Category: Real Estate
Are you thinking of using a discount real estate agent to sell your home? After all, all they do is stick a sign in the ground and put it on MLS – anyone can do that, right? WRONG. There is much more to selling your home for top dollar.
First and Foremost – Marketing
Real Estate in 2019 has one primary driving force and that is “click-bait.” What is click bait? It is the undefinable but compelling reason to click on a photo. Because virtually all real estate searches begin with the internet, in order to be competitive your home must warrant that first click. People do not even take a full second to see a photo before they move on to one that is more attractive. I use a professional, architectural photographer to ensure that my clients get the maximum clicks both with great photos and by selecting the “money” shot for that first image – often not the front of the home.
Another way to ensure clicks, is to stage the home for more compelling photos. Both of these things can be expensive and discount agents can’t afford the time or money to do them. I have proven time and time again it works, and I can actually save you money by focusing your efforts on what will really make a difference.
Once a buyer clicks the next most important thing is the description. Professional writing makes for a description that goes beyond the bedroom and bathroom count but sells the essence of what is great about your home. I bring the entire Dunes marketing team to sell your home. Moreover, I will be present at every showing – after all, who can sell your home better than I can!
Experience – No Substitute
Often discount agents are inexperienced and not confident of their training or self-worth to do the job or they wouldn’t sell themselves short. I know the value I bring to the table.
One particular irritant I experience is other agents doing the minimum work until they are asked for more. I will make certain that all relevant documents are readily available to other agents in advance such as plot plans, insurance declarations, HOA documents, and relevant flood insurance information to prevent delays in communication.
I am so fortunate to have discovered great resources over the years. I found the best home inspector, best architectural photographer, my fantastic stager, and a real estate attorney that has never been less than perfect in addition to countless construction specialists that clients might need along the way. Discount agents typically will not go that extra mile.
In addition, I have a 26-point Service Level Agreement that describes everything I will do to get you top dollar and sell quickly.
As a Certified Negotiation Specialist, I have been trained in the art of negotiation – fewer than 1% of REALTORS® have that designation. If I can’t negotiate for myself to receive what I am worth, how can I be a tough but fair negotiator for my sellers?
It’s Rarely Just a Business Decision
Even the most pragmatic business professionals I encounter find this to be an emotional decision. They swear up and down that it will not be that way and invariably something in the process triggers an emotion he or she was not expecting. This is a life-changing move. I am a trained problem-solver, and I have a sales manager and broker to also help me manage problems as they arise. If I can get you a higher sale price, the commission will pay for itself.
Have you ever bought or purchased a lower priced service and then regretted not stepping up to the better quality in the first place? Are you willing to take that kind of chance with selling your largest asset?
For quite some time, Mount Pleasant, SC has been the fastest growing town in the Charleston area. Our agents are often asked if it’s still possible for first time home buyers to find affordable housing in a community so in demand. And the answer is – of course! – but you have to know where to look. While the days of abundant fixer uppers and “handyman specials” in Mount Pleasant’s well established neighborhoods have come and gone, you can still occasionally find a home in need of some love. However, for the widest variety of results in the under 300K category, you’ll need to look at condos and townhomes. For now, there is a nice variety of 1-3 bedroom / 1-3 bath attached homes in the under 300K price range, but with the way this town is booming, who knows for how long?
After a quick search of the area and price range, we’re featuring two properties in a great neighborhood: Etiwan Pointe
241 Etiwan Pointe Drive
Like most townhome communities, Etiwan Pointe’s monthly HOA includes ALL exterior maintenance, insurance, and lawn care. The neighborhood also features amenities like a pool and fitness center, but what truly sets it apart from the other condos and townhomes in this price range is the deep water community dock. Access to the Lowcountry’s waterways is a HUGE perk! Winding Rathall Creek leads directly to the Wando River and is perfect for kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, or enjoying the sunset . Bonus: the home at 241 Etiwan Pointe Drive is currently the lowest priced in the neighborhood and boasts abundant sunlight and marsh views from the screened in porch and master bedroom.
