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Three Reasons to Love North Charleston Real Estate … and Two Things to Consider

When considering real estate in the Charleston locale, folks don’t always have North Charleston on their radars. The large city often gets a bad rap for being “rundown” or not as safe as other parts of the Tri-county area. But North Charleston is actually undergoing a robust revitalization effort, improving everything from public services to housing options. Similar to any urban area, North Charleston features an array of residential options accommodating a number of income levels. Some pockets of the city’s real estate are very nice while other areas are improving and still others need attention. Despite some undesirable elements, North Charleston is full of things to love. Reason No. 1: Location In terms of centralized location, North Charleston just about beats out any other place in the Lowcountry. The area was an important transportation hub centuries before it was a city. Today, it is home to a very nice international airport, an Amtrak station and two major interstate corridors. Residents of Old North Charleston (inside the I-526 loop) are 10 minutes from downtown Charleston and Daniel Island, 15 minutes from Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley and 20 minutes from the beaches. Reason No. 2: Price A quick glance at the real estate listings will tell you that you can get a lot more home for your buck in North Charleston compared to other areas in the Charleston area. Whether you want a new construction with a low-maintenance yard or a refurbished older home with a large lot, North Charleston is one of the most affordable places in the Tri-county area to purchase property. Reason No. 3: Shopping To...

Charleston Fares Well in Travel + Leisure Reader Survey

Each year, Travel + Leisure magazine asks its readers to rate 35 American cities in eight categories, including Shopping, Quality of Life and Visitor Experience, People, Nightlife, Culture, Food/Drink/Restaurants, Best Times to Visit and Type of Trip. Charleston beat out big Southern cities like Orlando and Atlanta, but failed to win over readers in all categories when compared to similar cities, such as Savannah and New Orleans, both also port cities that exude history and culture. One thing readers do agree on: Charleston is the No. 1 choice, out of 35 cities across the country, for fine dining. It was also voted the No. 1 Romantic Escape in the country. The Holy City received top 10 rankings in other categories as well. In the People category, Charleston’s residents received high scores in attractiveness (No. 4 in the country), driving ability (No. 6), friendliness (No. 3), intelligence (No. 8), and stylishness (No. 6). In addition to its No. 1 ranking as a romantic escape, T+L readers also gave Charleston high marks as a cultural getaway (No. 3), family vacation destination (No. 6), and a top girlfriend getaway (No. 4). Our nightlife, however failed to impress, with no rankings in the top 10. As for the Quality of Life category, the architecture (No. 3), cleanliness (No. 6), peace and quiet (No. 3), public parks (No. 7), safety (No. 4), and weather (No. 9) were cited as Charleston’s strong points. And of course, the city’s shopping got high marks: Charleston was cited as the No. 2 antique destination in the country and the No. 5 destination for both home decor and design...

Upper King Street Real Estate Revitalization

Back in February 2008, we reported on the mixed-use real estate development on the Charleston peninsula known as Midtown. A partnership of developers had purchased a block between Upper King and Meeting Streets and planned to build a 235-room luxury hotel, 200 or so condominiums and 40,000-plus square feet of retail and meeting space. The project was being compared to the posh Charleston Place development that revitalized the Lower Peninsula in the 1980s. Construction was slated to begin later in 2008, but as we all know, between February 2008 and December 2008, everything changed. It was not really until the end of 2011 that we began to again hear rumblings of things to come regarding the Midtown project. In January 2012, Clement, Crawford & Thornhill (CC&T) Real Estate Services made public a detailed rendering of the development, anticipating construction to move forward in 2012. A few things had changed since the 2008 plans were unveiled. In 2008, the $150 million project was slated to cover the entire block bordered by Spring, King and Meeting Streets, ending at Cannon Street. But in the four years following the recession, Midtown has been scaled back a bit. Greystar Real Estate Partners has now taken over development of the Meeting and Spring Streets section of the original project, running halfway to King Street. Construction on Greystar’s Elan Midtown is currently underway; it is the first significant mixed-use real estate development project in downtown Charleston in over 20 years. The 200-unit boutique apartment complex will feature 6,887 square feet of street-level retail space, a two-level parking garage, and water-feature-themed central courtyard. As of August...

