Isle of Palms Office

1400 Palm Boulevard Ste. M
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
843.886.5600

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Folly Beach Office

31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
843.588.3800

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Dunes Downtown

11 Fulton Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.5618

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Kiawah Seabrook Office

1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.768.9800

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Mount Pleasant Office

835 Coleman Blvd Ste. 200
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843.881.5600

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Charleston Area Market Stats through June (and other news)

“School’s out, and as vaccination rates rise and America enters a new normal, the U.S. housing market continues along at a frenzied pace, with low interest rates and limited inventory fueling record high sales prices. May saw the median existing home sales price exceed $350,000, a 24% increase and the largest year-over-year increase since 1999, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Eager buyers are making multiple offers, some for well over asking price, while others are making offers on homes sight unseen…As we ease into new routines and look forward to a post-pandemic future, one thing remains certain: America desperately needs more homes.”
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +19.0% | Median Sales Price +22.8% | Months Supply -72.4%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

14SaturdayRd IOn

14 Saturday Road, I’On
5 beds,  4.5 baths, 4400 sq ft   |  Offered for $2,300,000

Nestled in highly sought after I’On, this exquisite marsh front home was custom built by Structures Building Company and designed by architect Neal van Dalen. The home boasts beautiful sunset views of Hobcaw Creek from the kitchen, sunroom, family room, master bedroom and additional bedrooms, while the outdoor area is equally impressive with double back porches and an additional screened porch providing outdoor living spaces to enjoy the view and nature. There is also a lovely carriage house with over 600 square feet complete with indoor staircase, kitchenette, large living space/bedroom and full bath which can comfortably house your guests or provide a great home office. For more information on this stunning home, visit bit.ly/14SaturdayRd.

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Charleston Area Market Stats through May (and other news)

As the weather warms and pandemic restrictions ease across much of the country, the U.S. housing market shows little sign of cooling. Robust buyer demand, fueled by low mortgage rates, continues to outpace supply, which remains near historic lows. Nationwide, inventory remains much lower than it was at this time last year, and sales prices are surging as a result. With such limited supply of existing homes to purchase, all eyes are on home builders to provide a much-needed boost of inventory to the market to help meet buyer demand. However, increasing material and labor costs, along with supply chain challenges, have contributed to significantly higher construction costs, with builders passing these costs on to homebuyers. And while the warmer temperatures, rising sales prices, and the reopening of the economy may draw more sellers to the market, historically low levels of homes for sale are likely to continue for some time.
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +44.4% | Median Sales Price +21.2% | Months Supply -78.8%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

70 Saturday Road, I’On
6 beds,  5.5 baths, 3456 sq ft   |  Offered for $1,825,000

Located in highly sought after I’On, this thoughtfully renovated home offers modern conveniences that compliment its original charm. Stepping inside, you will find a spacious dining room, which is connected to the kitchen by the butler’s pantry that makes entertaining a breeze. The custom kitchen boasts luxurious Subzero, Bosch and Wolf Appliances and a large island with tucked away seating, while the living room offers a gas fireplace and built-in cabinetry, plus access to the screened porch. The property has been professionally landscaped with a design by Julie Hensley, and the brick and tabby driveway offers parking for 4+ cars, with space to add a garage or pool. ⁠⁠⁠⁠For more photos and information, visit bit.ly/70SaturdayRoadIon.

Agent Spotlight

Congrats to Tim Reese for this record-breaking Sullivan’s Island sale!
1901 Thee Street, Sullivan’s Island
4 beds, 4.5 baths   |  5300 sq ft   |  SOLD FOR $10,500,000

CLICK HERE to Read the Full Article in the Post & Courier!

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Charleston Area Market Stats through April (and other news)


April was another strong month for home sales. The busy spring market continues to see many multiple offer situations driving sales prices above asking price. With such strong activity, by the time a property sale closes, the market may have already moved higher than that sold price suggests. Such markets can create stress and frustration for prospective homebuyers, who are frequently having to submit offers on multiple properties before they are able to secure a purchase…While housing affordability remains an area to watch as prices continue to rise, strong buyer demand and limited housing supply show no signs of easing soon, pointing to a continuation of this market trend through spring and into summer.
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +47.6% | Median Sales Price +18.6% |  Months Supply -80.0%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

4 Parrothead Lane, Lowndes Pointe
5 beds, 4 full and 1 half bath, 4200 sq ft   |  Offered for $1,790,000

A waterfront paradise in a Downtown location – what could possibly be better? Nestled in Lowndes Pointe, this custom built home is located on one of the largest lots in the neighborhood, boasting long distance views of the Ashley River, over 1000 square feet of decks on multiple levels, a stunning 700+ sq ft master suite, sparkling salt water pool, and much more. ⁠⁠For more photos and information, visit www.4ParrotheadLane.com.

