Today in Charleston

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.



April 7, 2021

Ready to Move-in Home Located in Quiet Private Neighborhood

LOCATION, LOCATION! This adorable Lowcountry home is located in one of the most desirable areas of James Island! Nestled in a quaint neighborhood, you will immediately imagine yourself sitting in a rocking chair, sipping sweet tea on your expansive front porch or enjoying a morning coffee on your private screened porch. Inside you will find a spacious, open living and dining area with beautiful white columns, crown molding and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. For those chilly southern winter nights, enjoy sitting in front of the gas fireplace. The eat-in kitchen has plenty of storage space, reach-in pantry and s/s appliances including gas cooktop. From the breakfast nook, you can enter the screened porch which leads out to your fenced yard, complete with Playscape & firepit! The powder room completes the first floor. Upstairs you will find the large Owners Suite, complete with two walk-in closets, dual vanities, garden tub and shower. And, enjoy a relaxing evening, watching the Lowcountry sunsets on your covered porch, which also overlooks a community gazebo and a lovely pond to enjoy life's natural habitat. Two nicely sized guest bedrooms, hall bathroom, laundry area and plenty of closets complete this wonderful home. With the LOWEST inventory ever on James Island, you definitely don't want to miss this gem of a home which is minutes to downtown Charleston and Folly Beach!


For details on this like-new, immaculate home, go to:


What I Love About This Area~~~

Everything at your fingertips is just a bike's ride away.... the conveniences of boutiques, medical offices, banks, groceries, farmers market, community events and more!

Garage 75 is the best place to go for amazing local beer, great food, live music and endless arcade games. Whether if you're in the mood to hang out with your friends or want to challenge someone in your family for a game, Garage 75 is the best to be! 

Baguette Magic has some of the best food and pastries you will ever see! Besides croissants, donuts, and baguettes they offer a huge variety of options either if you want something sweet or savory. You also have the option to pick up or dine in and be able to watch them make their creations inside!

Ellis Creek Fish Camp is the best place to go when you want a relaxing weekend with some good old Southern seafood. Not only do they have killer food and drinks, but they are also dog friendly and provide a doggie menu! So if you want to sit along the marsh with a crisp cold beer, lowcountry food and a happy pupper head on over! You'll thank me later! 

Folly Beach is one of the main attractions of Charleston, South Carolina. With local restaurants, bars and shops you will never run out of activities to do in the area. No only can you walk along the beach, but walking on the pier is an experience on its own. The water is perfect for surfing and don't be surprise to find shark teeth at low tide. 

Posted in Homes for sale
March 17, 2021

Magnificent Townhome Just Listed in West Ashley!

 As soon as you step into this amazing 3-story end unit townhome, you will instantly fall in love! The open concept floorplan with new laminate flooring, includes a well appointed kitchen with s/s appliances, recessed lights and breakfast bar, overlooking the dining and living area which has a cozy corner gas fireplace. A light-filled bedroom with full guest bath, perfect for guests, home office or remote learning, finishes the main level. On the top floor, you will find a laundry area, the Owners en suite with large walk-in closet and 3rd bedroom, also with a private bathroom. Your tandem 2-car garage even has space for storage, an exercise area and/or "man cave" and leads out to a covered porch. Backing to woods for extra privacy, the tree lined street has sidewalks going throughout the neighborhood & scenic ponds. Whether you are looking to be close downtown, the beach, shopping or dining, this location is a highly sought after for its easy access to it all, including 526, new grocery stores and medical facilities! Don't let this one slip away! 

For details on this like-new, immaculate home, go to:

What I Love About This Area~~~

Everything at your fingertips is just a bike's ride away.... the conveniences of boutiques, medical offices, banks, groceries, farmers market, community events and more!

Home Team BBQ is one of the best southern barbecue joints here in South Carolina. Enjoy the rustic and laid back  atmosphere while sitting in their outdoor dining area with their famous barbecue! 

What I love about Charleston is that it's very bike friendly and offers lots of options where to go for a joy ride. One reason why I love this area is because the West Ashley Bikeway offers a 2.5 mile trail that is open for both bikers and walkers. 

Another fun place to visit in this area is Frothy Beard Brewery with their wide selection of beer and food. Enjoy their outdoor patio with board games, live music, trivia and more! 

Pluff Mud Mercantile is an amazing shopping place with a mix of artisan gift items, candles, soaps, apothecary, classes and workshops! All perfect for home decorating! 

Posted in Homes for sale
March 1, 2021

New School Coming Soon: Berkeley Preparatory Academy

Attention to all parents! Coming soon in the Summerville area is a new school opening this Summer 2021! Located in the heart of Summerville is a new charter school that will start classes this summer in August. Berkeley Preparatory Academy will be a tuition-free public charter school that will serve from K-8, but will be accepting students from K-6. The Academy will open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and also offers before and after school care with little additional charges.


