West Ashley is one of the six distinct areas of the city proper of Charleston, South Carolina, with an estimated 2010 population of 57,403.Its name is derived from the fact that the land is west of the Ashley River. Flanked by the scenic waterfront vistas and marshes of the Ashley and Stono Rivers and ancient moss draped oak trees, West Ashley’s initial neighborhoods were developed in the 1950s with its largest growth occurring throughout the 1970s and 80’s. Major retailers located in the community as land needed for “big box” stores was not available on the historic downtown Charleston peninsula. West Ashley’s original neighborhoods line Savannah Highway (US Hwy. 17) in an area closest to the historic Charleston peninsula. Its first retail district, built in the 1950s, is seeing a revitalization with many art and design oriented businesses having located there in recent years.