20 Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties Resort Golf Courses

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


20 Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties Resort Golf Courses


This article is intended to be a golfing resource for a description of, and contact information for, the golf courses in the greater Charleston metro area.  They are in no particular order.  

1.  The Legend Oaks Plantation Golf Club course offers a traditional style course more akin to the Pinehurst style.  Legend Oaks features a classic layout nestled in Charleston’s historic plantations area.  

Legend Oaks golf course is about 45 minutes from downtown Charleston and is located at 118 Legend Oaks Way, Summerville, South Carolina 29485.  Call 843-821-4077 or visit http://www.legendoaksgolf.com  Green Fees are $35 – $55.

2.  Pine Forest Country Club golf course has a four star rating by Golf Digest.  Golf digest also describes the course as “The Hidden Gem in Charleston”.  Located in Summerville and only a few miles off of I-26 Pine forest is the perfect golf course to stop at on you way out of Charleston.

Pine Forest Country Club golf course is located about 40 minutes from Charleston at 1000 Congressional Boulevard, Summerville, South Carolina 29483.  Call 843-851-1193 or visit http://www.pineforestcountryclub.com  Green Fees are $50 – $65.

3.  Golf Club at Wescott Plantation golf course is designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and was selected for the 2007 Hooters Professional Golf tour and as a Nationwide Tour qualifier in 2006.  This 27 hole golf course is set among live oaks and built on an old plantation.  The design features traditional earthworks and classic bunkering.

The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation golf course is about 25 minutes from downtown Charleston at 5000 Wescott Plantation Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina 29485. Call 843-871-2135 or visit http://www.wescottgolf.com Green Fees are $35 – $65.

4.  Coosaw Creek Country Club golf course is designed by Arthur Hill and is a par 71, 6,593 yard semi-private course with plenty of Lowcountry character.  Blessed with unusual rolling terrain this is a challenging course with undulating greens and a variety of longer drives and strategically placed bunkers and water hazards.

Coosaw Creek Country Club is about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston at 4110 Cub Course Drive, North Charleston 29420.  Call 843-767-9000 or visit http://www.coosawcreek.com Green Fees are $40 – $70.

5.  Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club golf course is located off Highway 61 just south of Drayton hall, Magnolia Gardens and Middleton Place.  The course offers immaculate ultradwarf greens and has 5 sets of tees for golfers of all levels. 

Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club is located just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston at 20 Dunvegan Drive, Charleston, South Carolina 29414.  Green Fees are $35 – $55. 

6.  The Links at Stono Ferry golf course features incredible golf with a historic flair.  Designed by Ron Garl this golf course offers one of the most exciting tests in the area and is known for its back nine heroics and the island green18th hole.

The Links at Stono Ferry golf course is about 30 minutes from downtown Charleston at 4812 Stono Links drive, Hollywood, South Carolina 29449.  Call 843-763-1817 or visit http://www.stonoferrygolf.com  Green Fees are $55 – $85. 

7.  Charleston National Country Club golf course is designed by Rees Jones and is sculpted out of Lowcountry marshland with cool ocean breezes creating different playing conditions between morning and afternoon rounds.  Rees Jones calls the course “one of the elite venues in golf”.

Charleston National Country Club is located about 30 minutes from downtown Charleston at 1360 Highway 17 North, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29466.  Call 843-884-7999 or visit http://www.charlestonnationalgolf.com.  Green Fees are $40 – $80.

8.  Dunes West Golf Club course is designed by Arthur Hills and is located on the site of the historic Lexington Plantation. Ranked in the “Top 10 Resort Courses” by both golf magazine and golf digest.  This pare 72, 6.600 yard masterpiece is one of the best you ever play.

Dunes West Golf Club is located about 45 minutes from downtown Charleston at 3636 Wando Plantation Way, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.  Call 843-856-9000 or visit http://www.duneswestgolfclub.com  Green Fees are $40 – $75.

9.  Patriots Point Links on Charleston Harbor golf course is just minutes from Charleston.  This course features plush fairways, immaculate greens and breathtaking panoramic views of the Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter. 

Patriots Point Links on Charleston Harbor golf course is located across the harbor from downtown Charleston. At One Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.  Call 843-849-2385 or visit http://wwwpatriotspointlinks.com  Green Fees are $45 – $85.

10.  Rivertowne Country Club golf course is designed by Arnold Palmer and is where you can treat yourself to pure golf on a course like no other in the Charleston area. 

Rivertowne Country club is located about 40 minutes from downtown Charleston at 1700 Rivertowne country Cub Drive, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29466.  Call 843-849-2408 or visit http://www.rivertownecountryclub.com   Green Fees are $60 – $100.

11.  Wild Dunes Resort Harbor Course is a Tom Fazio masterpiece with a par 70 and 6,359 yard course.  Considered by Fazio as one of his favorites, the Harbor Course is a true test of golf.  Each nine has a cohesive variety of short and long holes, some bordering the Intracoastal Waterway.

Wild Dunes Resort Harbor course is located about 35 minutes from downtown Charleston at 5737 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms, South Carolina 29451.  Call 888-343-7921 or visit http://www.duneswest.com.  Green Fees are $75 – $125.

12.  Wild Dunes Resort Links Course is consistently ranked in both Golf Magazine and golf digest as one of “America’s Top 100” golf courses.  The Links provides the combined challenges of the Atlantic Ocean, relentless wind, and breathtaking Charleston costal terrain. 

Wild Dunes Resort Links course is located about 35 minutes from downtown Charleston at 5737 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms, South Carolina 29451.  Call 888-343-7921 or visit http://www.duneswest.com.  Green Fees are $100 – $190.

13.  Seabrook Island Resort Crooked Oaks Golf Course is designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.  Crooked Oaks meanders through a maritime forest environment.  The undulating greens are well guarded by bunkers and marshes and feature excellent putting surfaces.  Golf Digest rates this a “Four Star” course.