116 Summers Creek Court 109-1
Etiwan Pointe is within biking distance of Westbrook Brewery, Long Point Grill, and is extremely close to the Kearns Park Trail, which meanders through a maritime forest along the Wando River and offers stunning views of the harbor, bridges, and marshes. You walk right out the door of116 Summer Creek to the community pool across the street. This home features two porches – one screened in off of the living room and the other located next to the dining room to expand your entertaining space with the opening of French doors. Bonus: the price was recently reduced!
Overall the economy is performing well due to factors such as low unemployment and solid retail sales. An interest rate reduction seems likely in 2019 and would, especially in the Charleston market, be a welcome opportunity for growth.
Closed Sales -1.3% | Median Sales Price +7.3% | Months Supply -5.1%
Market Statistics by Area
- Downtown Charleston
- Upper Charleston Peninsula
- Upper Mount Pleasant
- Lower Mount Pleasant
- Daniel Island
- Folly Beach
- Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes
- Sullivans Island
- Kiawah Island
- Seabrook Island
- James Island
- West Ashley
- Johns Island
- North Charleston
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We Did It Again!
Did you hear the news? For the 7th consecutive year, the readers of Travel + Leisurehave named Charleston the No. 1 city in the US. I can’t say we’re surprised, but we’ll take it! To read the full article visit: bit.ly/ChasNo1USCity
Where to Eat in Charleston, July 2019
Baker and Brewer | Downtown Charleston
Located at the former home of DeSano Pizza Bakery, Baker and Brewer is the hottest new pizzeria and brewpub from the makers of EVO Pizzeria and Holy City Brewing.
Dashi | North Charleston
Fans of Dashi’s foodtruck (myself included) are thrilled to finally see a brick-and-morter restaurant, serving up Asian and Latin cuisines – now with an expanded menu!
The Salty Dog Cafe | Bohicket Marina
After a long wait, The Salty Dog has opened in Bohicket Marina (right next to our Kiawah/Seabrook office!) offering waterfront dining with some pretty great views.
Maison | Downtown Charleston
Brought to you by Carlton “Vandy” Vanderwarker, the former chef de cuisine at The Ordinary, and former Fish bartender, Will Love, Maison is a french inspired bistro sure to please!
As we hit the mid-year mark, we are starting to notice a reoccurring trend – low inventory and steadily increasing home sales. In addition to this, we are currently seeing a slight rise in days on market (up 8.5% from this time last year), which is most likely due to schools being out for the summer causing buyers to wait to make those large purchase. That being said, markets across the country are starting to level off, meaning more wiggle room for buyers which is always a good sign. As long as the weather works in our favor, we anticipate a healthy real estate market for the Charleston area.
Closed Sales +3.0% | Median Sales Price +4.0% | Months Supply -2.6%
Market Statistics by Area
Spring has SPRUNG and eager buyers are out in full force this season. With beautiful weather and new listings up 4.2%, it’s no wonder competition is fierce for well-priced homes in the Charleston area. Although inventory is still a factor, sellers are poised to make quite a profit in the coming months. With the the national unemployment rate dropping to 3.6% during April 2019 (the lowest level since 1969) we anticipate a positive affect on the real estate market.
Closed Sales -2.6% | Median Sales Price 0.0% | Months Supply 0.0%
Market Statistics by Area
Despite mixed weather patterns across much of the U.S. in the first quarter, prices in the Charleston,SC market moved higher as the Median Sales Price was up 5.8 percent. Many home buyers and sellers are sighing in relief as the Federal Reserve announced there will be no further interest rate hikes planned for 2019. This is great news for the area and we anticipate increasing numbers reflected not only in home sales, but in terms of mortgage rates as well, which typically follow suit.
Closed Sales -9.1% | Median Sales Price + 5.8% | Months Supply -2.6%
Market Statistics by Area
For more than 20 years, Daniel Island residents have enjoyed the scenic beauty and modern amenities of its master-planned community. From its gorgeous parks and playgrounds to its tree-lined streets and Southern-style homes, the 4,000-acre island offers a tranquil setting for families, retirees and anyone looking to experience Lowcountry living at its finest.
