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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...

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The Journal Says Charleston is Luring the Young and the Restless

When I popped open my favorite section of the Wall Street Journal this morning – The Mansion section (of course!), this headline caught my eye – “Charleston Lures the Young and the Restless.” My first thought was that the story was going to be about Millennials moving here, but I was dead wrong. It’s all about the GenXers and young...

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No Joke. Charleston Sea Level Up Almost 2 ft in 100 years

Today was one of the highest tides we’ve seen in six years topping out at just over 8 feet (our normal high is just under 6 feet). Roads all over the metro area were submerged and shut down, making traveling for two hours on either side of the high tide like playing a game of Frogger. Yeah – you can...

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,...

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...

Kayaking my Beloved Lowcountry

Enough with the practical stuff, the real estate stuff. Let’s stop for a moment and consider the emotional and inspiring part of life in the Lowcountry. I came upon this video from REI yesterday about their Coastal Carolina Kayaking Trip, took a moment to watch it, and felt my heart swell. The scenes in here are real folks. These are...

All About Living in Flood Zones in Downtown Charleston

All About Living in Flood Zones in Downtown Charleston

With hurricane season upon us, I thought this would be the opportune time to talk about living in flood zones in Downtown Charleston. Being in a flood zone is a fact of life for us here, because, uh…we are a peninsula completely surrounded by water. But there are nuances to it you should know about – 1. FEMA flood zones,...

The Charleston Slant – or Why We Sometimes Walk Uphill in Our Houses

I frequently work with clients who are not from Charleston, who have never set foot inside an historic Charleston home until they have done so with me.  One of the first things they notice once inside, besides the gorgeous fireplaces or detailed molding, is that occasionally, and sometimes dramatically, the floors slant. Slanting floors?? Ack! Alarm sets in. “Could the...

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It’s about to be Second Sunday on King Street (and it’s 75 degrees in January!)

Why yes.  It’s 75 degrees in January!  I don’t mind bragging a bit to make ya’ll shivering in your boots north of here just a teeny bit jealous. Unless you are a work boots nerds and in that case I can’t make you jealous. As a matter of fact, I’ll have you know that after work I may just go...

Charleston’s Food Insanity – Part Two

Just a little over a year ago, I wrote a post called Charleston’s Food Insanity (and Mine). I rhapsodized with taste buds in a confused frenzy about what to try first.  So many new options! Too many new places! But, my fellow fine food connoisseurs, I’ll tell you – what seemed like frenetic additions to the Charleston culinary scene then,...

Happy 2012!

I hope each of you had a wonderful New Years celebration and that you are feeling optimistic about 2012.  My husband and I kicked off the year with a jaunt to Sullivan’s Island to check out the 18th Annual Polar Plunge.  We parked our car on Isle of Palms to avoid the traffic, rode our bikes to the party, and...

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