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Charleston is an amazing place to live not only because of its weather, food, beaches, history, etc. but also because of some of the special events that it hosts.  One of the really exciting events annually in Charleston is coming soon! The Spoleto Festival is one of the biggest art festivals in all of the US, and it is happening at the end of May.  The festival has been in Charleston since 1977. Spoleto traditional offerings include visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts, and film. Spoleto is a great opportunity to come to Charleston to enjoy the city. While here we would be extremely excited to give you a tour of some of the wonderful

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We are very excited about the announcement of a new Daniel Island Performing Arts Center.  The new center will be located in downtown Daniel Island.  It will feature a 450-seat Proscenium Theater, a 99-seat Black Box Theaer, and Combined Indoor Lobby and Outdoor Plaza Gathering Spaces.   The Daniel Island Performing Arts Center will be a Landmark on Daniel Island and will be a great place for residents to gather and enjoy a wide variety of cultural events. As residents of Daniel Island, we talk about how amazing our lifestyle is and the center is just another exciting addition. The new location is drawing a lot of excitement not only for the people in the community but throughout Charleston. The center will bring more diversity to downtown Daniel

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One of my favorite restaurants in Daniel Island, Laura Alberts, has been doing Southern Cuisine right since 2002.  When we first went to Laura Alberts in 2002 the mother-daughter team of  Karen Elsey and Laura Leppert was simply a small wine shop. Since then it has evolved to one of Daniel Island’s best lunchtime eateries. My wife and I enjoy their lunches as well as their Wednesday dinners, Saturday brunches, and take out dinner options. Aside from the delicious food and fine wine selections, owner Karen Elsey seems to know everyone and her charismatic nature makes, Laura Alberts, one of the most renowned spots in all of Daniel Island. One of the key factors to their success is executive chef Matt Brigham, who was hired in 2007, and has since been

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Not everyone can remember the exact moment the decision to move to Charleston was made. It was May 27th of 1977 and I was sitting on the upstairs piazza at the famous Poogans Porch restaurant. The meal had been superb and I lingered a bit watching a few horse draw carriages move down Queen Street. That was when Queen Street got quiet late in the evening. My day trip down from Myrtle Beach had surprised me with the Spoleto Festival well underway. In that one day I had seen a drawing room comedy play, shopped for art in the park and attended an outdoor jazz concert. By the end of that day I knew I would never miss the Spoleto Festival again and I was moving to Charleston. 

This year marks the 40th season of the festival and it promises something for

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Well I took a little heat from my friends at The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition for waxing poetic about Spoleto without even mentioning the February Exposition. So as a remedy here are the spring and early summer big events here in Charleston. These are world class so attendance is huge and securing lodging can be a challenge. It's best to book early but if you are having trouble finding something I'd love to help.

39th Annual Cooper Bridge Run     April 2nd   learn more @ bridgerun.com

Volvo Car Open Tennis Tournament [ Daniel Island]  April 2nd- 10th  learn more at volvocaropen.com

Charleston Wine and Food Festival   March 2-6  learn more @ charlestonwineandfood.com

69th Annual Spring House and Garden Tours  March 16th -April 24th  learn

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Once you buy and sell a few homes you realize that having information about the home you are considering, other similar homes, the local economy and so on is very important to making an intelligent decision.  Numbers, metrics and objective analysis drive the business. Without this information you are subject to the whims of the real estate agent and whatever their agenda may be. Whoever has access to the best data wins. Getting data in residential real estate is daunting. Most turn to Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com. These sites either don't publish useful info or it is notoriously outdated or misleading info. 

The answer is to hire a sharp realtor who does the research for you for market data only available to realtors.   A good realtor is constantly

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Short sales and foreclosures have been few and far between as a result of the strong Charleston real estate market. However, this month there are 3 interesting opportunities in the Avian neighborhood of Belle Hall, Isle Of Palms, and Kiawah Island. Liens on these home range from $1,300,000 to about $3,600,000. Purchasing a home in the foreclosure auction isn't for everyone, but if you work with an experienced realtor and cover all of the proper steps it can be lucrative. For more information on these opportunities call Drew Salazar at 480-365-9585.

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Fig Restaurant Executive Chef Jason Stanhope won Best Chef In The South title during the James Beard Award Gala in Chicago this month. This restaurant is frequently mentioned around Daniel Island as a place to go in Historic downtown Charleston. Just a 20 minute drive, it is well worth the effort. The environment and staff is unpretentious making the scene very inviting and comfortable. Other close contenders were the chefs at Husk and McCrady's.

Other big news on the Charleston restaurant scene is the acquisition of High Cotton, SNOB (Slightly North Of Broad) and Old Village Post House by Hall Management Group. The Hall family owns Charleston's leading steak house Halls Chop House.

From our experience all of the restaurants are outstanding choices

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