Posts by Kristin B. Walker

Southwest Airlines is Now Gracing our Skies

Southwest Airlines is Now Gracing our Skies

The other day I looked up, and saw a bright orange and blue plane soaring across our Carolina sky.  I smiled because that little bird of paradise is a sign of great things to come.  Lower fares.  More visitors. Better economy. The list goes on.  Southwest Airlines officially launched their first flight on Sunday morning amidst much pizazz and hullaballoo Southwest-style,...

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Master Preservationist Program-Day Seven. Asphalt & Infill. Just how smart are we?

How many suburban strip malls and parking expanses do you see abandoned and lifeless on a daily basis?  Tons.  How many ex-urban neighborhoods are now struggling to stay afloat?  Many.  We are all fatter, we drive more, and we know our neighbors less.  Yada yada yada – I know you’ve heard it all.  But it’s time to admit that the...

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Master Preservationist Program-Day Six. Preservation Law, Upper King St and a Challenge for Local Architects

Little did I know that two of the buildings that were part of my daily life in New York, would have such wide-reaching influence in preservation law in Charleston.  I also did not know that Upper King St has many buildings designed by one of Charleston’s most pre-eminent architects.  And ANOTHER thing I did not know was that no one has...

Charleston Parks Conservancy – What, Why and How to Get Involved

Charleston Parks Conservancy – What, Why and How to Get Involved

While the Charleston Parks Conservancy is only about four years old, their impact in Charleston has already been tremendous.  They make the green spaces we enjoy, that are the fabric of our neighborhoods, beautiful.  In collaborating with the City, the Park Angel volunteers, and other community organizations, the CPC’s affect is broad and deep, covering not only the Charleston Peninsula, but...

Master Preservationist Program-Day Five. Illuminating the Interiors

Wallpaper – NO! Crazy paint colors – NO! Carpet in living areas – NO!  Such has been my generic real estate mantra for years, but ah…how tastes change.  150 years ago I would have been most ignorant and unfashionable, and certainly of the lowest socioeconomic class. In our fifth class of the Master Preservationist Program, we focused on Interpreting a Building’s Interior...

It’s a Miracle in Midtown

It’s a Miracle in Midtown

Update 6/16/2011 – All but two of the properties in Midtown have sold and one is still under contract.  26-A Cannon is available, and 212 Coming St just came back on the market.  I LOVE this one.  It’s over 2000 sq ft with terraces and a roof deck. 1009099 – Details: 212 COMING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,000   The Midtown...

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Full Moon Splendor Over Charleston

The moon last night was so captivating that I had to make a detour, park my car and stand in the middle of the street to catch these shots.  Just imagine that full, rising man-in-the-moon casting his gaze over Charleston….

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Master Preservationist Program-Day Four. Analyzing the Architecture

Meeting Street blows my mind.  While I always make it a point to look up and around in the midst of my daily hustle bustle, I never realized how much spectacular architecture graces its length.  From South Battery up past Calhoun St – it is not the number of buildings that surprised me, but the tremendous journey through architectural styles that does....

Master Preservationist Program-Day Three. Getting in the Guts

Master Preservationist Program-Day Three. Getting in the Guts

Bricks.  I discovered I have a fascination with bricks – the patterns, the mortar, the construction….But more on that later. On Day 3 of the Master Preservationist Program, we studied Building Technology, or as I like to call it, “getting in the guts.”  One of the purposes of studying building technology is so you can better understand the various parts...

Update on Charleston Peninsula Homes for Auction – February/March

Update 6/16 203 Fishburne has dropped its price to $79,890 from $112,500 and it is still sitting there. 39 N. Enston came back on the market 4/18 for $96,000 and has now dropped the price to $82,900. 55 Carolina sold yesterday for $266,000 (pretty much what I said it would go for – I love being right. 😉 ) 11...

Sometimes all we need is this…

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