Isle of Palms Office

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

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Folly Beach Office

31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
843.588.3800

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Dunes Downtown

11 Fulton Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.5618

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Kiawah Seabrook Office

1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.768.9800

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

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The Thanksgiving in Charleston that Changed my Life

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One of the reasons I made the decision to move to the island of Martha’s Vineyard from Pennsylvania years ago was the fact that the winters were milder than mainland New England, largely because water tempered the atmosphere and it was not subject to the kind of snow the rest of the northeast received. As time wore on however, the winters became increasingly severe. My last winter required hiring a front loader to open my driveway after snow plows stacked it more than 10’ high. I was over it, and began looking for a new adventure. I had criteria of course, my next home had to be near a beach, on the east coast in order to be near family in PA, and it had to have a lively arts community. It also had to have an economy that would support more than just the hospitality industry as we were coming with no firm employment. We studied cities up and down the Atlantic coast, and decided our first visit would be to Charleston. We took the longish holiday over Thanksgiving to make our first investigation to do some exploring on our own as well as arranging with a local REALTOR® to see some properties.

We drove around a bit and loved what we saw. It did not take long to know Charleston would be our next home. I found myself sitting in Waters Edge restaurant overlooking Shem Creek on Thanksgiving Day and that sealed the deal. It was 75 degrees and sunny, I ordered a rare tuna steak and declared this was the best Thanksgiving ever!

Shem Creek Charleston SC

The next day we began looking at homes. We were moving from a very remote location only accessible by boat or plane, so the idea of just running to Home Depot on a whim rather than planning it weeks in advance was an idea we needed to wrap our minds around again. We looked at homes in Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley, and Hanahan. They were very nice homes, but the neighborhoods were more suburban than we preferred. We had been living next to a 10 acre meadow and just two blocks from a state forest. Still, seeing them and their relative convenience helped us refine our requirements. Perhaps even tougher than the neighborhood feel, was the architecture. As a REALTOR®, every week I talk to people about growing older and wanting a master on the first floor at a minimum, and preferably eliminating most stairs altogether. Our New England saltbox was fine for our younger selves but in our forties, we knew that those days were numbered. Finding a single story, contemporary home where most folks want the elevated and more traditional architectural vernacular of the Lowcountry was not easy. Nothing seemed to fit the bill.

After a few weeks of searching I found a contemporary house on Johns Island. Rural to be sure, but just a 15 minute trip to Costco – by car! Anxious as we were, we had to wait until after Christmas to see it in person. We feared it would be snapped up but, it was just not feasible to get there sooner. Fortunately for us, because more people wanted the true Charleston character it had not yet been sold. We walked in the door and I knew it was my house. New construction – a spec home, and it backed up to wetlands and woods. We wrote an offer sitting on the floor in the empty living room. Now, I did have to give in on some things I thought I needed like a larger kitchen, but everyone does – no home is perfect and even if you build it yourself, there will be things that don’t turn out as planned. Remember, everything is a trade-off! Sometimes you get tuna instead of turkey and you can be very thankful.

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If you are thinking about making the Lowcountry your home, take it from a transplant – best decision ever! I’d love to help you find your next home.

Uniquely Charleston Tours

Working in downtown Charleston, the carriages and tour groups on foot are ubiquitous. dunes properties is located on the first floor of a famous former bordello so you can guarantee the tour guides are certain to point it out every time they pass.

If you however, are looking for something more Uniquely Charleston, I know just the guy for the job. Paul Garbarini’s Uniquely Charleston tours are walking tours customized to your party’s interests. Limited to no more than six people, he can take time to answer all of your questions and focus on the elements that pique your particular interest. “I’m old enough to only do things that are fun, and more than six people on a tour is not fun! The regular walking tours max out at 20,” Paul explains. He also works on your schedule to accommodate the stamina and needs on an individual basis planning shady walks, bathroom breaks, and water along the way.  And, if you want or need a driving tour, he’ll do that as well. In his eighth year now doing downtown tours, Paul is also an interpreter at McCloud Plantation Historic Site.

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Word of mouth and reviews on Tripadvisor are virtually his only advertising. He has a website, but the business is built on the delighted customers who praise his knowledge and enthusiasm. Paul’s very particular charm and verve will entertain even the soberest tourist. When asked about the cost he declared “I base it on price per person and it’s 90 minutes long unless we are having too much fun or we’re all excited.

