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Isle of Palms Office

1400 Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
843.886.5600

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31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
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Charleston, SC 29401
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1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455
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Category: James Island

Charleston Area Market Stats Through July 2019 (and other news)

In a much anticipated move, The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade at the close of its July meeting . While it was stated this will not be an ongoing trend, it is seen as a precaution for what the future holds. Regardless of further cuts, the U.S. market remains favorable with a strong labor market, solid consumer spending and relatively high stock valuations.

Closed Sales +6.5% | Median Sales Price +4.1% |  Months Supply -7.7%

Market Statistics by Area

Featured Property

JUST REDUCED $100,000! 410 Patriot Street, Sullivan’s Island
This beautifully appointed coastal home was thoughtfully planned featuring 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, heart of pine floors, an extra-wide screened porch and stunning rooftop deck with some of the best panoramic views of the island!

 

Upcoming Events in Charleston

Charleston Summer Wine Festival

Summer Wine Festival

Charleston Summer Wine Festival  August 17
Sip the night away as Charleston Wine Festivals hosts the first Charleston Summer Wine Festival at Memminger Auditorium on Saturday, August 17, 2019, 6pm-10pm. Enjoy over 50 wines, mimosas, beer, live music & DJ.

2019 Grape Stomp Festival  August 24
The 2019 Stomp Festival promises to be THE event of the year at Deep Water Vineyard. Join us Saturday, August 24th from 10am- 5pm.

Lowcountry Jazz Festival

SC Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival   August 25
It doesn’t get much better than Jamaican Jerk foods paired with wine, reggae music, and a stroll around beautiful Magnolia Gardens – all while benefiting a good cause! Sunday, August 25th, 12-7pm

Lowcountry Jazz Festival   August 31 – September 1
South Carolina’s premiere annual Smooth Jazz event returns to the Charleston Gaillard Center Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st with a stellar lineup of superstar artists and up and coming instrumentalists and vocalists.

Charleston Area Market Stats Through June 2019 (and other news)

Overall the economy is performing well due to factors such as low unemployment and solid retail sales. An interest rate reduction seems likely in 2019 and would, especially in the Charleston market, be a welcome opportunity for growth.

Closed Sales -1.3% | Median Sales Price +7.3% | Months Supply -5.1%

Market Statistics by Area

Featured Property

2402 Raven Street, Sullivans Island SC

Pool party anyone? 😎🍹 This stunning marshfront home on Sullivan’s Island recently underwent a whole-house renovation by Renaissance South Construction where no expense was spared! Enjoy gorgeous marsh views from the unbelievable outdoor area with spacious deck, infinity-edge pool, large hot tub, and cabana area complete with a grill, bar and sitting area perfect for relaxing and entertaining! For more information, visit www.2402Raven.com

We Did It Again!

Charleston is Travel & Leisure's No. 1 City for 7th year in a row

Did you hear the news? For the 7th consecutive year, the readers of Travel + Leisurehave named Charleston the No. 1 city in the US. I can’t say we’re surprised, but we’ll take it! To read the full article visit: bit.ly/ChasNo1USCity

Where to Eat in Charleston, July 2019

Charleston's Newest Restaurants, July 2019

Baker and Brewer, Downtown Charleston SC

Baker and Brewer

Baker and Brewer   |   Downtown Charleston
Located at the former home of DeSano Pizza Bakery, Baker and Brewer is the hottest new pizzeria and brewpub from the makers of EVO Pizzeria and Holy City Brewing.

Dashi   |   North Charleston
Fans of Dashi’s foodtruck (myself included) are thrilled to finally see a brick-and-morter restaurant, serving up Asian and Latin cuisines – now with an expanded menu!

The Salty Dog, Bohciket Marina

The Salty Dog

The Salty Dog Cafe   |   Bohicket Marina
After a long wait, The Salty Dog has opened in Bohicket Marina (right next to our Kiawah/Seabrook office!) offering waterfront dining with some pretty great views.

Maison  |   Downtown Charleston
Brought to you by Carlton “Vandy” Vanderwarker, the former chef de cuisine at The Ordinary, and former Fish bartender, Will Love, Maison is a french inspired bistro sure to please!

 

 

Charleston Area Market Stats Through May 2019

As we hit the mid-year mark, we are starting to notice a reoccurring trend – low inventory and steadily increasing home sales. In addition to this, we are currently seeing a slight rise in days on market (up 8.5% from this time last year), which is most likely due to schools being out for the summer causing buyers to wait to make those large purchase. That being said, markets across the country are starting to level off, meaning more wiggle room for buyers which is always a good sign. As long as the weather works in our favor, we anticipate a healthy real estate market for the Charleston area.

