Isle of Palms Office

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

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31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
843.588.3800

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11 Fulton Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.5618

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1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.768.9800

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835 Coleman Blvd Ste. 200
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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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

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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
Join us at LoFi Brewing to celebrate Charleston’s burgeoning coffee culture, featuring local and non-local coffee roasters, artisans, coffee competitors, and kids activities. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Everything Under the Sun: The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Living in the Lowcountry

outdoor activities charleston sc

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.

hot temps charleston sc

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

kiawah golf course charleston sc

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.

folly beach pier charleston sc

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.

folly beach morris island lighthouse

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.

boating charleston sc

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

king street shopping Charletson SC

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

Angel Oak Charleston SC

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

fort sumter charleston sc

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.

Charleston Area Market Stats Through August 2019 (and other news)

Thanks to the recent lowering of federal interest rates in July, consumer confidence is up, and many homeowners have taken advantage by choosing to refinance their homes. On the other hand, a lack of affordable inventory and the continuation of high housing prices continue to affect the housing market. As we move into fall, buyers are encouraged to keep and eye on the market, and remained poised to act when the time is right.

Closed Sales -4.6% | Median Sales Price +9.4% |  Months Supply -12.5%

Market Statistics by Area

Featured Property

JUST LISTED ON FOLLY BEACH!  306 East Huron Avenue
Nothing beats owning deep water property on Folly Beach! With an existing dock out back, short stroll to the beach out front, and an adorable old-Folly style cottage,this is the perfect place to call home. For more info visit: bit.ly/306EastHuron.

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A Newlyweds’ Guide to the Perfect Charleston Honeymoon

Honeymoon Charleston SC

People travel from across the country, and the world, to visit one of South Carolina’s most-loved cities—Charleston. Named both Best City in the World and Best City in the U.S. by the readers of Travel + Leisure, Charleston captivates travelers of all ages and cultures with its history and natural beauty. For engaged couples trying to pick a honeymoon destination, the Holy City should be at the top of your list. Few things are more romantic than the enchanting Spanish moss that drapes the live oaks growing throughout the area and the charming pastel colors of the antebellum-style homes in downtown Charleston. A Charleston honeymoon is the perfect option for any couple looking for a mix of relaxation and adventure. Learn more about all that the city has to offer–from gorgeous boutique hotels to exciting activities.

Your Guide to the Perfect Charleston Honeymoon

Places to Stay

When planning your honeymoon, you tend to pay special attention to every single aspect of the vacation, more so than you might for a normal trip. This means finding the perfect place to spend your stay. With so many people flocking to Charleston for the annual events, outstanding weather and plethora of activities, there is no shortage of options for accommodations. Before you begin looking into places to stay in Charleston, consider what type of honeymoon you’re hoping to have.

  • Vacation Rentals: Newlyweds seeking a laid-back, beachside trip should definitely consider a rental on Folly Beach. You’ll have all the comforts of a home while also having one of Charleston’s best beaches right in your backyard. Though there are several other beaches in the area, Folly is the perfect place for young couples looking to spend time alone while also having plenty of options for bars with a lively nightlife. Isle of Palms in Mount Pleasant is another great area when booking a vacation rental. Here, you’ll discover regular volleyball tournaments, events like live music and delicious local cafes and restaurants. For your Charleston honeymoon, vacation rentals offer couples more room and privacy during their stay. If you’re planning to take a long honeymoon, a rental is an especially good idea as you’ll have access to more amenities.

Charleston SC Couples Honeymoon Vacation Rental

  • Boutique Hotels: Downtown Charleston is home to dozens of boutique hotels offering luxurious experiences to guests. You can find locations at the center of the city allowing for easy access to all the shops, restaurants, bars and activities you’re hoping to do during your stay. If you decide to spring for the particularly luxurious hotels, you’ll be able to experience top-notch service and amenities. For anyone hoping to enjoy a home-cooked meal with fresh-caught seafood and local produce, you’ll probably want to opt for the vacation rental and the additional freedom to make yourself feel at home.

