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Isle of Palms Office

1400 Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
843.886.5600

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Folly Beach Office

31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
843.588.3800

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214 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.5618

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Kiawah Seabrook Office

1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.768.9800

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Category: Mt. Pleasant

Charleston Market Statistics Through February 2017

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The start of the year ushered in a wave of good news about a hot stock market, higher wages and an active home sales environment. At the same time, housing prices have continued to rise, and the low inventory situation and affordability crunch has been particularly hard on first-time buyers struggling to get into the market. Nevertheless, buyer activity is easily outpacing seller activity in much of the country, culminating in relatively quick sales and low supply. Demand definitely remained strong this month.
Closed Sales + 14.9% |  Med. Sales Price + 1.8% | Months Supply – 27.9%

Charleston Market Statistics through January 2017

Charleston Market Statisticss thru  Jan 2017
Charleston Market Statistics Show January Home Sales Exceed 1k For The First Time in A Decade!  
January brings out a rejuvenated crop of buyers with a renewed enthusiasm in a new calendar year. Sales totals may still inevitably start slow in the first half of the year due to ongoing inventory concerns. Continued declines in the number of homes available for sale may push out potential buyers who simply cannot compete for homes selling at higher price points in a low number of days, especially if mortgage rates continue to increase.
Wages are on the uptick for many Americans, while unemployment rates have remained stable and relatively unchanged for several months. The system is ripe for more home purchasing if there are more homes available to sell.
Closed Sales + 5.9% |  Median Sales Price + 9.9% | Months Supply – 27.9%

5 Things to Love About I’On

I'On

I’On, located in Mt. Pleasant, is a special neighborhood that is reminiscent of the beauty and charm that is so beloved in downtown Charleston — but without the narrow streets and lack of parking! A halfway point between downtown and Sullivan’s Island, I’On is nestled in a world of its own, where families thrive.

Founded in 1995, I’On is a village of sorts, with nearly 800 single-family homes, a square, six walking trails, and a grid full of narrow, quiet streets, lakes, green spaces, and so much more — like crab docks, a dozen pocket parks, a boathouse, spa, marsh views, and a wildlife refuge. And the name? “I’On” comes from Jacob Bond I’On, the first mayor of the town of Sullivan’s Island.

I'On

From fun and simple outdoor activities for the whole family to cute retail shops perfect for perusing on lazy weekend days, there’s a lot the residents of I’On love about their ’hood. We spoke with a few locals, and these are just a few of their favorite things to do and see:

  1. The Walks

As simple as it may sound, families relish living in a place where it’s safe to roam the streets, particularly here where there’s also plenty of sights to take in at every turn — like gates and gardens, yards and unique fountains. The sidewalks are wide, and so you’ll find that the residents’ feet are their favorite modes of transportation. I’On also has six trails, some of which are up to three hours long and cover eight miles of, including a 1.5-mile stroll along the marsh that can be ended with a beer at O’Brions Pub or a glass of wine at  Grazi’s Shoe Cafe and Wine Bar.

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O’Brions Pub, photo courtesy of Instagram user @obrionspub

  1. The Water

Who wouldn’t love living in walking distance of a body of water? Here, you’ll find Westlake, which also features an amphitheater that comes in handy for all kinds of family-friendly neighborhood events, and Eastlake, which is surrounded by beautiful houses and perfect for walks with your furry friends, fishing and feeding ducks. Plus there are picturesque creeks, sure signs you’re in the Lowcountry.

photo courtesy of Instagram user @wizard_of_ollie

photo courtesy of Instagram user @wizard_of_ollie

  1. The Green

There’s also tons of green space (and playgrounds!) here for both kids and pups to play in and the Rookery Wildlife Refuge, which features two observation towers.

  1. The Square

Besides the wine and beer spots, the Square also features an adorable gift shop called Sweet Olive and a cafe full of gourmet eats at Square Onion, where soups, salads, sandwiches, take-and-bake casseroles, desserts, and dips reign supreme. But if you want a cup of coffee, the best is only right outside the neighborhood at Collective Coffee. It’s an airy, hipster-y joint with the perfect cups of joe.

