerville


MLS® # 30008987

Photo of Listing #30189241

0 Jedburg Rd, Summerville


MLS® # 30189241

Photo of Listing #30189068

Highway 17a, Summerville


MLS® # 30189068

Photo of Listing #29964671

601 Hodge Rd, Summerville


MLS® # 29964671

Photo of Listing #30105954

Highway 17 A Boonehill Rd & Dorchester Rd, Summerville


MLS® # 30105954

Photo of Listing #30171595

0 Sigma Dr, Summerville


MLS® # 30171595

Photo of Listing #29852993

0 Business Park Rd, Summerville


MLS® # 29852993

Photo of Listing #29854104

254 Skeet Rd, Summerville


MLS® # 29854104

Photo of Listing #30149549

1013 Hardwood Lane, Summerville


MLS® # 30149549

Photo of Listing #2808213

3121 S Highway 17a, Summerville


MLS® # 2808213

Photo of Listing #18007680

Mallard Road, Summerville


MLS® # 18007680

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