Smart Options: Kitchen Flooring

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:

Smart Options: Kitchen Flooring
Article From HouseLogic.com

 
By: John Riha
Published: September 16, 2009

 
Choose kitchen flooring that marries your priorities–durability, sustainability, low maintenance, or an open floor plan–with the options.
 
Choosing flooring for your kitchen remodeling project is a critical design decision, one that unites all the elements of your kitchen. Not only that, kitchen flooring must perform extremely well, providing low maintenance, durability, and good looks without breaking your budget. With so many flooring options available, how can you be sure you're getting a product that provides the right combination of price and style-one that will provide years of satisfaction? Weigh the options based on your lifestyle and how you'll use your kitchen.
Chef's choice: Comfort and low maintenance
Top-quality sheet vinyl flooring is ideal for busy cooks. It's a snap to clean up, plus it's completely waterproof and stain-proof. There are few seams to trap dirt or let moisture through to the subfloor, and installations for kitchens less than 12 feet wide (the width of standard sheet vinyl) are seamless. Sheet vinyl requires no ongoing maintenance, so you can spend more time cooking.

Sheet vinyl belongs to a group of flooring products called resilient flooring, which have flexibility and are slightly soft under foot. This characteristic eases muscle fatigue-a plus if you spend a lot of time in your kitchen. Also, resilient floorings are much more forgiving of accidentally dropped glasses and bowls.

Then there's cushioned vinyl, which is backed with a layer of foam-regular sheet vinyl uses felt backing-providing an extra measure of comfort. But its added thickness and flexibility makes it difficult to create seams that stay tightly bonded over time. When your flooring dealer measures your kitchen, be sure to ask if your configuration requires seams. If the answer is yes, consider regular felt-backed vinyl.

You'll find sheet vinyl flooring in many of colors and patterns. Thicker vinyl can feature a textured surface, and some types do an excellent job of mimicking the appearance of ceramic tile and real stone. Textured vinyl provides traction and is a good idea for kitchens where floor surfaces occasionally get wet.

Vinyl flooring includes a "wear layer" on its top surface that helps resist scratches and scuff marks. The trade-off for low maintenance is that the wear layer eventually dulls and you'll likely want to replace it. The best brands offer guarantees on the wear layer of 10-15 years, but good quality vinyl should last 20 years.

Cost: At $1 to $5 per sq.ft., sheet vinyl is one of the least expensive options for kitchen flooring. Installation adds $1 to $2 per sq.ft., depending on the complexity of the project. For a 12 x 16 foot kitchen, you'll spend about $1,000. In general, the thicker the vinyl, the higher the quality and the cost of the product. It's widely available at home improvement centers and flooring stores.
When durability is important
Porcelain flooring tile, a version of common ceramic tile, is the durability champ. It's fired at high temperatures that produce an extremely hard, durable, stain-resistant tile impervious to moisture. In fact, it's so tough it can be used outdoors in virtually any climate.

Like common ceramic tile, porcelain tile comes either unglazed or glazed. The unglazed versions take on the color of their clay mixture, so they have naturally earthy tones. Glazed tiles have a glass-like coating that can be made in virtually any color, and can mimic the look and texture of real stone at a much lower cost than stone. For kitchens, choose porcelain tiles certified as slip-resistant by the Americans with Disabilities Act-the designation should be visible on product literature or packing materials.

Cost: Averages from $1 to $20 per sq.ft.; installation, $5 to $10 per sq.ft. Porcelain tile is widely available at home improvement centers and flooring stores.
Your best green option
Cork is made from tree bark that's harvested every eight to 10 years; it's a sustainable material, meaning the bark grows back and can be harvested repeatedly. Countries that produce cork are careful to regulate harvesting practices to ensure future supplies.

Cork has a unique cellular structure that's waterproof and compressible, which makes it a comfortable, moisture-resistant choice. It comes in 12 x 12-inch tiles and 1 x 3-foot planks, each with a unique grain pattern of swirls and speckles. The surface is naturally textured, so cork is slip-resistant as well.

Most cork flooring products come pre-finished. However, they should be resealed every 3 to 4 years to help guard against scratches and prevent moisture from entering the seams between tiles. Both natural wax and polyurethane are good sealers for cork. Choose water-based polyurethane that's non-toxic or has low volatile organic compound content.

Cost: $2-$6 per sq.ft.; installation, $5-$10 per sq.ft.
Hardwood unites an open floor plan
Hardwood flooring, with its unmatched warmth and visual appeal, is a great choice if you have an open floor plan and prefer a single flooring style that creates visual continuity beyond the kitchen. In the kitchen, hardwood provides durability and low-maintenance. Prefinished hardwood is moisture-resistant, although spills should be wiped up immediately.

Hardwood flooring is either solid wood strips or engineered wood planks. Engineered wood has a veneer of real wood backed by layers of less expensive plywood. This construction provides dimensional stability that makes the flooring less susceptible to movement caused by changes in humidity and temperature-a good idea for kitchens.

Increasingly popular bamboo, like hardwood, is glued together to form solid strips or engineered planks. But technically it isn't a hardwood, it's a grass. Bamboo is tough, durable, and green. It can be re-grown quickly and easily. If the environment is a factor in your choice of bamboo flooring, look for products made without urea formaldehyde glues. Costs are comparable to hardwood.
Cost: $3-$8 per sq.ft., although exotic varieties of wood may run as high as $12 per sq.ft. Installation, $5-$12 per sq.ft., depending on the complexity of the job.
John Riha has written six books on home improvement and hundreds of articles on home-related topics. He's been a residential builder, the editorial director of the Black & Decker Home Improvement Library, and the executive editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. His standard 1968 suburban house has been an ongoing source of maintenance experience.

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Johns Island and Its Gated Communities

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Johns Island and Its Gated Communities

Johns Island History

Johns Island is one of many sea islands along the coast of South Carolina and home to the Angel Oak, a 1400 year old Southern Live Oak Tree. It is located to the west of James Island and to the east of Wadmalaw Island and inshore of Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island. It is separated from the mainland by the tidal Stono River, which forms part of the Intracoastal Waterway. The island is the second largest island on the east coast. Johns Island was originally occupied by Native American tribes, including the Kiawah, before the English settlers reached Charleston.

Headquarters Island Plantation, The Preserve at Fenwick Plantation, Grimball Gates, River Run, Fosters Glenn, Duck Pond, Kiawah River Estate, Hopkinson Point, and The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek are the nine gated communities located on Johns Island.  Each community will be covered in more detail with an emphasis on their location, amenities and current market conditions.

Headquarters Island Plantation is just across the Stono River from James Island off of Maybank Highway.  Headquarters Island Plantation is about 10-15 minutes from downtown Charleston.  Headquarters Island has dock facilities for property owners.  There are currently 14 homes on the market and during the past six months 2 homes sold at an average price of $756,389.

The Preserve at Fenwick Plantation is located off of Maybank Highway between the Stono River and the intersection with River Road about 15-20 minutes from downtown Charleston.  The Preserve at Fenwick Plantation is a relatively new community.  Amenities include leisure trails, community docks, a gated entrance, and a serene pond with gazebo, fire pit, and picnic area.  There are currently 4 homes on the market and during the past six months 1 home sold for 2,200,000.

