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5 Eateries Isle of Palmers Can’t Live Without

5 Eateries on Isle of Palms

photo from @donniewhitaker

Isle of Palms isn’t just touristy shops, cafes, and ice cream stands.  Many folks call the IOP home year-round and they have a few go-to’s with neighborly vibes and food that stands up to even the best of downtown Charleston offerings. Here are 5 eateries on Isle of Palms locals just cannot live without.

5 Eateries on Isle of Palms

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The Refuge | 1517 Palm Blvd.

Whether you’re looking for a workspace with coffee, bagels, and free wifi or a night out complete with live music, expertly crafted cocktails, and meals made with fresh, local ingredients, you’ll find refuge at the Refuge. It’s also a stellar spot for lunch. There are several soup and salads options, but the sandwich menu is where it’s at — hot, cold, signature sammies, or build your own. Our favorite? The Refugee Burger: bacon and fig jam, brie, arugula, and fried egg on brioche.

5 Eateries on Isle of Palms

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Coda Del Pesce | 1130 Ocean Blvd.

Sunshine spills into the adorable, contemporary dining room of Coda Del Pesce located on Ocean Boulevard. Serving up homemade pasta and Italian seafood dishes, Coda is known for its fare as well as its splendid ocean views. Sit on the patio and enjoy both raw and cooked specialties, like oysters, octopus, smoked salmon, crab ravioli, triggerfish, and grouper. Primi pasta courses are all imaginative masterpieces, but our favorite has to be the Tagliolini with blue crab, anchovies, lemon, and bread crumbs.

5 Eateries on Isle of Palms

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Long Island Cafe | 1515 Palm Blvd.

Long Island Cafe has been an IOP staple for 30 years, surviving countless storms, including Hurricane Hugo. Inside, a simple but elegant dining room awaits along with everything from delicious bottles of wine to grits to creatures fresh from the sea. The walls are decorated with local art, while dishes are created with ingredients from places like Toby’s (clams) and GrowFood Carolina (veggies). Even if you’re just hungry for dessert, LIC has you covered with key lime pie, pecan pie, hummingbird cake, and mud pie, just to name a few!

5 Eateries on Isle of Palms

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Morgan Creek Grill | 80 41st Ave.

There’s nothing not to love about Morgan Creek Grill — it has personalities and moods covered: a casual, down-home outdoor bar that gets festive most nights, a quiet, beautiful dining room perfect for date nights, and an upstairs bar / dining area for folks needing a beer, a good appetizer, and a TV for watching the big game. On many evenings, there’s also live music from artists who hang their hats on the IOP, or not too far from it.

5 Eateries on Isle of Palms

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The Boathouse at Breach Inlet | 101 Palm Blvd.

The Boathouse at Breach Inlet has been a Charleston tradition for 20 years now. The mahogany interior and ceilings lined with vintage row boats sets the scene, as does the breathtaking views (top tip: best sunset on the island!). As for the food, it’s all Southern and the menu’s full of seafood greatness, like lobster, crab cakes, lobster tails, mussels, clams, and more. There’s even a raw bar. And if you find yourself at IOP on a Sunday, don’t miss the brunch, which includes our favorite: the Boathouse Benedict with crab cakes.

What’s your favorite meal on IOP?

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. 

Mount Pleasant

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. 

Locals Guide to Wagener Terrace

Hampton Park, Wagener Terrace

Hampton Park via Instagram user @tracimagnus

Wagener Terrace is where downtown locals love to live. Away from the bustle of the more touristy parts of downtown, Wagener Terrace is an oasis filled with wide sidewalks, Spanish moss-covered live oaks, quiet living, and friendly neighbors, the latter of which range from families to young professionals. Still on the Charleston peninsula, Wagener Terrace is biking distance to the city’s theaters, antiques, shopping, and nightlife.

Hampton Park, Wagener Terrace

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But there’s still plenty of fun to be had within walking distance inside this serene pocket of the peninsula. These are just a few of our favorite things to do in and around Wagener Terrace:

Play:  The biggest highlight to living in this area has to be the accessibility to Hampton Park, which is below Wagener Terrace in the Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood. The largest park on the peninsula, Hampton Park is 60 acres of green space where locals jog, bike, walk dogs, picnic, and play. Weddings are held in the park’s picturesque gazebo, books are read by the fountain, and there are plans for an abandoned concessions stand at the park to be restored by the neighboring Park Cafe.

