Tag: downtown Charleston
Here is an excerpt from the informative and entertaining blog of Kristin Walker, one of our Charleston Peninsula experts. She does her research and she knows her stuff!
“In the past few months I have noticed a selection of homes and condos on the Charleston Peninsula come on the market, then go under contract in 45 days or less. These are not just bank-owned ones which are obviously priced to sell – rather they include a wide variety of styles, price ranges and locations. So what does this tell me and you? That all the places that have been sitting on the market for a VERY LONG TIME, have been sitting there for a reason – undesirable price, location or condition (or any combination thereof). And more importantly, that when something comes up that is beautiful, well-priced and/or in high demand (or any combination thereof), it goes quickly. So does this answer the burning question on everyone’s minds?
Have we hit the bottom of the real estate market in Charleston?
The answer is: It all depends. If you consider the bottom only related to prices, then no, we haven’t hit the bottom yet. If you factor in activity and competition as well, then I’d say the bottom was last winter.”
Want to see the list of properties that recently went under contract in 45 days or less? Go to her Kristin’s Blog to check them out!
Have you ever wondered what it means? Lowcountry Local First is a group that advocates and promotes the benefits of a local living economy by strengthening community support of local independent businesses and farms. Put simply, area businesses and residents are encouraged to “Shop local and buy local.”
As proud members and supports of Lowcountry Local First, the Dunes Properties Real Estate Studio hosted the Lowcountry Local First membership meeting last week. The theme for the meeting was “Show Your Local Love” in honor of Valentine’s Day and the love was being spread around for sure!
Much lauded and nationally praised O-Ku provided various selections of their signature sushi while ICE BOX catering dished out their local love beverages. Mount Pleasant’s very own YesUmay cookies were also a huge hit! To keep with the valentines theme, LLF held their version of speed dating…. speed networking.
As a member ourself, it was an absolute pleasure to host LLF and all their guests. For more information on how to make the shift to a local lifestyle, please visit www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org or find them on Facebook .
Check out the great fun courtesy of Lowcountry Local First’s Facebook page- thanks for sharing the photos!
We are hosting the opening reception of of our new artist/photographer, Brian Francis Koury.
There are events happening up and down King Street tonight for SEWE so dowtown should be THE place to go tonight.
Everyone is invited to drop in between 6-9pm to meet the artist. Mr. Koury will be providing food, beverages and…… wait for it….. LIVE MUSIC!
Click here for a full preview The Calling
But here are a few pieces to tempt you from his official website http://www.briankouryphotography.com/
M. Koury is a Charleston based photographer whose work inspires us to reinterpret our relationship to the natural world. His works making up The Calling will take you from the sea, land and the water’s edge. If you do happen to miss this incredible event at The Real Estate Studio, Brian’s work can always be found at Charleston Artist’s Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay Charleston, SC 29401.
All here at 214 King St. The Real Estate Studio
I hope to see you all this evening!
Since the weather was rainy and kept me from my outdoor plans (our quarterly Adopt a Highway at the Isle of Palms) my better half and I decided to eat our way through downtown Charleston.
There were two places we particularly wanted to try- one new and one not so new.
Our first stop was The Macaroon Boutique at 45 John St. If you are not hip to one of the latest dessert crazes and still think of a macaroon as a baked glob of shredded coconut, you are missing something quite delightful. A French Macaroon is a creamy, airy, sweet cookie of a treat. It’s as delicous as it is cute.
We also treated ourselves to a freshly baked, authentic baguette and a dark chocolate raspberry spongecake for dessert later that evening. I will be going back to the Macaroon Boutique to satisfy my next sweet tooth or if I need a hostess gift. The macaroons lend themselves to a lovely, colorful display in cellophane bags. They would be a welcome gift at any party.
While walking the calories off in a slight drizzle we saw the sign for this new place we’d read about and were anxious to try. The Patat Spot at 41 George St. Who doesn’t love a good order of fries? This place could rival the legendary Pomme Frites in New York City. They also serve falafel and hummus and I hear they have a crazy insane salad bar that is fresh and awesome. But let’s be honest, I was just there for fried potato goodness. We split a regular order of frites with the tangy peanut sauce. There are so many sauces that are tempting we just went with the staff’s recommendation. It did not disappoint. We had a window seat at the bar and watched the dog walkers and college students pass by. This place would make a quick afternoon date memorable and worthwhile- and they are open late Thursday-Saturday until 3am!
So keep these two wonderful places in mind if you ever get a hankering for something sweet or fried. Bon appetit!
I have a friend coming to visit this weekend from the cold, snowy trenches of Minneapolis, MN. We’ve been compiling a list of things to do while she’s in town. This is no easy feat- this list is now three pages long and really it’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg . We’ve only got three days! She lived in Charleston for several years so we were able to cut out the obvious.
