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Featured Property: 150 Bee Street #611 – Bee Street Lofts

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The featured property this week is 150 Bee Street #611, located in the Bee Street Lofts at Lockwood Boulevard and Bee Street, just adjacent to the Medical University of South Carolina. This 108 unit mid-rise luxury condominium building overlooks the Ashley River and is the most desired address of residency among Charleston doctors, nurses, and medical students who spend a lot of time at MUSC, the VA Medical Center, and Roper Saint Francis Hospital. The close proximity to the hospitals makes is possible for some doctors to do their rounds and return to the comfort and stress-free zone of their own home.

The Bee Street Lofts provide luxury urban architecture, soaring ceilings, gourmet kitchens, luxurious bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and travertine floors, and shows off 11 distinct floor plans with 41 variations. Some of the lofts have a wine fridge, 20-foot ceilings (on the Penthouse floor), and designer stained concrete flooring. The gated parking garage belonging to Bee Street Lofts provides each condo with one designated parking space. There is no guest parking, however, that doesn’t really matter when you are working just a block away! A lot of people automatically dismiss Bee Street Lofts because of the lack of parking, but what they don’t realize is that is is a very green choice worth considering. With the best location for MUSC students and workers and reasonable pricing, Bee Street Lofts are sure to attract a creative, urban mind set.

150 Bee Street Collage

 150 Bee Street #611 is one of the more detailed and extravagant lofts that Bee Street Lofts has to offer. The view from Loft 611 overlooks the Ashley River and Brittlebank Park. The 6th floor is plenty high enough to be away from the bustle of city living, but just high enough to be eye-level with some of the best fireworks in Charleston. There are two designated parking spaces for 150 Bee Street #611, making this loft a rarity at the complex. The loft features 2 spacious bedrooms with huge walk-in closets, each with a bath and a half for guests. The fixtures and finishes in the bathrooms and kitchen are fit for royalty. Off of the gourmet kitchen is a separate dining room and the grand living area has a balcony with a breathtaking view. Listed at only $459,000, don’t let this piece of Charleston History slip away! Contact Vince Perna for more information on this spectacular listing at Bee Street Lofts.

Vince Perna
Office: 843.588.3800
Cell: 843.425.6414
Fax: 888.217.0372

Donnie Whitaker – Realtor by Day, Photographer by Night


Morris Island Lighthouse as dusk. Photo courtesy of Donnie Whitaker

Donnie Whitaker has been with the dunes properties family since 2005 and specializes in second home buyers and investment properties. He is extremely knowledgeable about Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and all areas East of the Cooper, having worked at Wild Dunes Resort as a tennis pro before joining our Isle of Palms office over 10 years ago.  Donnie splits his time between the IOP and our centrally-located flagship office in historic Charleston.


High Tide on the Creek – Mount Pleasant. Photo Courtesy of Donnie Whitaker

When Donnie isn’t selling homes and showing properties, he likes to spend his time in the great outdoors shooting nature and wildlife with his camera. He has a passion for landscape photography from the mountains to the coast, which he likely inherited from his father. Donnie feels extremely lucky to live in a place with such natural beauty and photo opportunities everywhere you turn, but he also enjoys traveling for photography and fun, especially to his home state of North Carolina. You can view and even purchase his photos at his photography website or learn more about his adventures in Charleston area real estate at 


Donnie Whitaker shooting Black Balsam Range Knob on the Blue Ridge Mountains. Photo courtesy of Donnie Whitaker

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Ravenel Bridge, Donnie recently entered a picture in the Post and Courier’s Bridge Photo contest.  His photo was chosen as “Photo Pick of the Week” for Sunday, July 26, 2015.

Ravenel Bridge at Night

Ravenel Bridge at Night

It’s Beach Season in Charleston – Sullivans Island

Sullivans Island



It’s beach season and there is no doubt that each one of Charleston’s beaches has it’s own charm. I would say that all are worth a visit, and you can pick one that suites your mood! If you’re looking for surf and are feeling adventurous, Folly is for you. If you’re looking for a great beach to take the kids to, Isle of Palms is where you should be. Want to go kiteboarding? Head on over to Sullivans. Each week we will be featuring a different local beach, and this week it’s all about Sullivans Island! Read on to see some rules, guidelines, and what to expect at Charleston’s most historic beach.

Sullivans Island has a lively main street, wooded beach paths, and tons of history, making it a relaxing, family-friendly local escape. Sullivans Island is full of worn-out but well-kept cottages of all shapes and is also known for having very wealthy, full time residents who live in exquisite new homes and is the 211th highest priced zip code in the United States! Sullivans Island is bordered on the West end by Charleston Harbor, where Fort Moultrie, which dates back to the 1700’s, overlooks the water. For just a few dollars, you can explore the fort’s grounds before hitting the beach  Middle Street is the town’s retail stretch, and has sunny outdoor dining at famous places like Poe’s Tavern, named after Edgar Allen Poe, who served a stint at Fort Moultrie.

