Charleston SC Real Estate Blog

Memorial Waterfront Park, in Mount Pleasant, SC has just opened to the public on Friday.  Directly under the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, this site is sure to draw a lot of attention from the locals and visitors alike.  Ten years in the making and at a cost of $14 million, the park boasts 9 acres total of a grassy lawn area, a sweetgrass cultural arts pavillion, a war memorial, a kayak launch dock, and a pier plaza with snack and tackle shop.  The pier itself is 1,250 feet long (the areas longest), making a great location to fish from- or to enjoy the wonderful views of the waterways.

The hours of the park are from 6am to 11pm, and admission to the park is free.

 

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We wanted to remind all of our readers of the capabilities that our Charleston, SC MLS search has.  When searching for a home online in Charleston and the surrounding areas from your own computer- we’d like to give you the best virtual experience possible.  The way we accomplish this is by our implementation of the features and functionality of Google StreetView and Microsoft’s Bird’s Eye View.  We’d like to explain a little of both of these, below.

First, Google StreetView.  One of the unique characteristics this application has is the ability to get a 360 degree view of the surrounding street outside of the house.  It is an eye-level view from the street, and you can virtually “walk” down the street and take a look at the surrounding area.  With the

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Let’s take a look at the “solds” for the different areas around Charleston for May.  These are all single-family homes sold from May 1st through May 31st, 2009.  I’ve taken this data directly from the Charleston MLS, so here they are:

5/1/09-5/31/09
Summerville (and rural):  133
West Ashley (and rural):  66
Goose Creek:  60
Mt. Pleasant:  57
North Charleston:  44
James Island:  34
Hanahan:  17
Downtown Charleston:  14
Johns Island:  14
Kiawah & Seabrook:  8
Isle of Palms:  6
Daniel Island:  5
Edisto Beach:  3
Folly Beach:  2
Sullivans Island:  0


Summerville and Goose Creek basically topped out all of the areas around Charleston.  Those 3 areas have some really great homes for the dollar, and your money will go far since it is a little farther from downtown and the…
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isle_of_palmsIt’s that time of year again to start heading out to the beaches.  We have some of the nicest beaches around, in Charleston, SC, and with the weather getting warmer and warmer, a dip in the ocean might be the perfect solution.  Whether you’re a younger couple looking to meet friends at the beach, an older couple looking to find a nice quiet spot alone to read, or if you’re bringing the kids to play in the sand and ocean- every beach here in Charleston has something for you.

We mainly have 3 beaches that are closest to Charleston.  Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, and Folly Beach.  I’d like to tell you a little bit about each of them, and give you my synopsis on the kind of people that are attracted to each beach.

Isle of Palms is one of my favorites.  It has…
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Well, we’re halfway through May here in Charleston, SC and there’s still plenty to do.  Look around and you'll see abundant signs of home improvement projects underway - from room repairs to gardening. If you're considering some changes to your home, you'll want to consider not only your own comfort, but also the ultimate return on your investment dollar. I'm always happy to advise you on getting the most out of your home, so please give me a call.

Meanwhile, the calendar begins to give us the flavor of the warm months ahead.

Here are a few things to do in May:

    * April 18th - May 15th - Charleston Free Movies in the Park take place every Friday evening in Marion Square at dusk (except May 1st), so bring your blankets and chairs. Food from numerous…
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26 moore drWhat a great house!  Owner has just updated entire home.  New HVAC, fresh paint inside and out, refinished floors, and re-glazed tubs.  Home is spotless and ready for its new owner.  2 car detached garage has also been painted.  Mature landscaping and some great oaks.  Minutes to town and shopping, you can walk to Winderemere.  Restaurants, Earth-Fare grocery store, Starbucks, Yoga, all within walking distance to your new home.  Do not miss this one!

More information here at 26 Moore Dr. Charleston, SC.

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charleston_streetIf you weren’t already aware, Charleston, SC is one of the best cities in the U.S.  I have been boasting about this for years, but now I have some facts from some of the readers from various magazines to back it up.

Travel & Leisure Magazine did a survey on “Americas Favorite Cities for 2008” and Charleston, SC came in #1 as “America’s Friendliest People” for 2008.  Charleston received second place for noteworthy neighborhoods, vintage stores, flea markets, and peace and quiet.  We received #2 for “Home Design”, being beat-out by Chicago.

Southern Living Magazine rated Charleston #1 as the “Best Southern City” for '08, beating out other areas such as: Atlanta GA, Nashville TN, and Austin TX.  Downtown King Street got 2nd place for “Best Neighborhood for…
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When will the Charleston real estate market "hit bottom"?  How much further down do we have to go until home prices begin to stabilize?  Well, no one really knows for sure but CNNmoney.com have published their analysis of the real estate market here in Charleston.  I wanted to share with you some interesting information I've found from it:

  • Out of the nation's 100 largest metro areas, Charleston, SC ranks 89.
  • The population for the city of Charleston is 603,178.
  • Home prices peaked in the first quarter of '07.
  • The forecast for home prices through March of 2010 (from now) shows being down 0.1%.  I find this hard to believe, as I believe the number to be more than that.  However, this forecast is great news for our local Charleston market.  Let's hope
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housesfallingWith all the talk about the economy, the weakening dollar, and home values plummeting, you’d think the sky is falling.  Never mind that our local real estate market here in Charleston is on the rise!  Home sales are up for existing homes, as well as new construction in Charleston.  Market activity has increased.  Sales have increased.  I have been very busy lately, and my entire office is excited.  It’s infectious!

So why is now the right time to buy?  Well, for one, interest rates are basically the lowest we’ve seen.  Trust me, THIS WILL NOT LAST.  Interest rates and home values typically operate opposite of one another.  If interest rates are up, home values are down.  If home values are up, interest rates are down.  But for the first time, home values…
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I want to personally thank everyone involved with the production and assembly of this website.  It has taken months of preparation, programming, and dedication to getting the most robust real estate site for the Charleston area.  Thanks go to:  Morgan & Co. for SEO work, Julie for writing/content, Michael for functionality, Brad for site design & placement, and Nick for IDX and MLS compliance.  Thank you all!

We are confident you will be pleased with the functionality when searching for homes online, as we’ve utilized the latest technology and methods to bring you multiple different types of home searches.  We’ve developed a custom Charleston MLS home search, so you now have the ability to search by area, neighborhood, school, zip code, MLS number, and by

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