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Shop at Sweet Olive, photo courtesy of @sweetolivehome

  1. The Community

Not only is it common to know your neighbor here, but you’ll probably know every dog’s name in the area, too. Kids meet up at playgrounds, parents chat on front porches, and the whole of the community seems happy to be here.

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Interested in making I’On your home?  Check out what is currently listed for sale.   Or contact one of our experts at our Mt. Pleasant office.

 

5 Ways to Unwind in Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant may be look small on a map, but the town packs in a lot of punch with countless shopping areas, restaurants, and places to watch the sunset throughout the area. From Shem Creek’s offerings along Coleman Boulevard to the possibilities aplenty at Highway 17’s Mount Pleasant Town Center, adventure awaits at every turn.

Mount Pleasant

Spa time at Woodhouse

Anyone who’s been to Woodhouse Day Spa knows this place doesn’t hold back in its offerings of luxurious pampering. The spa gives all a little TLC, relieves stress, and nurtures your well being. Everyone gets a robe and reflexology sandals upon arrival before unwinding in the quiet room, where loose-leaf teas await to begin the day of everything from waxings and skin care to massage therapy and sleep treatments. Woodhouse also offers a girls getaway weekend package, complete with hot stone and four-handed massages, facials, microdermabrasion, pedicures, and more. Learn more at charleston.woodhousespas.com.

Shop at Mount Pleasant Town Center

Spoil yourself with a day at Mount Pleasant Town Center, where not only can you update your wardrobe at Copper Penny Shooz, Banana Republic, Teal Boutique, White House Black Market, Victoria’s Secret, Belk, Chico’s, and Apricot Lane Boutique, and more, but you can also grab some tea at Teavana, some wine at the Wine Cellar, a pedicure at Sandals Nail Spa, and a Margarita at Qdoba Mexican Eats. To reward yourself even more, top it off with a film at the onsite cinemas.

Eat in the Old Village

Surrounded by beauty and charm, the six-room Old Village Post House Inn is a sweet wee spot for a staycation night away, but the restaurant is what makes the building renowned. Most days you’ll find seafood bliss with specialties like crawfish soup, broiled oysters, crispy calamari, chili-rubbed ahi tuna, grouper, crab cakes, shrimp & grits, lobster, crab-crusted salmon, and much more. But for Sunday funday, get brunch dishes, like deviled crab cake benedict and the Shem Creek omelet, with shrimp, crab, cheddar, and spinach. Don’t forget to start with a Sunrise Sparkler, a carafe of cava with peach nectar, blueberry pomegranate juice, and OJ. 

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Sunset drinks on Shem Creek

Speaking of Shem Creek and drinks, nothing says ‘this is the life’ quite like a sunset cocktail on Shem Creek. Whether you want live music at Red’s or a quiet view of the water at Vickery’s, there are plenty of places to perch and pass the hours. Tavern & Table, Shem Creek Bar & Grill, Water’s Edge Cabana Bar, and RB’s are just a few more spots where you can not only sip to the best sunset view in Charleston but you can also grab some of the freshest seafood around.

Dolphin watch cruise

The Charleston Water Taxi is always a fun way to travel on days you’re focused solely on adventure and relaxation, but the company also offers a dolphin watch cruise on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The ultimate way to unwind, the dolphin watch cruise lasts for an hour but $10 gets you an all-day pass so you can while away all the hours your heart desires. Departs from Patriot’s Point and the USS Yorktown. 

FEATURED LISTING: 762 Bulls Bay Blvd

Explore all 762 Bulls Bay Boulevard has to offer! This impressive 27.3 acre horse farm is just outside of Mount Pleasant, within the Bulls Bay Golf Community.  This home has incredible coastal views within minutes to schools, shopping, and downtown Charleston.

762 Bulls Bay Blvd

Through the gates at exclusive Bulls Bay Golf Club lies the best in golf lifestyle. Drive down the beautiful, tree-lined entry lane amidst giant oak trees, past the majestic Bulls Bay golf course and horse pastures on each side. This Lowcountry horse farm includes a perfectly designed and built barn and stable and a beautiful elevated, resort-like home. You’ll see spectacular panoramic views of the marsh, Intracoastal waterway, Bull Island, Capers Island, Dewees Island, and Price’s Inlet.

