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1400 Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
843.886.5600

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Folly Beach, SC 29439
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Charleston, SC 29401
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1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.768.9800

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Category: Vacation Home

New Listings at the Beach, Just in Time for Summer 2017

For Sale at the Beach

We have a wide variety of new listings at the beach, and it’s just in time. The mercury is starting to rise and the sun is shining, that can only mean one thing….its almost summer on the Charleston Coast!  What better way to spend the lazy days of our favorite season than at one of Charleston’s fabulous beaches? Check out some of the newest listings from dunes properties agents on Sullivans IslandIsle of Palms, Folly Beach, Kiawah Island and Dewees Island.

Beach House Sullivans Island

2614 Bayonne Street, Sullivans Island

2614 Bayonne Street, Sullivans Island

4 beds | 4.5 baths | 4,754 sq ft

One of the finest second row homes on Sullivans Island and only steps away from the Station 26 beach access path! A stunning remodel of this home was completed in 2015 by Phillip Smith Contractors. The 3,410 square foot first floor boasts a downstairs master-suite with outside porch, and direct access to the elevated pool and workout cabana. There is an additional guest suite off the front entrance. The house has a open great room and dining area combination with bay windows overlooking the pool area, a large office area, a gourmet kitchen with attached den and additional fireplace.  Listed by Tim Reese

Beach House Sullivans Island

2102 Atlantic Avenue, Sullivans Island

2102 Atlantic Avenue, Sullivans Island

9 beds | 6 baths | 5,760 sq ft

Located on a street to street, half acre lot on Sullivans Island, this unique, one of a kind home features lots of possible configurations for a large family! The owners built this home with generational living in mind. Side A and B each feature four bedrooms, two full baths, wrap around porches, 2 car garages, hardwood floors in the main living areas and tons of storage. In addition, there is a two story carriage house, connected to the main house, that features a one bedroom living space on the first floor and a studio space on the second. The main house, sides A & B, live like two separate homes but have privacy doors to make the spaces separate.  Listed by Betty Poore & Vannessa Carter

Beach House Isle of Palms

708 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms

708 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms

4 beds | 2 baths | 2,434 sq ft

This bright and cheery home with double front porches is centrally located on the island. The first floor features an open floor plan with a full bath. The kitchen window overlooks the pool located in the private fenced in backyard. Upstairs you will find the master suite with walk-in closet and large private bathroom. Three more nice size bedrooms are also upstairs with one of the front bedrooms that opens out to the upstairs porch. Plenty of parking underneath. Close to the beach, downtown Isle of Palms, connector and just a short drive to historic Downtown Charleston. Listed by Ginn Maiers

Beach House Folly Beach

1653 B East Ashley Avenue, Folly Beach

1653 B East Ashley Avenue, Folly Beach

4 beds | 2.5 baths | 2,200 sq ft

Here is your chance to own a 4 BR oceanfront home on Folly Beach that will hold a large family, performs well on a rental program, and doesn’t break the bank. Enjoy the sunrise and seascapes from large oceanfront balconies.  There are hardwood floors downstairs and an enormous kitchen with granite countertops and a bar -height counter to gather around. The kitchen flows into the open living and dining room with windows and sliding doors that lead onto the oceanfront deck and let the light in. There is also an oceanfront deck upstairs that can be accessed by the master bedroom and two more bedrooms. Listed by Vince Perna & Laurie Hull

Beach House Folly Beach

1120 E Arctic Avenue, Folly Beach

1120 E Arctic Avenue, Folly Beach

3 beds | 2 baths | 1,379

This is a renovated classic Cape Cod style beach house. Located on a full corner lot and directly across from beach access. ”Neptunes Folly” is on a vacation rental program with great occupancy and rental income history! The property also sits on a dead end, less traveled street. Enjoy beautiful ocean views from the large front porch. The open living/dining room area and updated kitchen are perfect for entertaining.  The property also has plenty of off-street parking, a huge plus on Folly Beach! Listed by Keith McCann

Beach House Kiawah Island

3611 Beachcomber Run, Kiawah Island

3611 Beachcomber Run,  Kiawah Island 

5 beds| 4 baths | 4,300 sq ft

If you are all about the beach, then look no further. This classic style beach house is oceanfront with enough room for family, friends, and grandchildren. Needless to say the views are amazing. The first floor has a very large great room with fireplace, sunroom, and master suite all with ocean views and outside access. Additionally, the kitchen is updated with newer cabinets, granite, and stainless steel appliances.  Listed by Karen Hilty

