Johns Island is a barrier island off the coast of Charleston County. It is inshore of Seabrook Island and Kiawah, west of James Island, east of Wadmalaw Island, and separated from the mainland by the Stono River which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Almost one-third of the island has been annexed by the City of Charleston.
Situated only ten miles from historic downtown Charleston, Johns Island is a beautiful island that offers a multitude of some of the most exquisite homes and is in proximity to numerous places and wonderful amenities. With two new bridges, and access to Kiawah and Seabrook Islands with an executive airport, this island is a perfect suburban address to call home.
Unlike the majority of Lowcountry communities, Johns Island is one of the last bastions of the gracious old rural South. Nevertheless, a few developers have managed to build residential communities that offer beautiful developments blending into pristine fields and marshland. These homes are particularly attractive to retirees who appreciate the tranquility and simplicity of the island's slower pace. At one time Johns Island produced the lion's share of the city's fruits and vegetables and farmers markets or roadside stands are still common sights.
The island is home to the venerable Angel Oak, a live oak tree said to be between 500 and 1,500 years old. The tree is 65-feet tall, but the shaded area covered by its foliage extends over 17,000 square feet! The City of Charleston has established a small park surrounding the tree and operates a visitors center on the property.