In the midst of its teen years, Daniel Island is no longer the pioneering hamlet with a handful of inhabitants of yesterday.

The community, located in the city of Charleston and Berkeley County, has about 8,500 residents and reaches a population of 10,000 people during the daytime when schools are in session and most businesses are open. Eventually, the village will be home to about 15,000 residents.

It is plenty large enough these days to host regional events, such as the upcoming Daniel Island Holiday Festival Dec. 2-3 at Family Circle Tennis Center.

That’s not to say that “Charleston’s Island town,” as marketers call the village, is suffering from growing pains.

According to Daniel Island Real Estate’s newsletter, the community is active in terms of home sales and new dwellings under construction.

“While our friends across the country are dealing with the first winter storms of the season, we’re out enjoying what has to be the nicest weather of the year,” the newsletter says.

It notes that recent real estate figures back up the claim that Daniel Island is a coveted place to live.

For instance, October is typically a busy month for Daniel Island Real Estate. This year was particularly notable. Sales of single family homes last month more than doubled from the same period a year ago: There were 17 homes sold in October 2011 compared with seven a year earlier.

“Inventory levels are now hovering at 6-7 months, right around the level typically considered to be an indicator of a healthy or normal market,” the newsletter points out. “All in all, it’s clear that our market is continuing to outperform others throughout the region and in the country.”

As of January, the island counted 1,525 single-family homes, 960 condos and 230 townhomes, according to Daniel Island Real Estate.

Among new projects in the works are additions to Park Club Cottages, which overlook Beresford Creek golf course. Construction is set to begin soon on the first of four new cottages, the newsletter says. The cottages are situated across the street from resort-style recreational offerings at the Park Club.

The three- and four-bedroom properties start at 1,600 square feet and $799,000. Landscaping and exterior maintenance is managed by a regime.

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