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Good Things About Summer on Isle of Palms

Here at the Isle of Palms office we have had a crazy last few weeks.  Vacation guests, contracts and new listings- we’ve been working hard.  But today we got a little break and a surprise to put a smile on our faces.

Local residential, business cleaning and restoration company ServiceMaster stopped by to introduce themselves and treat us to some ice cream.  Well, one would assume that means a gift card for a free scoop or a gallon of Bryers for the office.  Not quite… ServiceMaster brought their own ice cream truck to treat us all!

Who doesn’t love free ice cream?

Thanks guys for putting a smile on our faces and for some creative self promotion that benefits us all.


Being a Nosy Neighbor Can Help You

I was reading this article recently that was on about how being a nosy neighbor and going to open houses near your home can help you out in the long run.

I immediately thought of my mother in law in New Jersey who recently admitted attending a party so she could “see what they’ve done to the house”  and hits almost every open house in her neighborhood. My husband and I sort of laughed at her fondly for that. But after reading this article, she’s a smart cookie apparently. 

According to the article, attending nearby open houses is smart if you’re putting your home on the market soon, but also smart if you’re planning on staying for awhile.  The article points out that those homes are going to be your home’s competition. 

Take a look at what has and hasn’t been upgraded and make comparisons to your own home and be aware of where your home “falls short.”  Their upgrades may help you prioritize your own.  You should also be aware of not over improving your home, though because you want to make sure you get a good return on your investment.  Seeing what your neighbors are doing can help you make those decisions. 

As for the reason my mother in law goes- to see the furnishings and layouts in spaces that are similar to yours- that’s a good thing to see to0.  You can possibly steal some decorating ideas.

Another benefit of attending those local open houses- meet the real estate agents and start forging a relationship early so when the time does come to sell, you’ll have someone to work with you are comfortable with and who you know is familiar with your market. 

Many people don’t realize that your local real estate agents love to chat with you- even if you are not selling or buying a home right now or in the near future.  Your local agent is a font of information.  They work with area vendors everyday and have great recommendations for- minor repairs, plumbers, HVAC repair, painters, decorators, lawn care, irrigation systems, cleaners, pressure washers, you name it, they probably know a reputable, trustworthy person to refer you to. 

So what are you waiting for? Before or after taking in a Spoleto event, go visit some local open houses, be inspired and start a new relationship with your local real estate agent.

Local Charleston Treasure, Mary Edna Fraser, Returns

Many of you who live and visit Charleston are aware of Mary Edna Fraser but you might not know it- you’ve probably seen her batiks  draped from the ceilings at the Charleston airport.  Even before I put a face and name to the art I was taken in by their beauty.  The Real Estate Stdudio is proud to have her return after her last exhibit over a year ago.  At our downtown space- it’s so much more than an office, it’s a showcase of the Charleston lifestyle- Mary Edna will be sharing her new series on narrow vintage kimono silk.  The artist says it’s intimate in scale and draws from the visual memory of her aerial perspective.  The art depicts a floating world.


There will be a Meet the Artist reception Thursday, May 12 from 6-10 at the Real Estate Studio located at 214 King Street.  Please stop by and enjoy the unique ambiance.  If you cannot make the reception, her work will be on display there seven days a week from May 12- June 21.  You can call for hours before stopping in (843)722-5618.  You’ll be glad you met this Renaissance woman extraordinaire.

Mary Edna is one of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met. She  is a devoted artist who spends hours creating works in the ancient medium of batik– a wax resist method of dyeing cloth, she’s also a musician who sings and  dabbles in an assorted collection of instruments (banjo, bass, xylophone, guitar…)  and is the stationary  member (the “Lime” if you will) to a local group of revolving musicans Lime & The Coconuts who can be found playing around town.  She’s also involved in conservation of land in the state of South Carolina.   And she was a Jeopardy question – “1994-95 she was the first woman to be honored with a one-person exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC”-“Who was Mary Edna Fraser.”

Lime at the Coconuts play a local tea room

She and her art have traveled the world but next Thursday she’s sharing it with the place she calls home.  We hope to see you there!

Fabulous Mount Pleasant Home- New Price Reduction!

In the self contained Seaside Farms subdivision there is a lovely single family home for sale- 1216 Palmetto Peninsula Drive.  It has been reduced to $415,000.

Seaside Farms is truly a gem in Mount Pleasant, SC.  A jog away from the Isle of Palms beach, minutes from the Sullivan’s Island beach and Town Centre shopping center with movie theater, shops and  dining. In the Seaside Farms subdivision itself is a grocery store (a fairly new Piggly Wiggly), restaurants, Target and more! Plus historic downtown Charleston is a 15-20 minute drive away. 

And don’t forget the amenities of Seaside Farms-a community pool and play park as well as nice jogging/walking trails. 

So we’ve established Seaside Farms as a wonderful, convenient neighborhood. Now what about the lovely home? At a reasonable $159.62 /sq. ft. it is well below the average $190.90/sq. ft. the active single family detached homes in Seaside Farms are listed at as of today. 