Self – taught over 20 years, his independent research means no one else tells the stories he does. Rather than focus on the rich people who owned the buildings or the statues of military leaders, he explains who built the city, how they lived, and worked. In the 21st century, the concepts of labor and work can be troublesome to process let alone an understanding of what enslavement has meant for our country. According to Paul “It’s an opportunity to raise awareness – I am a ‘brick geek’ – I know both the people who made the bricks and the people who owned them. Their descendants asked me to tell the whole story.

uniquely charleston tours

When asked who his clients were, he replied, “The universe has sent me philosophically compatible people.” One in particular was Dr. Ysaye Barnwell. She traveled from her home in New York to Charleston to make a presentation for the Avery Institute of African American History and Culture at her grandfather’s church – Central Baptist on Radcliffe Street. Because her family was originally from Charleston, she wanted a custom tour. Paul set about researching her genealogy and found that her grandfather, who died in 1907, was one of the richest African American men in town. Originally an enslaved person, Paul even found the original bill of sale from when he was sold in the public records. He went on to learn Dr. Barnwell’s grandfather, William James Parker, was known as the Tinsmith of Tradd Street. Church and census records showed he was also a founding member of Central Baptist Church, and that he donated the labor to put the tin roof on the new church and erect the metal steeple tower.  On her personal tour, Paul not only toured the church, but also two of the homes in which he had lived on Tradd. Paul was acquainted with the owner of 12 Tradd who welcomed her inside. Grateful and overwhelming was how she described her experience.

I’m pretty sure that was a tour no one else has ever given. Truly unique.

For more information, or to schedule your own Uniquely Charleston Tour, visit https://uniquelycharleston.tours/.

Charleston Area Market Stats through September (and other news)

October Market Stats

“Strong buyer activity has continued into the fall, which is normally the start of the seasonal slowing of the housing market. With stronger buyer activity in the market this year and the continued constrained supply of homes for sale, speedy sales and multiple offers are likely to remain a common occurrence and will keep the housing market hot even when the weather is cooling.”

~ Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +46.3% | Median Sales Price +8.8% |  Months Supply -56.1%

Featured Listing

2208 palm blvd

2208 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms
6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths | 6,182 sq ft | Offered at $6,500,000
Designed by architect Steven Herlong with interiors by Amy Trowman Design, this 1.3 acre oceanfront estate is the epitome of luxury. Nestled in the heart of Isle of Palms, the estate boasts captivating ocean views, circular porches, a 7 car garage, gorgeous infinity pool, gazebo, and a 500-foot Ipe boardwalk as you walk comfortably to the ocean. The interior is equally impressive with a 16 ft barrel ceiling in the great room, black walnut floors, mahogany ceilings, stunning chef’s kitchen and more. For more information on this one of a kind home, visit www.2208palmblvd.com.

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Charleston Coast Vacations

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We 💗💗💗 it when our guests have a great experience on Charleston’s beaches! We know some of your most cherished memories are made during your vacation time with us. Nothing makes us happier than seeing smiling faces and hearing about your stories. Whether you’ve been visiting us for years or you just got back from your first trip, we’d love to hear all about it! Submit your story at bit.ly/CCVcontest and we’ll feature it in our special blog series, on our Facebook Page, and you’ll be entered into our next Vacation Giveaway! 🏖️

Charleston Area Market Stats through July (and other news)

Charleston Area Market Stats August 2020

“Healthy buyer demand and constrained supply continue to be the story for much of the country. Nationally, showing activity in July remained substantially higher than a year before and multiple offer situations are a frequent experience in many markets. With the inventory of homes for sale still constrained, a competitive market for buyers shows little sign of waning…Despite this significant economic impact, home buyers remain extremely resilient. With mortgage rates remaining near record-low levels and home purchase mortgage applications up from a year ago, high buyer activity is expected to continue into the late summer and early fall market.”

~ Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +31.6% | Median Sales Price +9.5% |  Months Supply -45.2%

Featured Listing

1126 Ocean Forest Ln Seabrook Island

🌴 1126 Ocean Forest Lane, Seabrook Island 🌴
5 bedrooms, 5 full & 2 half baths | 4,960 sq ft | Offered at $3,200,000
Set back from the beach with commanding ocean views of Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, this superbly renovated home features over 3,000 sq ft of covered porches, a three stop elevator, fabulous elevated pool, spa, and travertine sunning deck, rooftop terrace, and community boardwalk through the dunes directly to the beach.
For more information, visit: bit.ly/1126OceanForestLn

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Dunes in the Wild

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Say hello to the cutest baby loggerhead hatchling! 🐢🌊 Dewees’ second sea turtle nest of the summer hatched a little over 3 weeks ago, and this little cutie was caught on 📷 at sunrise by our very own Judy Fairchild!