Wagener Terrace

photo taken by: @theparkcafechs

Eat:  Speaking of Park Cafe, the bright, airy, and simplistic Rutledge Avenue restaurant is a neighborhood favorite for quality farm-to-table food, wine, and coffee. Just up the street, you’ll find Rutledge Cab Co., another popular local eatery and bar that’s half-owned by actor and Charleston local Bill Murray and features live local music each week. Very close to Wagener Terrace and Hampton Park Terrace is a trendy new spot called NoMo, where you’ll find tons of live music and great wings at Home Team BBQ, a killer brisket at Lewis’ Barbecue, a bar menu and brunch you won’t forget at Edmund’s Oast, and duck-fat fries, taxidermy, and good times at the Tattooed Moose.

Wagener Terrace

photo taken by @tattooedmoose

Drink:  Also close to Hampton Park is Moe’s Crosstown Tavern, a buzzing local dive bar with great grub and a casual, unpretentious atmosphere. For a local craft beer, head straight to Wagener Terrace’s own Cooper River Brewing Co. on Mechanic Street, where you can get anything from a glass of Nitro Stout to a growler of IPA. If you’re in the mood for the lighter stuff, check out Huriyali Gardens, a vibrant wee juice haven on Huger Street with nutrient-rich, organic foods and juices and an adjacent garden that will make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a magical hidden gem.

Wagener Terrace

photo taken by @cherry_bryd

Dance:  If you’re in the mood for a boogie, head down to the nearby Faculty Lounge on Huger Street. Not only can you find a reason to dance on weekend nights, the Faculty Lounge also features a quality cocktail menu and a chic, local vibe every single evening.

Wagener Terrace

photo taken by @russelldpowell

Shop:  Locals can bike to Food Lion on King Street, the only large-scale grocery store near the neighborhood. As far as any other types of shopping — be it organic foods or clothes or antiques — there are plenty of great spots a short drive away in either the Historic District or over the Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant.

If this sounds like your kind of neighborhood, stop by the Real Estate Studio and see what adorable bungalows are for sale!

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


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


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


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

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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.


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

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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?


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.



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.


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.


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.


dunes properties Folly Office

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.


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.


507 East Arctic Avenue. Pink Flamingo, charlestoncoastvacations.com

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.

Adventures in Charleston, part 1

Charleston adventures

Last week I was thinking about adventures.  I was both genuinely happy and genuinely sad when I heard that a co-worker would soon be leaving us to pursue his dreams and embark upon “a new adventure.” Obviously I was happy for him, but not so happy for those of us who have to adjust to working without such a bright, creative, and insightful guy. So in honor of him, I decided to pull together a very small list of everyday Charleston adventures for the rest of us.  I’m calling this Part 1 because I intend to make it a series over the next few months. Who doesn’t need more adventure??

1. For those of you who like adrenaline, try ziplining through a canopy of trees in Awendaw.  At Charleston Zipline Adventures, you can fly from a 65 foot tower through the trees on 7 zip line cables between tree platforms, towers, 3 swinging bridges, and a grande finale zip of 750 feet.

2. For those of you who crave culinary excitement, Charleston is already a playground.   If you haven’t already, make some evening reservations at R Kitchen. This small Rutledge Avenue eatery only holds 15 guests and is designed to give you the feeling of eating in the kitchen. A different prix fixe menu is offered every night. Menus are creative, seasonal, and based on what the chef found interesting at the market. $25 for 5 courses.

3. If you’re looking for something beautiful and quiet, try taking in the sunset at a new Charleston spot this week.  Pack a dinner picnic, some chairs or a blanket, and bring along someone special. It’s always a great show and it happens FREE every. single. day. If you can’t decide on a spot, we have a few suggestions for you.

Here’s to new Charleston adventures!

Great Lunch Spots in Downtown Charleston, Part One

Great Spots for lunch in downtown CharlestonThere are so many fantastic restaurants in downtown Charleston and plenty of places to read about them! We don’t pretend to be culinary experts, and this is by no means a complete list of great downtown eateries. We do, however, have to find a place to lunch everyday near our downtown office, The Real Estate Studio. We thought a short series of some of our favorite spots would be fun to compile.

IMG_4863The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits sits on the top floor of the newly renovated The Restoration Hotel located at 79 Wentworth Street.  Enjoy 360 degree views of the Holy City while sipping a handcrafted cocktail or enjoying a skillfully prepared meal by Executive Chef Chad Anderson.  We had to try the cauliflower soup since it was actually recommended to us in the elevator ride to the 7th floor, and it was worthy of the praise. We also ordered the pimento cheese burger with house made pickles and it was the perfect size to split, especially the rich (and delicious) soup.  The food was great, but the real star here are the amazing views from every angle. We can’t wait for warmer happy hours on the deck and sunset vistas.