Agent Spotlight

“Because my wife and I had moved out of state, we hired Jack Hurley & Priscilla Shumway to sell our home and help us invest in a rental property. Within 24 hours of listing our home we had multiple offers and sold over asking price. They helped us negotiate an offer on a rental condo and helped to secure a tenant. Their attention to detail and patient advice was invaluable as we were across the country. Thanks Jack and Priscilla! We will use you again when we return to South Carolina!”

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Charleston Area Market Stats through March (and other news)

Normal spring increases in sales activity, coupled with relaxing COVID-19 policies, created a very busy March real estate market as buyer demand continued largely unabated in the face of rising home prices and mortgage rates. Existing home seller and new construction activity continue to remain below levels necessary to bring the market back into balance, pointing to a busy and competitive buyer market in the coming months.
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +28.4% | Median Sales Price +17.4% |  Months Supply -77.1%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

170 Hobcaw Drive, Mount Pleasant
4 bedrooms, 4 full and 1 half bath, 4500 sq ft   |  Offered for $5,350,000

This stunning home on deep water overlooking the Wando River and Hobcaw Creek offers lowcountry living at its finest! Completely taken back to a shell, Sheppard Construction took this renovation to a whole new level with exquisite details and design. Interior features include wide plank white oak flooring throughout, beautiful chef’s kitchen featuring Calcutta gold marble countertops and a Wolf/Sub Zero appliance package, a large living room and dining room with fireplace and bar area, and a truly stunning wall of large impact glass windows which invites you to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets and water views in Charleston. The exterior of the home is equally impressive with lush, mature landscaping, a newly constructed IPE dock (approx. 75 ft long) with an 11 X 16 foot covered pierhead and copper roof, as well as a boat lift which will hold up to a 20,000 lb boat. The home also features a full house automatic generator, and there is no flood insurance required. For more information, visit http://www.170hobcawdrive.com/.

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In the News

Big shoutout to our fearless leader, Randy Walker, featured in the March 2021 issue of Charleston Magazine where local leaders weigh in on Charleston’s unique ability to adjust, adapt, overcome – and in the case of real estate sales, thrive – in the midst of the 2020 pandemic.

Check out the full article on pg. 99 of the March issue, or click the link below to sign up and view the FREE digital issue courtesy of Charleston Coast Vacations!

Featured Podcast

Did you catch Mount Pleasant Magazine’s latest VOICE for Real Estate podcast featuring our very own Laurie Minges?

On this episode of the VOICE for Real Estate podcast, Laurie talks to Mount Pleasant Magazine host and publisher, Bill Macchio, about her experience in real estate, how the real estate market is right now and how to be ready.

CLICK HERE to watch the full episode!

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Charleston Area Market Stats through February (and other news)

Mortgage interest rates ticked a bit higher in February, but remain below their February 2020 levels. Interest rates may rise a bit further in coming weeks, but according to Freddie Mac chief economist Sam Khater, “while there are multiple temporary factors driving up rates, the underlying economic fundamentals point to rates remaining in the low 3 percent range for the year.” With rates still at historically low levels, home sales are unlikely to be significantly impacted, though higher rates do impact affordability.
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +25.1% | Median Sales Price +11.6% |  Months Supply -73.5%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

51 Waterway Island Drive, Isle of Palms
5 bed, 5 full and 2 half baths, 5298 sq ft   |  Offered for $5,235,000


Paradise awaits you in this custom deep water home nestled on Morgan Creek inside the gates of the Wild Dunes Resort. 51 Waterway Island Drive has everything a beach and boating enthusiast could want combined with the charm and inviting character that makes a home on the Isle of Palms so desirable. Features include an oversized shiplapped living room / entertainment area with a wood burning fireplace, gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances, gorgeous first floor master suite, an elevated infinity salt water pool, and the real gem – your very own 80 ft deep water dock (the largest on the creek!) complete with power, water and lighting ensuring you can enjoy the outdoors anytime of day and any season of the year.⁠⁠ For more information, visit www.51WaterwayIslandDrive.com.