Best Restaurants in Charleston

Romantic Restaurants Charleston, SC

For a Romantic Night

  • Fulton Five: Touted as the most romantic restaurant in Charleston, Fulton Five is located on a charming little street in downtown Charleston that splits off from the bustling Market Street area giving this restaurant a tucked-away ambiance. The elegant inside is an ideal setting for a romantic night with your new husband or wife, and the menu boasts delectable Italian dishes like an espresso-crusted filet, grilled lamb ribs, scallop risotto and an entire list of homemade pasta options.

Hall’s Chophouse: When local Charlestonians want to celebrate something big, Hall’s Chophouse is one of the first restaurants to come to mind. If you’re spending your honeymoon in Charleston, you should definitely make a reservation at this highly regarded steakhouse with an incredible selection of meat cuts and marinating styles—both wet-aged and dry-aged. The side dishes at one of the finest restaurants in the city are served family-style, allowing each diner to select their perfect cut of meat and mix it with a number of other dishes, including creamed spinach and lobster mac and cheese.

Circa 1886: Housed inside the carriage house of the historic Wentworth Mansion, Circa 1886 has a romantic and unique atmosphere perfect for a special date. Dine at this highly regarded establishment for a taste of world-class cuisine while taking in the beautiful architecture of this important structure. Working alongside a group of local farmers and fishermen, the crew at Circa 1886 serve up authentic and fresh Southern cuisine. The menu includes Fried Red Hen with roasted shallot gravy, Broken Arrow Access Venison and Rainbow Trout paired with ramp pudding.

For an Authentic Taste of the City’s Cuisine

Bowens Island Restaurant: Sometimes the more authentic restaurants can be found in the least likely places, which is exactly the case when it comes to Bowens Island Restaurant. This no-frills fish shack is located about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston on James Island while headed towards Folly Beach. It’s easy to miss the turn, so keep a lookout for a large, green sign announcing the entrance to the small barrier island. At the end of the road, you’ll find a humble-looking building surrounded by piles of oyster shells. Inside, the walls are covered with decades’ worth of diners’ graffiti, and the menu offers a simple selection of oysters, shrimp, fish and hushpuppies. But what Bowens Island Restaurant lacks in decor, its more than makes up for in flavor and fresh-tasting seafood. Be sure to order a tray of oysters, which the restaurant receives right from the source on a daily basis and prepares them downstairs over an open fire. To catch one of the area’s famous Folly Beach sunsets, plan to head to the restaurant in the evening and grab a sit on the back deck.

Gaulart & Maliclet Fast and French: Although Fast and French is a traditional French restaurant, it’s a cute, favorite spot for locals looking for a more laid-back night. Pop in for lunch and dig into the soup du jour or one of the many tasty sandwiches. In the evenings, you can choose from a number of chicken du jour dinners, seafood plates or fondue for two. Be sure to check the restaurant’s weekly specials to enjoy perks like chef’s choice fondue night.

Xiao Bao Biscuit: Converted from an abandoned, old gas station into a popular pan-Asian restaurant, Xiao Bao Biscuit has some of the most unique food in Charleston. You can sit inside at the trendy bar or outside at a picnic table beneath the restored gas station awning. If you’re trying to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, order several different dishes here and split them with your significant other. But, you have to place an order for the restaurant’s most popular item, okonomiyaki, a kind of Japanese cabbage pancake which you must order with the farm egg and pork candy on top.

For an Evening Cocktail

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After a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant or a relaxing meal at a local haunt, hit the town with your honey for a post-dinner cocktail. If there’s one thing Charleston does not have a shortage of, it’s bars and restaurants. While you can certainly find a number of dive bars in the area like Cutty’s or Burn’s Alley, there are also dozens of classy bars to pop in for a quick cocktail.

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits: This bar on top of downtown’s hotel known as The Restoration is often cited as having one of the best rooftop views in the entire city. You can watch the sunset over the Holy City’s many church steeples and get a great view of the city below. If you’re popping in before dinner, you can share several small plates like the crab cakes, charcuterie board or fried Brussels sprouts paired with a house cocktail. If you want to catch the sunset from the outdoor section of the bar, it’s best to arrive well in advance and grab a table early.

