Make sure the place you rent is DOWNTOWN Charleston. If your host claims the house is downtown, be more specific and ask if they are ‘below the crosstown.’ Places ‘above the crosstown’ (aka septima clark pkwy) can be quite a walk to shopping and dining. Similarly, many places claim to be in "Charleston," but are 30 minutes away with traffic. My place is located one block off King Street. No need to rent a car. Walk, bike, skate everywhere. 10-15 minutes away from all the great beaches.