New Listings at the Beach

312 Pelican Flight Drive, Dewees Island

312 Pelican Flight Drive, Dewees Island

3 beds | 2 baths | 1,616 sq ft

This is the best starter home on private, unspoiled Dewees Island. This lovely 3 bedroom cottage with loft and open floor plan has views of managed wetland, deer browsing areas, and maritime forest. Nestled into the pines with easy access to kayak trails and a very short walk to the beach. Home has porches which flank the living room, allowing for the sea breezes to blow through the main part of the house. Airy master bedroom is open to below through captains windows, and an additional loft area is perfect for watching the eagles nest or alligators below. Two other quiet bedrooms each have their own porch access areas and vaulted ceilings. Charming cottage decor conveys with a few exceptions. Under the house, there is great storage for toys including golf carts, kayaks and bicycles.  Listed by Judy Fairchild

 

New Listings on Sullivans Island

The Spring market is starting early in 2017!  Here are three of our new listings on Sullivans Island that will not disappoint.  If you are looking for the perfect coastal property, you will want to be sure to check these out.

new listings on sullivans island

1607 Middle Street

This stunning, newer construction home was completed in 2015 by Rhodes Residential Builders. The home features an open floor plan and a gourmet kitchen. This 3,450 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home will exceed your expectations. First floor features a custom gourmet kitchen, great room with gas fireplace and glassed dining room area overlooking the pool. The large master suite with beamed cathedral ceiling and designer bathroom is also on this level. The second level consists of 3 large bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom. The ground level has a two car garage and ground level pool with additional entertaining space under the house. This home is absolutely beautiful and move in ready!

new listings on sullivans island

2608 Atlantic Ave

This wonderful third row home is on a street-to-street 1/2 acre lot just steps to the beach access at Station 26. The home was recently remodeled and shows beautifully. The first floor consists of a large eat-in-kitchen with breakfast area, separate dining area and great room. The master bedroom suite and three additional bedrooms are located on the second level as well as a small office area. There is plenty of room for a large pool and additional square footage if desired.

new listings on sullivans island

2867 Middle Street

This spectacular home has 3 levels of living space and is close to the beach access at Station 29. This home is perfect for entertaining with the large first level great room with fireplace and sunroom leading out to the back deck and porch that overlooks a gorgeous pool. The first floor also includes the master suite with its own private office and an additional guest suite that was added in 2012. The second level has three additional bedrooms that share a large bathroom that could be easily converted into 2 bathrooms. There is also a small TV/media room that opens up to a second story porch. The ground level entertaining space that flows just off the pool consists of a new 4-person hot tub, large sitting area, and bar with refrigerators, sink, and mounted TV. This home was listed and under contract in less than a week!

If you have questions about these properties contact listing agent, and Sullivans Ilans expert, Tim Reese.  Not quite what you are looking for?  No problem, drop by or contact our Isle of Palms Office to speak with one of our professional, experienced real estate agents.

 

Beachfront Listing – 2411 Atlantic Avenue

Beachfront Listing - 2411 Atlantic Avenue

Looking for a rare opportunity to own expansive beachfront property on Sullivans Island?  This stunning 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, 4,143 square foot home, is in an ideal location.  It is situated on a large half acre lot with mature landscaping and sweeping circular driveway. Renovated by Daly & Sawyer in 2010, this home has a very livable floorplan with many custom features and upgrades. A grand living/dining room with soaring ceilings, custom trim and expansive views over looking the pool and yard is just off the entry. Kitchen, den and sunroom are on the left side of the main level. Kitchen is centrally located and complete with Subzero refrigerator, large center island and eat in banquette. The light-filled sunroom has a brick floor, skylights and two walls of windows with views of the outdoor living areas, pool and large lawn.  Adjacent to the sunroom and kitchen is a cozy den with fireplace and builtins. The master suite and one secondary bedroom are on the other side of the main level. Master suite has sweeping views and french door leads to the deck. Expansive back porch facing the ocean overlooks the pool and additional deck below. Easy access to the outdoor shower, garage, and abundant storage below the house. The second floor has a living area, two additional bedrooms with private baths and porch with ocean views.