Grimball Gates is a nice established community off of Chisholm Road about a mile from Chisholm Road’s intersection with Main Road near the Stono River.  Grimball Gates is about 20-30 minutes from downtown Charleston.   Amenities include neighborhood boat storage, short term community dock on the Intracostal Waterway along with walking/jogging trails.  There are currently 10 homes under contract and 3 homes have sold in the past six months at an average price of $306,627.

River Run is a relatively new equestrian community with larger homes on lots averaging 5 acre located about 25-30 minutes from downtown Charleston.  The River Run community features common pastures, trails and stables for your horses, and a beautiful activity building, or pasture & stable your horses on your own fenced and gated estate.  Currently there are 3 homes on the market and none have sold during the past six months.

Fosters Glenn is a new gated community off of River Road about 3 miles from its intersection with Maybank Highway.  Fosters Glenn is about 15-20 minutes from downtown Charleston.  There are currently four homes on the market and none have sold during the past six months.

Duck Pond Estates is a new gated community off of River Road about 5 miles from its intersection with Maybank Highway.  Duck Pond Estates is about 20-25 minutes from downtown Charleston.  There are currently three homes on the market and none have sold during the past six months.

The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek is a private upscale golf community with pristine maritime forest lot sizes varying from 1-7 acres.  Briar’s Creek is located on River Road about 3 miles from its intersection with Betsy Kerrison Parkway about 30 minutes form downtown Charleston.  There is currently one home in MLS for sale and no homes have sold during the past six months.

Kiawah River Estates is located along Betsy Kerrison Parkway about 35 minutes form downtown Charleston.  Amenities include community pool, tennis courts, club memberships and golfing membership.  There are currently 32 homes on the market and 4 have sold in the past six moths at an average price of $342,250.

Hopkinson Point is a small upscale community off of Betsy Kerrison Parkway about 35 minutes from downtown Charleston.  Hopkinson Point has a community deep water boat dock.  There are currently on homes on the market and 1 home has sold during the past six months for $970,000.

You can view Johns Island homes currently on the market here.

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10 Tips for Saving Energy in the Kitchen

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10 Tips for Saving Energy in the Kitchen

Spending less money on utility bills doesn't mean you need to rush out and purchase a whole new suite of Energy Star appliances. With occasional light maintenance and good habits, you can greatly improve the energy efficiency of your large kitchen appliances-up to about $120 annually-without sacrificing convenience.

Refrigerator/freezer

Energy-efficiency experts tell us to focus our efforts on the biggest energy hogs in the house, and that definitely includes the fridge. Because it cycles on and off all day, every day, the refrigerator consumes more electricity than nearly every appliance in the home save for the HVAC systems. The average refrigerator costs about $90 per year to operate, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (http://www.energy.gov). The good news is that a few simple adjustments can trim roughly $38 to $45 off those utility bills.

1. Adjust the thermostat. By setting the thermostat colder than it needs to be, you might increase your fridge's energy consumption by as much as 25% on average. Adjust the refrigerator so that it stays in the 37-40 degrees F range. For the freezer, shoot for between 0-5 degrees F. You could save up to $22 per year. If your model doesn't display the current temps, invest in two appliance thermometers (one for the fridge, one for the freezer). They cost roughly $3-$20 apiece at online retailers.

2. Clean the coils. As dust accumulates on the condenser coils on the rear or bottom of the fridge, it restricts cool-air flow and forces the unit to work harder and longer than necessary. Every six months, vacuum away the dust that accumulates on the mechanism. Also, check to see that there is at least a 3-inch clearance at the rear of the fridge for proper ventilation. This routine maintenance can trim up to 5% off the unit's operating cost, says energy savings expert Michael Bluejay (http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/refrigerators.html), saving you about $4.50 a year.

3. Use an ice tray. Automatic ice makers are a nice convenience, to be sure, but it turns out the mechanisms are energy hogs. An automatic ice maker can increase a refrigerator's energy consumption by 14% to 20%, according to Energy Star (http://www.energystar.gov). By switching off the ice maker and using trays, you can save about $12 to $18 off your annual electricity bill. Most units require little more than a lift of the sensor arm to switch them off. To reclaim the space remove the entire unit, a simple DIY job on many models.

 4. Unplug the "beer fridge." Many homes have an extra fridge that runs year round even though it's used sparingly. Worse, these fridges tend to be older, more inefficient models. By consolidating the contents to the main fridge and unplugging the additional unit, you eliminate the entire operating cost of a fridge. The second-best solution is to make sure the extra fridge remains three-quarters full at all times. The mass helps maintain steady internal temps and lets the fridge recover more quickly after the door is opened and closed, according to the California Energy Commission (http://www.energy.ca.gov).
 Ovens and ranges
"Green" cooking all comes down to proper time and space management. By using gas and electric stoves more effectively, you can painlessly save a few dollars a year.

5. Cut the power early. As anybody who's ever bumped a burner on an electric stove can attest, those heating elements stay hot long after they've been switched off. Put that residual heat to work by shutting off the burner several minutes before the end of the cook time. The same technique can be applied to the oven. The savings can add up to a couple bucks every month.

6. Match the burner to pan. When a small pan is placed on a big burner you can practically see the money disappearing into thin air. By matching the burner to the pan, electricity won't be squandered heating the kitchen rather than the food. The reverse is true, too. A small burner will take considerably longer to heat a large pan than would an appropriately sized burner. For gas stoves, don't let the flames lick the sides of the pot. Follow these tips and watch the utility bills shrink by a few dollars a month.

7. Do away with preheating. You can save about $2 a month by not preheating your oven (20 cents per hour to operate electric oven; eliminate 20 30-minute preheats a month). Many cooks agree that the practice is wholly unnecessary for all but a few recipes, namely baking breads and cakes. This approach may add a few minutes to the overall cooking time, but it eliminates all that wait time on the front end.
Dishwasher
 As with washing machines (http://www.houselogic.com/articles/appliance-buying-guide-washing-machines/), most of a dishwasher's energy needs go to heating the water. Still, says Lane Burt, an energy policy analyst with The Natural Resources Defense Council (http://www.nrdc.org), a 10-year-old dishwasher can be made nearly as efficient as a newer model simply by knowing when and how to run it. Follow a few simple tips, and you can reduce your annual utility costs by roughly $35-$54.

8. Manage the load. Most dishwashers use the same amount of water and energy whether they're run full or half-full. You can cut your operating costs by one-third or one-half by running the machine only when it's full. It costs about $54 to run a pre-2000 model dishwasher per year, based on government data. Proper load management can save up to $27 each year.

9. Activate energy-saving features. A dishwasher's heated dry cycle can add 15% to 50% to the appliance's operating cost. Most machines allow the feature to be switched off (or not turned on), which can save $8-$27 per year, assuming an operating cost of $54 annually. If your dishwasher doesn't have that flexibility, simply turn the appliance off after the final rinse and open the door.

 10. Use the machine. Many homeowners believe they can save water and energy by hand washing dishes. The truth is that a dishwasher requires less than one-third the water it would take to do those same dishes in the sink. By running the machine (when full), you can cut down the operating time of the hot water heater, your home's largest energy hog. Not only will you save a buck per month, you won't have to do the dishes.

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The Tale of a Turtle: How the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol Helps

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 Tale of a Turtle:  How the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol Helps

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle, whose scientific name is Caretta caretta is one of the most common sea turtles and is the only sea turtle that nests in the United States.  They are large swimming reptile that may reach 45” in diameter and weigh over 300 pounds. 

