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Isle of Palms Office

1400 Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
843.886.5600

Real Estate Inquiries:
realestate@dunesproperties.com
Vacation Rental Inquiries:
vacations@dunesproperties.com


Folly Beach Office

31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
843.588.3800

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Vacation Rental Inquiries:
vacations@dunesproperties.com


The Real Estate Studio

214 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.5618

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realestate@dunesproperties.com
Vacation Rental Inquiries:
vacations@dunesproperties.com


Kiawah Seabrook Office

1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.768.9800

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New Listings in the Dunes West Neighborhood of Mount Pleasant

The upscale neighborhood of Dunes West is located in the fastest growing area on the Charleston Coast, Mount Pleasant. This community is just minutes to beaches and an easy trip to Downtown Charleston.  In Dunes West, you can enjoy the country club lifestyle with access to two pools, play areas, a fitness center, tennis courts, a crab dock, boat storage, and miles of wonderful walking trails.  The centerpiece of the community is the 18-hole Arthur Hills Golf Course for those who like to hit the green.  Interested in learning more about the great communities of Mt. Pleasant?  Contact an agent at our new Mt. Pleasant office.

New Featured Listings in Dunes West:

1780 Greenspoint Court

1780 Greenspoint DW (1)5 Bedrooms | 4.5 Baths | 4,131 Square Feet

Perfect blend of luxury and livability in this spacious quality-built family pool home in gated Dunes West. Heart of the home is a large and inviting open concept great room, breakfast area, and high end kitchen, all with beautiful, recently refinished hardwood flooring. Dream kitchen features Wolf range, Sub-zero refrigerator, beverage cooler, huge island, custom cabinetry, and gorgeous granite. This incredible living/entertaining space opens to the best in outdoor living: custom in-ground pool with automated cleaner, hot tub, travertine pool decking, screened porch, and separate deck.

1780 Greenspoint Court interior images

1780 Greenspoint Court, exterior images1780 Greenspoint Court is offered by Debbie Michael & Catherine Parker.  Contact for more information.

2713 Rush Haven Drive

001-188757-1_resampled5 Bedrooms | 4.5 Baths | 4,301 Square Feet

Located on a private cul-de-sac in one of Dunes West’s most desirable neighborhoods. Originally a builder’s personal home the current owners have made numerous improvements to include a professionally designed in-ground pool, an adorable pool house, screened and covered porch overlooking the pool and private back yard and a freshly painted exterior, completed in January, 2016. This home features Oak hardwood floors throughout the first floor living space, tile in the bathroom and carpet in the bedrooms. The open airy floor plan, with a two story living room provides natural light in every room. The large welcoming foyer provides options the minute you walk in the door.

2713 Rush Haven, interior images

2713 Rush Haven, exterior images2713 Rush Haven Drive is offered by Betty Poore.  Contact Betty for more information.

 

Family Visits Equal Falling in Love With Charleston, Again

With all there is to do in Charleston, South Carolina, it’s easy sometimes to just keep from getting overwhelmed and stay home. It can be exhausting deciding from your upteenth favorite restaurants, landmarks, stores, parks, activities, and more! But when the family comes visiting, you have to do some choosing.

When we loaded up the car with my sister and her two teenage sons, I started seeing Charleston through fresh eyes as we drove around. The beautiful points of the Ravenel Bridge among the fluffy clouds and blue sky, the excitement of seeing pelicans roosting or their vertical dive into the water for food, and witnessing a pod of dolphins swimming their way through the wake of a boat. I forget how clear the air is and that you can see for miles from nearly any point. Everywhere we went I remember saying “There’s the Sullivan’s Island lighthouse, the flags from Fort Sumter, the Ravenel Bridge, the spire from St. Philip’s Church downtown,” etc.

There is a view from almost every corner of something you want to take a photo of. There is so much American history (my sister put it so eloquently “Man, a lot of stuff happened in Charleston”) and  a feeling of “anything can happen here!” And the simplest, best, and free pleasure here is the beach. The beach kept us all, children and adults, entertained for hours three sunny days straight.

For a week straight I was overwhelmed with awe over all that is contained in this city that is really fairly small. The picture perfect beauty, the different characters walking the streets in the footsteps of history, and just all that Charleston ecompasses. The palmetto trees, the wildlife, the water, and the marshes. So much is here that is not found elsewhere. I guess you can say the same about almost every city, that there is something about it that makes it wonderful. But it’s more than wonderful. Charleston is magical. A gateway where the past, the present and future coexist and inspire.

