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1400 Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451

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31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439

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214 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401

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1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455

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Date Ideas for James Island Couples

Date Ideas for James Island Couples

Don’t let everyday stress get to you and your partner — get out and about in your own ’hood and get refreshed! From day dates outside to late, groovin’ nights, there’s a lot you can do in James Island that’ll have you and your significant other forgetting your troubles in no time. Here are a few ideas:

Looking for a great day date?  We suggest:

  1. Wild Blue Ropes

Feeling adventurous? Head to Wild Blue Ropes for some scary good fun with its high-climbing ropes course. WBR is not only known for its team building courses for corporate clients, but also its Couples Climb, which is $50 a pair.

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    James Island County Park

What CAN’T you do at James Island County Park? We recommend the climbing wall to really get you out of your head, but if it’s hot outside and you’re in the mood to relax, head to Splash Zone Waterpark. If it’s closed, check out the pedal boat and kayak rentals.  You can even bring Fido so the whole family can enjoy the fresh air at the best dog park in Charleston.

  1. Brewery Hop

Yes, James Island has not one, but two breweries now! Go have some fun with a brewery tasting at Low Tide Brewing and Tradesmen Brewing. Low Tide also offers fun events from time to time, like live music, Pints and Painting nights, and more, while Tradesman Brewing is known for its Bendy Brewski Yoga in addition to Hot Dogs and Pints happy hours.

For the more traditional late date:

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    Terrace Theater + Zia

Dinner and a movie is still the perfect date night, after all these years. Located on Maybank Highway, Zia is a cool little Tex-Mex spot with a delicious margarita menu and some of the city’s most talked-about quesadillas. Go early and then head next door to the Terrace Theater, which is Charleston’s art house theater. Featuring independent films you won’t find at a blockbuster cinema, the Terrace also serves beer, wine, and nifty snacks — if you’re still hungry!

  1. Pour House + The Lot

There’s a lot to do in this little corner of James Island. Located across the street from the Terrace (and near Riverland Terrace neighborhood), the Pour House is one of Charleston’s most prominent music venues. There’s music here every day of the week: free shows on the back deck at 6:30 p.m. and regional and national/international acts — all genres, like Charles Bradley, Of Montreal, Blackalicious, Sturgill Simpson — on the inside stage later on. On Sundays, there’s an all-day Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market out back while a soul/gospel band plays on the deck stage. They serve Cuban-fused food at the Pour House via their own food truck attached to the deck as well as next door at the Lot, a renowned farm-to-table restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

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    Charleston Performing Arts Center + Stereo 8

Stereo 8 is relatively new to the island. It’s known for being themed around music, which is why local artists perform there on the patio every week. The menu is varied and includes duck confit, pad thai, a burger, tacos, and ramen. In the mood for a musical? Located on Folly Road — not far from the restaurant — the Charleston Performing Arts Center presents stage productions performed by mostly locals, like the recent Dreamgirls,The Revue. Disco, “a celebration of those boogie nights and moves that gave us all Saturday Night Fever,” will run until Oct. 23 and will be followed by Holiday Cabaret, just in time for Christmas.


Welcome Jack Wilson, Deb Dugal and John Grimm

dunes properties is pleased to announce the addition of three agents to our family of experienced, professional Realtors. Jack Wilson and Deb Dugal have joined our Bohicket Marina office, which serves the areas of Kiawah, Seabrook, Johns, and Wadmalaw Islands. John Grimm has joined the team at our Isle of Palms office.

Jack WilsonJack Wilson, real estate agent The Kiawah Seabrook Group grew up in Charlotte, NC. In 1999, Jack entered the real estate business dealing primarily with land acquisitions and overseeing high-end residential developments all over the southeast from Texas to Virginia. Jack has been married to his wife Renee for over 30 years and they live on Seabrook Island, where he will specialize in representing buyers and sellers. He can be reached at jwilson@dunesproperties.com or 704.661.9843.

Deb Dugal, real estate agent The Real Estate StudioIn love with the historic charm, and of course the beach, Deb Dugal permanently relocated to the Charleston area 2 years ago. She describes this move as her “new beginning.”  She lives on Kiawah Island and has joined The Kiawah Seabrook Group at our Bohicket Marina location. Deb can be reached at ddugal@dunesproperties.com or 843.608.1343.

John Grimm, real estate agent dunes propertiesOriginally from Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay area, John Grimm has lived in Charleston and the surrounding communities since graduating from the Citadel in 1979. John had a successful career as a Ford dealer for 30 years before embarking on a second career in real estate. He will be working from our IOP office. John can be reached at jgrimm@dunesproperties.com or 443.883.5146.





It’s Beach Season in Charleston – Isle of Palms

It’s beach season and there is no doubt that each one of Charleston’s beaches has it’s own charm. I would say that all are worth a visit, and you can pick one that suites your mood! If you’re looking for surf and are feeling adventurous, Folly is for you. If you’re looking for a great beach to take the kids to, Isle of Palms is where you should be. Want to go kiteboarding? Head on over to Sullivan’s. Each week we will be featuring a different local beach, and this week it’s all about Isle of Palms! Read on to see some rules, guidelines, and what to expect at Charleston’s most family-friendly beach.