1216 Palmetto Peninsula Dr. is a 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home with a spacious two car garage.  It is 2,600 square feet. It is very well maintained and features a very spacious floor plan with high ceilings, lots of natural light and privacy.  It’s all on one easy-living level- no stairs except at the front porch.  Four bedrooms, dual masters, screened porch, deck, separate laundry room, immaculate oak hardwood flooring in the foyer and living/great room and dining area, updated carpeting in the bedrooms, beautiful slate tile in the kitchen and laundry, new bronze hardware on the kitchen cabinets, gorgeous granite on the kitchen counters and the island has an overhang to allow for extra seating, plus freshly painted walls in the kitchen and powder room.  New fans are in teh great room along with added recessed canned lighting which is also in the kitchen. 

If that wasn’t enough, the home is on a large lot with wonderful landscaping and mature trees right by the quaint pond.  The neighborhood pool is a stone’s throw away from 1216 Palmetto Peninsula Drive.  Next to the pool is a gated play park. 

This is a wonderful home in a fantastic neighborhood. Call Suzi Baldrick today for more information on this great opportunity to own in Mount Pleasant! Suzi Baldrick- , (843)442-3149.

Agent-Restaurateur Jack Hurley Helps Area School Children

Once again our agents make headlines for their involvement in charitable causes.

Jack Hurley recently spent some time getting into the spirit of children’s literature (check out the awesome hat) and reading to area school children

Through his business Jack’s Cosmic Dog, he sponsors 50 area school children in the program Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  Jack makes sure these low income childrent are provided with age appropriate reading materials. 

Jack’s a fascinating guywith some great stories, if you ever meet him definitely take the time to strike up a conversation.

Click here for the Post and Courier story.

Lowcountry Local First

Perhaps you’ve seen this logo on the doors or windows of area businesses.



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 or find them on Facebook .

Check out the great fun courtesy of Lowcountry Local First’s Facebook page- thanks for sharing the photos!

Art/Food/Music and You’re Invited: Brian Francis Koury’s The Calling TONIGHT

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

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!

Barbara Corcoran Recommends Charleston as the Southern Town to Buy Real Estate In

Barbara gives real estate advice on the Today Show.  On December 13’s show a viewer from Pittsburgh,PA asked her advice on a southwest or southern town to relocate to.  Austin TX was the recommended southwestern town and Charleston, SC was her recommended southern city.  She discusses why Charleston is a great place to move right now at about 2 minutes and 33 seconds into the video.–26+Money–3a+Your+real+estate+questions+answered/6741345

Charleston is great if you like polite, genteel southern charm, beautiful beaches and tremendous golf.  Prices are going up 8% this year she says.

If you are curious about retiring or relocating, give a thought to Charleston.  Call for a pressure-free discussion  with one of our professional agents.  They’ll be happy to answer your questions and see if Charleston is a possibility for you.


Betty Poore’s November Update

Good chilly morning! We have had all the rain we need, thank you! It finally cleared up here and for the next week we are going to have sunshine, blue skies and temperatures in the mid seventies. Life is pretty darn good here on the Charleston Coast.
Real estate activity lately has been on the rise. We are seeing an increase in the number of properties sold, but a decrease in sales prices. There is plenty of interest in foreclosure and short sale properties, but why go through all the hassle when there are properties on the market priced even lower that are neither? Just smart sellers getting in front of the decline in the market. If you would like a list of some of my best buys just shoot me an email or go to my blog. I’ll be updating that list this afternoon (they are not just my listings.)
There is some good reading in this month’s E-Newsletter. The three main articles of interest  include:  “Knowledge is Power When Buying a House”, “Five tips to Increase Your Home’s Appeal, and “Four Questions Help Determine Improve or Move”.
And, pay attention to interest rates! Mark and I are re-financing because the rates are incredibly low! Call your lender this week to see if you can take advantage of the rates before they go back up.
As always, I hope you’ll give a call or stop by when you are in the area.  Talk with you soon.
 Betty Poore – Realtor
Your Connection to the Charleston Coast
(p)  843-608-9362
(f)   866-279-2260

New Old Village Listing- Charming Cottage Home

Rick Fain and Kristin Walker have just listed a charming little cottage in the Old Village section of Mount Pleasant, 426 Bank Street. 

426 Bank St. is a classic Old Village cottage and is a virtually new construction as almost everything is new down to the studs.   This 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1340 square foot  home features a new kitchen, master bedroom and bath, the entire exterior and much more. The location is perfectly situated within walking distance to Charleston Harbor, the Old Village parks of Alhambra Hall, Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market, community tennis courts, and the restaurants at Shem Creek. You will be only a short bike ride to the Pitt St. Bridge, a few blocks from Mount Pleasant Academy. The beaches of Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms are just a short drive away and it’s just a 10 minutes to downtown Charleston. Kitchen renovation includes all new cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless appliances. The baths are all new with furniture grade cabinets and all new tile and fixtures. The home boasts newly sanded hardwood floors and the exterior has new hardiplank siding, new windows and a new roof. As all the bedrooms and living areas are on one floor, you will not have to contend with any steps. This home and its location will afford you the lifestyle and amenities that make living in the Old Village so very special. It is a rare opportunity to find such a move-in ready home in one of the best neighborhoods in Mount Pleasant.

For more information contact Rick Fain (843) 412-0189, [youtube=]

Adorable Cottage
Wide open space and new hardwood floors
New stainless appliances