Charleston Coast Vacations

charleston coast vacations dunes properties destination guide

We pride ourselves in providing more than properties. We want to provide an incredible experience from start to finish, and that begins in the planning process. Check out our FREE Destination Guide for local tips about activities and attractions to fill your itinerary! 👉 bit.ly/chs-destination-guide.

How to Do a Comparative Market Analysis

One of the services I provide to my sellers is a Comparative Market Analysis, or “CMA” – free of charge, of course. This is a giant step beyond just looking at comparable properties (comps) that sold in the last year. Comps are necessary to be sure, however they do not tell the whole story or prepare sellers for what they should expect in the selling process.

I want my clients to have a realistic expectation of how many days they might likely be on the market, and how the existing inventory of similar homes will affect their pricing strategy. Many sellers want to start with a higher price and see if they can get any takers. I believe it is smarter to see what the market is “telling us” about the average, percentage of asking price sellers typically receive, and then price wisely from the start to avoid becoming stale or missing actual buyers at the right price. Price per square foot can be a useful tool, but only if the data is informed about condition – it’s another way to “listen” to what the market is saying. Depending upon how many comps are used, one outlier can distort the square foot price significantly. It’s also important to think about how many showings sellers might anticipate before receiving an offer.

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Friends are always asking me “how’s the market?” as if Mt. Pleasant, Seabrook, Wagener Terrace, and Hollywood are all alike. It’s important to stay up to date on local news and understand what factors, besides a new roof or remodeled kitchen, might be affecting pricing and sales. I like to start with a big picture explanation of housing in the region, and then focus on a more granular analysis to make sure my clients have the whole picture.

In preparing a CMA, I start by determining their particular market. As I noted, the Charleston market is large and widely varied. It’s important to understand the idiosyncrasies of particular neighborhoods and when and where mere proximity does and doesn’t work. If I compare homes in Carolina Bay or another more homogeneous, larger subdivision, I can use just that neighborhood to determine pricing. Sometimes it makes sense to set a physical radius from a major employer or school and use that to determine their specific market. In other more rural areas, using a 10 – mile radius might capture a horse farm, house on the water with a dock, and older ranch homes from the ‘60s and ‘70’s. This is not a true “market” for my seller’s 6 – year-old home on a .25acre lot.

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Finally, there are uncontrollable factors that affect pricing. Brand new construction with gleaming features throughout can be adversely affected by the next door neighbor’s hot mess in the back yard. If your Hampton Park home faces the park, real value can also be added that cannot be easily quantified. Establishing the market is certainly not an exact science, it requires experience, and it requires discernment.

6 Reasons to Use a Buyer’s Agent when Purchasing Your New Construction Home

New construction neighborhoods can be very appealing. You get to choose your floors and cabinets and they often have great design studios with lots of choices for light fixtures and counter tops; but, the one thing they don’t have is your back. When you sit down with a site agent you must always remember that they have the interests of the seller as their top priority. That’s why it is so important to have a Buyer’s Agent representing you. Think of it this way, the site agent wants to make sure that his or her client is protected against any potential harm. When you put all your trust in that agent you become the second most important client. New home builders are not actively working to harm you, but protecting you is not their first priority.

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1. First and foremost, remember that this representation costs you nothing. Sellers pay the buyer’s agent’s commission, but that buyer’s agent works directly for you.

2. It’s not always a good idea to just “stop in” to check out a new home community. Make sure you have a signed agreement with a buyer’s agent before you visit. Site agents log you in and will note if you are working with an agent. If you don’t hire an agent before you go you could lose the opportunity to have your own representation.

3. South Carolina has an eight-page contract for the purchase of an existing home designed to protect consumers. Often there are addendums and disclosures so you are looking at 15+ pages of contracts. I know them in detail and use them every day, but your typical home buyer does not. In new construction the contracts are often 25+-pages of details you may or may not have ever considered. They are written by the builder’s attorneys and are designed to protect their interests. It’s important to have someone advise you who understands the implications of what you are signing.

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4. New home builders don’t typically negotiate price. They have sold 22 Magnolia floor plans in that neighborhood at $375,000 and that is the price they expect. The only real negotiation is on the lot you choose and premium lots have a premium price. A good buyer’s agent can help you find the places where they do have some wiggle room such as the selections. I convinced one builder to throw in the upgraded refrigerator and exchange carpet on the stairs for wood treads for my new construction client. In addition, I have been in thousands of homes and can help with selections to know what is on trend (and more importantly what’s no longer trending and why) and help identify punch list items you might not notice.

