Daniel Island is a master-planned community comprised of 4,000 acres and is located within the city of Charleston, South Carolina. It sits between the Wando River and the Cooper River and is in Berkeley County. The island is named for a former colonial governor of the Carolinas by the name of Ronert Daniell. By definition, as a master-planned community, the island includes residential housing made up of single family detached residential homes, condominiums and apartments. The community includes parks, recreational facilities, trails, and a central downtown area that has many shops, restaurants, offices and churches and schools.
Up through the early 1990's, the island was used as a private farming, cattle ranching and hunting retreat. At that time it was owned by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. The island remained in its relatively undeveloped state until the I-526 expressway was constructed which opened the opportunity for development.
The Guggenheim Foundation supported the development of a master plan which laid out the future development of the island as an complementary suburb of Charleston. The first residential lots were developed in 1996 and by 1997 the island had been purchased by the Daniel Island Company, a developed of master-planned communities.
Daniel Island has two professional sports complexes, the Family Circle Tennis Center and Blackbaud Stadium. Additionally the island has a private country club, the Daniel Island Club that includes golf courses designed by Rees Jones and Tom Fazio. The Daniel Island Club hosts the Nationwide Tour Championship each year which is the final event in the Nationwide Golf Tour.
Daniel Island maintains eight primary parks, with each neighborhood on the island having its own specific park. The eight parks are Smythe Park, Barfield Park, Pierce Park, Center Park, Etiwan Park, Cochran Park, Daniel Island Park and Codner's Ferry Park.
Daniel Island is known as a friendly town with an island pace. With residents of all ages from throughout the country, Daniel Island is a beautiful place to appreciate the island’s natural beauty, provide endless opportunities for social interaction with neighbors and with a wide array of amenities to serve any need.