Closed Sales +3.0% | Median Sales Price +4.0% | Months Supply -2.6%

Market Statistics by Area

Charleston Area Market Stats Through April 2019

Spring has SPRUNG and eager buyers are out in full force this season. With beautiful weather and new listings up 4.2%, it’s no wonder competition is fierce for well-priced homes in the Charleston area. Although inventory is still a factor, sellers are poised to make quite a profit in the coming months. With the the national unemployment rate dropping to 3.6% during April 2019 (the lowest level since 1969) we anticipate a positive affect on the real estate market.

Closed Sales -2.6% | Median Sales Price 0.0% | Months Supply 0.0%

Market Statistics by Area

Charleston Area Market Stats Through March 2019

Despite mixed weather patterns across much of the U.S. in the first quarter, prices in the Charleston,SC market moved higher as the Median Sales Price was up 5.8 percent. Many home buyers and sellers are sighing in relief as the Federal Reserve announced there will be no further interest rate hikes planned for 2019. This is great news for the area and we anticipate increasing numbers reflected not only in home sales, but in terms of mortgage rates as well, which typically follow suit.

Closed Sales -9.1% | Median Sales Price + 5.8% | Months Supply -2.6%

Market Statistics by Area

Charleston Area Market Stats Through February 2019

Despite early predictions of a housing market slump, February numbers indicate a resilient market, even with inclement weather in other parts of the country deterring some buyers. While it is too early to predict how the rest of the year will pan out, we do anticipate an active market as the weather gets better and more buyers flock to the city to find their forever homes.

Closed Sales +9.4% |  Median Sales Price + 2.9% | Months Supply -5.4%

Market Statistics by Area

Charleston Area Market Stats Through January 2019

January brought out a new crop of buyers with a renewed enthusiasm in a new calendar year. Sales totals may still inevitably start slow in the first half of the year due to ongoing inventory concerns. Despite home affordability continuing to be an issue, early signs suggest the market is beginning to improve, with more homes coming on the market just in time for the summer months.

Closed Sales -16% |  Median Sales Price + 2.7% | Months Supply 0%

Market Statistics by Area

Settling Down in James Island, SC

James Island Dock Sunset

Searching for a place to settle down near Charleston, SC? You’ll be delighted with the convenience and charms offered by James Island. Located just five minutes from downtown Charleston, this large sea island is close to the best shopping, dining and amenities in all of Charleston County.

Easy access to historic downtown Charleston isn’t the only appeal of James Island. Boasting top-notch schools, outdoor amenities, as well as a rich, lively culture, it’s not difficult to see why so many families plant their roots on the beautiful sea island. Let’s explore more deeply why James Island is a great place to live, work and play.

History of James Island

One of Charleston’s most unique sea islands, James Island boasts a rich history that dates to the 17th century. First established as Jamestown in 1671 by English settlers, the island was previously occupied by native American nomads. They primarily hunted for their food, taking advantage of the plentiful seafood along the island’s waterways.

Early Settlement of James Island

As early as 1609, Spanish explorers documented their encounters with the Stono tribe, who occupied both James Island and Johns Island. In 1666, English settlers also recorded two different tribes — the Stono and the Kussoe — on James Island.

Although early settlers initially found the tribes friendly, tensions between the native Americans and the colonists came to a head in 1674.  This resulted in the tribes coming together to fight against the European settlers. Their combined forces were no match for the colonists, who defeated them handily and took control of the island thereafter.

Early Military and Naval History

With its proximity to Charleston, James Island made for an ideal location to set up lookouts for pirates in the 17th century. Prior to early colonial settlement, pirates frequented the island to stock up on supplies before heading back out to sea.

In the early 18th century, the island raised its first militia. Led by Colonel William Rhett, the militia was born out of concern over a French and Spanish invasion in 1706.

In 1708, construction of historic Fort Johnson began. Located on the banks of the Ashley River, the fortification is named after Sir Nathanial Johnson, proprietary governor of Carolina. The fort remains a popular historical site on the island and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The American Revolution and the Civil War

James Island played critical roles in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. It acted as a defensive wall for Charleston in 1780, and later in 1862 through 1864. The island was the site where the last battles of the American Revolution took place, as well as the site from which many shots of the Civil War were fired from Fort Johnson.

Benefits of Living in James Island

Today, James Island is known for its laid-back, unpretentious vibe. The island’s picturesque views and relaxed atmosphere are just the beginning of the many benefits this island has to offer its residents.

James Island Dock

Easy Commute

Apart from living on the peninsula itself, James Island is the closest suburb to Downtown Charleston. Those who choose to work in the Holy City and live on James Island will find the commute much easier compared to Charleston’s other sea islands.

Great Schools

James Island boasts some of the best public schools in all of Charleston County. Because of this, many families choose to send their kids to James Island Charter High School because it is highly rated and provides great opportunities.

