West Ashley is just over the Ashley River from the Peninsula and a lot of it is still in the City of Charleston. The original colonists to Charleston initially settled in this area in 1670. Tourists can still visit Charlestowne Landing today and see how the original colonists lived. Many grand plantations were built along the Ashley River including that of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, and Drayton Hall, Middleton Plantation, and Magnolia Gardens which can all be visited today.
There are many older, charming neighborhoods West Ashley as well as newer, modern homes. Young, old, and everyone in-between can find plenty to do in the area which boasts new, trendy shops, and plenty of restaurants.