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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

The Best Holiday Attractions in Charleston, SC for the Whole Family

Holiday attractions in Charleston

Looking for holiday attractions in Charleston? Let’s face it, this city is charming all year round, but the holidays add something special to the air. With the city’s historic homes decorated in all their holiday finery and dazzling light shows illuminating the entire peninsula, the Holy City is a truly magical place to be this time of year.

Best of all, there are nonstop winter activities and festive gatherings that the whole family can enjoy. From Historic downtown Charleston to James Island, you’ll have no trouble finding fun things to do to get the family into the holiday spirit.

Ready to make your trip to Charleston unforgettable? Here are a few holiday events that you won’t want to miss:

Historic Downtown Charleston

Holiday parades, sweet treats and crafts — oh my! Downtown Charleston always has some of the best holiday happenings in the Holy City. Here are a few of our annual favorites:

Holiday Market in Marion Square

For the first three weeks of December, the Charleston Farmers Market transforms into the Holiday Market. Along with your favorite vendors, you’ll also find seasonal vendors marketing their wares.

The Holiday Market also promises live music, caroling and fun activities for the kids. Best of all, there are free visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Sweets with SantaHoliday attractions in Charleston

Come out to support the arts with this family-friendly event. On December 2 and 3, the Gaillard Center will welcome hundreds of families with cookies and hot chocolate, photos with Santa, activities for the kids and a special performance by Charlton Singleton & Friends.

Although the event is free to attend, consider giving a small donation. The proceeds go to the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education Initiative, which focuses on providing in-school art workshops, camps, community events and other educational opportunities for kids.

City of Charleston Holiday Parade

A beloved Lowcountry event, the City of Charleston Holiday Parade delights families year after year with its spectacular floats, lively music and candy tossed to the little ones in the crowd.

Hosted by the Charleston Fire Department, the parade is free to watch and starts at 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2018. The parade commences on Broad Street, travels north on King Street and ends at Calhoun and Meeting streets.

A Christmas Carol

Back by popular demand! Last year, the Charleston Stage’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” sold out and received widespread acclaim.

This year, the holiday classic returns to wow audiences a second time. If you haven’t seen the production, be sure to grab your tickets before they’re gone!

Cigar Bazaar Holiday Market

The Charleston area isn’t short on holiday markets, but this one should be high on your list of must-visit markets. Set in the historic Cigar Factory, the Holiday Cigar Bazaar features eclectic wares from local artisans that make for truly one-of-a-kind gifts.

With a wide range of local and regional vendors, you’re sure to find a unique gift or holiday décor to bring home. Plus, it’s always nice to support local businesses — especially during the holiday season.

James Island

Located just a short drive from Downtown Charleston, James Island offers plenty of holiday fun for families of all ages. From it’s captivating lightshow to its family-friendly market, here are a couple of holiday events worth attending this year:

Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday attractions in charleston

Photo Courtesy of Instagram Via @bootsbowsandbeaches

Without a doubt, the biggest holiday event on James Island is the Holiday Festival of Lights. Now in its 29th year, this spectacular lightshow features about two million dazzling lights spanning three miles.

Each year, families from all over the country make their way to James Island to partake in this exciting event. Along the three-mile drive, visitors can park the car and experience family train rides, marshmallow roasting and interactive lakeside lights, as well as myriad shopping and dining opportunities.

The big event will be open nightly until just after the New Year.

James Island Holiday Market and Movie

Starting December 7, say goodbye to the James Island Fall Festival Market and hello to the Holiday Market! This year, your favorite holiday vendors will bring a variety of local crafts, produce and more.

The kids will have a blast partaking in holiday workshops, bouncy castles, crafts and food. At dusk, “Polar Express” will play on the big screen.

Mount Pleasant

With its small-town charm and lively celebrations, Mount Pleasant, S.C. is the perfect place to usher in the holidays. Make your way across Ravenel Bridge from Downtown Charleston and discover lit-up trees, boat parades, local holiday shopping and other festivities in this fast-growing suburb.

Holiday Parade of BoatsHoliday attractions in Charleston

On December 8, be sure to catch all the boats decked out in their festive décor and lights as they sail from the Cooper River through the Charleston Harbor and into the Ashley River. This annual event ends with a spectacular display of fireworks over the harbor.