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Information

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is an endangered species and has been designated as South Carolina’s state reptile.  Most nesting occurs north of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea in temperate waters, although some individuals nest in the western Caribbean. Loggerhead sea turtles also nest along the southeastern U. S. coast, with 90 percent of nests occurring in Florida. Females come out of the water to lay their eggs on beaches at night. An individual may nest up to 7 times in a single season, laying 100-125 eggs every 14+ days. The eggs hatch in 55-65 days; the hatchlings emerge at night to spend their first year among mats of sargassum weed and other flotsam. Sexual maturity is reached in 10-15 years, and the estimated maximum lifespan is 30 years.

Loggerhead sea turtles are found globally, preferring temperate and subtropical waters. In the western Atlantic, they range from the Canadian Maritime Provinces south to Argentina. Within its range, this species inhabits warm waters on continental shelves and areas among islands. Estuaries, coastal streams and salt marshes are preferred habitats.

Loggerhead sea turtles and eggs are hunted extensively in many parts of the world. In the U. S., however, the main threat is from raccoons and wild boar which eat the eggs. On some nesting beaches, raccoons may destroy more than 95 percent of the nests. Encroaching human populations are also a threat.

In response to sea turtle mortality in trawl nets, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued regulations requiring shrimp trawlers of the southeastern and Gulf coasts to have a turtle excluder device (TED) on their nets. This device allows turtles and other large marine life to escape should they enter a net.

Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol to the Rescue

Kiawah Island boasts one of the largest volunteer turtle patrols in the country with well over 100 participants.  The Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol is divided in to two groups the nesting patrol, and the hatching patrol.

 The nesting patrol which starts in early May and continues through mid-August this group patrols the 10 miles of sandy beaches each morning search for new nesting sites.  When a nest site is located a marker is place at the nest site and wire fencing is placed over the nest to prevent raccoons and other predators form destroying the eggs.  In some cases if the nest is in a poor site the eggs may be dug up and relocated to a better site on the sand dunes.   

The hatching patrol begins in mid-August and end at the end of October.  The hatchlings are about the size of a half dollar.  The hatchlings orient them selves to the ocean by the light of the moon.  Therefore all lights visible from the beach must be off from dusk to daylight from May 15 to the end October.  The hatching patrol walks is divided into groups that walk the entire beach looking for signs of hatchlings making their way to the ocean.  Once they find a nest with active hatching they mark it and record it.  72 hours after the first indication of hatching the turtle patrol inventories the nest to determine the status of any remaining turtle eggs.  Without human intervention the hatch rate of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle eggs is 1-3% with human intervention on Kiawah Island by the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol the average hatch rate is over 70%.

The Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol 2010 Turtle Season Update

July 23rd:  Kiawah has 190 loggerhead sea turtle nests on our beach as of July 23rd! Given that there are roughly two weeks remaining for nesting season, will we reach 200 nests?

July 21st:  184 nests! That is just slightly above our number of nests during a normal nesting season. Yea! Nests are hatching all over the beach these days, so if you head out to the beach late at night or early in the morning, be on the lookout for baby turtles.

May 15th:  Kiawah's first nest was laid.

May 7th:  The first turtle nest in South Carolina was located this morning! It was laid on Cape Island. Turtle season has officially begun in South Carolina! 

I am certain there are turtle patrols along all the barrier islands in South Carolina and most of the southeast coast of the US from Florida to North Carolina.  Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol is the one I happen to be familiar with.  My hat is off to every member of each turtle patrol for a job well done!

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All Electric Low Speed Vehicles

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:

All Electric Low Speed Vehicles

While at Music on the Green at Freshfields Village I saw my first street worthy electric vehicles.  They were pretty neat so I thought I pass the information on to you.  There were two companies there one promoting rental and the other promoting sales.

Lightning Bugz is the rental company.  These vehicles are street worth on the barrier islands; they specifically mention Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms in their literature.  These vehicles are street legal, can be driven at night, go up to 25 MPH, seat belts, and easy and quick to charge.  For more information call 843-609-8776 or visit Lightning Bugz online.

    Low Speed Electric Car at Freshfields on Kiawah Island                              Electic Car at Freshfields near Seabrook Island                      

Current Electric Vehicles located on Daniel Island is the sales company and features CT&T electric vehicles.  There are two lines of vehicles manufactured by
CT&T.

The first is the eZone line which features City Electric Vehicles.  They use no gas, no emissions, long range, fast charging and zippy acceleration; all at an affordable price.  The eZone is the only vehicle in its class to pass international crash tests standards for both front and side impacts along with being the only that offers an air bag option.

Kiawah Island Real Estate for Sale

The second is the cZone line which is offered in  a large range of models for personal (street worthy) and commercial uses including, maintenance,  shuttle vehicles, neighborhood deliveries, and other service users.  They have unparalleled safety features.

For additional information contact Current Electric Vehicles at 843-377-8540, or visit Current Electric Vehicles here,

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Music On the Green at Freshfields Village near the Junction of Kiawah Island and 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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Music On the Green at Freshfields Village near the Junction of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island


This past Friday evening my wife and I went to Music On the Green at Freshfields Village to listen to the Rum Punch Bandits band.  Music On the Green, which is sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island, occurs weekly June through August on Fridays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

     Music on the Green at Freshfield Village at Kiawah Isalnd                                      Music On the Green at Freshfield village near Seabrook Island             

It was a warm evening that began with a gentle ocean breeze and ended with a full moon overhead.  The Rum Punch Bandit Band  played several Jimmy Buffet hits, as well as those from the Grateful Dead, rock and roll hits from the early 70’s, and Caribbean style music.   The music was truly enjoyed by one of the largest crowds of the season. 

     Rum Punch Bandit Band at Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island                                       Kiawah Island Fuill Moon at Music on The Green at Freshfields Village

I highly recommend to all residents and guests on Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, and Johns Island to come to Freshfields Village on a Friday evening in August and check out the shops at Freshfields Village or eat at one of the great restaurants at Freshfields Village, Bohicket Marina, or Kiawah Island.

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"Carolina Joe" Just Listed Another One!!!

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:

"CAROLINA JOE", YOUR REALTOR TO KNOW!

207 ROMNEY ST CHARLESTON, SC 29403-3758 LP: $25,000

MLS#: 1019963 – VAC Status: Active
Area: (52) CHS-Peninsula Chas. outside of crosstown
Zoning: Residential Tax Map#: 463-15-02-053
Address: 207 ROMNEY ST
City: CHARLESTON Zip: 29403-3758
Lot Size: 25' X 75' Acres: 0.05
Subdiv: NORTH CENTRAL Subsec:  
Grade Sch: JAMES SIMONS Middle Sch: BURKE
High Sch: BURKE    
Legal Desc: LEGAL: LT 13
Dev Status: Finished Lots Docs Avail:  
Existing Util:   Road Front: City Street
Income: None Misc:  
Structures:   Uses: Residential
Directions: Turn west on Romney Street from King Street. Lot located on left at the end of the street.
Remarks: This vacant cleared lot is 25' wide by 75' deep. Utilities adjacent to site.
Listing Provided By: (1836) AGENTOWNED CHAS. GROUP

Financing: Any Taxes: $160
HOA Fee:  

Vacant Lot 207 Romney Street in Nort Central, Downtwon Charleston

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Green Kitchen Remodeling

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:

Green Kitchen Remodeling

Article From HouseLogic.com

By: John Riha
Published: September 25, 2009

 

If you're ready to remodel your kitchen and want to go green, here's how to create the healthy, energy-efficient, eco-friendly kitchen of your dreams.