Agent Spotlight: Joy Millar

“I don’t think I have ever met a REALTOR® that is
more dedicated, responsive, and pleasant to deal with than Joy Millar. In an intensely competitive and skyrocketing market, Joy was the difference between us getting a truly special house, and being priced out of the market. Her knowledge of Seabrook Island combined with her contacts made the impossible happen. She is an absolutely delightful person, and I cannot recommend her services highly enough.”  ~ Paul M.

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Charleston Area Market Stats Through January (and other news)

CHS Market Stats thru January 2021

January started off strong for the housing market, with healthy buyer demand and strong market fundamentals. A robust increase in housing starts in December points to an active year for new construction, but higher material costs, especially lumber, and a limited supply of buildable lots will temper the number of new units.
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +22% | Median Sales Price +9.5% |  Months Supply -70.6%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

134 North Plaza Court #204, Mount Pleasant
3 bed, 2 full and 1 half bath, 2577 sq ft   |  Offered for $1,350,000


This pristine waterfront condominium offers panoramic views of historic downtown Charleston, the Charleston Harbor and the Ravenel Bridge. Enter through a private, direct access code elevator with a secure interior door to the spacious 23′ living room. The living room boasts a gas fireplace and connects seamlessly to the expansive dining room and adjoining kitchen, perfect for entertaining. The Renaissance offers outstanding amenities including a pool, clubroom, premium workout room and multiple guest suites in each of the two buildings that can be reserved for a nominal fee. Other amenities include garage parking for two cars and a climate controlled storage room.⁠⁠ For more information, visit bit.ly/134NPlazaCt204.

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Welcome to our newest dunes properties agents, Nelson Lundberg, Heyward Bonner and Zoe Skinner! To find out more about these agents visit bit.ly/DunesAgents.

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Charleston Area Market Stats through December (and other news)

Charleston Area Stats thru December 2020

What a strange year! It was certainly weird for all of us at dunes properties and I’m sure you and yours also! So many vacation reservations had to be canceled or rescheduled while our Charleston islands were closed to the public this past spring. Our agents, already set up with home offices, were joined by our employees, who like so many in the country successfully adapted to working from home. We continue to do so, alternating days to limit our office personnel numbers.

On the bright side, I am simply amazed by our 2020 real estate record year, having closed over $415 Million in sales; a 31 year company record and over 30% above our previous best year, 2017 at $320 Million. In fact, of the over 6,000 Charleston area REALTORS®, FIVE of our dunes agents landed in the top 50.

Demand (mostly from big cities) is off the charts, and with home inventory at record lows, I expect pickings to be slim this year. So, with 30 year fixed mortgage rates STILL BELOW 4%, we encourage you to come get your piece of paradise! We do hope you and your family managed through this past year all healthy as ever, and we look forward to seeing you on the Charleston Coast soon!

Randy Walker, dunes properties President

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +31.1% | Median Sales Price +14.4% |  Months Supply -62.9%

Featured Listing

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2740 Seabrook Island Road, Seabrook Island
5 beds, 5 baths, 3400 sq ft   |  Offered for $1,625,000

Set amongst glorious live oaks and overlooking Crooked Oaks golf course, this magnificent home exudes southern charm, offers curb appeal galore, and is an easy stroll to the beach and club amenities. With 5 beds, 5 baths plus study/office and a year-round outdoor kitchen/porch/sunroom, this home would be a welcome gathering place for multi-generations of a family, but is also warm and inviting for more intimate living. The stunning Brazilian Koa flooring throughout sets the scene for this special property, and the custom oyster shell linear gas fireplace is exceptional. Amenities include two separate Russound systems, a three stop elevator, an infrared sauna, and electric car charging outlet. For more information, visit bit.ly/2740SeabrookIslandRd.

In The News

Charleston County announced that new maps guiding flood insurance requirements and costs will go into effect on January 29, 2021. Click Here to watch a helpful video or view a list of frequently asked questions.