The Gin Joint: Just past the intersection of Market Street and East Bay Street, the Gin Joint is a unique but hidden little bar with a small front patio area and a dimly lit indoor ambiance. The handcrafted cocktails here are some of the best drinks in the city, combining unusual elements like spicy and sour. The trifold paper menus and small tucked away location almost make you feel as though you’re stepping into a prohibition-era bar. If you’re having a tough time selecting a cocktail, the Gin Joint offers guests the option to select two adjectives from a list of options–like “tart” and “sweet”–and the bartender will create a surprise drink to match your taste.

  • The Rarebit: Rarebit is a popular destination on Upper King Street known for serving late-night breakfast and top-notch Moscow mules. If you head here for happy hour, you can snag the mules for just $6 each, or if you head in after a long night out, you can pair your drink with the track breakfast of two eggs, bacon, Geechie Boy grits and toast. While it’s a great place for a cocktail or a nightcap, the dinner menu is also delicious with one of the best country fried steaks in the city.

Charleston Honeymoon Activities

Visit the Angel Oak Tree

Explore the natural beauty of the Lowcountry when you make the drive out to Johns Island where the Angel Oak tree continues to grow after hundreds of years. Though no one knows the tree’s exact age, it’s believed that the Angel Oak has been around for some 400 years, making it one of the largest and oldest live oaks in the entire world. When you pay a visit to the area, it’s astonishing to take in its size and sense the almost mystical atmosphere that surrounds the great tree. For anyone taking a Charleston honeymoon, Angel Oak is the perfect place for a great picture of the newlyweds.

Angel Oak Charleston SC

Spend the Day Kayaking

When visiting Charleston, it would be a shame to miss out on the many water activities. You can rent kayaks on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant or Bowens Island on James Island for reasonable prices and spend the day with your significant other, exploring the waterways and marshlands of the Lowcountry.

couples kayaking in Charleston SC

Explore Historical Sites

Established in 1670, Charleston played a major role in both the Revolutionary and Civil War, making it the ideal destination for any history buffs. To experience and learn about the city’s history, you can embark on a self-guided tour of downtown, making stops along the way at spots like the Battery—the actual location where the first shots of the Civil War took place. If you want a full picture of the area’s history, you’ll have to head outside downtown and visit some of the area’s plantations or take the ferry out to Fort Sumter.

Sail on the Schooner Pride

Spend a day sailing on the water through the Charleston Harbor on one of the Schooner Pride sailboat tours. You can opt to take a two-hour afternoon, sunset or moonlight tour with a group of others, or book a private charter to give you and your sweetheart time alone on the water taking in the scenery and enjoying the light ocean breeze.

Lounge on the Beach

No Charleston honeymoon would be complete without days spent on one (or more!) of the gorgeous beaches. At the very end of Folly Beach, there is a little-known area called the Morris Island Lighthouse Preserve, where you can spend time on the beach amongst picturesque driftwood with a view of the Morris Island Lighthouse, one of the few lighthouses near Charleston, S.C. Stick around after the sun starts to fade to see one of the famous Folly Beach sunsets from this intimate spot on the beach.

beach picnic Charleston SC

Charleston is both a romantic and exciting destination for newlyweds to explore together. Choose to stay in a vacation rental for extra room during your Charleston honeymoon and make sure you have plenty of time for an elegant date, a Folly Beach sunset and a trip to the Angel Oak tree. But, no matter what activities you and your sweetheart decide to do, you’re sure to fall in love with Charleston just as much as you’ve fallen in love with each other.

Charleston Area Market Stats Through July 2019 (and other news)

In a much anticipated move, The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade at the close of its July meeting . While it was stated this will not be an ongoing trend, it is seen as a precaution for what the future holds. Regardless of further cuts, the U.S. market remains favorable with a strong labor market, solid consumer spending and relatively high stock valuations.

