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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.



Sept. 21, 2020

Turn Key One Story Home JUST LISTED in the Desirable Crowfield Plantation Neighborhood of Goose Creek

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the desirable Hearthstone section of Crowfield Plantation, in Goose Creek, SC, you don't need to do anything to this well-maintained home other than move in! As you enter the home, you are greeted with high quality laminate flooring into the Family Room which has lovely built-in cabinets, vaulted ceiling and fireplace to enjoy on those chilly nights. Your nicely sized eat-in kitchen has stylish tiled floors, plenty of cabinet space and s/s appliances. Enjoy your morning coffee on your large screened porch which overlooks a spacious fenced backyard. The large Owners Suite is complete with vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet, lovely tiled shower and BRAND NEW carpeting! The other two nicely sized bedrooms also have brand new carpeting and a guest bathroom finishes off the interior of this wonderful home.  The two-car garage also has pull down storage for those holiday decorations!

The beautiful lake with miles of walking/biking trails, pools, tennis courts, golf, along with the play parks, are features of the topnotch amenities offered in Crowfield Plantaiton, in addition to boat and RV storage!  And, super convenient to I-26, Naval Weapons Station, Boeing, hospitals, shopping and more!  Don't miss this turn-key home! 

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Posted in Homes for sale
Sept. 19, 2020

Wonderful Ranch Style Home Just Listed in the Brookdale section of North Charleston

This well maintained home, located in the Brookdale section of North Charleston, SC, has only had one owner and is in immaculate condition! As you enter the open floor plan, you will notice hardwood floors throughout the entryway and living room. The eat-in kitchen is ideal for entertaining, and includes a breakfast bar, extended height staggered upper cabinets, granite counters, sleek stainless appliances, and pendant lighting and leads out to a lovely covered porch that opens into a lovely fenced yard. The oversized Owners Suite, privately situated in the rear of the home, has a tray ceiling, a spacious bathroom with dual vanities, large soaking tub and separate shower and a large walk-in closet with bonus storage space off the closet. The two guest bedrooms are at the front of the house with a full bathroom in between. The fourth bedroom is located over the garage and is a great flex space that can be used as a bedroom, playroom, craft room, home office, gym or home theater.

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Great things about the area:

Centrally located within 10 minutes of Bosch, Joint Base Charleston, Mercedes, Boeing, Charleston International Airport

Shopping and medical facilities close by

Favorite close restaurant - If you love Cuban food, you have to try The Cuban Gypsy Pantry, located in the Oak Ridge Plaza Shopping Center, a few miles down Dorchester Road.  AMAZING food!!

Posted in Homes for sale
Aug. 7, 2020

Wonderful Liberty Hall Plantation Home Just Listed in Goose Creek

Not too often do you see a five bedroom, three bath home with such a large yard at this price!!  This beautiful, well kept home has plenty of space for all of your needs and just had brand new flooring installed as well as just painted!  Along with the one-year old roof, this home is ready for you to move in! 

This fully functional floorplan includes a combo Living/Dining room, Great Room, first floor bedroom which is great for guests and has a full bathroom adjacent to the bedroom!  The updated, open kitchen with large pantry, has plenty of storage and prep space for meals and sleek hard marble counters, complete with 25 year stain protection, and a classic subway tile backsplash.  Finishing the first floor is the laundry room which leads out to the garage.  

Upstairs, you will find four bedrooms, including a huge 20x20 Owners' Suite with separate tiled shower, garden tub, dual vanities and large walk-in closet. A large hall finishes off the upstairs.  

Outside, you have plenty of room to entertain with a screened porch, large grilling patio, huge fenced yard, complete with playscape.  Liberty Hall Plantation has a wonderful pool and outdoor area for you to enjoy with lots of sidewalks for you to walk the neighborhood.  And, enjoy easy access to Boeing, Volvo, the Naval Weapons Station, as well as downtown Charleston shopping and restaurants.

