Kiawah Island is Ranked the Top Tennis Resort Community in the World

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 Island is Ranked the Top Tennis Resort Community in the World

Kiawah Island has been ranked number one in the world by Tennisresortsonline.com in May 2010.  The source of rankings comes from vacationers who are asked to assess resorts in twenty categories. Those include not only all aspects of the tennis experience but also such diverse off-court characteristics as the quality of lodging, restaurants, children's programs, spa, etc.

During the busy March-to-October season, both clubs offer a weekly menu of programs including instructional clinics, drill sessions, adult and junior singles and doubles round robins, parent-child doubles round robins, and private lessons (from November-February activity slows, to the point that the West Beach club closes for part of December and January). Activity reaches its zenith in summer when the resort adds a weekly pro doubles exhibition at East Beach as well as three-day junior camps, junior tournament tough workouts and a Tiny Tots program. On selected weekends during every month except July and August, the resort adds a 3-day doubles mini camp, which consists of 8 hours of instruction covering all aspects of the game, including basic strokes, strategy, angles, visualization, and supervised doubles play. Participants also receive a copy of Barth's instructional manual, "Tips for Better Tennis."
Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s two featured world class Tennis Centers are The West Beach Tennis Club, and the Roy Barth Tennis Center.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s two featured world class Tennis Centers are The West Beach Tennis Club, and the Roy Barth Tennis Center.
 
WEST BEACH TENNIS CLUB

         Kiawah Island West Beach Tennis Club Pro Shop             Kiawah Island West Beach Tennis Club Court

The West Beach Tennis Club is conveniently located in the West Beach Village just across Shipwatch Road from the Straw Market.  West Beach Tennis Club features 14 Har Tru courts and 1 lighted hard court along with a fully stocked pro shop.  For additional information call (843) 768-2820

ROY BARTH TENNIS CENTER

Roy Barth Tennis Center is located along Tennis Club Lane across from the East Beach Village and just a short walk from the Sanctuary Hotel.  The Roy Barth Tennis Center features 9 Har Tru courts, one of which is lighted; three hard courts, one of which is lighted, and a practice zone with a ball machine and automated retrieval.   Roy Barth also has a stocked pro shop.  For additional information call 843-768-2838.

          Kiawah Island Roy Barth Tennis Center Pro Shop            Kiawah Island Roy Barth Tennis Center Court

You can visit Kiawah Golf Resort online for additional information.

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North Charleston Boeing 787 Dreamliner Facility Construction on Schedule

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:

North Charleston Boeing 787 Dreamliner Facility Construction on Schedule

The new Boeing Plant’s assembly facility in North Charleston is progressing in accordance with its construction projection and is already boosting the local economy with the issuance of many subcontracts.  The new plant will have a footprint of over 1,200,000 square feet and is currently the largest single building under construction in the United States.  The building will be large enough to accommodate two 787 Dreamliners side by side.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Assembly Faclity North Charleston South Carolina

Currently at the site there are several huge cranes erecting the steel trusses for the plant.  This phase of construction is scheduled to be completed in October 2010.  Approximately 15,000 tons of steel will be used during this phase of construction.  Construction is being done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the scheduled competition date of the Boeing Plant is May 2011.

Boeing Dream Lifter for the 787 Dreamliner Parts, North Charleston, South Carolina

The project is also helping boost local economy. BE&K Building Corp. and Turner Construction, the general contractors of the plant, have so far awarded subcontracts worth $220 million. About 45% of the contracts have been awarded to Greenville-based companies. The cost of the total project is pegged at $750 million.

More than 1,200 people have worked on the current plan so far with a daily average of about 350 people on site. With Boeing announcing that it will also build a plant to assemble interiors for the new 787 jetliner in South Carolina, more than 150 new jobs are likely to be created. The interiors plant will be built in a location barely 10 miles away from the assembly plant.

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"Carolina Joe" Just Sold Another One!!!

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1625 GREY MARSH RD MOUNT PLEASANT, SC 29466 LP: $319,000

MLS#: 1019373m – RES – SFA Status: Sold
Area: (41) CHS-Mt.Pleasant North of Hwy.41
TaxDstrct: CHS – 21 – Mt. Pleasant
Bedrooms: 3 Apx SqFt: 2,053
Bths Ful/Hlf: 2/1 Tax Map#: 594-16-00-524
Stories: 2 Story Apx YrBlt: 2008
Address: 1625 GREY MARSH RD
City: MOUNT PLEASANT Zip: 29466
Lot Size: 25 X 125 Acres: 0.00
Subdiv: PARK WEST Subsec: CAMBRIDGE COMMONS
Grade Sch: CHARLES PINCKNEY Middle Sch: CARIO
High Sch: WANDO
Possessn: At Closing New/Owned: New-finished
Legal Desc: Bldg. 3, Parcel 16A, Plan B

