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A Real Estate Tale of Three Cities – Charleston, James Island & Mount Pleasant

A Real Estate Tale of Three Cities – Charleston, James Island & Mount Pleasant

Let's take a look at what's happening in the real estate market in three locales: Downtown Charleston (south of the Crosstown), James Island (technically mostly also Charleston), and Mount Pleasant (south of the Isle of Palms Connector). The Spring selling and buying surge is over, and the numbers that tell a tale are in....While the Charleston market overall is basically level compared to last year, we are seeing some changes by area, and while these three areas are vastly different, I think it's interesting to see what is going on in each, all influenced by local and external market forces. 

Will the new Short-Term Rental Ordinance change the Downtown Charleston Real Estate Market?

Will the new Short-Term Rental Ordinance change the Downtown Charleston Real Estate Market?

As of July 10, 2018, the City of Charleston's new short-term rental ordinance goes into effect. After a proliferation of illegal rentals marketed via platforms like AirBnB and HomeAway, the City and neighborhood groups decided a set of rules and a structure to manage and monitor them would be beneficial to most who live here. I for one am glad. The term illegal seems a bit harsh, but the truth is, only a handful of properties in Downtown Charleston have been legally permitted for short-term rentals for years -

What to do in a Charleston SCORCHER

What to do in a Charleston SCORCHER

Gah!!! This June! Day upon days of temperatures over 90 with heat indices of 100 to 115! I usually depend on July and August for that level of torture. But it brings to mind a conversation I frequently have with people considering moving here from more Northerly Climes.  Generally, it goes like this: Nice Northern Client: Hi Kristin – I...

Want to buy a lot and build your dream home in Charleston? Here’s what it will cost you.

Want to buy a lot and build your dream home in Charleston? Here’s what it will cost you.

I’ve been dreaming up my dream house for decades. Do you do that? My current daydreams swirl around a home with Contemporary Lowcountry architecture, L-shaped with a long view across something beautiful. And a pool. I must have a pool. So with these imaginings and my personal research, coupled with my experience working with developers and architects, I know what...

Dewees Island – Charleston’s most magical place you have probably never been to

Dewees Island – Charleston’s most magical place you have probably never been to

I’ve never fallen out of love with the Lowcountry, but Dewees Island always reminds me what a mad, deep, eternal love it is.  Just 20 minutes by passenger ferry from the Isle of Palms marina, it is a world apart from that to which we’ve become accustomed. On Dewees, nature is your constant companion – the flora, the fauna, the...

2015 to 2016 Changes

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...