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Posted in Homes for sale
Aug. 7, 2020

Well Maintained One Story Home on Huge Lot Just Listed in West Ashley

It is very hard to find a move-in ready home in Charleston, SC under $300,000 so you do not want to miss this opportunity!  Welcome home to this lovely one-story, well maintained, freshly painted home in the Magnolia Range neighborhood of West Ashley.  As you enter the foyer, you will be greeted with high quality laminate flooring throughout the whole home.  Your spacious eat-in kitchen, which is off to the right and looks out into the Great Room from the breakfast bar, has plentiful cabinet and counter space. The custom white cabinets include pull out shelves and the breakfast area has a bay window that brings in the morning sun.  Off the kitchen is the nicely sized laundry room that leads out to the two-car garage.  On those cool winter nights, relax by the wood-burning fireplace is the spacious Great Room which has a vaulted ceiling, offering lots of natural light and leads out to a huge Sunroom via French Doors.

Relax and enjoy a glass of wine, after a long day, in the Sunroom, while dinner is cooking on the grill on your very large patio in your fully fenced backyard.  To the right of the Great Room is the Owners' Suite, complete with double tray ceiling, large walk-in closet with custom shelving, dual vanities, separate shower and tub.  Tucked off to the left of the house, you will find two additional, spacious bedrooms, one of which has a vaulted ceiling, and guest bath which offers lots of privacy, whether for your children or visiting guests.  

Other features include a well landscaped yard with beautiful live Oak trees, irrigation system, extra driveway parking pad offering plentiful parking when having guests or to store that boat!  If you like to tinker with tools, the garage is set up for a workshop and there is a great storage shed in the backyard which is perfect to store all of your gardening tools.  And, NO HOA!!  Your new home is walking distance to West Ashley Park and you have easy access to rt 526, Boeing, Joint Base Charleston, MUSC downtown Charleston, shopping, restaurants and more!

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Posted in Homes for sale
July 8, 2020


If you’re buying a home for the first time here in the Charleston, SC area, it can be a little difficult trying to figure out where to start. Here’s a handy to-do list to help you out, and be sure to call me if you have any questions!

1) Save: Save for a down payment, closing costs, and escrow for insurance and taxes. It is always safe to have 20% of the amount of the home you are trying to buy so you do not have to pay private mortgage insurance. So, if you are looking at a $300,000 home, try to have $60,000 saved. TIP: You can always get a loan if you do not have this as you can put down as little as 3%, if qualified.

2) Improve Credit Score: Make sure to stay current on your bills, make no major purchases, don’t cancel any credit cards. A higher credit score means a lower interest rate!

3) Calculate what you can afford: Look for a mortgage calculator online, or give me a call and I can let you know what you can afford!

4) Get Mortgage Preapproval: Shop for the best deal, choose primary and backup lenders, and look for mortgage advice. I have some great, local lenders you can choose from, and I am here if you need any advice. TIP: Always try to work with local lenders as state laws are different from state to state and a lender located in California may not know local laws of South Carolina.

5) Decide: Decide what you want in a home. Are you looking for a home with a pool, or do you need something with a big backyard for your dog to run-around in? How many bedrooms do you need? What kind of kitchen do you want? Do you want a new build? Write down all of the things you want in a home, and give it to your Realtor and they will help you find a home with everything you need.

6) Choose a Realtor- Looking for a Realtor? You have come to the right place! I have the experience, patience, and knowledge you have been searching for.

7) Visit Homes- Your Realtor will take you to the homes you would like, but there are a few things that you should do to ensure that your favorite home will end up working out for you. Take photos and make notes about each home that you visit and compare it to the list you made in step five.

8) Narrow choices- Choose your favorite homes and visit the neighborhood during the day and at night to gauge traffic, noise, etc. Also, test the commute from work and consider the resale value.

9) Make an Offer- Make an offer on the home! I am here to make sure your offer is considered, and will work hard and collaborate with the other Realtor to make sure I highlight how much you are interested.

10) Schedule Home Inspection: I have a great inspector that will do a walk-through of the home and let you know things that may need to be fixed.

