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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Every quarter of 2016, we will print a new version of the Charleston Coast Buyers Guide with updated dunes properties listings and information about the different communities along the Charleston Coast. The 3rd Quarter issue has been delivered to our offices and is also available in digital flipbook form HERE on our website!
Two Cumberland, right next door to The Real Estate Studio at 216 King Street, is a fun store full of jewelry, trinkets, clothing, and home decor. A self-proclaimed “uniquely Southern” shop, Two Cumberland is located on the second story with an enticing stairwell sitting just between The Real Estate Studio and Savannah Bee Company.
Wondering about the name? They moved from Cumberland and Concord Streets a few months ago and decided to keep their name (which was their original address) when they made the move over to King Street. The new store space is significantly bigger then the Cumberland Street space, and the owner believes the consumer traffic will be higher at the new location.
Two Cumberland is the largest retailer of Bourbon & Boweties, a locally owned unique jewelry company that offers handmade bracelets, necklaces, and rings right here in Charleston. Carley Ochs, founder of Bourbon & Boweties, still hand selects every stone, meeting stone suppliers and vendors all over the world.
We recommend stopping in if you’re looking for a gift, a souvenir, or something to spoil yourself. You can’t miss the fashionably dressed mannequin that sits on the sidewalk and the bright baskets lining the stairs. Two Cumberland also offers monogramming and has a huge selection of jewelry in all shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from. Make sure you tell them their neighbors at dunes properties sent you, and then come in to The Real Estate Studio to show us what you couldn’t live without! Follow Two Cumberland on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
We are currently listing two great downtown Charleston properties for sale under $500,000 at The Real Estate Studio. Downtown properties are moving very quickly so you do not want to miss the opportunity to check these out!
1306 Hester Street is a cute updated bungalow in the Wagener Terrace neighborhood, just blocks from one of the hottest areas in town. The home has a great open floor plan, with entertaining space on one side, and the bedrooms on the other for privacy. The property features 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1547 square feet, an added sunroom, fenced in yard and beautiful hardwood floors. Listed at $389,000, this property will not last long! Click to see photos and interactive floorplan.
For more information contact listing agent Kristin Walker.
30 Mary Street is the perfect location for a downtown pied a terre in the heart of the museum district, near Marion Square, Charleston School of Law, and new developments on Upper King as well as walking distance to nearby Wragg Mall. This 1Bedroom/1Bath condo, has high ceilings, plantation shutters, off street parking, gated entryway, lots of large windows, beautiful hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless appliances. The best part of this home is the shared front porch with haint blue ceiling and beautiful architectural details with a gorgeous streetscape looking straight down Elizabeth Street. Listed for $324,900, this condo could be yours!
For more information contact listing agent Vannessa Carter.
Located in the beautiful Ansonborough district in Historic Charleston, 59 Anson Street is just steps from the City Market and newly renovated Gaillard Auditorium. Being just two blocks from King Street shopping and dining, 59 Anson Street is the perfect location for someone looking for a luxurious, urban lifestyle.
The quiet, shaded streets of Ansonborough offer an array of grand homes built during the 18th and 19 centuries, and includes the oldest house in Charleston, the Col. William Rhett House, built in 1712. Ansonborough is renowned for Historic Charleston elegance and its atmosphere of sweet serenity, and is one of the most sought out neighborhoods on the Charleston Peninsula. In Ansonborough you will find homes with grand columns and piazzas, roof terraces, wrought iron gates, and intricate gardens.
59 Anson Street is no exception when it comes to the grandeur and elegance of the homes in Ansonborough. There are sweeping city and harbor views from the roof top, as well as the double piazza. The home boasts a generous 4378 square feet and has five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream and features new stainless appliances and rich dark cabinets. The master suite features a large walk in closet and an en suite with a soaking tub and walk in shower. This house is completely turn-key ready with a complete interior and exterior renovation in 2010. 59 Anson Street has all new HVAC, electrical, plumbing, flooring, interior and exterior paint, appliances, and bathrooms.
59 Anson has recently returned to the market at $2,199,000. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to live in the heart of Historic Charleston. Contact Jennifer Snowden for more information on this gorgeous property.
The Real Estate Studio is currently showcasing local photographer Mark Swick until July 28, 2015. We recently hosted a reception for his beautiful photographs of all things Charleston – window boxes, doors, wrought iron gates, and landscapes that celebrate the beauty of the Lowcountry. Mark certainly has talent and an appreciation for the architecture and charm of this town. We sat down with Mark to get the skinny on his photography, and here’s what he had to say…
Dunes Properties: What inspired you to start taking photos?Mark Swick: I have no formal background in photography, and it did not become a passion for me until I moved to Charleston in 2012. Living downtown and spending lots of time on a bike, I quickly developed an appreciation for the impressive historic architecture on the peninsula. Previously I had only used the camera on my iPhone casually, but I began to take pictures in earnest – mainly of doors and windows. I found myself seeking out entire neighborhoods and canvassing their entrances, gates and flower boxes. I was hooked, and it was around that time that I became more serious about sharing my photographs on Instagram. The support of the Instagram community propelled my interest further, and in 2014 I began shooting with a DSLR and editing primarily on a computer.
