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Daniel Island Waterfront Comes Alive.

We have lived, worked and played on Daniel Island for over 15 years. What an amazing experience it has been with the constant evolution of beautiful new homes, additional community swimming pools, The massive Daniel Island Club expansion, the addition of modern new shopping, many new restaurants (rumors of one of Charleston's elite restaurants coming soon) and much more. There is always a buzz on the island about what's new.

For most of the time we have been here there has been talk of a marina to be built on the island. About a dozen years ago we had waterfront listings on Ralston Creek. I took a call from an interested buyer who said he lived in Houston and wanted to buy a big waterfront home for his

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WASHINGTON (December 11, 2019) – The National Association of Realtors® identified 10 markets expected to outperform over the next three to five years. In alphabetical order, the markets are:

  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Ogden, Utah
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida

“Some markets are clearly positioned for exceptional longer-term performance due to their relative housing affordability combined with solid local economic expansion,” said NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Drawing new residents from other states will also further stimulate housing

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I had dinner with a close friend recently. He is a major adventure seeker. He swam with sharks off the Great Barrier Reef, ran with the bulls in Spain, climbed to Michu Pichu and more. I have tremendous respect for those who grab for the gusto in life. He seems to enjoy making others think about their life. He asked me "So what's on your bucket list?"

A highlight of my adventures was sailing a 65' yacht through an unexpected hurricane off the west coast of Florida. Sailing a 42' catamaran in rough weather from San Francisco to Seattle. Climbing 5 14,000' high mountain peaks in Colorado. Hum ... so now what is my bucket list?

Since I moved to Charleston I don't find myself as anxious to go find the next hot spot or adventure. As I reflected

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First, I want to express my heartfelt concern for all those dealing with difficult winter weather this season. We feel very blessed to be living in Charleston and enjoying balmy Thanksgiving weather in November. As I sit on my screened porch with my laptop, I feel compelled to share a little of our wonderful Charleston Thanksgiving.

We have friends with a large extended family that come down to their second home on Daniel Island every year. This year they had 24 family members and they invited us to join them. They fill their home, guest cottages at the Daniel Island Club and a VRBO home on Daniel Island. It is fun to catch up with them over Thanksgiving dinner. Family members are filled with excitement about their adventures during the week.

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Last night at the Gaillard Performance Center, I was overwhelmed with Songs of America... Patriotism, Protest and the Music That Made a Nation. It was a collaborative event by Pulitzer Prize winner John Meacham and Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw... a unique evening filled with in-depth discussions of our historic times lead by John with intermittent breaks of Tim singing an appropriate period song. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative celebration of America by exploring the origins of American music, tracing patriotic roots back to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two World Wars, the beginnings of rock n' roll, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, all the way through the 21st century American struggles, including renewed

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I moved to Charleston 12 years ago and have never looked back! One of the reasons is the year-round access to the arts, and especially the 17-day springtime Spoleto Festival when the city serves as a backdrop to artistic celebration of dance, music, opera, theater, and visual arts with over 500 events in 70 venues. This year I experienced such a wide variety… Grammy award winning jazz genius Esperanza Spalding Making Magic Under The Stars… England’s Globe Theater group’s performance of Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy Twelfth Night… Westminster Choir’s inspirational a cappella performance of Path of Miracles, celebrating in musical theater the pilgrimage to Spain’s Camino de Santiago… world premiere dramatic stage performance of Amos Gitai’s  Letter To

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Each year in late Spring, locals and tourists alike make their way to the historic streets of Charleston as the city transforms into a cultural mecca showcasing the arts encompassing theater, dance, opera, jazz, chamber music and more for Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston's annual premier performing arts festival.

 

Spoleto Festival kicks off the first day of the 17 day run with its traditional opening ceremony in front of City Hall. A section of Broad Street is blocked off and people fill the street. It is an opportunity to hear about the festival from the perspective of community leaders, see snippets of performances to come, or hear from some of the performers and playwrights themselves. The festival is comprised of many talented,

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Charleston South Carolina beaches are amazing and usually not crowded. I grew up in the Valley Forge area. My buddies would hop up the car and drive 2-3 hours in bumper to bumper traffic to New Jersey beaches. We had to have beach tags, pay for parking and get real cozy with strangers spread out nearby. Now we live 20 minutes from the beach. Beaches are not crowded (except maybe this weekend). Parking is mostly free. What a wonderful thing.

If you are in town, this article from CHSTODAY covers the beach rules for each beach you might want to know about. Our favorite is Isle Of Palms about 42nd Street. Check it out.

Oh you aren't here. Well we can fix that for next year.

 

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Planning a trip to Charleston? The city if loaded with excellent hotels and the best part may be that they are unique - not your normal national brands. Stay in Historic Charleston if you haven't been here before. Be sure to enjoy a carriage ride through the city. The carriage drivers are all fascinating with storied about what went on in the city such as pirate invasions, the civil war, plantation owners and on and on. Perhaps best of all enjoy the architecture of the amazing homes.

This article from Town and Country Magazine has an excellent list of many of the hotel options.

Charleston Hotels

If we can help with your planning, please let us know. If you find yourself thinking you might want a second home here or perhaps make a move

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5878 Bonnie Doone Road

Charleston's history is fascinating. The city was destroyed by fire, wiped out by disease, ravaged by pirates and much more. The Civil War started in Charleston Harbor. Well how about a rice plantation that was burned by the Union soldiers in the Civil War and then rebuilt by a New York stockbroker in 1931.  Looking very much like a scene from Gone With The Wind, the drive is lined with ancient grand oaks trees that frame southern columns...what a picture. As the newspaper boy said selling newspapers on the street in 1931 "read all about it" 

Post and Courier Article

If you are interested in owning a truly unique historic property, please check out the listing.

5878 Bonnie Doone Road Listing

 

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