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5 Things to Love About I’On


I’On, located in Mt. Pleasant, is a special neighborhood that is reminiscent of the beauty and charm that is so beloved in downtown Charleston — but without the narrow streets and lack of parking! A halfway point between downtown and Sullivan’s Island, I’On is nestled in a world of its own, where families thrive.

Founded in 1995, I’On is a village of sorts, with nearly 800 single-family homes, a square, six walking trails, and a grid full of narrow, quiet streets, lakes, green spaces, and so much more — like crab docks, a dozen pocket parks, a boathouse, spa, marsh views, and a wildlife refuge. And the name? “I’On” comes from Jacob Bond I’On, the first mayor of the town of Sullivan’s Island.


From fun and simple outdoor activities for the whole family to cute retail shops perfect for perusing on lazy weekend days, there’s a lot the residents of I’On love about their ’hood. We spoke with a few locals, and these are just a few of their favorite things to do and see:

  1. The Walks

As simple as it may sound, families relish living in a place where it’s safe to roam the streets, particularly here where there’s also plenty of sights to take in at every turn — like gates and gardens, yards and unique fountains. The sidewalks are wide, and so you’ll find that the residents’ feet are their favorite modes of transportation. I’On also has six trails, some of which are up to three hours long and cover eight miles of, including a 1.5-mile stroll along the marsh that can be ended with a beer at O’Brions Pub or a glass of wine at  Grazi’s Shoe Cafe and Wine Bar.


O’Brions Pub, photo courtesy of Instagram user @obrionspub

  1. The Water

Who wouldn’t love living in walking distance of a body of water? Here, you’ll find Westlake, which also features an amphitheater that comes in handy for all kinds of family-friendly neighborhood events, and Eastlake, which is surrounded by beautiful houses and perfect for walks with your furry friends, fishing and feeding ducks. Plus there are picturesque creeks, sure signs you’re in the Lowcountry.

photo courtesy of Instagram user @wizard_of_ollie

photo courtesy of Instagram user @wizard_of_ollie

  1. The Green

There’s also tons of green space (and playgrounds!) here for both kids and pups to play in and the Rookery Wildlife Refuge, which features two observation towers.

  1. The Square

Besides the wine and beer spots, the Square also features an adorable gift shop called Sweet Olive and a cafe full of gourmet eats at Square Onion, where soups, salads, sandwiches, take-and-bake casseroles, desserts, and dips reign supreme. But if you want a cup of coffee, the best is only right outside the neighborhood at Collective Coffee. It’s an airy, hipster-y joint with the perfect cups of joe.


Shop at Sweet Olive, photo courtesy of @sweetolivehome

  1. The Community

Not only is it common to know your neighbor here, but you’ll probably know every dog’s name in the area, too. Kids meet up at playgrounds, parents chat on front porches, and the whole of the community seems happy to be here.


Interested in making I’On your home?  Check out what is currently listed for sale.   Or contact one of our experts at our Mt. Pleasant office.


dunes properties is in the top 5 selling companies in I’On!

A handful of houses have sold in the I’On subdivision this year, four of which were sold by dunes properties. This makes our company the #4 selling company in the neighborhood with $3,885,000 in sales, according to the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service. Three of the houses were also listed for sale with dunes properties. Rick Fain had two of these gorgeous houses for sale at 187 Ponsbury Road and 31 John Galt Way, and was the selling agent for 91 Latitude Lane, making him the #2 agent in I’On with $3,305,000 in sales this year. The most recent sale, 13 Leeann Lane, is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house that was listed by dunes properties agent Donnie Whitaker and sold for $580,000.

1315703 – Details: 187 PONSBURY RD, MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – $935,000
1329423 – Details: 31 JOHN GALT WAY, MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – $915,000
1322816 – Details: 91 LATITUDE LN, MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – $1,455,000
1405094 – Details: 13 LEEANN LN, MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – $580,000

I’On is a popular neighborhood located in Mt. Pleasant, south of the Isle of Palms Connector. It is a mixed-use New Urbanist “Traditional Neighborhood Development.” The style of architecture in I’On reflects building designs of downtown Charleston and includes extensive sidewalks, public trails and parks, and two large lakes. To speak with an agent about buying or selling in I’On, give us a call!

The Best

The best, according to Charleston City Paper , suburb is Mt. Pleasant and the best neighborhood is I’on Village in Mt. Pleasant.  Best new development is North Charleston’s Oak Terrace Preserve. 

If you are interested in learning more about those neighborhoods and what might be available for you, please search real estate on our website,

The City Paper puts out various lists readers vote on every year. This week’s issue is “13  Best.”

Has the Real Estate Market Stabilized?

I read a couple of articles this past week that on the surface are contradictory. I tried to make sense of what I read below.

That depends on who you ask and what real estate market you are talking about: new homes or resale; national, local, or my neighborhood. The market that is important to you is the market in which you are buying or selling.

New home sales have been in turmoil in almost every market. November, 2009 sales figures are a good indication of just how much turmoil. The number of transactions for new home sales nationally dropped 11% from the October sales. That represents the lowest number of monthly new home sales since April, 2009. the median sales price is down by approximately 2% year over year, but up about 4% from the previous month.

The resale market shows a different story on the national market. Resale of existing homes in November surged to the highest level in nearly 3-years. About half of the transactions in November were first-time buyers taking advantage of the tax credit for first-time buyers. That tax credit was to expire November 30, 2009. It has now been extended until April 30, 2010 and expanded to include current home owners who relocate.

What does it mean for me?

Real estate is a local business. The only markets that mean anything to you, individually, is the real estate market you live in or want to live in. National market statistics cannot give you the true picture of what is happening in your neighborhood. Whether you are buying or selling, you need to know what the market is doing in your neighborhood. If you are a buyer you want to know what’s available and what is the average price of homes that are selling that meet your requirements. If you are selling a home you want information about comparable sales in your neighborhood.

  • What was the listed price and what was the selling price?
  • How long are homes on the market?
  • What is the current inventory of homes that are similar to mine?

All of this data tells you if the market has stabilized in your neighborhood. A FREE tool for buyers and sellers in the Charleston Trident area is available at:


Two Charleston Neighborhoods to be Featured in University Study

Many people come into The Real Estate Studio in downtown Charleston with 3 little words on their minds…. South of Broad.  It is the most desired neighborhood on the peninsula.  And now a new study at Clemson University may shed some light on why the residents of this quaint, historic area love it so much.  South of Broad, along with I’On in Mount Pleasant, will be the focus of a study on the relationship between the age and design of urban places and residents’ attachment to them.  Although I’On is a new development, it’s design employs traditional and historic architecture.

Click HERE to read more about this study or, if you are a resident of one of these neighborhoods, to take the online survey.