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Sullivan’s Island is a great place to spend a weekend, especially if you’re thinking about making it your permanent island home. Over the years we’ve helped many families become Sullivan’s Island residents, but if you haven’t yet decided on the island, give it a spin for the weekend! With the balanced mix of historic and relaxed vibes, you can soak up the sun and chill but also take in a bit of knowledge. And the food. There is plenty of that, and beer. And Edgar Allan Poe!
Let’s go, shall we?
Dinner, drinks, and good times: We’ll assume with the start of the weekend you’re ready to immediately kick back, eat some good grub, and have a ton of fun. Enter Home Team BBQ. Many, and I mean *many*, locals claim Home Team to have the best wings on the planet, and we’d have to agree. But there’s a lot more to the joint than wings. They also serve up a mean batch of BBQ and ribs, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding, collard greens, baked beans, slaw, pork rinds with pimento cheese – literally all of the best Southern foods you can think of. Home Team also offers a long list of local brews, so you can taste even more of the South, particularly the Lowcountry, and there is always really great, original live music from both national touring acts and talented locals. That’s right, kick back, snack til you burst, sip on brews, and enjoy the tunes and lively atmosphere – exactly what your Friday night needs.
Breakfast: No time to nurse that hangover at home – get up and head to Sullivan’s Island Co-op, and they’ll ready you for the full-day ahead with biscuits, bagels, a breakfast burrito, or a meat lover’s sandwich. And coffee, of course, lots and lots of coffee.
Edgar Allan Poe Library: You should head to Fort Moultrie later, but on the way stop off for some oddball history at the wee library in a bunker named after the famous writer who was stationed here in 1828 – back then he was known as Army Private Edgar Allan Poe. The unique library is housed inside renovated Battery Gadsden, a former Spanish-American War four-gun battery. Poe spent only13 months on Sullivan’s,but the island left an impression on him, as is well documented.
Fort Moultrie: From the beach, you can spot Fort Moultrie, a series of fortifications built to protect Charleston. Dating back to 1776, it is the first fort built there, famously composed entirely of Palmetto logs, that inspired the state flag and South Carolina’s nickname: the Palmetto State. There’s a lot more to learn on site, which is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Lunch: By the time you’re done exploring the library and fort, you’ll be famished, so what better place to refuel than at a locals’ favorite named also after Edgar Allan Poe? Poe’s Tavern is an open-air pub serving up everything from tacos to burgers (amazing burgers FYI) to brews and Bloody Marys. We highly recommend the Gold Bug Burger, named after Poe’s famous short story, and the Annabelle Lee, titled as such after Poe’s final poem.
Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse: You may remember reading about this lighthouse in a recent post of ours, and now is the perfect time to check it out. If you recall, it’s significant in several ways: the triangular shape, its elevator (the only lighthouse with an elevator), and the fact that it is still a working lighthouse. You may not get a chance to actually go inside, but it’s still worth a stop for anyone with an interest in lighthouses! And it’s a great way to end your day of exploration before getting on to the business of relaxation.
The Beach: If it’s summer, it’s best around here to go to the beach after 2 or before 11 to avoid harmful rays, the hottest part of the day, and possible crowds. We find ways to work around the summer’s rising temps so we can still enjoy our pristine beaches. Now is the perfect time to get some sun, rest, and reflect on the day’s adventures. And you can start daydreaming of the dinner in store later on.
Dinner: After you’ve waded in the water, gotten a tan, and maybe had a nap, get dolled up and head to The Obstinate Daughter, named after the island’s rich Revolutionary War history. Make sure you have a reservation, because this is one hot spot for an upscale experience. Dine on such delights as Frogmore chowder, roasted beets, local Mepkin Abbey mushrooms, grilled octopus, smoked local fish, Lowcountry shrimp roll, chicken bog, sweetbreads, swordfish, and seafood stew. They also serve up tasty pizza and pasta specials, not to mention plenty of stunning wines.
Drinks: Another local favorite, Dunleavy’s Pub is a cabin-like structure with all the character you could possibly want in a neighborhood joint. There’s always live country, acoustic, or Irish music on the weekends particularly. The drinks are cold and most importantly, the staff and regulars are warm and friendly – the perfect way to end your last night on Sullivan’s.
Yoghurt Bowl and the Beach: Take it easy and head to the beach one last time this morning but not before you stop at gogogreens on Middle Street for a to-go bowl of greatness, like the Purple Haze – frozen acai, banana, mango, coconut water, raisins, seasonal berries, bananas, green grapes, toasted coconut, and hemp seeds. Refreshing and just right for the beach. Proceed to the shore and relax for a spell before you have to head back to reality.
Brunch: If you’re in the mood for one last hurrah before departing the island, check out High Thyme, the island’s best-kept secret. Local singer-songwriters are often on deck to serenade you, and the place has a stellar reputation for delivering the brunch goods. Choose from crab cake benedict, country ham benedict, braised beef brisket omelet, biscuits and gravy, French toast, burrito, breakfast casserole, and more, including starters like rare seared tuna, scallops, and mussels.
