IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ‌ Andrea Haseley in Palmetto Gardens 

"I moved here, from Savannah, to be the founding art director for Charleston City Paper. I worked there in '97 and '98 and left the paper to start my own graphic design business. I lived downtown on Broad Street for two months and absolutely hated it.

"I had a big dog and my apartment was very small. For how much I was paying, I figured I could find something bigger. The other reason I wanted to leave my apartment on Broad Street was that I had a motorcycle and my bike sat outside in the rain.

"So I just rode up to Park Circle one day and checked it out. In October of '97, not too long after the Navy base closure, I moved here.

"I was able to rent an entire house here for a little more than I was paying for an apartment downtown. This allowed me to have room for my dog and a garage for the bike. At the time, Park Circle was nice but it wasn't like it is today.

"I ended up renting that house for six years and I saw the transition; saw the renovation and saw when the real estate started flying. I decided that it was affordable for me to buy a house in this area.

"And the other reason I like living here is that it's centrally located to everything — Summerville, Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley, downtown — the only things that are a little farther away are the beaches.

"I live in the neighborhood of Palmetto Gardens, about four blocks from the circle, near the Danny Jones complex — the swimming pool, sport fields, and all that. We've been taking full advantage of the waterfront park. We ride bicycles down there all the time. We bring our dogs there almost every day. There are a lot of open areas nearby where we can take the dogs and let them run.

"The East Montague streetscape looks real nice. We have great places to eat, like Sesame and Madra Rua, but it would be nice to have a pizza shop. I think it'll get there one day." —as told to Jason A. Zwiker

About the neighborhood: The parkway and playground of Palmetto Gardens, shaded by trees, define this area west of Park Circle.

What's the story on your neighborhood? E-mail jason@zwiker.com for a chance to give your 'hood its due.


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