There are two middle schools and four elementary schools on James Island for parents to choose from as well. Of these schools, Fort Johnson Middle School and Harbor View Elementary School stand out with high ratings.

Family-Friendly Community

James Island provides a warm, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. Because of this, residents here are generally not pretentious and fit the island’s laid-back vibe.

However, don’t mistake being laid-back for a lack of caring. James Island residents are passionate about preserving the natural environment. Many fight vigorously against large-scale development of the area. This is especially true when it comes to protecting trees like ancient live oaks.

Although families are serious about protecting the small-town feel of the island, the community is also welcoming to newcomers and visitors alike. If you want the best for your kids and do your part to make James Island a better place to live, you’re sure to fit right in with this welcoming crowd.

Minutes from the Beach

Living in James Island, S.C. means that you’ll have easy access to the beach. James Island is essentially Folly Beach’s neighbor, making it a convenient 5-15 minute drive to one of the most family-friendly beaches in all of Charleston.

Some homes on the island are within biking distance of Folly beach. If you’re looking for a home on James Island, chances are good that you’ll find an attractive home just minutes away from the sound of ocean waves.

Historical Sites

For a modest island, James Island has a lot of history packed into it. When your friends and family visit your home in James Island, there are plenty of fascinating historical sites you can take them to.

McLeod Plantation Slave Quarters © National Park Service

One of the most popular historical sites in James Island is McLeod Plantation. Located along Wappoo Creek, the historic plantation was established in 1851. It was largely successful due to its production of Sea Island Cotton. The plantation played a significant role in the American Civil War is an important Gullah Geechee heritage site.

Another notable historical site is Fort Johnson. Located at the northeast point of James Island, the fort held military and political significance during the colonial era. It is also the site where the South Carolina state flag was first flown in 1775.

Lesser known is Secessionville Historic District, an area on the island that honors those who fought in the Battle of Secessionville. The district includes a few historic homes — one Victorian and two Antebellum Greek Revival homes — as well as the unmarked grave representing over 300 Union soldiers.

What to Do on James Island

James Island boasts a wide variety of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. From live music and concerts at the Pour House to the family-friendly James Island County Park, you won’t have trouble finding things to do on this quaint sea island.

James Island County Park

Searching for fun, outdoor activities to do with the kids? Need ideas for date night in James Island? You can always count on James Island County Park to make lasting memories.

Splash Zone James Island County Park

Splash Zone courtesy of Charleston Magazine

James Island County Park has it all: playgrounds, a water park, a dog park, open spaces, a climbing wall and a fun splash pad that your little ones will love. That’s not all the 643-acre park has to offer. The park also features plenty of activities like nature trails and paved trails, tidal creek fishing opportunities, volleyball courts, kayak rentals and much more.

During the holidays, the park is lit up with millions of lights as part of the annual Holiday Festival of Lights. A dazzling spectacle, this much-loved event is a delightful tradition for many Charleston families.

Catch a Movie at Terrace Theater

The unique Terrace Theater is a five-screen art house cinema with a funky, retro vibe. This James Island Movie theater is a fun place to catch both independent films and popular showings.

Serving both traditional and unique concessions, the theater is also a fun place for date night. With a huge variety of craft beers and fine wines, independent films and quality atmosphere, it’s not surprising that the Terrace is consistently voted the best movie theater by Charleston City Paper.

Terrace Theater is locally owned, and residents love to support this treasured cinema. The theater owners are known for giving back and are deeply involved in many charity events that aim to enhance the community.

Take in a Local Performance

If you’re interested in Charleston’s local music scene or simply want to take in a live performance, the Pour House in James Island is the spot to go. With eclectic street art, music and a fantastic bar, this no-frills tavern is a favorite hangout for locals.

Featuring local and national touring bands, the Pour House has earned its reputation for being one of the best concert venues in the Charleston area. This top-notch venue has incredible sound, relaxed atmosphere, great beer and exceptional eats.

If you’re more interested in a great dining experience with a side of live music, check out Kwei Fei the popular Chinese restaurant that opened next door to The Pour House in November 2018.

Get Outside with the Entire Family

If you’re looking to disconnect for a while and breathe in some fresh air, James Island has plenty of opportunities for you to do so. In addition to the massive James Island County Park, the island also features a host of quiet spots to explore.

The Fort Lamar Heritage Preserve is not only a cool historical site, but it’s also a nice little nature trail with trees providing ample shade. Melton Peter Demetre Park — aka, “Sunrise Park” — provides a fantastic view of downtown Charleston and a great place to cast a fishing line off the pier.

Get out with the kids and let them explore the playground at Pinckney Park. Or, take the older kids and walk along the beautiful nature trails.

Have Fun with Fido

When we say the entire family, we mean the dog too! James Island has no shortage of pet-friendly places to bring your furry friend.