1625 Grey Marsh Road in Park West, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

Style: Townhouse Fireplace:   Special:  
Roof: Arcitec Shng, Other Foundation: Raised Slab Floors: W/w Carpet, Wood, Ceramic Tile
Cooling: Central Heat: Heat Pump, Electric Utilities: SCEandG
Parking: Off-st Prkng        
        SqFt Source: Builder/Owner   $/Sqft: $149.54
Auction:   Auction Type:   Reserve Amt:  
Lot Desc: Level
Exterior: Brick – solid, Cement Plank
Master BR: Upstairs, W/i Closet
Other Rms: Eat-in Kitch, Frmal Living, Foyer, Sep Dining, Pantry, Laundry
Misc. Int: Wlkin Closet, Cth/vlt Ceiling, 9'+ Ceilings, Smooth Ceil, Other
Misc. Extt: Privacy Fenc, Strg/outbldg, Patio
Wat/Sew: Public Water, Public Sewer
Amenities: Cable Available, Trash Pickup, Neighborhood Pool, Tennis Court, Play Park, Walk Jog Trails
Appliances: Gas Range, Dishwasher, Washer Conn, Dryer Conn, Whirlpool, Fire Sprinkler
Directions: Highway 17 North past Highway 41, take left into Park West and continue on Park West Blvd. until third roundabout. Take right on to Greymarsh Road. 1625 is in the second building on the right.
Remarks: Welcome Home! Truly custom designed by Peccini Architecture and built with superior craftsmanship. If you are looking for low maintenance living with unmatchable quality and style, you have found it! The interior features of this home include 10' ceilings upstairs and down, 8' solid core interior and exterior doors, Pella Architectural Series windows, 8 inch baseboards and extensive crown molding throughout, Granite countertops in kitchen AND baths, Stainless Steel GE Monogram appliances including professional hood with utensil rack and warming light, Duel fuel Range and Dishwasher, High Point cabinetry in Kitchen AND Baths, beautiful oak hardwood floors, baths and laundry feature custom ceramic tile, recessed lighting throughout and no expense was spared on hardware and fixtures throughout the home. The master suite features a large walk-in closet, bedroom with a wonderful sitting area and spa like bathroom with dual sink vanity and granite countertop, oversize custom tile shower with built-in bench and extra deep Kohler soaking tub. There is a private courtyard with a potting/storage shed which has electricity in the rear as well as two designated parking spaces for your absolute ease of living. There are two Trane HVAC systems on separate thermostats, one for each floor, which provide for maximum comfort, climate control and efficiency. You will enjoy all that the Lowcountry offers with shopping, dining, beaches, walking trails and hospitals all nearby. Enjoy the Park West amenities including tennis courts and a resort style pool. The following items DO NOT convey: Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer and Living Room Draperies and Hardware. These items can be purchased separately. NOW AVAILABLE: 100% SELLER FINANCING, NO DOWN PAYMENT AND SELLER PAID CLOSING COSTS WITH USE OF SELLER PREFERRED CLOSING ATTORNEY.

August 2010 National Housing Trends 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:

August 2010 National Housing Trends Update

August 2010 Housing Trends Update is derived from the Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance Monthly Survey of Real Estate Market Conditions.  It is based on a national survey of more than 3,000 real estate agents each month and provides up-to-date intelligence on home sales and mortgage usage patterns throughout the United States

Housing Market Continues to See Exodus by First-Time Homebuyers.  First-time homebuyers continued to desert the housing market in July, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance Monthly Survey of Real Estate Market Conditions. First-time homebuyers accounted for only 39.1% of the home purchase market last month, down from a peak of 48.2% as recently as March and the lowest level seen in at least a year.

“The end of the tax credit has clearly had an effect,” stated Thomas Popik, research director for Campbell Surveys. “First-time homebuyer participation is continuing to drop. We expect a further decline in first-time homebuyer activity, perhaps reaching as low as 30-35% of the market by the fall months.”

Here is the entire August 2010 Housing Trends Update.

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The 2010 Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens in Historic 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 2010 Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens in Historic Charleston

The 34th annual 2010 Fall Tour of Homes and Gardens will be held from September 23rd, 2010 through October 24th, 2010.  The Fall Tour of Homes in historic downtown Charleston is sponsored by the Preservation Society of Charleston.   Most of the homes and gardens on the tour are privately owned and open to the public exclusively for the Preservation Society of Charleston.

TICKETS ARE CURRENTLY ON SALE!!!!  

Experience the 2010 Fall Tour of Homes and Gardens and you will see Charleston’s unique architecture, culture and history firsthand.  You will see secluded intimate gardens, beautiful private homes, and architecturally important public buildings and churches.   The 2010 Fall Tour of homes features homes from the Georgian period through the twentieth century.  You will discover Charleston’s culture from colonial times to the present.   Historic Downtown Charleston homes are the best. 

Tickets are $45 per person for each individual tour. A special weekend rate of $120 per person is available. (Includes Thursday, Friday, Saturday OR Friday, Saturday, Sunday tours of the same weekend ONLY.)

To learn more about the 2010 Fall Tour of Homes specific homes and gardens being seen along with ticket pricing visit the 2010 Fall Tour of Homes and Gardens Brochure

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Downtown Charleston's Historic Battery Park

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:

Downtown Charleston’s Historic Battery Park

Known by the locals as The Battery opened to the public in 1837.  Battery Park located at the end of the Charleston Peninsula and runs from the Cooper river to the Ashley river, Battery Park is one of the best places to just sit down on a park bench to relax and soak up what Charleston really is and what Charleston was in the past.  At The Battery you can get the Lowcountry waterfront feel at its best with southern Colonial and Antebellum mansions, large live oaks, cannons, cannon balls, palmetto trees, statues, and a fountain, a gazebo along with breathtaking views of the Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter, Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse, and the USS Yorktown.