If you have time for a walk or bike ride, Sullivan’s Island is a charming and (mostly) shady spot to get some exercise. Around 3.5 miles from end to end, the island is a great place to burn off some of the weekend calories!
Hope you had (or will have) fun on Sullivan’s Island and don’t forget, once you’re ready to move to the island, we’ve got just the folks to help you find the perfect home.
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dunes properties is happy to welcome Greg Gelber and Susan Petty to our family
Originally from New York, Greg has called Charleston his home for many years now. A graduate of College of Charleston, Greg is an expert on downtown Charleston and will be working out of our Real Estate Studio. His background is in finance and investments.
Where is your favorite restaurant in Charleston and what do you recommend there? Edmunds Oast and the Fresh Charcuterie Board.
Have you read any good books lately? I recently read Boomerang by Michael Lewis and really enjoyed it. It gives a great perspective on other countries and how they were impacted during the recession.
Susan is South Carolina born and raised. In the south, there is a commonly used acronym…GRITS…”Girls Raised in the South” or perhaps men might say it stands for “Gentlemen Raised in the South”. Since she was a skinny little 2 year old, she often visited the coast for family vacations. It has always been a lifelong dream of hers to live near the coast. In 2005, that dream was met when she moved to Hilton Head. In 2015, she then moved to Mt Pleasant to be nearer her family and the Charleston coast. Because living near the coast of South Carolina has been a dream come true, her goal is to help make that dream a reality for others who share in the dream of living on or near the coast. There is nothing finer than to live in South Carolina…just ask any GRITS.
Where is your favorite restaurant in Charleston? I have two favorites: Burton’s Grill in Mt Pleasant and Long Island Cafe on Isle of Palms. What do you recommend there? Everything! They both have a fabulous menu of scratch made, locally inspired foods of fresh ingredients.
What is your favorite activity? Taking my grandchildren to the beach to play in the sand and waves.
Have you read any good books lately? The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
Do you have any pets and if so, what are their names? Two years ago I adopted an adorable Schnauzer via the SPCA in Orangeburg, SC. He was skin and bones when the county dog catcher picked him up, but I saw his potential when I spotted his photo on PetFinder.com. I decided to name him Walker, not because he and I love to walk together, but because The Church of the Cross in Bluffton, SC has a pipe organ that was made by JW Walker & Sons, Pipe Organ Builders of England. While living in Bluffton, I sang in the church choir. I love music of all types but especially praise and worship songs. For that reason, I thought it would be nice to name my “fur baby” after one of my favorite musical instruments.
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With the surplus of new buyers to the Charleston area, new developments are being built in the surrounding areas. To the west of James Island is Johns Island, the largest island in SC. It is separated from the mainland by the tidal Stono River, which forms part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Originally a farming community, the island’s history dates back centuries as the site of several prominent plantations, producing much of the area’s rice, indigo, and cotton exports. Farming still exists today, and with the rise in popularity of local fruits, meats, and vegetables the island has experienced a rebirth in this historic function.
On Johns Island, you can enjoy a brand new home, while embracing the rural lifestyle that includes appreciation of both history and nature. With its close proximity to downtown Charleston, airport, Folly Beach, and Kiawah Island, this is a PRIME location with Lowcountry charm, open concepts, green space, and eco-friendly features. Get more BANG for your buck!
Drop by or contact our Kiawah / Seabrook Office, which also serves Johns Island, to speak with one of our professional, experienced Johns Island real estate agents, who can offer an insider’s view of living, working, and playing in the Lowcountry.
We are currently listing two great downtown Charleston properties for sale under $500,000 at The Real Estate Studio. Downtown properties are moving very quickly so you do not want to miss the opportunity to check these out!
1306 Hester Street is a cute updated bungalow in the Wagener Terrace neighborhood, just blocks from one of the hottest areas in town. The home has a great open floor plan, with entertaining space on one side, and the bedrooms on the other for privacy. The property features 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1547 square feet, an added sunroom, fenced in yard and beautiful hardwood floors. Listed at $389,000, this property will not last long! Click to see photos and interactive floorplan.
For more information contact listing agent Kristin Walker.
30 Mary Street is the perfect location for a downtown pied a terre in the heart of the museum district, near Marion Square, Charleston School of Law, and new developments on Upper King as well as walking distance to nearby Wragg Mall. This 1Bedroom/1Bath condo, has high ceilings, plantation shutters, off street parking, gated entryway, lots of large windows, beautiful hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless appliances. The best part of this home is the shared front porch with haint blue ceiling and beautiful architectural details with a gorgeous streetscape looking straight down Elizabeth Street. Listed for $324,900, this condo could be yours!
For more information contact listing agent Vannessa Carter.
Beep Beep – We’ve got us a TRAFFIC JAM!
Folly Beach celebrated Mardi Gras Folly style on Saturday with their 7th Annual Folly Gras Festival and Parade. This family friendly event takes place every February and encourages attendees to show up in their best Mardi Gras outfit. The parade takes place on Center Street and features food vendors, street vendors, and various bands.