Going green with your kitchen remodeling project means making choices based on your lifestyle and your budget. The decisions aren't always simple. For example, a certain green product may outlast and use less energy but cost more than a similar product that performs equally well. Fortunately, an expanding marketplace for smart, stylish green products is helping to lower costs-making it easier to have a green kitchen and love it, too.
If products you'd like to add to your project aren't readily available, schedule visits to showrooms or green home improvement expos to examine materials first-hand before making decisions. To help you plan, here are key products, ideas, and tips to put the green in your kitchen.
Major components
 * Sustainable kitchen cabinets are made from wood and wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (http://www.fscus.org) to be produced using sustainable forest management practices. They feature formaldehyde-free glues and finishes with low volatile organic compounds that give off little or no toxic fumes. Check product literature closely to ensure the cabinets you choose meet these criteria.

When shopping for cabinets, ask if the cabinet boxes are built with wheat board or straw board. These products are made from agricultural waste, such as the chaff left over from farmers' wheat crops. As a rule, they feature formaldehyde-free binders. They're strong and rated to exceed the standards set by the American National Standards Institute (http://www.ansi.org) for medium density particleboard-the material commonly used to make cabinet boxes.

* Green countertops offer variety but all share similar characteristics: recycled or sustainable content, low-toxicity binders, and eco-friendly manufacturing processes. In addition, they're highly durable. Examples: Squak Mountain Stone (http://www.squakmountainstone.com) is made from recycled paper, recycled glass, reclaimed fly ash, and cement. The finished countertop slabs resemble limestone and soapstone. Eco-top (http://www.kliptech.com/ecotop.html) counters consist of renewable bamboo fiber, post-consumer recycled paper, and water-based resin glue. Vetrazzo (http://www.vetrazzo.com) makes countertops that are 85% recycled glass-almost all the glass comes from curbside recycling programs. Craft-Art (http://www.craft-art.com) includes a line of wood countertops made of reclaimed wood from older barns, warehouses, and commercial buildings.

* Eco-friendly flooring includes linoleum and cork. Both are made with renewable resources that make them sustainable choices. They're good-looking and durable, but require periodic maintenance.

Linoleum is made from renewable, biodegradable materials including linseed oil and cork. It produces no harmful vapors and comes in many patterns and colors. Linoleum stands up well to traffic and offers some cushioning underfoot. It's resistant to moisture but susceptible to staining, so some manufacturers add a coating to protect against spills and scratches. Without this protection, linoleum must be cleaned and polished every two years. Cost: $2 to $4 per sq.ft.; installation adds $5 to $7 per sq.ft.

Cork is a sustainable flooring product made from tree bark; the bark grows back and can be harvested repeatedly. Harvesting practices are carefully regulated to ensure future supplies, reducing environmental impact. Cork is waterproof and slightly soft underfoot, which makes it both moisture-resistant and comfortable. It's made in 12×12-inch tiles and 1×3-foot planks, each with a distinctive grain pattern. The surface is slightly textured and slip-resistant.

Treat cork flooring with a sealant every 3 to 4 years to prevent scratches and stop moisture from penetrating seams between tiles. Natural wax and water-based polyurethane work well. Cost: $2-$6 per sq.ft.; installation, $5-$10 per sq.ft.

Appliances
 * Choosing Energy Star (http://www.energystar.gov) products reduces energy consumption and saves utility costs (http://www.houselogic.com/articles/10-tips-for-saving-energy-kitchen/). Energy Star appliances are tested and rated to be the most energy-efficient models in any product category. In addition, some states and regional utility companies offer rebates (http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=rebate.rebate_locator) for buying Energy Star appliances.

* Dishwashers go green when they feature an energy-saving or quick-wash cycle. These cycles operate for shorter periods of time, saving water and energy. Also, look for dishwashers (http://www.houselogic.com/articles/appliance-buying-guide-dishwashers/) that include an air-dry option, which dries dishes with circulation fans rather than energy-draining heating elements. Or, simply open up the dishwasher door when the wash cycle is complete and let dishes air dry.

Energy Star models are 25% more energy efficient than the federal standards for energy consumption. If you replace your pre-1994 dishwasher with an Energy Star model, you'll save as much as $40 a year on energy costs.

* Buy a new refrigerator (http://www.houselogic.com/articles/appliance-buying-guide-refrigerators/) and you'll save on energy costs. That's because manufacturers are constantly improving technology and insulating techniques. In fact, today's new models are 75% more energy efficient than those manufactured just 20 years ago, saving about $100 per year on energy costs. An Energy Star-rated model will save an additional $20-$30 per year.

Choose models featuring the freezer on top and use 10% to 25% less energy than a same-sized model with a side-by-side configuration.

Green essentials
 * An under-the-counter water purifier cleans water of contaminants before it reaches the kitchen tap; it has about 10 times the filtering capacity of a faucet-mounted purifier. A model with a top-quality activated carbon filter will remove heavy metals, bacteria, and pesticides. In addition, it removes odors and bad tastes. Expect to pay $150-$200 for an activated charcoal purifier with a replaceable cartridge.

* Energy-efficient lighting includes fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps that use 50% to 90% less energy than comparable incandescent lamps. In fact, according to EnergyStar.gov, a single compact fluorescent bulb will save $30-$40 during its expected lifespan of 10,000 hours over conventional incandescent bulbs of similar luminosity. However, consider the correct quality of light, such as an efficient halogen and LED lighting sources, for task areas.

 * Being an active recycler is one way to ensure your kitchen is green. Most cabinet manufacturers offer options for lower cabinets that include pull-out recycling bins that keep contents organized and out of sight. In some instances, these bins are designed to be positioned conveniently beneath holes in countertops so that you can sweep food scraps into them. You can also retrofit existing cabinets with recycling bins-rotating lazy Susan-type recycling centers feature multiple bins and are designed to fit in lower corner cabinets.
John Riha has written six books on home improvement and hundreds of articles on home-related topics. He's been a residential builder, the editorial director of the Black & Decker Home Improvement Library, and the executive editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. His standard 1968 suburban house has been an ongoing source of maintenance experience.
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A Wish List for a Dream 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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

A Wish List for a Dream Home

Your real estate agent may not be your fairy godmother, but they have powers to grant you many of your home buying wishes.

What is your first step in finding your dream home? You must develop a strong image in your mind and a sound list for your agent, of what you want of your dream home.

To make this process a little less daunting, consider these categories:

 Location: It has been lauded for years as the most important factor when it comes to the saleability and pricing of home, and it's a good place to start when compiling your wish list. Do you want a short commute to work? Are you looking for a waterfront property? Do you want to be near family? Is there a particular neighborhood you want to make home? These are all important questions that will help your agent narrow their search for your dream home.

Neighborhood: If you are looking for a family home, then you need to research the local schools. Is there a particular school district you want to be in, or perhaps to stay in?  Do you want a neighborhood within walking distance to shops and restaurants? Or perhaps you prefer something more quiet, or on a cul-de-sac.

