Charleston, SC Real Estate News

By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
With all of the negative press on the real estate market lately, it's no wonder why no one has paid that much attention to the economy in Charleston.  Everywhere I turn I hear someone spouting how bad the market is and how real estate is going under, but for Charleston that is just not the case. In today's Post and Courier, there was an article releasing that the federal government has confirmed that the economy of the tri-county areas of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties are not just growing, but booming! The article is Numbers don't lie: We're a hot market. According to the article, the three-county area's economic output has grown faster in the past five years than South Carolina's and the nation's as a whole, with the latest year's increase ranking among the top 20 perc...
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By Bruce Mullen
(Carolina One Real Estate)
With over 330 years of history and happenings, what better place to spend Halloween than in historic Charleston, South Carolina? Charleston has everything a fright seeker desires; from special ghost tours, costume hoe-downs, extravaganzas and more, there's something guaranteed to raise every hair and chill every bone! West Farm Corn Maze - Sept. 21 - Oct. 28 Experience good old-fashioned fun at the West Family's 6-acre corn maze. The maze features over 3 miles of trails in the shape of the state of SC. Guests will be provided a map upon entry, but will have to use their best map-reading skills to get out of the maze after finding all 12 checkpoints. Other activities include a farm zoo, hayrides, pumpkin patch, scarecrow alley, apple slingshot and more! Call 843-688-5453 or visit www.wes...
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By Carolyn Dubrofsky
(Charleston Your Home )
As a native Jersey boy, Pizza is my passion.  If there were one kind of food that I could be left with on a deserted island for the rest of my life, it would be a good pizza pie. And yes, I did say “pie,” make no mistake, that is the official terminology. In the northeast I order a large, medium, or small cheese pie. We still have all the toppings, it’s just that I’m a meat n’ potatoes kind of guy, (possibly the Irish heritage), and I stick to the classic but everlasting cheese pizza.If any of you doubt my expertise, let’s examine my resume here. I have been to dozens and dozens of pizza parlors in the northeast, the west coast, and even down south. I have eaten pizza all over the world as well: Spain, Ireland, China, and even the motherland…Italy.  Rome was about the only place that co...
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By Foster Smith Summerville, Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor
(Carolina One Real Estate)
 Homes for Sale in Del Webb Charleston are located within the Cane Bay Plantation Development in Summerville,SC.  This area is one of the new 55 and older communities in Summerville and promises to be a wonderful community for those looking to relocate to Charleston and enjoy life as they reach retirement or just want to downsize.Developed by Pulte Homes, (a Fortune 150 company based in Michigan), Del Webb has the reputation of building solid homes and great communities with amenities that are geared specifically to active adults.  Pulte Homes has constructed nearly 500,000 homes in its 57 years of business and they had revenues of $14.3 billion in 2006.In an interview with the Charleston Post & Courier, the director was quoted "We have been building active adult communities for over 46...
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By Carolyn Dubrofsky
(Charleston Your Home )
It has been 50 years since Jack Kerouac published “On the Road,” which was typed on one continuous 120-foot scroll in three weeks. Join Blue Bicycle Books this Saturday, September 22st for a commemorative event for “On the Road” and a book release party for “Kakalak: An Anthology of Carolina Poets.” The event will start at 5 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception and a book signing. Bookstore owner Jonathan Sanchez who just happens to be a very gifted author himself, came up a little short on the cash in his quest to purchase the original Kerouac scroll, which sold for a mere $2.4 million in 2002, so Blue Bicycle Books commissioned a community creative writing project. Kerouac fans were invited to re-create their own story on a communal scroll. Like Kerouac’s famous story, the scroll wil...
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By Carolyn Dubrofsky
(Charleston Your Home )
Want a fun way to support the local economy, and sample some delicious Lowcountry fare? Lowcountry Local First, a nonprofit advocating a living local economy, will host the inaugural Buy Local, Be Local Bash to kick off its first Buy Local Week (Sept. 24- 29). The bash will be at V Fitness Center at the Aquarium Wharf in downtown Charleston. Local entertainers Cary Ann Hearst and Eddie Bush will provide the music, and Fish Restaurant, The Sprout, Granville, Sesame and Five Loaves Café will provide the food. Locally produced and distributed wines, spirits, coffee and beer will also be available. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Advance tickets are available at V Fitness, Sesame, The Sprout, The Sustainability Institute and The Noisette Co. For more information, you can contac...
