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Dunes Properties is now a member of Lowcountry Local First. We are 10% shifting!

We at Dunes Properties and The Real Estate Studio are honored to become a part of
Lowcountry Local First
, a community alliance that educates the public on the importance of supporting the local economy, and encourages businesses and consumers to be environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. Lowcountry Local First created the 10% Shift campaign which asks local residents and businesses to shift just 10% of their existing purchases from non-local businesses to Local Independents (locally owned and independent businesses).  By doing so we would see thousands of new jobs created and millions of dollars of new economic activity in the Lowcountry.  We as a company, and as individuals, are committed to exploring ways we can 10% Shift, whether it be by locally sourcing a service we previously outsourced, or by going to one of our great local coffee shops rather than a national chain.

Dunes Properties is one of only two real estate companies in the Lowcountry that is part of Lowcountry Local First, joining 250 other locally-owned companies of all kinds.

Lowcountry Local First has minimum criteria that must be met to join:

  1. Business is privately held.
  2. Business owners who have a controlling interest of more than 50% live in the Lowcountry.
  3. Business make independent decisions regarding the name and look of your business, as well as all business purchasing, practices and distribution.
  4. Business pays all their own marketing, rent, and other business expenses.

We are proud to be able to meet this criteria and more, as since the company’s inception more than 20 years ago, we have always supported our local economy in ways that go beyond helping people to buy and sell homes in the Charleston Area:

1.      More than 70% of our business purchases and services are sourced locally for the Real Estate Division and for our Vacation Rental side, over 90% – from marketing and printing to linen services, insurance, architecture and beyond, we believe in working with the people you know, and your neighbors around you.  Just some of our local vendors include: JR Rowell Printing and Knight Press, Precision Mail, E-Group, Wulburn Koval, Neil Stevenson Architects, South Atlantic Contractors, Lowcountry Linen and Lighthouse Cleaning Services, Wynn & Associates and Crosby and Co.

2.      All of our banking is done with local and regional institutions – We like the local touch and feel, and we like that over the years we’ve formed not only business relationships with our local banks, but also friendships.  Some of the great ones we work with include: Bank of South Carolina and Atlantic Bank and Trust.

Setting up for Guerrilla Cuisine

3.      Support local artists – in our Real Estate Studio space downtown, we offer gallery space to local and regional artists free of charge in an effort to help them promote their art.  In addition, we have held numerous art openings here over the past two years including Rhett Thurman, Carol McGill, Kevin Harrison, and Brownie Harris (in conjunction with Guerrilla Cuisine), and Billy Cone.

4.      Support local non-profit organizations – we donate our Real Estate Studio space to local non-profits so they can host events and raise money to benefit their organizations.  We’ve helped Wings for Kids, The Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Bloom’ in Art among others. We also donate 3-night weekends in a Folly Beach vacation rental home to auctions that benefit local organizations:

5.      Concierge Service – through our concierge service, we help locals and visitors alike enjoy their time in Charleston by making dinner reservations at local restaurants, tee times at local golf courses, even setting up a kayak or jetski rental.

6.      Partnership with Charming Inns of Charleston – through our partnership with Charming Inns, we support each other with business referrals, share our downtown map and allow their guests to utilize our wireless network and computers.

7.      Adopt-a-Highway – Dunes Properties has adopted part of Palm Blvd for more than 10 years.  Every quarter, our agents and employees don their beat up old clothes to clean it up and make this beautiful place we live in, even better.

8.      Doin’ the Dunes on Isle of Palms – for several years our agents
and employees have helped to preserve the IOP beaches by putting up sand fencing and planting sea oats.

9.      Volunteer at the Annual Boone Hall Plantation Oyster Roast – each year in January a team of agents and employees rolls up their sleeves to serve hot steaming oysters to this events 1000s of attendees.

10.  Adopt-a-Family – Each year we adopt a local family in need for the holidays and collect funds and shop for and wrap presents for them through Families Helping Families

11.  Support the Folly Turtle Protection Program – In addition to providing a link to the program’s website from ours, for each of our Vacation Rental guests, we provide information about our Folly turtles and the local efforts to protect them.

These are just some of the ways we work with the local community as a company, and of course our agents and employees get involved in any way they can.  We are proud of all the amazing things they have done over the years!

We at Dunes Properties consider ourselves a family, and an integral part of this Lowcountry community.  For 20 years, we have pursued the ideal that to have a strong economy that creates wealth, stability and buying power for our Charleston citizens, we must keep it local in any way we can.  We must support each other both as individuals and businesses, because in doing so, as we like to say, ‘the rising tide lifts all boats.”  So thanks Lowcountry Local First, for having the vision to create this movement and the resources to pull us all together in one incredible, entrepreneurial, Charleston-lovin’ powerhouse of people.

What’s Up With King St. Construction?

I admit it. I have succumbed to a common Mt. Pleasant mindset. Many of us feel going over the Ravenel Bridge to downtown Charleston is just too darn far. Sure it’s just a 15 minute drive but you have to go “over the bridge.” Because of this silly mindset, I was not aware of what was going on outside Dunes Properties’ own patch of the 200 block of King St. until I started working out of our Real Estate Studio. Our front walkway is a mess of crumbled cement and we have a wooden walkway with handrails from the sidewalk to our door.

