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dunes properties of Charleston is a real estate, vacation rental and property management company representing the Lowcountry with almost 80 exclusive Charleston beach vacation rental properties, 70 real estate agents and employees, four full-service offices. Nobody knows the Charleston Coast better.

Isle of Palms Office

1400 Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
843.886.5600

Real Estate Inquiries:
realestate@dunesproperties.com
Vacation Rental Inquiries:
vacations@dunesproperties.com


Folly Beach Office

31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
843.588.3800

Real Estate Inquiries:
realestate@dunesproperties.com
Vacation Rental Inquiries:
vacations@dunesproperties.com


The Real Estate Studio

214 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.5618

Real Estate Inquiries:
realestate@dunesproperties.com
Vacation Rental Inquiries:
vacations@dunesproperties.com


Kiawah Seabrook Office

1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.768.9800

Real Estate Inquiries:
realestate@dunesproperties.com
Vacation Rental Inquiries:
vacations@dunesproperties.com


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Category: Charleston Rentals

A Weekender’s Guide to Folly Beach

Folly Beach is where Charleston locals and tourists alike flock to for a slice of paradise with a side of fun. More so than any other beach in the area, Folly, though small as it may be, is packed with stuff to do for the whole family.

Adventure.

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One of our favorite things to do while on Folly is to hang a left at the end of Center Street, following Ashley Avenue all the way to the end, park, and walk the 15 or so-minute stroll to the Morris Island Light House. Once there, behold the most secluded part of Folly Beach, a shore covered with beautiful driftwood, and the Morris Island Light House. You’ll love the desolate feeling out there, the staggering beauty all around. Bring a camera, because photo opps abound. To actually get in the water and explore, we recommend a kayak adventure through the meandering creeks we love so dearly in the Lowcountry. Folly Beach Adventures is one of many companies that will facilitate the rental of everything from kayaks and golf carts to stand-up paddle boards and surf boards. They also do guided boat tours.

Eat.

Taco Boy Folly Beach

Deliciousness at Taco Boy courtesy of Instagram @tacoboychs

There is definitely no shortage of great food on Folly. We love the Asian-infused food and craft beers at Jack of Cups, the shark tacos at Chico Feo’s outdoor oasis, more Asian-infused goodness at The ‘Wich Doctor, Tex-Mex at Taco Boy, and pizza from Woody’s. Oh, and you can’t miss the tuna watermelon nachos at Rita’s — trust us!

For all-things seafood, the Crab Shack has got you covered, but if you get in the car and drive up Folly Road for less than five minutes, you’ll find another local favorite, at Bowen’s Island (your GPS will get you there just fine!) The restaurant is likely to have a line because it’s that good, but you’ll also find some of the best views in Charleston and a place with a down-home, down-to-earth, casual feel.

Drink.

Surf Bar via IG user @surf_bar

Rainbow Behind Surf Bar on Folly Beach via Instagram @surf_bar

For a killer view of the sea to go with your cocktail, go to the rooftop of Snapper Jack’s, a bright, blue-colored building on Center Street that’s unmissable. For fun sake cocktails and delicious beers, make your way to Jack of Cups. Don’t miss the frozen screwdrivers at Taco Boy, beachfront pina coladas at BLU‘s beachfront bar, or pineapple jalapeno margaritas at Rita’s. If you’re one of those people who gravitates to the Irish pub in every city, St James Gate is where you need to be.

Shop.

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Ocean Surf Shop above the dunes properties office on Center Street

Sure, you can find plenty of your run-of-the-mill beach stores on Folly in case you need anything from sunglasses and bathing suits to tacky magnets and tees, but shop with the local surfers at Ocean Surf Shop for all your surf wear needs (located right above our Folly Beach office). For anything from gourmet to-go sammies, boiled peanuts, cool hats, beer, groceries, coffee, and hotdogs, go to the beloved Folly institution of Bert’s Market. It’s actually a must, so put this at the top of your list and thank us later.

Listen.

Dubplates at Loggerheads

Reggae with Dubplates at Loggerheads via Instagram @loggerheadsbeachgrill

Nothing says, “This is the good life” better than live music and an ocean breeze. Luckily, Folly is full of great local talent, and you’ll undoubtedly be able to catch some live tunes one of these spots: Loggerhead’s, Planet Follywood, Chico Feo, Surf Bar, or Drop In Deli.

Sleep.

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507 East Arctic Avenue “Pink Flamingo”, charlestoncoastvacations.com

There’s not a lot of choice when it comes to hotels, but there’s plenty of beach rentals — with either the gorgeous marsh or the Atlantic Ocean as your backyard — where you can make yourself right at home. We recommend stopping by our Folly Beach Vacation Rental office or browse our website for all our vacation properties.  Summertime books up quick, but the Fall and Spring are still beautiful times to enjoy the Charleston Coast.

Farmer's Market

And in the off-chance that you’re in town on a Wednesday during the summer, check out the Folly Farmer’s Market, where you’ll find locally made goodies you can take back home with you. Also on Wednesdays in the summer months, we do movies on the beach! Bring a blanket and watch a movie in the sand behind the Tides hotel. Seeing something like Top Gun while the waves crash behind you — well, it doesn’t get much better than that, folks.