5. Builders also frequently offer enticing incentives like money for closing costs to make sure buyers use their preferred lender. Why not, it’s easier for them in the long run. Loans are actually products with lots of options to meet many different goals. Their preferred lender may not have the product that best meets your particular needs. Once again, you are not their number one priority in that relationship either, you are the second most important client. I have a fantastic team of lenders, real estate attorneys, home inspectors and more who will have your needs as their only priority.

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6. Follow up is critical. I have a system for follow up that keeps me on top of my transactions. It’s my job. You probably have a great method for doing your job well, but you may not be as attuned to the timing of real estate transactions to stay on top of everything. Buyers are busy with their own jobs and lives, and packing to move. Let a professional handle the calls, reminders, headaches, and deadlines, and let the builder pay him or her to do it!

How Far Is Charleston from the Beach? Planning the Perfect Getaway Weekend

Many people who are looking to take a weekend getaway seek out coastal areas near beautiful beaches to enjoy the unlimited access to the ocean and water activities. Right now, one of the most popular coastal cities to visit is Charleston, SC because of its rich history, unique architecture, and, of course, the beaches.

If you’ve got Charleston n mind, there are dozens of great areas to explore. Folly Beach real estate is particularly popular for vacation rentals and those who want to be as close to the beach as possible, but, because Charleston is a relatively small city, it’s easy to visit some of the other great beaches and attractions in the area as well.

So, How Far Is Charleston from the Beach?

The short answer: not far. In fact, there are beaches in almost every direction from the downtown peninsula. If you head east toward the town of Mount Pleasant, you’ll find two popular beaches—Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. Sullivan’s Island is only about a 20-minute drive from downtown, while Isle of Palms is a bit deeper into Mount Pleasant, making your trip from the peninsula to the beach about 30-minutes long.

Folly Beach is a favorite place for locals and visitors to frequent as well. Head west to James Island during a quick 15-to-20-minute ride out to Folly, where you’ll find a beach town with plenty of restaurants and shops.

Beaches in the Area

• Folly Beach

Known as “The Edge of America,” Folly Beach is known to have a bit more of a bohemian vibe, with many surfers heading here to a spot known as The Washout to catch some waves. Folly stretches for six miles, giving beachgoers plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the sun.

how far is folly beach from charleston sc

If you want to stick close to Center Street, the road that takes you right into Folly, you can check out some of the restaurants like Snapper Jack’s or Jack of Cups, or sip a cocktail while looking out over the ocean at the Tides’ Blu Beach Bar and Grill. Don’t forget to take a walk down the pier and maybe stop for another cocktail on your way back at Pier 101.

If you’re looking for a more private area of the beach, you should turn left at the end of Center Street and follow the road until the end. Here, you’ll discover a path that has been decorated in colorful graffiti over the years and which leads to an area of the beach known as the Lighthouse Inlet Preserve. You can relax among the beach’s driftwood trees and get a peek of the Morris Island Lighthouse from the shore.

• Sullivan’s Island

When you arrive at Sullivan’s Island, you’ll be greeted by a row of great restaurants and bars with outdoor patios, giving visitors plenty of options for places to stop for happy hour or a post-beach meal. Park near Station 18 if you want the chance to admire the beach’s unique, triangular lighthouse that has been in operation since 1962. The lighthouse was initially created as a replacement for the Morris Island Lighthouse because the former was at risk of suffering damage from the island’s erosion.

To get to a more private area of the beach, head down to Station 10, but be sure to check the tides first as sometimes the sand is covered by the ocean during high tide.

• Isle of Palms

Although Isle of Palms is the furthest beach from downtown Charleston, there are dozens of beautiful vacation rentals along the beach and other areas nearby. A favorite activity for those visiting the Isle of Palms beach is to head to the Windjammer, where they regularly hold live music shows and beach volleyball games.

The Isle of Palms tends to attract more of a family crowd, though it’s the perfect beach for any kind of traveler. Wild Dunes rentals are the perfect places to stay for a beach getaway because you have easy access to the beach as well as all the amenities in the gated neighborhood such as tennis courts and a pool.

Other Nearby Beaches

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• Edisto Beach and Botany Bay

While Charleston county has three beautiful beaches to offer, there are a few other great beaches nearby that you can visit for the day. Edisto Beach is about an hour south of Charleston, but it has more of a sleepy, small-town vibe with a few great restaurants and cute stores.

If you decide to make the trip out to Edisto Beach, you absolutely must spend some time at Botany Bay. This nearby plantation has a gorgeous driving route that takes guests through avenues of live oaks before bringing you to a parking area for the Botany Bay Beach, which is truly one of the most unique beaches in the country. The sand stretches for nearly three miles and is covered in huge remains of driftwood trees. On any given day, you’ll see beachgoers posing for pictures on these beautiful beach decorations.