762 Bulls Bay Blvd

As you tour the beautiful community, you’ll most assuredly see deer, turkeys, egrets, and blue herons. A few steps out the back door is a generous size swimming pool surrounded by a spacious Ipay wood deck spanning nearly the entire rear of the home. The home is ideal for entertaining with a massive great room flowing from the well-appointed kitchen with classic stainless steel appliances. The floor plan is flexible with many options for entertaining and incredible views.

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The center point of this home is the spacious gourmet kitchen with the highest quality stainless steel appliances . Most importantly, the kitchen workspace opens directly into the great room and dining room. One would never miss a conversation, or the view, while preparing a meal. The spacious owner’s suite is set in the quiet corner of the home with panoramic views while still allowing access to the expansive rear deck and swimming pool. Each of the three guest suites offer space for a large bed and it’s own full luxury bathroom.

For more information on this property or others like it, contact listing agent Mark Mitchell or stop by our Isle of Palms Office.

Charleston Market Statistics Through October 2016

Charleston real estate market stats thru October 2016As we evaluate the final quarter of 2016 (so far), not much has changed since the year began. Market predictions have been, in a word, predictable. A relatively comfortable pace of activity has been maintained thanks to continuing low unemployment and mortgage rates. The one basic drag on market acceleration has been inventory decline, and there is little to indicate that the low inventory situation will resolve anytime soon.

Market Stats through October 2016

Charleston Market Statistics Through September 2016

charleston-area-market-statisticsAs anticipated at the outset of the year, demand has remained high through the first three quarters of 2016, propping up sales and prices despite heavy reductions in inventory and months of supply across the country. With rental prices and employment opportunities in a consistent climb, year-over-year increases in home buying are probable for the rest of the year but not guaranteed.

Market Stats through September 2016

Market Statistics through August, 2016

Charleston, SC Real Estate Market Stats

Charleston-area home sales increased in August after dipping for the first time in five years in July. Conventional wisdom indicates that year-over-year declines may be present for the remainder of the year, given the low inventory situation in most markets. Demand is certainly present and has created competitive situations that have kept prices up. Rental prices are also up, which may lure more toward home ownership.

Market Stats through August 2016

Places, LLC has joined dunes properties

Places joins dunes propertiesdunes properties of Mount Pleasant is pleased to welcome the agents of Places, LLC to our family of professional Realtors®. We have combined to offer expanded services to clients throughout the Charleston, SC area, and most specifically in Mount Pleasant, SC where Places has been a leader for years.

Places joins dunes properties

(LtoR) Chris Anderson, Laurie Thornhill, and Randy Walker

Chris Anderson, Broker-in-Charge of the Places group says “dunes properties is an established, luxury-oriented real estate firm that consistently ranks in the top 10 in sales in the Charleston market, so we are confident this move will expand our marketing scope and greatly benefit our clients in the Mount Pleasant/East Cooper/Charleston markets.” Laurie Thornhill, Anderson’s long-time partner in Places agrees. “I feel certain that our level of service, professionalism and expertise will only be elevated with this new integration with dunes properties.”

We are currently constructing an office at 835 Coleman Boulevard for our corporate staff and growing group of Mount Pleasant, SC agents.  The Places group will remain at their current office at 400 Hibben Street in the Old Village through the end of this year. The majority of the team will be joining us in the Coleman office once construction is complete in early 2017. Several others have chosen to work out of The Real Estate Studio, our office at 214 King Street in the heart of Charleston, SC’s historic shopping district.  Both offices are under the leadership of Broker-in-Charge Catherine Parker.

“We are very pleased to further expand our presence into Mount Pleasant,” says dunes properties’ President Randy Walker. “It’s no surprise that Mount Pleasant is growing very quickly. We are so happy to welcome this group of agents who have served this area for years and have consistently represented buyers and sellers in the area’s most prestigious neighborhoods.”