Accessory Dwellings are becoming popular in Charleston

Granny-flat, mother-in-law-suite, tiny house, laneway house, carriage house- they go by many names.  But whatever you want to call them, “Accessory Dwellings” are becoming more and more common in the Charleston area. Accessory Dwellings are typically small habitable structures on the same property as (or attached to) single family homes. There are many types but the most popular is an adorable tiny house that sits in your backyard. Other types include a small apartment over your garage or even a basement apartment, although basements are not typical to our area. No matter the physical form of your Accessory Dwelling, the structure is legally the same property as the main home. This means it cannot be bought or sold separately, like a condominium or a dwelling on wheels could be.

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Jamme Construction permitted the first ADU in Mount Pleasant, SC.                Photo courtesy of Jamme Construction

In some cases, homeowners want an Accessory Dwelling for the obvious reason – extra income. You could rent out the space to a young professional, a college student, or even your own adult children that just won’t leave home!  Accessory Dwellings could also allow parents to live smaller after their children leave the nest or let an elderly couple live without navigating stairs or maneuvering around a large floor plan.

An above garage Accessory Dwelling Photo courtesy of houzz.com

An above garage Accessory Dwelling in Mount Pleasant
Photo courtesy of houzz.com

If you plan on building one that is one story and less than 120 square feet, then you do not need a permit in Charleston County. A zoning permit is required for a structure larger than 120 square feet, and if you are in a residential district, all Accessory Dwellings (besides garages and carports) must be in the rear of the property behind the main home or office. The space of your parcel must also be at least twice the size of the Accessory Dwelling. The Post & Courier recently wrote an article on the rules and regulations of Accessory Dwellings. Make sure you check with your local authorities about specific zoning laws in your neighborhood. For all the details and requirements on Accessory Dwelling Units in Charleston, click here.

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A 400 Sq. Ft Houseboat that sits at Charleston Harbor Marina in the Mount Pleasant. Photo courtesy of Tiny House Hunters via The Post & Courier

Jamme Construction, of Mount Pleasant has erected several Accessory Dwellings in Mount Pleasant. Paul Jamme has been specializing in custom home building in the Lowcountry since 1994 and wants to make sure that the public knows that the construction of an Accessory Dwelling is hard work and a serious construction job. Just because they are small doesn’t mean they are easy! Think about it for a moment. Accessory Dwellings are so small yet so functional. That is mainly because of innovative solutions to things like storage and floor space, which is why you will often see dining tables that fold down from the wall, Murphy beds, and cabinets or drawers under seating. For more information on building an Accessory Dwelling in Charleston, contact Paul Jamme.

Charleston In the News, Yet Again

It’s not as fun as The Daily Mirror, but visit the New York Post online and you’re just as likely to end up losing an hour online with all the salacious news and gossip abounding on every page.  And while doing just that, I found Charleston, South Carolina is in the news again.

The New York Post dared to question Charleston voted as Conde Nast Traveler’s favorite city in the world and top US city. But they came around to the charms of Charleston.

The historic, walkable, (pleasantly) spooky Lowcountry port city of Charleston, S.C., earned the No. 1 spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top U.S. Cities” list for the past two years, and in 2012 readers named it their favorite city in the world. In the world? Really? New York City ranked a measly No. 5, so it all seemed a bit suspicious . . . until we saw it for ourselves.

So what are you waiting for? Book one of our vacation rentals and see for yourself firsthand the historic, friendly, beautiful wonder that is Charleston, South Carolina.

Read The New York Post story here.

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Don’t Get Snowed On Your Vacation

I can’t even remember booking  a hotel pre-internet. It feels like it’s been ages. If I had to do it again, I don’t know where I’d even start. I can’t imagine how I would have planned an entire vacation!

Unfortunately, this fabulous tool known as the world wide web has also led to an increase in scams and the loss of vacationers’ cold hard cash.  At our Folly office we have had visitors telling us their stories of fraud.  It starts with an ad being placed online somewhere such as Craigslist.org for a vacation rental property. Often times the pictures will be stolen off a legitimate real estate website.  The rate will seem like a deal- emails will be exchanged-a deposit will be wired. When the vacationer gets to the property they think they reserved, they will find out it doesn’t exist, is owner occupied or on a rental program that has no affiliation with the person who placed the ad.  And since money was wired, usually there is no way to recoup the loss.  What a rotten way to start  your vacation, right?

But there are things you can do to make sure you don’t get taken advantage of.   One easy thing to keep top of mind is- if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.  An oceanfront beach house for $500/week in summer- probably not going to happen.

The National Consumer League (NCL) offers this bit of advice, check out the travel company before giving them money. You can visit the Better Business Bureau online and search a company by name and location.  They also recommend using your credit card instead of checks, cash or wire transfers for booking any vacation since you can dispute claims with your credit card company.

Other advice is to search Whitepages.com or Google and verify the rental address does in fact exist, make sure there is multiple contact information for the person/company you are renting from, and make sure there is a rental agreement and you have a copy of it in hand. It is probably a good idea to bring that agreement with you too.