This Lowcountry holiday tradition is not to be missed! The event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. and is completely free to watch. For prime viewing of the holiday boat parade, check out Mount Pleasant’s Waterfront Park or the South Carolina Aquarium.

Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade

December 9, don’t miss the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Moultrie Middle School in Mount Pleasant, followed by a dazzling display of fireworks. Immediately following the tree lighting, get ready to take in the festive Christmas parade.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., more than 100 festive floats will make their way down Coleman Boulevard and through the intersection of Patriots Point Road and W. Coleman Boulevard. The kids will adore catching a glimpse of Santa and experiencing the lively marching bands that make their way past.

West Ashley

If you’re staying in the West Ashley area, you’re in luck. Located relatively close to the West Ashley area are two of Charleston’s most stunning plantations: Middleton Place and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Both plantations are worth a visit anytime, but they are especially inviting during the holiday season. Decorated in holiday finery and featuring plenty of kid-friendly holiday activities, the two historic plantations host spectacular events the entire family will enjoy.

Family Yuletide at Middleton Place

Each year, families all over Charleston flock to Middleton Place for its annual Family Yuletide in the Stable Yards. This event encourages families to create their own nature-inspired holiday décor around warm fires as blacksmiths, potters and seamstresses work their trades by candle-light.

There will also be a live nativity scene that features a few animals from the stable yards at Middleton Place. With actors in period dress and old-fashioned décor, the kids will get an opportunity to see what life was like in the 18th century.

Children’s Village at Magnolia Plantation

Holiday attractions in charleston

Photo Courtesy of Instagram Via @magnoliaplantation

Bring the entire family — including the dog — to Magnolia Plantation for its annual Children’s Village. Starting in December, this yearly event is centered around exciting holiday activities for the little ones.

Kids can wander down Candy Cane Lane and visit Santa’s workshop, the Candy Factory, Gingerbread House, the Elf Bunk House and other fun stops. Each weekend, the Holiday Children’s Village adds a special theme to enhance the event’s charm.

North Charleston

North Charleston may be somewhat removed from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Charleston. But make no mistake — this fast-growing neighborhood boasts its own lively dining scene and exciting events.

If you’re in the North Charleston area for the holidays, be sure to check out the following events:

Christmas Tree and Lights in the Circle

Don’t mIss the Christmas tree and festive lights on the  front lawn of the Felix C. Davis Community Center. Every year, the mayor lights the spectacular 40-foot tree to kickstart the holiday season.

After the ceremony, stroll around Park Circle to catch a 360 view of the tree and take in other stunning light displays.

North Charleston Christmas Parade and Festival

Holiday attractions in charleston

Photo Courtesy of Instagram Via @northcharleston

The Christmas Parade and Festival is one of North Charleston’s best holiday events. December 8, the Christmas Parade kicks off at 5:00 p.m. at the corner of East Montague and Mixson avenues. In previous parades, live music and DJs warmed up the crowd before the parade sets off.

After the parade, kids can enjoy activities such as bouncy castles, petting zoos and hay rides. There will also be caroling and visits with Santa.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for a live performance, that is. On December 19, bring the entire family to see this musical rendition of one of America’s most beloved television specials.

Held at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, the production will highlight everyone’s favorite characters, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster. Get your tickets now and treat the entire family to a show that everyone is bound to enjoy.

Isle of Palms

Isle of Palms — or IOP to those in the know — is the perfect place for families to escape from the cold. Although it’s bordered by pristine beaches, IOP offers visitors far more than a relaxing beach getaway.

Holiday attractions in charleston

Check out the following IOP holiday events that are guaranteed to liven up your seaside vacation:

Holiday Street Festival

The Isle of Palms annual Holiday Street Festival promises a good time for locals and visitors alike. Full of carnival rides, bouncy castles, face painting, local music and food, the Holiday Street Festival is sure to get the grumpiest of grinches into the holiday spirit.

The fun starts December 1 at 2:00 p.m. and runs until 7:00 p.m. Don’t forget to stick around for the special Christmas tree lighting that happens on Front Beach at 5:30!

Happy Holidays from Dunes Properties!

Holiday attractions in charleston

Whether you call Charleston home or you’re simply visiting for the holidays, the city never fails to make this season special. With its many tree lighting ceremonies, shopping opportunities and family-friendly activities, there is something for the entire family to enjoy in Charleston.

If you need help finding a place to stay in Charleston, get in touch with us! We’ll help you find the right accommodations to make your holiday vacation truly spectacular.

