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Two Great Downtown Charleston Properties Under $500,000

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 Charleston in Wagener Terrace

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 St Unit 1 Charleston in Wraggborough

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.

Pristine James Island Home in Westfield Place

1206 Hepburn Drive

3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1994 sq. ft.

Westfield Place, James Island


1206 hepburn, james island, dunes properties 

This pristine home with detached garage is on a beautiful private fenced-in lot with mature landscaping. You’ll find all the best upgrades – hardwood floors, high ceilings, granite counters and stainless appliances in the kitchen. The spacious first floor master has an ensuite bathroom featuring double vanity, garden tub and separate shower, as well as a large walk-in closet. Bonus – there are multiple outdoor living areas including a front porch, screened-in-porch and back deck. This home is in the popular Westfield Place neighborhood, less than 5 miles to Downtown Charleston or Folly Beach.

Click here for additional photos, floorplan, and more

For more information, contact

Kristin Walker
(843) 412-3333




Eric Peth
(843) 252-7800

What is going on with home sales on the Upper Peninsula??

A whole heck of a lot. That’s what. The Upper Peninsula is defined as the area North of the Crosstown (Highway 17) and South of Heriot Street (basically) and includes the neighborhoods of the Westside, Hampton Park Terrace, Wagener Terrace, North Central, Longborough, Lowndes Pointe and parts of the Eastside. Home sales in this area recently have been out of this world – so much so, that I have started skulking around at homes under renovation to see if I can help my clients get a jump on them before they even come on the market.

So if you are looking for a mostly renovated, completely renovated, or a new construction home under $500,000 here, you better be ready to jump.  Here are the numbers for your statistical enjoyment.

10 homes sold in the past month.


22 homes on the market.


22 homes under contract.


2 months of housing inventory = Sellers Market

So you ask – what do I think is driving all this activity??

  1. It’s an extra hot real estate market this year.
  2. People are realizing they don’t have to cross a bridge to live in a great neighborhood at a reasonable price.  And there’s so much history!
  3. Hampton Park is pretty spectacular.
  4. Upper King Street is, well, moving on up.  This makes these neighborhoods just a stroll or a quick bike ride away from some of the best restaurants and shops in town.
  5. Small local businesses are flocking to the area around Upper Meeting and North Morrison Drive (“NoMo” for short) for inexpensive commercial lease rates and short commutes. SIB just announced this morning that they are moving their headquarters to NoMo from Meeting St south of Calhoun St.
  6. Restaurants and bars are opening here slowly but surely. Bob Carter’s Rutledge Cab Co. at the corner of Rutledge and Mount Pleasant is packed – all the time. As is Santi’s and The Tattooed Moose.
  7. The schools are improving.  Not only are they being rebuilt, but also they are being rethought.  For example, the James Simons Elementary School will become partly Montessori.
  8. Overall, there’s a great sense of community, with community-driven change.  People are passionate about this area and spend their time working together to improve it.

So let’s take a look at the homes under contract and how long they lasted before they had a contract. That will give you a good idea of demand for the Upper Peninsula! Note that some of them had been on and off the market for years, and as soon as they came back up recently and were priced right, they were under contract.

MLS# 1204829- 18 FRANCIS ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $209,000 – 109 Days.

1224717 -311 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $239,000 – 92 days. (This and the other St. Philip addresses are the new construction homes in the nook of the King Street off-ramp from 17)

1224796 -301 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $239,000 – 48 days.

1222925 – 75 SIMONS ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $259,000 – 145 days. (also new construction)

1224794 –  307 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $265,000 – 0 days.

1224795 –  305 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $265,000 – 20 days.

1224831 –  0 FISHBURNE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $269,000 – 22 days. (Also part of King St off-ramp project)

1224829 – 302 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $269,000 – 1 day.

1304868 – 235 FISHBURNE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $295,500 – 6 days. (Though it was on and off the market since July 2010)

1224792 –  309 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,000 – 0 days.

1224793 – 303 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,000 – 2 days.

1301297 –  1007 ASHLEY AVE, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,900 – 4 days. (Though on and off the market since July 2012)

1301171 –  81 GORDON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $300,000 – 28 days.

1225650 –  203 SAINT MARGARET ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $306,900 – 90 days.

1300787 – 163 MAPLE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $324,000 – 0 days.

1304620 –  31 DUNNEMANN AVE, CHARLESTON, SC – $369,000 – 7 days.

1304375 – 12 CLEVELAND LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $369,900 – 14 days.

1213573 –  368 ASHLEY AVE, CHARLESTON, SC – $379,000 – 250 days.

1304476 – 109 FISHBURNE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $412,000 – 2 days.

1303548 –  101 SAINT MARGARET ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $424,000 – 21 days. (Though on and off the market since April 2010)

1303287 – 76 MAPLE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $426,500 – 20 days.