This Saturday Folly Gras got off to a slow start, with none other than a parade TRAFFIC JAM to begin what resulted in a looong day of eating, drinking, dancing and avid bead collecting. Locals & out-of-towners gathered together at Center Street on Folly Beach ready to strut their stuff at the start of the 2pm parade, only to be held up by an immobile classic car which was promptly “kicked to the curb” to sit the rest of the parade out.
The ever-so-colorful dunes properties convertible followed closely behind, sporting dunes flags, agents in costume and a never-ending supply of beads, keychains, candy and more for all the kiddies to enjoy.
Festival goers this year enjoyed musical jams by the Shakin’ Martinis, the Hungry Monks, Soulfish, Hollow Point and Gaslight Street, with NOLA inspired foods and costumes to round out the four hour event which carried on late into the night after streets were reopened.
Parade Winners Included:
Best All Around Folly Spirit – King Poseidon
Best Golf Cart – Folly Jesters
Best Float – Days of Folly Gras
Best Costume – Court Jester
Best New Orleans Food Flair Winners:
1st Place – Blu
2nd Place- The Grill
3rd Place – Surf Bar
We had a front row seat from the dunes properties Folly Beach office, which is located right in the middle of where the parade took place at 31 Center Street. Still at its original location since 1998 when it opened, the Folly office houses our vacation rental program, along with property managers and real estate agents that are always available. Come by and see us!
We had a wonderful party to celebrate the opening of the Kiawah Seabrook Office at 1887 Bohicket Marina Village on January 22, 2011. The weather outside was brisk, but inside our little office we kept warm with a little wine and lots of great conversation. Thanks to all who attended. Those of you who were not able to make it, stop by the office to visit sometime! We have a fantastic group of experienced agents who have been representing buyers and sellers on the islands for years, and our hope is that this office will be an effective tool for their continued success. Best of Luck Kiawah Seabrook Group!
Dunes Properties is happy to announce that we have opened a new location to better serve the Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns Island areas. The office is located at 1887 Bohicket Marina Village, on the right between Freshfields Village and the gate of Seabrook Island. It is conveniently located near Rosebank Café and Doin’ Charleston Gourmet Gift Shop at the entrance to Bohicket Marina.
The new office is home to The Kiawah Seabrook Group, a seasoned team of Dunes agents including Karen Hilty, Lucie Jones, Joy Millar, and Debbie Mansfield. Each of these real estate professionals has years of experience selling and representing buyers on the islands. They are all actively involved in the island communities, being property owners and Club members themselves. The office will be managed by Real Estate Administrator Becky Manna who, after a recent stint at The Real Estate Studio, is happy to be back in the area she knows and loves so well.
There will be an Open House to celebrate on Saturday, January 22, 2-5pm
COME JOIN US!
I remember my first visit to a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream store when I was a child. There were more flavors than I had ever seen before all at a price my parents were willing to pay! How could I decide which was best? I was used to vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, but now there was mango, peach, caramel and cream, and about 27 other flavors to choose from. What was I to do?
Today’s real estate market is kind of like that. There are so many homes and neighborhoods available at great prices. How can a person decide on what to choose? If you are in the market for a new home, how can you avoid being mesmerized by the 33 flavors of homes available to you? Before you start looking, know what you need! Answer some questions before you go. The first answer you need is to the question of what you can afford. Here are a few others to consider:
- How big of a home do we need?
- Will three bedrooms and two bathrooms work? Or do we need more?
- How many square feet of air-conditioned space do we need?
- What size lot do we need?
- Do we want a large lot?
- Are we interested in a small lot?
- How much yard work am I willing to do?
- Are we interested in a townhome or condominium?
- What schools are nearby?
Once you’ve established your needs and balanced them with your wants, your Realtor® can focus the search on that target. Your Realtor® will preview a selected group of homes before spending your time in actually visiting everything in the mix. You should be able to find your home within 5 to 10 homes that you visit.
Remember Baskin – Robbins? I got sick sampling as many flavors as I could and never bought one scoop. Avoid the stomach-ache in your search by knowing what you want before you go to market.
Most of us are do not think about how much energy we use in our homes. At least, not until we receive our energy bill from our service provider. Here are a few statistics that we should be familiar with concerning how much energy buildings use in the United States according to the U. S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) web site:
- buildings use 39% of the total energy consumed
- they use 68% of the electricity
- emit 30% of greenhouse gases
- use 30% of the raw materials
- produce 136 million tons of waste annually
- are responsible for 12% of the portable water consumed
Are these statistics indicating good energy use or bad? Can those numbers be changed? What can an individual do to deminish the energy we comsume in our own home? All of us need to educate ourselves about how to more efficiently utilize our limited resources. There are options that make sense and some that may or may not make sense. I will explore some of the options in a series of blogs over the next few weeks. I will share with you what I learn and provide you with references that you can use to find answers that might work for your circumstances. Here are a couple to start with:
Enjoy your research!