What is your absolute favorite thing to photograph in Charleston?After all this time I’m still entranced by Charleston’s different neighborhoods and architecture. I love being a part of this city; photographing Charleston homes and sharing them with others all over the world is my small contribution to what makes the Lowcountry so great.What do you like to do in your free time besides photography?I spend a lot of time exploring the city with my girlfriend, trying new restaurants and attending local events. I am also very involved in Charleston’s Jewish community.Do you plan on venturing into any other types of photography?I am really fortunate, especially of late, that my humble photography beginnings have led to new professional experiences. I recently photographed a couple’s engagement proposal, and have also done album cover and profile work for a local country duo. I hope to gain additional experiences in portraiture and event photography — who knows where that will take me!You can purchase Mark’s from his website, in any size or medium that you would like. You can also follow him on Instagram and Twitter. dunes properties agents Angela Wicke and Emily Gildea recently caught up with Mark at his Studio reception, and he is featured this week on their blog Lowcountry Love Letters. Check it out!Don’t forget to check back in to The Real Estate Studio where we showcase a new local artist every 6 weeks in our space. We love this town and all the talented people who live, work, and play here.
The Real Estate Studio is excited to feature “Close to Home,” an exhibit of oil and pastel paintings featuring unique visions of the islands and city of Charleston by James Island artists Susan Trott, Jane Hart, and Anna Cox. This beautiful exhibit of landscapes and architecture of the area will be on display from February 11 – March 24, 2015, with an Artists Reception on Friday, February 13 from 5-8pm.
Susan Trott began painting at a young age, exploring the galleries and museums of Washington, D.C. After attending the Art School at Virginia Commonwealth University she became further attracted to the culture and architectural details of historic cities. Trott has lived in Charleston for over 30 years and can frequently be seen painting outdoors around historic Charleston. She takes inspiration for her work from the historic architecture of Charleston, including buildings with interesting features or unique signage. You can see Susan’s work at www.susantrott.com.
Jane Hart is a retired systems analyst and business manager who fell in love with painting after her first painting
class. Soon after, master pastelist Claire Miller Hopkins introduced Hart to pastels and since then she has taken college-level art classes and studied extensively with well-known artists. She considers the composition, or design, to be key to a successful painting and loves that painting is a constant learning process. Jane’s oil paintings and pastels have been exhibited in both juried and invitational exhibitions, including the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition and Southeastern Pastel Society Exhibition. See more of Jane’s work at www.janehartart.com.
Anna Cox was introduced to oil painting in a class at the Corcoran School of Art & Design while she was working as an interior designer in the metro D.C. area. She traveled to Italy to continue her study and over the last 7 years Cox has combined her interior design skills and oil paintings to give her the unique ability to create personalized works that perfectly accent homes and offices. After moving to Charleston, Anna found the natural landscape to be a perfect subject to explore and intends for her work to convey a shared respect, gratitude, and love for nature that supports and connects everyone. You can see Anna’s work at www.annacoxstudio.com.
dunes properties is seeking a dynamic individual who is familiar with the Charleston coast and has marketing and administrative experience to fulfill the role of Sales and Marketing Coordinator at the Real Estate Studio (TRES), reporting to the Director of Real Estate Operations and to the Director of Marketing. This individual is responsible for providing administrative support to a team of real estate agents, along with supporting the Director of Marketing and managing the office.
Administrative duties for real estate agents including:
- -Scheduling showing appointments on behalf of the agent, editing and/or writing contracts, creating mailing lists as needed, searching country records available online to look up property and tax records as needed
- -Typing listing agreements on behalf of agent, and entering listings into the MLS and maintaining them
- -Submit all contracts and listing agreements to Director of Real Estate Operations
- -Review all ratified contracts for accuracy and completion
Supporting Director of Marketing with responsibilities including:
- -Creating and distributing monthly e-newsletter
- -Writing content and posting on the Charleston Coast blog
- -Creating and distributing marketing collateral for postcards, e-blasts, and flyers as needed by the agent
- -Website modifications including editing pages on WordPress
- -Contribute to the company social media accounts at LinkedIn, Google Plus, and Pinterest with new listings and sold listings
- -Significant attention and contribution to the dunes properties Facebook page, which includes keeping track of posts on the shared social media calendar
- -Assist the marketing director with design projects as needed in Adobe InDesign, including advertisements and other company publications
- -Write and distribute press releases in a timely manner for announcements include new agents and Artists Receptions
- -Help coordinate Artists Receptions with new featured artist every 6 weeks at TRES, which includes answering any questions from the artists, handling press releases, designing Reception invitations, and marketing the reception on social media and within the company
Basic office management tasks that include but are not limited to:
- -Keeping filing cabinet with all real estate contracts and files fully stocked at all times
- -Keeping information and sales numbers on the production board up to date
- -Checking daily that handouts throughout the office are stocked, including all area maps, magazines, walk-in cards, Best of Charleston handout, copies of Vacation Rental Brochure and Real Estate Magazine
- -Responsible for keeping the status and prices of properties up to date on the insert for the Real Estate Magazine and distributing to all other admins at other offices on the first of each month
- -Keeping screen savers on the Plasma TVs up to date with any new/sold listings
- -Creating the monthly up-schedule for the up agents at TRES
- -Coordinate with outside vendors to order items for TRES as needed such as standard office supplies, bathroom and kitchen supplies, bottled water, etc.
