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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.



Oct. 24, 2018

Horse Lovers Will Not Want to Miss This Very Special Horse Farm Just Listed in Moncks Corner, SC

Horse lovers and gentlemen farmers look no further! Just across the street from the Santee Cooper owned forest where you can ride your horses, this lovely property, located on a quiet country road, features a 2-stall 48'x48' +/- horse barn with wash-down area, large open area and apartment/lounge/tack room with brand new tankless water heater, offering lots of potential. Multiple fenced pastures with run-in sheds make this a perfect opportunity for boarding horses!

The 1456 sq ft 3BR/2B main residence, built in 2017, features an open concept floorplan, smooth 9' ceilings with recessed lights, master ensuite with tray ceiling, quality laminate flooring and crown molding throughout. Enjoy summer nights in your above-ground pool. The smaller barn, perfect for chickens, goats, or extra storage can hold 125 bales of hay and the container will hold an additional 300 bales of hay.  This turn-key farm includes a new septic system, Hot Walker, zero turn lawn mower and a John Deer Gator - all you have to do is bring your personal belongings and horses and move right it!  If relocating to the area, the new Volvo plant and Boeing are just a 30 minute drive and this country home is close to shopping, beaches, boating and all that Charleston, Summerville, Moncks Corner and the rest of the Lowcountry has to offer! 

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Posted in Homes for sale
Sept. 27, 2018

Just Listed in the Desirable Cane Bay Plantation of Summerville, SC

Cane Bay Plantation, located in Summerville, SC, continues to be a very popular neighborhood, especially for the employees of the brand new Volvo plant which is located in Berkeley County.  Whether moving to the area for Volvo, Boeing or the Military, you don't want to miss this home that just came on the market - no need to wait for new construction with this gorgeous, like new home which is situated on a premium, wooded lot, offering plenty of privacy for years to come. 

Features of this desirable Marion floor plan include a HUGE DOWNSTAIRS MASTER EN SUITE with deluxe closet organizer and upgraded bathroom.  The DREAM KITCHEN has all the bells & whistles that a cook will love, including wet bar with built in wine rack, granite, island, high end cabinets, double ovens, soft close drawers and so much more.   As you cook, guests can be entertained in the spacious, open family room with vaulted ceilings,  You will find gleaming hardwood floors throughout first floor.  And, a study with french doors, ideal for playroom or 5th bedroom and separate dining room with crown moldings are located off of the 2-story foyer. Upstairs features include loft which walks out to 2nd floor porch, three additional bedrooms, one of which is presently used as a game room with access to the 3rd full bathroom.

Outside offers your own private oasis with plenty of space to entertain and enjoy an awesome seating area and fire pit! Other features to round out this incredible home include hard wiring for generator, outside coax for TV, LED lights throughout - and, of course, wonderful amenities and an easy ride to schools, shopping and dining. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity!

415 Spectrum Road, Summerville, SC

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Posted in Homes for sale
Aug. 9, 2018

The Perfect Investment Property Just Over the Bridge from Downtown Charleston

If you are looking for location, location, location, than you don't want to miss this adorable furnished condo on James Island, SC!  Located in the very popular Peninsula subdivision, this 1BR/1B condo, which backs up to the marsh with views of Charleston Harbor, comes furnished which makes it ideal as a weekend getaway!  Its location also attracts investors or parents of college students as it is just minutes from MUSC, College of Charleston and the Citadel.  And, Folly Beach is a super easy jaunt down Folly Road.  And, don't forget the wonderful amenities!  Pool, Clubhouse with exercise room, tennis court and a neighborhood car care center where you can wash and vacuum your car!

For details on this awesome condo, go to:

Posted in Homes for sale
July 13, 2018

Why Moncks Corner is a Hot Real Estate Market Right Now

Moncks Corner, Berkeley County, and Charleston, South Carolina

Berkeley County, South Carolina is growing rapidly for plenty reasons, and not just because it’s a comfortable and all-American place to call home. In the last few years there has been a large amount of investment in the communities, especially around Moncks Corner and the Charleston area. This development is helping the communities thrive and create new jobs and opportunities for locals.


For example, the car company Volvo just finished building their first American-based vehicle manufacturing plant here - Fortune reported that Volvo created 2,000 new jobs in the area for the factory. In addition to this, the nearby Navy Weapons station and the military base, as well as other major factories and companies operating in the area, have helped to bolster this area.

