The Elliotborough Explosion – A look inside one of Downtown Charleston’s hottest up-and-coming neighborhooods.

Hold on to your hats dear readers... The Elliotborough neighborhood in Downtown Charleston is on the rise - and it is rapid. While I have been writing about this neighborhood and its developments for years, nothing compares with what is about to come. Take a look at this map I made for a little more insight. The blue shapes are new developments, the red dots are sales since March 1, 2013, the green dots are properties currently on the market (not too many to choose from), the fork and knife icon are restaurants that currently exist along with a few proposed ones (though there are a few I cannot ...click to read more...
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New on the Market: A Waterway Dream – 42 Intracoastal Court

As I snuggle into the couch by the roaring fire on my porch, cold chardonnay cradled in my hand, I look out over the water and muse over the last boats heading home to turn in for the night. Where did they go today? What grand adventure did they have? Carousing around the Harbor? Tying up at Morris Island? Meandering the creeks and fishing - more for contemplation, less for the sport? My little boat was tucked up quite nicely in her lift, having served up a delightful afternoon at Dewees Inlet - swimming in the slack tide and laughing with friends. Then barefoot down the dock, low dive into the ...click to read more...
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I’d Rather have Cold than Mold in Charleston

Yes, for the past couple days, the entire right half of the country has been enveloped in a so-called 'polar vortex', with temperatures well BELOW ZERO (huh??) up North, and single digit record breaking temperatures here in the South. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not complaining about Charleston's recent weather because my northern neighbors would most certainly guffaw, but I thought I'd take the opportunity to give you a little architectural lesson about WHY it's a bit more difficult for many us to tolerate it (besides the fact we just don't own puffy down jackets), and why we might not do anything ...click to read more...
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Turning Blight to Beauty with Ecovest Development and Julia F. Martin, Architect

Since the beginning of June, I have been lucky enough to be living out my own personal real estate fantasy. No, not my house-with-dock-and-view-coupled-with-Downtown-pied-a-terre one. The other one. You see - one of the reasons I love this business of real estate here on the Charleston Peninsula is because it is incredibly diverse. From $50,000 to $5,000,000, from teeny tiny to grand, from burned out and termite ridden, to dashingly new to graciously restored - it's all here, and it all gets me excited. So, imagine my delight when I was invited to be a part of an incredible team here in town, ...click to read more...
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Where can you buy a property you can use for a short-term rental in Downtown Charleston?

Over the years, many, many people have asked me this question.  They were interested in visiting Charleston frequently, so much so that staying in hotels just didn't make sense any more. They wanted to buy a place to call their second home, but then be able to rent it out to other like-minded Charleston visitors when they were not around. Sounds like a smart financial move, right?? Perhaps you, yourself stayed for several nights in quaint little carriage houses or condominiums around town? Something you booked via VRBO or AirBNB? And perhaps you even met the wonderful proprietor who regaled ...click to read more...
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Charleston is the Best Place for Starting Over

Normally I don't post links to 'best of' lists, because everyone else in town does and honestly, how many times do you need to see the same story?? But this one in particular caught my eye. Among all the accolades Charleston receives, and all the Top 10 Best lists we land on - most friendly, best city in the world, best looking, most drunk (yes, that is real) - none is as true as this one - Charleston is the #1 Best Small City for Starting Over. That title caught me because that is exactly what I did - I quit my six figure New York City job to come here and start over because I was DONE and ...click to read more...
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New on the Market: An Historic King Street Pied-a-Terre – 350 King St #207

Have you ever wanted a place to call home, or second home, right in the heart of Historic King Street? Just half a block to Marion Square, and a pebble's throw to all our noteworthy restaurants, shops and arts venues? If so, this is your place. 350 King St #207 is a one-bedroom condominium nestled in the quiet back of a fully renovated historic building, across the street from your coffee and bagel in the morning and your frozen yogurt treat after dinner at night. Let your car have a little break, because you really won't need it. The condo itself has great natural light, brazilian cherry hardwood ...click to read more...
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