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It isn't always just about real estate with Coastal Island Properties.  Not only is it our passion to keep you up-to-date with Charleston's latest real estate market data, it is also our pleasure to keep you informed with the latest happenings around Charleston.  From new restaurant openings and reviews, to upcoming events to feel-good stories about our beautiful city, you will find it all here in Charleston Happenings.



March 30, 2020

Nearly New Cane Bay Plantation Home on Premium Pond Lot Just Listed for Sale in Summerville

If you are looking for a new home in the very desirable Cane Bay Plantation area of Summerville, SC, you will not want to miss this nearly new home that just came on the MLS!  Welcome to this nearly new Middleton plan with three-car garage located on a wonderful pond homesite. Upon entering, you are greeted with a grand two-story foyer with a dining room that leads to the fabulous open concept gourmet kitchen which features butler pantry, double wall ovens, all gas stainless appliances, plentiful storage and counter space, large island and breakfast area. The light and airy Family Room is great for entertaining and directly off the kitchen is a screened porch that opens to a large patio and fenced-in yard, overlooking a peaceful, serene pond. Your spacious master suite is also on the 1st floor and includes a tile shower with separate bath, dual granite countertop raised vanities and a separate toilet room plus a closet with plenty of storage space. The laundry room is conveniently located on the first floor as well coming in from the 3-car garage. A powder room off of the foyer finishes the first floor. As you go up the hardwood stairs you are greeted with a giant bonus room with French doors, this could be a 5th bedroom as there are 2 large storage closets. Also on the 2nd floor are 3 bedrooms, one having its own full bath making it a great guest suite, mother-in-law suite or child's private bedroom. There is an additional full bath with separate tub and shower room plus dual granite-topped vanity which is accessible from the hall for the other 2 bedrooms.

Magnolia offers a pool and a kid's playground and all of Cane Bay has miles of walking or jogging trails for all to enjoy. Looking for more fun for the family? Join the YMCA that features a 54,000 sf sports facility with a 25-meter swimming pool, basketball court, library and so much more. The new Volvo American plant as well as Boeing are an easy drive and military bases close by as well.  Convenient to schools, a shopping center that has boutiques, gas stations, restaurants and a grocery store, plus more, you won't want to miss this opportunity to live in Magnolia at Cane Bay! 

Contact me for a VIRTUAL WALK-THROUGH VIDEO TOUR and, meanwhile, go to:  for complete details and photos!  

Posted in Homes for sale
March 5, 2020

JUST LISTED! Well maintained, spacious 3-story end-unit townhome with detached garage on Lake Palmetto.


This lovely home provides plenty of natural sunlight and oversized deck, complete with water access! Enjoy natural bamboo hardwood flooring throughout the whole home and tile in the wet areas. Your nicely sized kitchen has plenty of counter and cabinet space with 48'' cabinets, s/s appliances and a separate bar area with wine/beverage chiller. Your dining and living room captures gorgeous views of the lake and memorable sunrises! Enjoy those few chilly nights in front of your gas fireplace with custom built mantel, shiplap, and tumbled marble surround, giving that costal ambiance. Finishing off the first floor is the nicely appointed powder room.

The second floor of this lovely townhome features the smaller master suite facing the lake, complete with walk-in closet, sliding glass door & balcony overlooking the lake, along with a well equipped bathroom featuring a walk in shower, single basin vanity, and deep set whirlpool bathtub. Also on the second floor you will find the laundry area, two secondary bedrooms and a full size bathroom also beautifully done.

You will certainly be wowed by the third floor, which is a truly oversized master suite... it spans the entire length of the town home! Your relaxing oasis features a deep set whirlpool bathtub with tumbled marble top, custom built double bowl vanity with granite counters and storage tower between the two sinks, as well as the fully tiled, semi-frameless walk-in shower with two rain heads, hand held sprayer, and glass tile border with a river rock floor. The master bedroom itself overlooks the lake and has plenty of closet and storage space.

Conveniently located with super easy access to I-26 and I-526, Boeing, Tanger, the Coliseum, as well as the popular Park Circle & Mixson communities offering plenty of shopping and extensive dining options... all this and only 10 minutes to the heart of downtown Charleston! Make this lovely, well cared for home first on your list to view today!


Posted in Homes for sale
March 4, 2020

JUST LISTED! Waterfront Home with Dock in Mt Pleasant

Coastal living at its best! Don't miss this immaculately maintained waterfront home with private dock/boat lift on beautiful tidal creek!