• Kiawah Island

Also about an hour from Charleston, Kiawah Island is one of the top destinations for golfers. You can spend the day on the beaches of Kiawah sunbathing and looking out for coastal creatures that dwell in these areas like dolphins and a variety of seabirds.

If you need a break from the ocean and sand, you can spend a day teeing off on one of the five professionally designed championship courses. Taking a day trip to Kiawah Island is the perfect way to explore more areas of the South Carolina coast while getting the chance to golf and still return back to enjoy all the city has to offer.

How to Find a Charleston Vacation Rental

Because the Holy City is such a hot travel destination right now, the options for Charleston, SC vacation rentals are abundant. While there are plenty of hotels in the area, most people prefer to stay in a vacation rental during their trip to Charleston because these types of properties provide more space, are closer to the beach, and give you the option to cook up your own delicious meal right where you’re staying.

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If you’re looking for a vacation rental in the area, here are tips to keep in mind:

• Consider What Your Group Needs

The type of vacation rental you decide to book will have a lot to do with what kind of group you’re traveling with. If you’re taking a couple’s getaway, you won’t need as much space as an extensive group of friends or a family gathering would, so you might want to opt for something a bit more cozy and intimate.

For big groups, a beach rental is the perfect accommodation because you’ll have room for everyone, a place for people to hang out and congregate, and quick and easy access to whichever beach you choose to stay near; plus, you’ll have the downtown area within quick driving distance.

• What Activities Are You Planning?

Before you book a rental, determine what you want to spend your vacation doing. If you’re looking to lounge on the beach for days on end, you should stick with a beach rental, but, if you’re planning to spend your time exploring downtown, you may want to pick an area closer to the city and just plan to drive out or grab an Uber to one of the beaches during your trip. There are no shortage of water activities, so consider all the sports you may want to try from kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, to jet-skiing and parasailing.

• Check the Dates First

Although there are tons of great rentals in the Charleston area, these properties do book up quickly, particularly in the spring and summertime, so be sure when you’re searching that you’re entering the dates of your trip. This will give you a better idea of what is still available and prevents you from getting your hopes up when you find a really awesome accommodation, only to learn it has already been booked for your planned time.

If you’re flexible with the dates of your trip, you can try plugging in a few different dates to see how the options for vacation rentals change and then pick the property that’s right for you.

Places to Stop at the Beach

While the beaches of Charleston are beautiful on their own, there are a few local spots you should definitely check out during your beach getaway. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite places to stop when we’re near the water.

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Folly Beach

Bert’s Market: This 24-hour local grocery store is a must-stop little shop with everything from freshly made desserts and sandwiches to grocery items like snacks, drinks, and more. If you’re looking to grab a few things before you hit the sand, Bert’s is your place.
Surf Bar: A very local spot, Surf Bar is just off of Center Street. While it may not have the gorgeous oceanfront views of the Tides hotel, it has a lot of local flavor. Stop in for a drink and sit by the fireplace on the patio or grab some food. The philly cheesesteak is cooked to perfection.
Wiki Wiki Sandbar: This three-level restaurant and bar is kind of a newbie on Folly Beach, but it’s a great place to grab some fresh Hawaiian-inspired dishes and some fun, beachy cocktails. Head up to the third floor to sit at the fully decked-out tiki bar or on the outdoor patio.

Sullivan’s Island

The Obstinate Daughter: Considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in the Charleston area, the Obstinate Daughter is owned by Chef Jacques Larson, the same owner of Johns Island’s Wild Olive, a highly recommended Italian joint. Pop into the Obstinate Daughter for a classy dinner of dishes like the Old Danger pizza, which features an egg, homemade pastas, and fresh oysters among other tasty options.
Home Team BBQ: If you’re looking for a good time, Home Team is the place to be. Their barbecue is delicious and their frozen drinks are even better. Throw back just one of their game changers, and you’ll be good for the rest of the day.
Mex 1 Cantina: Another great place to hit up for happy hour after a long day at the beach, Mex 1 Cantina has outdoor seating and delicious Mexican food and drinks.
Dunleavy’s: If you’re the kind of person who loves a good dive bar, Dunleavy’s is for you. It’s not the divey-est dive bar, but this Irish pub doesn’t put on frills, with a cool interior covered in old license plates and photos of the staff. If you want a quick bite to eat, they serve up all the simple things like hot dogs, burgers, and fries.
Poe’s Tavern: Inspired by the American writer and poet Edgar Allen Poe, Poe’s Tavern is one of the most popular places to dine while on Sullivan’s Island. Everything on the menu is named after one of Poe’s legendary stories. Select from a variety of burgers, chicken sandwiches, and tacos. And, don’t forget to ask about the time Poe spent in the area while stationed at Fort Moultrie.
The Co-Op: Before heading out to the water, stop by The Co-Op to pick up a few sandwiches to enjoy in the sun. Don’t forget to order one of their flavored frosé drinks while you wait.

