About I'On Village & Olde Park
Inspired by the neighborhoods of Historic Charleston, I'ON was designed with narrow streets through quaint neighborhoods lined with homes with distinctive southern architecture giving the community a very unique character. Reminiscent of past times, neighbors catch up with each other from their inviting front porches. The location is excellent. Residents can easily reach downtown Charleston over the nearby Ravenel Bridge, enjoy a 10 minute drive to the beach and jump on 526 toward the airport. Read More
I'ON Village and Olde Park
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I'ON Village and Olde Park
Development of this nearly 300-acre tract was started in the mid-1990s to take advantage of a rolling landscape along the creeks and marshlands on the northern border and Hobcaw Creek. From the beginning, I'On was designed to encourage walking and social interaction. Streets have been designed to be deliberately cranky and deliberately skinny according to Victor Dover of Dover, Kohl, and Partners, the project planners. While this performs a traffic calming benefit, the real reward is a community with a distinctive culture and unique, highly impressive architecture. Each home is a masterpiece in its own right. Wide brick and concrete sidewalks shaded with elegant palms or moss-draped oaks network the 6 residential boroughs. Homes sit well forward on their lots to encourage conversation among neighbors and passer-bys. Home sizes vary greatly but all are single-family detached. There are no apartments, condos or townhomes in I'On real estate options. Build out is all but completed and there are 762 homes. Careful attention to building sites, proportions and materials has resulted in one of the most attractive streetscapes in the country. While no two homes are the same the congruency of native materials and design guidelines makes for a most pleasing look. Westlake and Eastlake are the two grand lakes in Ion. They are connected by dual concrete canals that along with a group specially designed homes, create the look of Venice. Residents have many wonderful amenities at their disposal. There are 6 miles of walking trails, 2.5 miles of marsh front paths, crabbing docks, amphitheater, 12 pocket parks, and a rookery. There is also a deep water access boat ramp. I'On Square provides an easy gathering space for special events or an easy place to enjoy a meal. Several specialty shops help occupy the 30,000 square feet of this commercial space at the entrance to Ion. I'On Village homes range from the $700,000s to over $2,000,000.
Situated directly to the East of Ion, Olde Park welcomes visitors with stately brick and landscaped entrance providing a hint as to what to expect from the 114 executive homes within. This community was a former winner of Mount Pleasant’s “Civic Pride Award”. Homes here feature lush landscapes amid graceful live oaks draped in Spanish Moss and are of the “Southern Living” vernacular. Minimum square footage for this neighborhood is 2500 square feet but most homes are at least 3500 to 4500 square feet. The wide boulevard curving through the community accentuates the large lot sizes, some well over an acre. While a modern day development, the feel here is though the community has been here a long time. There is a definite mature elegance to Olde Park. Four ponds grace the manicured grounds and there is a community gazebo for lakeside gatherings. The connective streets with I’ON Village and a amenities sharing agreement gives residents the ability to access to pools, tennis and other I’on perks. The quiet natural splendor combined with beautiful custom heritage homes makes Olde Park a must for the discerning home buyer. Prices range from the $900,000s to over $2,000,000
Life in I'On and Olde Park
Residents of these communities treasure their proximity to the span that connects their neighborhoods to the #1 tourist city in the world. In fact, it is possible to walk, jog or ride a bicycle into Charleston. It does require good conditioning and stamina but to many who make the journey that is the whole point. Early morning may have many residents using “The Bridge” as their morning exercise. They might leave from the development or shorten the trek 3 miles by beginning at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Another busy spot is the I’on Club. Tennis matches are underway and those who prefer their exercise in the aquatic fashion are making laps in the pool.
As the fastest growing city in South Carolina, Mount Pleasant has grown from a sleepy fishing village to a town with all sorts of businesses. Virtually every type of retail operation has come to one of the several shopping centers scattered around town. Whether it’s to work or shop, these two communities are no more than a few miles away. The same can be said about the food scene. Breakfast aficionados will be hurrying to the Okra Grill and nearby Shem Creek which are also accessible by bicycle. The morning commute for these residents is never too difficult. The town has every type of professional service provider. Accountants, lawyers, doctors, dentists and more are within minutes so running errands can be a breeze. The trip downtown is quick. It takes more time to find parking than to cross the bridge!