Home Styles: Do you prefer large, open floor plans and Modern architecture? Or are you a fan of cozy and functional Country style plans? A Tudor style home is exemplified by tall, narrow windows with small panes and a reminiscence of Medieval looks. How about Victorian style homes, which feature elaborate details on the exterior and interior of the home?

Home Features: Not every buyer is seeking the same features. What is it that you desire most? Fireplaces, guest bathrooms, an open floor plan, formal dining, a media room, covered porches, a screened porch, a large finished garage, or a pool? The same concept goes for decorative features, including flooring preferences, crown molding, and exterior siding.

Condition: Are you on the lookout for a fixer-upper? Some buyers thrive on the challenge of restoring a former beauty to its original glory. Or are you the type that wishes for new construction, so you can put your own mark on the property? Also consider the idea of townhomes and condos, which can afford the homeowner even more freedom from maintenance.
 
Use these categories as a starting point for creating your own wish list. And then pass it on to your own fairy godmother!

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La Tela Pizzeria at Freshfields Village by Kiawah Island and 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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

La Tela Pizzeria at Freshfields Village by Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island

        La Tela Pizzeria at Frshfield Village on Kiawah Island                   La Tela Pizzeria at Freshfields Village near Seabrook Island

La Tela Pizzeria opened earlier this year.  Lois and I have eaten there several times.  We have never been disappointed, the food is excellent, the service is exceptional and the prices are extremely good.                        

La Tela Pizzeria at Freshfields is a casual Neapolitan pizzeria with and open kitchen along with both inside and patio dining options.  La Tela Pizzeria is a family-owned and operated Neapolitan style pizzeria focusing on the fundamentals of Italian Cuisine. At La Tela classic Italian dishes are created using only the freshest local and finest imported ingredients. Between the imported wood-fired pizza oven and pasta machine, both from Italy, La Tela is as traditional as it gets. Freshly baked bread, hand-made pasta, wood-fired pizza and freshly ground espresso to top it off. La Tela Pizzeria is truly bringing a taste of Italy to Freshfields Village. La Tela also offers a wide selection of Italian wines, dessert wines, wine pairings, domestic, imported, and craft beers.

            La Tela Pizzeria Dining Area at Freshfield Village on Kiawah Island                  La Tela Pizzeria Patio Seating at Freshfileds Village

Lois had La Tela’s featured pasta Ricotta Cavatelli which has pasta mad from ricotta cheese and a rich savory tomato sauce with fresh herbs.  Los said the Ricotta Cavatelli was excellent.  The homemade bread was very good.  I had a pepperoni and Italian sausage pizza.  La Tela’s pizza is among the best in the Charleston area. 

La Tela Pizzeria is located at 133 Village Green Lane in Freshfields Village at the junction of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island.  La Tela Pizzeria is open 7 days a week from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.  For additional information call 843-768-1951 or visit La Tela Pizzeria here.

All vacationers, guests, and residents of Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, and Johns Island can enjoy great authentic Italian cuisine at Le Tela Pizzeria.  Before or after eating be sure to check out all the shops at Freshfields Village.

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The Charleston Karpeles Manuscript Library 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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

The Charleston Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

 

Karpeles Museum, Charleston SC Real Estate For Sale

The Charleston Karpeles Manuscript Library is one of ten Karpeles Museums in the United States.  The Karpeles Manuscript Library is dedicated to the preservation of the original handwritten documents of great men and women of the past who have helped shape out history. 

The Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, is housed in a grand and bold Greek Revival structure of the Corinthian order after the Temple of Jupiter in Rome. The history dates back to 1791 when William Hammet and a group of Methodist dissenters decided to form their own Methodist congregation. The new congregation grew over the period of 65 years until 1856 when a larger sanctuary was needed. Property was purchased and the cornerstone was laid on June 24, 1856. The church was called St. James’ Chapel, "as he was the great Apostle of practical piety".

During the Civil War the Confederate forces in Charleston used the building as a medical storehouse and hospital until the Union Army attacked and Charleston was evacuated. The building was one of the first attacked in an effort to capture the water supply held in the large cisterns on the ground floor.

Karpeles Museum, Charleston Homes For Sale

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is located at 66 Spring Street in downtown Charleston.  For additional information call 843-853-4651.  No admission.

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The Old Slave Mart Museum in Historic Downtown Charleston

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 Old Slave Mart Museum in Historic Downtown Charleston

 

Old Salve Mart, Historic Downtown Charleston Real Estate

The Old Slave Mart Museum is located on one of Historic Downtown Charleston’s few cobblestone streets at 6 Chalmers Street.  It is believed that The Old Slave Mart is the only existing slave auction building in South Carolina and one of only a few such site remaining in the South.  The Old Slave Mart Museum recounts the story of Charleston's role in this inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building and site and the slave sales that occurred here.

In 1808 The United States passed a ban on participating in the international slave trade.  Due to the rapidly expanding cotton and sugar plantations in the south there was an increase in demand for slave labor.  This led to the development of a thriving domestic salve trading business.  Charleston South Carolina was a one of the major centers of domestic slave trading. 

In 1856 Charleston passed a city ordnance prohibited the practice of public sales of salves which had been taking place on the north side of the Old Exchange Building.  This led to the opening of The Old Slave Mart on Chalmers Street which original was a complex of 4 structures surrounded by a brick wall.  The Old Slave Mart is the only one still standing.  Slave auctions ended at The Old Slave Mart in November 1863.

The Old Slave Mart was opened in 1938 and is the Oldest making it the oldest black museum of slave artifacts in America.  Recognizing the significant importance the institution of slavery has had in Charleston's history, the City of Charleston acquired the property in 1988.

The Old Slave Mart Museum is located at 6 Chalmers Street
Charleston, SC 29401.  For additional information call (843)958-6467. 
 
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm

Admission is:  $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and youth, children under 5 are free

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12 Tips to Make Your Move Simple and Stress Free

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:


12 Tips to Make Your Move Simple and Stress Free

Packing your belongings and moving is often fraught with high emotions and involves a to-do list a mile long. So, it’s tempting to give only passing attention to hiring a mover and the related incidental costs. That could be a mistake—for your wallet and your peace of mind. Moving can be quite expensive. A typical full-service interstate move costs about $4,300, while the same in-state move might cost about $2,500, according to the American Moving & Storage Association. And while the moving industry has many fine companies, it is notorious for fraud and dirty tactics by so-called rogue movers.

Here are 12 tips to make your move simple and avoid the hassle:

1.  Choose a type of move: You have three basic choices: do-it-yourself, full service and a relatively new hybrid of the two. Going it alone is the cheapest alternative, costing the rental price of a truck, gasoline, packing materials and, perhaps, pizza and beer for friends you rope into helping. With full-service moves, moving within a state is charged by the hour, while moving across state lines is charged by weight and mileage.

With a hybrid move, a mover will drop off a large container at your home for you to pack. The mover will then load the container onto a truck, drive the belongings to your new location and drop off the container for you to unload. Because you’re doing the manual labor of packing and unpacking, it’s far less costly than a full-service move.

2.  Hire a quality mover: If you hire help, get at least three price quotes and do your homework before selecting a mover. Seek recommendations by talking with family and friends, even your Facebook circle. Investigate a company’s reputation with the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org), Yelp.com and possibly the paid-membership site Angie’s List (angieslist.com). Check a company’s complaint history at the federal government site, ProtectYourMove.gov.
“People think a good reputation equals expensive, but that’s not true,” said Laura McHolm, co-founder of NorthStar Moving in Los Angeles. “You don’t get a good reputation by overcharging people.”