After dark, many of the restaurants on Middle Street bring in a partying crowd with live music and flowing drinks. Although alcohol in not allowed on the beach, some people break the rules anyway and find themselves with a $1,090 fine for open containers on the beach. There is also a strict noise ordinance on this island after 11:00 pm, so make sure you keep your voices down throughout the night.

The island likes to keep things natural and low key, there are no public restrooms or lifeguards on this beach and there is no swimming allowed on either side of the island, where the currents are dangerously strong. Swimmers should also be very careful with the sandbars on this beach, if you get stuck on one while the tide is out, it will be extremely hard to get back in.  Parking lots are few and far between and they fill up awfully fast. You can park on the city streets for free, as long as all of your tires are off the pavement and there isn’t a sign telling you otherwise. All dogs (including dogs belonging to visitors) must have a Sullivans Island permit, which can be picked up at Town Hall for $35 ($25 if you’re a local). In the summer months (May-September) dogs can be off leash from 5-10 am and on leash from 6 pm to 5 am. If you decide to take your chances during off hours, just know that you could be fined more than $1000.

Sullivans Island waters are often calm, thanks to the many sandbars at this beach. You won’t find many surfers at Sullivans Island except for the occasional beginner longboarder. However, kiteboarders flock to this Sullivans Island, particularly Station 28.5. On a windy day, don’t be surprised if you see hundreds of kiteboarders flying through the air – it’s rather fun to watch! For watersport rentals, head to the neighboring Isle of Palms. If you decide that Sullivans Island beach isn’t for you, check out our post on the family friendly Isle of Palms Beach.

It’s Beach Season in Charleston – Isle of Palms

It’s beach season and there is no doubt that each one of Charleston’s beaches has it’s own charm. I would say that all are worth a visit, and you can pick one that suites your mood! If you’re looking for surf and are feeling adventurous, Folly is for you. If you’re looking for a great beach to take the kids to, Isle of Palms is where you should be. Want to go kiteboarding? Head on over to Sullivan’s. Each week we will be featuring a different local beach, and this week it’s all about Isle of Palms! Read on to see some rules, guidelines, and what to expect at Charleston’s most family-friendly beach.

Isle of Palms

Out of all the beaches in Charleston, Isle of Palms offers the most family-friendly shores (and is my personal favorite!). Because this beach has a bucket of rules and a ton of tourists, there are a few things you should know before packing up the family and heading out for a day of fun in the sun. Isle of Palms beach doesn’t allow alcohol, glass bottles, bonfires, camping, fireworks, or, of course, littering. So if you’re a college kid looking for a party, this beach probably isn’t for you. Dogs are allowed on the Isle of Palms beach as long as they are kept on a leash at all times (even when they are in the water) except from 5 am to 8 am, making it able to get your morning walk with your pooch in.

Holes that your children may dig while making mystical castles must be filled in when they are done. This keeps baby sea turtles from getting stuck on their way to the water and grandma from falling in and breaking a hip. Isle of Palms safety officers and lifeguards also need to be able to get around on their beach carts without breaking an axel.

The beaches on Isle of Palms are open and windy, making this the perfect place for kitesurfing. There aren’t many surfers here, since the waves are pretty small. You will occasionally see surfers here, although usually beginners. If you do want to take a crack at surfing, make sure you stay 100 feet from swimmers and 200 feet from the pier if you don’t want a hefty fine.

If you’re looking for a beach with a lifeguard, head to the Isle of Palms County Park on 14th Street. You can park here for $5 and you will find restrooms, showers, picnic tables, ice cream, and chair and umbrella rentals (although I recommend you bring your own – it’s rather pricey). Make sure you pop into our dunes properties office right there on the corner and say hi!

There are plenty of things to do on Isle of Palms if laying in the sun and playing in the sand isn’t for you. Aside from kitesurfing, you could make your way to the back side of the Island where you will find the IOP Marina and you can rent wave runners, go parasailing, or go on a fishing charter. If you’re in need of any beach gear, pop in to Isle Surf Co.

For lunch, check out Windjammer, where you can eat, drink, listen to live music, and even sing a little. Banana Cabana has great seasonal food and a beachfront bar, and Coconut Joe’s offers Island-inspired dishes and a rooftop bar. If you’re looking for pizza, ice cream, or some cute shops to browse in, stroll around The Front Beach Area.