Seabrook Island Resort Crooked Oaks golf course is about 35 minutes from downtown Charleston at 3772 Seabrook Island Road, Seabrook Island, South Carolina 29455.  Call 843-768-2529 or visit http://www.discoverseabrook.com  Green Fees are $90 -$160.

14.  Seabrook Island Resort Ocean Winds is designed by Willard Byrd.  The golf course plays along tidal marshes and sand dunes out to the Atlantic Ocean and back with swirling winds providing a fresh challenge on each hole.

Seabrook Island Ocean Resort Winds Golf Course is about 35 minutes from downtown Charleston at 3772 Seabrook Island Road, Seabrook Island, South Carolina 29455.  Call 843-768-2529 or visit http://www.discoverseabrook.com  Green Fees are $90 -$160.

15.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort Cougar Point Course is designed by Gary Player.  This par-72 layout features holes playing directly along broad expanses of tidal marsh, offering panoramic views of the Kiawah River.  Cougar point is designed to challenge scratch players while providing an enjoyable round for players of all skill levels.

 Cougar Point golf course is located about 40 minutes from downtown Charleston at 12 Kiawah Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455.  Call 800-654-2924 or visit http://www.kiawahresort.com   Green fees range from $150 – $250. 

16.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort Turtle Point Course is designed by jack Nicklaus and was opened in 1981 and total renovated in 2000.  Turtle Point has a low profile design that takes advantage of the islands natural contours and dune ridges.  The course flows seamlessly through interior forests of hardwoods and palmettos, along blackwater lagoons, and finally to three spectacular holes along the Atlantic Ocean.

Turtle Point  golf course is located about 45 minutes from Charleston at One Turtle Point Drive Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455. Call 800-654-2924 or visit http://www.kiawahresort.com   Green fees are $150 – $250.  

17.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort Osprey Point Course is designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1988.  Set amid pristine lagoons, marshes and maritime forests Osprey Point offers panoramic views from every hole.  The setting for the course features four large natural lakes and fingers of saltwater marshes.  Osprey Point was recently awarded 4 ½ stars in Golf digest’s “Best Places to Play” readers poll. 

Osprey Point golf course is located about 50 minutes from downtown Charleston at 1000 Governors Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455. Call 800-654-2924 or visit http://www.kiawahresort.com  Green fees are $150 – $250. 

18.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort The Ocean Course is one of Pete Dye’s most superb designs.  The Ocean Course has been selected as the host site for the 2012 PGA Championship.  It first received attention as the host of the 1991 Ryder Cup Matches.  In 2007 it hosted the Senior PGA Championship.  The Ocean course was named by Golf Digest as “America’s Toughest Course”.  The Ocean course is a 7,356 yard course which offers spectacular views along tow and half miles of the Atlantic Ocean. 

The Ocean Course golf course is located about I hour from downtown Charleston at 1000 Ocean Course Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455.  Call 800-654-2924 or visit http://www.kiawahresort.com  Green Fees are $280 – $390. 

19.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort Oak Point Course is located in Kiawah River Estates on nearby Johns Island.  Oak Point opened in 1989 and was designed by Clyde Johnson.  It was built on the grounds of an old indigo and cotton plantation.  The lay of the land dictated a design that is reminiscent of Scottish golf.  

20.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort River Course is Kiawah's only private golf course is a 7,039 course designed by Tom Fazio and provides challenging play.  Eight of the homes parallel the Kiawah River for over one mile with the remainder playing through a maritime forest setting.  The river Course is the site of the first English settlement on Kiawah Island.  The river course opened in 1995 and has received many awards including Golf Digest's "1996 top five new private courses in the US award", it was also ranked 38thin "America's Best 100 Residential Courses" by Golfweek magazine in 2005.  The Ocean Course is located about one hour from downtown Charleston.

Oak Point Course is located about 35 minutes from downtown Charleston at 4394 Hope Plantation Drive, Johns Island, South Carolina 29455. Call 800-654-2924 or visit http://www.kiawahresort.com  Green Fees are $90 – $170. 

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

See Charleston SC Real Estate Blog for local attractions and current Charleston events.

Look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county. 

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Charleston 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Event, Presented by Charleston Crafts

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Charleston 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Event, Presented by Charleston Crafts


The 31st Annual Charleston South Carolina 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts event is located in Wragg Square at the intersection of Meeting Street and Charlotte Street in downtown historic Charleston.  Lois and I went to the 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts event Saturday.  The weather was great and the Craft show was even better.  There are nearly 100 exhibitors, each with a unique craft.  I highly recommend you check it out.

The Piccolo Spoleto craft event has evolved into one of the premier regional craft fairs and features two weekend events, in combination with daily demonstrations at the Charleston Crafts Gallery located at 161 Church Street in historic Charleston South Carolina. 

Charleston Crafts, Inc. was began in 1989 as a pilot project of Piccolo Spoleto, local artists formed a cooperative venture to present an ongoing display of crafts to the public.  In addition to featuring the work of local Charleston artists the membership endeavors to involve the public in the diverse craft arts produced here in the Lowcountry.  Anyone interested in supporting the goals of Charleston Crafts is invited to join as an associate member.  Contact Charleston Crafts at 161 Church Street in historic downtown Charleston South Carolina or call 843-723-2938 or visit http://www.charletoncrafts.org.

Charleston 2010 Piccolo Crafts Events Hours for the remaining days are Sunday May 30th 10-6, Saturday June 4th 10-6, Sunday June 5th 10-6, and Monday June 6th 11-5.  See you at the Crafts show!

