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Looking for things to do in West Ashley? From the always fun West Ashley Park to the brand new farmer’s market and Higgins Pier, there’s a lot of inexpensive (and free!) ways to spend your time outside west of the Ashley River. Here are four of our favorites:
The West Ashley Bikeway starts at Wappoo Road, crosses Highway 61/St Andrews Boulevard, and continues all the way to the beautiful Ashley River, connecting residential neighborhoods along the way, like Sherwood Forest, Maryville, and Ashleyville. And this is a particularly exciting time for the Bikeway, since this summer, Higgins Pier officially opened at the end of the path on the River. The last stretch of the path before the pier is a peaceful one surrounded by forests before giving way to the magnificent view of the marsh. At the pier, you may fish, launch a kayak, or simply meditate with a book under the covered pier head and while away a lovely Charleston Day.
The West Ashley Greenway is a sacred thing for nearby residents, who use the part-asphalt, part-dirt trail for running, walking dogs, and biking. The path is over eight miles long, extending from Wesley Drive (the South Windermere neighborhood) and nearly to Main Road, Johns Island. Along the way is everything from lush, wooded areas, where you can still find fireflies if you go at the perfect hour, to the breathtaking Lowcountry marsh. Go for a walk around 5.30 p.m. and you’ll likely pass many of your neighbors as it’s the most popular time of day to venture out. Don’t forget your bike lights if you go after dark, since the area is not well lit.
Ackerman Park – 55 Sycamore Avenue
This is a two-in-one spot, since you get both produce galore in the great outdoors, plus there’s a dog park — so everyone’s happy, pups included. Launching today, Wed. Sept. 21, 2016, the West Ashley’s farmer’s market is a huge, welcome addition to the area, since with it comes boocoos of both established and fresh, new producers and food products. Get in on the action while you can, because this farmer’s market only goes every Wednesday until October 26.
3601 Mary Ader Avenue
Off Glenn McConnell Highway, you’ll find an oasis from the freeway at West Ashley Park, one of Charleston’s largest recreational parks. The park is 260 acres large, comprising everything from playgrounds (two) and a basketball court to a soccer field and an 18-hole disc golf course, which brings sports lovers of all ages and levels of expertise. Walk on the lush path past gorgeous swamps to a serene pond, where fishermen cast their lines and watch wild birds wander about. Bring your pups, too, because the park also boasts a dog park.
What’s your favorite outdoor spot in West Ashley?
Around this time last year there were 7,030 sales at a median price of $190,907 in the Charleston region. Last August alone the median price was $199,414 and 1,034 homes were sold. This year, August has proven to be a great month for real estate with 1,278 homes sold at a median price of $217,462, according to the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®.
Year-to-date, not only have sales increased by 24%, but the median price has risen by 7.6%. Additionally, homes are selling almost one month faster than they were last year.
2013 Multiple Listing Service (MLS) President, Dave Sansom, says that this unanticipated progress will keep our market stable. “Looking at the year-to-date figures, we are positioned to finish 2013 with significant gains in sales volume and healthy, steady growth in prices.”
Inventory and rising mortgage rates have also been changing this year. Luckily, it appears that year-to-date there are about 5,700 homes for sale, which means that the current market is stabilized in the Charleston region. In regards to mortgage rates, CTAR President, Owen Tyler, remarked that the “minimal increases have not soured the demand for residential real estate in Charleston,” and that “buyer activity and interest is still very strong.”
Charleston County is also seeing the lowest average for the amount of time that homes are on the market so far this year, with a current average of about 77 days.