Overall, the Isle of Palms beach is a family-friendly, clean, pleasant beach where you don’t need to worry about alcohol, rowdiness, or parties. Get ready for a day full of relaxation or adventure, whatever you choose! If you decide that Isle of Palms beach isn’t for you, check out the blog post we did last week on Folly Beach and make sure you stay tuned, next week we are featuring Sullivan’s Island.

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It’s Beach Season in Charleston – Folly Beach

It’s beach season and there is no doubt that each one of Charleston’s beaches has it’s own charm. I would say that all are worth a visit, and you can pick one that suites your mood! If you’re looking for surf and are feeling adventurous, Folly is for you. If you’re looking for a great beach to take the kids to, Isle of Palms is where you should be. Want to go kiteboarding? Head on over to Sullivan’s. Each week we will be featuring a different local beach, and this week it’s Folly Beach! Below are some guidelines, rules, and what to expect at Charleston’s most laid-back beach.

Folly Beach


Folly Beach is known for it’s surf, college-aged eye candy, fun festivals, and eclectic lifestyle. Just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, the locals like to call this The Edge of America. The bumper to bumper traffic (totally worth it!) is proof that Folly Beach is the only place to be on a hot summer day.

Folly Beach is probably the favorite beach among the locals. The beach is always open to the public and if you’ve got some cash, you can park at one of the beach’s access points. You can also park for free on the island streets – as long as all your tires are off the road and you don’t mind the walk. Folly is a great place to play volleyball, cornhole, and frisbee but there are some key rules to follow at this beach. There is no drinking or glass allowed on this beach. Trying to sneak it and getting caught will land you a $500 fine, so it’s best to just avoid it in my opinion. Also, starting Memorial Day, dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10AM and 6PM, and they must always be kept on their leash at all times and of course pick up their waste. Littering will get you a hefty $1000 fine and bonfires, fireworks, playing on the sand dunes, disturbing turtle nests, and possessing glass bottles will cost you close to that. For an official guideline of the rules, click here. Just be respectful and have fun!

It’s not just the sun, sand, and surf that brings people to Folly. It’s strip of locally owned shops and restaurants matches the laid back life style of this island town. Head over to Center Street for the best margarita at the original Taco Boy, a local favorite. You could pop in to Lost Dog Cafe for a massive breakfast made island style or get a sandwich, salad, or even sushi delivered beach-side by Drop In Deli.

Check out the Post and Courier to see what fun events are happening at Folly, whether it be Taste of Folly, Folly Beach Pub-crawl, Flip Flop Drop, the sand sculpture contest, or Follypalooza. There is always something happening at Folly and there is plenty of things to do for any kind of person. Explore a maritime forest, drink at the Morris Island Lighthouse, build a giant sand castle, ride bikes, fish off the pier, parasail, watch the sunset, dine out, dine in, and of course, surf! Weddings are also very popular on Folly, with an event permit costing only $25, even though you would have to go inland for your reception.

So grab a surfboard, paddleboard, or even a kiteboard, and head to the Washout. McKevlin’s offers boards for sale on consignment and 1-hour surf lessons for $40. If surfing isn’t your thing, bring your fishing rod and cast on the Folly Pier, where you can fish for $3 – $10 from 6AM to 11 PM. Either way, pack that cooler and get ready to spend one of the most relaxing afternoons you’ve ever spent on a beach.


Sarah Harper Díaz’s photographs on display at The Studio!

The Real Estate Studio is excited to welcome local photographer and biologist Sarah Harper Díaz as their latest artist! The show will be on display at The Studio from October 8 – November 18, 2014.

Sarah Harper Díaz is a biologist and wildlife photographer. Sarah’s love of birds developed after she volunteered with a local ornithologist and assisted in banding local birds during her undergraduate years at the College of Charleston, where she graduated with a BA in Biology.

Sarah’s inspiration for photographing birds began after a study-abroad program that took place in the Peruvian rainforest in 2007. While wandering around the jungle, Sarah explored taking pictures with her Nikon DSLR and decided then and there that she wanted to be a photographer and become fluent in Spanish. She returned to the Peruvian jungle in 2009 where she took an ornithology course and met her husband, Edward Díaz.

From there, Sarah received a Master’s Degree in Biology from the Citadel and worked as a research assistant on several projects where she surveyed bird populations in both suburban areas and in the middle of a remote swamp in the heat of summer.

Sarah currently resides in the Charleston area with her husband and 11-month-old daughter, Rosa Louise Díaz. She can be reached at 843.478.3322.

An Artists Reception is planned for Friday, October 24th from 5-8pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, contact The Real Estate Studio at 722-5618.