Loaded with style throughout, you will be greeted by a gracious foyer with separate office/living room and formal dining room on each side. The well-equipped, updated kitchen with breakfast area opens to the Great Room which has a fireplace and wall of windows offering plenty of natural light and sweeping views of the marsh. Enjoy coffee in your cozy sunroom, overlooking the large deck and beautiful back views.

Upstairs, is the large Master en suite with tray ceiling and custom shelving in the walk-in closet. Two other bedrooms, sitting room and guest bath round out the interior. Guests will LOVE the exterior space complete with Tiki Bar, firepit and dock out to your own private boat lift and bartop to enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets over the water.

Need a little extra storage space or looking to have your own home gym? Check out the room in the lower level that is not included in the square footage! There is also a neighborhood community dock on deep water where you are welcome to leave your boat overnight.

The Wando River is approximately 15 minutes by boat from the house. Easy commuting to the airport via Clements Ferry Rd. and 526. Plentiful shopping and dining nearby and only minutes to Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island beaches. If you have ever wanted a waterfront home, this is definitely one that you don't want to miss!

Feb. 19, 2020

What is a Rain Garden?

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Posted in DIY, Gardening
Feb. 7, 2020

JUST LISTED!! Calling all investors! James Island: Adorable 3BR/2B cottage on HALF ACRE lot!! So many possibilities!


JUST LISTED!! Calling all investors! James Island

Adorable 3BR/2B cottage on HALF ACRE lot!! So many possibilities!

Location, Location, Location!! Wonderful cottage loaded with charm and located in ideal area, only 10 minutes to Folly Beach and less than 15 minutes to downtown Charleston!

Original hardwood floors throughout, spacious rooms, screened front porch and deck off the back - lots of potential to make it your own! Hard to find a home like this with a HALF ACRE lot at this price on James Island! NO HOA!

Plenty of space to store your boat and even has an outdoor shower! Perfect for investors or buyers who like to do work themselves. Sold as-is.

Click on link for details >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Posted in Homes for sale
Jan. 30, 2020

Come on out on February 16th to Support Dragon Boat Charleston

Dragon Boat Charleston is so excited to be able to send 2 teams to the World Dragon Boat Championship in Aix Les Bains, France in August!  And, yes, your favorite local Realtor, Desiree Maurer, is a member of that team.  

Come on out to Ireland's Own, in West Ashley, on Sunday, February 16th, from 1-5pm, for some great food, lots of fun and most importantly to support an awesome cause!  There will be live music, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, closest to the pin contest and more!

For tickets, please go to:


Your support is much appreciated!

Posted in Events
Jan. 30, 2020

2111 Pecorino Lane Johns Island SC Just Came on the Market

JUST LISTED in Charleston County, minutes from beaches and downtown historic Charleston, SC!

Better than new, there is no need to wait for new construction with this gorgeous Charleston-single style home! Tucked away on a .6 acre lot which backs up to a natural preserve, you will instantly feel welcomed by the spacious front porch enhanced with gas lanterns.

The wide foyer leads to an office with french doors which can double as a formal dining room. You will head into a cook's dream kitchen complete w/plentiful storage & workspace, marble counters, 5-burner gas cooktop, wall oven combo, walk in pantry & large center island w/seating. The open kitchen flows perfectly into the dining/family area ideal for entertaining. And on those chilly nights, you can sit by the cozy gas fireplace with a glass of wine and relax.

Upstairs you will find the large Master en suite with tray ceiling, large, tiled walk-in shower and dual sinks. Three more nicely sized bedrooms with two full baths and a spacious Bonus Room with access to the top porch rounds off the top floor. The outside is an absolute private oasis with screened porch and huge patio with beautiful water feature - what a perfect way to end your crazy day by sitting out in your lounge chairs, enjoying the serenity!

Waterloo Estates offers wonderful oak lined lots with walking trails and ponds to enjoy nature at its best. This location and neighborhood can't be beat! Wonderful restaurants are nearby, shopping just minutes away and the beach is an easy 20 minute drive. Waterloo is also a convenient drive to downtown Charleston and major highways. Pack your bags as this beautiful home is ready to go!

Posted in Homes for sale
Jan. 22, 2020

187 Shadowmoss Pkwy - Build Your Dream Home!

Located in West Ashley in the Dunwoody section of Shadowmoss Plantation, this premium .45 acre lot on the 14th green is READY for you to build your dream home!!