Here are links to prior 2010 USA Spoleto Festival articles: 

http://www.carolinajoe.com/blog/index.cfm/2010/5/20/Charlestons-2010-Piccolo-Festival-JAC-Jazz-Series

http://www.carolinajoe.com/blog/index.cfm/2010/5/19/Charleston-South-Carolinas-Piccolo-Spoleto

http://www.carolinajoe.com/blog/index.cfm/2010/5/18/Charleston-Spoleto-Festival-USA-2010

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

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Freshfields Village, Kiawah Island Memorial Day Weekend Events Update

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Freshfields Village, Kiawah Island Memorial Day Weekend Events Update


My wife and I went to Freshfields Village adjacent to Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island last evening to listen to the Men of Distinction.  We were not disappointed.  The band was great and the crowd was large and very lively.  On top of that Lois hit all the shops while I sat and enjoyed the music.  This was a great way to Kick-off the Memorial Day weekend. 

See my previous blog posting (link is below) on the Freshfields Village Memorial Day Weekend Events for a schedule.  I recommend checking the bands out this evening and Sunday evening.

http://www.carolinajoe.com/blog/index.cfm/2010/5/25/Kiawahs-Freshfields-Village-at-the-Junction-Kiawah-Island-and-Seabrook-Island-Memorial-Weekend-Even

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

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Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island – One of America’s Top 10 Beaches

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island – One of America’s Top 10 Beaches


Charleston County’s Beachwalker Park is located on the western end of Kiawah Island and is about 30 minutes from downtown Charleston.   Tennis and golf are featured here, as well as interpretative tours of the fauna and flora of the island.  This is certainly a nature-lovers coast, so visitors should pack their canoes and kayaks to paddle through the tidal inlets or walk down to St. Sam’s Inlet to see thousands of birds.  The water is not clear here, but it is clean and provides for fantastic seafood for low-country cooking.  Visitors can also pack their bicycles, since the sand is compact enough to ride along the 10-mile long barrier island.       

Beachwalker Park (Kiawah Island, SC): Kiawah Island's Beachwalker Park is eighth on the list of Top 10 Beaches produced annually by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as 'Dr. Beach,' director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research.  Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, known throughout the United States and internationally as Dr. Beach, is regarded as the country's leading authority on beach quality and ratings. A Ph.D. coastal scientist, professor of environmental studies and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University and acclaimed author, Dr. Leatherman is perhaps best known for his annual America's Best Beaches Top 10 List.

Dr. Leatherman's first Top Beach list was issued in 1991. Since then, every year around Memorial Day, beachgoers and beach communities anxiously await his latest list of the ten best public recreational beaches for swimming, walking, scenery, sports, and other activities. Beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean are objectively evaluated using a rating scale that covers 50 different criteria, ranging from beach width, sand quality, water temperature and strengths of currents to human impact issues such as lifeguards, the presence of litter and undesirable noise.

The list of 2010 top ten beaches includes the same four beaches in the Southeast U.S. as last year's list, two in Florida, one in North Carolina and one in South Carolina: Cape Hatteras moved up three places, from seventh place to fourth place this year. Kiawah Island's Beachwalker Park moved up two places, from tenth to eighth place. Florida's Siesta Beach remained in second place and Cape Florida State Park dipped a few spots from eighth to tenth place.

Here list of the Top 10 Beaches in America:

  1.  Coopers Beach – Southampton, New York – National Winner
  2.  Siesta Beach – Sarasota, Florida
  3.  Coronado Beach – San Diego, California
  4.  Cape Hatteras – Outer Banks of North Carolina
  5.  Main Beach – East Hampton, New York
  6.  Kahanamoku Beach – Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
  7.  Coast Guard Beach – Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  8.  Beachwalker Park – Kiawah Island, South Carolina
  9.  Hamoa Beach – Maui, Hawaii
10.  Cape Florida State Park – Key Biscayne, Florida

To view all of the beaches visit:   http://www.drbeach.org/top10beaches.htm

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

See Charleston SC Real Estate Blog for local attractions and current Charleston events.

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How Green is Your Attic?

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

 

How Green is Your Attic?


According to the Department of energy 44% of an average household’s energy dollars is for heating and air conditioning.  For a relatively modest investment in insulation materials and labor, a consumer can lower those costs on an ongoing basis and generate a rapid payback.

Though insulating a home is green in itself, some alternatives are greener than others.  Some use recycled materials while others use new technology, while others use older products made in a more earth friendly way.  

5 Green Insulation Options

1.  Cotton insulation is made from recycled scrap generated during denim manufacturing.  It is flame resistant and is about twice as costly as fiberglass with about the same R-factor.

2.  Mineral wool insulation is made from steel slag or natural rock that is manufactured into a flame resistant fiber.  It contains over 75% recycled materials.  It is moisture resistant and holds its R-value when wet.  It can be used in below grade applications.

3.  Fiberglass made from abundant silica and has been made greener through the inclusion of post consumer and post industrial recycled materials. 

4.  Cellulose is today’s green loose fill insulation of choice.  It is composed of roughly 75% recycled shredded newsprint treated to be flame resistant.  Cellulose is not advisable to use in areas prone to moisture. 

5.  Polyiso is considered the most environmentally friendly spray foam and rigid foam board.   It has a higher R-value than batt, and loose fill insulation and can be used anywhere in a home except below grade. 

With all the above insulation alternatives above , proper installation is the key to tightening a home.  Poorly installed insulation that leaves gaps or is not well sited to the moisture levels can compromise the R-value of the insulation.  Some installations may qualify for a tax credit.

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

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http://www.carolinajoe.com
 

South Carolina April 2010 Market Analysis

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


South Carolina April 2010 Market Analysis


As expected, buyers in South Carolina took advantage of the federal first-time home buyer tax credit last month, which officially came to a close on April 30. Pending Sales were up 16.3 percent versus last year at this time, with 4,802 contracts written. That is the highest number of pending sales since April 2008. Closed Sales were also up 25.0 percent to 4,196.
 
