On Logan Street between Broad and Queen in Harleston Village, just a few doors down from the Queen Street Grocery, this imaginative and generous man put this out in front of his home. Just one more reason I love living in this Harleston Village neighborhood.
I’ve actually learned that the Little Free Library is a worldwide project! This one at 65 Logan is the only one in Charleston so far, though there are several others in South Carolina. You can find more information here. It’s pretty inspiring.
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It’s not as fun as The Daily Mirror, but visit the New York Post online and you’re just as likely to end up losing an hour online with all the salacious news and gossip abounding on every page. And while doing just that, I found Charleston, South Carolina is in the news again.
The New York Post dared to question Charleston voted as Conde Nast Traveler’s favorite city in the world and top US city. But they came around to the charms of Charleston.
The historic, walkable, (pleasantly) spooky Lowcountry port city of Charleston, S.C., earned the No. 1 spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top U.S. Cities” list for the past two years, and in 2012 readers named it their favorite city in the world. In the world? Really? New York City ranked a measly No. 5, so it all seemed a bit suspicious . . . until we saw it for ourselves.
So what are you waiting for? Book one of our vacation rentals and see for yourself firsthand the historic, friendly, beautiful wonder that is Charleston, South Carolina.
Read The New York Post story here.
CHARLESTON, SC: WHERE THE SKY IS BLUE 365 DAYS A YEAR
JetBlue Announces Daily, Nonstop Air Service to Charleston International Airport CHARLESTON, S.C. (September 12, 2012) — The sky over the Charleston area will be blue regardless of weather beginning February 28, 2013, when JetBlue begins daily nonstop air service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport to Charleston International Airport.
Book your ticket – pack your bags – and don’t forget to visit the Islands of Seabrook and Kiawah Island – on Charleston’s doorstep. Stop in to Bohicket Marina, conveniently nestled between the two communities – gather your real estate information from The Kiawah Seabrook Group.
You know that you’ll want to come back y’all!!!
There are so many wonderful neighborhoods in Charleston and if I knew about them all before I moved here, I don’t know that I could have made a decision as to where to live. See, I’m the just take a leap and go kind of gal. I moved here site unseen. We found a great little place in old Mount Pleasant (up a bit from the Old Village) and nearly 14 years later, I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home.
You could do man on the street interviews anywhere in town and ask what Charleston area is the best to live in and most people will rave over their own neighborhood. I’m not any different.
Mount Pleasant’s revitalized Pitt St. Bridge in the Old Village
I love that I can walk a few blocks or less to get a beer, a great sushi dinner, pick out a new area rug and fabric for reupholstering my sofa, grab a latte, have a picnic with a harbor view, buy a new outfit, hit up Pitt St. Pharmacy for a wonderful Cherry Coke or ice cream, and more! Fourth of July is awesome because I can ride by bike down to the old Pitt Street Bridge (which is now a beautiful little park- like area) and see the fireworks from the Isle of Palms, James Island, and Mount Pleasant. And before the Christmas parade that goes down Coleman, there is a fireworks display that beats Fourth of July’s.
Old Mt. Pleasant is kind of in the heart of everything- we’re close to downtown, West Ashley, and the beaches of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. It’s pedestrian and bike friendly, fragrant blooms fill many yards as you walk past you can smell them in the air, and it’s a place where people pass you by and say “Hi.” There are dogs being walked, kids riding bikes, moms and dads taking their babies for a stroll, joggers and power walkers. Old Mount Pleasant is home and more importantly, it feels like home. I really can’t imagine living anywhere else.
The Charleston Coast has some of the best porches, patios and decks around. Why? Because of the extraordinary views of course. The ocean, the marsh, lagoon, pool, and palmettos.
by Kristin B. Walker, dunes properties of Charleston agent, 843.412.3333
Downtown Charleston Restaurant Openings – December has seen (and will see) a slew of restaurant openings Downtown.
The Ordinary – Mike Lata’s (of FIG) new oyster hall on Upper King
The Rutledge Cab Co. – Bob Carter and Bill Murray’s (yes, THE Bill Murray) new place in Wagener Terrace
The Rarebit – a 60s chic diner on Upper King
The Green Door – a creative cuisine dive joint off East Bay
Republic Reign (in Chai’s old spot on Upper King) will be opening on New Years Eve.