After a week of eating copious amounts of awesome food, lounging on the beach, driving around  scoping out Army Wives filming locations, going on ghost tours, wandering around the alleys of downtown, visiting historical landmarks and more we were beat. But as my sister and the boys got into their car after a final goodbye, my husband and I thought to ourselves “We really need to do [all of that] more often.” But not after a week of long recuperative naps!

Flower box on Queen St. dowtown

Waterfront Park downtown Charleston  (beautiful on even a stormy day)

Pitt Street bridge park in Mt. Pleasant

-Rebecca Narkiewicz

I Can’t Imagine Living Anywhere But Mount Pleasant

There are so many wonderful neighborhoods in Charleston and if I knew about them all before I moved here, I don’t know that I could have made a decision as to where to live. See, I’m the just take a leap and go kind of gal. I moved here site unseen. We found a great little place in old Mount Pleasant (up a bit from the Old Village) and nearly 14 years later, I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home.

You could do man on the street interviews anywhere in town and ask what Charleston area is the best to live in and most people will rave over their own neighborhood. I’m not any different.

Mt. Pleasant Pitt Street Bridge

Mt. Pleasant Pitt Street Bridge

Mount Pleasant’s revitalized Pitt St. Bridge in the Old Village

I love that I can walk a few blocks or less to get a beer, a great sushi dinner, pick out a new area rug and fabric for reupholstering my sofa, grab a latte, have a picnic with a harbor view, buy a new outfit, hit up Pitt St. Pharmacy for a wonderful Cherry Coke or ice cream, and more! Fourth of July is awesome because I can ride by bike down to the old Pitt Street Bridge (which is now a beautiful little park- like area) and see the fireworks from the Isle of Palms, James Island, and Mount Pleasant. And before the Christmas parade that goes down Coleman, there is a fireworks display that beats Fourth of July’s.

Old Mt. Pleasant is kind of in the heart of everything- we’re close to downtown, West Ashley, and the beaches of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. It’s pedestrian and bike friendly, fragrant blooms fill many yards as you walk past you can smell them in the air, and it’s a place where people pass you by and say “Hi.” There are dogs being walked, kids riding bikes, moms and dads taking their babies for a stroll, joggers and power walkers.  Old Mount Pleasant is home and more importantly, it feels like home. I really can’t imagine living anywhere else.

New Listing at Remleys Point

Check out 120 Wando Reach Court.  Our new listing in River Reach at Remleys Point, one of the more exclusive Mount Pleasant neighborhoods. This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home is 4939 sqft. and just must be seen to be believed. Lots of unique touches make this a wonderful home. Offered at $2,499,000. Listed by Joe Walker and Donnie Whitaker of dunes properties®.

Contact: Joe Walker (843) 345-4510 | Donnie Whitaker (843) 607-0954

Joe  jwalker@dunesproperties.com | Donnie dwhitaker@dunesproperties.com

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You Don’t Have to Be a Celebrity to Have a Destination Wedding

Charleston (and the entertainment media in general) is still abuzz about the surprise nuptials of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively over Labor Day weekend.  The couple was married here in Charleston at the cotton dock at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant. The event was planned by Martha Stewart’s crew, so you know it had to be one fabulous, well done affair that we’ll unfortunately have to wait until December to sneak a peek at when the event will be featured in Martha Stewart’s Weddings magazine. The couple chose Charleston reportedly because Reynolds has a love for the city and it has become a special getaway for him and Lively.

Now you bride to be may be shying away from the idea of a destination wedding after reading “$3000 cake” or “Carnival hour” and “Martha Stewart’s crew” but a destination wedding is not just for the rich and famous.  If you are planning a wedding, look to Charleston! The weather here is usually gorgeous and even the winters are mild by the standards of most. And if you want a summer destination wedding but the idea of standing outside in the sun isn’t appealing,  the beach is a more breezy option for you, or a yacht during a coastal or harbor cruise.  There are also plenty of air-conditioned, indoor options.

And don’t forget the food. Get kitschy and rent the airstream trailer from Jack’s Cosmic Dog and treat your guests to hot dogs (and veggie dogs) with plenty of different fixins, cookies instead of cake from Charleston Cookie Company, believe or not Piggly Wiggly can make a great cake if you are minding your budget.  Or a catered mix of elegance and southern comfort food (like mac and cheese or shrimp and grits) from the likes of Cru Cafe or Good Food Catering.