                 The Battery Park charleston Harbor                      charleston Battery Park view of the Cooper River

                 Charleston Battery park Gazebo                     Charleston The Battery Park

Just as all of Downtown Charleston seeps with history, so dose The Battery Park.  The Charleston Battery has played a significant roll in the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.  The cannons were placed there during the War of 1812 as a last line of defense for Charleston against the British.  Fort Sumter was out of the range of the cannons and they were not used during the attack.  During the Civil War evacuation of Charleston the Confederates detonated tons of explosives here to prevent them from falling in to the Union’s hands.

                Thirteen Inch Mortar Cannon                         Ten Inch Smoothbore Columbiad Cannon

In addition to the wartime history of the Battery, White Point has a history of pirates. Dozens of pirates were hanged from oak trees and gallows in the early 1700s and left dangling from their nooses for days as a deterrent to prevent other pirates from entering Charleston Harbor. Legends abound about sunken treasure just waiting to be discovered in the waters.

 Charleston Battery Statue of General Moultrie       Chaleston Battery Park Statue honoring Revolutionary War Soldiers      Battery park Statue honoring the Confederate Defenders of Charleston

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5 Homel Place, 3 Bedroom Home in Downtown Charleston needs Renovated. Seller Motivated!

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5 HOMEL PL CHARLESTON, SC 29403-4152 LP: $95,000

MLS#: 1015777mvd – RES – SFD Status: Active
Area: (52) CHS-Peninsula Chas. outside of crosstown
TaxDstrct: CHS – 71 – Charleston Peninsula
Bedrooms: 3 Apx SqFt: 1,244
Bths Ful/Hlf: 1/1 Tax Map#: 463-15-04-031
Stories: 1 Story Apx YrBlt: 1920
Address: 5 HOMEL PL
City: CHARLESTON Zip: 29403-4152
Lot Size: 41' X 72' X 41' X 78' Acres: 0.07
Subdiv: NORTH CENTRAL Subsec:  
Grade Sch: JAMES SIMONS Middle Sch: BURKE
High Sch: BURKE
Possessn: At Closing New/Owned: Pre-owned
Legal Desc: LEGAL: LT 12
Style: Traditnl Fireplace:   Special:  
Roof: Asphalt Shng Foundation: Crawl Space Floors: W/w Carpet, Wood, Ceramic Tile
Cooling:   Heat:   Utilities:  
Parking: Off-st Prkng        
        SqFt Source: List Agent   $/Sqft: $76.37
Auction:   Auction Type:   Reserve Amt:  
Lot Desc:  
Exterior: Wood Siding, Other (use remarks)
Master BR:  
Other Rms: Family, Laundry
Misc. Int:  
Misc. Extt: Screen Porch, Part'l Fence
Wat/Sew: Public Water, Public Sewer
Amenities: Cable Available, Trash Pickup
Appliances: Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Washer Conn, Dryer Conn
Green Features:  

Directions: FROM EITHER RUTLEDGE AVENUE, OR KING STREET TURN ON TO MAVERICK STREET. TURN ON TO HOMEL PLACE HOUSE IS ON THE LEFT.
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Remarks: COLLEGES THIS 3 BEDROOM 1.5 BATH HOME IN NORTH CENTRAL SUBDIVISION OF DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON HAS BEEN PARTIALLY RENOVATED BY THE OWNER. EXTERIOR SIDING NEEDS COMPLETED, DRIVEWAY AND SIDEWALKS NEED POURED ALONG WITH SOME INTERIOR WORK INCLUDING TRIM, DOORS, AND PAINT. NEW JACUZZI IN BATHROOM. THIS HOME NEEDS SOME WORK AND IS PRICED ACCORDINGLY. NO HEATING/AC SYSTEM. THERE IS A 7' X 13.5' PARTIALLY COMPLETED STORAGE BUILDING IN THE BACKYARD.

 

 

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1 Bedroom West Ashley Condo in Melrose Park Just Reduced to $39,900. SELLER MOTIVATED!

This 1 bedroom condo in West Ashley is in very good condition and the seller is very motivated.  This is a short sale and thrid party approval will be required. 

 

2494-D4 ETIWAN AVE CHARLESTON, SC 29407 LP: $39,900

MLS#: 1010800mvd – RES – SFA Status: Active
Area: (12) CHS-W.Ashley outside I-526 to Rantowles
TaxDstrct: CHS – 63 – Charleston-Washley
Bedrooms: 1 Apx SqFt: 662
Bths Ful/Hlf: 1/0 Tax Map#: 310-02-00-331
Stories: 2 Story Apx YrBlt: 1978
Address: 2494-D4 ETIWAN AVE
City: CHARLESTON Zip: 29407
Lot Size: 0 Acres: 0.00
Subdiv: MELROSE PARK Subsec:  
Grade Sch: OAKLAND Middle Sch: WEST ASHLEY
High Sch: WEST ASHLEY
Possessn: At Closing New/Owned: Pre-owned
Legal Desc: Unit 4-D
Style: Condo Fireplace:   Special: Possible Short Sale
Roof: Fbr Gls Shng Foundation: Slab Floors: W/w Carpet, Vinyl
Cooling: Central Heat: Heat Pump Utilities: SCEandG, Chas Water Sys
Parking: Off-st Prkng        
        SqFt Source: Tax Records   $/Sqft: $60.27
Auction:   Auction Type:   Reserve Amt:  
Lot Desc: Level
Exterior: Brick – veneer, Vinyl Siding
Master BR: Upstairs
Other Rms: Family
Misc. Int: Blown Ceil
Misc. Extt:  
Wat/Sew: Public Water, Public Sewer
Amenities: Cable Available, Neighborhood Pool, Tennis Court, Club House, Laundry Facility, Other (use remarks)
Appliances: Elec Range, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Garbage Disp
Green Features:  

