These past nine days…

These past nine days, though raw and sorrowful, have been full of respect, grace, humility, freedom and love. A coming together. Extraordinary beauty. Joy. I can say that in the wake of all that, with the culmination of today's events, from the smallest gesture of unity on the sidewalk of Marion Square, to the National commitment to letting love win, I have never been more proud to be a Charlestonian, a South Carolinian, and an American. And then just when I thought it couldn't get any better... Amazing. Grace. Today. I am in awe. And I am changed forever. ...click to read more...
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We’ve got Behemoths on the B.A.R. Agenda June 3

Update June 5 - The BAR ruled as follows: Jasper - DENIED. Apartment Building - WITHDRAWN. Hotel - APPROVED. _____________________ Three Behemoths to be precise. Three projects so large, so complex and so controversial, they had to have their own separate meeting happening June 3 at 4:30PM in the Charleston Museum Auditorium (because many many many people will be attending). I say they are behemoths because in Charleston, don't forget, we like our buildings short and small for the most part. Our church spires should rise above all, our water vistas should be maintained, and our architecture ...click to read more...
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Solving the Mystery of Charleston Median Home Prices

Zillow says Charleston Median Home Prices are $234,700. BestPlaces says it is $212,000. Even Forbes is claiming it to be $219,800. So, who would blame you for thinking Charleston is quite affordable when you are envisioning your future move here? Close to the historic center, close to the beaches, for under $250,000....you can't get better living than that. Unfortunately, those numbers are misleading. Often they include the tri-county area - Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester (and those last two can be an hour out from the historic City Center or FAR). Often they include a vast ...click to read more...
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New on the Market: 128 Bull Street – The Joseph Bennett House circa 1814

128 Bull Street is an extraordinary example of a Charleston Double House with Adamesque architecture, right in my own neighborhood, Harleston Village. I am pleased to present this 200 year-old historic home, currently divided into two condominiums - one 1153 sq ft two bedroom on the ground floor, and a spacious, sunny 3,300 sq ft four bedroom on the second, third and fourth floors.  It could easily be converted back into one grand residence, or you could live in one and use the other for additional income (or your mother-in-law!). But it's the historic details that delight... Soaring ...click to read more...
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Colonial Lake Torn Up. Sergeant Jasper Torn Down.

Way back when I was a student at the College of Charleston in the mid-nineties, my Charleston world was very, very small. I lived in the French Quarter (though it wasn't called that silly name then), worked there too, partied on Market Street, and walked or biked a few blocks to school. I rarely ventured west of Coming or north of Calhoun and never above Cannon Street. Ever. And imagine, that even though Harleston Village was just on the other side of the school where I went almost every single day, I never explored its tree-lined streets since it just didn't fall within my myopic purview. And ...click to read more...
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My Wish for You in 2015

Way down at the raw and beautiful western end of Folly Beach, stands a lone tree, a 'boneyard' tree that's been battered by the winds and tides of time. I find it extraordinarily beautiful - in the way its arms touch the earth and reach for the sky in total connection with its place in the world. In that it stands alone and constant, yet changes with the light and nature's whim. For some reason it has always been a source of inspiration for me and a touchstone for my life and though I haven't been to see it since 2012, I was recently reminded of it via the work of two of my colleagues. And I was ...click to read more...
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Downtown Charleston Median Prices are Smokin’ Hot

Here's a little statistical play for your Monday. Today we received October numbers from our Charleston Trident Association of Realtors and no lie - it's been a pretty strong fall. In many areas of the country, activity peters off from the summer until the following spring, but around my #1-in-the-United-States pretty urban center, lots of people like to buy homes to move into before the holidays. After all, it's fun to start the new year with a new life! So here's what's interesting, in these two interactive graphs below, you'll see the median prices for the tri-county area (blue lines), compared ...click to read more...
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Charleston’s About to Get Taller and Techier

Tuesday night the Charleston City Council unanimously approved the City of Charleston's request to change the height zoning on a particular area of Morrison Drive from 55 feet to 85 feet.  Why does this matter?? 1. Because that rarely happens, and 2. Because it was done so to enable the construction of new 76-foot tall buildings up to 350,000 square feet with the express purpose of housing technology company incubators via the Charleston Digital Corridor. Yes, the demand for that kind of space is high as existing incubators currently have a waiting list.  Silicon Harbor is for real folks! Check ...click to read more...
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