It’s all thanks to the community’s master plan which has earned the island numerous awards and accolades for its smart design and strategic growth. Affectionately known as “Charleston’s island town,” Daniel Island has done an exceptional job over the years incorporating the island’s natural, scenic beauty into its traditional neighborhoods, retail businesses, churches and schools.
It’s not surprising that so many people consider living on Daniel Island to be a dream come true. Located just 15 miles from Historic Charleston, this special island town provides small-town vibes with easy access to upscale dining and shopping opportunities.
So, is Daniel Island the right choice for you and your family? Let’s explore the ins and outs of this special island town:
The History of Daniel Island, S.C.
Although the development of Daniel Island, S.C. has been ongoing since the 1990s, the island’s history dates back much further. From its first Native American inhabitants to its modern development, Daniel Island has a unique and storied history.
Etiwan Indians and the Arrival of English Settlers
When English settlers sailed from Barbados and arrived on Daniel Island in 1673, it had long been occupied by Etiwan Indians. According to fossils and arrowheads found in the area, the Etiwan tribe had been living on Daniel Island for thousands of years.
One of the men arriving on these early ships was Robert Daniell, whom the present-day island is named after. A descendant of King Edward III, Robert Daniell acquired land on Daniel Island in the late 17th century and began building a house along the Wando River. He later became deputy proprietor of the Carolina colony, as well as the deputy governor of North Carolina and South Carolina.
Robert Daniell and some Etiwan Indians fought together when Spanish ships invaded the Port Royal River. Years later, the Etiwan moved to the Goose Creek area after accepting an agreement with the English.
The Guggenheims’ Vision for Daniel Island
Fast forward a few hundred years to 1947, and the Guggenheim family of New York saw something special in Daniel Island. The Guggenheims purchased Daniel Island and used it mainly to raise cattle and as the occasional hunting retreat. In 1971, the island was officially passed to the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation with the intention of transforming it into an island community.
The Guggenheim Foundation selected The Daniel Island Company to participate with development advisors to create a master-plan for the development of the island. The team worked together to create a development plan that would produce an extension of Charleston without disturbing too much of the island’s natural beauty.
Present-Day Daniel Island
In 1997, The Daniel Island Company purchased the island and continued developing the area. Rural farmland and cattle ranches began transforming into a recognizable suburb.
Soon enough, a welcoming community and vibrant downtown emerged, slowly fulfilling the Guggenheim’s vision. Today, Daniel Island is a walkable town complete with scenic parks, traditional neighborhoods, top-rated schools, golf courses, marsh views and much more.
Its impressive master plan has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including being named America’s Best Master-Planned Communities by Where to Retire Magazine and receiving the Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence. And while it may not have the Old-World architecture seen in Historic downtown Charleston, it nonetheless has a peaceful beauty that has made it an enviable place to live, work and play.
Living on Daniel Island
Now, for the important question—why are families and empty-nesters flocking to Daniel Island? Its family-oriented atmosphere and small-town vibes are only a smart part of the equation. For many families, there is simply no better place to raise their kids than Daniel Island.
In addition to providing a safe and secure place to let their kids play, families also have everything they could possibly need without ever leaving the island. Modern amenities, great schools, hundreds of parks and a chic commercial district make Daniel Island a highly-sought after place to live.
Residents of Daniel Island come from all walks of life and are a tightknit, yet welcoming bunch. If you have kids, you’ll easily make friends with neighborhood parents and will soon be roped into carpooling for soccer practice.
Even if you don’t have kids, Daniel Island residents are generally quick to welcome anyone who wishes to contribute to their peaceful island community. There are also plenty of events and neighborhood gatherings that will allow you to integrate yourself into the Daniel Island community. You can find the latest Daniel Island news and events by checking out their webpage regularly.
Daniel Island has a wide variety of established neighborhoods, each with its own unique and charming appeal. Most of the neighborhoods feature gorgeous, tree-lined streets and detached garages to deemphasize cars, further enhancing the area’s visual appeal.
- Daniel Island Park—Centered around the Daniel Island Club, the Daniel Island Park neighborhood is one of the most desirable in the Lowcountry. Residents typically live in luxury homes with easy access to the Club’s private golf courses, fitness amenities and facilities.