Directions: FROM SAVANNAH HIGHWAY TURN ON TO DOBBIN ROAD. MELROSE PARK IS STRAIGHT AHEAD ON THE RIGHT.
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Remarks: THIS ONE BEDROOM, ONE BATHROOM CONDO IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. IF DESIRED THE FURNITURE IS NEGOTIABLE. LOCATED JUST A FEW MINUTES FROM I-526, THE CITADEL MALL WITH AN EASY COMMUTE TO DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON. THIS HOME WOULD BE GREAT FOR SOMEONE WANTING THE CONVENIENCE OF BEING CLOSE TO TOWN. IDEAL HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME HOME BUYER, STUDENT, OR INVESTOR. MELROSE PARK HAS A POOL, TENNIS COURT AND SAND VOLLEYBALL COURT. REGIME FEE IS $166/MONTH AND INCLUDES INSURANCE, POOL, TENNIS COURT, LAWN MAINTENANCE, WATER AND SEWER.
If square footage is important – MEASURE!!
Agnt Notes: This is a short sale and will require 3rd party agreement. Currenty occupied as tempoary housing. 24 Hour notice required to show. Click here to report incomplete or inaccurate information
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Melvin Bessinger’s Barb-B-Que Restaurant at James Island and Mount Pleasant

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:

Melvin Bessinger’s Barb-B-Que Restaurant at James Island and Mount Pleasant

Melvin Bessinger's Bar-B-Que in James Island and Mount Pleasant

Melvin Bessinger's Barb-B-Que Restaurants, known simply as “Melvin’s” to the locals, have been a South Carolina Landmark since 1939. We have become famous for the best St. Louis Style Pork Ribs, Chicken and "All Ham" Bar-B-Que in the South. But don't take our word for it, come on down and experience the flavor. We have 2 locations, Mt Pleasant and James Island.

             Melvin's Bar-B-Que History

I have eaten at Melvin’s at both the James Island location and the Mount Pleasant location several times with both friends and clients.  The selections are vast, the food is excellent and the service is fast, even at the busiest times, and the prices are very reasonable.  Melvin’s is an excellent choice for both the local residents and visitors of Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and James Island.

                 Melvin's Barbeque James Island and Mount Pleasant                         Melvin Bessinger's Bar-B-Que james Island

Melvin Bessinger’s Barb-B-Que features its pork bar-b-que, ribs, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, oysters, frogmore stew and much more.  Melvin Bessinger’s Bar-B-Que will cater all or your events and ship any bar-b-que sauces by mail.   For additional information visit Melvin Bessinger’s Bar-B-Que.  

Melvin Bessinger’s Bar-B-Que is located at:

538 Folly Road
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-0511

925 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 881-0549
 
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July 2010 Colleton County Housing Market Statistics

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July 2010 Colleton County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Colleton County

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July 2010 Dorchester County Housing Market Statistics

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 2010 Dorchester County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Dorchester County.  Additionally the housing market statistics are broken down further into the following local areas:  Dorchester Road, Greater Summerville, and Saint George – Rural Dorchester County

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July 2010 Berkeley County Housing Market Statistics

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 2010 Berkeley County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Berkeley County.  Additionally the housing market statistics are broken further down into the following local areas:  Daniel Island, Goose Creek and Moncks Corner, Hanahan, and Rural Berkeley County.

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July 2010 Charleston County Housing Market Statistics

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 2010 Charleston County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Charleston County.  Additionally the housing market statistics are broken further down into the following local areas:  Downtown Charleston, Charleston above the Crosstown, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant south of Highway 41, Mount Pleasant north of Highway 41, Wando – Cainhoy, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, James Island, Folly Beach, Johns Island, Kiawah – Seabrook, Hollywood – Ravenel, Edisto Island, and North Charleston.

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July 2010 Housing Supply Outlook for 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:

July 2010 Housing Supply Outlook for Charleston

The type with highest increase inventory in property the in the last year was 3 bedroom single-family homes, but this only represented an increase of 1.8 percent. Inventory was down in all other property types, most notably among condos with 4 or more bedrooms, down 31.7 percent in the last year.

While pending sales were up for all property types over the last 12 months, they have risen the strongest in 2 bedroom single-family homes, up 32.8 percent, and had the weakest gains in larger condos.

The price range with the largest increase in pending sales over the past year has been the $100,000 and below range, where sales has increased by 36.2 percent.

Market times overall were up just 0.5 percent across the entire market, but only condominiums are actually seeing growing market times. The price range with the largest increase in market time is $350,001 and above.

For additional details on the Charleston housing supply outlook click here.

