The Past

Harry Frank Guggenheim purchased 16,000 acres in the Charleston Lowcountry – including Daniel Island and Cainhoy Plantation – in the 1930s and 1940s. The property was maintained under his careful land stewardship for hunting, farming, timbering, cattle ranching and most importantly, for family gatherings.

Over 20 years ago, the Cainhoy Peninsula (and the Plantation property) was annexed into the City of Charleston as an integral part of the city’s growth plan. The peninsula is a key connection – tying Mount Pleasant and Charleston together.


The Present

Cainhoy Plantation is on the Cainhoy Peninsula, immediately adjacent to Daniel Island (also originally part of the Guggenheim ownership.) The same development team responsible for Daniel Island - the DI Development Company - is now leading the vision and development of the new community that will be created on the plantation property.

An estimated $250 million in infrastructure funding by the city, county, state and federal governments is already underway or completed to support growth on the peninsula and surrounding areas. This includes schools, roads, bridges, sewer and water.

The Philip Simmons Elementary and Middle School opened its doors to students August 2016, while the much-anticipated Philip Simmons high school opened in August 2017.

Over the past several years, an innovative, conservation-minded plan has been developed for the property that is based on studies of wetlands and the ecological, historical and cultural assets of the area. They have engaged wildlife and habitat consultants and also worked cooperatively with the conservation community to create innovative mitigation plans that incorporate natural resources into the community.


The Vision

The natural environment of Cainhoy provides the framework of the development plan. This property will become a link within Charleston’s regional greenbelt as well as a community of neighborhoods, schools, retail and recreation. This new important part of the City of Charleston will “celebrate” the outdoors and encourages its enjoyment via innovative nature trails and bikeways that connect people to rivers, creeks, parks, ecosystems and the land’s rich history.

The Future

When the plan gets underway, over 50% of the property will remain undeveloped natural areas, including a 500+ acre perpetually-managed Nature Sanctuary. Wildlife corridors and buffers will maintain continuous links between the property and the Francis Marion National Forest and will provide an uninterrupted connection between estuarine systems.

The actively developed portion of the property will include 1,000 acres of usable open space, parks, trails, lakes and natural areas for residents and public enjoyment. While the property is approved for 18,000 homes, only half that number is anticipated to be built on the property over the course of several decades.

The surrounding community will be positively impacted, because the owners are vested in supporting governmental growth initiatives with Right-of-Way contributions to support the widening of Clements Ferry Road and to SCE&G to ensure that transmission lines will be underground. They have made land available to the Berkeley County School District for two public schools.  And a Publix grocery store, retail shops and other conveniences will be opening soon, bringing to the peninsula the first conveniences of this kind. This not only provides conveniences to the community, it also generates significant employment opportunities for the greater area.

Current planning calls for the first residential neighborhood, located near the schools, to be introduced in 2020.

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