Closed Sales +6.5% | Median Sales Price +4.1% |  Months Supply -7.7%

Market Statistics by Area

Featured Property

JUST REDUCED $100,000! 410 Patriot Street, Sullivan’s Island
This beautifully appointed coastal home was thoughtfully planned featuring 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, heart of pine floors, an extra-wide screened porch and stunning rooftop deck with some of the best panoramic views of the island!

 

Upcoming Events in Charleston

Charleston Summer Wine Festival

Summer Wine Festival

Charleston Summer Wine Festival  August 17
Sip the night away as Charleston Wine Festivals hosts the first Charleston Summer Wine Festival at Memminger Auditorium on Saturday, August 17, 2019, 6pm-10pm. Enjoy over 50 wines, mimosas, beer, live music & DJ.

2019 Grape Stomp Festival  August 24
The 2019 Stomp Festival promises to be THE event of the year at Deep Water Vineyard. Join us Saturday, August 24th from 10am- 5pm.

Lowcountry Jazz Festival

SC Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival   August 25
It doesn’t get much better than Jamaican Jerk foods paired with wine, reggae music, and a stroll around beautiful Magnolia Gardens – all while benefiting a good cause! Sunday, August 25th, 12-7pm

Lowcountry Jazz Festival   August 31 – September 1
South Carolina’s premiere annual Smooth Jazz event returns to the Charleston Gaillard Center Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st with a stellar lineup of superstar artists and up and coming instrumentalists and vocalists.

Charleston Area Market Stats through May 2018

Market Stats

Many sellers and builders are in a good position for financial gains, as the economy continues to favor putting existing homes on the market and building new homes for sale. We are finally beginning to see some upward movement in new listings after at least two years of a positive outlook. There may not be massive increases in inventory from week to week, but a longer-term trend toward more new listings would be a good sign. Low inventory should continue to create a competitive situation for buyers, causing price increases over the next several months.

Market Stats

Market Stats

Market Statistics by Area

Charleston Area Market Statistics Through December 2017

Charleston Area Market Statistics

The facts of residential real estate have remained consistent in 2017. In year-overyear comparisons, the number of homes for sale has been fewer in most locales, and homes have been selling in fewer days for higher prices. This hasn’t always been true, but it has been a common enough storyline to make it an overarching trend for the year.

New tax legislation could have ramifications on housing. The White House believes that the tax reform bill will have a small impact on home prices, lowering them by less than 4 percent, and could conceivably boost homeownership. The National Association of REALTORS® has stated that eliminating the mortgage interest deduction could hurt housing, as the doubled standard deduction would reduce the desire to take out a mortgage and itemize the interest associated with it, thus reducing demand.

New Listings + 6.7% |  Pending Sales +16.6% | Inventory -12.1%

Market Statistics by Area

A Local’s Guide to Explore Charleston’s Cemeteries

Charleston’s cemeteries are worth seeing year-round, but autumn is one of the best times to visit. Mild temperatures have finally replaced the oppressive summer humidity, and the fall foliage provides the perfect backdrop to the Holy City’s beautiful cemeteries.

The stunning architecture, gorgeous gardens, and rich history of Charleston’s cemeteries attract locals and visitors alike. While there are countless cemeteries in the Holy City that are begging to be explored, we’ve rounded up a few that simply can’t be missed.

Here is your local’s guide to Charleston’s most unforgettable cemeteries:

Charleston's Cemetaries

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Magnolia Cemetery

Sprawling with live oaks draped in Spanish moss, Magnolia Cemetery is a place of ancient, Southern beauty. Located north of downtown Charleston, the cemetery is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Founded in 1849 and opened in 1850, Magnolia Cemetery is the oldest public cemetery in Charleston and is home to many prominent Southern families and politicians, including Thomas Bennett, Langdon Cheves, William Aiken, Jr., and Robert Barnwell Rhett.

The burial grounds are also the final resting place of many Confederate soldiers and five generals, as well as the entire crew of the H.L. Hunley, the famous Civil War submarine that sunk after its attack upon the Union warship known as the U.S.S. Housatonic. If you are one of the many visitors who is fascinated by the Hunley crew, then consider touring the Hunley on the old Charleston Navy Base in North Charleston.