A study by United Van Lines determined that South Carolina was the second most sought after state to move to in 2020. Overall, 55% of the country’s inbound moves were to the Southern region, with the Carolinas, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Tennessee topping the list. Click Here to read the full article.

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Our 2021 vacation brochures started hitting mailboxes earlier this month! If you’ve stayed with us the last few years, look out for your hard copy soon. If you want to make sure you receive a copy, email vacations@dunesproperties.com to request one.⁠⁠ See something you like? Search and book online at our website: www.charlestoncoastvacations.com.

Charleston Area Market Stats through November (and other news)

Charleston Market Stats through November 2020

“November saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average top 30,000 for the first time, while mortgage rates reached new record lows again. These new records have provided encouragement for buyers to move forward on home purchases, which continued to remain strong overall for the month. Showing activity remains higher than the same period a year ago across most of the country, suggesting that strong buyer demand is likely to continue into what is typically the slowest time of year. With inventory remaining constrained in most market segments, sellers continue to benefit from the tight market conditions.”

~ Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +34.5% | Median Sales Price +18.4% |  Months Supply -61.5%

Featured Listing

1509 ocean club

1509 Ocean Club, Wild Dunes
4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths | 2,810 sq ft | Offered at $1,599,000
Welcome to 1509 Ocean Club, a premier oceanfront penthouse villa with spectacular 180 degree views from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean. This 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath villa is a rare find with the desirable ”B” floor plan, offering additional square footage, a breakfast room, private powder room for guests, and 3 of the 4 bedrooms facing the stunning view! For more information or to schedule a private showing, visit bit.ly/1509OceanClub.

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Is Charleston, SC, a Good Place to Live?

Charleston SC, a good place to live

Ask any resident of the Holy City, “Is Charleston, SC, a good place to live?” and you’re sure to be greeted with resounding affirmative responses. But, there are many factors to consider before moving to a new area. Generally speaking, Charleston is one of the best places to live in the country. In fact, the city has received an extensive list of accolades over the last decade, topping Travel + Leisure’s Best U.S. Cities since 2013. But, before permanently relocating, you should have a good understanding of the city, its culture, climate and cost of living to ensure it will be the best fit for your lifestyle.

Fortunately, Charleston has an abundance of beautiful areas to reside–from the bustling downtown homes to the beachside Isle of Palms real estate. Learn more about this flourishing coastal town in South Carolina and figure out which area your new dream home will be located.

What Is Charleston Like?

The Weather

Perhaps one of the most enticing reasons to move to Charleston is the gorgeous weather year-round. The summers may reach scorching temperatures from time to time, but the winters are mild and pleasant. Plus, with so many beaches and outdoor water activities in the area, it’s easy to escape the summer heat while enjoying all the city has to offer. On average, the temperatures usually remain between the low 50s and 70s in the fall and spring, dropping down briefly to the mid-40s in the winter and rising back up to the 80s and 90s in the hottest of the summer months. With such a temperate climate, it’s no surprise an abundance of outdoorsy adventurers and beach bums gravitate towards this sunny little city.

The Food

Charleston, SC, is one of the greatest culinary destinations in the country right now with new restaurants popping up all the time. Many travelers come to the area to experience authentic Southern cooking, but stay for the surprising variety of cuisines available from classic French cooking to Sichuan joints. Of course, if you’re looking for good Carolina barbecue, you’ll have no trouble finding smoked meats from some of the most renowned pit masters in the state like Rodney Scott, but the adventurous eater will love all the other options available for exploring.

Food in Charleston SC

Though the downtown area has the greatest concentration of high-quality restaurants, you’ll find delectable dining throughout the area–from unexpectedly divine hidden fish shacks like Bowens Island Restaurant to decadent dining experiences at places like The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island. Believe us, you’ll never be hungry when you’re living in Charleston.

The History

Originally part of the first 13 British colonies, Charleston and the surrounding areas have a deep, rich history that spans from the Revolutionary War through modern times.

Although some of the city’s past is dark, with slavery playing a major role in the pre-Civil War economy, Charleston has become a flourishing, progressive hub of forward thinking and modernity. From the mix of historical events that can take place here, including pirate endeavors and the creation of the first playhouse in the country, there is so much unique history to learn and experience.