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July 2010 Monthly Indicators for the Charleston Housing Market

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 2010 Monthly Indicators for the Charleston Housing Market

“Recovery loses steam.” “Housing demand in a slump.” “Tax credit leaves
mess in its wake.” We’re bombarded with headlines like these every day. Some
merit some don’t. The truth is, the economy is now the housing market and not vice versa.

Pending Sales in the region dropped by 7.9 percent from last July to arrive at
780. While this is a decline, it is a quieter decline than many other parts of the
country are experiencing.

New Listings also declined by 6.0 percent since last July and overall inventory
dropped 8.1 percent to end with 9,737 properties available for sale. A bright
spot was Months Supply of Inventory which declined by 23.9 percent to arrive
at 12.4 months, given current demand. Although still high, this metric is moving
in the right direction.

Median Sales Price grew 5.7 percent over last July to arrive at $195,500.
However buyers were only willing to pay 90.9 percent of sellers’ asking price.
Time on the market times have also declined by 9.0 percent over last year to 108 days.  In sum, the housing market is trying to hold its ground until the job situation improves. Only after widespread, private-sector hiring will demand be restored to the market and prices continue to stabilize. Until then, it’s a hurry up and wait.

See the details of July 2010’s monthly indicators here.

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West Ashley’s Bluerose Café’ near 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:

West Ashley’s Bluerose Café’ near Downtown Charleston

The Bluerose Café’ is located on Saint Andrews Boulevard less than five minutes from downtown historic Charleston.  The Bluerose Café’ features many authentic Irish and seafood dishes,along with gourmet salads and sandwiches that have southern Lowcounrty flair to them.  In the Bluerose Café’ Chef and owner Denis O'Doherty, a native of Ireland, has created a restaurant with the feel of a genuine Irish Restaurant serving both Irish and Lowcountry dishes. 

      Bluerose Cafe in West Ashely near Historic Downtown Charleston              Bluerose Cafe' Restaurant in West Ashely Downtown Charleston

Lois and I have eaten here several times since the Bluerose Café’ opened in 2004.  We have never been disappointed with the food or the service.  Residents and visitors in West Ashley and downtown Charleston should try the breakfast and lunch specials and the Sunday Brunch.  They are outstanding and the prices are extremely moderate and the service is excellent.

      Bluerose Cafe' Dining Area in West Ashley            Bluerose Cafe' Waitstaff Area in West Ashley Near Historic Downtown Charleston

The Bluerose Café’ is located at 652 Saint Andrews Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29407.   For additional information call 843-225-2583 or visit The Bluerose Café’ here.

Hours:

Monday – Saturday:  7 AM to 3 PM
Sunday Bruch:  9 AM to 2 PM
Dinner:  Thursday – Saturday only:  5 PM to 9 PM

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Kiawah Island A Natural Place to Live

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 Island A Natural Place to Live

Kiawah Island has ten miles of wide, flat, white sandy beaches.  But, the beach is only the beginning.  Kiawah Island has 10,000 acres which includes nearly 45 miles of waterfront highlands over looking lagoons, marshes, ponds, tidal creeks, and Kiawah River.  The centuries old maritime forest throughout Kiawah Island consists of tall pines, palm trees, magnolia trees, and ancient live oaks.  Although Kiawah Island has the feel of a secluded tropical island it is only 35 minutes from downtown Charleston. 

        Kiawah Island Beachfront              Kiawah Island Marsh

Kiawah Island has held true to its award winning master plan, which is based on a deep love of and commitment to the Island’s natural beauty and its wildlife.  This plan has allowed an extraordinary resort – residential community to develop which boasts world class golf courses, a five star resort- The Sanctuary, excellent dining, and privately owned homes, cottages, and villas.  All of this is accomplished with minimal impact on the natural environment of Kiawah Island. 

        The Sancturary Kiawah Island              Kiawah Golf Resort Cougar Point Course Kiawah Island

Kiawah’s recreational opportunities are boundless whether you are a resident or a guest.  Property owners can enjoy the Sandcastle which has a heated outdoor pool, fitness center and much more.  Property owners also have boat ramps to launch for fishing or kayaking or pleasure excursions.  Guests of the Resort can us the heated pool at Night Heron Park.  Everyone is invited to spend time at the Nature Center in Night Heron Park and to take advantage of the outdoor recreational facilities that includes a basketball court, soccer field, and playground for the little ones.  There are also 6 golf courses.

Come to Kiawah Island and you might make it your home.  I did.  The 20+ miles of bike paths, the wide sandy beaches, the natural environment, and the fishing on the surf and the tidal creeks are the reasons I believe this is the best place in the world to live.

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The Buccaneer Restaurant 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 Buccaneer Restaurant in Historic Downtown Charleston

 

Closed October 2010

 

Lois and I dined at the Buccaneer Restaurant this past week to check out the pirate artifacts for our second grade grandson who is a pirate fanatic and will be visiting next week.  The Buccaneer boasts of having the largest collection of authentic pirate artifacts in the USA.  They didn’t let us down.  If you like pirates you have got to check out the Buccaneer Restaurant in historic Charleston and her sister Restaurant Queen Anne’s Revenge on Daniel Island.