Beachfront Listing - 2411 Atlantic Ave

For more information on this property or others like it, contact listing agent Laurie Thornhill or stop by our Isle of Palms office.

300 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms SC

 

ck1605151-1011UPDATE May 31, 2016:  This property was listed on May 24, 2016 and 6 days later was under contract!

Welcome to 300 Ocean Blvd! A private gated home located on the most expensive front beach strip in all of Isle of Palms, SC.  This expansive 7,000 square foot floor plan features:

  • 7 Bedrooms and 8.5 Bathrooms
  • 24′ Dramatic Foyer with Spiral Staircase
  • Beautiful Brazilian Cherry Hardwoods
  • Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen
  • 14 Person Dining Room
  • 300 gallon Saltwater Fish Tank
  • Custom Patio with Outdoor Kitchen
  • Infinity Pool/Hot Tub Overlooking the Ocean
  • Spectacular 360 Degree Views from Rooftop Deck
  • Private Boardwalk to the Beach

For more information about this magnificent property, contact Judd Borders at our Isle of Palms Office.

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Oceanfront Folly Home – 1709 B East Ashley Avenue

1709 B East Ashley Avenue, offered by Vince Perna, gives you the feeling you are on top of the world. With some of the most amazing views on Folly, this stunning beachfront home boasts views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Ravenel Bridge, two neighboring lighthouses, and the expansive Folly River. Check out this fantastic video of the property and click here to view the interactive floorplan and additional pictures.

Contact Vince Perna for more information

Folly Beach Homes with Ocean Views

Looking for Folly Beach Homes with Ocean Views? Folly is one of the most desirable areas to live in the Lowcountry because of the laid back vibe, island-style living, and its beautiful beach that offers the best waves in Charleston. One of the things most people look for when buying a home on Folly Beach is those spectacular ocean views. Plus Folly Beach offers some of the most amazing sunsets this side of this Mississippi! Here is a list of homes currently for sale on Folly Beach with some incredible ocean views.  We’re sure that there is something on this list for everyone.

On Folly Beach there is a wide variety of homes for sale, including weathered beach bungalows and grand new construction. You can also find tiny beach cottages, like those on the now-popular tiny house hunting television shows. In recent years, new luxury beach homes with ocean views have been on the rise. Homes on Folly Beach are often referred to as “First Row”, “Second Row”, “Third Row” to note their proximity to the ocean. The properties are, naturally, priced according to how close they are.First and Second Row homes on Folly Beach are almost always going to have ocean views. While Third and Fourth Row homes may not have ocean views, they are still a very short walk to the beach.

If you’re looking for a home with a laid back vibe and something beautiful to look at, you will want to take a look at this list of home for sale on Folly Beach with ocean view. The prices ranges vary, but we’re sure there is something to fit everyone’s budget. The results show the most recently listed properties first.

