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dunes properties of Charleston is a real estate, vacation rental and property management company representing the Lowcountry with almost 80 exclusive Charleston beach vacation rental properties, 70 real estate agents and employees, four full-service offices. Nobody knows the Charleston Coast better.

Isle of Palms Office

1400 Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451

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Folly Beach Office

31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439

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The Real Estate Studio

214 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401

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Kiawah Seabrook Office

1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455

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67 Warren Street, a downtown Queen Anne renovation

67 Warren Street, Downtown Charleston

67 Warren Street, Downtown Charleston

This Luxurious Queen Anne style home, built in 1878, has undergone a massive renovation throughout the entirety of the home. This charming property features a completely redesigned kitchen, updated bathrooms, fireplaces, HVAC, ceiling fans, electrical wiring, plumbing, new decks, new painting and much more. The main house features a formal living room, formal traditional dining room, as well as a den and a third floor bonus room. The rear of the home consists of TWO Income-Generating, One bed/One bath apartments, both with kitchens, separate entrances & shared washer/dryer. This home ALSO includes an unfinished basement, uncommon in downtown Charleston. This prime location is walking distance to Upper King Street, MUSC, CofC, and Colonial Lake. Off-street parking for 3 cars. Contact Frank Taylor for more information.

The Kiawah Seabrook Group

The Kiawah Seabrook Group of dunes properties is a seasoned team of real estate professionals who make their home at our  beautiful office at Bohicket Marina.  Starting with four agents in January 2011, the group has continued to grow and thrive while representing buyers and sellers in the unique communities of Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. These agents work and live on the islands. They know and love these areas and helping others to make them “home” is paramount to our success.

Whether it’s a vacation home, an investment or a primary residence, the Kiawah Seabrook Group is ready to help you find your island home. Give Becky Manna a call at the Bohicket Office to see how The KSG can help you!

The Kiawah Seabrook Group of dunes properties
Bohicket Marina Village and Market
1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455
Telephone: 843.768.9800

Curious about what the KSG currently has listed?  Here are some of the fantastic properties we represent on Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns Island:

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Charleston Area Market Statistics through August 2014

More than 5,000 Homes Sold This Summer in the Charleston Area.

These Charleston area market statistics were recently released by the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®.  “The summer months were, as expected, a period of steady, sustainable growth” said 2014 CTAR President, Corwyn Melette. “About 40% of sales for the year close during the summer, and this summer, sales activity and price growth has our market well-positioned for a strong finish to 2014” Melette said. At the end of August, there were 5,961 homes classified as active for sale in the CTMLS. At this time last year, there were 5,702.

Charleston Real Estate Market Statistics

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Mt. Pleasant (North of IOP Connector)
Kiawah & Seabrook Islands

Charleston Area Market Statistics through July 2014

These Charleston area market statistics were recently released by the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®.  “Our housing market continues to be where the economy experts thought it would be – steady, sustainable growth in both closed transactions and median price,” said 2014 CTAR President, Corwyn Melette. “With five straight months of inventory growth – albeit small, single digit percentage growth – some prospective buyers, who may not have found what they were looking for in the spring, should take another look and see if they find something that fits their needs now,” he added.

Charleston SC Real Estate Market Statistics July 2014Click on Area for Detailed Analysis

Experienced local Realtor®s join dunes properties family

Astrid McManus, real estate agent, dunes properties of Charleston

Astrid McManus, Realtor®

dunes properties is pleased to announce the addition of Realtor®s Astrid McManus  and  Michael McManus to our team of local professionals.

A multi-lingual native of Austria, Astrid McManus is a former corporate lawyer with a unique background. Astrid moved to Charleston’s historic district from Vienna in 2000 and began her real estate career in the downtown market, where she quickly put her years of varied experience to work.

Astrid has been living and working on Kiawah Island since 2005, where she has established herself in the golf community. She enjoys her connections to the resort islands, and is known for her success in local competitions. Astrid will be working from dunes propertiesBohicket Marina Office with the Kiawah Seabrook Group and can be reached at amcmanus@dunesproperties.com or (843)906-0325.

Michael McManus, Real Estate Agent, dunes properties of Charleston

Michael McManus, Realtor®

Realtor® Michael McManus is a Savannah native who arrived in the Lowcountry from Georgia in 1990, when he was presented with the opportunity to work at Kiawah Island. Michael began his career working on the Design and Development Team of Cousins Properties of Atlanta and the Sea Pines Company of Hilton Head Island on their joint venture project, Big Canoe.

Although Michael works in the real estate side of business, he remains keenly interested in design. Michael will be based out of The Real Estate Studio at 214 King Street and can be reached at mmcmanus@dunesproperties.com or (843)243-0264.


Hurricane season on the Charleston Coast

Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1 and runs through November 30.  On June 5, the first storm of the year, Andrea, formed and eventually made her way from Florida right up the east coast.  As far as the Charleston Coast, she left little more than some rainy days in her wake and actually was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone by June 7.  Still, a storm forming so early in the season, combined with the over-zealous media coverage has people naturally discussing the “what ifs” of storms on the Charleston Coast.

