October 2013

Found 4 blog entries for October 2013.

living in charleston south carolina

Charleston was recently ranked the Top City in the U.S. by the Readers’ Choice Awards at Condé Nast Traveler. This should come as no surprise since Charleston consistently ranks well for travel, livability, and jobs. However, this is the third year in a row Charleston has won this esteemed category by Condé Nast. The 6 factors used in the polls included Restaurants, Shopping, Culture, Atmosphere, Lodging, and Friendliness. Charleston also won The Friendliest City in the Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Visitors Bureau recently created this video in response to the Condé Nast awards: http://www.charlestoncvb.com/. You may recognize Elise Testone, a former American Idol contestant who is also a Charlestonian.

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charleston sc real estate market trends

Charleston’s real estate market has maintained its momentum throughout 2013. With the September MLS statistics now available, here are some of the trends we’re seeing:

  • Compared to last year, there’s a 25% increase in closed sales, a 36% increase in closed volume, and an 8% increase in median sales price.
  • In comparing today’s numbers to 2011, we’re seeing a 38% increase in closed sales, a 59% increase in closed volume, and a 15.6% increase in median sales price.
  • Year To Date (the first 9 months of this year), there have been 9,562 closed sales with a median price of $208,000 (the average sales price is $288,228). The closed sales volume has been almost $2.8 billion.
  • In the under $500,000 price point, there is a larger demand for homes than the
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charleston sc museum

Charleston, South Carolina offers a range of museums to choose from, so we’ve included below 4 of our favorites:

  • The Charleston Museum: The oldest museum in the country was founded in Charleston in 1773. Their various collections include artifacts from Charleston's natural and cultural history such as Edgefield pottery, Charleston silver, and Revolutionary War weaponry. The current traveling exhibit showcases quilts from the late 18th through 20th centuries and will be available for viewing until March of next year. Located at 360 Meeting Street, across from the Charleston Visitor Center.
  • Gibbes Museum of Art: This is Charleston's main art museum. It has a great collection of regional pieces, from paintings by local artists to portraits of
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middleton place plantation charleston sc

Since some of Charleston’s most popular attractions are its historic plantations, we decided to dedicate a blog just to these homes. Whether you’re planning a visit or simply want to brush up on your history knowledge, be sure to check these out!

  • Boone Hall Plantation: Perhaps the best plantation to visit this time of year, Boone Hall offers Fright Nights each Halloween – South Carolina’s biggest haunted house. You’ll also find the corn maze, which is a fun event for kids of all ages. Year-round, visitors can pick produce from U-Pick sections. These fields that have grown crops for about 325 years, making for a unique family experience. Boone Hall is the only one of these four plantations we’ve listed that is located in Mount Pleasant South
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