Charleston Peninsula

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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...

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...

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The March of the Big Brown Brick

In reviewing the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) agenda on Wednesday, I noticed the proliferation of the Big Brown Brick in almost every proposal. In a City that is known for its colorful buildings and creative and varied architecture, it baffles my mind that somehow the Big Brown Brick is enjoying its own renaissance.  Keep in mind, all of these...

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...

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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...

Spring Sales Stats from the Sweetest of Southern Cities – Charleston

Spring has sprung, it’s sunny and seventy-six, the skies are cerulean, and glee is in the air (as well as lots of pollen). It just makes me feel a bit giddy so please forgive my Fun-with-Alliteration. 🙂  But let’s get serious about the spring real estate market in Downtown Charleston.  Have we been hampered by the Polar Vortex? By the sometimes...

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...

Where can you buy a property you can use for a short-term rental in Downtown Charleston?

VIP UPDATE – AUGUST 13, 2015 All, in recent weeks I have discovered additional information and restrictions on short-term rentals, so I thought it very important to share here. Go ahead and read the original post below, then skip back up here. If you’ve already read the post below, you know a SHORT TERM RENTAL OVERLAY district was created in...

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...

New on the Market: 436 1/2 Huger St, an Historic Hampton Park Home

Update 9/4/2013 – Sold! For $406,000 ____________________________ Update 7/28/2013 – We’re under contract! ____________________________ Update 7/23/2013 – We changed the price to $417,500. ____________________________ Just a block shy of the gorgeous Hampton Park, this home at 436 1/2 Huger Street is totally unique because it is of the Charleston Single style. While you’ll find that architecture all over the place...

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,...

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