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Folly Beach, SC 29439

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Charleston, SC 29401

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Johns Island, SC 29455

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Isle of Palms: Looking into the Future

As an Agent and property owner on Isle of Palms since 1991, clients who are looking to move to the area ask me about the mix of vacation rentals to permanent property owners.

Below is a perfect recap from The Island Eye News of the Isle of Palms Council meeting as they tackle the growing concern of quality of life on IOP. A number of years ago, an island group of year-round residents called Save IOP was concerned with the ever increasing amount of rentals and the impact on the neighborhoods. We all know that a balance between the two are ideal, and the island residents, Mayor and Town Council are addressing this issue.

“The Isle of Palms short term rentals meeting on September 16 was a far cry from the meetings of two and three years ago, when every mention of the words “short term rentals” caused at least a sharp word or two to fly and at worst, sparked a full on red-faced debate. Today, however, the formerly contentious topic was approached with cool aplomb by both the City Council and the Planning Commission, all of whom walked through the issues step by step under the statistics-assisted guidance of Mayor Dick Cronin.

To keep things simple, Mayor Cronin divided the topic into two sections: zoning issues and livability issues. Under zoning, the Mayor reported that the average size of new homes built on the Isle of Palms is between 3800 and 4051 square feet, and of the 17 new homes built last year, not one of them was built as a rental. This is surprising compared to previous years, where the building of rental homes peaked at 50% of new home construction in 2003 and approached that number again in 2006 with 43% of new homes being built as rentals.”

Read the rest of the full article HERE.

– Jack Hurley

The Old South

10 State Street, Charleston SC

Charleston is steeped in history, but has evolved and changed over time into an eclectic mix of the old and the new.  We are thoroughly modern in many ways, but we are still blatantly nostalgic when it comes to certain things.  We still prefer carriages to cars when it comes to a ride by the water and a chilly glass of sweet tea beats an iced latte anyday. Sure you can find lots of modern conveniences in our city, but we also love the traditions of a bygone era. That’s why we’re so excited about the Old South Barber Spa.  It’s Charleston’s newest and most innovative (just for men) salon where, when it comes to a shave, the old fashioned straight razor reigns supreme.

The Old South Barber Spa’s expert mix of the old and the new makes it feel right at home here in Charleston. The decor is old world men’s club, but the amenities are ultra-modern in every way. Nestled in the heart of Charleston’s French Quarter at number 10 State Street, their state of the art facility offers every salon/spa service a man could want, and even some he might never expect.  The modern man might want to get his nails groomed, his hair highlighted, a hot stone massage, or literally any part of his body waxed.  The old fashioned man might choose a classic haircut, a straight blade shave, a shoe shine, and a complimentary cigar in the private outdoor lounge.  And for those men who call themselves true Charlestonians?  Well, a combo of the old and new of course…. plus a cocktail.

Stop by The Old South Barber Spa to see just another reason we think it’s wonderful to live in this beautiful city. And tell Joe Spector we said hello.

– Traci Magnus

The Charleston Art of Porch Sittin’

Rain or shine, day or night, on the front or on the side, Charlestonians are experts in the fine art of porch-sitting.  Even our President remarked in 2008 that  “Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and on the front porches of Charleston.”  In one fell swoop, our porches became famous.

Not that it was necessary.  Not that it changed what we do.  

From the beginning of Charleston’s times, the porch (or piazza) has played an integral part of our lives.  Our porches are wide – 12 feet is ideal, and scattered with lounging couches and rocking chairs, dining tables, swings and joggling boards.  We are lost without them.  Where else would we sit and idly watch the passersby?  Where else would we dine with our family on a cool fall evening?  Is there a better place to entertain our friends on a sultry Lowcountry night, cold glass of wine in hand?  Would a morning cup of joe even taste right without the experience of the sunrise as the birds chirp their morning madness?  How would people know that it’s ok to just drop in unless they saw us practicing our art?  

Entire life-changing philosophies are created on our porches.  Loves are sparked, businesses are born, relationships are forged….

I’ve seen new developments being built in Charleston with nary even a balcony in sight.  I say to them – you are obviously not from here.  You obviously don’t get what it is to be a Charlestonian. We need our porch, our outside, our connectedness to nature, our town and our community.

Perhaps it was under the influence of Obama, or perhaps people are just waking up, but the porch is making a comeback.  All of a sudden, a porch is being seen as a way to connect people to their communities (imagine!).  It’s neighborly and charming and is an American Icon.  So check out the recent Post and Courier article about porches.  Get one on your house (if you don’t have one already) or find a home here that has one, and practice the fine art of porch sittin’.  You’ll discover a whole new beautiful world.

-Kristin Walker – Charleston Peninsula Real Estate

Lowcountry Livin’ – Map of Downtown Charleston Areas that Flood When it Rains at High Tide

It’s part of living in the Lowcountry.  When the high tide and the heavy rain coincide – you get flooding.  Lots of it.  Now don’t sound alarmed – I am not talking Hurricane Hugo level floods.  I’m just saying there are a few streets you and your car need to avoid in Downtown Charleston unless you are wearing waders or happen to own a Monster Truck.  It’s part of the whole adventure! So here’s a collaborative map, created by The Digitel, and added to by Charlestonians near and wide.  I recommend bookmarking this, so if you are ever caught in a storm and are Downtown and need to get out, you’ll know how to find your way.


Kristin B. Walker – Charleston Peninsula Real Estate Expert