To capitalize on buyer activity, sellers added 10,863 new listings to the market in April, an increase of 22.3 percent compared to last year. They may have also been encouraged by the Median Sales Price which was up 4.4 percent to $144,000. This influx of listings has pushed the Months Supply of Inventory up 3.7 percent to 14.9, and inventory itself was also up 3.2 percent to 56,844. This is also a high mark. In fact, it's the most properties available in South Carolina since modern methods of data tracking began in 2007.

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

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Hege’s Kiawah Restaurant at Freshfields Village

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Hege’s Kiawah Restaurant at Freshfields Village


Hege’s Kiawah is located at Freshfields Village adjacent to both Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island.  My wife, Lois, and I ate there last evening celebrating her birthday.  May is always a busy family month for me (our youngest son’s birthday, or other son’s wife’s birthday, Mother’s Day, our wedding anniversary, and Lois’ birthday). 
 
The food at Hege’s Kiawah is excellent, the service is great, and the cost is surprisingly affordable. We both took advantage of the three course dinner special for $31.95, and there are many other excellent options on the menu. 

Richard Hege, is the owner / Chef Hege's Kiawah at Freshfields Village, Kiawah Island. The cuisine at Hege's is based on simplicity, light natural sauces and recognizable menu items. Hege's uses fresh seasonal products cooked and served the way they were intended to be, and service is based on appreciative hospitality. The restaurant is French-inspired in its food and decor while the atmosphere is casual and inviting.

Hege's private and semi-private dining rooms provide a perfect setting for upscale cocktail parties, great sit-down dinners, business functions, rehearsal parties, charity events, and other personal occasions. The restaurant and bar encourages patrons to stop by after work or play for cocktails and great appetizers.

Heges Kiawah opens Tuesday – Saturday at 5:30 PM and on Sunday at 5:00 PM.  They are closed on Monday. 

For additional information contact Hege’s Kiawah at 843-768-0035 or visit http://www.heges-kiawah.com/main.asp

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

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Kiawah’s Freshfields Village at the Junction Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island Memorial Weekend

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Kiawah’s Freshfields Village at the Junction Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island Memorial Weekend Events


Come to the Village Green at Kiawah’s Freshfields Village located between Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island for a weekend of fun for the whole family.  Theses events are sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island.  There is no charge for these events.  Hours are 6-9 PM each evening.


Friday May 28th

Kick off the Memorial Day weekend at Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island by coming to Kiawah’s Freshfields Village at Village Green and join the MEN OF DISTICTION a seven piece band which offers something for all music lovers form beach music to rhythm & blues to country.  Prepare to be a part of this high energy show because THE MEN OF DISTINCTION focus on audience participation.  


Saturday May 29th

Complete of your great Saturday at the beach on Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island by coming to the Village Green at Kiawah’s Freshfields Village to hear the GREAT SOCIETY BAND.  This five piece band features Motown and beach favorites, along with funky soul and timeless jazz music that spans decades of American music.

Sunday May 30th

Enjoy you Sunday evening at Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island by coming to the village Green at Freshfields Village and listening to CONDON & COMPANY.  This group has been serving up an array of tunes , from pop to rock to rhythm & blues in the Charleston area since 1958. 

Freshfields Village is located just beyond the Kiawah Island – Seabrook Island round – about and is just 30 minutes from downtown Charleston.  If you are anywhere in the Charleston area enjoy the scenic drive down Bohicket road and have a relaxing family oriented evening at Freshfields Village at Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.  Check out all of the unique shops while you are here!

For addition information call 843-768-6491 or visit http://www.FreshfieldsVillage.com

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

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3 Important Home Insulation Questions

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


3 Important Home Insulation Questions


1.  How much insulation do I need?  The Department of energy provided a map with recommended R-values for your area at
http://energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_insulation_table

2.  Which R-values have the highest R-values?  An R-value chart can be found at http://www.coloradoenergy.org/procorner/stuff/r-value.htm

3.  How long will it take to pay back insulation costs?  The Department of Energy can help calculate payback periods at http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/insulation_airsealing/index.cfm/mytopic=11360

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

View my entire inventory of VisualTours of Charleston SC Real Estate homes at http://www.visualtour.com/inventory.asp?U=182210 

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The Charleston Museum’s Heyward – Washington House

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


The Charleston Museum’s Heyward – Washington House


The National Historic Landmark Heyward – Washington House built in 1772 and is one of two National Historic Landmark Homes operated by the Charleston Museum.  The other one is The Joseph Manigault House was built in 1803. 

The Heyward – Washington House is located at 87 Church Street in historic downtown Charleston.  The Joseph Manigault House is located at 350 Meeting Street in historic downtown Charleston. 

The Heyward – Washington Home also known as “Charleston’s Revolutionary War House” is a Georgian style double house that belonged to the Revolutionary War patriot and signer or the Declaration of Independence Thomas Howard Jr.  George Washington stayed there during his southern tour of 1791.  You will see a magnificent collection of Charleston made furniture including the priceless Holmes Bookcase, considered to be the finest example of American made furniture.  Outbuildings include the fully equipped circa 1740’s kitchen building.  The exquisite formal garden features plans familiar to Charleston in the late 18th century.

The Museum is open daily Monday – Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5.
The homes are open Monday – Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5.
Call 843-722-2996 for additional information, or visit
http://www.charlestonmuseum.org

See additional information about the Charleston Museum previously posted on my blog:
http://www.carolinajoe.com/blog/index.cfm/2010/5/21/The-Charleston-Museum

http://www.carolinajoe.com/blog/index.cfm/2010/5/22/The-Charleston-Museums-Joseph-Manigault-House

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

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The Charleston Museum’s Joseph Manigault House

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


The Charleston Museum’s Joseph Manigault House


The National Historic Landmark Joseph Manigault House was built in 1803 and is one of two National Historic Landmark Homes operated by the Charleston Museum.  The other one is The Heyward – Washington House built in 1772. 

