All Blog Entries by Mike Davis

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I just wanted to post a personal Thank You to all of the great Prestige friends,clients and followers for reaching out before, during and after our recent brush with Hurricane Matthew. Your calls, emails and texts kept our spirits high as the storm passed through. I am happy to report that the East Cooper and Daniel Island areas of our city have suffered only minor damage, mostly to trees and plants. Personal inspections to homes we monitor for out of town owners on Saturday and Sunday have shown no damage whatsoever. Downtown Charleston had some flooding as it is prone to do and I was reminded of the importance of an agent's local knowledge in dealing on the Peninsula. Since Saturday night our lowcountry skies have been clear and we are experiencing some

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Finally summer has started to bid us farewell and those wonderful fall days are just ahead. There is truly no better time to visit Charleston and experience the sights, smells,tastes and hospitality of the "World's friendliest City". Here is a short list of some great events between now and the beginning of November. 

Sept 23rd thru 25th  The Taste Of Charleston.  This outdoor event on the grounds of Boone Hall Plantation showcases Charleston cuisine in a family friendly atmosphere. Friendly spirited competitions between local restaurants will keep you amused between courses, just be sure to wear your pants with the stretchy waistline!

Sept 29 thru October 10 Moja Arts Festival.  The 33rd season of this festival featuring

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We spend a great deal of time showcasing the beauty and lifestyle of our slice of paradise. Sure the homes are beautiful, the weather is fantastic, the beaches are wide and the taxes are low but what will you do for a living? A new survey released this week by the human resources consulting firm ManpowerGroup shows continuing encouraging news in the Lowcountry employment market. Heading into the final quarter of 2016 projections place Charleston 6th best among the nations 100 largest metropolitan areas in job growth. This great news follows a 3rd place spot in the summer survey. A full 31% of Lowcountry employers indicate that they intend to add staff before the end of 2016. This is 6% above the state average. As expected Charleston employers will be

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 The readers of Conde Nast Traveler have once again named Charleston South Carolina the World's Friendliest City! Couple this recognition with Travel + Leisure's World's Best City Award for the third straight year and it's easy to see why the world is flocking to our charming city. In 2015 over 5 million people visited Charleston and apparently we treated them well. 

If you live in the Holy City you experience this on a daily basis, just something you expect. What is interesting though is how many other top rankings Charleston has garnered in the last 5 years. Here are just a few:

World's Best City- Travel+Leisure 2016

Top City in the U.S.- Conde Nast Traveler 2011-2014

Top City in the World- Conde Nast Traveler 2012

Top U.S.

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For those of you coming to Charleston during the Spoleto Festival who were not able to score tickets to any of the 6 performances of Porgy and Bess, all is not lost. Spoleto Festival USA has announced the first ever simulcast of the opera's performance. What better story to celebrate the 40 years of the festival than Debose Heyward's tale of life and love in historic Catfish Row right here in the Holy City. Imagine watching this timeless masterpiece with all your friends on the lawn at Marion Square. I suspect this has the possibility to become a massive sing along to those great Gershwin tunes like "Summertime" and "I got plenty o'nuttin' " all on the Jumbotron screen. Monday, May 30th  7:30pm in Downtown Charleston "where the livin' is easy, fish are

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Well, my pockets are empty this morning. It is ,of course, my own fault. I know that the second Sunday of each month is the day that King Street here in Charleston is closed to vehicles and merchants move their business outside. What was I thinking? My gal and I had barely travelled half a block when the aroma from an Asian noodle house lured us in. We had done so well in avoiding the 20 eating establishments we had passed up to this point. Maybe just a snack?  After some quick nourishment we traveled a mere 50 yards into Bob Ellis, Charleston's premier shoe purveyor. Jimmy, Manola and Stewart were all hanging around on the shelf waiting to be taken home and she tried them all on. Al Bundy would have been proud! We escaped but just in the nick of time.

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Today was Columbus Day. A cold front pushed through sometime this morning and triggered a round of thunderstorms. It also changed the temperature significantly. Yesterday our high was 88 and today it  won't make 70 degrees. In celebration of the climate change I donned my mostly unused exercise gear and headed off for the challange of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. This 3 mile engineering traffic marvel connects Mount Pleasant to Charleston and this morning I'm walking it all. 8:00 a.m. I lock my car in the lot at the foot of the bridge at Mt. P's waterfront park. Within one minute I'm through the lot and onto the bridge's pedestrian lanes. Two lanes here. One for walkers and joggers and one for bikes. The first mile is uphill and it climbs rather steeply. At…
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It was an easy walk of sorts. Probably a little complicated by the pitch dark and puddles left by the ebbing surf. I carried only my Stanley thermos. Five a.m. and I'm on my way up the beach for the sunrise. There was no issue parking the car at this hour. In fact my vehicle occupies the first spot off the pier at the Isle of Palms. On my hike I see only two other people, both with dogs, both jogging. Are they kidding? After what seems like an eternity I have made my way up past the Grand Pavillion at Wild Dunes and select a spot on a downed palm trunk and pour my first cup of Starbucks Cafe Verona. I wait. The sky is brighter now at 6:15. It's a mix of greys and I wonder if I picked the wrong day. Is it going to rain? Without an umbrella I will be…
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