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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Raising Up a Charleston Cottage

Check this out.  A little Charleston Cottage hovering in the air at least 5 feet above the ground. The person who is restoring this cottage (built in 1935) has decided to elevate it to the appropriate FEMA flood level, which in this area is 13 feet above sea level. Now, normally I am not a fan of actions that ruin the historic integrity of a home's exterior aesthetics. However, in this case and others like it, I'll give it a pass through ;). Raising up the house helps with affordability (for a Buyer) since for every $100 per month you pay in flood insurance, you have $20,000 less in purchasing ...click to read more...
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New on the Market: 783 Rutledge Ave – A Gorgeous Craftsman Home in Wagener Terrace

Years ago I wrote a post about finding a beautiful Craftsman style home in Charleston as you will find many of these lovely places built throughout Hampton Park Terrace, Wagener Terrace and North Central in the 1910s-1940s, and it is quite a sought after style. Though certainly Charleston's homes differ from those in other areas of the country, you will find some similar elements that evoke that traditional Craftsman Bungalow: wide front porches, tapered columns, exposed rafter tails, windows with multi-paned top sashes and single-paned bottom sashes, and attention to detail on the interior. The ...click to read more...
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Cigar Factory to Host a Foodie Paradise

By now us locals know that two businesses have officially announced they will set up shop in the Cigar Factory - once slated to be condos, now to become a commercial venture with retail and office space occupying this historic building.  Garden & Gun Magazine will be taking down a mammoth 20,000 square feet (of 244,000), and a local restaurant group, Indigo Road, has announced they'll be bringing in a Foodie Paradise.  Think Dean & Deluca, Star Provisions, or Mario Batali's Eataly, only Southern Style. According to Steve Palmer, Indigo Road's managing partner, the Foodie Paradise ...click to read more...
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