While cutting back on distractions, they designed comfortable uniforms which allows students to not worry about the latest fashion trends or designers. They will produce appeal such as polos, skorts, shorts, pants and sweatshirts with the school logo. Depending on student’s interest and teacher’s ability to engage, they will also offer extra-curricular activities and sports. The Academy is taking part in National School Lunch Program to allow students to receive free or low cost for those who are qualified. If you’re wondering if they provides classes for the arts and foreign languages they do! They believe their students should be able to have the chance to take part in the visual arts, musical arts as well as world’s languages such as Spanish.


They hire highly qualified teachers with the proper certification to ensure you that your child will have the maximum learning that will carry into their everyday lives. They seek to staff the school with professional to make an impact on students’ lives while also conducting a national search for a principal who will be the best fit for the school. The Academy has constructed with Charter Schools USA to be their Educational Management Organization which will teach the State Standards by a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum. This will ensure that students are receiving excellent academics in every classroom and will be able to use approved textbooks, technology and literary resources. All students are required by South Carolina public schools to take standardized tests and take benchmark exams through the school year. They also provide a full continuum of special educational services for students with special needs.


Want to enroll your student this fall and grow their skills at the academy? Click on the link to read more about what Berkeley Preparatory Academy has to offer!


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Posted in Schools
March 1, 2021

Divine New Townhome Listed in Berkeley County

No need to wait for new construction with this immaculate, 1-year young townhome with tons of upgrades! Nestled on the Cooper River and with a Play Park just steps from your front door, you will love this spacious 3-story Jasmine floorplan. As you enter the first floor, a large bonus room with powder room that is perfect for working or learning remotely or extra space for guests, welcomes you. The gleaming hardwood floors will lead you up to the second floor which has a great open concept space with a spacious kitchen with a large shiplapped island that includes Quartz counters, plentiful storage, Whirlpool Energy Star s/s appliances and pantry with custom shelving. The dining area is separate from the living area that leads out to a screened porch. Another powder room finishes the second floor. A nicely sized Owners suite and two additional secondary bedrooms are on the third floor. Have pets or love to garden? You will love the dog park as well as the community garden! Or, take an evening stroll and watch the sun set over the Cooper River and enjoy the wonderful seating area along the marsh. This neighborhood has thought of everything to make it a truly wonderful experience. Daniel Island shopping, dining, and access to 526 are just minutes away. Don't miss out on this amazing, Energy Star-built, low maintenance living!  


For details on this like-new, immaculate home, go to:

What I Love About This Area~~~

Everything at your fingertips is just a bike's ride away.... the conveniences of boutiques, medical offices, banks, groceries, farmers market, community events and more!

Cypress Garden is perfect when you need a get-away from the city and walk through the gorgeous gardens and trails to get a little fresh air. Surround yourself with what Cypress Gardens has to offer and you'll feel like a brand new you. 

If you're ever looking for amazing bagels in the Charleston area, then you need to try Blondie's Bagels & CafeEnjoy a warm bagel with homemade cream cheese to kick start your day! 

Dockery's is one place you must try if you live in this area or the surrounding areas. What better way to enjoy your weekend by surrounding yourself with friends, food and beverages as you listen to locals artists perform! 

Posted in Homes for sale
March 1, 2021

Cozy Move-in ready Ranch-style Home Just Listed!

Welcome home to this move-in ready, well-maintained Ranch-style home, with large, fenced yard, NO HOA and NOT in a Flood Zone! Enjoy hardwood floors throughout, a renovated, spacious eat-in kitchen, three nicely sized bedrooms and two full, updated bathrooms. Enjoy the summer evenings on either your front porch or back deck. The back yard has plenty of space for gardening, entertaining and even comes with a shed. Located in the heart of West Ashley, your home is just minutes to the West Ashley Greenway, Costco, Citadel Mall, Roper St. Francis Hospital, area grocery stores, schools and local benches to enjoy a day in the sun! Don't miss out on this one! 


For details on this like-new, immaculate home, go to:

What I Love About This Area~~~

Everything at your fingertips is just a bike's ride away.... the conveniences of boutiques, medical offices, banks, groceries, farmers market, community events and more!

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is by far one of the prettiest places here to learn more about the history and what made Charleston the way is it now. This is a great way to spend the day walking through their trails while enjoying breathtaking gardens and views. If you've live in the Charleston area you have to check this place out! 

Throughout the Tri-county area there are endless places to grab a bite or sip on some local beer brewed here in the Lowcountry. Frothy Beard Brewing is the best place to try numerous types of beer from sours to ciders to expand your palate. 

The Citadel Mall is the best place to go to get all of your common needs. With the services and stores they provide, there isn't anywhere else you would need to go! 


Posted in Homes for sale
Feb. 24, 2021

Free Document Shredding Event!