- Smyth Park—Surrounding the scenic Smyth Lake, this neighborhood is a popular gathering place for locals and is within walking distance of the Daniel Island School. Enjoy miles of beautiful trails, ample opportunities for a scenic picnic and a fun pirate park for the kids.
- Edgefield Park—One of the newest neighborhoods in Daniel Island, Edgefield Park is located on the southeastern tip of the island and features stunning views of the marsh. Full of lush, natural scenery, the neighborhood is conveniently located near the newest Olympic-sized swimming pool.
- Downtown –If an urban setting is what you seek, there are plenty of townhomes and condominiums in Daniel Island’s downtown area. Although you will pay more for your close proximity to shops, restaurants and recreational activities, the energy and convenience simply can’t be beaten.
- Codner’s Ferry Park—One of Daniel Island’s first neighborhoods, Codner’s Ferry Park is a charming neighborhood with large trees and traditional, Lowcountry-style homes. The neighborhood is located near a nature preserve, Scott Park and the community pool.
- Barfield Park—Full of single-family homes and townhomes, Barfield Park is surrounded by a natural park full of mature trees and beautiful marshes. Residents enjoy being close to the pool at Pierce Park, along with many meandering trails.
- Center Park—Aptly named, Center Park lies at the center of Daniel Island. This diverse neighborhood is known for its elegant homes and townhomes in traditional Lowcountry style. Center Park is a two-acre park that boasts a spacious kids’ play area and tree-shaded areas, making it a popular place to relax while the kids play with interactive structures.
- Cochran Park—If quiet and scenic is what you seek, check out Cochran Park. Home to beautiful marsh views and peaceful streets, this coveted neighborhood features homes with traditional southern architecture and streets that often end in cul-de-sacs.
- Etiwan Park—Etiwan Park, named after the Indian tribe that first inhabited the island, is a seven-acre park that is a common gathering place for community events. On any given day, you’ll find a lively game of volleyball, basketball or soccer taking place on the green space while Snowy Egrets hunt for food just off the path.
- Pierce Park—Centrally located to all the island schools and library, Pierce Park features many townhomes and single-family homes that offer a lovely view of the Wando River. Residents of Pierce Park enjoy easy access to recreational activities and the nearby clubhouse and swimming pool.
One of the perks of living in Daniel Island is that the entire island has over 25 miles of walkable trails and bike paths with stunning views of the marsh and tidal creeks. All the trails have easy-to-follow markers and an iOS mobile app (known as DITRAILS) that you can download for fun, hassle-free exploration.
You don’t need to be in tip-top shape to traverse them, either; with relatively flat trails, you can bike or walk at a leisurely pace while taking in the beautiful Lowcountry views. The trails are also convenient for biking or walking to the grocery store or café.
Daniel Island has been carefully developed so that you can easily access modern amenities, with or without a car. This convenience, along with its beautiful layout, is something that many Daniel Island residents deeply appreciate.
Daniel Island boasts three excellent schools with great reputations. The Daniel Island School is the town’s highly-rated public school and was a South Carolina Palmetto Gold Award winner during the 2009-2010 school year.
If you’d rather send your kids to a private school, you’ll be delighted with Daniel Island Academy. The private school is accredited by the National Academy for the Education of Young Children, has a LEED-certified building and has an excellent teacher-to-student ratio.
For high school students, Bishop England High School is a fantastic private school that is highly praised for its rigorous curriculum and SAT and ACT scores which are well above the national and state averages.
Proximity to Charleston
Daniel Island is centrally located, offering relatively easy access to Historic downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant and North Charleston. Residents of Daniel Island can fully enjoy Charleston’s award-winning dining, shopping and nightlife while still being able to retreat to their quiet island after a fun night out with friends and colleagues.
The island is also a short drive to the airport, which is a significant benefit to those who take frequent business trips. Even if you aren’t a frequent traveler, it’s always helpful for when you need to pick up the in-laws from the airport or jet off on a family vacation.
A Diverse Mix of Home Styles
If you’re thinking about buying a home in Daniel Island, you’ll be pleased to find a variety of townhomes, condominiums, luxury homes and single-family homes at varying price points. Whether you’re raising a family and need a big single-family home or empty-nesters looking for your luxury dream home, there is an island living situation to perfectly suit your needs.
