The Charleston Coast From Our View...
Ever wanted to live right by the beach? Check out these great new properties on Isle of Palms, SC. Isle of Palms is a barrier island with everything. There’s lush vegetation, from age-old live oaks to flowering crepe myrtles and oleanders. For the sports-minded, there’s golf, great fishing, crabbing and shrimping, and more water sports than we can name. All of this just a few miles from downtown Charleston.
You will love living in this seaside community just 2 blocks from the beach!! Craftsman style beach home has a very open floor plan with perfect spaces for your family or guests. Well taken care of & updated. The kitchen has a breakfast bar & granite counter tops & new stainless gas stove & DW for the cook of the house. There is a separate laundry room & pantry space. Great room & dining area are very open with vaulted ceilings. Dining area is spacious for a large table. Relax by the gas fireplace or outdoors in the very large screened porch. You will love the second bedroom with custom built-in bunk beds, storage and custom drawers. The office/study could be a 4th bedroom. Offered by Sheryl Hill
Gorgeous home on Palmetto Lake in Wild Dunes across from one of natures beautiful bird habitats. This spacious home has just been completely renovated with custom finishes throughout including a New Sun Room, Kitchen and master baths. In addition, the home has a new roof, flooring, HVAC, and entranceway. The incredible landscaping fits nicely with the natural environment! There are 5 bedrooms, 3 and 1/2 bathrooms with the master bedroom on the first floor. The kitchen is outfitted with all new Jenn-Air appliances including a gas cooktop, a bar counter for entertaining and an incredible view of the lake as you prepare your next meal. The sun room has raised ceilings and makes you feel like the outside has been brought in through the four large picture windows. Offered by Rick Fain
Welcome to 19 Ocean Point, located in the gated neighborhood of Ocean Point, in Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms, SC. This custom built, meticulously maintained home overlooks the lagoon, driving range and has peaks of the ocean from the 3rd floor! The spacious foyer opens to a gorgeous, wide staircase and the inviting first floor living area with hardwood floors throughout. The open, airy floor plan is perfect for entertaining with a large gourmet kitchen front and center, flowing into the dining and living room. The kitchen offers high-end stainless steel appliances, updated cabinetry, granite surfaces and a cozy office. The living room features custom cabinetry fire place and wet bar. Offered by Betty Poore & Ginn Maiers
Charleston’s cobblestone streets are just one of her many charms. Though there are only eight left now, these historic streets were once much more common. It’s believed that the peninsula once contained over ten miles of cobblestone ways. Thankfully our streets now afford us a more smooth ride for the most part, but we’re still proud of the history the endearing cobblestones hold.
Here are a few facts you may not have known about the Holy City’s cobblestone streets:
So how did cobblestones get here in the first place? When the city was first settled, ships would use the stones as weights, weighing the boats down when they didn’t have enough cargo. Once the ships were emptied, off came the stones to make room for exported goods. Naturally, the smooth stones collected onto the wharves, or wharfs.
Anyone who has ever driven down a cobblestone street knows the bumpiness of the ride all too well. But the stones were a more sensible option than Charleston’s once dirt-based, muddy streets. The smoothness of the cobblestones made streets easier to navigate for the transportation mode of the colonial days: horse-and-carriages, and the addition of stones as streets were preferable to what you can imagine — based on the state of the peninsula now when it rains — were streets filled with mud and water when it rained.
Chalmers Street, nestled in the French Quarter, is definitely the most well-known, and photographed, cobblestone street in the city. It’s also long been called Labor Lane, as rumor has it that way-back-when, a ride on the rockiest of roads caused nine-month-pregnant women to go into labor.
Another well-known cobblestone street in the city is called Adger’s Wharf, which is located South of Broad. Running from East Bay Street straight to the water, the bumpy road was a busy dock, originally called Magwood’s Wharf. But its current name came from a 19th-century Irish merchant named James Adger II who came to Charleston via New York in 1802 as a cotton buyer. He later opened a hardware store and established the Adger Line and became one of the country’s wealthiest men. Today Adger’s Wharf makes for a perfectly lovely shortcut to the harbor — and, if you like, to Waterfront Park — from East Bay.
At the bottom of Broad Street, near the Exchange Building, lies Gillon Street, another example of early cobblestone street paving in Charleston. It’s named after Alexander Gillon, who was a famous commodore of the navy of SC during the Revolutionary War. Later on, he founded the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, which today is the oldest Chamber of Commerce in America.
A slightly more secret cobblestone-filled street is Longitude Lane, though it’s actually more of an alley. It’s a beautiful path that leads to a narrow street with a handful of old single-family houses you’ll instantly picture yourself living in — because who is lucky enough to live on sweet little streets such as these?
The employment landscape and wages have both improved over the last few years, allowing for more people to participate in the home-buying process. When the economy is in good working order, as it is now, it creates opportunities in residential real estate, and right now is a potentially lucrative time to sell a home. Houses that show well and are priced correctly have been selling quickly, often at higher prices than asking. New listings were down 2.6% and inventory shrank 16.8% while median sales price was up 3.1%.
Although there is a mounting amount of buyer competition during the annual spring market cycle, buyer demand has not abated, nor is it expected to in the immediate future unless something unpredictable occurs. While strong demand is generally considered a good problem to have, it creates an affordability issue for some buyers, especially first-time buyers. And yet, prices will continue to rise amidst strong demand.