11) Make Final Walk-Through: Test the light switches and sockets, check and make sure that the doors and windows work, and test the faucets, drains, toilets, etc.

12) Close and Move In- Start your life and enjoy the happiness! 

Posted in tips
June 29, 2020

Build Your Dream Home in This Gated Community with Wonderful Amenities





WELCOME to your own private, gated, natural oasis with space to live! This 2.98 acre, extra wide and deep lot property is nestled in hardwoods and towering pines of Moncks Corner, SC. The home site sits on 1.2 acres of high land with the remaining space home to deer and turkey roaming the low country woodlands, not low country swamp. Rear property line adjacent to land that will remain undeveloped! No flood insurance is required! Wassamassaw Plantation offers wide open, public space with 3 ponds covering over 13 acres total. Enjoy wonderful amenities including pool with clubhouse, pavilion, fireplace, grilling area, playground, and fishing docks which are all available for you to enjoy! Cane Bay Schools, grocery, shopping and restaurants are a few miles down the road and is close to Volvo and easy drive to Boeing! Don't wait, build your dream home now!


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Posted in Land for Sale
May 28, 2020

Your Wild Dunes Vacation Retreat is Now Available!

Privately situated, overlooking a serene lagoon, your tropical getaway is just steps to the beach and makes an excellent rental property!

Turn-key ready, this tastefully renovated, fully furnished unit, has gleaming hardwood flooring throughout. The open airy floor plan features two spacious Master en-Suites situated on either side of a light filled family room, offering guests the maximum privacy. Both bedrooms offer separate entrances and private balconies overlooking lush greenery and calming water views. No need to eat out all the time with your well-appointed kitchen which has plenty of granite counter space to prep meals, stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinet storage and a breakfast bar to hang out at and enjoy an icy cold beverage after a hot day at the beach.

Wild Dunes is an amazing gated community with golf, tennis, biking trails, vast stretches of sandy beach & much, much more! Located in the heart of the resort, you and your guests are just a short walk to tennis, shopping, dining and the day spa. Love to golf? No better place than to take a swing on 36 holes of signature golf courses, designed by Tom Fazio. Come and take a look today, you won't want to leave!

Isle of Palms has so many convenient spots to add to your dream vacations. Just a few blocks away are these excellent restaurants!


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Posted in Homes for sale
May 18, 2020

Adorable Cottage-style Home in Johns Island!

Welcome home to your adorable cottage-style home located in the beautifully maintained, quiet section of The Villages of St. John's Woods. Can't you just envision sitting on your front porch swing, on a warm summer night sipping sweet tea?!

Then head inside, through the Great Room which has a gas fireplace for those chilly winter evenings. Enter into the dining area and open concept kitchen which has 42'' classic white cabinets, beautiful granite counters with brand new sink and faucet, offering plenty of storage and prep space. While in the kitchen, you can't help but notice the gleaming hardwood floors throughout the whole home, 10' high ceilings and lovely moldings which really add character to your new home.

From there, retreat to the Master ensuite which has wonderful natural light, 2 large closets, newly updated double sink vanities with new faucets, new hardware and nicely sized shower. The 2 additional spacious bedrooms and guest bath which also has a new vanity top, faucet and hardware, are evenly separated offering everyone lots of privacy. You will also find a nicely sized laundry room off the kitchen and a huge screened porch which could easily be enclosed!

Out back, you will find a detached 1-car garage and carport and a picket fenced private backyard with irrigation and all new sod. Need extra storage? No problem! The entire attic in fully floored to store those holiday decorations. Enjoy wonderful amenities including pool, pavilion, play park and walking trails. Centrally located, you are just 15 mins. to MUSC, CofC and downtown Historical Charleston. Lots of great restaurants in town, golf just over the bridge at the James Island Municipal Course and the beautiful Kiawah Beachwalker Park is an easy drive. You don't want to miss this beauty of a home!

John's Island is quickly adding some of the city's best bars and restaurants. Here are a few of my favorites, just a few blocks away!