Think of the wedding photography; the beach, the gardens, the harbor front, the pineapple fountain in waterfront park (I am proud to admit the pineapple has a special place in my wedding album).  The locale is beautiful, there is something for every taste from eclectic and funky to elegant to whimsical.

And the second to the commitment you are about to make to your partner, the guests! Dunes Properties vacation rental properties are a great option.  Vacation rentals are a perfect, cozier and often more cost efficient alternative.  You can make your own meals, a larger group can gather more comfortably in a living room than a hotel room which makes staying in a welcome pleasure, and the beach could be in walking distance or right outside the back door. And your guests will love that staying with Dunes Properties means a slew of local businesses will offer them discounts – Charleston SUP Safaris eco tours , Flipper Finders kayak tours, high speed boat tours of Charleston harbor with Thriller Charleston, golf at the Links at Stono Ferry, what would make better photo ops for groomsmen or bridesmaids than a day of roller skating at Hot Wheels Skating Center , horse drawn carriage tours of downtown with Palmetto Carriage Company, ghost tours with Bulldog Tours and others.   Charleston Green Taxi offers discounted transportation, and On the Spot Baby Equipment and Rentals has everything you need for little ones away from home at 10% off for guests as well. And if you just want to see where Blake and Ryan tied the knot, Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens offers $2.50 off adult tickets.

What are waiting for? Start planning that Charleston wedding!

 

Cheese Please

Last night I went with a friend to Uncorked – an unpretentious wine bar in Mt. Pleasant’s Belle Hall shopping center off Long Point Rd. Uncorked opened about five months ago. They have a wide assortment of wines, a few craft beers, a decent selection of chocolate and also cheeses.  Charcuterie is coming soon and I can only hope some olives as well.  The owner David Willis, manager William Bennett, and assistant manager Peter Demarest are very informed about their wines and cheeses and happy to share their knowledge and their opinions in a fresh, light-hearted way. In no way is this place boring or snobbish.  It’s an intimate space with a small bar, a sofa, two upholstered chairs and a few tables and chairs inside and out. It’s a comfortable, low-key and yes truly as they claim an unpretentious wine bar.  A perfect place for a first date, a girls’ happy hour, heck, I think I’d have no problem going there alone and reading a book while sipping from a glass of prosecco and nibbling on bonbons (the pecan pie and double shot latte bon bons rocked my sweet tooth).

Sit down, relax, sip, nibble and enjoy!

I must admit I have paid today for my night out at Uncorked, I have a cheese hangover.  Seriously, we ate a lot of cheese and after our chocolate plate, we decided we wanted more – the owner was extra nice and plied us with a few extra cheese options to try. I couldn’t say no. Nothing disappointed.  I don’t know when I’ll be able to eat cheese again and the mention of the word cheese is not sitting well with me today. Which is unfortunate because today I found out about THIS-

Goat~Sheep~Cow. Newly opened at 106 Church St. in downtown Charleston there is a little gem with a Parisian feel and their focus is CHEESE! I read this awesome story on one of my favorite blogs Read Charlie. They have almost 200 kinds of cheeses. Now that is my kind of crazy.  I can’t wait to go there. I think it will have to wait until next weekend, however.  When I do, I will report. But from reading the article and checking out their website, how could they disappoint any cheese lover?

Such a cute store front

Dunes Agent Helps Mt. Pleasant Receive $4000 Beautification Grant

As reported by Moultrie News

The Palmetto Pride Anti-Litter Organization recently awarded a $4000 beautification grant to the Mount Pleasant Pride Committee. This money will go to making the Public Service Department’s Six Mile Complex a beautiful and welcoming site for motorists, residents,  and recreational walker/joggers.

Patricia Fuchs, a real estate agent with Dunes Properties, is Vice Chair of the Pride Committee. We are so proud of her and her involvement in the town she calls home.  Karen Hilty from our Kiawah/Seabrook office exlaimed this when she found out the good news “I am not surprised one bit by Patricia’s accomplishments. I have had the pleasure of working with her for many years at Dunes and there is no one I would rather have on my committee; or any committee for that matter.”

We go on about Charleston being a way of life and how we love to make our visitors our new neighbors. It’s not just blathering talk. It’s the truth.  We love this city and we enjoy giving back to the communities.

Betty Poore volunteers at East Cooper Hospital, does Meals on Wheels almost every week with her mom, and devotes a lot of time to the Pet Helpers Trap and Return Program.

Toddy Poore does Meals on Wheels every week with her daughter (Betty) or sons.