It’s no secret that any Atlantic coastal community is at risk… even if it’s minimal risk.  So, what do we think about buying, selling and living on the coast as it relates to these seasonal storms? Donnie Whitaker, an agent in our Isle of Palms Office, recently wrote a post on his blog about hurricanes and the Charleston Coast.  Our President, Randy Walker, also took to our blog in 2008 to expound upon the subject, after one of those pesky (but uneventful) tropical storms passed over.


Charleston Real Estate Market Snapshot May 2013

Last Week, CTAR reported on the Charleston real estate market statistics through May 2013.   Year to date figures show a lot of movement in the market. Here’s a peek:

• Charleston Area Home Sales Volume Is Up 21% From 2012.
• 2013 Year-to-date Prices Are Up Almost $20k.
• Mortgage Rates Are Up .6% to 4.1% since May 1.
2013 Inventory Has Not Increased Significantly.
Homes Are Selling at a Faster Rate than 2012.

CTAR President Owen Tyler says, “Buyers are acting quickly, as the market gets more and more competitive. Banks are also processing short sales, specifically, much faster than they have in the past—the long, drawn out process of purchasing such a property is beginning to wane”

Another interesting highlight is that West Ashley inside I-526 has become “an area to watch.” With most of its activity centered on the Byrnes Down, Avondale and South Windermere areas, the sales volume in this area has increased by 57%, and median price is up nearly 12% from $174,700 to $195,000.

To read the entire article and see all the market stats through May 2013 visit The Charleston Realtors May Market Report


Out with the old and in with the new on Isle of Palms

by Traci Magnus

I can’t tell you how many locals have mentioned having fond memories of the Red and White Grocery Store just next to the IOP connector on Palm Boulevard. Of course, by now anyone who lives on or near the island knows that the Red and White is no more, and the days of “Newton Farms” are soon to begin.

Isle of Palms grocery store Red and White demolition

A photo of the demolition of the Red and White by Donnie Whitaker

Donnie Whitaker, a Realtor® in our Isle of Palms Office, has written a post dedicated to these upcoming changes on the Isle of Palms.  Read “Farewell Red and White Grocery- See You Soon Newton Farms” from Donnie’s blog.

Orange you glad you’re in Charleston?

The Real Estate Studio dunes propertiesOur planters are HAPPY!

You will never leave Charleston in want or need of something beautiful or something delicious.  We offer both in abundance.  Today, when I looked out the front window at The Real Estate Studio, I noticed in our planters something small, orange, beautiful, and delicious.  Our Calamondin orange bushes have begun to fruit!  This is particularly exciting since it was only recently that I tasted the most amazing local marmalade, crafted from this species of orange.

The Calamondin is most likely of Chinese origin, and is thought to be introduced in Florida in 1899.  It is believed to be a cross between Citrus reticulata (Mandarin orange group) and Fortunella japonica (Kumquat group). It’s particularly interesting because as a hybrid, it does not naturally occur in the wild. It is now quite prevalent in the Philippines and other area of Southeast Asia. The peel is thin and smooth, yellow to yellow-orange and easily separable.  The small oranges make amazing marmalade or (my personal favorite) they can be frozen whole and used as ice cubes in beverages such as tea, water, and cocktails.

Our friends at The Local Palate recently featured the a recipe for Calamondin Marmalade.  Check it out HERE.

If you’re hankering for some of this delicious citrus spread and don’t fancy making your own, read up on Charleston local Laura Wichmann Hipp in this Charleston Magazine Article. Hipp not only gives amazing tours of some of our fine city’s homes and gardens (complete with a tea party!) but she also sells the marmalade she makes from her own personal Calamondin mini-grove.

Watercolor artist Frank Peabody to show at The Real Estate Studio

Here at The Real Estate Studio, we are proud to offer our beautiful space to local artists.  In fact, we allow a new artist to hang work every 6 weeks.  Shar Duffy took down her lush oil landscapes yesterday, and today Frank Peabody’s group is hanging his collection of colorful, dreamy watercolors.  You can check out the progress of the works going up below. He will join us for a reception on November 2 from 6-8pm.  We would love it if you’d join us too.

Peabody is a 1956 graduate of Princeton University and spent most of his life as a busy executive in the professional services industry in Louisville, Kentucky, and later in New York. His talent as an artist did not emerge until after his retirement. Since then, he has aggressively studied and painted locally throughout Vermont, South Carolina, and in a wide range of locations from Burma to Corsica to Venice, throughout Italy, Spain, the South Pacific, and many places in between.

Frank’s inspiration comes from places he travels or the simple beauties he witnesses in nature. His landscapes, still lifes and figures are realistic, yet sometimes possess a humorous, loose quality that reflects his emotions. Other times they simply represent the serenity he experiences while creating. He finds peace in the contemplative process of painting and those around him find joy and wonder in the results.

Frank paints in watercolors constantly exploring new techniques to master this medium. He lives in Vermont in the summer months with his wife, Juliet, and they spend their winters here in Charleston, South Carolina.

Peabody says, “Painting is an adventure for me, having spent my entire career in the business world. In painting, I find peace and serenity. I am drawn by everyday subjects in my life from people to places to things. My challenge is to capture the beauty of these subjects in my paintings and infuse them with emotion, mystery and a dash of drama.”

Stop by the Real Estate Studio at 214 King Street to see Frank Peabody’s show October 24 – December 4, 2012.  Or meet Frank and share a cocktail at his artist reception on Friday, November 2, 6-8pm.