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Posted in Homes for sale
May 13, 2020

Perfect Family Home in Grand Oaks Plantation

This wonderful, well maintained home, located in the desirable Grand Oaks Plantation, is ready for its new owners! Can't you imagine sitting on your front porch enjoying some sweet tea??!!

As you enter this lovely home, you will be greeted by a formal Dining Room on the left and Study with French doors on the right. Stroll past the powder and laundry rooms into the open family room with fireplace and eat-in kitchen with breakfast nook. Upstairs there is a spacious Master en Suite with sitting area and master bath with a separate garden tub and large shower. 2 nicely sized bedrooms and a full bath are just down the hall. The yard has great curb appeal with Palm Trees and nice landscaping. The back has a great deck with pergola for hanging out with friends or watching the kids in the fenced backyard. With the Bees Ferry Recreation Center just around the corner offering multiple recreational opportunities and the neighborhood pool down the street, you'll love the location in this neighborhood that's perfect for everyone, including your 4-legged family members!

Be sure to wave hello to the neighbors you see walking, biking, and jogging on any given day. The newly constructed shopping plaza at the entrance to Grand Oaks Plantation has a brand new Harris Teeter and shops and restaurants as well as a gas station across the street.

The convenience of having multiple grocery stores nearby will make life easy for you. Grand Oaks is conveniently located to multiple grocery stores, shopping and restaurants, which makes it easy to enjoy all that Charleston has to offer. Just a short trip to the beach or downtown Charleston, you are going to love living here!

Here are some great local options, just a few blocks away!



  • Home Depot
  • Walmart
  • Kroger
  • Harris Teeter


  • West Ashley Park
  • Bees Landing Recreation Center


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Posted in Homes for sale
May 11, 2020

Your Folly Beach Getaway Awaits!

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to live waterfront in the highly sought after gated community of Little Oak Island. An inviting glass double door entrance on a sprawling, true Lowcountry-style porch, draws your attention to the detail and warmth in design throughout as you enter this gorgeous open floor plan with glistening hardwood floors throughout.

The spacious layout features a wonderful flow from the living, dining and kitchen areas, perfect for hosting dinner guests who can meander onto your outdoor living area. Enjoy the island breezes on the expansive rear screened porch or move on down the stairs to your own private dock where everyone can sit and enjoy the calming sound of the marsh as the stars glisten over the water. On those chilly nights, enjoy the warmth of the fire-place or sitting at the breakfast bar, making a puzzle with your family, after finishing dinner in your spacious kitchen, which has plentiful counter space, cabinet storage and a large island with gas cooktop to make those family dinners.

Escape upstairs to your own private suite complete with vaulted ceiling, plenty of natural light, a sitting area with fireplace and porch which is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail at the end of a long week while guests or family retreat to their rooms on the main level. The 2 additional bedrooms each have their own bathroom and are located on opposite ends of the home, offering plenty of privacy. And, you will love the large space off the kitchen which would be perfect for a home office, craft room or home gym!

The garage has ample space for multiple cars, toys, storage and workshop and even has an outdoor shower to wash off the sand when returning from the beach. Fish, kayak, and boat from your private dock or enjoy the quiet community pool. Just a short bike ride over the bridge, you will love the ability to put your toes in the sand at any given time as you make Folly Beach your new home!  Click here for more information!

Folly is more than just a vacation hot spot! There are tons of year round restaurants, bars and parks near by! Here are a few of my favorite hideaways on Folly Beach:

Restaurants & Bars

Chico Feo

  • Fun outdoor atmosphere with some of my favorite tacos around!

Loggerheads's Beach Grill

  • Beer, beach and music. What more could you ask for!

Lost Dog Cafe

  • Adorable dog loving breakfast spot! 

Surf Bar

  • Chill, fun spot with good late night snacks and positive vibes!

Taco Boy

  • Local hot spot for tacos and margs!

Sand Dollar Social Club

  • Legend has it, this is one of Charleston local Bill Murray's, favorite spots!
Posted in Homes for sale