Things to Do
With its luxurious homes and high-class amenities, Daniel Island has all the makings of a stuffy, prestigious island. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Daniel Island residents enjoy having a good time, whether it’s in the form of a laid-back outing on the Wando River or watching a riveting tennis match during the annual Family Circle Cup.
Shopping and Dining
As a master-planned community, Daniel Island’s walkable downtown area has all the modern conveniences a resident could want. The island has essential banks, medical offices, churches, a public library, a supermarket and seasonal farmers’ market, along with the modern amenities including charming boutiques and relaxing spas.
When it comes to dining opportunities, you won’t be disappointed with Daniel Island’s offerings. Stop by Bin 526 for Italian wines, flavorful cocktails and delicious charcuterie. For an elegant, Lowcountry vibe, check out Laura Alberts and savor their amazing house-made pimento cheese dishes.
Sports and Events
If you love sports, Daniel Island is sure to delight. Home to two impressive sports facilities, the island’s traffic gets out of control during the week of the Volvo Car Open (previously known as the Family Circle Cup).
When the Volvo Car Stadium isn’t being used to host WTA tournaments, it’s often a venue for special events and concerts. Check out their events page to catch the latest happenings.
The professional tennis tournament isn’t the only sports attraction on the island. You can also take in a soccer match at the MUSC Health Stadium, home of the Charleston Battery.
Surrounded by creeks, rivers and waterways, Daniel Island boasts an impressive offering of recreational activities. Whether you’re into golf, fishing, boating, paddle boarding, soccer or tennis, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Tee off at the Daniel Island Club, the island’s in-town country club, or mingle with others in the prestigious clubhouse and nosh on exceptional dining. If all that sounds too stuffy for you, consider taking a swim or using the club’s tennis courts instead.
Daniel Island also has hundreds of acres of parks for you and your family to enjoy, with more than 25 miles of extensive trails. You can take a picnic with family and friends, watch the little ones explore playgrounds, take a run along the water’s edge or paddle out onto the beautiful Lowcountry waters.
Make Daniel Island Your Forever Home
Daniel Island truly offers the best of both worlds. Despite its close proximity to Charleston, this one-of-a-kind island has its own distinct vibes and lifestyle.
Is Daniel Island the place to call your forever home? Check out the many Daniel Island homes for sale and feel free to get in touch with one of our Daniel Island experts. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about this master-planned island.
The Village at Wild Dunes
When it comes an investment in coastal resort living, there’s no better place than the Village at Wild Dunes. Situated at the center of Wild Dunes Resort, The Village offers some of the best accommodations you will find in the area, with options ranging from studios and single rooms to spacious suites and luxurious penthouses. These properties make perfect vacation homes, without all the maintenance and expense of a beach house, and are some of the best investment properties on the Charleston Coast.
Opened in 2008, it is one of the newest properties within the Resort, complete with an in-house concierge and housekeeping service that is available to all owners and guests who stay in its hotel-like guest rooms, studios and suites.
Each residence includes access to all amenities within the Wild Dunes Resort* including beach access, an assortment of shops, restaurants and snack bars ranging from take-out to fine dining, several swimming pools, a fitness center, seventeen tennis courts, two golf courses, a spa, and miles of walking and jogging paths.
Below we’ve featured 4 of the best properties within the complex that are currently listed for sale. Enjoy!