Robert Harris at The Real Estate Studio!

The Real Estate Studio has a new show on display by local artist Robert Harris from August 27 – October 7, 2014.

Robert Harris specializes in finely detailed pencil renderings. His art is inspired by both the natural and man-made beauty of the Lowcountry. The Studio show features a variety of original works in black and white. He began his career at Winthrop University where he majored in Fine Art. He received his Bachelor of Science for Graphic Communications in 1986 from Clemson University.

Having been raised with a rich and colorful southern family heritage, Robert made his home in Charleston, South Carolina where he enjoys a love for the lifestyle, culture, history, architecture, and the coastal landscape.

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In addition to the originals on display at the Studio, Robert also produces and sells prints of his works. In some cases, he uses Prismacolor pencils to hand-color prints, taking inspiration from hand-tinted lithographs produced before color was invented. Prints are on 80 # cover weight stock, acid-free, cream. Included with the larger prints is a historical biography of the scene printed on parchment paper with an embossed foil seal.

Robert currently lives in Mount Pleasant. You may contact Robert and view all of his images at

An Artists Reception is planned for Friday, October 3 from 6-9pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, contact The Real Estate Studio at 722-5618.

2014 Surfers Healing – Folly Beach, SC

Hundreds of visitors and local residents flocked to Folly Beach last Wednesday, August 20th, between the Folly Beach Pier and Tides Hotel to witness the inspiring cause known as Surfers Healing, a non-profit organization that teaches children with autism how to surf.

Folly Beach was one of fourteen locations chosen for the event, along with other notable coastal cities such as San Diego, Ocean City, Montauk, parts of Hawaii, and many more.

Surfers Healing 2014 Folly Beach, SC

Surfers Healing 2014 Folly Beach, SC

For those that have not had the privilege of attending one of these events, Surfers Healing is a day-long camp that gives tons of lucky children the chance to learn to surf with some of the best pro surfers in the United States.

Surfers Healing was first inspired by Isreal (“Izzy”) and Danielle Paskowitz, whose son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.

“People seem to have a lot of preconceived ideas about what kids with autism can or can’t do….Surfers Healing has spent the last fifteen years taking children with autism surfing. Our goal is to help foster the understanding and acceptance of autism.” (Surfer’s Healing – Our Mission)

To find out more about Surfers Healing Camp dates or how to sign up, visit

Surfers Healing Surf Crew Folly Beach, SC

The Surfers Healing surf crew winds down after a long day on Folly Beach.

The Real Estate Studio’s Touch Screen Real Estate Search

Check out our touch screen real estate search! We are so excited to now feature a wonderful, fun way to search for real estate: right from our storefront window in historic Charleston at The Real Estate Studio. This real estate touch screen is an interactive tool that allows you to search for property anywhere in the Charleston area and look at details, a map, and large pictures. It’s also very easy to navigate and extremely responsive to touch. Located right outside our storefront at 214 King Street, this new addition to our office gives you an idea of what The Studio has to offer before you even walk in the door.

If you see something you like, or prefer to sit down and continue your real estate search, you can walk right in and sit down with on one of our comfortable chairs and look at property on one of our multiple large screens. Check out some of our agents trying out the new technology!

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Come and see us at 214 King St. and check it out for yourself!

New paintings by Crystal Miller at The Real Estate Studio

The Real Estate Studio welcomes local artist Crystal Miller’s beautiful collection of abstract paintings. The show will be on display at The Studio from July 17 – August 26, 2014.

Crystal Miller The Studio, Homeland

Crystal Miller is a professionally trained decorative painter with over 15 years of experience. She began her work as an artist in Boulder, Colorado, where she grew up sketching at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. After extensive traveling, she ended up in the Lowcountry, where she is inspired by our coastal landscapes.

Currently a resident of West Ashley, Crystal has transformed homes throughout the tri-county area and beyond. She focuses on color, blending, and developing impressions of things that inspire her. Her company, Newlook Finishes, can transform any space into a work of art using walls, ceilings, and now, paintings on canvas.

Crystal Miller at The Studio, Joyful Refuge

Crystal Miller at The Studio, Joyful Refuge

Crystal is self-taught, incorporating the influence of her certified training of specialty finishes to create truly unique paintings. The beauty of sunrises and sunsets are often represented in her work.

“I have been trained to do finishes that sell, so I look at canvas artworks the same way.  People will invest in what they love and what they are drawn to,” says Crystal.  Whether standing on a ladder bringing a European influenced ceiling to life or adding splashes of color to a canvas, she feels truly fortunate to be able to do what she loves every day.

An Artists Reception is planned for Friday, August 8 from 5-8pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.