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Charleston Working to Improve Colonial Lake

Colonial Lake in Downtown Charleston has been written about time and again and enjoyed by many.  It’s a place for fishing, festivals, kayaking (once a year), birds, walkers, joggers, baby strollers, the old and the young.  That’s why I was pleased to read recently that Charleston has plans to improve the park.

As reported by The Post and Courier, the immediate plans include restoring the quality of the water.  They will then be restoring the seawalls and walking paths, adding flower beds, and planting more than 90 trees.  What beautiful and exciting improvements these will be.  Below is a link to further explain what the city will be doing.

Charleston Working to Improve Colonial Lake

Here are just a few beautiful shots taken.

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Colonial Lake Charleston, SC dunes properties  Colonial Lake Charleston, SC dunes properties

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*

Mount Pleasant, All America City?

The Post and Courier reports

DENVER — Mount Pleasant is among more than two dozen communities named finalists for the National Civic League’s 2010 All-America City Awards.

The Denver-based organization says the cities were selected for addressing such issues as diversifying the labor force and funding services during the recession.

Finalists are:

  • Chandler, Ariz.
  • Bentonville, Ark.
  • Dublin, Lynwood, Rancho Cordova and the Vernon Central neighborhood, Calif.
  • Miami Lakes and North Miami, Fla.
  • Acworth, Ga.
  • Belleville and Canton, Ill.
  • Noblesville, Ind.
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Lenexa and Scott County, Kansas
  • Bowling Green, Ky.
  • Salisbury, Md.
  • Ferguson and Riverside, Mo.
  • Lynbrook, N.Y.
  • Gastonia, N.C.
  • West Chester and Wyoming, Ohio
  • Mount Pleasant, S.C.
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Abingdon, Va.
  • Middleton, Wis.

Ten winners will be announced on June 18. 

And I couldn’t be more excited because I proudly call two of the finalist cities home, Ferguson, MO and Mount Pleasant, SC.  Good luck to both! I think you are wonderful and great places to call home.

Restoring the “Front Door”

In the Post and Courier today there is an article on the Union Pier Redevelopment proposal.

The concept was unveiled Thuesday and calls for tearing down a majority of the aging buildings on the property and opening up about 50 acres of waterfront land for public use and redevelopment.  A consultant describes the current look as “making a garden and putting all this junk in front of it.”  The plan also would transplant BMW’s local port operations and shift cruise ship passengers from the terminal near the end of Market Street to an existing building at the pier’s north end.   The firm hired by the State Ports Authority as a consultant called the redevelopment proposal “one of the half-dozen most important urban projects in the U.S.”

A redrawn map of the area shows a series of rundown port buildings which would be removed to create space for new parks, streets and future real estate ventures.

Officials stressed everything revealed was nothing more than conceptual and a master plan could take decades to execute adn the details are likely to change over time.  The type of future development , be it residential or commercial, will be driven by market demands.

Officials will deliver an update at another coummunity meeting later this spring.  But the plans are exciting and just more reasons why the future in Charleston real estate is so bright (we gotta wear shades!).

*Information from Allyson Bird’s Post and Courier article in the 2/10/10 issue

A Place to Call Home Tour… Charleston’s Open House Weekend

This weekend the Post and Courier is sponsoring an Open House Tour featuring over 140 homes in the Lowcountry that range in price from $89,900 to $3.2 million. Every area of the Charleston Coast is represented with homes on the peninsula, the beaches, as far out as Moncks Corner and Hollywood and everywhere in between.  The Post and Courier is even offering the opportunity to win $2500 toward a down payment simply by registering for a drawing at any home on the tour.

Several Dunes Properties agents are participating in the Tour this weekend.  Kristin and Randy Walker are offering 61 Ashley Ave. (circa 1803), a beautiful 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath downtown home on one of the peninsula’s largest lots.  This property even features a separate 2 bedroom, 1 bath Carriage house added in 1853.  Significant updates have been made to this property, but many of the original, historic features remain.  It is truly one of the finest homes currently for sale in Charleston, so stop in to check it out.

Jack Hurley’s home on tour is at 4124 Egret’s Pointe in Mt. Pleasant’s Charleston National golf community. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath is built in the classic Charleston Single style in a secluded, but convenient neighborhood.  Jack is offering an extra incentive for folks to come out and tour this home.  If the winner of the Post and Courier’s giveaway is from his property, he’ll not only match the $2500 prize but he’ll throw in new carpeting and deduct one point from the purchase price. Way to go, Jack!

To view homes before driving out and touring, visit the newspaper’s Web site, There are videos of all the homes on the tour, and you can search by area, new, resale, condo/townhouse or luxury properties of $500,000 or higher. This is great way to see what’s out there, whether you are currently looking to buy or just thinking about it.  With the new tax credit, the lowest mortgage rates in decades, conservative prices, and bountiful selection, there really is no better time to buy.

So stop by the website to browse the options and get out there today 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t forget to drop in an entry form for the $2,500 down payment drawing. Official rules and regulations apply and will be posted at all houses. Register at any of the homes this weekend, but if you want a little something extra, register at Jack’s!

For more information on the A Place to Call Home Tour Open House Weekend check out this ARTICLE from today’s Post and Courier.