With the completion of the World War I Memorial Bridge in 1926, the West Ashley area of Charleston became accessible and ripe for residential development. The establishment of the Crescent neighborhood coincided with the opening of the bridge. Planned by the same architectural firm that designed New York’s Central Park, the community is distinguished by stately homes on sprawling lots with massive oaks and mature landscaping. The Crescent is one of the closest West Ashley neighborhoods to both downtown Charleston and James Island. Built mostly before the 1970s, homes range from 1,600 to 5,000 square feet, and some properties are on the waterfront. A few of the many close-by amenities include MUSC, the Charleston Country Club, parks, access to the water, Starbucks and Earthfare.