3.  Look for two things when hiring a moving company: A full-service mover should visit your home in person, not give a quote over the phone or online, and should provide a written estimate, experts say.

4.  Declutter: No matter what type of move you’re making, taking less stuff is cheaper and less hassle. Set up a staging area, perhaps in a garage, with various piles, such as throw out, recycle, donate and sell.
For many items, use the rule of thumb, ‘If you haven’t used it in a year, you probably don’t need it.’

5.  Be flexible: Like airline fares, moving rates depend on when you book. The busiest time for movers, and thus the most expensive time for consumers, is summer weekends near the 15th and 30th of the month.

If you have time flexibility, ask what rates would be for different days or seasons. If you have extreme flexibility, ask about moving standby: waiting until the mover has extra space and needs to fill a truck.

6.  Save on boxes: Buying new boxes from a moving company is the most expensive choice. To save some money on packing materials, ask if you can buy used boxes from your moving company.

Cheaper yet is finding free boxes, ideally from somebody who just moved. Ask your real estate agent to connect you with other clients who recently moved or look on Craigslist.org. Specialty boxes, such as wardrobe boxes, might be cheaper to purchase at a do-it-yourself moving store, such as U-Haul, than from your mover.

7.  Save on packing materials: If you’re packing your belongings yourself, fill suitcases, laundry baskets and plastic containers with unbreakable items. Use pillows, scarves and towels to wrap fragile belongings.

8.  Mail books: If you have a large collection of books, pack them yourself and ship them at the postal media mail rate as it might be cheaper than paying a mover—a 70-pound box would cost less than $30.

9.  Consider consolidation: For long-distance moves, ask about consolidating your stuff on a truck with other people’s as most homeowners can’t fill a full-size moving van. You might have to be flexible on delivery dates and times, but consolidation can be cheaper.

10.  Insure it: Check your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to determine whether it provides coverage for your belongings while in transit. If not, you’ll probably want more than the basic free valuation coverage a full-service mover provides. The standard valuation is 60 cents per pound per item. That means breaking a 10-pound, $1,000 stereo system would net you $6. You’ll want full replacement-value insurance, which reimburses you what it will cost to replace broken items. But don’t necessarily buy that insurance from the moving company. Moving insurance is likely cheaper from a third party, but be aware that you probably cannot get insurance on boxes you packed yourself.

11.  Be prepared: Plot out where furniture and boxes will go before moving day arrives. The less time movers spend rearranging, the less expensive it will be.
In urban areas, reserve a space or two in front of your new home for the moving truck by parking your own vehicle there ahead of time. If the movers have to park too far away to unload, you could incur a ‘long carry’ surcharge.

12.  Stake your claim: If you’re moving for a job, negotiate the best relocation package you can. Unreimbursed expenses might be tax-deductible. For details, see Publication 521 Moving Expenses at IRS.gov.

Tip: Tipping each mover $3-$5 per hour is customary, said Stephen Coady, marketing manager for Gentle Giant Moving Co. in Somerville, Mass.

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August Events at Freshfields Village near the Junction of Kiawah Island and 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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

August Events at Freshfields Village near the Junction of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island

Here is the schedule of events for August 2010 at Freshfields Village:

August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th is The Freshfields Village Farmers & Arts Market featuring local honey, produce, crafts and carnival type foods. 

August 4th, Wednesday, at 9:00 PM on the Green is the Starlight Cinema movie titled “Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs”.

August 6th, Friday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for Music ON the Green featuring the Men of Distinction who play a mix of music from beach music to country music.

August 11th Wednesday, at 9:00 PM on the Green is the Starlight Cinema movie titled “Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal “Skull”.

August 13th, Friday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for Music ON the Green features The Travis Allison Band which plays a good bit of original music along with some old standbys to create a fantastic American Rock & Roll show.

August 18th Wednesday, at 9:00 PM on the Green is the Starlight Cinema movie titled “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who”.

August 20th, Friday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for Music ON the Green features the band Shrimp City Slim which plays a lively combination of blues and various other types of music.

August 25th Wednesday, at 9:00 PM on the Green is the Starlight Cinema movie titled “Back to the Future”.

August 27th, Friday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for Music ON the Green features the band Bradford Station which plays a wide variety of tunes including jazz, blues, rock & roll, and country.

While at Freshfields Village be sure to check out the shops along with all the nearby places to eat such as Hege’s at Kiawah, Rosebank Farms Café, Red’s Ice House, King Street Grill, Le Tella Pizzeria, ladles Homemade Soups, Vincent’s Soda Fountain and all the dining options on Kiawah Island.

For additional information on the shops at Freshfields Village click here. 

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Historic Downtown Charleston Sticky Fingers Restaurant

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:

Historic Downtown Charleston Sticky Fingers Restaurant

Lois and I ate at the Sticky Fingers restaurant located at 235 meeting Street in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina.  We have eaten at all the local Sticky Fingers numerous times over the past decade and have never been disappointed.   I have taken many out of town clients there and every one of them has loved the food.  The staff is always fast and caring.  Last night was no exception.  I highly recommend eating at any of the local Sticky Fingers.

Sticky Fingers is known for the best authentic Memphis-style ribs and barbecue, and chicken in the South. Their award-winning Sticky Fingers barbecue sauces, seasonings, restaurant gift cards and merchandise are available for mail order across the United States. For events large and small, Sticky Fingers offer catering options for you. Count on Sticky Fingers to bring good times, good people, and good food together. 

Downtown Charleston Sticky Fingers Restaurant

Get additional information about Sticky Fingers here.

Here are the Sticky Fingers Restaurant locations in our area:

Charleston – Historic Downtown
235 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC  29401
Phone: (843) 853-RIBS (7427)
Fax: (843) 853-0132
Hours:  Open daily at 11am.

Mt. Pleasant
341 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard
Mt. Pleasant, SC  29464
Phone: (843) 856-RIBS (7427)
Fax: (843) 856-9129
Hours: Open daily at 11am

Summerville
1200 North Main Street
Summerville, SC  29483
Phone: (843) 871-RIBS (7427)
Fax: (843) 875-6656
Hours: Open daily at 11am

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Bohicket Marina Village 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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Bohicket Marina Village on Seabrook Island

Bohicket Marina Village is located beside Bohicket Creek on Seabrook Island next to Kiawah Island and Johns Island just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracostal Waterway and downtown Charleston.  Bohicket Marina Village has something for everyone in your family.  You can relax and watch a beautiful Lowcounrty sunset, enjoy a meal a fine restaurant, check out some unique shops, go to a spa, charter a boat to explore the local waters either on your own or with a guide, fantastic guided fishing trips and other charted adventures are available.    The Charleston City Paper voted Bohicket Marina as the location for the “Best Sunset” in 2007.