Many of the places we’ve listed here are pet-friendly, including James Island County Park and the Pour House. But, there are also top-notch restaurants that welcome Fido.

For instance, Smoky Oak Taproom is renowned for having some of the best barbecue in all of Charleston.  They also welcome dogs in the outdoor patio area. The Barrel features 33 taps of local and regional craft beer, has live music and food trucks and is perhaps Charleston’s most dog-friendly bar.

Want to get social with your dog? Take your pup to James Island’s Yappy Hour. This family-friendly social event  features live music and beverages at the dog park located at James Island County Park. Most importantly, you’ll find plenty of other folks who love their four-legged friends as much as you do!

Attend a Festival or Annual Event

The Holiday Festival of Lights is just one example of the many fantastic events that James Island puts on each year. From cultural celebrations to savory food festivals, the island attracts visitors from all over the world for its lively festivities.

Holiday Festival of Lights @ James Island County Park

Holiday Festival of Lights courtesy of Charleston Gateway

As a resident of James Island, you’ll have easy access to all the fun activities located on the island. Therefore, you’ll also be close to nearby Folly Beach and Charleston. Take the kids to the Lowcountry Cajun Festival at James Island County Park and let them enjoy the carnival. This will give you a chance to taste of the numerous Cajun and Creole foods.

Charleston Outdoor Fest

Charleston Outdoor Fest. Photo courtesy of CCPRC

The Charleston Outdoor Fest is another yearly event that takes place on James Island. It is the perfect time to try out stand-up paddleboarding or test your skills at archery.

Nearby on Folly Beach, there are always exciting events that the family will love. Check out FollyPalooza, a festival that raises money for cancer patients. Packed with activities, live music and food trucks, this fun-filled fest is a guaranteed good time.

An Outstanding Community

With its welcoming, family-friendly neighborhoods and easy commute to Charleston, James Island is no longer a well-kept secret. Today, families are flocking to this charming island to settle down and raise their kids.

Is James Island calling your name? From spacious lots and grand homes to smaller townhomes, there are James Island homes for sale that could be your new forever home. Get in touch with us! One of our James Island experts will answer any questions you might have about this wonderful, family-oriented island.

2018 Real Estate Market Stats

Charleston Real Estate Market Stats

The facts of residential real estate have remained consistent in 2018. In year-over year comparisons, inventory is lower in most locales, and yet homes sales continue to rise. Although the Federal Reserve’s latest rate hike deterred some buyers at the end of 2018, 2019 looks a little more promising with the Fed Reserve indicating half the amount of hikes, thus in theory creating a more balanced market. With unemployment rates low and wages starting to increase, we are hopeful inventory will increase, although, the biggest concern continues to be affordability.

2017 vs. 2018 Quick Stats:  Closed Sales -4.8% |  Median Sales Price +5.1% | Days On Market -6.8%

Market Statistics by Area

4 Country Club, a magnificent waterfront James Island estate

Welcome to Charleston at ”It’s Finest”, located in the prestigious Country Club of Charleston. This stunning, custom-built home is only 3 miles by car and just 3 minutes by boat to downtown Charleston. A 7,200 sq ft estate, inspired by Neo Classical architecture, displays a wealth of impressive craftsmanship that will truly stand the test of time. This magnificent property rests on a natural bluff that opens to your private, true deepwater dock that can house your dream yacht up to 90′ long, perfect for a full range of fun on the water. Plus residing on an X flood zone property! A grand loggia spans the residence’s waterfront facade with columns and Turkish travertine. Cool off in the salt water infinity edge pool or warm up in the Jacuzzi and enjoy the resort lifestyle year round.

A gazebo, with a beautiful full radius slate roof, features an outdoor kitchen with two Lynx grills, a stainless steel fridge and a full bath. A custom mahogany front door invites you into the grand foyer which features 25′ ceilings and a custom Italian chandelier (that can be electronically lowered with a key) showcased below the towering rotunda domed ceiling. Elegant chef’s kitchen is appointed with top-of-the-line finishes including Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances along with handcrafted herringbone black walnut floors. A sitting room overlooking the pool and waterway provides another intimate space to gather and features a groin ceiling, as often seen in European churches.

The extensive main hallway, perfectly aligned with five handsome chandeliers, runs the entire length of the first floor, leads to the East wing of the home where you will discover the luxurious master suite overlooking the water, along with a barrel and beam ceiling. Pamper yourself in the spa like master bath with heated Mother of Pearl mosaic floors and stunning glass lit vanities all set beneath a dramatic dome ceiling. Upstairs, you will find four guest suites and a media room that opens to a travertine deck terrace overlooks the water.

Listed by
Heather Hamilton | 646-334-3583 | hhamilton@dunesproperties.com
Donna Webb | 843-469-1110 | dwebb@dunesproperties.com

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