Family Circle Cup 2012

Got away on Monday to catch a few hours of women’s tennis at the Family Circle Cup, which is taking place on Daniel Island this week. The day was warm, clear, sunny and absolutely perfect with a slight breeze. If you’ve never been to a Family Circle Cup match before, rest assured that the whole event is very well organized. Parking is free and just a short walk from the stadium. Every type of food imaginable is available for purchase — from Chick-Fil-A to kettle corn, plenty of alcoholic beverages and even a coffee shop. The whole thing really felt more like an outdoor festival than a tennis match, and each staff member and volunteer we interacted with was unbelievably friendly and helpful. We were worried that we forgot to bring cash, but all the vendors seemed to be taking cards, rendering our cashless blunder a non-issue (after all, it is 2012). Because we went early on in the cup, it was very quiet at the stadium, but as we are getting closer to the championship matches on Sunday, the crowds will be out in full force this weekend. ESPN 3 broadcast some of the action today and will be broadcasting the event for the rest of the weekend. Each day, spectator activities are planned and include plenty of shopping opportunities (from FCC merchandise to tennis accessories and apparel to unique, Charleston-inspired boutique items), a chance to get a video analysis of your tennis game, inflatable tennis courts for the youngsters (jump castle meets tennis) and happy hour specials and entertainment. There will even be an Easter egg hunt...

Charleston’s 2012 Vacation Season: Hotels

Does the time change and the warmer weather have you thinking about vacation? Easter and Spring Break are just around the corner, and the same warm weather that has brought blooms to azaleas and robins and cardinals to yards all over the Charleston area will soon usher in many vacationers and tourists. There is a sense of excitement here as the area prepares for the first vacation season since the 2011 Conde Nast’s Readers’ Choice Awards named Charleston the best city in the United States and the third best city in the world. And just as the season is ramping up, Charleston has recently received even more accolades from past visitors. TripAdvisor.com, which touts itself as the world’s largest travel website with over 50 million unique visitors a month, recently published its 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards based on millions of vacationer reviews. Charleston appeared three times in the website’s Top 25 Best Hotels in the United States: the French Quarter Inn was ranked No. 7, the Restoration on King was No. 19 and the Wentworth Mansion was No. 24. The Restoration on King was recently in the news for another reason. Owned by Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, an award-winning commercial firm based in the Midwest, the Restoration opened in 2010 as South Carolina’s first boutique hotel and soon earned a AAA Four-Diamond rating. The hotel is situated in Charleston’s Antique District on the corner of King and Wentworth Streets. It boasts 16 luxurious suites that blend top-of-the-line modern amenities with the building’s historic features. Jeffery R. Anderson Real Estate recently purchased the property and has retained DCP International,...

Charleston, SC: Best City 2011

Charleston gets recognized pretty frequently — friendly people, award-winning chefs, luxurious resorts — but it’s not everyday that the city is singled out as the No. 1 City in the United States. That’s what happened on Monday, October 10, 2011, when the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler came out. It was a first for Charleston, and the city can’t stop smiling — in fact, we’re beaming! These same awards also ranked Charleston as the third best city in the world, behind Sydney, Australia, and Florence, Italy. Each year since 1988, Conde Nast asks its readers to rate their vacation experiences, and this year, more than 28,000 respondents cast 8 million votes. Cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise ships and airlines were rated in categories such as atmosphere, ambiance, culture, accommodations, dining and shopping. For all of us living in Charleston, the city’s No. 1 ranking is a no-brainer. Anyone who knows the city holds it as number one in their hearts, but it is quite nice to see ourselves at the top of the list in print as well. According to Charleston’s newspaper the Post and Courier, the Holy City first appeared on Conde Nast’s Reader’s Choice Awards Top Ten U.S. Destinations list in 1993 as the No. 6 city in the United States, and between 2008 and 2010, Charleston held the No. 2 spot, second only to San Francisco, which has held the No. 1 honor for 18 years! Conde Nast’s Readers’ Choice Awards are highly respected and used by travelers all over the world as a resource. Besides Charleston’s No. 1 rating, several other local namesakes made...
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