187 Shadowmoss Parkway, Charleston, SC  29414

Click on the link for more details >>>>>>>>>>

Posted in Land for Sale
Jan. 17, 2020

Budget Friendly Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell While You're Still Living in It


Cleaning and maintaining your house with children running around is hard enough as it is. The thought of putting your house on the market and getting it ready to sell while you and your family are still living in it may be enough to make you run away in fear. While it won’t be easy, it is only for a temporary amount of time. Let’s discuss a few budget-minded tips to help you out.

Declutter and Deep Clean

It should come as no surprise that the first step to getting your home ready to sell is to declutter and deep clean. No one walks into a dirty, messy house wanting to buy it for themselves. Tackle one room at a time, taking the time and effort to declutter every nook and cranny; there can’t be any junk drawers or overstuffed closets. Potential buyers will want to see every area of your home, including the little spaces and drawers that are usually hidden. You also need to deep clean every space from top to bottom. With children and your busy schedule, this can be a difficult task. It may be worth hiring a cleaning service to come in and get the job done for you (maid services usually charge between $116 and $235. Fortunately, using apps like Tidy, you can find affordable house cleaners who can tackle these big projects for a price your budget can handle.

Staging Your Space Wisely

Once you have a clean and decluttered home, you now need to stage your home. Staging your home means intentionally styling your furniture and décor in a way that makes it the most attractive to potential buyers. Paint over your child’s bright pink bedroom walls, choosing neutral colors all throughout your home. If any of your furniture is worn or damaged, this is a great time to donate, sell, or store it during the sale. Designing an attractive space may not be a talent of yours, so consider hiring a professional to come in and stage your home. If you want to save money and avoid paying someone to stage your home, there are many home-staging guides available online so you can handle this project yourself at a fraction of the cost.

Keeping Your House Showroom Ready

Now you have a beautifully staged, clean home. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a buyer the day you put it on the market, you will likely have weeks ahead full of showings. This means you must maintain this state of perfection during that time. If you are still living in the house with your family, this may be the hardest part of the entire process. offers some great cleaning hacks to keep your house showroom ready at all times, like keeping the countertops clean and focusing on the bathroom and kitchen. It is also helpful to keep cleaning supplies in each room, ready and accessible for a quick clean while you are in there. To help you keep those costs under control, look around online for savings, such as a Target coupon code, which can bring the overall price of those supplies into manageable levels.

It’s Showtime

With kids and a busy schedule, it’s best to arrange planned showings of your home as opposed to an open house. Hopefully, you will have advanced notice of each showing to ensure your home is ready prior to the potential buyers arriving. Of course, there will be times when your realtor calls and asks to swing by in 20 minutes to show your home to potential buyers. When this happens, it helps to have a plan in order. Keep an affordable plastic bin handy to quickly put away all toys and clutter, and turn on a diffuser with a neutral citrus scent. Most importantly, take your kids out of the house. It’s a great idea to have a prepacked bag with your child’s favorite activities to keep them entertained while you are away.


This time won’t be easy, and it will frequently feel a little chaotic and very stressful. However, just keep in mind that it is temporary and stick to your plan. Once your house sells, you and your budget will be thankful for all your diligent effort and preparation.


Photo Credit: Pixabay

Posted in tips
Jan. 13, 2020

Spacious and Charming Home in Whitehall Subdivision Perfect for Family and Entertaining!

Guest Bedroom

Located in the desirable Whitehall subdivision and the DORCHESTER II SCHOOLS, this charming home sets itself apart from the rest with its long driveway, deep front yard, beautiful mature treed landscaping with irrigation, giving that true southern feel! The spacious family room offers plenty of space to entertain as it flows into the updated eat-in kitchen which features granite countertops, tile backsplash, s/s appliances incl gas range, and plenty of storage! Enjoy those special family meals in your separate dining room.

Upstairs, the nicely sized Master Ensuite has vaulted ceilings, generous walk-in closet and dual vanities. Opportunities are endless with the large bonus room which could be a 4th bedroom, media/play room or office! And, two additional bedrooms and guest bath round out the second floor.

Making your way outside, the home has a great, large, fenced yard! With a large, brick patio and lots of room to run, this yard is perfect for pets and entertaining friends and family. Your new home is conveniently situated to 26, 526, shopping, restaurants, Boeing, Charleston International Airport, Joint Base Charleston and even downtown Charleston! Start off your new year right with this home!

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Posted in Homes for sale