1302095 –  176 SAN SOUCI ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $429,900 – 19 days.

And the sunset views over the Ashley River from the fishing dock at Longborough, aren’t too bad either…:)

sunset over ashley river dunes properties

Kristin Walker

You can find me at  Charleston Inside Out or riding my bike all over downtown Charleston.

(843) 412-3333 |

Worldwide Trend Hits Harleston Village

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.

Harleston Village Little Free Library

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.

-Kristin Walker | (843) 412-3333



Under contract in 45 days or less? You betcha

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!


Don’t You Want to Move Here Now?

I was…well, let’s be honest, I was procrastinating.  I stumbled across a personal blog of one of our agents, Kristin Walker, and I was gobsmacked.  Her description of reconciling her past with her present love of place/home just sunk into my being’s core.  She told the tale of two trips she’d taken within weeks of each other- to Hoboken and the Outter Banks but it ends like this:

But here’s what happened.

In all that travel, in all that allure, there was still this part of me that said “My home is better.”  ”My home is more beautiful”.  Alas, after so many years, Charleston has made me myopic in my love.  Once a world traveler, a go-go-getter and a person who considered a lack of roots as having wings, I am now almost unknown to my former self as I settle even further into the embrace of my chosen place.

To me, there’s nothing like the feel of our broad finely-sanded beaches, and the sight of our glittering meandering waterways.  And nothing is easier on my eyes than our lively-colored homes and the quiet grace of our steepled skylines.

And when I get off that plane and walk through those big glass doors that open at my behest, that is my moment. My happiness.  I feel the sensuous Lowcountry wind on my face as that Carolina blue sky comes into view, and I know that I am home.

Don’t you want to live somewhere that makes you feel that way? I hope you do already, but if you don’t, give Charleston a try. 

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

Our Agents Excel at Marketing

Congratulations to Barbara Walker who has just one of of the Charleston area’s Online Marketing Award for Excellence.

And a congratulations to Kristin Walker who has been nominated for the Charleston Marketing Association’s Marketer of the Year Award.

We’re so proud they both represent Dunes Properties!

Ultra Hip Downtown Listing

346 E King St. – a 2 bedroom/ 2 1/2 bath 1,454 sq. ft. condominium has just been listed by Jack Hurley and Kristin Walker.

Open and airy with plenty of natural light

This ultra hip, ultra cool condo in the heart of downtown Charleston is truly one of a kind.  Unique lighting includes LED “mood lighting” in the hallway which can be turned on/off.

Contact Jack Hurley or Kristin Walker for more information.Jack: (843) 607-2510jhurley@dunesproperties.comKristin (843)

Do The Charleston!

Charleston Moves is sponsoring an upcoming cycling/pedestrian event.

A half-mile-long section of King Street will be closed off May 16 so cyclists and pedestrians can have the street to themselves.

The event, billed as “Do the Charleston,” aims to create a family fun day along the city’s main commercial street, from noon to 5 p.m.

Jamie Price, a developer and artist who worked for six months to get the city’s permission for the “Do the Charleston” event, said other cities occasionally close downtown streets for cyclists and pedestrians.

He said closing the street between Calhoun and Queen streets will attract parents with children and other cyclists who otherwise might feel uncomfortable riding in traffic.

“Downtown is a great place to cycle on a Sunday,” he said. “We have King Street closed, but it’s fantastic to cycle around the peninsula on Sundays and see things. Or people can just walk, whatever.”

Meanwhile, cyclists also will have a chance to ride as a group from the beaches to downtown from 10-11:30 a.m. May 16, said Kristin Walker, a real estate agent who serves on the board of Charleston Moves.

The Folly ride will begin from the small park at the entrance to the island, while the Isle of Palms ride will begin from the Red and White grocery.

Planning for that ride began separately from the King Street closure, but Walker said, “We thought they were a perfect complement to each other.”

Tom Bradford, director of Charleston Moves, said he hopes the beach-to-downtown rides will grow in frequency and number to encourage Charleston, Mount Pleasant, James Island, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms to do more to make the ride more safe and more fun.

“We might actually get officials to participate and sign some sort of document where they’re pledging to do an expeditious job on this,” Bradford said.

Price said he also hopes the “Do the Charleston” event becomes a more frequent type event on King Street. “I’m hoping it could be several times a year,” he said. “That’s the goal.”

The King Street closure is rare but not unprecedented. The city used to close King between Wentworth and Market streets during the Christmas season, but that stopped when the city moved the focus to Marion Square.

The “Do the Charleston” event will include entertainment from White Tuxedo Productions, and restaurants will be allowed to expand their operations into onstreet parking spaces. Other food vendors will set up just south of Market Street.

*This story appears on the Post and Courier’s website and was written by Robert Behre*