The Good Life: Year-Round Living on Seabrook Island

Seabrook Island

Seabrook Island

When it comes to laid-back coastal living, it doesn’t get any better than Seabrook Island. Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Charleston, this wonderful island community strikes the perfect balance of modern amenities and unspoiled nature.

With a phenomenal year-round climate, pristine beaches and year-round activities, it’s easy to see why Seabrook Island is an ideal place to live, work and play. This private island is a quiet oasis, full of natural splendor and outdoor recreation.

But don’t mistake this beautiful barrier island for your average summer resort town. Explore the secluded charms of Seabrook Island and you’ll soon discover why residents love living here year-round.

THE UNIQUE CHARMS OF SEABROOK ISLAND

Whether you’re a retiree, a working family or simply want your own private oasis to relax, Seabrook Island is sure to delight. This 2,200-acre island may be small, but it has a lot to offer its residents.

Although you’ll find many of the usual high-end amenities on Seabrook, the island has plenty of unique attributes that make it distinct from other Charleston-area resorts.

Seabrook Island

Less Tourist-Driven

Unlike other beach resort areas in Charleston, Seabrook Island doesn’t have many amenities for tourists. In fact, there are no hotels on the island. Seabrook Island offers rental villas and condos that blend in with the area’s natural scenery. Although this offers fewer rental options to those who wish to vacation on Seabrook, locals enjoy having the quieter pace of life that having fewer tourists provides.

One significant benefit to living on Seabrook Island is that locals can enjoy the summer months without the congestion caused by a huge number of vacationers. Less tourism also keeps the island feeling like one big neighborhood.

Commitment to Sustainability

The unspoiled beauty of Seabrook is a deep source of pride for the island community. Locals are committed to preserving their island for future generations and have implemented numerous sustainable management practices to support these efforts.

Because of these efforts, the island received the Audubon International Sustainable Community certification—the first community in South Carolina to receive this status and the 75th in the United States. The certification indicates the completion of management practices and policies addressing 14 focus areas, such as wildlife conservation, energy efficiency, health and transportation.

Seabrook is also involved with the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and retains Audubon certification for both of its golf courses.

No Master Developer

Do you dislike being told what you can and can’t do when building a home? Seabrook Island is distinctly residential in that it has no master developer. That means residents have the freedom to create their own private oasis without strict limitations.

Enjoy an existing home tucked away in live oaks, lush foliage and palmetto trees, or build your own from the ground up. Whichever option you choose, your Seabrook Island home will be perfectly situated in a balance of modern amenities and natural beauty. Click here to view current listings: Seabrook Island real estate

Small, Yet Vibrant Community

Although the island is gated, the Seabrook Island community is friendly, displaying the same Southern charm that Charleston is famous for. Whether you’re dining on the island, popping into one of many nearby specialty shops or getting together with other locals for Sunday brunch, you can expect a warm welcome from the community.

In fact, the island makes it incredibly easy for residents to connect with each other. Periodic social events are scheduled, giving new residents a chance to meet other locals and community leaders.

Seabrook Island, Horseback riding

Horseback Riding on the Beach

For equestrians and nature lovers alike, nothing is more tranquil than riding horses along the beach. Seabrook Island is the only place you can ride horses along Charleston’s coast and the only place in the Carolinas.

Seabrook Island is also home to a large-scale equestrian center offering private lessons, trail and beach rides and horse boarding. For beginners to advanced riders, the Seabrook Island Equestrian Center is not to be missed.

Dolphin Strand Feeding

Dolphins are a common sight in the coastal waters of the Lowcountry, especially during the peak months of their migration. But less common is witnessing a dolphin strand feeding.

Dolphin strand feeding is a sophisticated form of hunting that requires dolphins to work together to herd fish or shrimp towards shallow water or the shore. This unique behavior is sometimes seen by visitors and residents on Seabrook Island when dolphins are migrating down to warmer waters for the winter.

Visitors in the summer are less likely to see this fascinating sight, but locals who live in Seabrook Island year-round have more opportunities to see dolphin strand feeding. Just remember to keep your distance—at least 50 yards—to avoid interfering with this natural behavior.

A Unique History

Charleston is famed for its rich history, but Seabrook has a unique history all its own. First inhabited by Native Americans, the land that is now Seabrook was settled in 1670 by English settlers.