The Joseph Manigault House is located at 350 Meeting Street in historic downtown Charleston.  The Heyward – Washington House is located at 87 Church Street in historic downtown Charleston.

The Joseph Manigault House, also know as “Charleston’s Huguenot House”, was designed by Gabriel Manigault for his brother Joseph.  This three story suburban villa is a premier example of Federal, or Adam Style, architecture.  The house reveals the lifestyle of a wealthy, rice planting family of French – Huguenot descent and the African American slaves who lived there.  The interior boasts of American, English, and French furnishings, while a charming Gate Temple is the focus of a period garden.

The Museum is open daily Monday – Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5.
The homes are open Monday – Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5.
Call 843-722-2996 for additional information, or visit
http://www.charlestonmuseum.org

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

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The Charleston Museum

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


The Charleston Museum


The Charleston Museum is America’s first museum, it was founded in 1773.  The Charleston Museum’s mission is to preserve the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Explore the rich social, natural, and architectural heritage of Charleston and the Lowcountry and it’s to National Historic Landmark houses the Joseph Manigault House built in 1803 and the Heyward – Washington House built in 1772. 

Whether you have an interest in military history, southern decorative art, or southern prehistoric animals, the Charleston Museum has something for everyone.  Make sure the kids explore Kidstory where they will experience a hands on perspective of Charleston and Lowcountry history.

The Museum is located at 360 Meeting Street in downtown historic Charleston.  The Joseph Manigault House is located at 350 Meeting Street in historic downtown Charleston.  The Heyward – Washington House is located at 87 Church Street in historic downtown Charleston.

The Museum is open daily Monday – Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5.
The homes are open Monday – Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5.
Call 843-722-2996 for additional information, or visit
http://www.charlestonmuseum.org

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

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Charleston’s 2010 Piccolo Festival JAC Jazz Series

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Charleston’s 2010 Piccolo Festival JAC Jazz Series


The 2010 Piccolo Festival Jazz Series is be conducted by the Jazz Artists of Charleston.  The Piccolo Jazz series will be hosted upstairs at McCrady’s Restaurant located at 2Unit Alley in downtown historic Charleston.   See these Charleston jazz musicians  at their best in a very intimate setting.

This is a thirteen night series from May 27th through June 11th featuring Charleston’s finest jazz artists.  There will be 2 sets each night at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each set.  Tickets are $20 per set in advance or $25 per set the day of.

To purchase tickets of for additional information visit http://www.THEJAC.org or call 843-641-0011. 

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

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Charleston South Carolina’s Piccolo Spoleto

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Charleston South Carolina’s Piccolo Spoleto


Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto, to official outreach companion to Charleston’s Spoleto Festival USA, partners with its parent festival each spring to host an exuberant 17 day celebration of the arts from May 28th to June 13th.  With its mission to provide access to the festival experience for everyone, Piccolo Spoleto features hundreds of free and modestly priced events. 

To purchase tickets to Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto or for complete program information call 843-724-7305.  

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

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Charleston Spoleto Festival USA 2010

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Charleston Spoleto Festival USA 2010


The Charleston Spoleto Festival USA 2010 will run from May 28th to June 13th.  Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the world's major performing arts festivals. It was founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who sought to establish a counterpart to the Festival dei Due Mondi (the Festival of Two Worlds) in Spoleto, Italy. The annual 17-day event showcases both established and emerging artists in more than 120 performances of opera, dance, theater, classical music, and jazz.

When Italian organizers planned an American festival, they searched for a city that would offer the charm of Spoleto, Italy, and also its wealth of theaters, churches, and other performance spaces. Charleston was selected as the ideal location.  Historic Charleston provided a perfect fit: intimate enough that the Festival would captivate the entire city, yet cosmopolitan enough to provide an enthusiastic audience and robust infrastructure.

To see the schedule of daily events, or order tickets visit http://www.spoletousa.org .  You may also order tickets by phone, 843-579-3100 or in person at the Spoleto Festival USA Box Office located in the Gillard Auditorium at 77 Calhoun Street, Charleston SC.

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort Courses

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Kiawah Island Golf Resort Courses


Day visitors are welcome to play golf at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  Take a caddy and walk in the footsteps of golf’s greatest players on the famous Ocean Course.  You can choose from five extraordinary golf courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player, and Clyde Johnson. 

1.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort Cougar Point Course

Cougar Point is designed by Gary Player.  This par-72 layout features holes playing directly along broad expanses of tidal marsh, offering panoramic views of the Kiawah River.  Cougar point is designed to challenge scratch players while providing an enjoyable round for players of all skill levels.  Green fees range from $150 – $250.  Cougar Point is located at 12 Kiawah Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

2.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort Turtle Point Course

Turtle Point designed by jack Nicklaus was opened in 1981 and total renovated in 2000.  Turtle Point has a low profile design that takes advantage of the islands natural contours and dune ridges.  The course flows seamlessly through interior forests of hardwoods and palmettos, along blackwater lagoons, and finally to three spectacular holes along the Atlantic Ocean.   Green fees are $150 – $250.  Turtle Point is located at One Turtle Point Drive Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

3.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort Osprey Point Course

Cougar Point is designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1988.  Set amid pristine lagoons, marshes and maritime forests Osprey Point offers panoramic views from every hole.  The setting for the course features four large natural lakes and fingers of saltwater marshes.  Osprey Point was recently awarded 4 ½ stars in Golf digest’s “Best Places to Play” readers poll.  Green fees are $150 – $250.  Osprey Point is Located at 1000 Governors Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