Isle of Palms

Out of all the beaches in Charleston, Isle of Palms offers the most family-friendly shores (and is my personal favorite!). Because this beach has a bucket of rules and a ton of tourists, there are a few things you should know before packing up the family and heading out for a day of fun in the sun. Isle of Palms beach doesn’t allow alcohol, glass bottles, bonfires, camping, fireworks, or, of course, littering. So if you’re a college kid looking for a party, this beach probably isn’t for you. Dogs are allowed on the Isle of Palms beach as long as they are kept on a leash at all times (even when they are in the water) except from 5 am to 8 am, making it able to get your morning walk with your pooch in.

Holes that your children may dig while making mystical castles must be filled in when they are done. This keeps baby sea turtles from getting stuck on their way to the water and grandma from falling in and breaking a hip. Isle of Palms safety officers and lifeguards also need to be able to get around on their beach carts without breaking an axel.

The beaches on Isle of Palms are open and windy, making this the perfect place for kitesurfing. There aren’t many surfers here, since the waves are pretty small. You will occasionally see surfers here, although usually beginners. If you do want to take a crack at surfing, make sure you stay 100 feet from swimmers and 200 feet from the pier if you don’t want a hefty fine.

If you’re looking for a beach with a lifeguard, head to the Isle of Palms County Park on 14th Street. You can park here for $5 and you will find restrooms, showers, picnic tables, ice cream, and chair and umbrella rentals (although I recommend you bring your own – it’s rather pricey). Make sure you pop into our dunes properties office right there on the corner and say hi!

There are plenty of things to do on Isle of Palms if laying in the sun and playing in the sand isn’t for you. Aside from kitesurfing, you could make your way to the back side of the Island where you will find the IOP Marina and you can rent wave runners, go parasailing, or go on a fishing charter. If you’re in need of any beach gear, pop in to Isle Surf Co.

For lunch, check out Windjammer, where you can eat, drink, listen to live music, and even sing a little. Banana Cabana has great seasonal food and a beachfront bar, and Coconut Joe’s offers Island-inspired dishes and a rooftop bar. If you’re looking for pizza, ice cream, or some cute shops to browse in, stroll around The Front Beach Area.

Overall, the Isle of Palms beach is a family-friendly, clean, pleasant beach where you don’t need to worry about alcohol, rowdiness, or parties. Get ready for a day full of relaxation or adventure, whatever you choose! If you decide that Isle of Palms beach isn’t for you, check out the blog post we did last week on Folly Beach and make sure you stay tuned, next week we are featuring Sullivan’s Island.

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It’s Beach Season in Charleston – Folly Beach

It’s beach season and there is no doubt that each one of Charleston’s beaches has it’s own charm. I would say that all are worth a visit, and you can pick one that suites your mood! If you’re looking for surf and are feeling adventurous, Folly is for you. If you’re looking for a great beach to take the kids to, Isle of Palms is where you should be. Want to go kiteboarding? Head on over to Sullivan’s. Each week we will be featuring a different local beach, and this week it’s Folly Beach! Below are some guidelines, rules, and what to expect at Charleston’s most laid-back beach.

Folly Beach


Folly Beach is known for it’s surf, college-aged eye candy, fun festivals, and eclectic lifestyle. Just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, the locals like to call this The Edge of America. The bumper to bumper traffic (totally worth it!) is proof that Folly Beach is the only place to be on a hot summer day.

Folly Beach is probably the favorite beach among the locals. The beach is always open to the public and if you’ve got some cash, you can park at one of the beach’s access points. You can also park for free on the island streets – as long as all your tires are off the road and you don’t mind the walk. Folly is a great place to play volleyball, cornhole, and frisbee but there are some key rules to follow at this beach. There is no drinking or glass allowed on this beach. Trying to sneak it and getting caught will land you a $500 fine, so it’s best to just avoid it in my opinion. Also, starting Memorial Day, dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10AM and 6PM, and they must always be kept on their leash at all times and of course pick up their waste. Littering will get you a hefty $1000 fine and bonfires, fireworks, playing on the sand dunes, disturbing turtle nests, and possessing glass bottles will cost you close to that. For an official guideline of the rules, click here. Just be respectful and have fun!

It’s not just the sun, sand, and surf that brings people to Folly. It’s strip of locally owned shops and restaurants matches the laid back life style of this island town. Head over to Center Street for the best margarita at the original Taco Boy, a local favorite. You could pop in to Lost Dog Cafe for a massive breakfast made island style or get a sandwich, salad, or even sushi delivered beach-side by Drop In Deli.