Originally named “Colleton” in honor of Sir John Colleton, the island would pass hands and experience multiple name changes (often named after the landowner) until it settled upon the name Seabrook Island in 1816 after owner William Seabrook.

Under Seabrook’s ownership, the island was primarily used for growing cotton. During the Civil War, Seabrook sold the island to William Gregg, founder of the Graniteville Company.

The town was eventually incorporated in 1987 when 85 percent of the registered voters of Seabrook cast their vote at the polls. A week later, a certification of incorporation was granted to the Town of Seabrook Island by the Secretary of State of South Carolina.

Interested in more of Seabrook Island’s history? Read the entire history by clicking on the PDF featured on the town’s website.

Unpretentious Seaside Living

Unlike other resort beach towns, Seabrook Island manages to offer modern amenities and a resort-style way of living without any pretentiousness. From its golf courses to its fitness and wellness facility, the town’s amenities are well-kept and welcoming to all.

Whether you want to take personalized golf instruction at one of Seabrook’s golf courses, get in shape at SIPOA Lake House or get involved in a special interest group, the town of Seabrook has an endless number of ways to enjoy the finer things in life.

EXPERIENCE COASTAL LIVING AT ITS FINEST

Seabrook Island

If one thing is certain about Seabrook, it’s that you’ll never be bored. Edged by 2.5 miles of beaches along the Atlantic coast, Seabrook offers a diverse array of outdoor activities and amenities for residents to enjoy year-round. From championship golf to exciting water sports, there is always something fun to do on this quaint island resort.

Water Sports

With 2.5 miles of uncrowded beaches, a deep-water marina and a phenomenal year-round climate, Seabrook Island is the ideal place for water sports. Residents can take advantage of the secluded waters by way of paddleboard or kayak, take their boat for a deep-sea fishing excursion or hop on a jet ski for an exciting day on the water.

Don’t own a boat? Rent a fishing boat from Bohicket Creek Boat Rentals at Bohicket Marina for a fun day with the family. Seabrook Island’s picturesque waters offer endless aquatic activities for all ages to enjoy.

Championship Golf

The lush greens and fairways on Seabrook Island are a golf enthusiast’s dream-come-true. The island features two award-winning golf courses: Ocean Winds and Crooked Oaks.

The two courses are completely unique, uncrowded and offer picturesque views. Ocean Winds, designed by Willard Byrd, is a par 72, 6,765-yard course which takes golfers to the Atlantic Ocean. Crooked Oaks is a 6,780-yard course with a par 72, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. This course winds through twisted live oaks and marshland.

Tournament Grade Tennis Club

On Seabrook Island, there is no need to hang up your tennis racquet come wintertime. The Seabrook Island Racquet Club features 15 professionally-maintained clay courts which are available year-round.

Ranked in Tennis magazine as one of the top 25 tennis resorts in the world, the Seabrook Island Racquet Club is famed for its state-of-the-art facility and natural beauty. In addition to its tennis courts, the facility also boasts a lounge for members to socialize, private instruction taught by professionals, onsite clinics, ball machine rentals and a Pro Shop for tennis gear and accessories.

Become a member of the SI Racquet Club and enjoy the many fun events that they host throughout the year, such as the New Year Mixer.

Unspoiled Beaches

Beaches may not be uncommon in the Lowcountry, but Seabrook Island’s unspoiled beaches are second to none. With nearly four miles of sandy beach shorelines, there are ample opportunities to swim, play and take in a gorgeous sunset.

In fact, Seabrook’s beaches have received numerous accolades. Seabrook Island was recently featured in Conde Nast Traveler’s “9 Best Beaches in Charleston” list and was named one of America’s “Best Restored Beaches” by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) in 2016.

Despite its good press, you’ll never need to worry about beating the crowd. Whether you’re taking in a sunrise on North Beach or playing with the kids at Pelican Beach, the miles of pristine shoreline along Seabrook Island are enjoyed primarily by locals. Remember to read the rules before you enjoy the island’s pristine beaches.

Shopping and Dining Opportunities

Not only is Seabrook Island less than 30 miles away from shopping and dining in downtown Charleston, it’s also a short distance to Bohicket Marina & Market and Freshfields Village.

Located between Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island, Bohicket Marina & Market is home to beloved restaurants, including LoKal Seabar and Fischer’s Sports Pub and Grill. The market also features quaint specialty shops where locals can pick up a thoughtful local gift from Doin’ The Charleston or pick up live bait at Bohicket Ship Store.

