Everyone in Charleston, come on out Sunday, November 8th from 12-5 to enjoy our beautiful Colonial Lake Park and a fun family day of activities, games, music and getting to know your neighborhood residents and businesses. The Real Estate Studio is hosting this event in honor of the Charleston Parks Conservancy and their Park Angels to support our local community. Raffles will be held for some great items and proceeds will benefit the Conservancy.
Ashley Avenue will be closed to traffic from Broad St to Beaufain St so feel free to ride bikes and walk!
The Real Estate Studio at 214 King Street is now offering weekly Real Estate Walking Tours on Saturdays. There are many great Downtown listings within walking distance of one another in a variety of neighborhoods, sizes, and price ranges. Here, at Dunes Properties, we thought it would be not only informative, but also fun to group 4-5 closely-related listings (by location, price, and type) together in a short walking tour every weekend.
Over the past year and a half, we’ve learned a lot from our visitors here at the Studio. We’ve learned that people want to live downtown but have a lot of questions about the neighborhoods and don’t have a clear idea of what they can get for a certain price-point. We have also learned that many people don’t feel exactly comfortable getting in the car immediately for a whole day of driving and parking and one-on-one conversation with a real estate agent. That’s why we’ve designed these tours to take the pressure off by offering a relaxed, small group environment with a fun and physical twist. We’re considering it a nice walk, with an interesting group of folks, with the added bonus of some valuable real estate information. So, get out there and get some fresh air! How better to get the feel of a neighborhood than by strolling through it? You’ll not only tour the listed properties, but you’ll get a feel for the restaurants, shops, and spots of historical interest in each neighborhood.
Some tours will start at The Real Estate Studio and some will originate at another point, more centrally located for the specific neighborhood. Tours will vary each Saturday to cover a variety of Charleston’s most charming communities and offer the BEST listings in each, sometimes homes, sometimes condos. Just call The Real Estate Studio at 843.722.5618 to find out about the tour schedule or to request a specific area for a future jaunt!
I know gas is getting cheaper, but it still isn’t “cheap.” By far the easiest, not to mention healthiest way to counter the high price of fuel is to walk. I realize that for some people, in some cities, this isn’t a practical solution. But according to walkscore.com, a website that calculates a city or neighborhood’s “walkability,” Charleston is considered a “Walker’s Paradise”. In fact, the Downtown neighborhood that is home to our Real Estate Studio scored a walk score of 97 out of 100. Here’s how they determine the score:
“The Walk Score algorithm works by identifying the closest grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops and other amenities near a given address. The neighborhoods are weighted by population and assigned a Walk Score between 0 and 100. Walk Scores greater than 70 indicate neighborhoods where it’s possible to get by without owning a car, while scores of 90+ qualify as a “Walker’s Paradise.”
In these environmetally-conscious times there are more reasons than ever for people to turn to their own two feet for transportation. Here are a few answers to the question of “Why Walking Matters:”
“Better health: A study in Washington State found that the average resident of a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood weighs 7 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood. Residents of walkable neighborhoods drive less and suffer fewer car accidents, a leading cause of death between the ages of 15–45.
Reduction in greenhouse gas: Cars are a leading cause of global warming. Your feet are zero-pollution transportation machines.
More transportation options: Compact neighborhoods tend to have higher population density, which leads to more public transportation options and bicycle infrastructure. Not only is taking the bus cheaper than driving, but riding a bus is ten times safer than driving a car!
Increased social capital: Walking increases social capital by promoting face-to-face interaction with your neighbors. Studies have shown that for every 10 minutes a person spends in a daily car commute, time spent in community activities falls by 10%.
Stronger local businesses: Dense, walkable neighborhoods provide local businesses with the foot traffic they need to thrive. It’s easier for pedestrians to shop at many stores on one trip, since they don’t need to drive between destinations.”
“As Americans look to reduce their environmental impact and ease reliance on cars, the appeal of walkable communities continues to grow,” says Christopher Leinberger of the Brookings Institution. “People increasingly value the convenience and connectedness that vibrant, walkable communities offer – and the health, safety and environmental benefits are icing on the cake.
– Traci Magnus