Today, Magnolia Cemetery is one of the best examples of Victorian architecture and features an array of historic monuments on her grounds.

Insider Tip: If you’re visiting Charleston in mid-October, the annual Confederate Ghost Walk at Magnolia Cemetery is a must-see event. This 1.5-hour tour is presented by over 200 actors who will reenact historic scenarios in candlelight. You can get your tickets here.

Coming Street Cemetery

Founded in 1762 by Sephardi Jews, Coming Street Cemetery is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the South and the second oldest Jewish cemetery in the United States. Located downtown in the Cannonborough and Elliottborough neighborhood, the cemetery is owned by the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) Congregation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Coming Street Cemetery is the final resting place of many famous Jewish Charlestonians, including Dr. Columbus DaVega, who designed and built a floating infirmary ship during the Civil War, and Moses D. Cohen, Beth Elohim’s first religious leader. You’ll also find the tombstones of those who fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Seminole Wars, and the Civil War.

Insider Tip: Don’t think that you can stop by the cemetery at any time. The Coming Street cemetery can be toured by appointment only, so be sure to call them before you drop by.

From the outside, anyone can admire the beautiful wrought-iron fence that surrounds the cemetery. However, nothing beats being able to look closely at the lovely tombstones that reflect the rich history of Charleston’s Jewish community.

St. Philip’s West Cemetery

One of the most photographed churches in Charleston, St. Philip’s Church is a magnificent sight to see with its white stucco brick and Roman porticoes, but their historic cemetery located just across the street is not to be missed.

Located on Church Street in the French Quarter, the St. Philip’s West Cemetery is surrounded by some of the oldest and most detailed wrought-iron railings in the city. Step inside, and you will see many beautiful and famous tombstones, including those of John C. Calhoun, Charles Pinckney, and Rawlins Lowndes.

Volunteers of St. Philip’s Church will gladly tell you all about the fascinating history of the church and of the notable figures buried at the West Cemetery. One thing they won’t tell you about? The haunting tale of Sue Howard.

Gaston Hardy and his pregnant wife, Sue Howard, were parishioners at St. Philip’s Church in 1888. Sue Howard gave birth to a stillborn and tragically died from labor complications days later.

But it’s the eerie photograph that was snapped on the 99th anniversary of Sue Howard’s death that has made the graveyard one of the most haunted places in Charleston. Take a ghost tour and tour guides will show you the photo, which is believed to show a ghostly figure crying over the grave of her stillborn.

Insider Tip: Despite the spooky tale of Sue Howard, the cemetery is otherwise peaceful and quiet. If you want to explore both the church and the cemetery, be sure to go on a weekend (the church is closed during the weekdays).

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Circular Congregation Church Cemetery

Located on Meeting Street, the Circular Church graveyard is the oldest burial ground in Charleston and contains over five hundred gravestones, some of which date back to as early as 1695. For those who are deeply interested in gravestone art, this cemetery is a must-see on your visit to Charleston.

The oldest gravestones are made from slate stones which were carved and shipped from New England. Many upper-class families in Charleston enjoyed having their portraits painted, and gravestone portraits would become a trend in the Holy City during the 18th century.

In addition to graveyard portraits, the Circular Church Cemetery is full of colonial-era tombstones that feature carvings of unique symbols based on biblical passages. Although some parts of the cemetery were destroyed by a British cannonball in 1780, the church has managed to restore much of the area and preserve one of Charleston’s most unique graveyards.

Insider Tip: If you wish to read the epithets and admire the artwork at the Circular Church Cemetery, plan to spend at least an hour here. Afterward, you can walk a few blocks over to Pearlz Oyster Bar for some delicious fried oysters or sautéed sea scallops.

Charleston's Cemeteries

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Unitarian Church Cemetery

Located on Archdale Street, the Unitarian Church Cemetery is a unique area to visit. At first glance, the overgrown plants and wildflowers can be mistaken for a neglected churchyard. However, the sidewalks are clear and the untamed nature is intentional.