Freshfields Village is located on Kiawah Island, less than a 10-minute drive from Seabrook Island. This stylish village features an array of dining options, from gourmet coffee to savory, Lowcountry cuisine. Freshfields Village also has a fine collection of boutique stores, a farmers market and service establishments to please locals and visitors alike.

Final Words

If you’re searching for an easy way of living along the Lowcountry coastline, you’ve found it in Seabrook Island. Peaceful and secluded, this beautiful island boasts all the modern amenities of a resort without the crowds and congestion.

Nexton in Summerville

Nexton

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The Neighborhood

This walkable community puts an emphasis on neighborly.  With a number of Nexton-sponsored events and clubs, there are tons of opportunities for you to meet your fellow neighbors!  Nexton is designed to live like a small town with homes, schools, shops, parks, restaurants, and businesses all close enough to walk or bike to anywhere you need to be.  Almost half of the community is dedicated to parks, natural open space, and paved paths/trails. The pool at Nexton’s Brighton Park Village is much more than just a 25-meter competition pool! There is also an interactive splash pad for young kids, a huge deck with shady areas, a covered pavilion, and green space that can accommodate a volleyball game, a family picnic or just spending time with a good book.  The Swim Club is designed for year-round fun, complete with a cozy fire-pit for chilly evenings. The highly praised Nexton Elementary opened back in 2015 and is the area’s only Common Sense Digital Leadership School. Walking your kids to school has never been easier!

Nexton

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Nexton Square

The Nexton community is much more than just homes.  Its is South Carolina’s first gigabit community providing the fastest, highest-capacity broadband internet connections.  Nexton is also well on its way to becoming the region’s third major job center in its town center.  The 17-acre site will feature 140,000 square-feet full of shops, restaurants, and services all within a walking/biking distance and centered around the town lake.  Hall’s Chophouse, Taco Boy, and Fuji Sushi are just a few local favorites that will be calling Nexton Square home.  A Harris Teeter will soon be in the center of the retail district.  For beers and brews, there already is Starbucks and Carolina Ale House for you to enjoy.

Nexton

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Location

Nexton is located right in the heart of the lowcountry in Summerville, SC.  It is conveniently positioned at the crossroads of I-26 and 17A and less than 30 miles from Historic Downtown Charleston.  Enjoy the small town charm of Hutchinson Square in Downtown Summerville where a number of family-friendly festivals are hosted each year.  You will find that everything need is just minutes away, including a variety of boutique shops and vintage stores.

Nexton

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Homes

You can find residences ranging from apartments to single-family homes.  All are exclusively designed for Nexton, starting in the mid $200,000 and go up to the low $600,000’s.  Builders for the community understand that an authentic lowcountry home isn’t a historic replica, but rather a home carefully designed for a modern lifestyle while maintaining southern charm.  All of the homes meet a high standard of design and craftsmanship and are setting a new bar for the entire region. Currently, the homes are being completed by three developers: Saussy Burbank, Pulte, and Del Webb.

Nexton

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Charleston Area Market Statistics through September 2017

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August tends to mark the waning of housing activity ahead of the school year. Not all buyers and sellers have children, but there are enough parents that do not want to uproot their children during the school year to historically create a natural market cool down before any actual temperature change. Competition is expected to remain fierce for available listings. Savvy sellers and buyers know that deals can be made well into the school months, as household formations take on many shapes and sizes.

Closed Sales  -3.3% |  Median Sales Price  +1.2% | Months Supply  -22.7%

Market Statistics by Area

Charleston Market Statistics Through August 2017

Market Statistics

How long can the residential real estate market go on like this? We are about two years into a national trend of dropping housing supply and increasing median sales prices. There are some regional variations to the story, but the shift to a predominantly seller’s market is mostly complete. Multiple-offer situations over asking price are commonplace in many communities, and good homes are routinely off the market after a single day. It is evident that a favorable economy keeps hungry buyers in the chase.

Market Statistics by Area

Recently Listed Properties on Isle of Palms

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.

Properties on Isle of Palms

14 32nd Avenue

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

Properties on Isle of Palms

20 Oyster Row

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

Properties on Isle of Palms

19 Ocean Point Drive

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 Market Statistics through April 2017

Charleston Market Statistics through April 2017

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.

Charleston Market Statistics through April 2017

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