There is our local Firefly Vodka (tastes just like sweet tea) distillery that does tastings and tours of their home on Wadmalaw Island. We’d love to do a tasting there. The place to grab the best burger (and veggie burger) in town- The Village Tavern (newly reopened w/consulting Chef Daniel Nurick) in Mt. Pleasant. Another new jewel in Mt. Pleasant must be visited- Yes Umay Cookies because, well, cookies are the new cupcake and these won’t make you feel too bad indulging after a workout. Ashley’s cookies which contain the best ingredients- rich chocolates, sea salt, curry and goji berries.
And we would not be true to ourselves if we didn’t hit some great shopping. Mary Mojo in Mt. Pleasant offers some swanky boutique brands and we will pay a visit to neighboring The Shoe Fairy. Great sales and fun places to try things on. There’s also the Tanger Outlet Mall that keeps getting great, new stores. We must also do some downtown shopping. Antiquing for a bargain (and if we’re lucky there may be an auction) at Page’s Thieves Market is always a good time even if you leave empty handed. If we’re lucky, Leigh Magar may be in her downtown studio/shop Magar Hatworks– she is not just a milliner but a true artist whose hats are about to be in a Vogue fashion spread.
We plan on visiting historic downtown Summerville and just taking in the cozy little town and burning some calories walking. Where locals used to summer. And of course wander about aimlessly downtown. You never know what you’ll discover. Sometimes it’s just nice to look up at the buildings you see every other day and notice something new. The architecture in Charleston is amazing. You can walk around and just look at buildings and homes appreciating them or you can walk around and discover shops you never knew were there.
So we’re going to eat and shop our way around town. My friend will surely have to check a bag and don an elastic waistband for the trip home.
Here are some of the most current real estate market stats for downtown Charleston.
Inside the Crosstown:
October 2010: 22 residential closings for $14.2 million
October 2009: 12 residential closings for $19.5 million
Year to Date:
2010: 225 closings for $174 million
2009: 173 closings for $153 million
Average Sale 2010: $775,320
Average Sale 2009: $886,181 (12.5% more)
This is still a good time to buy real estate. There is a good supply of inventory, sellers are motivated, and interest rates are at their lowest.
Please contact Dave Landry for more information or assistance.
Evan Thompson, the new Director of the Charleston Preservation Society, will be speaking with Charleston Peninsula residents about exciting new programs and initiatives at the Society. Enjoy a Q&A session and cocktails at the Real Estate Studio of Dunes Properties, 214 King St. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and you’ll get a chance to mix and mingle with the downtown real estate team as well.
Date: Wednesday November, 10th
Place: 214 King St.
All downtown residents are welcome!
*Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-722-5618
Not surprisingly, the Wall Street Journal, named Charleston on of the best places for people to retire. And who could disagree? Downtown Charleston is the perfect size and combination of history, culture, gourmet dining, and shopping. We have an abundance of parks, historical landmarks, and cultural organizations for people to devote their time and talents. Not to mention the College of Charleston which offers adult education and many cultural events year round.
Click Here to read the whole article which also includes some great testimonials.
The rumors are true and activity is in motion for a FREE downtown shuttle! CARTA’s downtown shuttle DASH will be combining two of its routes into one King-Broad-Market-Meeting route that will run every 10 minutes. This means plenty of stops and plenty of places to hop on!
Tuesday the Charleston City Council voted in favor of the plan and the wheels are in motion for the shuttle to begin running November 22nd; just in time for the holidays! Funding will come from several places (Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, State Ports Authority, and tourist tax-revenue).
This is great news for downtown businesses, local residents who are apprehensive about shopping downtown due to parking and walking distances, and of course tourists. The shuttle will be an excellent asset once the port redevelopment happens at the end of Market/East Bay.
Check out the latest Charleston Regional Business Journal article for more details.
The City Paper released an article today on the rapidly changing Cannonborough/Elliotborough area downtown. Over the last year or two several retailers and a few restaurants have decided to make the Spring/Cannon corridor their home. Why? Homes in the area have already been getting major face lifts, the Midtown development, it’s easy to get to from the crosstown, and maybe most importantly, there’s parking!
Last week the shops and restaurants of the area had “A Tour of the Senses” where people could browse through a handbag gallery (Audella Studios), a bakery (Wildflour Pastry), a florist (Stems), and jewlery (Gilly Lynn).
The article went on to say that the area’s latest effort is to get the city’s Bed and Breakfast ordinance revised to allow boutique hotels and B&B’s. Now that opens up a whole new ball game! It certainly will be interesting to see how this unfolds. It’s pretty amazing to think how 5-10 years ago people didn’t dare think of investing their businesses in the Cannon/Spring corridor, and now it’s becoming an area with a lot to offer!