Experience Your Dream Getaway

charleston sc beach getaway vacation

When you come to Charleston, SC, you’ll be surrounded by the best of everything: beaches, bars, restaurants, and history. If you’re thinking about planning a trip, look for Folly Beach real estate available to rent and stay near the water, or find a vacation rental closer to the city to experience the heart of downtown Charleston while also being just a short drive from three of the best beaches in the state. While you’re in town, consider taking a day trip to one of the other beaches as well, like Kiawah Island or Edisto Beach, and have the vacation of a lifetime.

Charleston Area Market Stats Through January (and other news)

Charleston Area market stats through Jan 2020

As we move into February, the question remains – will inventory suffice? While many see the housing shortage as a negative, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun sees this as good news for home prices. “National median home price growth is in no danger of falling due to inventory shortages and will rise by 4%,” he predicts. Yun and others would also like to see home builders bring more affordable units to market, which I think we can all agree with, especially in the Charleston market.

Closed Sales +20.6% | Median Sales Price +8.1% |  Months Supply -25%

Market Statistics by Area

Featured Listing

WOW does this property have it all! This stunning waterfront home on the Isle of Palms boasts 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, gorgeous elevated pool, and a 50′ private dock that includes power, water, a fish cleaning station and two drive on jet ski docks…plus, all of the privacy and amenities of Wild Dunes! For more information, visit: bit.ly/46WaterwayIsland

In the News

New Vacation Rental!

There’s still time to book your summer vacay. You could even stay at our newest vacation rental, “BodSEA” on the Isle of Palms! Check out our newest rentals, search by location and book direct at CharlestonCoastVacations.com.

Upcoming Events

Lights of Magnolia | November 15 – March 15
Join us for “Lights of Magnolia: Reflections of a Cultural Exchange.” The lantern festival will feature custom-designed installations of large-scale lanterns, a fusion of historic Chinese cultural symbols, and images that represent the flora and fauna of Magnolia Plantation. or more info, CLICK HERE.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival | March 4 – 8
Join us for the 15th installment of the Charleston Wine + Food festival as we celebrate the city’s local food culture. Join us in Marion Square, various locations downtown and around Charleston for exclusive dinners, wine tastings, workshops, excursions, and seminars. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Festival of Houses & Gardens | March 11 – April 18
Step inside the private houses and gardens of some of the city’s most stunning properties, learn about Charleston’s distinctive architecture and history and celebrate our unique culture at luncheons, musical concerts and other Lowcountry lifestyle events. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Charleston Area Market Stats Through December (and other news)

Hellooo 2020! As we wrap up 2019, we are happy to report that thanks to continued low mortgage rates, low unemployment, and wage growth, we anticipate home buyer activity to remain healthy into the new year. While inventory remains low (-23.1%), it is important to note that new construction has been on the rise in the past year, and is expected to continue into 2020 as well.

Closed Sales +19.6% | Median Sales Price -.07% |  Months Supply -23.1%

Market Statistics by Area

From the Blog

Featured Listing

Located in James Island’s prestigious White Point Estates, this beautifully appointed 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home boasts 11 ft ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, a stunning new kitchen and large covered porch that overlooks the salt-water pool and marsh below. Live oaks line the marsh and provide beautiful views and privacy all year long, while a dock provides access to the waterway beyond. For more information, visit: bit.ly/882WhitePointBlvd

It’s Almost Summer, Which Means…

There’s still time to book your summer vacay! Check out our newest rentals, search by location and book direct at CharlestonCoastVacations.com.

Upcoming Events

2020 Jazz Festival | January 25th
Don’t miss the 6th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival as it presents The World of Regina Carter, widely considered the finest jazz violinist of her generation. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Lowcountry Oyster Festival | January 26th
Join us at Boone Hall Plantation for the world’s largest oyster festival and has been named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Charleston Coffee Fest | February 9th
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Everything Under the Sun: The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Living in the Lowcountry

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Whether you’re planning on visiting Charleston, S.C. or you’ve made the decision to move here permanently, you should be prepared to spend a lot of time outside. Located along the coast of South Carolina, Charleston is a quaint and charming city that experiences sunshine almost every day of the year, making it the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts. Though the area is relatively free of mountains, there are dozens of other great outdoor activities visitors and locals can participate in all year long, especially water-related sports. Find out more about everything you need to know to enjoy the Lowcountry outdoors.