The Outdoor Activities

With such beautiful year-round weather, it’s no surprise Charleston is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream place to live. Avid golfers look for Kiawah Island homes for sale to stay close to some of the top-rated championship courses in the country, while others prefer the bohemian vibe of Folly Beach. You’ll find exciting things to do in nearly every corner of Charleston. Visit the Francis Marion National Forest for a daytime hike along the Palmetto Trail, a cross-state trail that extends 350 miles with the goal of expanding to 500 miles. The Caw Caw Interpretive Center is another resource for experiencing and learning more about the Lowcountry’s environment and the beautiful creatures that inhabit it. And, in Charleston, anytime is a good time to go to the beach.

Outdoor activities in Charleston SC

The Architecture

Downtown Charleston is home to some unique and very specific styles of architecture, ranging from Colonial and Federal styles to Classical Revival and even Art Deco. With more than 2,800 historic buildings, the area is teeming with unique designs and stories to match. You could spend days exploring the streets of downtown, discovering new, incredibly built houses. One of the most admired styles is the traditional Charleston Single, which is typically a two-story home featuring a covered porch off the side of both stories, a setup unique to Charleston developed prior to modern air conditioning to allow for air flow in the scorching summers.

The Best Areas to Live in Charleston, SC

If you’re still wondering, “Is Charleston, SC, a good place to live?” then you’re asking the wrong questions. Charleston is one of the most beautiful places to live along the coastline, and it encompasses so many different areas that there are plenty of different types of environments to choose from.

Downtown Charleston

Most downtown residents consist of college students, young professionals or wealthy adults, with the South of Broad area being home to some of the richest residents in the area. The remainder of the peninsula welcomes the younger population, with many young families choosing to find homes further up the neck in the Wagener Terrace area. Close to Hampton Park and filled with adorable cottage-style homes, Wagener Terrace is close enough to the action of downtown while keeping a safe distance from the noisy bars and restaurants.

Mount Pleasant

Just over the iconic Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, you’ll find yourself in Mount Pleasant. In the last 10 years, this town has grown exponentially as more people fall in love with Charleston and decide to relocate here. Regardless of what area you’re in, Mount Pleasant allows you to remain fairly close to downtown while having a more suburban surrounding. There are two beaches in Mount Pleasant—Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms—so you have plenty of options when it’s time to hit the shore.

Mt Pleasant, SC a good place to live

For families looking to move to the area, Mount Pleasant is highly touted as having many of the best public schools in the entire state, a much sought-after characteristic. Enjoy spending your weekends walking through the outdoor town center, lounging by the beach or taking a walk over the bridge for unparalleled views of the surrounding area.

Folly Beach

Heading southwest of downtown, the opposite direction of Mount Pleasant, you’ll discover James Island, home to the charming little area of Folly Beach. Known as the Edge of America, this shoreside locale is known for being a bit more bohemian than the other beaches in the area, but nonetheless a favorite haunt for locals and visitors alike. Here, you’ll discover hidden gems of the culinary world like Jack of Cups Saloon and Chico Feo. You can opt to take a sunset walk along the pier, or drive farther down the beach to the Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve, a more secluded area of the beach where you can marvel at unique graffiti drawings and the abandoned Morris Island Lighthouse.

West Ashley

This area of Charleston was named for its geographical location as west of the Ashley River, which is also directly west of downtown. This charming town has plenty to offer, including proximity to downtown and its own hopping little area known as Avondale where you can explore funky tiki bars like Voodoo and even the oldest bar in Charleston, Gene’s Haufbrau. Though this area of Charleston is mainly residential, residents have easy access to the Citadel Mall, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and Johns Island’s Angel Oak Tree.

Park Circle

Located in North Charleston, Park Circle is a short 15-minute drive from downtown. Considered a trendy, up-and-coming neighborhood, Park Circle is home to young professionals and families. The strip of bars, restaurants and shops along E. Montague Ave. is the hub of this charming neighborhood, along with the adjacent Spruill Ave. businesses like brunch spot The Junction and the new Chinese-American joint called Jackrabbit Filly. Living in this area allows easy access to nearly every area of the city from downtown to the many beaches, while also harboring its own unique little culture of art and food.