The yellow tape looks daunting but it’s really not that difficult to get to us. We’re here and working and ready to help you find anything your heart desires in Charleston so come in! Check out area real estate, get some dining recommendations and admire the Brownie Harris photography on display.

Back to the relevance of this post, what is going on with King St? This transformation on the Market to Broad portion of King St. began in June and completion is anticipated for the spring of 2009. The city is relining the sewer main (this has been completed), putting in a new SCE&G electrical duct bank, a new CWS water main, new street lights, removal of trolley tracks, and putting in blue slate sidewalks, granite curbs and new asphalt for the roadway.

This city just keeps improving.

– Rebecca N.

Guerrilla Cuisine September 21, 2008

What a great event this was to welcome Brownie Harris to Charleston! Fun was had by all 70 guests. Randy welcomed the group and introduced them to The Real Estate Studio and the Studio’s featured artist Brownie Harris.

Just look at how beautifully the Studio was transformed into a dining mecca.

(See more pictures from the evening.)

Jimihatt, McCrady’s cook, started Charleston’s first underground supper club, Guerrilla Cuisine, about a year ago and it has become all the rage. Ours sold out before it was announced!

The guest chef, Kelly Franz of Magnolia’s, prepared a delicious menu featuring fresh fish and locally grown vegetables while Graham Worley and Kris Woodrum entertained us with their dueling guitar play.

The menu: watermelon Gazpacho with a smoked salmon cake; chopped cauliflower salad; pink snapper with eggplant au gratin and vegetables; triggerfish tempura with scalloped sweet potatoes; elegantly finished with “uptown” marguerite cheesecake for dessert.

Visit for next month’s event information.

Brownie Harris’ Grand Opening Reception is Fri., Oct. 3, from 6 – 9 p.m. For more information please contact

Brownie Harris Opens at the Studio

Brownie Harris, world renowned photographer.

opens with and exhibition of portraits spanning 40 years

Oct. 1 – Dec. 1, 2008

Intimate moments and powerful images that showcase not only great American icons,but also an array of Charlestonians are taken from the vast archive of work by the man who began his career in 1972 in New York City. In this new exhibition of over 40 photographs, people can catch an extraordinary glimpse into the lives and spirits of John F. Kennedy Jr., Miles Davis, James Earl Jones, Truman Capote, Sophia Loren, among others, as well as local legends Ben Long, William McCullough and Tyler Blanton.

Harris’ portraits will be presented in Charleston, S.C., from Oct. 1 – Dec. 1, 2008.

Unique in his ability to capture the authentic spirit of his subject in a fraction of a second, Harris demonstrates an innate awareness and ability to subtly reveal their joys, sorrows and unspoken mysteries through his lens. His photograph of John F. Kennedy Jr., taken in 1987, was chosen from over 6,000 by the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum for its warmth and depth of character. It then served as the inspiration for artist Thayer Layton in a commissioned painting, which now hangs in the museum. “It served as a touchtone for the public in their grief over the untimely death of John F. Kennedy Jr.,” says Rebecca Pierce, chairwoman of the museum. The photograph was also featured in both a December 2007 PEOPLE Magazine and Time Inc. book “Gone Too Soon” and as the cover for the Penguin Group Publishers book “Forever Young: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy Jr.”

Harris’ work has also been featured in Forbes Magazine, Time Magazine, Newsweek and the New York Times, and his travels have taken him as far as the Bedouin Desert. His heart lies closer to home now as he celebrates family life with a wife and two young daughters in Wilmington, N.C. “It has been a great honor to work with American legends in my career,” says Harris, “but in this phase of my life, I am drawn to photograph the layperson, the family down the street. Everyone has a story to tell, and capturing the spirit of someone who is not a public figure can be much more challenging, though equally rewarding.” To that end, Brownie Harris will be working on an upcoming project for Legends Magazine.

People have asked, Why Charleston? What brings you here? Harris ventures. “I tell them that Charleston is my second home. It is a place that lures me in with its vitality and colorful characters, and it’s pretty darn beautiful too. During a photo shoot for the Market Pavilion, I remember being up on the roof, watching the moon rise over the harbor, and smelling that scent of salty air and pluff mud blowing across the peninsula. From that moment on I was hooked.” Harris has since been an active member in the Charleston community, even providing a Live Auction Portrait Session at The Circle of Light Gala 2007 to benefit Darkness To Light.

Harris’ repertoire also includes architecture, industrial masterpieces and lifetime memories. His most recent photographs and portraits can be seen in the Baker Motor Company‘s Fine Art Book, Legends Magazine and Garden & Gun Magazine. He is frequently commissioned for both private and corporate photography. After 23 years in New York and Paris, he now resides in Wilmington, North Carolina where he continues to work in all aspects of photography, which can be seen at

The Real Estate Studio at 214 King St. will be hosting the exhibition as well as the opening night celebration on Oct. 3, 2008, at 6 p.m. For more information, please email

Celeste Fortier