It’s beach season and there is no doubt that each one of Charleston’s beaches has it’s own charm. I would say that all are worth a visit, and you can pick one that suites your mood! If you’re looking for surf and are feeling adventurous, Folly is for you. If you’re looking for a great beach to take the kids to, Isle of Palms is where you should be. Want to go kiteboarding? Head on over to Sullivan’s. Each week we will be featuring a different local beach, and this week it’s all about Isle of Palms! Read on to see some rules, guidelines, and what to expect at Charleston’s most family-friendly beach.
Out of all the beaches in Charleston, Isle of Palms offers the most family-friendly shores (and is my personal favorite!). Because this beach has a bucket of rules and a ton of tourists, there are a few things you should know before packing up the family and heading out for a day of fun in the sun. Isle of Palms beach doesn’t allow alcohol, glass bottles, bonfires, camping, fireworks, or, of course, littering. So if you’re a college kid looking for a party, this beach probably isn’t for you. Dogs are allowed on the Isle of Palms beach as long as they are kept on a leash at all times (even when they are in the water) except from 5 am to 8 am, making it able to get your morning walk with your pooch in.
Holes that your children may dig while making mystical castles must be filled in when they are done. This keeps baby sea turtles from getting stuck on their way to the water and grandma from falling in and breaking a hip. Isle of Palms safety officers and lifeguards also need to be able to get around on their beach carts without breaking an axel.
The beaches on Isle of Palms are open and windy, making this the perfect place for kitesurfing. There aren’t many surfers here, since the waves are pretty small. You will occasionally see surfers here, although usually beginners. If you do want to take a crack at surfing, make sure you stay 100 feet from swimmers and 200 feet from the pier if you don’t want a hefty fine.
If you’re looking for a beach with a lifeguard, head to the Isle of Palms County Park on 14th Street. You can park here for $5 and you will find restrooms, showers, picnic tables, ice cream, and chair and umbrella rentals (although I recommend you bring your own – it’s rather pricey). Make sure you pop into our dunes properties office right there on the corner and say hi!
There are plenty of things to do on Isle of Palms if laying in the sun and playing in the sand isn’t for you. Aside from kitesurfing, you could make your way to the back side of the Island where you will find the IOP Marina and you can rent wave runners, go parasailing, or go on a fishing charter. If you’re in need of any beach gear, pop in to Isle Surf Co.
For lunch, check out Windjammer, where you can eat, drink, listen to live music, and even sing a little. Banana Cabana has great seasonal food and a beachfront bar, and Coconut Joe’s offers Island-inspired dishes and a rooftop bar. If you’re looking for pizza, ice cream, or some cute shops to browse in, stroll around The Front Beach Area.
Overall, the Isle of Palms beach is a family-friendly, clean, pleasant beach where you don’t need to worry about alcohol, rowdiness, or parties. Get ready for a day full of relaxation or adventure, whatever you choose! If you decide that Isle of Palms beach isn’t for you, check out the blog post we did last week on Folly Beach and make sure you stay tuned, next week we are featuring Sullivan’s Island.
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.
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.
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.
So it’s officially the end of the summer season for our Vacation Rentals division, and wouldn’t you know the rain has come. It’s been a summer of record breaking heat indexes and highs well over 90 since mid June. I think for those of us who live here, the rain is a bit of relief from the “excessive heat” our weathermen boast about daily.
Yesterday brought quite a bit of rain, and not surprisingly for the locals, a decent amount of flooding!
Unfortunately, our guests who were looking forward to a piece of sun and sand before the kids head back to school, might be finding themselves checking local movie times and finding alternative ways to spend their time at Folly and downtown.
Luckily for our guests, we offer a free concierge service. We are happy to share all that there is to see and do in Charleston, even if it’s a bit gloomy outside. After all there’s no shortage of fabulous restaurants, shopping, and museums. Our website is a great hub of info of ways to certainly soak up all that Charleston has to offer, rays or no rays!
Here is your March 2010 real estate market report for Folly Beach. There were 6 properties sold during March 2010. They included one lot on Little Oak Island, a Mariner’s Cay for $412k and an oceanfront property for $655k. The average sales price for the month was $393,400. This continues the downward trend on prices and it seems like many sales are pushing prices lower. This has resulted in a higher number of transactions, as buyers realize that prices are now within reach and pull the trigger on the island lifestyle they have been dreaming of.
Come on down to the island! The prices are fine!
If you have always thought that living at the beach was too expensive, then think again. In 2009 Q1, the average sales price was $438,000 and that has dropped to $401,000 in 2010 Q1. 22 properties sold in 1st Quarter 2010, compared to 11 in the 1st Quarter of 2009. The lower average sales price explains the reason for the increased number of sales. More people are able to move onto Folly Beach, leaving behind the feeling that it is too expensive to live on the beach. Increased demand typically signals the bottom of the market, so if this trend continues we could see prices rise in the future.
Now is a great time to buy a Folly Beach home because of the combination of low prices and low interest rates. Make sure you are working with someone who is an expert in the market and knows their way around the island. Please contact me here with any questions.
Folly Beach Real Estate – 843-425-6414
I have seen a Folly Beach lot that is available for the cheapest price I have seen in a long time. How much is cheap? Not $500,000. Not $300,000. Not even $200,000. Think lower. Click here to find out.
If you are a builder, or investor, or interested in living on Folly Beach this is a great opportunity. I can help guide you through all the due diligence regarding the property, and can walk you through the permitting and building process on Folly Beach. This is one of the lowest prices for land on Folly Island that I have seen in a long time. Call me for details or click here to contact me.
This Saturday March 13th, 2010, the streets of Folly Beach will turn green to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day, and Folly party-goers will race around Center Street competing for prizes in the annual pub crawl. Everyone please use caution, from what I understand, the open-container law will be lifted, but the streets will be open to traffic! Please be careful “crawling” from one pub to the next. A good time will be had by all, including me, so call me if you want to meet up! I’m buying!
This is an election year on Folly Beach and election day is April 6th. There are three candidates for the Mayor’s office, and seven candidates for City Council. Folly Beach Now is covering the election by providing information that will help voters make informed decisions. You will find answers to your questions about where the candidates stand, information about their backgrounds, and important meetings and dates.
*** If you need to register to vote, the deadline is March 6th ***
Running for Mayor:
Running for City Council:
Please contact me with any questions or comments.