423 B The Village at Wild Dunes
2 Br, 2 Ba, 1216 sqft | MLS#18004143 Enjoy ocean views from this spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath fully furnished property. This unit is located on the fourth floor and has an excellent rental history, grossing $65,355 in 2017. Features include granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, and custom drapery. Listed by Joe Walker | 843-345-4510 | email@example.com
412 B The Village at Wild Dunes
1 Br, 1 Ba, 715 sq ft. | MLS# 18022858 This true 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit is turn-key and comes completely furnished. It grossed just over $53,000 in rental revenue for 2017. Featured include an eat-in kitchen/living room combo with access to the covered balcony, bright and airy master bedroom and gorgeous master bath. Listed by Judd Borders | 843-817-0227 | firstname.lastname@example.org
410 A The Village at Wild Dunes
1 Br, 1 Ba, 715 sq ft | MLS#19005123 This light-filled true 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit is move-in ready and shows beautifully. It grossed $43,617 in 2018 and includes updated decor and patio furniture. Listed by Layne McCombs Kipp | 803-586-9553 | email@example.com
408 A The Village at Wild Dunes
1 Br, 1 Ba, 449 sq ft | MLS#18029478 This studio is the least expensive full ownership property you can buy within Wild Dunes Resort making it is a rare investor special! It grossed $40,995 in 2017 and includes granite countertops in the kitchen and bathroom, tile shower and covered balcony. Listed by Judd Borders | 843-817-0227 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you’re looking for a primary residence, second home or vacation rental, our knowledgeable agents can help guide you through the process. Contact us today to start the process of finding your dream home in the Village at Wild Dunes.
If you’re searching for a home in downtown Charleston, we can’t say we blame you. From its antebellum mansions to its charming 1920s bungalows, historic downtown Charleston boasts a diverse array of homes that are full of history, charm and character.
Each of Charleston’s historic neighborhoods offer something different in the way of personality, history and amenities. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or looking for your home away from home, here is a helpful guide to finding the perfect place in one of Charleston’s historic neighborhoods:
The Perks of Living in Downtown Charleston
Charleston offers a variety of perks for families, young professionals and retirees alike. From the city’s award-winning cuisine and craft brews to its charming cobblestone streets, here are a few reasons locals love living in the Holy City:
- Rich History — Charleston’s rich history is apparent in its gorgeous architecture, cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages. Living in downtown Charleston is truly akin to stepping back in time while maintaining all the modern amenities you can’t live without.
- Lowcountry Cuisine — Renowned for its burgeoning food scene, Charleston boasts a wide variety of award-winning restaurants, bakeries and breweries. Moreover, we have plenty of festivals to celebrate the unique food culture of the Lowcountry.
- Mild Winters — Can’t stand bitter cold winters? Move to Charleston and you’ll no longer need to put up with the cold. The Holy City has mild winters that average around the 60s.
- A Welcoming Community — Southern hospitality is alive and well in Charleston. Its friendly atmosphere gives it the feel of a small town, though it has all the amenities of a larger city.
- Endless Things to Do — With so many festivals, sports, beautiful parks and annual events, you’ll never lack things to do in the Holy City.
From pristine beaches and family-friendly activities to growing job opportunities and great schools, there is so much more to love about Charleston than what we’ve listed here. Once you move here, you’ll understand why so many residents never want to live anywhere else.
Which Historic Charleston Neighborhood is Right for You?
So, you have your heart set on living in Charleston. Now all that’s left to decide is which neighborhood is the best fit for you and your family.
Here is a quick look at the unique personalities and characteristics of Charleston’s historic neighborhoods:
Wagener Terrace is an affordable historic neighborhood that many families and young professionals call home. Filled with homes built in the 1920s through the 1950s, the tree-lined neighborhood offers families a great place to settle down and raise a family. Corrine Jones Playground, a newly refurbished play area in Wagener Terrace, provides families plenty of opportunities to walk, bike, picnic and play. Another perk to living in Wagener Terrace is its proximity to trendy, upscale eateries and to Hampton Park, the largest park on the peninsula.
The North Central neighborhood features homes built in the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, many of which are bungalow style. This fast-growing neighborhood is popular with young professionals due to its affordability and proximity to Upper King Street. It’s also near the booming North Morrison Drive area, which is quickly transforming into a tech hub for creative businesses and entrepreneurs.
Charleston’s historic East Central neighborhood includes the North Morrison Drive area, or “NoMo” as it’s called. This area is a hotbed for tech startups and local businesses, making it an attractive neighborhood for young professionals.
The East Central neighborhood’s architecture comprises a unique mix of industrial buildings, urban lofts and historic homes. Despite its many historic homes, East Central is also considered a hipster haven, boasting a diverse mix of trendy restaurants and eclectic local shops. If you plant your roots in the East Central area, you’ll have easy access to bars and restaurants such as Tattooed Moose, Edmund’s Oast and Lewis BBQ.