  1. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,384 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 1995
    Days on market: 2
    Listing Provided by Carolina Elite Real Estate
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 976 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 1940
    Days on market: 2
    Listing Provided by Keller Williams Realty Charleston
  3. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,094 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Year built: 1971
    Days on market: 3
    Listing Provided by Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,350 sq ft
    Year built: 2000
    Days on market: 4
    Listing Provided by Brand Name Real Estate
  5. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,673 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 5
    Listing Provided by Anchor Line Realty LLC
  6. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,084 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,196 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Days on market: 7
    Listing Provided by Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley
  7. 6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,506 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 10
    Listing Provided by The Boulevard Company, LLC
  8. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,363 sq ft
    Year built: 2003
    Days on market: 49
    Listing Provided by Avocet Properties
  9. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,668 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,196 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Days on market: 57
    Listing Provided by RE/MAX Alliance
  10. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,126 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,276 sqft
    Year built: 1962
    Days on market: 77
    Listing Provided by Carolina One Real Estate
  11. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Days on market: 79
    Listing Provided by Carolina One Real Estate
  12. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,400 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
    Days on market: 80
    Listing Provided by Avocet Properties
  13. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 924 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,374 sqft
    Year built: 1982
    Days on market: 88
    Listing Provided by Luxury Simplified Real Estate, INC
  14. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,204 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 106
    Listing Provided by The Carolina Agent Group - Lowcountry
  15. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,260 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 1949
    Days on market: 111
    Listing Provided by Fred Holland Realty
  16. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,340 sq ft
    Year built: 1982
    Days on market: 112
    Listing Provided by Fred Holland Realty
  17. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,620 sq ft
    Year built: 1998
    Days on market: 115
    Listing Provided by Carolina One Real Estate
  18. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,908 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 1940
    Days on market: 129
    Listing Provided by Carolina One Real Estate
  19. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,660 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 129
    Listing Provided by Carolina One Real Estate
  20. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,668 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,742 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 134
    Listing Provided by Trademark Properties, Inc
  21. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,571 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Days on market: 136
    Listing Provided by Carolina One Real Estate
  22. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,853 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,810 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Days on market: 137
    Listing Provided by Carolina One Real Estate
  23. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,748 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,276 sqft
    Year built: 1973
    Days on market: 137
    Listing Provided by Julian V Brandt Inc
  24. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,491 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 1935
    Days on market: 150
    Listing Provided by Carolina One Real Estate
  25. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,770 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 170
    Listing Provided by Fred Holland Realty
  26. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,532 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Days on market: 176
    Listing Provided by Avocet Properties
  27. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 700 sq ft
    Year built: 1999
    Days on market: 191
    Listing Provided by Mary Ann Meyers Charleston Realty Inc.
  28. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Days on market: 218
    Listing Provided by Dunes Properties of Chas Inc
  29. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 2,944 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,749 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 224
    Listing Provided by Avocet Properties
  30. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,379 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 1930
    Days on market: 225
    Listing Provided by Dunes Properties of Chas Inc
  31. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,769 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Days on market: 234
    Listing Provided by Salmonsen Realty
  32. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,668 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 234
    Listing Provided by Trademark Properties, Inc
  33. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 1,816 sq ft
    Year built: 1998
    Days on market: 245
    Listing Provided by Avocet Properties
  34. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,592 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,325 sqft
    Year built: 1985
    Days on market: 391
    Listing Provided by AgentOwned Premiere Group
  35. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,291 sq ft
    Lot size: 5.30 ac
    Year built: 1965
    Days on market: 513
    Listing Provided by Carolina One Real Estate
  36. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,074 sq ft
    Lot size: 31,363 sqft
    Year built: 1945
    Days on market: 578
    Listing Provided by Dunes Properties of Chas Inc
  37. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 1,100 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 582
    Listing Provided by Southeastern Property Group
  38. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 1,100 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 582
    Listing Provided by Southeastern Property Group
  39. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,080 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 1977
    Days on market: 617
    Listing Provided by Dunes Properties of Chas Inc
  40. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,518 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Days on market: 624
    Listing Provided by Fred Holland Realty
  41. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,230 sq ft
    Lot size: 27,878 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Days on market: 818
    Listing Provided by Avocet Properties
  42. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 1,816 sq ft
    Year built: 1998
    Days on market: 910
    Listing Provided by Dunes Properties of Chas Inc
  43. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 512 sq ft
    Year built: 0
    Days on market: 924
    Listing Provided by AHM Real Estate & Development
  44. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 940 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Days on market: 951
    Listing Provided by Fred Holland Realty
  45. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,305 sq ft
    Year built: 1995
    Days on market: 1,822
    Listing Provided by Fred Holland Realty
  46. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,560 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Year built: 1949
    Days on market: 1,822
    Listing Provided by Fred Holland Realty

See all Folly Beach Ocean View Listings.
(all data current as of 10/20/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Featured – 1403 Ocean Club Villas

1403 Ocean Club Villas

Welcome to 1403 Ocean Club Villas! The price of this luxury oceanfront condo was recently significantly reduced, and it’s now quite possibly the BEST deal in Wild Dunes! You will not find an equivalent view or square footage for this price.  The sellers are extremely motivated, as they have an investment opportunity elsewhere with an end of July, 2015 deadline.  This place is a MUST SEE.  When you enter 1403 Ocean Club,  you immediately become aware of an unusual sense of calm and simplicity that separates this space from the typical resort condominium. You sense it is an intimate place you will want for yourself, loved ones, and close friends.

Click HERE for Interactive Floorplan and Photos

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Betty Poore
Phone: 843.513.1721
Fax: 888.430.1978
Mobile: 843.442.1889

 

New listings on Isle of Palms and in Wild Dunes!

dunes properties has quite a few new listings on Isle of Palms and Wild Dunes ranging from a 1 bedroom condo for less than $500,000 to a 3 bedroom house for $719,000. With three condos and two homes recently listed in addition to our wide variety of current properties for sale on the Isle of Palms, all of these properties are in fantastic locations with many different amenities.