Hello everyone! We are thrilled to announce that Coastal Island Properties of Keller Williams are partnering with Shred360 and  Palmetto Mortgage Group to host our 3rd Annual Shredding Event to benefit Dragon Boat Charleston! For those who are unfamiliar with DBC, they are a nonprofit organization that strives to help cancer survivors' physical and mental health through paddling in the Charleston area. The goal of our event is to help the Charleston community safely shredding documents to prevent identify fraud while contributing to DBC. 

We are hosting this event on Thursday, March 18th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot on Lockwood Drive. There will be a shredding truck that will only be able to shred paper materials so bring all old documents you no longer need and safely shred them on site. 

Please consider a voluntary donation to help local Charleston area cancer survivors.

Posted in Events
Feb. 15, 2021

Exquisite Single Family House Ready for Move in Just Listed in Summerville

No need to wait for new construction with this meticulously maintained Lenwood plan that butts up to wooded green space! As you enter the lovely southern style front porch, you will see the office with French doors to the right, perfect for working or learning remotely. The heart of the home is the dream kitchen which is open to the dining area and family room. You will have plenty of space to cook, making this open concept plan perfect for entertaining. Abundant storage space, soft close drawers and doors, s/s appliances and pantry would please any home cook! Enjoy plenty of natural light with the abundance of windows and on those chilly nights, cozy up to the fireplace with a glass of wine. From the dining area, go out to the awesome wrap-around screened porch, allowing plenty of space to enjoy throughout the year. To the rear of the home is the spacious Owners Retreat, complete with tray ceiling, large bathroom with dual vanities, massive tiled walk-in shower and walk-in closet. The laundry room and powder room finish off the first floor. Upstairs, retreat to the large loft area, perfect as a game room or additional space for remote learning/working. Three additional guest bedrooms with two full bathrooms complete the inside of this wonderful home.

Lots of greenery offers plenty of privacy in your fenced in backyard and enjoy the wooded views into the greenspace to the right of the home. Lose power after one of our summer thunderstorms? Don't worry, a fully wired generator comes with this home!

Located in the desirable master-planned Carnes Crossroads, you will enjoy miles of walking and biking trails, dog park, play park, open green space, expansive lakes for fishing or kayaking, and significant space for all of the conveniences of small town living. The amenity center includes a zero entry pool and kiddie pool. Just a few miles away, you will find plenty of shopping, medical facilities, Charleston renowned restaurants such as Halls Chophouse and other businesses. Just 15 minutes to downtown Summerville, your new home is also convenient to I26, Volvo, Boeing, Google, and many other local employers.

For details on this like-new, immaculate home, go to:

What I Love About This Area~~~

Everything at your fingertips is just a bike's ride away.... the conveniences of boutiques, medical offices, banks, groceries, farmers market, community events and more!

Summerville Farmers Market has the best variety of everything you need from great produce, tasty treats and friendly people. 

Sweet Tea Trail offers the best full experience for people to know the real Summerville area. What more would you want to do while exploring the area with a glass of sweet tea in your hand? 

The Azalea Park and Sculpture Garden is not too far to walk around the park and smell the flowers. This is a great outdoor activity for the weekend or to keep the family busy.  

If you haven't been already, you have to check out Drayton Hall which is known to be the country's oldest unaltered plantation. This is a good way to learn and teach your family and children about the history of South Carolina while admiring the beautiful interior of the house. 

Posted in Homes for sale
Jan. 21, 2021

Charming Brick Ranch Home Just Listed in the Summerville Area

Lovely move-in ready 1-story brick ranch home in the desirable Sangaree neighborhood with NO HOA. Situated on a large fenced lot with shed & ADDITIONAL carport, you have plenty of room to store your boat or camper! As you enter the home, you will love the family room with vaulted ceilings and wood burning fireplace, perfect for those chilly January nights. The kitchen and dining room are off to the right. To the left of the home, you will find the Owners Suite with walk-in closet and two additional bedrooms with Guest bathroom. There is an unfinished room over the garage that would be perfect for home office, playroom, additional bedroom, if finished off! Outside, you will have plenty of space for gatherings, BBQ's, etc. This home is only minutes away from shopping & award winning local restaurants. It provides easy access to I-26, Azalea Square, Nexton, and Volvo. It's hard to find well maintained homes under $200,000! Don't miss this one!

For details on this like-new, immaculate home, go to: 

What I Love About This Area~~~

Everything at your fingertips is just a bike's ride away.... the conveniences of boutiques, medical offices, banks, groceries, farmers market, community events and more!

Summerville Farmers Market has the best variety of everything you need from great produce, tasty treats and friendly people. 

The Icehouse Restaurant is one of the best places to go to if you want real Southern comfort food. Not to mention the surrounding area is covered with amazing food and drinks! 