The steeple of Grace Episcopal is beautifully framed

The steeple of Grace Episcopal is beautifully framed

You can even see the Ravenel Bridge from the corner of the deck!

You can even see the Ravenel Bridge from the corner of the deck

Eleve lunchThe Grand Bohemian Hotel brings bohemian elegance mixed with southern charm to the corner of Meeting and Wentworth Streets.  Dine on American cuisine while enjoying spectacular views of Historic Charleston from the 4th floor restaurant and bar Eleve.  The quirky interior boasts a super glam style, with mismatched chandeliers and brightly colored chairs and beautiful, luxurious finishes. The interior is flanked by two vibrant bars on either end, you can also take your drink outside while enjoying the fresh air on the funky rooftop terrace.  Afraid of heights?  Maison Cafe, on the first floor, is an adorable place to grab a quick lunch, delicious pastry, or a hot cup of coffee. It’s not quite as glamorous as it’s upstairs neighbor, but the food is great and the decor is clean and colorful.

The Rooftop Bar at Elevé with comfy seating and great views

The Rooftop Bar at Elevé with comfy seating and great views

One of two gorgeous bars in Elevé

One of two gorgeous bars in Elevé

Barony Tavern, at 68 Wentworth Street serves eclectic American cuisine created by Executive Chef and owner Robert Carter in a sophisticated hunting lodge inspired setting.  Some of the art was created by local artists and many of the taxidermy pieces came from a good friend of Carter himself.  Each piece brings a unique personality and flair to classic fine dining.  Barony Tavern is open for lunch, dinner, and of course cocktails. You owe it to yourself to try the toasted farro salad, and the grilled cheese (with pimento cheese and pepper jelly) is decadent and delicious. There’s even a fox wearing a monocle and bow tie, who oversees the action at the bar.  Bonus!

The handsome bar at Barony Tavern

The handsome bar at Barony Tavern

Barony's back dining room is warm and inviting

Barony’s back dining room is warm and inviting



Fourth of July in Charleston!

Now that the worry over Hurricane Arthur has passed, it’s time to prepare for July 4th celebrations! Charleston is such a wonderful place to experience the Fourth of July. Whether it’s spending the day playing Bocce Ball on the beach, or taking part in one of the many festivals, there’s plenty of options. And we can’t forget the fireworks, which you can enjoy from any of the beaches and parks. There are tons of fun activities happening all over the Lowcountry. Here are some great (and some free!) things going on, and the best places to catch the fantastic fireworks.

Yorktown Charleston

Fireworks over the Yorktown

Parking lot BBQ at Butcher and Bee with a smoked pig and sweet tea

Charleston Riverdogs games

Red, White, and Blue parties at Mad River Friday and Saturday

Spend the day on Kiawah for the Independence Day Festival

Uncle Sam Jam at the Mt. Pleasant Pier

Outdoor games and refreshments at Southern Season

Folly Beach is the place to be with live music all day at Blu Restaurant and Bar, Loggerheads Beach Grill, and Planet Follywood


Landside at Patriots Point

Change it up and go on a 4th of July Fireworks kayak tour offered by Charleston Outdoor Adventures. You will launch from the Folly Creek and paddle out for a fantastic view of both the Folly Beach and Kiawah Island firework displays. What better way to watch the fireworks that right from the water?

Craft Brews Cruise with craft beer, live music, and good food

Great spots to watch are at any of the beaches, and most places will have live music and food available, including Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, the Windjammer at Isle of Palms, and downtown at Waterfront Park

And the holiday weekend doesn’t stop Friday. Head downtown for the Charleston Farmer’s Market in Marion Square on Saturday, and a farewell brunch on Sunday!

Upper Peninsula Growth and Development

The Upper Peninsula is the area of downtown Charleston that includes the neighborhoods of Wagener Terrace, Hampton Park Terrace, the Westside, North Central, Lowndes Grove, and Longborough. They are all located North of the Crosstown, hence the “Upper Peninsula.” As a result of areas like Upper King Street slowly developing further and further North, the Upper Peninsula is beginning to see all sorts of new development, from restaurants and bars to houses and offices.