Bohicket Marina, Seabrook Island Real Estate For Sale

Bohicket Marina offers 200 deep-water slips for sale, long and short term rent, as well as transient dockage to accommodate whatever you and your vessel necessitate; check out the Marina Amenities section to see all that the Marina and its staff have to offer.  Bohicket Marina Village is located at 1880 Andell Bluff Blvd and the phone number is 843-768-1280

Dining at Bohicket Marina Village includes the following restaurants:

Red's Ice House at Bohicket Marina on Seabrook Island
Red’s Ice House   (843)-518-5515

Rosebank Farms Café (843) 768-1807
Bistro at Bohicket (843) 768-2424
Fischer’s Sports Pub & Grill (843) 243-0210
Parrot Cove Ice Cream Café (843) 478-2920

Bohicket Marina Village Shops and businesses include:
 
Bohicket Creek Boat Rentals (843) 768-1280
Bohicket Tackle and Supply (843) 768-0855
Doin’ The Charleston (843) 243-9292
Freedom Boat Club (843) 243-0107
Synergy Salon & Day Spa (843) 768-4777
BB&T Bank (843) 768-9244
Solaris Properties (843) 768-9363                                                                                                                    Lehigh Land & Building (843) 768-0909

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June 2010 National Housing 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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:
 

June 2010 National Housing Trends

Housing Trends Update is published monthly and is available only to real estate agents who are
part of the Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance monthly survey panel.  Click userfiles/file/HousingTrendsUpdate_Jun10.pdf to see the June 2010 housing trends.

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July at Freshfields Village near the Junction of Kiawah Island and 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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

July at Freshfields Village near the Junction of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island

Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island

Here is the schedule of events for the remainder of July at Freshfields Village:

July 14th, Wednesday, at 9:00 PM on the Green is the Starlight Cinema movie titled “Monsters vs. Aliens”. 

July 16th, Friday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for Music ON the Green featuring the Shrimp City Slim band which plays a lively combination of post modern blues and Carolina coastal music.

July 19th, Monday, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, The Freshfields village Farmers & Arts Market featuring local honey, produce, crafts and carnival type foods. 

July 21st, Wednesday, at 9:00 PM on the Green is the Starlight Cinema movie titled “Where the Wild Things Are”.

July 23rd, Friday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for Music ON the Green features the Rum Punch Bandits.  They are a party band that plays your favorite tunes.

July 26th, Monday, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, The Freshfields village Farmers & Arts Market featuring local honey, produce, crafts and carnival type foods. 

July 28th, Wednesday, at 9:00 PM on the Green is the Starlight Cinema movie tilted “Ice Age:  Dawn of the Dinosaurs”.

July 30th, Friday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for Music ON the Green features the band “Maxx” a band that plays hits from the 50’s to today.

While at Freshfields Village be sure to check out the shops along with all the nearby places to eat such as Hege’s at Kiawah, Rosebank Farms Café, Red’s Ice House, King Street Grill, Le Tella Pizzeria, ladles Homemade Soups, Vincent’s Soda Fountain and all the dining options on Kiawah Island.

Freshfields Village near Seabrook Island

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Bathroom Design Trends: Clean and Green

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:

Bathroom Design Trends: Clean and Green

Tiles that clean themselves, faucets with no levers, residential urinals and automatic humidity sensing fans – these are some of the design innovations that have started showing up in the bathrooms of upper-end homes during the last few years. Combined with a trend to minimal Asian design, bathroom designs these days can best be designed as clean and green.

Active Clean Air and Antibacterial Ceramic Tiles were introduced to Canada last year by Savoia Canada, a subsidiary of the Italian GranitiFiandre Group. The company says the tiles use titanium dioxide to "clean the air of polluting organic substances when either sunlight or artificial UVA rays shine on the tiles. This process transforms harmful organic and inorganic substances into compounds that are harmless to humans." They are available in about 40 different colors and various sizes.

A set of faucets and showers from American Standard has no levers or faucets, just four electronic control icons on the top surface of the tub filler or the bottom of the shower column. They are operated by regular C type batteries.
Kohler Canada offers waterless residential urinals and toilets with built-in bidet functions including a control for water temperature and flow, a deodorizer function, a heated seat and warm air drying at three speeds.

If you can never remember to turn on the bathroom fan during or after a shower, Broan-Nutone Humidity Sensing Fans, which automatically turn on when a rapid rise in humidity is detected in the room.

Waterfall faucets and shower towers that include everything from steam options to waterproof built-in speakers are other popular bathroom features. From an esthetic point of view, Japanese influences are being seen in the clean lines and open spaces in new bathrooms. Hotel-like "floating" vanities and wall-mounted toilets make small rooms look larger.

An American Standard survey in 2008 showed that 88 per cent of people were "doing a lot of things inside their bathrooms besides the obvious." More than one-third read their mail there, while 43 per cent used it to get dressed, 19 per cent listened to music on their radio or I-Pod, 15 per cent talked on the phone and three per cent watched TV.

Most people spent about 30 minutes in the bathroom a day, but 25 per cent of people reported spending at least an hour. Women spent more time there than men, and women with children spent more time in the shower than women without kids.

The biggest bathroom trends are in the "green" categories – conserving water and energy. In Ontario, the provincial government recently announced plans to mandate water-saving toilets. It says Ontarians currently use about 260 liters of water a day, nearly twice as much as people in Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands. American Standard says Canadians use the second highest amount of water in the world, with 35 per cent of the water used for the shower and the tub, and 30 per cent used by flushing the toilet.

Many municipalities offer incentives to residents to switch from 13-litre toilets to energy efficient six-litre models. For example, Toronto residents can get $60 or $75 for making the move. Kohler Canada offers an interactive map that shows where you can get rebates in municipalities across the country.

In addition to dual-flush and low-flow toilets, water is being conserved in the bathroom with low-flow faucets and showerheads. Changing all three in a bathroom costs as little as $600, but provides long-term financial benefits.

Some other "green" trends include using cleaning materials that are ammonia-free (such as water and vinegar), and installing energy-efficient lighting. Kohler is using recycled and reclaimed materials in some of its cast-iron products.
What’s coming up in future bathroom trends? While white still rules as the dominant fixture color, other more vibrant colors may be making a comeback. In terms of bathroom design, an aging population is prompting more consideration of accessible features, such as grab bars and curbless and level-access showers.

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By Jim Adair of Realty Times

6 Backyard Improvement Ideas to Add More Value to Your 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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

6 Backyard Improvement Ideas to Add More Value to Your Home

If you’re like most homeowners, there is never a shortage of options when it comes to projects around the house. But studies have shown that some of the highest return on household improvements can come from those on the outside, not the inside.

A primary reason is that outside investments can produce curb appeal, which is especially important if you are planning to sell your home. Those same improvements can enhance the enjoyment factor if you and your family plan to stay in your home.

For example, one national industry resource—the National Association of Realtors, reported recently their experience shows a new wood deck produces the second highest return on home improvement investment of any common addition, remodel or replacement project.

However projects don’t have to be big to add value or enjoyment, according to Jimmy Rane, president of Great Southern Wood Preserving, a leading producer of pressure-treated lumber products and maker of YellaWood brand products.

The following popular outside improvement projects will increase the curb appeal or value of a home:

1.  Adirondack chairs:  Uniquely-American classic outdoor furniture is made entirely of wood and has a straight back and seat, which are set at a slant to sit comfortably on a hillside or mountain incline, but still be comfortable at any angle.

2.  Gazebo:  A gazebo can be freestanding or attached to a garden wall, roofed and open on all sizes to provide shade or shelter.

3.  Planters and window boxes:  Planters have become popular because they are both functional and ornamental. Additionally, some can be moved frequently to account for seasonal weather or just to create a change in scenery.

4.  Picnic table:  Picnic tables go well on a patio or a deck, but equally as well on the grass or under a tree in the yard. A traditional picnic table is all in one piece so that it wears well without a lot of maintenance.