Summer Antique Gallery is without a doubt easy to spend hours looking through trinkets and antiques from the historical downtown 

Sweet Tea Trail offers the best full experience for people to know the real Summerville area. What more would you want to do while exploring the area with a glass of sweet tea in your hand? 


Posted in Homes for sale
Jan. 14, 2021

Can You Start a Business and Buy a Home at the Same Time?

You've been thinking of starting a home business for a few years now, and the time is finally right. However, you're

looking around and realizing your house lacks the space needed to bring your vision to life. Should you start your business now and upsize later or sell your house before starting a business? This might seem like a matter of convenience, but there's a practical reason to relocate before starting a home-based business: It's harder to qualify for a mortgage when you're self-employed. From the local experts at Coastal Island Properties, here's what you need to know about buying a home while starting a business.


Self-employment and home loans

Sole proprietorships, partnerships, and limited liability companies are the most common business legal structures. These business entities offer pass-through taxation and uncomplicated filing requirements. LLCs have the added benefit of protecting business owners from personal liability, making the additional steps to form an LLC well worth the effort — especially when you consider how easy it is in most states.


However, since owners of these business entities aren't paid a regular wage, banks are often wary to lend to them. As a result, you'll have to work harder to prove your creditworthiness as a self-employed homebuyer. This generally includes providing two years of tax returns demonstrating your business's income and financial stability.


For startups without a track record, that’s not possible. For that reason, it's wise to buy a home before quitting your day job. Once you're settled into a new home, you can start making a plan to transition to full-time business ownership.


The only exception is if you're recently unemployed and looking to self-employment as a path forward. In this case, you can qualify for a smaller mortgage based solely on a spouse's income or focus on building your business before buying a home.

What to look for in a house for home-based business

When buying a home where you can live and work, you want an office that's architecturally separate from the rest of the house. This creates privacy, professionalism, and a clear boundary between work and family time.


Homes with detached additions are the best candidates. This could be a fully-equipped accessory dwelling unit, outbuilding or workshop, converted garage, or room over the garage.


Attached additions are another excellent option. This can be a converted space like a basement, attic, or garage, a bump-out addition, or a sunroom. Homes with dual master suites are also easily adapted to business use, particularly if the converted suite has its own private entrance.


Additional considerations

Other considerations when buying a home for business use include:

  • Location: Does your home business abide by neighborhood zoning ordinances or HOA covenants? Is it easy for clients, vendors, and employees to access?
  • Connectivity: Most home businesses rely on the internet to run their business. Familiarize yourself with the service providers and speeds available in your location.
  • Storage: Does your business require storage for materials or inventory? Consider how much storage you need and whether it requires climate-control.
  • Family life: Work-life balance calls for more than a fully-equipped home office. Make sure the home you choose includes amenities that improve family life as well, like an updated kitchen, big backyard, and family-friendly neighborhood.

Finding a house that does it all can be tricky. When you have high expectations for your next home, contact Coastal Island Properties. Whether you're after a central location, a big lot, or your own waterfront sanctuary, agent Desiree Maurer can help you find what you're looking for in the Charleston tri-county real estate market. Search for your next home at Coastal Island Properties or call us today at 843-327-9010.

Posted in tips
Dec. 14, 2020

Fresh on the Market End Unit Townhome Just Listed in North Charleston

This FRESHLY PAINTED 3-story end unit townhome, with BRAND NEW CARPET, is ideally situated to Boeing, Joint Base Charleston, Bosch and the airport! As you enter the 1st floor, you will find a large bedroom in the rear that opens to a covered patio. The 2nd floor opens up to a spacious living/dining area, also with a covered porch overlooking a peaceful pond. The large eat-in kitchen has plenty of storage and counter space and a half bath is just around the corner.

You will find Dual Owners Suites on the 3rd floor, the main one with vaulted ceilings, a huge bathroom with dual vanities, soaking tub and separate shower and the other which has a walk-in closet. All 3 floors have 9 ft ceilings which makes the unit even more spacious. And, don't forget about the awesome amenities at the River Club which includes the clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, boat ramp with deep water access, boat storage and dock on Ashley River. Close to the public library and schools, this move-in ready home is available now! Schedule your showing today!


For details on this like-new, immaculate home, go to: 


What I Love About This Area~~~

Everything at your fingertips is just a bike's ride away.... the conveniences of boutiques, medical offices, banks, groceries, farmers market, community events and more!

NorthWoods Mall has some of the best deals it's the perfect way to get your Holiday shopping done in one stop. 

Freehouse Brewery has the best variety of beers you can never go wrong. 

Holy City Helicopters gives you the best view of the Charleston area you'll fall in love all over again. 

Chucktown Axe Throwing lets become your inner lumberjack and show off your axe throwing skills with your friends.



Posted in Homes for sale