Mark Mitchell and Patricia Fuchs sponsor Isle of Palms Rec Center’s children’s sports teams and Mark is highly invovled in the school board, Rotary Club, and Boys and Girls Club of the Trident Area.

Mark Fuchs is a member of the Lowcountry Business Network .

Jack Hurley through his Jack’s Cosmic Dogs has sponsored 50 children in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program to provide them with free age appropriate books.

Mike Parades serves as treasurer for an HOA, teaches several classes a year at CTAR, teaches for Community Associations Institute, consults local HOAs,  and just completed term as President of the Stono Ferry Mens Golf Association Board.

Linda Solomon has been a member of the Pet Helpers Annual Fur Ball committee for several years.

I could go on but suffice to say, Dunes Properties loves Charleston and we love giving back to Charleston.

The Real Estate Market in Mt. Pleasant

I did a little research this past week on the real estate market in Mt. Pleasant and learned a couple of interesting things about the Mt. Pleasant real estate market. In the local multiple Listing Service (MLS) Mt. Pleasant real estate is in two sections; properties south of Hwy 41, and properties north of Hwy 41.

The total number of homes listed for sale in all of Mt. Pleasant (both parts of MLS and both attached and detached homes) is 1159. This is a moving target, so the numbers will be different slightly this week. Of those homes listed there are 264 that are listed as contingent, meaning their under contract but area in the process of clearing those contingencies. Of these, some may not clear all contingencies and will return to the active status.  The numbers show about 18.6% of the listed homes for sale in both sections of Mt. Pleasant are under contract.

Looking at the Median Prices provides some additional information that can be telling. For the area north of 41, the Median Price for all homes listed is $450,000, while the Median Price for the homes that are contingent is $315,000. A difference of $135,000 below the Median Price for all Listed detach homes. For homes listed in the south area below 41 the Median Price is $469,950, while the Median Price for the homes that are contingent is $372,500. A difference of $97,450 below the Median Price for all listed homes.

Attached homes have a lower Median Price, but show a similar trend. In the north area above 43, Median Price is $212,200 while the Median Price of contingent homes is $199,000. In the south area Median Prices for all listed homes is $229,945 while the Median Price for contingent homes is $156,500.

In all cases, the Median Prices show that the homes under contingencies have Median Prices well below the Median Price for all listed homes, both attached and detached. Since these homes are active contingent, the Median Price reflects the listed price at the time the home was classified as active contingent in MLS. The actual price paid is not reflected in any of these numbers.

The take away is that in this market, homes need to be price aggressively or buyers will look to properties that are! Buyers have more choices and will not look at homes that are not aggressively priced. A professional real estate agent knows the local market and is in the best position to help their clients price their homes competitively for that market.

We are professional Realtors and know the market in Mt. Pleasant. If you have questions about real estate in Mt. Pleasant, or you are looking for help buying your next home, or selling your current home, call us. If you know someone who may have questions, have them call us.

Are You Thinking About a 1031 Exchange?

Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code is most often used in connection with the sale of real property.  If you have been in the real estate market looking for a way to invest money and defer taxes, you may have heard about ‘Like-kind exchanges’ or ‘Tax Deferred Exchanges’ as a possible means to accomplish your goals. These are alternate names for what is commonly known as a 1031 Exchange.

United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 1031)

This is a simple transaction that allows you to exchange properties of like-kind and defer the taxes. The transaction is simple, but understanding the process may not be! What property qualifies? Here are a couple of examples of what does not qualify:

  • 1031(e) livestock of different sexes do not qualify for like kind exchange.
  • 1031(h)(1) real property outside the United States and real property in the United States are not of like kind.

I was surprised about 1031(e) and I’m sure you are.

This might be your 1031 “Like-Kind”.

What is the difference between a second home and a vacation home? What taxes are being deferred? How long are taxes deferred? How does this benefit me? As a buyer, should I consider entering into an identified 1031 Exchange?  Do qualified exchanges have to be simultaneous? If not, how long do I have to complete a qualified exchange?

There are many more questions depending on each circumstance and it is in your best interest to get correct answers to the questions for your circumstances and not depending on an overview to make your decision. Your professional Realtor® will be able to give information, but a Realtor® is only part of the resources you need. Your Realtor® will identify properties for your consideration. Another team member should be a tax attorney and a CPA who are experienced with 1031 Exchanges. They can give answers to how a 1031 Exchange fits into your portfolio, and how a 1031 Exchange fits into your estate.

If you are interested in a 1031 Exchange in on the Charleston Coast, contact Dunes Properties.

Home Buying and Baskin-Robbins

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.

 

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