5.  Trellis:  A trellis can function as a unique sun screen or it can be the framework for an outdoor hanging garden. Building it with pressure treated lumber can add life by minimizing rotting and other threats.

6.  Trash can corral or compost bin:  While many outdoor projects tend to be cosmetic in nature, here are two ideas that are both practical and pretty. With a trash can corral, you can hide unsightly trash cans and with a compost bin, you can reduce your own carbon footprint in a way that doesn’t take away from the visual appeal of the place.

For more information, visit www.greatsouthernwood.com.

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"Carolina Joe" Just Sold Another One!!!

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:

"Carolina Joe" Just Sold Another One!!!

 

 

Directions: LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF RUTLEDGE AVENUE BETWEEN POPLAR STREET AND SIMONS STREET.
Remarks:

TYPICAL 1930'S STYLE 2 BEDROOM ONE BATH WAGENER TERRACE COTTAGE IN FAIRLY GOOD CONDITION. THE ROOF IS SLATE, THE SIDING IS WOOD, NO CENTRAL AIR, OFF-STREET PARKING, AND LARGE BACK YARD. HOME IS DATED. SEE PICTURES. THE SELLER TO DO NO REPAIRS.

Sold Price: $123,000 DOM/CDOM: 9/9 Buyer Name:  
Close Date: 07/07/2010 DUC: 104 NewMortType: FHA
CntrctDate: 03/25/2010

Carolina Joe Just Sold 833 Rutledge Avenue in Wagener Terrace Charleston

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833 RUTLEDGE AVE CHARLESTON, SC 29403-3717 LP: $120,000

MLS#: 1008242 – RES – SFD Status: Sold
Area: (52) CHS-Peninsula Chas. outside of crosstown
   
Bedrooms: 2 Apx SqFt: 1,092
Bths Ful/Hlf: 1/0 Tax Map#: 463-11-02-103
Stories: 1 Story Apx YrBlt: 1935
Address: 833 RUTLEDGE AVE
City: CHARLESTON Zip: 29403-3717
Lot Size: 40' X 110' Acres: 0.10
Subdiv: WAGENER TERRACE Subsec:  
Grade Sch: JAMES SIMONS Middle Sch: BURKE
High Sch: BURKE New/Owned: Pre-owned
Legal Desc: LEGAL: LT C !BLDG STYLE: COTTAGE
Style: Traditnl Fireplace: Living Rm, Dining Rm Special:  
Roof:   Foundation: Crawl Space Floors: Wood, Vinyl
Cooling: Window Unit Heat: Gas Utilities: SCEandG, Chas Water Sys
Parking: Off-st Prkng        
Auction: N Auction Type:   Reserve Amt:  
Lot Desc:  
Exterior: Wood Siding
Master BR:  
Other Rms: Eat-in Kitch, Frmal Living, Sep Dining
Misc. Int: Smooth Ceil
Wat/Sew: Public Water, Public Sewer
Amenities: Cable Available, Trash Pickup
Appliances: Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer Conn, Dryer Conn

Charleston’s Dock Street Theatre

 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’s Dock Street Theatre

The original Dock Street Theatre opened in 1736 and was the first building designed for theatrical use in the Americas. The Theatre opened in Charleston on February 12, 1736 with the play “The Recruiting Officer”. One month after the theatre was opened the name of Dock Street was officially changed to Queen Street, but the theatre retained its original name. The building and its uses were numerous during the next 200 years. In the 1930's, the derelict building, a shell of the former Planters Hotel, was restored by the Works Progress Administration. Then Mayor Burnet R. Maybank secured the necessary federal funds for the restoration. The current theatre seats 464 patrons. The Charleston Stage Company creates a series of annual performances at the theatre and performs from September until the end of April. The Spoleto Chamber Series is also housed at this historic theatre

In June of 2007 the City of Charleston closed the Dock Street Theatre to begin a three year, multi-million dollar renovation project. The renovation was completed in March 2010.

The Dock Street Theatre is located at 135 Church Street in downtown Charleston.  For additional information call 843-720-3968 or visit http://www.charlestononstage.com

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South Carolina is the 8th Best State for Retiree Taxes Benefits

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:

South Carolina is the 8th Best State for Retiree Taxes Benefits

According to a recent article in Forbes magazine South Carolina is the eighth (8th) best state for retiree’s tax benefits.  States are wooing retirees with tax breaks. On average, retirees pay only half the state income tax levied on working-age people, according to researchers at the University of New Hampshire and Georgia State.

Seven states — Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming — don't tax personal income at all. New Hampshire and Tennessee tax interest and dividends but not other income. Still, these states may not offer the best total deal for seniors because other states have crafted special programs that reduce taxes and fees across the board.

Considering everything, here are the states that tax experts say offer the best deals for residents older than 65:

1. Georgia
2. Pennsylvania
3. Mississippi
4. Illinois
5. Michigan
6. Kentucky
7. New York
8. South Carolina
9. Delaware
10. Louisiana

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Dining Red’s Ice House Located 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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Dining Red’s Ice House Located at Bohicket Marina on Seabrook Island

            Red's Ice House at Bohicket Marina on Seabrook Island                  Red's Ice House Patio and Deck Seating at Bohicket Marina on Seabrook Island

Red’s Ice House at Bohicket Marina recently opened at the location formerly occupied by the Privateer Restaurant.  My wife and I ate dinner there this week.  Lois had shrimp and chips and I had fish and chips.  The food was outstanding and the prices were just as good.  The menu include a good selection of fish, seafood, burgers, and sandwiches.   Red’s Ice House serves locally caught seafood.  There is a wide selection of sides and salads.  The seating was excellent with your choice of setting inside upstars or downstairs and having a great view of Bohicket Marina and Bohicket Creek, or outside on the second floor or the patio overlooking Bohicket Marina and enjoying the ocean breeze.  The wait staff was friendly and the service quick.  Prices were very reasonable.   There is live music outside on a regular basis.  

I highly recommend stopping in a Red’s Ice House at Bohicket Marina on Seabrook Island.   Red’s Ice House has a sister Restaurant at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant.

            Bohicket Marina on Seabrook Island                   Bohicket Marina on Seabrook Island

Red’s Ice House is located at 1882 Andell Blvd. on Seabrook Island and is open daily at 11:30 AM.  Phone number is 843-518-5515.  Red’s Ice House is a great choice to eat for residents and vacationers alike on Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island, and Johns Island.

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Extension of National Flood Insurance Program and Homebuyer’s Tax Credit Approved

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:

Extension of National Flood Insurance Program and Homebuyer’s Tax Credit Approved

With Hurricane Alex threatening homes along the Gulf Coast Wednesday night, the U.S. Senate temporarily extended the National Flood Insurance Program until September 30th.  The action would make the federally backed flood insurance available to coastal residents and other flood prone communities.  The legislation passed unanimously late Wednesday and would be retroactive to June 1st.  The President must still sign off on the extension.

The Associated Press reported tonight that Congress has sent President Barack Obama a plan to give homebuyers an extra three months to finish qualifying for federal tax incentives that boosted home sales this spring.  The legislation would give buyers until Sept. 30 to complete their purchases and qualify for tax credits of up to $8,000. Under the current terms, buyers had until April 30 to get a signed sales contract and until June 30 to complete the sale.  The bill only allows people who already have signed contracts on or before April 30th to finish at the later date.

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