February 2014

Found 8 blog entries for February 2014.

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This year, March will see 3 of Charleston’s big annual festivals. The soonest will be the Charleston Wine + Food Festival taking place March 6 through 9. Tickets tend to sell out quickly so we wanted to go ahead and let you know the dates in case you’ll be in town. The festival features chefs, authors, food personalities, farmers, and other culinary experts in a wide range of events from tastings to cooking demonstrations. (And if you’d like to pair home showings with your food events, just let us know! We’re happy to answer questions about a home, schedule an appointment to see your favorites, or get more info on a particular listing!)

If you’ll be in town March 20 through April 19, the 67th annual Festival of Houses and Gardens will have plenty of

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carolina one real estate charleston

With more than 10 years of experience in the Charleston real estate market, we’re often asked by home buyers, sellers, and Realtors why we choose to work for Carolina One Real Estate. In fact, on an almost weekly basis we receive phone calls and emails from other Brokers asking us to join their company. These offers often include lunch or dinner at a well-known Charleston restaurant. Once, a broker even told us that his real estate office would be getting an ice cream machine (an intriguing angle for a pitch considering that he knew how much my wife/business partner loves ice cream)!

With such enticing offers, why don’t we transfer our licenses to one of the many Charleston real estate companies around? The answer is simple: if we want to continue

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hunter quinn homes in colony north

Hunter Quinn Homes is currently building 6 homes in Colony North with more scheduled to be built later this year. If you’re looking for newly finished homes that are ready for move-in, you’ll find options on Expedition Drive which is tucked away at the back of the neighborhood. The local Charleston builder is also offering homes that are currently under construction as well as proposed construction. So, if you want to be able to choose your floor plan, finishes, and upgrades, these are some of the most affordable options you’ll find in Charleston.

Colony North offers a convenient location in North Charleston. It’s far enough removed from the busy Ashley Phosphate Road to give privacy, yet it offers easy access to Interstate 26. Because it’s often hard

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charleston theatres

Charleston, SC is known having a rich history, fine culinary scene, unique architecture styles, and some of the best beaches in South Carolina. Charleston’s arts scene certainly also tops this list, so I’ve also included some of the best venues and performing arts groups below in case you want to check them out!

Dock Street Theatre

When it opened its doors in 1736, the Dock Street Theatre was the first building in the United States dedicated solely to theatrical performances. It is home to the Charleston Stage Company, which is the largest professional theatre company in the state. Since Dock Street is the most most popular theater in Charleston, it hosts many of the Spoleto Festival events. Dock Street recently underwent a $19 million renovation

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College of charleston

What are the best tours in Charleston South Carolina? Whether you’re entertaining guests or looking for a new perspective on the city, these 3 options are definitely worth checking out:

Charleston Carriage Tours: Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of historic downtown Charleston. The tours highlight the most famous monuments, public buildings, and historic homes of downtown Charleston, reflecting more than 300 years of history. Most tours start from Anson Street, which is right off the Market in Downtown Charleston. Also because carriages are given different routes within the city, no 2 tours are exactly the same. We've taken several of these and have learned new things each time!

Charleston Ghost Tours: If you're looking for an alternative venture,

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sewe festival charleston

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) starts this Friday, February 14th and runs until Sunday. Since its debut in 1983, it’s grown to an attendance of 40,000 people and has become one of Charleston’s favorite annual festivals. SEWE celebrates wildlife through raising preservation funds, honoring nature experts, educating both children and adults on the need to protect our environment, and sharing artwork that helps us appreciate the outdoors. This year’s guests include conservationist Jack Hanna, Chef Nathan Thurston, and members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Events range from children’s puppet shows to fine art exhibits/auctions to birds of prey flight demos to sporting dog competitions. You can see the full event schedule and purchase

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Now that Charleston has resumed its usual 60 degree weather for this time of year, I wanted to include some info about our local parks. Our area has a fantastic Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission which offers some of the best parks in South Carolina.

charleston county parks climbing wall

There are 8 county parks located throughout the Charleston area - James Island, Folly Beach, Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Kiawah, Johns Island, North Charleston, and Ravenel. Total, these parks offer several thousand acres of preserved woodlands, wetlands, and coast line. You'll find over 10 miles of walking trails, plenty of green spaces and intramural fields, kids' playgrounds, beach accesses, picnic areas, dog parks, and camping sites.

You’ll also find special amenities. For example,

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In January of 2014, 48 homes closed on the MLS for James Island, SC. The median sales price was $254,000, and the average price was $292,922. There were 122 properties under contract or pending during the same time frame (January 1-31, 2014).

real estate market stats james island

These stats reflect some of the James Island real estate trends we’ve seen over the past two years: healthy increases for median sales prices and the number of sold homes, a strong sellers’ market formed in the under $250K price range, and a gap being bridged between the number of homes listed and sold.

James Island Housing Market in 2013

In 2013, there were 738 homes closed on James Island. This is a 29.2% increase from 2012 and a 42.7% increase from 2011. When looking at the sales volume, those homes sold

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