I live alone in an apartment just outside of the city of Charleston in West Ashley. I really have the best of both worlds. I live just away from downtown Charleston, and very near the airport and shopping. At night I can go outside and look up to see the clear Carolina sky and the stars, or make the short ten minute drive downtown to have dinner and go out.
The area is actually incredibly close to all of the plantations along the Ashley River and is also near the original Charles Towne landing of 1670.