All this in one month, on our tiny little Peninsula!
-Kristin Walker, 843.412.3333
Colonial Lake in Downtown Charleston has been written about time and again and enjoyed by many. It’s a place for fishing, festivals, kayaking (once a year), birds, walkers, joggers, baby strollers, the old and the young. That’s why I was pleased to read recently that Charleston has plans to improve the park.
As reported by The Post and Courier, the immediate plans include restoring the quality of the water. They will then be restoring the seawalls and walking paths, adding flower beds, and planting more than 90 trees. What beautiful and exciting improvements these will be. Below is a link to further explain what the city will be doing.
Here are just a few beautiful shots taken.
Christmas can be expensive and frantic but there are so many things in Charleston to do to get into the Christmas spirit. Here are some of the things that my family does every year to experience Christmas in Charleston.
The first thing to set off the season is the Parade of Boats – FREE
My family goes to watch the Parade of Boats in early December. We head downtown to one of the docks with our “camping” chairs, a thermos full of hot chocolate and our coats, hats and scarves (it gets cold along the water, burr). The boats and kayakers pass by going from Mt. Pleasant, under the Ravenel bridge and then circle around downtown. They are decorated to the max, some silly, some pretty awesome and all of them in the spirit of the season. This isn’t about advertising a business or getting a message across; it’s just for the joy and fun of it. What could be better?
The following day is the Christmas Parade – FREE
The Christmas Parade is fun and silly. There are all types of floats, groups walking, dogs, schools performing musical numbers, and just everyone having a grand time. The parade goes from Calhoun street, down King Street to Lockwood Blvd. People are lining the streets enjoying everything from basset hounds and belly dancers to decorated boats, horses, fire trucks and of course Santa. This is not a big fancy parade with giant, elaborate floats but that’s what makes it so perfect.
We would never miss the Festival of Lights at James Island County Park – $12-$15 per vehicle.
We load up the car with the family and drive to James Island County Park. There are lights galore with all sorts of moving designs and decorations. Not only is the three mile drive around the park fun but getting out at Santa’s Village or Winter Wonderland is a treat. Walking on the paths there are lights in the woods, music playing and lit decorations of animals and butterflies. It feels magical. We get a new family ornament every year to put on our tree, ride the carousel and eat GIANT marshmallows roasted on the fire.
Christmas would not be the same without participating in these three events every year. If you have never checked them out I would recommend it highly.
Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research for the National Association of Realtors, delivered the keynote address and discussed the Charleston real estate market last Wednesday for area members of Charleston Trident Association of Realtors. He had lots of good things to say about the Charleston market in general. Read the whole story and watch the videos HERE.
Now what does all this mean to you as a homeowner, Buyer, or Seller? Be sure to talk to your agent, they are there for you whenever you have a question about home ownership and the market in general, not just if you are interested in buying or selling right now. You can speak pressure and commitment free to a dunes properties agent any time by calling 800.476.8444 or stopping by one of our four offices at 214 King St. downtown, 31 Center St. on Folly, 1400 Palm Blvd. on the Isle of Palms, or at Bohicket Marina near Seabrook/Kiawah Islands.
If you passed by a flag today and wondered why it was at half mast, it is because it is Carolina Day.
Carolina Day remembers the Battle of Sullivan’s Island. Today is the 236th anniversary of the major setback to Britain during the American Revolution.
From today’s Post and Courier
On June 28, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was being hashed out in Philadelphia, the British Navy descended on Fort Sullivan at the south end of the island as thousands of ground troops simultaneously tried to cross Breech Inlet to take the island’s north end.
It was part of Britain’s southern strategy to mobilize loyalists in the South Carolina backcountry and control one of the colonies’ most important ports.
Commodore Peter Parker aimed the might of the British Navy at the palmetto-log fort guarding the harbor entrance while Gen. Henry Clinton tried to take the island with 3,000 troops that had landed on Long Island (now Isle of Palms).
The most famous detail of that day remains the spongy palmetto logs of Fort Sullivan repelling British cannon fire — a detail that guaranteed the palmetto its place as a state icon. But Mac-Intyre said the battle at Breech Inlet was perhaps even more impressive.