This deliberate overgrowth creates a wild beauty that lures visitors in and makes them feel as though they’ve been transported back in time. Of course, the Unitarian Church cemetery is also said to be haunted, and this natural growth lends itself well to the ghost stories that tour companies like to tell.

In fact, many believe that the Unitarian Church Cemetery is the subject of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “Annabelle Lee,” which told the tale of a woman who would meet her lover in the Unitarian Church Cemetery each night. This cemetery is another popular stop on many ghost walking tours and worth a visit, whether you are there for the ghost stories or for its beautiful and historic headstones.

Insider Tip: Don’t be fooled by the ghostly tales of the cemetery. During the day, the old trees and Spanish moss make the graveyard a place of timeless beauty that makes it perfect for an afternoon stroll.

Also, keep your eyes out for a stucco-brick memorial dedicated to the slaves who helped build the Unitarian Church. Built in 2013, the memorial uses some of the original brick from the church to honor the enslaved.

African-American Cemeteries

There is no shortage of historic cemeteries marking the final resting place of Charleston’s prominent white families. But what about African-Americans?

Finding the burial grounds of African-American slaves has proven difficult. Only a handful of 18th and 19th-century maps and slats show slave cemeteries in South Carolina. One of the most well-studied slave cemeteries was discovered just outside of Charleston when a motel was being constructed.

Making things increasingly difficult is the fact that many slaves were often buried without grave markers in slave cemeteries. Even after Emancipation, many former slaves continued to bury their family members in these cemeteries.

Dating back to 1790, Drayton Hall has one of the oldest African-American cemeteries in the nation that is still in use. It is called “A Sacred Place” and open to public visitation.

After the Civil War, African-Americans began constructing their own cemeteries. Graveyards were segregated for many years, and it was not uncommon for city officials to build on top of burial grounds.

Today, black burial grounds are still at risk, but many organizations have been established to help protect and preserve this treasured part of Charleston’s history. One successful attempt to preserve an African-American cemetery is the restoration of a cemetery on Sullivan’s Island. The island has a rich African-American history that was in danger of being lost, but members of the community worked hard to protect the graveyard and establish boundaries around the site.

Charleston's Cemeteries

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Charleston Gravestone Art

Charleston is home to many beautifully carved tombstones and monuments, some of which are massive and imposing, and others that are small yet historically significant.

Charleston’s gravestone art gives us a unique glimpse into her past, from early times as a young colony to the Revolutionary War and beyond. From the intricately carved symbols and portraits to the epithets written on tombstones, there is much that we can learn about the cultural, religious, artistic, and social backgrounds of those who lie beneath these stones.

You don’t need to be an artist or history buff to enjoy Charleston’s gravestone art. However, it does help to have some context before you explore the city’s most iconic cemeteries.

18th Century Gravestone Art

The 18th century was the peak of Charleston’s tombstone making. Prior to then, most tombstones were made of field stones or wooden slabs, most of which have crumbled and decayed.

These early tombstones provide key insight into those who founded Charleston. Made from slate or sandstone, many of the monuments from this time bore symbols of the crossbones, skulls, hourglasses, and epithets in Latin which emphasized the brevity of life.

Wealthier Charlestonian families purchased tombstones from New England carvers to distinguish themselves from the middle-class. Some even purchased tombstones from England and had them imported to the States.

19th Century Gravestone Art

By the 18th century, tombstone messages changed to reflect the attitudes of Charlestonians during the Great Awakening. Rather than focus on the certainty of death, tombstone motifs began using angels with wings to emphasize the salvation of Christ.

The darker slate stone was replaced by lighter-colored marble markers, and softer symbols such as rosebuds, willows, and urns would be commonplace. Skeletal heads also began taking on fleshier facial features, particularly the eyes, nose, and lips.

This is around the time when portraitures became a popular trend in Charleston, where natural representations of the deceased were carved on tombstones. To see a few stunning portraitures, be sure to stop by the Circular Church Cemetery.