But, instead of worrying about all of this, you could just stay with a reputable company that has 20+ years of experience and four office locations. Book your family’s vacation with Dunes Properties online or with just one phone call.  Put your mind at ease and start your vacation a little early with such simple, safe planning!

Are You Thinking About a 1031 Exchange?

Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code is most often used in connection with the sale of real property.  If you have been in the real estate market looking for a way to invest money and defer taxes, you may have heard about ‘Like-kind exchanges’ or ‘Tax Deferred Exchanges’ as a possible means to accomplish your goals. These are alternate names for what is commonly known as a 1031 Exchange.

United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 1031)

This is a simple transaction that allows you to exchange properties of like-kind and defer the taxes. The transaction is simple, but understanding the process may not be! What property qualifies? Here are a couple of examples of what does not qualify:

  • 1031(e) livestock of different sexes do not qualify for like kind exchange.
  • 1031(h)(1) real property outside the United States and real property in the United States are not of like kind.

I was surprised about 1031(e) and I’m sure you are.

This might be your 1031 “Like-Kind”.

What is the difference between a second home and a vacation home? What taxes are being deferred? How long are taxes deferred? How does this benefit me? As a buyer, should I consider entering into an identified 1031 Exchange?  Do qualified exchanges have to be simultaneous? If not, how long do I have to complete a qualified exchange?

There are many more questions depending on each circumstance and it is in your best interest to get correct answers to the questions for your circumstances and not depending on an overview to make your decision. Your professional Realtor® will be able to give information, but a Realtor® is only part of the resources you need. Your Realtor® will identify properties for your consideration. Another team member should be a tax attorney and a CPA who are experienced with 1031 Exchanges. They can give answers to how a 1031 Exchange fits into your portfolio, and how a 1031 Exchange fits into your estate.

If you are interested in a 1031 Exchange in on the Charleston Coast, contact Dunes Properties.

Every Summer Has One: A Rainy Week

So it’s officially the end of the summer season for our Vacation Rentals division, and wouldn’t you know the rain has come.  It’s been a summer of record breaking heat indexes and highs well over 90 since mid June.  I think for those of us who live here, the rain is a bit of relief from the “excessive heat” our weathermen boast about daily.

Yesterday brought quite a bit of rain, and not surprisingly for the locals, a decent amount of flooding!

Unfortunately, our guests who were looking forward to a piece of sun and sand before the kids head back to school, might be finding themselves checking local movie times and finding alternative ways to spend their time at Folly and downtown.

Luckily for our guests, we offer a free concierge service.  We are happy to share all that there is to see and do in Charleston, even if it’s a bit gloomy outside.  After all there’s no shortage of fabulous restaurants, shopping, and museums.  Our website is a great hub of info of ways to certainly soak up all that Charleston has to offer, rays or no rays!

South Carolina- Made for Vacations

The Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel was held last week in Myrtle Beach, SC.  There were many speakers both educational and inspirational. But one of the most interesting things to come out of the meeting was the announcement of a new tag line for our state and new marketing campaign.   Although it certainly still applies, “Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places” has been retired in favor of “South Carolina-Made for Vacations.”  

Yes, South Carolina is made for vacations.  Check out our available Folly Beach rentals if you are interested in some R & R for the summer season or if you want to get out now from all that snow!   Or if a downtown bed and breakfast is more your speed, we can help you with that too.

If you aren’t sure South Carolina might be for you, the Golf Channel is premiering a new show tonight- “Destination South Carolina.”  In addition to our fantastic golf the show will highlight our history, cuisine and other great attributes.

If you’re like me and not so sure about watching The Golf Channel, you can read the profile on The Best of  Charleston here in Forbeslife .

Once you are in Charleston and fall in love- we’d love to have you for a neighbor so drop by one of our island offices or our Real Estate Studio in the downtown shopping district on King St. and have a no pressure, informational chat with one of our real estate professionals to see how Charleston can fit into your lifestyle.  Moody’s  predicts Charleston will be one of the top five recovering real estate markets in 2010.

Downtown Charleston Rental Program

For 20 years now Dunes Properties has been helping people buy homes on the Charleston Coast, and our Folly Beach vacation rental program has grown exponentially over that time.  Over the last year, we have seen an increase in requests for Downtown rentals at The Real Estate Studio.  We have been managing vacation properties on the Charleston area beaches for years, but until now had not delved into the Downtown rental market.  As more and more people began to ask about available rentals, we began to discuss some solutions.  We felt it was our obligation to help our guests find a place that suited them. So after much thought and some marathon brainstorming, we have develpoed a program to help match potential renters with Downtown condo owners who want to rent on a long term basis.

This is not a property management program, but simply a referral program to attempt to match our Studio guests with appropriate, upscale rentals.  We launched the program in January and our list of properties continues to grow.  If you are searching for a Downtown rental, stop by The Real Estate Studio at 214 King St., call 843.722.5618,  or email concierge@dunesproperties.com for details.  We would love to help you find the perfect Downtown home, for as little as a month… or as long as you like.

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