Recreational activities near home are many. Fishing and golf are very close. Drop a line in at the Mount Pleasant Fishing Pier or hop on a fishing charter at Water’s Edge on Shem Creek. Rent a kayak or paddleboard at Nature Adventures Outfitters just next door. Patriots Point Golf Course can provide a wonderful 18 holes of scenic harbor views or just practice your swing on their driving range. Trips out to the beach can’t be beat for recharging your batteries. It is entirely possible to ride a bicycle the whole way to Sullivan’s Island.
The evenings are full of possibilities in and around these neighborhoods. Barbecue on the deck with family or friends or maybe pop into O’ brion’s Pub on the square for their famous fish and chips. One of Charleston’s best-kept secrets is the fine dining you can experience at Langdon’s just outside the Ion entrance in Shellmore Village. The Shem Creek area can’t be beat for Happy Hour and waterfront dining choices. Good crowds are always having fun at Waters Edge, Tavern and Table and RB’S. There is no better place for dolphin sightings. Travel a few blocks more and the Old Village dining establishments can be found on both sides of Coleman Boulevard. Red Drum and The Old Post House have been consistent crowd pleasers for years. A walk down the boardwalk of Shem Creek Park is rewarded with stellar views of the Charleston Harbor.
The I’on community is very interactive and communication among residents is paramount. A monthly newsletter is published and distributed to all homeowners notifying each as to what activities are happening in any particular month. Reoccurring fun events include First Friday Cocktails, Lunch Bunch, Women’s Coffee, Pot Luck Dinner and Movie Group. Yearly community sponsored events include Fourth of July Salute on the Square, Halloween in the Hood and the Christmas Holiday Festival. There is a community garden for residents with a green thumb.
The I’On Club
This membership based club certainly serves as the social hub for many I’on and Olde Park families and there is little wonder why. There are 7 lighted clay surface tennis courts, 3 swimming pools, exercise gym, and a restaurant. Competitive swimmers will enjoy the Junior Olympic saline pool while adults and babies have dedicated pools of their own. The club is equipped with complete locker facilities and meeting rooms for members. The I’on Club is conveniently located between the Ionsborough and Eastlake neighborhoods making it easy for visitors to find. The club is open year round for members enjoyment.
The Creek Club
The picturesque location of this venue along Hobcaw Creek is like being in a postcard of the Lowcountry. Marshfront vistas layout before visitors for miles. Snowy Egrets and Herons work among the grasses while osprey and Red Tail Hawks soar overhead. Guests standing on the wide outdoor porches or on the manicured lawn are sure to be mesmerized. The facility was designed to accommodate as many as 300 guests in 5,000 square feet. The interior features a vaulted beamed ceiling, two fireplaces and oversized windows to capture the stunning view. The facility has a floating dock and pier for arrivals and departures by boat. What a perfect location for your fall shrimp boil or oyster roast.
Located just inside the gateway to Ion Village is over 30,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. Among the tenants are O’Brions Pub, Square Onion Deli, Grace Salon &Spa, Sweet Olive gift shop, and the upscale I’on Inn. Centerpiece of the square is a landscaped outdoor dining park that seems to always be in use by residents enjoying delicious fare.
As part of the developer’s commitment to natural wildlife conservation, this 5-acre tract in the middle of the community was deliberately left untouched and is a dedicated wildlife preserve. The rookery serves as a nesting ground for wildlife of all types. The sheltered environment provides a sanctuary for migratory waterfowl as they travel through as well as a permanent home for native South Carolina birds. Occasional wild deer are spotted along the nature path that abuts this special serene location. A walk along The Rookery can make the most difficult days disappear from memory.
The first community structure built in Ion was this structure on the 12 acre East Lake. Designed as an encouragement to residents to enjoy life on the lakes, it has provided many additional uses. What a great place to read a book, catch some sun or snap a flattering photograph. The classic floating platform has been the site for wedding proposals and nuptials alike. What a great place to share a glass of wine. Oh yes, it’s also a great place to tie up your kayak!