4.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort The Ocean Course

The Ocean Course is one of Pete Dye’s most superb designs.  The Ocean Course has been selected as the host site for the 2012 PGA Championship.  It first received attention as the host of the 1991 Ryder Cup Matches.  In 2007 it hosted the Senior PGA Championship.  The Ocean course was named by Golf Digest as “America’s Toughest Course”.  The Ocean course is a 7,356 yard course which offers spectacular views along tow and half miles of the Atlantic Ocean.  Green Fees are $280 – $390.  The Ocean Course is located at 1000 Ocean Course Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

5.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort Oak Point Course

Oak Point Golf course is located in Kiawah River Estates on nearby Johns Island.
Oak Point opened in 1989 and was designed by Clyde Johnson.  It was built on the grounds of an old indigo and cotton plantation.  The lay of the land dictated a design that is reminiscent of Scottish golf.   Green Fees are $90 – $170.  Oak Point Course is located at 4394 Hope Plantation Drive, Johns Island, South Carolina.

6.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort River Course

Kiawah's only private golf course is a 7,039 course designed by Tom Fazio and provides challenging play.  Eight of the homes parallel the Kiawah River for over one mile with the remainder playing through a maritime forest setting.  The river Course is the site of the first English settlement on Kiawah Island.  The river course opened in 1995 and has received many awards including Golf Digest's "1996 top five new private courses in the US award", it was also ranked 38thin "America's Best 100 Residential Courses" by Golfweek magazine in 2005.  The Ocean Course is located about one hour from downtown Charleston.

For more information and to schedule tee times call 1-800-654-2924, or visit http://www.kiawahresort.com.

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

View my entire inventory of VisualTours of Charleston SC Real Estate homes at http://www.visualtour.com/inventory.asp?U=182210 

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What Do You Want and Need in a Home?

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


What Do You Want and Need in a Home?


Finding a new home can be exciting.   But deciding what you want and need, and can afford can be quite challenging.  Making these decisions begins with setting priorities among many different preferences.  Most homebuyers invariably face trade-offs. 

Here are many of the considerations you will face:

1.  Basic Home Features
     1.  Do you prefer a single family detached home, townhome, or a   condominium? 
     2.  How many bedrooms?
     3.  How many bathrooms?
     4.  Preferences regarding kitchen, ding room, family room, etc., and  overall floor plan. 
     5.  High priority home features.
     6.  Any special rooms that may be needed.
     7.  Amount of available storage.
     8.  Parking needs

2.  Other home Preferences
     1.  Style of home
     2.  Age of home
     3.  Energy efficiency or green features

3.  Location
    1.  Is the neighborhood comfortable?
    2.  Is this an acceptable commuting distance?
    3.  Proximity to desirable features such as community center, shopping,  dining, hospitals, etc.
    4.  Is this an acceptable school district?

4.  Lot Characteristics
    1.  Is size and shape acceptable?
    2.  Is the view acceptable?
    3.  Is the landscaping and cub appeal acceptable?
    4.  Is the home’s orientation acceptable?
    5.  Proximity to neighbors
    6.  Functional for you pets?

5.  Related costs
    1.  Are homeowner association fees or regime fees acceptable?
    2.  Are the necessary homeowners insurances (hazard, wind and hale,  and flood) acceptable?  
    3.  Property taxes
    4.  How much are you prepared to invest beyond the purchase price if you  can’t find exactly what you want.
 
6.  Resale
    1.  How long do plan on living in this home?
    2.  How will this impact the type of home you will buy?
    3.  Will this impact the location you select?

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

View my entire inventory of VisualTours of Charleston SC Real Estate homes at http://www.visualtour.com/inventory.asp?U=182210 

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Captain Jack’s Sailing and Dolphin Watching Adventures

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

 

Captain Jack’s Sailing and Dolphin Watching Adventures

 

Captain Jack’s Sailing and Dolphin Watching Adventures is located at Bohicket Marina on Seabrook Island and next to Kiawah Island.  Here you can charter your own private sailing vessel and participate as much, or as little as you like.  Captain Jack’s has been embarking from Bohicket marina since 1990.  You are welcome to visit the Palmetto Tide on dock “B”.

With Captain Jack McConnell at the helm some possibilities for you are a dolphin watching nature tour, romantic sunset sail, family fishing adventure, personalized sailing lessons, picnic shell get away, blue water ocean sailing, and a champagne cruise.

From more information call 843-343-1772, or email kiawahsailing@gmail.com

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

View my entire inventory of VisualTours of Charleston SC Real Estate homes at http://www.visualtour.com/inventory.asp?U=182210 

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4 Fundamentals of Selling a Home Today

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


4 Fundamentals of Selling a Home Today


Here are four things sellers should understand about today’s market to make their homes as saleable as possible:

1. Real estate pricing is very local: "When you're looking at comparables, you have to see what's sold in the past three months. Look at your competition and what's under agreement," advises Colette Casey-Brenner, sales manager at Coldwell Banker Arlington, Mass.

2. Get property pictures online: Stage the property, then take pictures and video. Better yet, hire a professional photographer to do the job.

3. Disclosure is key: Tell potential buyers what’s wrong before they figure it out. That eliminates last-minute re-negotiations and cold feet.

4. Clean, clean, super-clean: A clean and clutter-free property makes potential buyers likely to pay more, says David Kelman, an associate with RE/MAX Landmark in Milton, Mass.

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

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Source: Boston Globe (04/29/2010)
 

Kiawah Island March 2010 Homes Sales Best in Two Years

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Kiawah Island March 2010 Homes Sales Best in Two Years


Kiawah Island had 28 residential homes sold in March 2010 totaling $41.5 million dollars.  This represents the largest single month sales volume in two years at Kiawah Island and a 537% increase over March 2009.  The sold homes prices ranged from $275,000 to $4.6 million. 

