West Ashley’s Avondale neighborhood is not a planned subdivision with definitive boundaries. Rather, it is a quaint community close to downtown Charleston and James Island, which came into being in the late 1940s and 1950s. Located between Highway 17 and St. Andrews Boulevard, the neighborhood features small bungalow-style homes that exude character. The business district that serves the area includes some excellent independent eateries (from the grass-fed beef burger joint to fresh seafood and everything in between), lively happy-hour spots, designer shops and a community dog park. Avondale residents enjoy their walkable neighborhood with its beautiful old-growth live oaks and quiet streets. And the central location means quick access to MUSC, the College of Charleston, the West Ashley Greenway and Folly Beach.