New Construction and Real Estate

As mentioned previously, the car manufacturing giant Volvo constructed a huge plant in Berkeley county in 2018, giving a huge boost to manufacturing job availability for cities in the area.


In addition to this, new businesses and homes have been built more rapidly to accommodate the incoming population. Charleston saw a nearly two-percent increase in population in the last year, while Berkeley County as a whole saw about a three-percent increase in population - huge increases over previous years, and mostly attributable to the recent boost in the local economy.


Housing prices increased about $5,000 on average in the last year, with about 1,000 new houses being constructed in the last year in the county.

Local Economy

Income averages have increased as well alongside this increased demand for housing, and quite significantly. Last year, the average income for a person living in Berkeley County was $52,506. This year, it is about $54,484.


In Moncks Corner, the average income was $42,000, while in Summerville and Hanahan, these figures were at about $62,000 and $84,000 respectively.


The most popular jobs in the county are related to management, business and financial operations, administrative work and sales, and food service. This is about normal for any county, but some other slightly more specialized job markets have been steadily gaining traction and growing in the last few years too.


Architecture and engineering jobs have been steadily rising in recent years, from 2.3% to 2.7% of the total job share. Construction jobs and installation and maintenance jobs have risen too, gaining about .5% of the job share each in the last year.


Employment as a whole is booming. In the last year, about 1,500 jobs were added to the local economy, more than a 5% increase in employment, for a total of about 84,500 employees in the county.

Reasons to Love Berkeley County

Berkeley County, South Carolina is a surprisingly intriguing and interesting place to live. While you may at first think that you know what to expect from the average American city, there is a lot more to love here than you at first realize.


There is, for example, an active Roman Catholic Trappist monastery that has been operating since the late 1940’s in the grounds of a locally historic plantation. The monastery is open for tours of its grounds, which is also home to a county museum with artefacts dating back up to 12,000 years.


There are intricate and beautiful gardens spread throughout the county, such as Cypress Gardens. Here you can rent boats to take you around the gardens and swampy marshland of this natural area, witnessing indigenous and rare fauna as well as animals of the swamp - watch out for alligators! It is also home to a butterfly garden and a museum of swamp animals and swamp life, which is always rotating exhibits and attractions.


Aside from these two attractions (out of the many more out there), Berkeley County is a great place to set roots and create a place for yourself in the local community. With the local economy, wealth, and investment in the people of the county, it is sure to only continue to grow rapidly.

July 8, 2018

No Need to Wait for New Construction with this Move In Ready Home in Cane Bay Plantation

Looking to live in the highly desirable Cane Bay Plantation of Summerville, SC? Transferring to the area for the new Volvo facility?  No need to wait for new construction when this lovely 1-story, move-in ready home in the Old Rice Retreat section is ready to go!  

This wonderful open floor plan is perfect for entertaining family and friends!  Features include a formal dining room, spacious kitchen with upgraded cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, island, pantry and ample counter and cabinet space.  Enjoy hardwood floors throughout the main living area into the sunroom which has lovely pond views and leads out to a large patio.

The privately nestled master en suite has a large walk-in closet and bathroom with dual vanities, large soaking tub and separate shower.  The two additional bedrooms are situated separately from the master bedroom and has a full bath as well.

Cane Bay is a wonderful Master Planned Community with awesome amenities, 3 schools, shopping and dining within a golf cart ride distance.  And enjoy miles of walking trails, a community pool, playground and resort-style pool.  Schedule your showing today!

515 Stafford Springs Court, Summerville, SC

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Posted in Homes for sale
July 3, 2018

Super Sweet Waterfront Bungalow in West Ashley New to the Market

Now is your chance to own a piece of paradise, in the Charleston, SC area, at an affordable price!  This adorable waterfront 3BR/1B bungalow on a .35 oak tree draped lot just hit the MLS today!  Enjoy peaceful views from your covered patio of the Stono Creek which leads out to the Intracoastal Waterway!  No cell phones or laptops needed when you have the natural wildlife around you - enjoy coastal birds chirp, the sound of the marsh grass moving in the breeze and push off your kayak, jon boat or paddleboard at the boat landing at the edge of your property.  And, such a great location in the central part of West Ashley!  Seconds to the new Whole Foods, a new school, shopping and dining in Avondale, downtown Charleston, as well as a bike's ride to West Ashley's Greenway.