1140 Ocean Blvd. #206, Isle of Palms listed by dunes properties

1140 Ocean Blvd. Unit 206, ISLE OF PALMS, SC – $825,000

Gorgeous oceanfront 3 BR, 3 BA condo located on the Isle of Palms, just steps from restaurants and shopping. This property is newly remodeled with hardwood bamboo flooring and stainless appliances.

Listed by Joe Walker  843.345.4510   jwalker@dunesproperties.com, and Dave Landry  843.224.6251  dlandry@dunesproperties.com

Port O Call 101E wild dunes listed by dunes properties

Port O Call 101, Unit E, ISLE OF PALMS, SC – $429,900

Oceanfront 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condominium in the Wild Dunes Resort with direct access to the beach path right from your screened porch.

Listed by Katy Leydic  843.696.3625  kleydic@dunesproperties.com

95 Grand Pavilion Wild Dunes listed by dunes properties

95 Grand Pavilion, ISLE OF PALMS, SC – $719,000

This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house is located in the Wild Dunes Resort in the desirable Grand Pavilion area.

Listed by Mark Mitchell  843.847.7980  mmitchell@dunesproperties.com

30 Edgewater Alley Isle of Palms listed by dunes properties30 Edgewater Alley, ISLE OF PALMS, SC – $599,900

With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this house is located within walking distance to the beach and is right inside the Wild Dunes gate.

Listed by Katy Leydic  843.696.3625  kleydic@dunesproperties.com

 

Tidewater I-302 Wild Dunes listed by dunes properties

Tidewater 302 #I, ISLE OF PALMS, SC – $659,000

This oceanfront condo has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and has been completely renovated. Enjoy ocean views from your private deck.

Listed by Rick Fain  843.412.0189  rfain@dunesproperties.com

New law benefiting owners of vacation homes

South Carolina legislators are pushing a new law through that will allow home owners the availability to rent their primary residences as vacation rentals for up to 72 days from the current 14, without effecting their primary status. This means that home owners may elect to have their properties work more efficiently for them and earn their keep in offsetting ownership costs without having to worry about losing their 4% ratio and additional tax breaks.

A similar law was proposed several years ago, but was not successful getting passed. Now the law is coasting through with unanimous approval for vacation homes.

The County Assessor estimates that just under 500 homes will benefit from this plan and that about $1 million a year will be lost in tax revenue, according to the Post and Courier. However, what is not being stated is how this incentive will boost home sales in vacation areas around the Lowcountry, which will, in turn, provide a return in tax revenue to the state.

So, who wins with this program? Just about everybody. Homeowners will be able to better offset expenses, while home sales will boost the economy, aiding restaurants, retail, construction, and every other facet that benefits from a strong home market.

Good job S.C. Lawmakers!

-Brian Caldwell  843.224.7948  bcaldwell@dunesproperties.com

Vacation-Home Sales up almost 30% in 2013

Not only did the vacation-home market have its largest gain since the National Association of REALTORS® started tracking home sales in 2003, but the market also accounted for 13% of home sales in the U.S. last year. Additionally, nearly half of vacation sales last year were in the South.

In their 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, the NAR shows vacation-home sales jumped 29.7% to an estimated 717,000 last year from 553,000 in 2012. This boost in vacation-home sales can be attributed to last year’s stock market gains and rising home values, which brought buyer’s more wealth and confidence in the housing market, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Vacation property sales

Vacation property sales

The combination of buyer’s confidence and rising wealth of high-income households is what The Wall Street Journal calls the “wealth affect,” where people are willing to spend more money because they feel more wealthy. Many households last year earned more income, with the top 60% of earners seeing a 2.3% rise in income, according the U.S. Census Bureau.

So, why were buyers purchasing vacation homes? The majority of buyers want to use the property for vacations or a family retreat, while a small percentage may use it as a primary residence in the future or plan to rent it to others. These are all great reasons to invest in a vacation home, and there isn’t a better place to look than Charleston. With gorgeous beach communities like Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes, Folly Beach, or Kiawah Island, there are plenty of great options for a vacation rental. Come stop by one of our offices and chat with our experienced real estate agents or vacation rental management team!

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