        Buccaneer Resturant in Historic Downtown Charleston           Buccaneer Restaurant Pirate Flags

 My two favorite artifacts were a small cannon also know as a swivel gun and the gibbet.  The swivel gun is a small mobile cannon that can be moved to wherever it is needed on a pirate’s ship, slipped into a pre-mounted bracket and fired.  The gibbet is a metal crafted full body cage that port cities sometimes place executed pirates in and placed them at the mouth of port as a deterrent to other pirates.  Sometimes they tarred and feathered the executed bodies as well. 

           Pirate's Swivel Gun / Samll Cannon at the Buccaneer Restaurant                      Pirate's Gibbet at the Buccaneer Restaurant in Historic Charleston 

As good as the Buccaneer’s Pirate Museum is the food was even better.  We took advantage of the early bird menu (4-6 PM).  I had the fish and chips and Lois had the grilled chicken breast.  The food was outstanding and the service was just as good.  The Buccaneer Restaurant is an ideal place to take the whole family for excellent food at very reasonable prices and the Buccaneer’s location off of Cumberland Street between East Bay Street and Concord Street is central to all the activities in historic downtown Charleston.   

Pirat at the Buccaneer Restaurant in Charleston SC

The Buccaneer Restaurant is located in the heart of historic Charleston at 5 Faber Street, Charleston, SC 29401-2101.  For additional information call (843) 805-5065 or visit the Buccaneer Restaurant online.

The Buccaneer’s hours are:

Lunch:

Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dinner:

Monday – Thursday, 4 – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 4 – 11 p.m.
Sunday, 4 – 9 p.m.

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

Seabrook Island Dining Guide

seabrook island real estate for sale

Dining within the gate is confined to The Pelican’s Nest and is open only to Seabrook Island Club  members.   Below are the dining options forSeabrook Island residents and guest outside of the gates:

1.  Lucy’s Red Sky Grill is located in the Village Center at 1001 Landfall Way on Seabrook Island just before getting to the gates.   Red Sky Grill serves a good variety of American cuisine.  Red Sky Grill is open Monday-Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Bar, Dinner served from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 Call: 843-768-8118 for additional information.

2.  Fischer’s Sports Bar & Pub is a friendly neighborhood tavern and grill with great food along with a colorful sport and rock & roll decorum.   Fischer’s Pub and Grill is is one of the best casual dining options that the area has to offer. The menu is filled with classic pub fare like cheese fries, nachos, mozzarella cheese sticks, burgers and pulled pork sandwiches, and all prices are reasonable.

Fischer’s Pub is located at Bohicket Marina off of Andell Bluff Blvd.  They are open 7 days a week.   The kitchen closes at 9:00pmand the bar closes at
2:00 AM.  For additional information call (843)243-0210.

3.  The Bistro at Bohicket is located at Bohicket Marina is a casual dining atmosphere that has something for everyone at a very reasonable price.  The menu includes many German dishes, pizza, subs, sandwiches, and other entrees.   The service is quick and the help is very pleasant.  I have eaten there many times and have never been disappointed

Hours of operation:  Monday – Friday:  11:00 AM – 2;00 PM and 5PM – closing and Saturday & Sunday from 5:00 PM – closing. 

For additional information call 843-768-2424.

4.  Rosebank Farms Cafe’ 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. 

Rosebank Farms Cafe’ is open for lunch and dinner for more information call 843-768-1807.

5.  Red’s Ice House is located at Bohicket Marina overlooking Bohicket Creek.   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 and having a great view of Bohicket Marina and Bohicket Creek, or outside on 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

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.

There are several other excellent dining options at nearby Freshfields Village and Kiawah Island

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Q&A: Budget Smart 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:

Q&A: Author Sarah Susanka Talks Budget-Smart Remodeling

Article From HouseLogic.com

Published: March 10, 2010

HouseLogic sat down with author and architect Sarah Susanka to talk about remodeling that builds value and saves money.

For Sarah Susanka, architect and author of the Not So Big House series of books, remodeling is an opportunity-not just for realizing your improvement and decor dreams, but for making your home comfortable, right-sized, and energy efficient.

In this Q&A, Susanka helps homeowners make smart decisions about that next big project.

HouseLogic: What are your top three pieces of advice for homeowners considering a remodel?

Sarah Susanka:

1. While you're remodeling, take the opportunity to upgrade the energy systems in your house. It will make the house more comfortable and more valuable in the long haul. Today's buyers will ask to see utility bills, and may not consider homes that aren't energy efficient.

2. You can remodel without having to add on. We tend to assume we have to add space. But many spaces in a home are underused. Consider how to repurpose that space to do double duty.

3. The way we live in our homes today is different than before the 1970s. Formal dining rooms may not get a lot of use, for instance. Open a view from the kitchen to the dining or living room. People will start using those rooms and the house will feel a lot bigger, which is also a sales point.

HL: Where do you get the biggest return for your remodeling investment?

SS: Kitchens and bathrooms. But often people spend more money on their kitchen than they think they will, which can affect the return. Work within the existing footprint of the kitchen to stay reasonably priced.

People often assume that if they buy more expensive materials, that equates to higher value. But it's the quality of design that sells and equates to more value.

HL: How can the budget-minded homeowner conserve funds?

SS: Consider materials. Opt for a plastic laminate countertop with bullnose (fully rounded edges in which the laminate wraps under the countertop) rather than a granite countertop. It's a great look, but less expensive than granite. You can't tell that it isn't a solid material.