Johns Island, SC a good place to live

Johns Island

Considered slightly more rural than other parts of Charleston, Johns Island is a gorgeous area surrounded by typical Lowcountry scenery of marshlands and live oaks draped in Spanish moss. The island itself is home to the Angel Oak Tree, what is believed to be one of the oldest living trees east of the Mississippi, as well as renowned restaurants, the Fat Hen and Wild Olive, and the charming Low Tide Brewing. From this location, you’re just a short drive to the James Island music venue called the Pour House as well downtown.

Seabrook Island

As you move farther away from the city, you’ll begin to feel more entangled in the natural landscape of the Lowcountry. Seabrook Island is only about a 45-minute drive from downtown Charleston, but offers serene backdrops of marshlands and the quiet relaxation of the barrier islands. Here, you’ll be close to the many championship golf courses on Kiawah Island, while remaining slightly closer to the city of Charleston. One of the major differences between Kiawah and Seabrook is that Kiawah is a gated community. Some people prefer this type of privacy, while others find getting guests and visiting relatives in and out of a gated community to be a bit of a burden.

For those who love outdoor adventure, this area might be a better fit as the island’s surroundings are ideal for kayaking, paddleboarding, horseback riding and much more. If you’re in the market for a boat or you already own one, the advantage to living so close to the water is clear. And, with such a gorgeous climate, you’re able to sail across the water almost any time of the year. Just imagine a New Year’s Eve sunset boat ride before the festivities begin.

Kiawah Island

As the barrier island located right next to Seabrook Island, Kiawah is similar in surroundings with lush live oaks flourishing across the island and thriving marshlands providing homes for the unique Lowcountry wildlife. For those who are interested in birdwatching or other types of wildlife observation, the island is the perfect environment for such endeavors. You can visit the Beachwalker Park or Night Heron Park to look for native species or simply enjoy the surroundings.

While Kiawah Island is a bit farther south than Seabrook, it is still under an hour from Charleston, making it possible to take a day trip into the city at any given moment. But, the island itself provides a variety of entertainment options as well as top-notch dining available at The Ocean Room and lovely cocktails at the Ryder Cup Bar. For golf lovers, this island is truly a paradise with access to five public courses and two private courses, many of which have been created by top golf designers and offer a challenge to players of all skill levels.

If you’re looking for Kiawah Island homes for sale, you’ll find a plethora of gorgeous properties that offer privacy and proximity to desirable activities nearby. Anyone looking for a slower pace of life will be attracted to the atmosphere of Kiawah.

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charleston, a good place to live

People who haven’t visited the area often wonder, “Is Charleston, SC, a good place to live?” and the answer is a resounding, “Yes.” Between the uniquely gorgeous natural landscape, abundance of activities and world-class culinary dining, what more could you ask for? If you’re thinking about relocating and looking for Seabrook Island real estate or property in the surrounding areas, consider the activities you’d like to be closest to. Seabrook and Kiawah offer the serenity of quiet island living, while areas closer to downtown Charleston provide the bustle of a small city and the promise of nightlife. Browse some of the available properties in the area and inquire with Dunes Properties to learn more about your next dream home.

Charleston Area Market Stats through October (and other news)

November 2020 Charleston market update

“October continued to be busier than the calendar normally suggests. Buyer activity remains higher than normal for this time of year, while in many segments of the market housing supply remains much lower than one year ago. Multiple offers remain a common occurrence in many areas, keeping housing hot while the temperatures continue to fall.”

~ Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +54.5% | Median Sales Price +16.3% |  Months Supply -55.0%

Featured Listing

harleston gates 2020

31 Smith Street, No. 204, Harleston Village
3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths | 1,758 sq ft | Offered at $1,850,000
Historic Charleston’s new distinctive address, Harleston Gates, is now welcoming its new owners. There is just one opportunity left to become a part of this compelling boutique building. The North Flat offers ten foot ceilings, a gracious open floor plan, a spacious master suite, and opulent appointments. With views to Wentworth Mansion and french doors to a balcony set amidst the trees, this Flat is one-of-a kind. For more information, visit www.HarlestonGates.com.

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Charleston Coast Vacations

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LUCKY WINNER!
Thank you to all our past guests who submitted stories and photos to our Charleston Coast Vacations Experiences Vacation Giveaway! It was very hard to choose a winner…but we did. BIG CONGRATS to our past guest Robert M. on his winning story and photo. The image and Robert’s story made for a winning combination.🖤
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