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Clements Ferry Road Living…


Everyone – “Where do you live?”

Me – “Off of Clements Ferry Road.”


Everyone – “Oh, so on Daniel Island?”

Me – “No, but close!  Just a few miles down the road.”

<side eye>

Oy!  Can you relate? I know MANY of y’all can!

There are several neighborhoods off of Clements Ferry Road. The Retreat at Beresford, Beresford Hall, Beresford Creek Landing, Beresford Commons, Nelliefield Plantation, and The Peninsula. Have I missed any? Cain Crossing, folks – I am sure you can relate!  There are several neighborhoods in progress, as well.

We do not live in Mount Pleasant (although many of us may have that wish!). It’s not Wando or Cainhoy. Nope, we don’t live on Daniel Island!

We are in Charleston City limits, but in Berkeley County. Our address is “Charleston” with a Daniel Island zip code.

Confused yet? Yup, me too!

Some of our children are zoned for Daniel Island School while others are zoned for Cainhoy School. Rumor has it, ALL of our cuties will be zoned for the brand new schools: Philip Simmons Elementary/Middle (August 2016) and Philip Simmons High (August 2017).  Rejoice – something we get to share with others!

Having a town/area name sure would be helpful!

Without further ado, You Know You Live “Off of Clements Ferry Road” When You…

  • Shake your head when you hear that road widening, a 2-year project, will not start until 2016!
  • Take a deep breath (while saying 4-letter words under your breath) when taking a left out of your neighborhood
  • Have to travel to Publix on Daniel Island or Harris Teeter on 41 for milk (MILK!)
  • Beg and plead for a pharmacy and a coffee shop (I vote CVS and Dunkin’ Donuts, all day long!)
  • Wish there were more restaurants/take out choices…and delivery options, even!
  • Curse the tractor trailors and container trucks, at least daily
  •  Wonder if that Cainhoy Fire Station is actually in working order or not…?  They sure clean that fire truck often!
  • Think about Bo-Berry Biscuits each time you pass the Bojangles (okay, maybe this only applies to pregos!)
  • Want to hurt people who use that random lane by the light at 526 as a merging lane when it SO IS NOT!
  • Are beyond curious about the inside of “the blue building,” but not enough to check it out
  • Worry that if your family had an emergency, there would be confusion/delays by authorized personnel (a history of this has been documented!)
  • Are thankful that you only smell the Paper Mill a few times a month, when the wind is just wrong
  • Love where you live, but wish it just HAD A NAME!!!


What do you wish we had off of Clements Ferry Road?

Any town name suggestions?  Anything is better than NOTHING!

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14 Responses to Clements Ferry Road Living…

  1. Morgan {California To Carolina} August 31, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    Yep, good ol’ CFR. 🙂 I’m in the Peninsula now, but moving to Nelliefield in two weeks. Can’t beat the size of house you get for the money out here vs. Mt. Pleasant…and IMO it’s not that far from most of Mt. Pleasant, so I still feel like I have those perks. I don’t see the big difference living like WAY inside Dunes West or Rivertowne than where I live because by the time they get OUT of their neighborhood, I’m pretty much there already. The new schools are going to be great…glad this is the last year at Cainhoy. Having them right there will be so convenient.

  2. gina August 31, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    We just moved here and this blog is perfect!!!
    I would love to see Starbucks (need my morning crack! Aaaaannnnd … they usually have a nice sitting area to relax before starting the day.
    Also – would love to see WHOLE FOODS (I have submitted a written request for them to look at this area).
    Agreed that there needs to be some good – not fast food – restaurants. Seeing more GF options on menus would be wonderful too!

  3. Maurica August 31, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    The area “Off Clements Ferry Road” is called the Wando and Cainhoy community.The now Daniels Island area was known as The Ferry or yellow house area. Before all the subdivisions came in. It was a quite, no traffic community and we didn’t even need extra lanes. A lot of things has changed, but for the people who grew up there, wish it would’ve stayed the same. Once upon a time, no one wanted to live here Off Clements Ferry. It was considered the poverty stricken area. Now more subdivisions are being built as we speak. I miss the good old days.