 For tile backsplashes, make an impact by spending a little more to add some drama tile above the cook top. But spend less on surrounding tiles. That can save one-sixth of the price than doing the whole backsplash in expensive material.

HL: Where should you splurge?

SS: On the kitchen island. It's a focal point. Here you could invest in granite, since the island requires a rectangular chunk of material without a lot of cutouts, which is where the labor and expense come in. And then you can say, "I have granite."

Flooring is another place to invest. Get a designer to help you select a product that gives the room a sense of permanence and solidity. Also, people often pick too light a color, which makes it look cheap.

HL: What about green materials-do they have to be expensive?

SS: People are scared about green materials being expensive. But they don't need to be. Many IKEA products, for instance, are green certified. More products, like cost-effective bamboo, will begin appearing at home improvement stores, too.

HL: Why is retrofitting an existing home more cost efficient than building new?

SS: For each $5,000 in energy improvements you spend on a new house, you only get small, incremental gains in energy efficiency. A California energy consulting company study found that retrofitting existing homes with energy-efficient features is four to eight times more carbon and cost efficient than adding energy-efficient features to new housing.

HL: You believe beauty is sustainable. Why?

SS: Beauty is one of the greenest things you can do. If a home is beautiful, it will be looked after by the current homeowner and all those who follow. It's good to create beauty and energy efficiency as you go. If your home is beautiful and comfortable, you'll save money and enjoy it. If it's not beautiful-even if it's energy efficient-someone will tear it down, and that's not green.

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7 Smart Strategies for 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:

7 Smart Strategies for Kitchen Remodeling

Article From HouseLogic.com

By: John Riha
Published: September 21, 2009

Keep the same footprint, add storage, and design adequate lighting so you preserve value and keep costs on track.

If you're contemplating a kitchen remodel, you're also weighing a considerable investment. But a significant portion of the upfront costs may be recovered by the value the project brings to your home. Kitchen remodels in the $50,000 range recouped 76% of the initial project cost at the home's resale, according to recent data from Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report. To make sure you maximize your return, consider these seven smart kitchen remodeling strategies.

1. Establish your priorities

Simple enough? Not so fast. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (http://www.nkba.org) (NKBA) recommends spending at least six months planning before beginning the work. That way, you can thoroughly evaluate your priorities and won't be tempted to change your mind during construction. Contractors often have clauses in their contracts that specify additional costs for amendments to original plans. Planning points to consider include:
 •Avoid traffic jams. A walkway through the kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide, according to the NKBA. Work aisles for one cook should be a minimum of 42 inches wide and at least 48 inches wide for households with multiple cooks.
 •Consider children. Avoid sharp, square corners on countertops, and make sure microwave ovens are installed at the heights recommended by the NKBA-3 inches below the shoulder of the principle user but not more than 54 inches from the floor.
 •Access to the outside. If you want to easily reach entertaining areas, such as a deck or a patio, factor a new exterior door into your plans.

Because planning a kitchen is complex, consider hiring a professional designer. A pro can help make style decisions and foresee potential problems, so you can avoid costly mistakes. In addition, a pro makes sure contractors and installers are sequenced properly so that workflow is cost-effective. Expect fees around $50 to $150 per hour, or 5% to 15% of the total cost of the project.

2. Keep the same footprint

No matter the size and scope of your planned kitchen, you can save major expense by not rearranging walls, and by locating any new plumbing fixtures near existing plumbing pipes. Not only will you save on demolition and reconstruction, you'll greatly reduce the amount of dust and debris your project generates.

3. Match appliances to your skill level

A six-burner commercial-grade range and luxury-brand refrigerator might make eye-catching centerpieces, but be sure they fit your lifestyle, says Molly Erin McCabe, owner of A Kitchen That Works design firm in Bainbridge Island, Wash. "It's probably the part of a kitchen project where people tend to overspend the most."

The high price is only worth the investment if you're an exceptional cook. Otherwise, save thousands with trusted brands that receive high marks at consumer review websites, like www.ePinions.com (http://www.ePinions.com) and www.amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com), and resources such as Consumer Reports (http://www.consumerreports.org).

4. Create a well-designed lighting scheme
Some guidelines:

 * Install task lighting, such as recessed or track lights, over sinks and food prep areas; assign at least two fixtures per task to eliminate shadows. Under-cabinet lights illuminate clean-up and are great for reading cookbooks. Pendant lights over counters bring the light source close to work surfaces.

* Ambient lighting includes flush-mounted ceiling fixtures, wall sconces, and track lights. Consider dimmer switches with ambient lighting to control intensity and mood.

5. Focus on durability

"People are putting more emphasis on functionality and durability in the kitchen," says McCabe. That may mean resisting bargain prices and focusing on products that combine low-maintenance with long warranty periods. "Solid-surface countertops [Corian, Silestone] are a perfect example," adds McCabe. "They may cost a little more, but they're going to look as good in 10 years as they did the day they were installed."

If you're not planning to stay in your house that long, products with substantial warranties can become a selling point. "Individual upgrades don't necessarily give you a 100% return," says Frank Gregoire, a real estate appraiser in St. Petersburg, Fla. "But they can give you an edge when it comes time to market your home for sale" if other for-sale homes have similar features.