These positive sales figures come at the same time as a Barrons’s article which was printed in March 2010 that named Kiawah Island as the second best luxury home community in the United States behind only Maui, Hawaii.  

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

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Rosebank Farms Café at Bohicket Marina on Seabrook Island

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Rosebank Farms Café at Bohicket Marina on Seabrook Island


Rosebank Farms Café is located at Bohicket Marina and overlooking Bohicket Creek on Seabrook Island and just minutes from Kiawah Island.  My family has been going there since they opened and I believe they are among the best restaurants on Seabrook and Kiawah Islands. 

My wife and I ate there this past week celebrating our 35th anniversary.  The food is outstanding and the deserts are even better.  I believe they have the best fried chicken and chocolate cake in the Lowcountry.   I highly recommend the blue plate specials for lunch; my wife is a big fan of all the salads and the crab cakes.  The dinner entrees with their local southern dishes served island style are just as good.  The food is outstanding and the prices are more than fair.

Julie Limestone, the owner, takes a first hand personal pride in Rosebank Farms Café operations.  She can always be seen greeting the customers and insuring that the kitchen ran by executive chef John E. Cuff is running smoothly.

Rosebank Farms Cafe’ is open for lunch and dinner for more information call 843-768-1807 or visit http://www.rosebankfarmscafe.com

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

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Kiawah Island Dining Guide

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Kiawah Island Dining Guide


Use this guide to find the restaurant that is right fit for you whether you are on Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Johns Island, or anywhere in the Charleston South Carolina metro area.  While the restaurants on Kiawah Island offer a variety of themes and prices, you can be assured of the highest quality and best experience for their style and price point.

1.  The Ocean Room, located at the Sanctuary is known as Kiawah’s prime steakhouse.  Jackets are preferred, but not required.  Open Monday – Thursday 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and Friday – Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.   Reservations recommended.

Phone:  843-768-6253

See this blog previously posted:
http://www.carolinajoe.com/blog/index.cfm/2010/5/9/Dining-At-Dusk-a-Great-Experience-on-Kiawah-Island

2.  The Atlantic Room is located at the Ocean Course Clubhouse and is known as Kiawah’s premier seafood restaurant.  Diners will be able to enjoy modern American twists on seasonal seafood selections.  Dress is casual.   Reservations recommended. 

Lunch 11:00 am TO 2:00 PM and Dinner 5:30 to close. 

Phone:  843-266-4085

3.  The Ryder Cup Bar is a modern club house bar located at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island.

Phone:  843-266-6253

4.  Jasmine Porch, located at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island is a great place to taste the Lowcountry.  You will experience a bounty of regional delights with fresh native ingredients and traditional Lowcountry favorites.  Dress is casual.

Breakfast 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Lunch 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, and Dinner 5:30 to close.

Phone:  843-768-6253

5.  Tomasso is located at the Turtle Point Clubhouse on Kiawah Island and is know as an Italian gathering place.  Tomasso’s specializes in authentic Italian cuisine from all regions if Italy.  Dress is casual. 

Lunch 11:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Dinner 5:00 PM to close, Bar 11:30 PM to close, Snack Shop 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Phone:  843-768-6253

6.  The Loggerhead Grill is located at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island.  Relax in a tropical ambience and enjoy gourmet sandwiches, grilled burgers, salads and wraps.  Dress is casual. 

Lunch 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Dinner Thursday – Saturday 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Friday night is a seaside buffet 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

Phone:  843-768-6253

7.  Southern Kitchens is located at the West Beach Straw Market on Kiawah Island and traditional southern style cuisine such as Lowcountry favorite’s country fried steak and pork chops with traditional side choices including fried okra, collard greens, and macaroni & cheese along with a selection of salads, seafood, and sandwiches. 

Southern Kitchen is open daily Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Phone:  843-768-2705

8.  Night Heron Grill is located in Night heron Park on Kiawah Island and provides casual poolside dining and tropical cocktails. 

Lunch 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Phone:  843-768-2012 ext. 2012

9.  Town Center Market at the East Beach is the local Kiawah Island Market and Island Bistro.  Enjoy ala carte sandwiches, entrees, pizza, along with family meals. 

Open 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Phone:  843-768-2775

10.  The Osprey Clubhouse on Kiawah Island specializes in gourmet burgers and fresh tossed salads.

Lunch 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Snack Shop 7:00 AM to dusk.

Phone:  843-266-4636

11.  West Beach Market and Cyber Café on Kiawah Island offers gourmet coffees, fresh pastries, picnic supplies, and sandwiches.

Open 8:00 AM to closing, Lunch 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Phone:  843-768-2057
   
As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

View my entire inventory of VisualTours of Charleston SC Real Estate homes at http://www.visualtour.com/inventory.asp?U=182210 

Sincerely,

"Carolina Joe" Idleman
http://www.carolinajoe.com 
 

2010 Home Trends

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


2010 Home Trends


Today’s New Construction Homes

Housing starts began declining in 2006 and have yet to show a significant rebound.  New construction homes are definitely smaller.  Consider these facts:  the average size of a single family house was flat in 2008 and down in 2009, homes with at least 3 bedrooms were down in 2009 for the first time since 1992, homes with for or more bedrooms have been falling since 2007, and homes with two stories peaked in 2006 and have been in a downward trend since.

Homebuyer’s are still interested in the “WOW” factor, but there are different ways to get it.  Here are the 10 most likely features the builders will include in 2010:

1.  Walk-in closet in master bedroom
2.  Laundry room
3.  Insulated front door
4.  Great room
5.  Low-e Windows
6.  Linen Closet
7.  Programmable thermostat
8.  Energy efficient appliances and lighting
9.  Separate shower and tub in master bedroom
10.  9 foot ceilings or higher on first floor

Which features are most likely to not be built include an outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, sunroom, butler’s pantry, and a media room.