This home has a new kitchen with new cabinets, new granite counters and new appliances.  Enjoy brand new laminate flooring throughout the whole home as well as an updated bathroom and laundry room.

For details on this truly unique property, go to:

314 Lantana Drive, Charleston, SC

Posted in Homes for sale
June 28, 2018

Adorable Renovated North Charleston Townhome in Gated Community For Sale


If you are looking for low maintenance living, low HOA fees and the secure feel of a gated community with wonderful amenities, look no further!  This adorable, renovated 2-story duplex, located in North Charleston, SC, just hit the market.

On a quiet corner lot with secluded backyard and natural wooded buffer, you will enjoy the peace and quiet of this gated community.  Enjoy the beautiful pool, tennis courts, club house, play parks and endless walking/jogging trails.

You can't beat the location either!  Minutes to Boeing, Joint Base Charleston, Bosch, Charleston International Airport, as well as a multitude of shopping, restaurants and medical facilities, your drive will be painless!

For more information, go to:

7891 Wilderness Trail, Unit A, North Charleston, SC

Posted in Homes for sale
Jan. 20, 2018

New School Opening on Wadmalaw Island

Great news for families on Wadmalaw Island, SC!  The Charleston County School Board voted to transition the Edith L. Frierson Elementary School to a Montessori School, opening in August 2018.  Wadmalaw families with children ages 3, 4 and 5, will be given first priority and second priority will be given to the remaining students of Johns Island, Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island.

While the 2018-2019 school year will be for 3-year old, 4-year olds and kindergarteners, an additional grade level will be added each year, going forward.

For registration information, stop by Frierson Elementary School.  Contact Dr. Davis-Cummings for additional information at 843-559-4500.

Jan. 17, 2018

Spectacular Waterfront Home Just Listed in Moncks Corner

You don't want to miss this wonderful waterfront home which just came on the market in the Moss Grove Plantation neighborhood in Moncks Corner, SC.  This spacious 3755 sq ft floorplan is no longer being built and the homeowners put in almost $40,000 in upgrades so no need to wait for new construction when you can have this beautiful home NOW!  

Upon entry of the home, you are greeted by beautiful hardwood floors throughout with a formal dining room on one side and an office with french doors on the other, both with custom moldings.  Transitioning into the living area, you will find an amazing gourmet kitchen, complete with massive island, granite counters, plenty of counter and storage space, large pantry and upgraded stainless steel appliances - a cook's dream kitchen and a perfect area for entertaining your family and friends!

The large rec room in the rear of the home in the rear of the home is perfect for your in-home gym, playroom or craftroom.  And you have a fantastic sunroom as well as informal dining area, both looking out to a beautiful lake!

Upstairs you will find the huge Owner's Suite which has a sitting area, perfect for newborn nursery or relaxing retreat, as well as a Spa-like bathroom with dual vanities, huge walk-in closet, shower and garden tub.  There are also three additional bedrooms with two bathrooms, as well as a HUGE Bonus Room over the garage to complete the second floor.

Owner-added upgrades include irrigation system, rec room with separate hvac zone, sunroom, french doors to office, custom moldings, gourmet kitchen, 5" gutters, window blinds, additional outlets in master bath, 7 tv wall outlets, additional attic insulation, ceiling fans in all rooms, enlarged patio slab, stair railings - over $38K in upgrades! Appraisal in hand!

1180 Moss Grove Drive, Moncks Corner, SC

Posted in Homes for sale
Nov. 9, 2017

Living on Wadmalaw Island, SC - SC's Hidden Gem by the Sea


With a population of just 3,000, Wadmalaw Island, SC is one of Charleston's best kept secrets. It's one of three islands that surround John's Island, along with Seabrook and Kiawah.

Wadmalaw Island Features

The island is 10 miles long and 5 miles wide. Population density is low, which means plenty of privacy for your ocean oasis.

Wadmalaw Island has traditionally been an agricultural island. Covered with vineyards, hundred-year-old oak trees and lots of dirt roads, the charm of the island will steal anyone’s heart. There are also special estate homes located on the water (mostly hidden from roads).

Natural Beauty

There are many large old plantations on the island. Many of them have conservation easements, which means that their natural beauty will go unspoiled for generations to come.