6. Add storage, not space

To add storage without bumping out walls:

* Specify upper cabinets that reach the ceiling. They may cost a bit more, but you'll gain valuable storage space. In addition, you won't have to worry about dusting the tops.

* Hang it up. Install small shelving units on unused wall areas, and add narrow spice racks and shelves on the insides of cabinet doors. Use a ceiling-mounted pot rack to keep bulkier pots and pans from cluttering cabinets. Add hooks to the backs of closet doors for aprons, brooms, and mops.

7. Communicate effectively-and often

Having a good rapport (http://www.houselogic.com/articles/getting-best-work-contractor/) with your project manager or construction team is essential for staying on budget. "Poor communication is a leading cause of kitchen projects going sour," says McCabe. To keep the sweetness in your project:
 •Drop by the project during work hours as often as possible. Your presence assures subcontractors and other workers of your commitment to getting good results.
 •Establish a communication routine. Hang a message board on-site where you and the project manager can leave each other daily communiques. Give your email address and cell phone number to subs and team leaders.
 •Set house rules. Be clear about smoking, boom box noise levels, which bathroom is available, and where workers should park their vehicles.

Consumers spend more money on kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement project, according to the Home Improvement Research Institute (http://www.hiri.org), and with good reason. They're the hub of home life, and a source of pride. With a little strategizing, you can ensure your new kitchen gives you years of satisfaction.

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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The Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw 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:

The Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island

If you haven’t been to the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island, I highly recommend a visit to the Charleston Tea Plantation.  You can ride a trolley for a 25 minute guided tour through the tea farm and also tour the tea leaf processing factory.  After your tours, you can enjoy browsing the gift shop and drink samples of American Classic Tea, the tea brand of Charleston Tea Plantation. 

The Charleston Tea Plantation, which encompasses 127 acres, is the site of the only tea growing and tea harvesting operation in North America.  The tea plant (camellia sinensis) grows best in well drained soils at temperatures close to 100 degrees with at least 52 inches of rainfall annually, making Wadmalaw Island an ideal site. 

        orignal tea palnt research plot              4 yesr old tea plants

The Charleston Tea Plantation was started in 1969 by Lipton Tea.  The ideal plant source was found in Summerville where Dr. Charles Shepherd had planted over 300 varieties of tea he had ordered from China in the late 1800’s.  By 1969 these plants were up to 50 feet tall.  Lipton used cuttings from these plants to establish a research plot with 327 varieties of tea plants at the Charleston Tea Plantation.  This field is still thriving today. 

Charleston Tea Plantation is now owned by Bigelow Tea.  Charleston Tea Plantation uses 8 varieties of tea plants in each tea plan plot to get their unique flavor of tea.  The Charleston Tea Plantation produces an average of 50,000 pounds of refined tea leaves annually.  A typical tea plantation this size in other parts of the world emplyees 500 laborers to hand pick the tea leaves while at the Charleston Tea Plantation there are only 3 outside employees thanks to custom made harvester know as the 'big green machine".

          Big Green Machine            Tea Leaves Oxidation Bed in Factory

The Charleston Tea Plantation is located at 6617 Maybank Highway on Wadmalaw Island about 45 minutes from downtown Charleston.  For additional information call 843-559-0383 or visit the Charleston Tea Plantation here.

These pictures were taken by Linda Vodzak, a past client and good friend.  Linda is a great photographer.  If you have a photography need let me know and I can have Linda contact you.
 
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Five Surprising Reasons to Buy a Home Now

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:

 

Five Surprising Reasons to Buy a Home Now

ForSaleByOwner.com offers five good reasons why now is a great time to buy a house:

1.  Low mortgage rates serve as an equity shock absorber. When buyers borrow at today's record-low rates, they start building equity as soon as they close. That means they can absorb a few ups and downs as the still-recovering housing market gains traction.

 2.  Houses are in move-in condition. Home owners have continued to spend on maintenance and repair, according to the Harvard Joint Center on Housing. As these houses enter the market, they are in marked contrast to tattered foreclosures.

3.  Terrific houses are coming on the market. Foreclosures are finally starting to clear the system, and they are being replaced by some very attractive properties.

4.  Appraisal regulations are finally aligned with market realities. Fannie Mae has adjusted its appraisal guidelines, giving appraisers more flexibility to set values that reflect the current market.

5.  Plenty of programs. Many programs that encourage middle-class families to buy homes continue to exist, despite market downturns. Buyers who qualify can get a big boost by combining one of these programs with today's low mortgage rates.

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6 Ways to Get Your Offer Ratified Quicker

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 Ways to Get Your Offer Ratified Quicker

Helping eager buyers get the home of their dreams isn’t so easy in this unsettled market. Here are 6 tips for making sure sellers won’t turn up their nose at an offer:

1.  Make sure you are pre-approved for a mortgage (not to be confused with being pre-qualified) so they can close in about 14 days.

2.  Study the buyer. Have they made an offer on another home or are they working against any other kind of deadline?

3.  Make a clean offer – no requests for help with closing costs and the fewest contingencies possible.

4. Offer 10 percent of the purchase price in earnest money.

5.  Offer the full list price, preferably in cash.

6.  Write a love letter to sellers, telling them all the things you love about their home

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Green Kitchen Remodeling

 
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.
As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated.

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