Charleston Has the Ideal Climate

In the last decade, Charleston has experienced a huge influx of people moving to the area from more northern states. Aside from the world-class cuisine, great bar scene and beautiful landscape, the most enticing aspect of the city to these newcomers is most likely the climate. Charleston’s location on the coast can mean an increased chance of humidity, but it also provides some relief from the summer heat as an occasional breeze from the ocean can cool things down.

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July and August are the hottest months of the year with temperatures regularly surpassing 90 degrees F. Though the summers can be sweltering, there are plenty of ways to seek relief from the heat, and the rest of the year offers beautiful temperatures allowing you to take advantage of the outdoors. In the winter, the average temperatures fall between the mid-40s and 60 degrees F. These winter temperatures are very mild compared to other parts of the country and many Charlestonians take advantage of the warm winters by heading out on the harbor in boats or even making a December trip to the beach, though you will still want to throw a sweatshirt on for this activity.

Take Advantage of Lowcountry Outdoor Living

With such beautiful year-round weather and gorgeous Lowcountry scenery, it would be crazy not to indulge in all of the exciting outdoor activities Charleston has to offer. If you’re coming to the area for a vacation, you can find beachfront rentals throughout the area to stay close to the water. For visitors, the spring is the most popular time of the year to visit as the summer heat hasn’t quite set in yet, but the flowers are all in bloom. If you don’t want to visit during a time when a lot of other travelers are in the area, try booking a trip for fall or winter and get a more authentic feel for Charleston. Summer brings in a lot of travelers as well, but some people avoid the area during this season because of the hotter temperatures. During your stay, here are the top outdoor activities you should plan to participate in.

Golf Courses Galore

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Charleston is a hotspot for those who love golf. Not only are there several nearby golf courses, but Charleston is also less than two hours away from Hilton Head Island, where you’ll find even more world-class courses. In Charleston, you can spend a day on the green at the public City of Charleston Municipal Golf Course or frequent one of the private courses like Patriots Point Links or Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club. Many of the most serious golfers will take the 40-minute drive to Kiawah Island for access to some of the best courses in the entire country. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers five beautiful courses that have been designed by top professionals like Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye. Each course integrates the natural landscape of the nearby ocean and marshes.

Hit the Beach All Year Long

With winter temperatures rarely dipping below the 50s and 60s, it’s possible to enjoy the beach during every season. Charleston is surrounded by three fantastic beaches—Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. When you drive about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston to James Island, you’ll reach Folly Beach. This area has a bohemian vibe with great restaurants like Jack of Cups Saloon, which offers a killer red curry mac and cheese, and Rita’s, where you need to order the surprisingly refreshing watermelon tuna nachos. You can enjoy a drink on the back deck of the Tides hotel while overlooking the ocean or grab a seat on the pier and take in the view.

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If you head all the way to the end of Folly, you’ll find the Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve. To get to this hidden part of the beach, you’ll have to park your car and walk down a stretch of deserted road covered in unique graffiti. After about half a mile, you’ll see the beach, which is covered by large pieces of driftwood that people use to hang hammocks. In the not-so-far distance, you’ll also be able to see the old Morris Island Lighthouse, which is no longer in operation but still makes for a unique landmark.

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If you head in the opposite direction of James Island from downtown, you’ll discover two more beaches in Mount Pleasant. Sullivan’s Island has a more upscale vibe with fancy restaurants like The Obstinate Daughter and more casual eateries like Hometeam BBQ or Mex-1. After a filling meal, hit the beach and find a spot near the lighthouse. Traveling a bit further into Mount Pleasant, you’ll reach Isle of Palms, which tends to have a bit more of a family vibe. For young people, there’s still plenty to do like catch some live music at the Windjammer beach bar or round up people to play a game of beach volleyball on the bar’s courts. Isle of Palms is also the perfect location if you’re looking for beachfront vacation rentals.

A Fishing Enthusiast’s Dream

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There are plenty of areas throughout the Lowcountry for fishers to spend the day trying to reel in a big catch. For shoreline fishing, you can cast a line off one of the fishing piers in Mount Pleasant or Folly Beach. Many fishers will also head to specific areas of the beach to participate in some shark fishing, which often turns up small sharks that can be as large at three feet long. As a visitor, you can charter a boat and take it out to some of the best spots in the marshes or out on the ocean to catch some local fish species. Before heading out on the water, be sure to educate yourself on local fishing laws to ensure that you’re not breaking any guidelines or disturbing the natural ecosystem.