Hampton Park Terrace
If you enjoy the quieter side of historic downtown Charleston, Hampton Park Terrace is for you. Known for its namesake park, Hampton Park Terrace is shaded by majestic oak trees and lush foliage, giving a sense of privacy amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown. The majority of homes here were built between 1914 and 1922.
Snagging a historic home in this neighborhood is well worth the quiet serenity offered by Hampton Park, which boasts gorgeous flowers, ponds, hiking trails and much more. It’s also located right by The Citadel, Charleston’s historic military college.
Perfect for first-time homebuyers, the West Side is a diverse neighborhood with residents from all walks of life. The neighborhood features homes with excellent value and room for growing families, provided the homebuyer isn’t afraid of getting their hands dirty by fixing up a 1910-20s home.
The West Side is home to Harmon Field, a mid-sized park featuring three soccer fields, a baseball field, batting cages and more. Situated on the Ashley River, Brittlebank Park is also within walking distance, as well as the Joe Riley Baseball Stadium. It is also close in proximity to Upper King Street restaurants, the West Edge neighborhood as well as the new Publix.
If you’re looking specifically for a fixer upper, the East Side is the perfect place. As the entire Charleston Peninsula continues its fast-paced growth, the East Side is being transformed from a somewhat underdeveloped neighborhood into an engaged community with big revitalization plans. One successful project is the renovated Cigar Factory, which is now an impressive retail space offering premier culinary experiences.
With a range of housing from $300,000 fixer uppers to $1,000,000 renovated homes, this historic neighborhood is a laidback area best known for its fantastic eateries, many of which are housed in historic buildings. If you’re working at the College of Charleston or the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the Cannonborough/Elliottborough is an ideal place to plant your roots.
The diverse neighborhood features both rentals and single-family homes running the gamut from fixer uppers to recently renovated. For families who want good value, a central location and a wide array of eating options, Cannonborough and Elliottborough are a sure bet.
Bordered by Upper King Street to the East, Radcliffeborough is a lively neighborhood that offers residents excellent shopping and dining opportunities. Home to many doctors and students due to its proximity to MUSC, the eclectic neighborhood includes a mix of condos, historic homes and new developments. Ashley Hall, an all-girls private school, is located here as well and may be of interest to families with young daughters.
Mazyck-Wraggborough, often shortened to just Wraggborough, is a fast-growing neighborhood with rich culture and history. Home to several historic homes such as the Aiken-Rhett house and many churches, the area is renowned for its grand architecture and stylish homes.
Residents of Wraggborough enjoy the nightlife and dining opportunities from nearby King Street and a vast array of cultural museums such as the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. It’s also within close walking distance to Marion Square, the Charleston Music Hall and other city hotspots.
One of Charleston’s most multi-faceted neighborhoods, Harleston Village is a dynamic area called home by students, families, retirees and young professionals alike. The historic neighborhood boasts Colonial Lake and Moultrie Park at its center, where many choose to relax on the weekends. Residents can explore the Battery, walk around historic buildings at the College of Charleston or stop by some of the area’s quaint restaurants for tasty eats.
King Street Historic District
If you want to live in the hustle and bustle of the city, check out the historic homes in the King Street Historic District. Rich in culture and history, living in Historic Charleston allows easy walking distance to upscale dining and shopping, art galleries and more. Young professionals and wealthy businesspersons dominate this area, with many choosing to forgo cars due to the area’s walkability. Housing options range from historic homes to modern apartments and loft-style condos.
Flanked by the King Street Historic District, Ansonborough is also home to ambitious professionals and well-to-do families. Ansonborough was Charleston’s first neighborhood, laid out in 1746 after the land was acquired by Captain George Anson.
Many of the homes were constructed from brick after the great fire of 1838 burned the vast majority of the existing buildings. If you’re searching for a historic home, rest assured that the neighborhood has its fair share of beautiful, historic homes amid the many condos, townhomes and luxury properties. Historic homes here range in price from $750,000 to $2,000,000.
