More stats than you can shake a stick at – Charleston 2016 Market Review

I'm not kidding. Try shaking a stick at all these stats I'm about to throw your way.  As you know, I mostly like to write about the areas I love and with which I am intimately acquainted - namely, the Charleston Peninsula, parts of Mount Pleasant, and the Islands too. But every now and then it's good for me to take a step back and get a larger view of the Charleston Metro Area - to see what areas are HOT, and what areas are NOT.  After all I can't become myopic in my perspective since what goes on 'out there', affects what goes on 'in here.' Before you take a look at this, I recommend letting ...click to read more...
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Does Charleston have a Restaurant Bubble that’s about to Burst?

With the arrival of the much anticipated January restaurant week in Charleston, we can all loosen our belts once again after sticking to our New Year's resolutions for approximately 3 days. From January 4-22 (it's a long 'week'), locals and tourists alike have the opportunity to sample 3 courses from a prix-fixe menu, ranging from $20 at Bubba Gump Shrimp to $49 for dinner at Zero George. Over 65 restaurants in Downtown Charleston are participating, with about 55 others in the surrounding areas. Charleston of course has been a food darling for YEARS, snatching the Best New Food Town accolade ...click to read more...
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So how can a burned-out decrepit house be beautiful? I’ll show you.

Update on January 13, 2017 - It seems strange that I just wrote about this house a short while ago. Since then, structural engineers deemed it unsafe and endangering the homes surrounding it. So the City gave the owner permission to demolish it. Keep in mind - this almost NEVER EVER happens, particularly to such a notable historic property. I've seen crazy leaning homes in varying states of disrepair, and almost all are able to be saved. We'll miss this beauty.  Check out the video below to see her coming down piece by piece. 🙁   Original post from December 1, 2016 ------------------------------------------------------- I ...click to read more...
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Is the Third Time a Charm for the Sword Gate House?

The allure of the Sword Gate house is real. A massive, magnificent mystery behind a towering brick wall, seen only through hand-wrought iron gates featuring two brawny swords. Who owns it? Only a few are privy - otherwise the rest of us are left wondering who in the world is Bear Gate Realty Limited - the name listed in the tax records. This Sword Gate mansion has just come on the market, listed for an easy $19,500,000 - the second highest price ever asked for a home in Downtown Charleston. But this is not the first time this home has been offered for sale - it's actually the third in the ...click to read more...
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An Insider Look at HARLESTON row | From Vision to Completion

If you have been a subscriber to this blog for more than a year, you may recall in August of 2015, I launched a huge new construction project I had been working on since December of 2013 with the incredible team of JJR Development, Dow Inc, and Architect Julia Martin - HARLESTON row.  HARLESTON row is a collection of six new luxury rowhomes in the heart of historic Harleston Village. Not only are they contemporary in design since the area context allowed for it, but also the homes incorporated what is the largest installation of private residential living roofs in Charleston, and possibly the ...click to read more...
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How much will you pay in Property Taxes in Charleston?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions by those of you who are thinking about moving to the Charleston Metro Area, or those of you who are moving from a rental in Charleston to your very first home!  Not only are you seeing all kinds of numbers that don't make sense online, but also you are hearing things like "it's 4% or 6%", and take that to mean for a $500,000 home you'd be paying $20,000 or $30,000 annually. Right?? Not so. Not even close. So let me shed some light on what you will pay in property taxes in Charleston County. FIRST THING TO REMEMBER - the taxes you see online, or ...click to read more...
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Tracking 10 Years of the Real Estate Market in Charleston

Every day I am asked the question - do you think we are in a real estate bubble? How much do you think values will rise over the next few years? Will there be a crash?? I wish I could have a magic looking glass, but I've been instructed never to make predictions. However, I can give you some key information and pretty graphs that will possibly help you decide the answer for yourself.  So let's look at a couple important items, comparing 2006 to 2016, and then play with some charts tracking 10 years of the real estate market in Charleston. The way I see it, two things are different between 2006 ...click to read more...
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Only the Pelicans are Enjoying Colonial Lake – A Renovation Update

It has been just over a year since the $5,000,000 renovation of Colonial Lake began, though it seems like eons. I miss the Lake, the people strolling around, the dogs, specially my dog who was like any other on their dog category. But that's all been temporarily replaced by mudpits and mudpiles, fences, pounding, beeping, growling engines, and a constant film of dirt on my car.  However, lest you think I am complaining, I'll say that the renovation is coming along swimmingly, and I am excited for the big reveal! Right now, only the pelicans are enjoying our favorite Harleston Village park because ...click to read more...
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