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By Jim Grady
(Keller-Williams Charleston SC)
Like any other area in the US, Charleston has experienced a slowdown in their real estate market.  Charleston is a unique area; however, with its proximity to the beach, resorts, port access, continued economic growth and commercial development and its affordability.  Thus, the real estate forecast is optimistic.  Charleston thus continues to be an area of real estate opportunity.    
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Would you love to groove to the sounds of one of South Carolina's favorite bands? If so, then you need to mark your calendar for the 5th Annual "Home Grown Concert". On August 24th, Hootie & the Blowfish will be playing their tunes for a really good cause.  For the past 4 years, the Lowcountry has had the privilege of having this home-grown band play our "Home Grown Concert".  The purpose of the event is to raise money to provide school supplies for children all over the Lowcountry. The concert will start around 8:00pm at the Daniel Island Family Circle Cup Stadium. Ticket prices vary, so call 1-800-677-2293 to get the whole scoop. So come on out and have some fun and donate to local children in need of school supplies! *photo courtesy of Flickr
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
I was checking out Realtor Magazine Online, and it seems that Charleston, SC has been chosen for one more thing! Outside Magazine did a study of US cities in each section of the country.  They were searching for small towns and large cities that were "fit, fun, and packed with adventure." And for the East Coast, Charleston was chosen for the "supersized" fun city, while Portland, ME was chosen for the small town. I know that there are a lot of people in Charleston, but in no way do I think we are "supersized".  But the mention sure is nice! If you're interested, here's the article: Magazine Picks 'Fit, Fun' Towns in Every Region
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Photo by Gordon L WolfordCharleston has again been honored as one of the “Top Cities in the United States & Canada,” according to Travel + Leisure magazine’s recent 10th annual World’s Best Poll. Charleston joins New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Fe, Quebec City, Vancouver, Montreal, Victoria and Seattle on the magazine’s list of 2007’s 10 best destinations in the United States & Canada.Living in Charleston we have a lot to be proud of. It’s consistent ranking as a top-10 destination is an acknowledgment of its enduring appeal not only as a destination but also, as a place to call home. This week I happen to be showing friends around visiting from New York. It is their first trip down here and they are having a wonderful time going to the beach on Isle of Palms, playing tennis and...
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When my Financial Advisor called over a week ago to tell me not to watch the news because I wouldn't want to watch what was happening to the stock market, the first thing out of my mouth was "well, perhaps the real estate market will turn around now!"  How's that for positive thinking?Land sales have really taken a hit lately and the investor market seems to have all but dried up in 2007.  BUT now that the stock market isn't performing so well, it seems as if wary investors may be cautiously approaching the real estate market once again.  We welcome them with open arms.  Everything in life seems to be cyclical, including when and where investors look to place their money.  Right now there are so many good deals to be had in vacant land that smart investors should take the opportunity to...
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A friend emailed today to tell me that the Wall Street Journal had something positive to say about Charleston South Carolina's job industry. To copy their quote (taken from the Wall Street Journal) in the email, ""Charleston has also become a haven for skilled blue-collar workers in industries as diverse as robotics, automobiles and aerospace."  This is quite an amazing article, positive rather than critical and helps anyone to understand the recent and continued growth in the entire Tri-County area, but specifically Dorchester County.  With talks of Google possibly opening it's doors in the near future, to Distribution centers being relocated to the outer bands of the tri-county area, the area as a whole is really growing.  It is no wonder large international corporations continue to w...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Come on out and cast a line for MUSC, the Medical University of South Carolina! Fishing For Miracles is a fun fishing tournament to raise money for the Children's Center at MUSC. This is your chance to fish in South Carolina's largest King Mackerel tournament.  If you catch the winning fish, your prize is $115,000!  That's some incentive! This event is for all fishermen -- it doesn't matter if you've been fishing all of your life or for just a week.  Everyone is invited. And don't forget to bring your coolers so you can store everything you catch! Dates:  08/17/2007 and 08/18/2007 Time: 2:00PM Location: Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC Phone: 843.792.1112 Link: www.musckids.com/news/special_envents.htm Adult Price: $275  
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
The First Day Festival is held each year the Sunday before school starts in Charleston County to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.  It brings children and families together to provide them with information on services and programs, free school supplies, and free food and beverages! Come out again this year for the 5th Annual First Day Festival!Sunday, August 19th, 20071pm to 4pmLiberty Square, right outside the South Carolina AquariumAnd since you'll already be right there, why not visit the Aquarium, too?  In conjunction with the First Day Festival, the SC Aquarium is lowering their admission to only $1!  So you can load up on all those school necessities and see the entire Aquarium for only a buck.  What a deal! For more information, contact the Mayor's Office for Childre...