Renowned for its art galleries, historic theatres and churches, the French Quarter is named after the high concentration of French merchants that inhabited Charleston in the early 18th century. Although homes are difficult to come by in this area, prices range from $600,000 to around $2,000,000. If you can find your dream historic home in Charleston’s French Quarter, you won’t be disappointed with your surroundings. From its cobblestone streets to its beautiful homes and gardens, the romantic flair makes this a coveted neighborhood in historic Charleston.
South of Broad
One of Charleston’s most exclusive and desirable neighborhoods, South of Broad is what many Charleston visitors first see in their brochures. Rich in beauty and history, this quiet neighborhood offers both tranquility and easy access to the best downtown amenities.
From rows of stunning antebellum mansions along East Bay and Meeting streets to historic condos and townhomes, architectural styles come in a wide range. The neighborhood is home to Rainbow Row, the iconic pastel-colored homes along East Bay Street, as well as grand architectural homes such as the Calhoun Mansion and the Nathaniel Russell House.
If you want to live in the South of Broad neighborhood, expect homes to be in the $850,000 to $23,000,000 price range.
Tips for Purchasing a Historic Home in Charleston, S.C.
Once you’ve settled on the perfect historic neighborhood in Charleston, it’s time to find your dream home. If you have your sights set on a historic home, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Cost Varies by Location — As you probably know, living in historic Charleston can be expensive. All that charm, history and unique architecture doesn’t come cheap! It’s best to be open to different neighborhoods in case your dream location is out of your budget.
- Budget for Maintenance — Historic homes can be costly to maintain. Aging plumbing systems and deteriorating brick can incur anywhere from minor costs to expensive renovations. By budgeting for these in advance, you can get a more accurate picture of what you can truly afford.
- Know the Restrictions — Living in a historic district can have a few downsides, one of which is that you can’t do certain things to your home. Bes sure to check with Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review to get approved for any significant changes to your historic home.
- Get a Home Inspection — Be sure to get a home inspection from a professional who has experience with historic homes. They will know to assess the home in the context of the home’s time period and will alert you to potential hazards, such as plumbing problems or structural issues.
- Take Advantage of Tax Credit — Homes that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places may be subject to tax deductions and a tax credit. Considering the high cost of maintaining a historic home, you’ll no doubt want to take advantage of this.
Find Your Dream Historic Home in Charleston, S.C.
Whether you’re just starting a career, settling down with your family or looking for a place to retire, Charleston is a fantastic choice. Surrounded by culture, history and scenic beauty, living here is like owning your own little slice of paradise.
Have additional questions about living in Historic Charleston? Get in touch with one of our experienced Charleston real estate agents. We’ll help you find the right home and neighborhood that works best for your entire family.
Welcome to 800 Fiddler’s Point Lane, a newly built, custom home by Structures Building Co., situated on a large cul-de-sac lot overlooking the marsh with breathtaking westward views for the most magical sunsets. Tucked away in the coveted Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Harbour Watch, only 3.5 miles from Historic Downtown Charleston and 6 miles to the beaches of Sullivan’s Island, this location can’t be beat! The perfectly appointed kitchen features expansive custom cabinetry accented by leathered quartzite counters with matching island, Thermador appliances and a Butler’s Pantry that includes a double oven, wet bar, wine cooler and loads of cabinetry to keep your kitchen neat and organized. The main floor also offers an inviting Guest Bedroom Suite and separate study with views of the bridge.
The upstairs Master Suite is truly a sanctuary…wake everyday to the same gorgeous views of the marsh & step out onto your private terrace to enjoy your morning joe! Retreat to your stylish spa-like bathroom appointed with patterned ”linen textured” tile in a classic chevron pattern and soak in the freestanding tub perfectly positioned to capture the bridge and sunset views. There are two additional bedrooms upstairs with custom Jack and Jill bath and a spacious laundry with full closet & cabinetry galore with leathered quartzite counters.
Live the Lowcountry dream and enjoy the lifestyle you deserve in this centrally located home. Relish in the outdoor activities nearby such as sunsets, seafood and cocktails on Shem Creek, walks on the pier at Waterfront Park, oyster roasts at Patriot’s Point, boating and marina access, paddle boarding and kayaking in the creeks, basking in the sun on the beautiful beaches and shopping/fine dining in Historic Downtown Charleston!