Check out the Post and Courier to see what fun events are happening at Folly, whether it be Taste of Folly, Folly Beach Pub-crawl, Flip Flop Drop, the sand sculpture contest, or Follypalooza. There is always something happening at Folly and there is plenty of things to do for any kind of person. Explore a maritime forest, drink at the Morris Island Lighthouse, build a giant sand castle, ride bikes, fish off the pier, parasail, watch the sunset, dine out, dine in, and of course, surf! Weddings are also very popular on Folly, with an event permit costing only $25, even though you would have to go inland for your reception.

So grab a surfboard, paddleboard, or even a kiteboard, and head to the Washout. McKevlin’s offers boards for sale on consignment and 1-hour surf lessons for $40. If surfing isn’t your thing, bring your fishing rod and cast on the Folly Pier, where you can fish for $3 – $10 from 6AM to 11 PM. Either way, pack that cooler and get ready to spend one of the most relaxing afternoons you’ve ever spent on a beach.


1 in 4 American Renters are using 50% of income on housing

One of my roles here at dunes properties is to find interesting, real-estate related articles and information, post them on social media and blog about it. Sometimes, it can be hard for me to blog about something that I don’t know much about – I am not a homeowner, I do not have investment properties, and honestly, I don’t see myself getting to the point of home-buying any time soon (Hey, I’m still in my 20’s! Technically…), but I came across an interesting article on cnbc.com that really got my attention. Wait, was this article written about me?rent

Recent studies show that 1 in 4 renters must spend at least half their income on housing expenses. The real interesting thing is that this is 25% of ALL Americans. Vast majority of working middle-class America do not own their homes and are spending half their family’s income on housing. Myself, being a single mother, knows that struggle all too well. I would say 75% of my income goes to housing, with the other 25% going to living expenses such as food, diapers, gas, and necessary things I need to support myself and my daughter.

The number of households that require such high rental rates jumped a whopping 26% since 2007. Since the end of 2010, rental prices have surged at twice the pace of average hourly wages. This makes for extremely difficult dilemmas, like making rent or buying groceries (another struggle that I am personally familiar with). This crisis reflects one major shortcoming to recovery – wages have failed to match rising rental prices. Wages have risen only 2.1% in the last 12 months, where average rental prices have risen 3.7%. At the same time, new construction has not been able to keep up with rental demand and homeowners who were being pushed into foreclosure were forced to step into the rental spectrum. As a result, 2.3 million more families become dangerously close to becoming homeless every day.

The people that face such hardships are not irresponsible people. Or bad people, or lazy people. These are real people, with real families. This is real life, and the struggle is very real.

Charleston Area Statistics through March 2015

While national stories have been highlighting an increase in new construction sales and pending sales lately, these don’t always apply to our local scene. However, if there ever was a year to list or purchase a home, wider economic factors indicate that this is the one. The market seems to be increasing and on average, more people are employed and bringing in more money than they were at this time last year. The entire home and job market look promising. Because employment drives home buying, it is critical to watch labor statistics as a key indicator for the residential real estate market. That, and we live in one of the most desirable sought-out places to live in the country! Because of the positive job picture, it is expected that mortgage rates will remain as they are for at least the first half of the year.

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Upper Charleston
Lower Charleston
Mount Pleasant – South of IOP Connector
Mount Pleasant – North of IOP Connector
Folly Beach
Isle of Palms
Sullivans Island
Kiawah and Seabrook Islands

Charleston Area Statistics through January 2015


We can already see that 2015 will be full of talk of changing mortgage rates and regulations. Rates should stay low, but consumers and finance experts believe that we’re near rate bottoms. Early indications point to more sales, more listings, more new construction and more excitement! Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t expected to be the overblown land grab of the early 2000’s, but it should feel like a healthy market, which may be an odd sensation to real estate practitioners accustomed to the boom and then bust of the 21st century.


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Abstracts and Portraits on display at The Real Estate Studio

The Real Estate Studio is excited to welcome a unique show with portraits and abstracts by Michelle Meek Jones. The show, titled “Scintilla: little sparks; a glittering particle” is an exploration of the sparkle and flash beneath the curves and angles of our living beings. Spray paint, oils and iridescent pigments are used to create abstractions of life. A belief in all that glitters really could be gold is necessary.

The show will be on display from April 23 – June 3, and will be split into two parts. Jones will display her portraits through May 8 and replace them with her abstracts beginning May 9 for the remainder of the show.Art on display at The Real Estate Studio

Michelle graduated from Baylor University where she studied Studio Art and received a degree in Psychology. She moved to the Lowcountry in 2005 and has been a working artist here ever since.

After working as an event designer and overseeing installations from concept to creation, Jones focused solely on portrait commissions and currently has her work in over one hundred private collections throughout the United States.

Currently, Michelle Jones is using her studies in portraiture as a referencing point for large scale abstract paintings and installations.  Using combinations of spray paint, iridescent pigments, and oil paint, Jones is enthralled with the abstraction process and outcomes.

The show will be on exhibit at The Real Estate Studio April 23, 2014 – June 3, 2014 with an Artist Reception on Friday, May 9th from 6:00 – 9:00pm with abstracts on display.  Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.