Boating Excursions

With so many bodies of water surrounding Charleston, there’s plenty of opportunities to go boating, whether you want to spend the day fishing or cruising through the harbor. Drive beneath the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge for one of the best views from the water and cruise past the Battery to get a unique look at the mansions that line this street. Throughout the area, you’ll discover many sand bar areas where other boaters anchor to spend some time drinking, chatting and taking a dip in the Atlantic. If you’re moving to Charleston, you may want to consider investing in your own boat as there’s ample opportunities to get out on the water. Some locals even head out on a Christmas Day ride. For those visiting, you can look into one of the many charter options available.

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Other Water Activities

Charlestonians love their water activities. From kayaking and paddleboarding to surfing and parasailing, you’ll find it all here. Maybe you want to explore the ocean atop a jet ski or learn how to balance on a standup paddleboard. If you head to Bowen’s Island and rent kayaks from this location, you can explore the waterways surrounded by gorgeous marshlands. Then, after turning in your kayaks, head to the Bowen’s Island Restaurant for a taste of the freshest fish in the city. Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant is another great area for water activities as you can paddle through the waterway, which is surrounded on either side by popular outdoor bars. Afterwards, be sure to stop at Saltwater Cowboys or Red’s Ice House for a drink and an appetizer.

Outdoor Shopping

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Though there are traditional malls in Charleston, outdoor shopping is definitely the more popular option. Both locals and visitors tend to prefer spending as much time outside as possible in Charleston because of the beautiful weather. The downtown shopping district runs from the intersection of King Street and Calhoun Street until King hits Market Street. Explore the many local boutiques or pop into bigger name stores like Urban Outfitters and H&M. You can also check out the open-air market on Market Street, which offers unique, handmade products from local artisans.

For even more outdoor shopping, you can explore the Tanger Outlets in North Charleston. Here, you’ll find great prices from major brands like Nike and Lucky Brand. The entire outlet area is set up like an outdoor mall so you can enjoy the mild temperatures while walking from shop to shop. Mount Pleasant’s Town Center is another outdoor mall with a combination of small boutique shops and big-name department stores like Belk.

Outdoor Attractions

Angel Oak on Johns Island

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The Angel Oak tree on Johns Island is undoubtedly one of the top outdoor attractions in the Holy City. When visiting Charleston, S.C., a trip out to one of the oldest trees in the world is well worth the drive. This live oak is so large that many of its limbs need to be supported by thick wooden stakes. When you arrive at the Angel Oak, you’ll be in awe of the tree’s sheer size and beauty, and you may even notice an almost mystical ambiance that surrounds the entire area. While out on Johns Island, check out one of the area’s best restaurants before heading back into the city. The Wild Olive is a highly praised Italian restaurant run by chef Jacques Larson of Sullivan’s Island’s The Obstinate Daughter. The Fat Hen is another great option on Johns Island for either brunch or dinner.

Rooftop Bars

Drinking, eating and being outside are three of Charlestonians’ favorite pastimes, and locals will try to combine these activities into one as often as possible, which is why so many rooftop bars dot the downtown area. The Watch, a bar atop The Restoration Hotel, may offer one of the best views of the sunset along with craft cocktails and light plates. The rooftop bar at the new Hotel Bennet overlooks Marion Square and faces out towards the harbor. From here, you can spot several of the dozens of churches that make up the Charleston skyline. Stars is another popular restaurant and bar on King Street that offers a rooftop experience and delicious dishes like Truffle Lobster Fettuccine.

Historic Sites

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If you’re looking for more ways to enjoy the Lowcountry while also learning more about the area, try taking a trip to one of the many historical sites. From Fort Sumter and Patriot’s Point to Waterfront Park and Rainbow Row, the entire city is entrenched in an intriguing history. Learn about the city’s role in the Revolutionary and Civil wars or head to the Patriot’s Point Maritime Museum atop the USS Yorktown, where you can explore this retired aircraft carrier and even climb aboard some old military planes on the hangar deck. Head out to Fort Sumter to witness the location where the Civil War began or spend the day hanging out in one of the many historical parks in the area. You can sign up for a walking historical tour or hear legends of the city’s past on a late-night ghost tour.

Whether you’re just visiting Charleston, S.C. or relocating to the area permanently, you’ll quickly realize how much outdoor living is a part of the city’s culture. You can spend your days on one of the nearby professionally designed golf courses, hit the beach any day of the year or simply enjoy the many outdoor spaces and historical areas. No matter what outdoor activities you choose to participate in, you’ll be amazed by the unparalleled natural beauty of the Lowcountry.

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