Currently, some of our downtown agents at The Real Estate Studio have quite a few new construction projects currently underway. Kristin Walker has joined forces with Jeff Roberts of JJR Development, LLC and Architect Julia F. Martin, also known as Ecovest. Together, they are creating and selling new building projects and renovations. Kristin currently has four properties for sale that are under construction with this team. The homes will include luxurious touches that the development and design team are known for such as 9-10 foot ceilings, wide plank heart pine floors, and beautiful trim work. At the same time, the new construction creates a great balance between keeping historical aspects of the surrounding neighborhood with the architecture and the modern conveniences of new construction.

Three properties are located in the Westside, 369 Sumter Street, 371 Sumter Street, and 15 Ashton Street. All are 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, between 1500-1700 square feet, and are scheduled to be completed in August/September, 2014. The fourth, 2025 Four Mile Lane, is located further up the peninsula has completed construction and is move-in ready!

1413560 – Details: 15 ASHTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $369,000
1412408 – Details: 371 SUMTER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $419,000
1412413 – Details: 369 SUMTER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $419,000
1400200 – Details: 2025 FOUR MILE LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $194,900

369 and 371 Sumter Street, dunes properties

369 & 371 Sumter Streets 6/10/14







369 and 371 Sumter Street, dunes properties

Artist rendering of 369 & 371 Sumter Streets

15 ashton Street, dunes properties

15 Ashton Street 6/10/14

2025 Four Mile Lane, dunes properties

2025 Four Mile brand new!

 dunes properties agent Jason Peé also has new construction for sale in the Upper Peninsula, in the neighborhood of North Central. Jason is working with Crosstown Builders on this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom house that is a traditional home with a modern twist, which is also planned to be completed soon.

1407248 – Details: 21 MAPLE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $419,900

21 Maple Street, dunes properties

21 Maple Street as of 6/15/14

21 Maple Street, dunes properties

Rendering of 21 Maple Street


Regarding all of this new construction on the Westside, Kristin Walker says that this area in particular “is hot because of its proximity to Upper King Street and the Medical University.  Look for a transformation of the Ashton, President, Norman Street area over the next couple years in preparation for the Horizon Development.”

The Charleston Upper Peninsula Initiative is another development project on a much larger scale. This initiative is a community planning and urban redevelopment effort focused on bringing future growth and denser development to an 865 acre area on the Upper Eastside, according to their website. With new construction going up all over the Upper Peninsula, many of which are less than $500,000, this expanding area is a growing and is sure to be a sprawling community in the coming years.

Charleston’s ever-changing restaurant scene

It’s no secret that Charleston’s culinary world has drastically changed over the past few years. There are so many new restaurants it’s difficult to keep up with all of them! Being a southern town, Charleston has always been known for its Lowcountry cuisine. But recently a wide array of flavors from Asian Soul Food at Xiao Bao Biscuit to Chinese at Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen have sprung up all over town. The Charleston City Paper touched on this in a recent article about finding the balance between restaurants that have been here for years that have stayed true to their southern roots compared to those that are new and are trying new things.

xiao bao biscuit Charleston

xiao bao biscuit Charleston

When you walk down East Bay and King Streets you still walk by many of the familiar names that have given Charleston its amazing reputation like FIG, Slightly North of Broad, Cypress, and Charleston Grill. The best element about the dining scene in Charleston is that you have restaurants like these that serve Lowcountry cuisine that are also surrounded by others serving different types of fare. The number of French and Italian restaurants in Charleston are never ending, with popular names such as 39 Rue de JeanGaulart & Maliclet French Café, Trattoria Lucca, Il Cortile del Re, Pane E Vino.. I could go on forever!

Rue De Jean Charleston SC

Rue De Jean Charleston SC

The latest trend seems to be a modern approach using local ingredients. Sean Brock’s award-winning restaurant Husk is still just as much of a hit today as it was when it first opened in 2010. Not only is it unique with a menu that changes daily, but the only ingredients used are from the South.

Brock says that “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door,” and that the food “is not about rediscovering Southern cooking, but exploring the reality of Southern food.” 

Husk Charleston SC

Husk Charleston SC

Since Husk opened, a slew of delicious restaurants have popped up all over Charleston. Some of those feature southern styles, such as The Ordinary, which specializes in “fancy seafood,” while others like CO and Bon Banh Mi serve Vietnamese. And, of course, the most recent openings welcome more French and Italian fare with Brasserie Gigi and Chez Nous.

Whether you’re visiting Charleston to try the infamous crab cake at Charleston Grill or are a local in the mood to spice it up at Xiao Bao Biscuit, there really isn’t anything that this historic town doesn’t have to offer. With many more openings planned for 2014, the options are endless.