Longpoint, Mount Pleasant

A park lies at the end of it, and it borders on Boone Hall Plantation, a historic working plantation on possibly the last stretch of scenic road in fast-growing Mount Pleasant. Add in several neighborhoods of homes ranging from small starter homes photo of the Longpoint neighborhood entrance, Mount Pleasant, SCto large executive residences with views of Boone Hall Creek and you have Longpoint, one of the town's most desirable communities.

Development of Longpoint began in the late 1980s, so the community has the patina of maturity, with lovely tree-shaded lots in the handful of neighborhoods that lie to either side of Needlerush Parkway. There are about 450 homes in Longpoint, most built on larger-than-average lots and nestled among whispering pines and sturdy oaks. Homes range from about 1,300 square feet to more than 4,000, with prices starting in the mid-$200s and rising to $800,000.

Longpoint is convenient to excellent East Cooper schools, medical care and two major shopping meccas-Belle Hall and Towne Centre. It's just a few minutes to the sand and surf at the Isle of Palms and a relatively short commute to downtown Charleston.

Longpoint is a neighborhood built for getting together with friends and family. There's a centrally located clubhouse, along with a swimming pool, tennis courts, soccer field and a play park, as well as volleyball and basketball courts.

But the main attraction for many families is the park at the end of the road. Palmetto Islands County Park is a delight for nature lovers, with hiking trails, picnic shelters, a large open meadow for games and a special Big Toy playground for youngsters. For added enjoyment, visitors to the park can rent pedal boats and cruise around the lagoon or spend an afternoon at the crab and fishing dock. Dogs get in on the fun, too, because East Cooper's only dog park is located inside. During the summer, Splash Island is a big draw for neighborhood kids. Even without the park at the end of Needlerush Parkway, Longpoint is a great place to live, but for nature lovers the choice is clear. Longpoint is the place to call home.

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