20th Century Gravestone Art

During the 20th century, granite was replacing marble, and gravestones were much less elaborate. By the mid-20th century, most graves were being mass-produced and individual stone monuments were no longer created. Bronze markers that were embedded in the ground became a common practice.

Charleston's Cemeteries

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Recommendations for Further Reading

Interested in learning more about Charleston’s graveyard art? You won’t find a better source of information than David Mould and Missy Loewe’s Historic Gravestone Art of Charleston, South Carolina.

The book covers all of Charleston’s most iconic churches and delves into the symbols and motifs in detail. It is a must-read if you plan to explore the many historic cemeteries around Charleston.

Final Thoughts

No visit to Charleston is complete without exploring some of her hauntingly beautiful cemeteries. With their beautifully carved tombstones, rich history, and Southern Gothic ambiance, Charleston’s cemeteries have attracted historians, authors, nature enthusiasts, and more from across the world to experience their ancient charm for themselves.

 

Date Ideas for James Island Couples

Date Ideas for James Island Couples

Don’t let everyday stress get to you and your partner — get out and about in your own ’hood and get refreshed! From day dates outside to late, groovin’ nights, there’s a lot you can do in James Island that’ll have you and your significant other forgetting your troubles in no time. Here are a few ideas:

Looking for a great day date?  We suggest:

  1. Wild Blue Ropes

Feeling adventurous? Head to Wild Blue Ropes for some scary good fun with its high-climbing ropes course. WBR is not only known for its team building courses for corporate clients, but also its Couples Climb, which is $50 a pair.

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    James Island County Park

What CAN’T you do at James Island County Park? We recommend the climbing wall to really get you out of your head, but if it’s hot outside and you’re in the mood to relax, head to Splash Zone Waterpark. If it’s closed, check out the pedal boat and kayak rentals.  You can even bring Fido so the whole family can enjoy the fresh air at the best dog park in Charleston.

  1. Brewery Hop

Yes, James Island has not one, but two breweries now! Go have some fun with a brewery tasting at Low Tide Brewing and Tradesmen Brewing. Low Tide also offers fun events from time to time, like live music, Pints and Painting nights, and more, while Tradesman Brewing is known for its Bendy Brewski Yoga in addition to Hot Dogs and Pints happy hours.

For the more traditional late date:

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    Terrace Theater + Zia

Dinner and a movie is still the perfect date night, after all these years. Located on Maybank Highway, Zia is a cool little Tex-Mex spot with a delicious margarita menu and some of the city’s most talked-about quesadillas. Go early and then head next door to the Terrace Theater, which is Charleston’s art house theater. Featuring independent films you won’t find at a blockbuster cinema, the Terrace also serves beer, wine, and nifty snacks — if you’re still hungry!

  1. Pour House + The Lot

There’s a lot to do in this little corner of James Island. Located across the street from the Terrace (and near Riverland Terrace neighborhood), the Pour House is one of Charleston’s most prominent music venues. There’s music here every day of the week: free shows on the back deck at 6:30 p.m. and regional and national/international acts — all genres, like Charles Bradley, Of Montreal, Blackalicious, Sturgill Simpson — on the inside stage later on. On Sundays, there’s an all-day Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market out back while a soul/gospel band plays on the deck stage. They serve Cuban-fused food at the Pour House via their own food truck attached to the deck as well as next door at the Lot, a renowned farm-to-table restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

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    Charleston Performing Arts Center + Stereo 8

Stereo 8 is relatively new to the island. It’s known for being themed around music, which is why local artists perform there on the patio every week. The menu is varied and includes duck confit, pad thai, a burger, tacos, and ramen. In the mood for a musical? Located on Folly Road — not far from the restaurant — the Charleston Performing Arts Center presents stage productions performed by mostly locals, like the recent Dreamgirls,The Revue. Disco, “a celebration of those boogie nights and moves that gave us all Saturday Night Fever,” will run until Oct. 23 and will be followed by Holiday Cabaret, just in time for Christmas.

 

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