You'll see some gorgeous water views across the Bohicket, North Edisto and Stono rivers.


On Wadmalaw Island, SC there's an abundance of both animal and insect life.

Animal life includes:

·       several species of birds

·       deer

·       fox

·       bobcats

·       white squirrels

·       turkey flocks

At nightime, fireflies and crickets will liven up the night while you listen to the region's most popular music in your private oasis.

Things To Do On Wadmalaw Island, SC

With all of the wildlife on Wadmalaw Island, it makes sense that outdoor activities are especially popular. Hunters, fishers, and crabbers will feel right at home here.

People who love boating will also love Wadmalaw Island for its proximity to ocean harbors. The intra-coastal waterway, as well as numerous rivers and tidal creeks, surround the island. There are plenty of waterways to explore via canoe or kayak. This way you can see the coastal landscape up close.

So besides hunting and boating, what are some other things to do on Wadmalaw Island, SC? The list is endless, but we suggest you start by visiting the famous landmarks on the island.

Charleston Tea Plantation

This is the only working tea plantation in the entire US. It’s very large, stretching across 127 acres and it produces both black and green teas. It also grows 320 varieties of Camellia Sinesnsis tea plants. While touring the factory there you can also learn about:

·       tea harvesting

·       processing

·       packaging

The factory is open 7 days a week with the exception of some holidays. It offers free tours, as well as a trolley across the grounds for a small fee.

Firefly Distillery

This is South Carolina's largest distillery and is a must-see for all South Carolina residents. Firefly Distillery takes credit for being the creators of the original sweet tea vodka. The close proximity to the tea plantation next door, allows them to create multiple different types of vodkas, the include delectable flavors like: mint

·       raspberry

·       lemon

·       peach

They also produce sweet tea bourbon using the following ingredients:

·       sugar cane from Louisiana

·       4 year old tea from Kentucky

·       tea from South Carolina

If the above reasons aren’t enough, the Firefly Distillery is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon for the regional indie music that’s often heard across the property. The grounds are home to a one of a kind outdoor recording venue. And yes, accommodations are available.

They also have a tasting room that's open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, with an invitation to listen to storytelling too.

Deep Water Vineyard

Deep Water Vineyard is the only domestic winery in Charleston. Formerly known as Irvin House Vineyards, the property sold to the Freiwald family in 2016. This said, the company continues all the original attractions. Spread over 48 acres, the grapes are grown and harvested right on the property and if that’s not enough, the wine is also made and bottled there. The wines are hand made from the Southern Muscadine grape.

The Deep Water Vineyard has managed to create 5 different varieties of wine and their tasting room gives you access to all the varieties as well as a free glass to take home.

There's also a free winery tour every Saturday afternoon. During the warmer months, they host "Weekend Wine Downs" that have live music and food for the entire family.

Ambrose Family Farm

This farm is open to the public for a you-pick experience from around April to June. The order of crops arriving throughout the season, from first to last, is usually:

1.     strawberries

2.     blackberries

3.     tomatoes

4.     blueberries

The on site Stono Market sells Ambrose Farm's grown vegetables throughout the year.

Family Life On Wadmalaw Island, SC

If you're thinking about raising a family on Wadmalaw Island, you'll be making an excellent choice. The island is beautiful and safe.

However, nowhere is perfect in every aspect for raising a family, and the same applies to Wadmalaw Island, SC.

When it comes to schooling choice for kids, there are many options near Wadmalaw Island including a few to send your children to private schools. The Charleston County School District serves the area and is rating highly among other districts in South Carolina. With top colleges nearby, like Clemson University, College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina, the opportunities for growth are huge.

There are many families on the island, which makes activities for the whole family very accessible. The variety of things to do will allow parents to have a night out, or the whole family to spend a weekend together.

Once you've had your fill of wine, tea, nature and secluded serenity, you might want to head to the lively city on the weekend. Luckily, Charleston is not too far away and getting there usually only takes about 20 minutes. The quick drive allows residents of Wadmalaw Island easy access to the city’s great eats, entertainment and shopping. Make a day trip out of the drive and venture deeper into the city. The Downtown Charleston area is known for its historic charm. Often known as “The Peninsula,” this downtown hot spot appeals to everyone. The list of activities and restaurants is endless and you’re sure to find a hidden gem around every corner.