Located on the eastern bank of Westlake this outdoor venue provides residents with wonderful entertainment options throughout the year. The facility also serves as the main stage for community-centered celebrations such as the Fourth of July and Christmas Festival. The Charleston Community Band performs concerts regularly and the music carries to all corners of the lake. Those fortunate enough to overlook the orchestra can enjoy the performance from their piazza. Neighborhood children find this amenity particularly appealing, honing their performance skills in front of imaginary audiences.
These twin lakes with their manicured banks invite residents to enjoy a cooling kayak or canoe ride in comfort and safety. Each lake is large enough to provide an interesting experience but a trip through the dual canals is a must. Some of the community’s finest homes come into view creating a Venice-like atmosphere. Dangling foliage over the hardscape canal walls treats boaters to a colorful show during most of the year. The banks of both lakes provide a great place to picnic and serve as crowd seating areas during outdoor events.
Scattered throughout the community are 12 pocket parks. In an uncanny display of planning, it seems like there is a park everywhere you might want or expect one. Furthermore, no two are alike. Some are quite formal with structured plantings, some natural and free flowing. There are parks with equipment designed to amuse children and some with only benches and wildflowers for adults. The Community Eastlake Soccer field is home to rousing competitions on weekends. Travel between neighborhoods was encouraged in the design phase so each park could be easily visited.
Docks and Boat ramp
Access to the water is the sign of a well thought out community. I’on Village has almost 2.5 miles of marsh front trails and they also have provided residents with 3 docks for shrimping and crabbing. A little skill, luck, and good timing might just provide most the makings for the classic Lowcountry Frogmore Stew. If fishing is more in order put your boat in the water at the community boat ramp. This southern location provides quick access to the Charleston Harbor
I’On Village and Olde Park are adjacent to one another off scenic Mathis Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant, SC. Certainly, one aspect of the popularity of these two communities is their great location. Approximately 3 miles from the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge residents find trips into Historic Charleston take only a few minutes. Trips to the beaches are quite simple too. Sullivan’s Island is just 7 miles away and it’s just another 3 miles up to the Isle of Palms Beach. The Charleston Airport is about 20-25 minutes away and there are a couple of ways to get there. From Interstate 26- Take 26 East until you get to the 17 North exit to Mount Pleasant[exit 220 B]. Traverse the Ravenel Bridge over the Charleston Harbor to Mount Pleasant .Drive carefully but don’t miss the view of Patriots Point Maritime Museum and Fort Sumter. Turn left on Mathis Ferry Road. I’on and Olde Park are on your left in approximately 3 miles. From 526 [airport]- Take 526 East and get off at exit 30 US17 South toward Charleston. Make a right turn onto Shellmore. Follow to the entrance to Ion.
Both communities have usage of the same Charleston County Schools. In addition one of the first successful Montessori Charter Schools in the state is located in I’on Village.
James B Edwards Elementary- Grades 1-5. Built in 1981 and expanded several times this school is the only Global Leadership School in the county. It is home to approximately 600 students and is rated “excellent” by the South Carolina Department of Education and received an A from the Federal Rating System. JBE has won a Palmetto Finest award, Environmental School of the Year, Inviting School Award and the Palmetto Gold Award.
East Cooper Montessori Charter School- Grades 1-8. This Small and lively campus is tucked safely within the confines of I’on Village. Attendance is over 250 students. Students have use of community parks and playgrounds.
Moultrie Middle School-Grades 6-8. Since opening as a new facility just a few years ago this school has consistently ranked as one of the highest performing schools in South Carolina. Located in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant students learn using the latest teaching tools and techniques in one of the most historical places in America. Currently home to over 800 students MMS has won the Palmetto Gold Award. There are many clubs organized at MMS including Archery, Book, Math, Science, Chess and Women in Charge clubs.
Wando High School-Grades 9-12. The largest high school in South Carolina with over 4000 students on a 100-acre campus. Since opening in 2009 Wando has consistently been among the top performing schools the state. The curriculum offers over 250 courses including an engineering program. Wando offers Advance Placement, Dual Credit, Honors, College Prep and Applied Technology courses. Athletic programs here are among the best in the state with more State and Regional Champions than any other school. The Wando Band has 10 State Championships as well. Rated as “excellent” by the South Carolina Department of Education this school is a Nation Gold Council of Excellence winner. Over 93% of Wando Students plan to pursue a college education.
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