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By Lisa Rourk
(Tide Marsh Real Estate)
     Hardwood floors sell homes in our area of the Country.  Buyers are educated and want the best.  In addition to the fact that hardwood floors are much easier to keep clean than carpet, especially if young children are involved.  I am curious how many buyers actually buy one home over another based on hardwood floor types.  For instance, here in Charleston, South Carolina,  heart pine floors, especially antique or river-recovered heart pine floors are very popular.  In my home we have Brazilian cherry floors. While very beautiful, they are a little more high maintenance due to the fact they are dark in color and show more crumbs and dirt.  At times this is challenging with three small children.  So it got me thinking about buyers in general and how many of them are more inclined or l...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
I've heard the buzz lately, but it is now confirmed. Charleston, SC will host one of the open calls for American Idol this year! Auditions are going to be held on August 18, 2007 at the North Charleston Coliseum. They are not allowing anyone to line up before 6am on August 16th.  But they are going to start registration that day up until the morning of the 18th.  You have to be between the ages of 16 and 28 to audition.  What really stinks is that my sister is a pretty good singer, but she turns 29 on August 15th!  So she's one day too old for the competition! Charleston is going to be one crazy city for a few days, but the next Idol could potentially come from right here.  That would be pretty cool. So if you're in the area and have always wanted to try your luck in front of Randy, Pa...
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By Lisa Rourk
(Tide Marsh Real Estate)
Yesterday I ran into two business men who were entertaining clients in this beautiful, yet humid climate, we love to call home.  Charleston is always my idea of paradise and yet these two men said they couldn't understand how we lived here with heat like we've had this week.  Mind you the heat has topped out at record highs over 100 degrees and heat indexes close to 120 degrees.  I had to laugh.  For those who do not live or vacation here on a regular basis, they might assume tropical means dangerous heat indexes and a haze so thick you could spread it like jam.  I quickly informed them that this heat wave was not the norm.  In fact, in the 11 years I have lived here, I really don't remember a summer with temperatures this high  for this long.  So, we welcome the cooler temperatures thi...
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By Bruce Mullen
(Carolina One Real Estate)
Need help selling a home in Charlestowne Estates, section 1, MLS # 2717754.  $240,000 for a very nice brick home, convenient to shopping, downtown.  Open House Saturday, July 28, from 1-4 pm.  House has hardwoods, kitchen was gutted....new cabinets/appliances and flooring.  2 bathrooms, both gutted...new fixtures, tile and lights, large backyard.  Great price in a very desirable area of Charleston.   
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
I really can't believe that school will be starting again in just a few short weeks.  When I was in school, I remember having three whole months for summer vacation.  But it seems that those days are long gone for kids today. So with school just around the corner, I wanted to post the Charleston County Public School Calendar for the 2007-2008 school year. If you have any questions about this calendar, please refer to the Charleston County Public School Website. Aug. 15 Wed. (1) PD School-based PD/No Students Aug. 16 Thurs. (2) CCSD District Wide PD/No Students Aug. 17. Fri. (1) TW Teacher Workday/No Students Aug. 20 Mon. (2) TW Teacher Workday/No Students Aug. 21 Tues. First day for students Sept. 3 Mon. Holiday/Labor Day - Schools and Offices Closed Sept. 20 Thurs. Interim Reports Oct...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
A European-inspired oceanfront house on Kiawah Island has recently been sold to a Texas financial executive for $8.4 million, the highest home price ever recorded for the high-end sea island resort town. What makes this two-bedroom home at 99 Surfsong Road so special? In the course of designing and building it, the previous owners Sewell and Bettie Dixon shipped about 14 tons of antique building materials to Charleston from Europe. The white pillars on the patio, for example, come from a small town in the French region of Provence.  The kitchen floor tiles are from coastal Italy. The couple even estimates that one of the property's four fireplaces is nearly 1,000 years old! Even though it was their dream home, the Dixons were looking to simplify their life and travel more.  They put th...
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