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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 @

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

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

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 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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With the announcement that Volvo will build it's first U.S. manufacturing plant in the Charleston South Carolina area, we are benefiting from a third auto manufacturer in the area. BMWs are rolling off the assembly line here and Mercedes- Benz vans has announced anew $500 million plant to be built in North Charleston. The Boeing plant which assembles Dream Liners here had a huge impact on the area over the last 5 years. We are delighted to see these companies move here and attract high tech employees to paradise. Our economy is strong and will only improve going forward. New retail centers are popping up and new home construction is strong throughout the area.
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The real estate market here just had its busiest buying week in history.  We had 397 homes go under contract in one week. Anything over 200 is good and 300 is great.  Almost every week this year has been over 300. Prices are rising nicely, but doesn’t seem uncontrolled.  Most homes are not quite back to their 2006/7 values yet.  Very close, but not all the way.  At that time, those prices were wrong.  We got well above the trend line. Now we are actually below the trend line and have lots of room for appreciation.  Houses are not staying on the market long, because demand is so high.  High demand is also keeping inventory in check.  The good news is that inventory is not going down and that will keep prices from skyrocketing.  Also, the process of getting

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