Budget-Friendly Charleston Brunches: The secret spots loved by locals

budget-friendly Charleston brunches

photo via Instagram user @john_r_kenney

Charleston is nothing if not a city that brunches. On East Bay Street alone, the variety of eggs and breakfast-y booze available is abundant — and most of it is pretty wonderful. But while locals on a budget love a High Cotton jazz brunch or the gospel brunch at Hall’s Chophouse on King Street, we have to save those spots for special occasions. That’s not to say we deny ourselves of the benefits of brunch, but we stick to places in our neighborhoods that won’t do too much damage to our bank balances. Here are a just a few local favorites downtown and in West Ashley, James Island, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant — all are delicious and easy on the wallet!

budget-friendly Charleston brunches

photo via Instagram user @collins14

DOWNTOWN

Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

132 Spring St.

This newbie cafe has it all — records, coffee, alcohol, and a delectable food menu. One recent brunch involved chili cheese lobster on a grilled crouton with two sunny-side-up eggs and a slice of thick-cut heritage bacon — which is all you really need to know. Oh, and mimosas are $3.50 all day on Sundays.

Marina Variety Store

17 Lockwood Drive

The best view downtown can be found at this hidden gem: the Marina Variety Store. Located on the harbor, this nautical treasure has everything from crab benedicts to gator and grits. It’s favorite amongst locals, who also love to sip on cocktails later on at the downstairs Salty Mike’s.

budget-friendly Charleston brunches

photo via Instagram user @sweetwatercafesc

JAMES ISLAND

The Pour House

1977 Maybank Hwy.

You can’t beat the Pour House on a Sunday afternoon. Dine outside at the Lot next door or grab grub from behind the Pour House with a local food truck. A Motown band provides the tunes every week, and lots of local vendors — you’ll find everything from local eggs to art to records — provide a cool post-or-pre-brunch shopping experience.

Sweetwater Cafe

801 Folly Road

Oh the wonders that await at Sweetwater for a fraction of the price you’re used to. Chocolate chip pancakes. Cheese grits. Square biscuits. Corn Flakes French toast. Need we say more?

budget-friendly Charleston brunches

photo via Instagram user @earlybirddiner

WEST ASHLEY

Gene’s Haufbrau

817 Savannah Hwy.

Not a single tourist would think to venture to this popular neighborhood dive in West Ashley for brunch, but that’s all fine for local residents — we don’t mind keeping the goodies like the crawfish omelet as our little secret. They claim to be “Charleston’s oldest bar, by far,” and that alone is can speak to locals’ loyalty to this roomy spot that comes complete with a shuffleboard table.

Early Bird Diner

1644 Savannah Hwy.

The brunch lines at Early Bird are long, but for good reason. You’ll be scarce to find a better, or cheaper, menu of refined favorites, like chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, curried scramble, and an always-unique pancake special. No booze is served here, so those lines do move fast, y’all.

budget-friendly Charleston brunches

photo by Instagram user @popthebubblyevents

MT PLEASANT

Coleman Public House

427 W. Coleman Blvd.

This relaxing locals haunt is known for its great range of draft beers and killer burgers, but the brunch is popular, too. Here, you’ll love the steak and eggs, fried-green tomato benedict, huevos rancheros, biscuits and gravy, chicken biscuits, Med scramble, and more — but our favorite has to be the crab, asparagus, and cream cheese omelette.

Vickery’s

1313 Shrimp Boat Lane

While Vickery’s is located in Shem Creek, where tourists often flock, it’s also a staple amongst locals. The restaurant’s Bloody Mary’s alone have driven locals here for well over a decade, and the view is hard to beat on any day of the week. The menu hasn’t changed a lot, if at all, over the years, because it’s that good: sandwiches and salads galore plus brunch specials, including the famous “big, ugly biscuit.”

Brunch in Charleston, SC

photo by Instagram user @thejunctionkitchen

NORTH CHARLESTON

LoLa

LoLa 4830 O’Hear Ave.

The Lowcountry meets Louisiana at LoLa in Park Circle. During Sunday brunch, it’s all about the chicken and waffles, omelets, benedicts, duck confit hash, and the gator, eggs, and grits. They also do mimosas and bloodies — and oyster shooters for the truly adventurous.

The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

4438 Spruill Ave.

Park Circle’s The Junction doesn’t mess around when it comes to brunch. Here, you’ll find it hard to pass up the Mexican Hash (cactus-braised pork, black bean pico, cheesy hashbrowns, over-easy egg, house jalapeno-honey hot sauce) or the brownie pancakes with strawberry jam and whipped cream! They also serve wine and such, should you be in the mood for it.

So many more great places to choose from, what’s your favorite local brunch spot?

 

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