West Ashley acquired its name from its location just west of the Ashley River, and it is the oldest suburb in Charleston. The town is characterized by scenic waterfront views and various marshes, and favorite past times of its residents include boating on the Ashley River. Thus, waterfront homes are in high demand. Historic plantation houses can also be found among the moderately priced homes, and the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site marks the spot where English colonists founded the very first European settlement in the Carolina area. West Ashley takes pride in being the home of famous country singer and lead singer of the band Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker, and it also houses the largest indoor shopping mall of the region, Citadel Mall.