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 Boomers coming to Charleston - not to retire, but to live - vivaciously and delightedly. After all, isn't 40 the new 20?  Yes, this article speaks the truth. I encounter scads of people in their 40s and 50s, tired of the noise and the rat race of larger ...click to read more...
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Incredible Income Producing and Short-Term Rental Opportunity in Downtown Charleston

I can't tell you how many calls I receive asking the question, "Where can I buy a place where I can do short-term rentals" or "What can I buy that has the potential to cash flow?"  And always, for the most part, I have to disappoint. Positive cash flow is tough because of high insurance and taxes on historic buildings compared to purchase value. Short Term Rental is even tougher, because, the reality is, only ONE neighborhood in town (outside of the Accommodations district) currently allows them, and then only specifically zoned properties within that neighborhood. So here's an opportunity that ...click to read more...
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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 buildings are designed by very talented architects, but it seems they must be collaborating to create dark and demonic corridors of Big Brown Bricks, no matter where we go. Let's take a look at the new Hyatt Hotel for preliminary contrast. While ...click to read more...
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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 get to the other side, but you better watch out! A confluence of the harvest moon, winds off the coast, and normal Fall higher-than-normal tide created what we call a King Tide. While you usually see typical Charleston nuisance flooding at high tides coinciding with heavy rains, today (and yesterday ...click to read more...
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New on the Market: HARLESTON row – 6 new rowhomes in Harleston Village

You may recall way back in December 2013, I wrote a post entitled "Turning Blight to Beauty", and at the bottom of the post, I gave you a little teaser of a project I was working on with Julia F. Martin the Architect, and Jeffrey Roberts of Ecovest and JJR Development. It was a mere blighted parking lot then. And now, it is becoming something beautiful!  I am excited to announce that after many years of the team working hard to create it, HARLESTON row, is officially launched and underway. Dear readers, meet the 6 contemporary rowhomes at HARLESTON row. Each is priced at $789,000 for ...click to read more...
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Watch! Extraordinary Aerial Video of Morris Island Lighthouse

This came across my Facebook feed today, and I can't help but share it with you - a beautiful aerial video of the Morris Island Lighthouse just off Folly Beach. Many of you know this isn't just an ordinary lighthouse. Rather it is one that stands by itself out in the middle of the ocean, crumbling but not forgotten, with a century and half of stories to tell. Thank you Dan Crawford of Crawford Productions, Inc, for shooting this sunrise moment.   Morris Island Lighthouse Folly Beach, SC from Daniel Crawford on Vimeo.   How did it get this way you ask? With the construction of ...click to read more...
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These past nine days…

These past nine days, though raw and sorrowful, have been full of respect, grace, humility, freedom and love. A coming together. Extraordinary beauty. Joy. I can say that in the wake of all that, with the culmination of today's events, from the smallest gesture of unity on the sidewalk of Marion Square, to the National commitment to letting love win, I have never been more proud to be a Charlestonian, a South Carolinian, and an American. And then just when I thought it couldn't get any better... Amazing. Grace. Today. I am in awe. And I am changed forever. ...click to read more...
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We’ve got Behemoths on the B.A.R. Agenda June 3

Update June 5 - The BAR ruled as follows: Jasper - DENIED. Apartment Building - WITHDRAWN. Hotel - APPROVED. _____________________ Three Behemoths to be precise. Three projects so large, so complex and so controversial, they had to have their own separate meeting happening June 3 at 4:30PM in the Charleston Museum Auditorium (because many many many people will be attending). I say they are behemoths because in Charleston, don't forget, we like our buildings short and small for the most part. Our church spires should rise above all, our water vistas should be maintained, and our architecture ...click to read more...
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