- -Assistance and coordination with the office Sales Manager of all office Sales Meetings, including the creation of PowerPoint presentations
- -Preparing the office for company wide sales meetings by ensuring seating for all attendants, handing out necessary documents to all attendants, and tidying the office after meeting
- -Scheduling meetings held in TRES Conference room, preparing for scheduled meeting by keeping the conference room tidy and the refrigerator fully stocked, and providing any requested items/documents for meetings
- -General administrative duties such as answering & transferring calls with admins from other offices and transferring vacation rental calls to the vacation rental department.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in Communications or similar field
- 2-5 years minimum administrative experience with some marketing and real estate experience essential
- Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
- Ability to multi-task and work between multiple departments on a daily basis
- High level of proficiency in Microsoft Suite, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe InDesign
- Extensive experience with all social media outlets
- Familiarity with both Mac and PC with the ability to troubleshoot on both
- Experience with Gmail and Google applications including Google Calendar and creating/editing documents in Google Drive
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills to interact with all levels of personnel
- Real Estate License or previous experience in a real estate office a plus!
- Experience using Mailchimp a plus!
Monday-Friday, 9-5 position
To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, salary expectations, résumé, and any other information you find relevant to the position that will “wow” us to ryoung[at]dunesproperties.com. Please no calls.
dunes properties is a boutique real estate, vacation rental, and property management company serving the Charleston area since 1989 with offices in Downtown Charleston, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and the Kiawah/Seabrook area. In 2007, dunes properties opened their flagship location at 214 King St., The Real Estate Studio – a new way for people to view area real estate, from the comfort of a couch with the ease of a custom interface on a wide-screen TV – all in a beautiful, no-pressure environment across from Charleston Place.
The Real Estate Studio is excited to feature local artist Blakely Little’s beautiful paintings on display from January 2–February 10, with an Artists Reception on Saturday, January 3, 2015.
A Maryland native, Blakely grew up in Annapolis where she developed her passion for art after taking a painting class in high school. Growing up surrounded by water, Blakely spent time with her family boating down the river and uses her love of water as her main inspiration for her work today. Her main muses are bays, rivers, coastlines, water’s edge, harbors, marshes, and boats.
Blakely came to Charleston for college and received her Bachelor Degree in Arts Management with a minor in Studio Art from the College of Charleston, where she learned to create a business behind what she loved. She had the opportunity to study abroad at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy, where she began to play with color, pattern, and developed her own unique style as an artist.
Painting on Birchwood panels with a mix of acrylic, oil, and Neocolor crayons, Blakely continues to incorporate her biggest inspiration, water, into her work. “I love the way water reflects color and has its own. Water is so beautiful and serene, but sometimes dangerous and completely out of control,” says Blakely.
Residing in downtown Charleston, Blakely enjoys the local growing and supportive art community. In her free time she loves to explore Charleston and discover the hidden streets, waterways, and parks. Blakely can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting her website, www.blakelymade.com.
There will be an Artists Reception on Saturday, January 3 from 5-8pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
December is such a beautiful time of year in the Lowcountry and there are endless activities to partake in. The dunes properties crew got together for their annual holiday parade party at The Real Estate Studio on King Street for front row seats for the City of Charleston Holiday Parade last weekend.
If you missed the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade last weekend, not to worry, there is plenty more to do! This weekend the Mt. Pleasant Holiday Parade takes place, along with the Parade of Boats.
Holiday Parade of Boats
December 13th, beginning at approximately 5:00PM near the Mt. Pleasant side and ends in the Ashley River, (after processing down the Charleston side of the Cooper River), at approximately 7:30PM
Mt. Pleasant Christmas Light Parade and Tree Lighting
December 14th, The tree lighting and fireworks display begins at approximately 5:30 pm at Moultrie Middle School, immediately followed by the parade beginning at around 5:45 pm. The parade starts at the intersection of Coleman Boulevard and Pelzer Drive, then continues past Shem Creek to conclude at the Sea Island Shopping Center around 7:15 pm.
A ticketed event where more than 80 retailers will offer a night of shopping, holiday celebration and fun with complimentary refreshments, makeovers, trunk shows, specials and gifts.
December 13th, Buckets of Oysters, Chili, Hamburgers, Chicken Sandwiches, Bloody Mary Bar and live music from Plane Jane.
Featuring over 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a cherished holiday tradition for many families throughout Charleston and beyond. From November 14 – January 1.