One of Charleston’s oldest neighborhoods, James Island, was developed in the 1940s. Originally planned to include a large resort like hotel, James Island is located 10 minutes west of downtown Charleston, South Carolina along Wappoo Creek and the inland waterway. The neighborhood boasts a public boat landing, Charleston Municipal Golf Course, playgrounds, many restaurants and antique shops. Leading into the island is the Avenue of Oaks, consisting of 73 live oak trees believed to be over 100 years old. They once led to Wappoo Hall Plantation on the Stono River. A Civil War fortification known as Fort Pemberton, built in 1862, remains today. James Island has long been one of the hottest real estate markets in town. More upscale neighborhoods include Stiles Point, Eastwood, Harborwoods and Parrot Creek.