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Full Moon Madness

This weekend the low expected on Saturday is 70 degrees! Wow!  Granted we still have beautiful beach worthy temperatures in Charleston up through November, but that “aaahh it’s summertime” feeling is coming to an end.  The summer is our busy time and everyone at Dunes Properties,  from our agents to our vacation rental staff, worked so hard that our president, Randy Walker, treated us to a surprise full moon harbor cruise last night aboard the Schooner Pride.

We saw rain off in the distance (the views are so amazing here you can often see rain pouring from clouds far away that never makes it to where you’re at), and heard some thunder but amazingly we were spared and eventually the full moon made it out from the clouds.

It can be so easy to take the every day beauty in your life for granted, but I don’t think any of us take Charleston, the sea, the beach, or life here for granted. We wake up every morning knowing that we live in one of the best cities.  That feeling just gets a bit of reinforcement  on nights like last night.

Pelicans circling and floating in the water, gulls cruising along, water lapping at the side of the boat- the Ravenel Bridge off in the distance.  Just spectacular scenery and it’s around us every day.

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.


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!

Folly Opportunity- Great Lot with a Fixer Upper

We’ve has just listed this great lot which has a home that needs some work.  601 West Beach Court. We think this property is going to move fast at the super aggressive listing price of $394,900.   A primary residence, a 2nd home, an investment rental property? You name it and this prime real estate fits the bill. This oversized corner lot is just steps away from beach access yet secluded away from the busy hustle and bustle that summertime can bring at Folly.

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)

Rhett Thurman’s “Vacation Inspiration” paintings on display at The Real Estate Studio

Rhett Thurman’s “Band of Angels” is the cover art for Dunes Properties’ 2009-2010 Vacation Guide

Summer weather is here and the beach is on the minds of many. Some like to take a dip in the ocean, others like to relax on a screened in porch. Charleston-based painter, Rhett Thurman, is inspired by the bright bold colors and light during this time of year. A seventeen piece collection of her paintings will be on display at The Real Estate Studio, located at 214 King Street from May 18-June 29. The work is available for viewing Monday through Saturday 9am-6pm, Sundays 11am-4pm.
Thurman’s work is distinguished by her signature vibrant and fresh palette. She also impresses with her broad range of subject matter. Her extensive travels are a reoccurring inspiration for the artist. She approaches each painting, whether it is a street scene in Mexico, a field of strawberries in California, or a child playing on the beach with the same sentimental connection with the viewer.
Thurman has achieved national acclaim for both her oils and watercolors. She has exhibited with the prestigious American and National Watercolor Societies, been featured in national publications and is included in private, museum and corporate collections. She was the 2003 artist in residence for the Gibbes Museum of Art Poets’ and Painters’ program. Thurman is the recipient of the 1995 Outstanding Alumna Award from Queens College, where she earned her degree in studio art. Her education and painting experience include further studies in Europe and the United States. As Charleston is a destination for international art collectors, Thurman’s work has worldwide exposure and is gaining in popularity.
The artist says, “Whether painting at home or abroad, a complicated sidewalk café or a simple slice of melon, my quest remains the same:  pushing past what I’ve done before for a fresh spin of light, color, and relationships of people, places, and things”. She has served as president of South Carolina Watercolor, and a co-founder of Southern Exposure, offering national and international travel and painting opportunities. Thurman is represented by The Sylvan Gallery which is located at 171 King St. and open Mon-Sat 10-5,, 843-722-2172.

Downtown Market Renovations

Renovations are complete on the open air portion of the famed City Market in downtown Charleston which was last renovated in the 1970’s.

Renovations started in January to the three buildings that make up the market. The days of being shoulder to shoulder smashed into narrow walkways look like they are over. My personal favorite renovation is the creation of a fairly wide aisle to accomodate shopper traffic more comfortably. Roofs were repaired/replaced, new restrooms installed, ceiling fans added, windscreens and also security cameras. According to a partner in the private management group, the project was completed in time and under budget.

The enclosed Market Hall section should see renovations happening in October.

The City Market- another reason to come visit downtown Charleston. There are many deals to be found- jewelry, Charleston tchotchkes, handmade crafts, Charleston photographs, candies and nuts, clothing, sweetgrass baskets and so many other items.

Facts about the Charleston City Market

  1. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney ceded the land on which the Market is built to the City of Charleston in 1788. He stipulated that a public market be built on the site and that it remain in use as a public market into perpetuity
  2. The outdoor market buildings were built between 1804-1830’s
  3. These market buildings originally housed meat, vegetable and fish markets and rented for $1.00 or $2.00 per day
  4. The Market Hall buildings were built in 1841
  5. The City Market, one of the oldest in the country, is significant enough to be part of a permanent exhibit entitled “Life in Coastal South Carolina c. 1840” at the American History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC

And when you visit the Market, just go up a block or two and visit our Real Estate Studio at 214 King St.

Come on Down to King St Sunday May 16th 12-5 for a Fun Event

This coming Sunday, King St is hosting an event called Do the Charleston – a car-free community event from 12-5.  We have been working on this with a great group of people over the past 7 months and it is almost here!  We invite all ya’ll to come out and enjoy King St in a whole new way – without cars. There will be outdoor dining, street vendors, music, entertainment and more so bring your family and friends out to play ON King St.

Check out the website of Do the Charleston for more information