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To the west and north of Radcliffeborough are Cannonborough and Elliottborough, where homes are being renovated at a rapid pace. Close to MUSC, this area is popular with medical students and families who want a house downtown without the price of a lower-peninsula property.
Cannonborough-Elliottborough District: Cannonborough and Elliotborough are the considered to be the “Gateway to the Peninsula”. Once viewed as two separate districts, the areas are now commonly referred to as Cannonborough-Elliottborough. The district is currently experiencing quite a bit of neighborhood revitalization, as the district also includes the Upper King Street area which has transformed itself over the past few years into a restaurant and night-life hot spot. New hotel, apartment and condominium development is also taking place within this district. Many older homes have been renovated. This area is popular as a student housing area for Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) students. Cannonborough-Eliottborough is still within walking distance of many of the popular areas in Downtown Charleston. The streets here have great energy and youthfulness. The redevelopment activity also extends to the Spring and Cannon corridor, which is home to a number of local restaurants, flower shops, bakeries, and other small boutiques.
Once comprised of two separate boroughs, Cannonborough was named for Daniel Cannon, a carpenter and mechanic who owned several lumber mills in the area. Elliotborough was named after Colonel Barnard Elliot, a Revolutionary War era member of the Provincial Congress, who settled the area as early as 1785.
The area has historical significane as Elliotborough’s Line Street is named after a War of 1812 fortification. Early in the mid-nineteenth century, the boroughs became a base for Irish and German migrant workers and their families, many who worked at local rice and lumber mills, as well as within the shipping and rail industries. There were also many Jewish families living in the area around this time, which gave rise to the Beth Elohim synagogue on Coming Street. Currently the neighborhood is a mix of blue collar workers, students, older residents, and young families.
As Cannonborough-Elliotborough is a public area of downtown Charleston, there is no Homeowner Association (HOA) fee. The area encompasses much of MUSC’s sprawling medical complex.