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

View my entire inventory of VisualTours of Charleston SC Real Estate homes at http://www.visualtour.com/inventory.asp?U=182210 

Sincerely,

"Carolina Joe" Idleman
http://www.carolinajoe.com 
 

“Dining At Dusk”, a Great Experience on Kiawah Island

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


“Dining At Dusk”, a Great Experience on Kiawah Island


Dining At Dusk in the Ocean Room at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island is a fantastic experience.  My wife and I dined there on our 35th anniversary this weekend and the atmosphere, staff and food exceeded our expectations.  Our waitress was Marylou Lind; ask for her when you go to the Ocean Room at the Sanctuary.

Dining at dusk is an opportunity to enjoy Chef Nathan Thurston’s seasonal tasting menu in a relaxed atmosphere with an unparallel ocean view.  While the Ocean room is most famous for its grass feed prime beef, chef Thurston’s Dining At Dusk offers something for everyone including locally sourced beef, seafood, poultry, and vegetables.

Dining At Dusk is a three course meal for $49.00.  It is available Tuesday – Thursday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Friday – Saturday from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.  Walk-ins and reservations are accepted.  For more information, or to make a reservation call 843-768-6235

I highly recommend Dining At Dusk in the Ocean Room at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island.

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

View my entire inventory of VisualTours of Charleston SC Real Estate homes at http://www.visualtour.com/inventory.asp?U=182210 

Sincerely,

"Carolina Joe" Idleman
http://www.carolinajoe.com

Create a Home Emergency Preparedness Kit

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


Create a Home Emergency Preparedness Kit


Having a plan for an emergency and creating a preparedness kit that's tailored to your needs could be the key to your family's safety if disaster strikes.

Preparing an emergency kit you hope never to use may seem like a waste of time and money. But when disasters happen that are beyond your control, you can take charge of how you respond. "What became clear in Hurricane Katrina is that in big events, the government isn't going to come to your aid right away. You have to be prepared to take care of yourself," says Rick Bissell, PhD, a professor of emergency health services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. According to a 2008 FEMA survey, more than half of all U.S. households have some sort of disaster preparation in place. If yours isn't one of them, here's what you need to do. 

First, make sure important papers are in order

If a flood destroys your home, you could spend weeks or even months just trying to re-create the essential documents you'll need to get back on track. That's why it's critical to have backups of important papers, including the deed to your house, proof of insurance, medical records, passports, social security cards, and a list of personal contacts. Keep one copy at home in a portable case and another offsite in a safe place. And while you're at it, use the opportunity to check whether your insurance (http://www.houselogic.com/articles/homeowners-insurance-time-for-an-annual-check-up/) is up to date. "People often don't know what their homeowners' insurance policy covers, and most don't cover flooding," points out Bissell. Find out what hazards your area faces, and make sure you're protected against them.
Tailor a preparedness kit to your personal needs

Humanitarian organizations and government aid agencies offer guidelines (http://www.READY.GOV) for creating an emergency preparedness kit. But along with the basics like food and water, it's important to have what you need for your particular situation. You may not need extra blankets in southern California, but you do need escape ladders in case of wildfire. And you'll want extra blankets to survive a winter power outage in Maine.

Think about what you need for the safety of your house, too. Knowing where to find the main electrical and water shutoffs-and having the right wrench to turn them-can make the difference between a house that weathers the storm and one that experiences catastrophic flooding or fire.

A basic emergency preparedness kit

FEMA (http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/supplykit.shtm) recommends you keep a "grab and go" bag with these items in case you need to evacuate:

1.  Water: One gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation; double if you live in a very hot climate, have young kids, or are nursing. Bottled water is best, but you can also store tap water in food-grade containers or two-liter soda bottles that have been sanitized. Factor in your pet's water needs, too.

2.  Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable’s and a can opener. Pack protein, fruit, and vegetables, but make sure they're in a form you actually like-it's bad enough not to have access to fresh food without also having to subsist on nothing but canned tuna. Include treats like cereal bars, trail mix, and Tootsie Rolls. Store food in pest-proof plastic or metal tubs and keep it in a cool, dry place.

3.  Flashlights and extra batteries: "Candles are not recommended because there are many house fires caused by candles left unattended," says David Riedman, a public affairs officer with FEMA.

4.  First-aid supplies: Two pairs of sterile gloves, adhesive bandages and sterile dressings, soap or other cleanser, antibiotic towelettes and ointment, burn ointment, eye wash, thermometer, scissors, tweezers, petroleum jelly, aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, and stomach analgesics such as Tums, Pepto-Bismol, and a laxative. (All those Tootsie Rolls can be hard to digest.)

5.  Sanitation and hygiene supplies: Moist towelettes, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, and plastic ties. You might also want travel-size shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrush, and deodorant.

6.  Radio or TV: Keep a portable, battery- or crank-operated radio or television and extra batteries to remain connected in case the power goes out, as well as an extra cell phone charger. You can buy a good emergency radio online from the Red Cross (http://WWW.REDCROSSSTORE.ORG).

7.  Plastic sheeting, duct tape, and dust masks: In case you need to seal your home or shelter from airborne contaminants.

8.  Extra items: A whistle to signal for help, a favorite toy or other comfort items for kids.

9.  Cash

Update your kit as your needs change, and replace food and water approaching its expiration date. You might pick a specific time each year to check, such as before hurricane season in the south or after Thanksgiving if you live in the north.
 Wendy Paris is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared in This Old House magazine and other publications. She keeps chocolate chips on hand in case of emergency.

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

To look for homes anywhere in the tri-county area go to my website at http://www.carolinajoe.com/mls/ 

View my entire inventory of VisualTours at http://www.visualtour.com/inventory.asp?U=182210 

Sincerely,

"Carolina Joe" Idleman
http://www.carolinajoe.com

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