The Elms of Charleston is a beautiful 55+ community in Charleston, SC.

The Elms of Charleston is a beautiful 55+ community that provides retirees with low-maintenance living and resort-style amenities within a tranquil setting. This established active adult community in Charleston, South Carolina, also offers residents a rich lineup of activities and events as well as a prime location that has plenty of entertainment and attractions.


The Elms of Charleston was developed by Ryland Homes and Summerville Homes between 1987 and 2016. This 55+ community has a total of 325 attached and single-family homes that are priced from the low $100s to high $200s. All homes offer single-level living with master suites on the first floor. Homebuyers can choose from a wide selection of resale attached homes and single-family patio homes. Attached homes offer 910 to 1,616 square feet of living space and have one or two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages.

Buyers looking for more space and privacy will enjoy the single-family homes that range in size from 1,409 to 1,977 square feet and have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one or two-car garages. These homes feature spacious layouts, large master suites, and gourmet kitchens.

Active adults also enjoy the community’s low-maintenance lifestyle. An annual homeowners’ association fee covers the cost of community upkeep as well as lawn services and power washing on all homes.

Amenities & Recreation

This active adult community also provides residents with resort-style amenities that promote an active and healthy lifestyle. The 8,000 square-foot clubhouse is the central hub of social activity and physical recreation for all residents of the community. It has an exercise room where homeowners can maintain a fitness regimen. The great room is the perfect spot to meet with neighbors for a social event. The game room is a fun place to play cards or board games with friends and the library is a quiet place for residents to enjoy a good book. A catering kitchen is also available for preparing snacks for a club meeting.

Outdoors, residents also have access to a swimming pool that’s perfect for swimming a few laps or lounging under the sun. The tennis, shuffleboard and bocce ball courts are on-site and provide plenty of physical activity and friendly competition among neighbors.

Lifestyle & Location

Residents also enjoy the community’s social atmosphere. The Elms of Charleston has a full-time social director who plans events and trips for all residents to enjoy. The community also hosts more than a dozen clubs, activities, and events throughout the year ranging from computer class and bingo to tennis and movie nights. Neighbors can also stay in shape by joining exercise groups like afternoon fitness, water aerobics, or fitness classes. With so many social options to choose from, active adults never have a dull moment living in The Elms of Charleston.

It’s ideal location in Charleston allows residents of The Elms of Charleston to enjoy everything the area has to offer. Homeowners have easy access to plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options within close proximity to the community as well as medical facilities like the Trident Medical Center. Interstate 26 is just a mile away and makes it convenient to drive across town to visit popular attractions like Francis Marion National Forest, South Carolina Aquarium, Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, Fire Museum, Fort Sumter National Monument, and Wannamaker County Park.

Residents are also near beautiful coastal beaches as well as downtown Charleston, which offers a rich and historic setting. There are also numerous golf courses throughout Charleston including Links at Stono Ferry and Patriots Point Links.

With so much to do and see in Charleston, it’s easy to see why so many retirees flock to The Elms of Charleston in Coastal South Carolina.