    • Jessica October 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      I concur. It does indeed have a name. Wando/Cainhoy. However, since all of the new development I’m assuming that those names do not suffice for new residents.

      I along with Maurica hope that the original names hold so that our history and our culture is not lost in translation.

      “off of Clements Ferry Road” has a name……..Wando, Cainhoy, Clements Ferry —perhaps the prestige of “Daniel Island” has caused some to want to abandon these historic names.

  4. Cainhoy Fire Department August 31, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    Cainhoy Fire Department is a fully operational Fire & Rescue department that provides coverage to un-incorporated areas of Berkeley County including Cainhoy, Wando, and parts of Huger. Station 3 on Clements Ferry Road is currently our headquarters station. We staff this station with part-time employees Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. The rest of the time is covered by 30 trained and certified members that volunteer to help their community.

    Thank you for noticing cleanliness of our equipment. We appreciate the apparatus and equipment that is provided to us by our taxpayers, and take pride in maintaining all of it in a clean and working order.

  5. ELincoln August 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    I would love to see the original name of Wando to be used ince again.

  6. Chris Lacey August 31, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    Hi Sarah,

    This is a great blog post! Someone posted it to the Peninsula FB page so I was lucky enough to catch it. We moved from Upstate NY (near Albany) to Charleston in December 2013. Originally moved into The Peninsula but quickly got frustrated over pretty much everything in your post – not to mention the crazy HOA CMG. Lasted a year. Loved the area and people, but ended up moving to Mt. P. The tractor trailers were the worst, and you are totally spot on about the lack of a pharmacy. I can’t imagine what the morning commute will look like during the road widening project.

    Hopefully all the communities eventually have their own identity, but we are so happy we moved out when we had the opportunity to. Will check out some more of your posts now.


  7. Alycia Lear August 31, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

    I have gotten to the point that I just give my zip code and they tell me where I live. I have had it show up as Cainhoy, Charleston, Wando and Huger. I moved from Sullivans island but have to say I love the location just wish I could find a few acres not attached to a HOA especially CMG. I am begging for a couple of places that deliver within an hour and 45 mins but no such luck. However a grocery store would be the best. Thankfully the butcher on Clements Ferry started carrying bread,milk,butter and eggs. I love your post.

  8. Greg Jackson September 1, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

    This is spot on! Thanks for the laugh.

  9. Charles floyd October 4, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    Love the comments. Funny-clean a rare thing these days! I love telling folks Wando makes think!

    • Brady Hartzog November 11, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

      Are you Charles Floyd who attended North Charleston High School in 1966? We are trying to locate him about our 50th reunion. [email protected] or 435-901-8442

  10. Monte Stenger October 15, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    I wish we had someone to truly represent this area, I just read on the SC DOT website that they are not starting the widening until Fall 2016 and completed by Spring of 2020!! This has to go down as the longest project ever for 4.5 miles of construction. It also works out to be about $7.5M per mile. Amazing

  11. Justin November 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    We live off of Marina Drive / Pinefield so we just say that we live on Daniel Island. We moved here from Mt. Pleasant because I see a tremendous amount of potential for this area – even if we are best described as living “Off of Clements Ferry Road” at the moment. I understand the confusion of Cainhoy and Wando but in the end (just like James Island) we are the City of Charleston and that’s not a bad identity to have. The new PSHS will be great for all of our property values and if the school lives up to expectations then our community and children will thrive.

    Not sure if you know this but CFR is driven by 45,000 vehicles on a daily bases so that is evidence enough to widened the road. That said, I believe once the CFR construction is complete then retail and restaurants will line the corridor so we will not have to trek to Mount Pleasant on the regular.

    Unlike Mr. Lacey, our family enjoys living here. With a little patience and community support CFR will be a nicer version of Long Point Road within the next 7 years. All the Best, Justin


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