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.



Sept. 21, 2017

Just Because the Leaves are Changing Color Does Not Mean You Should Not List Your Home For Sale

Fall is now officially here and you are probably thinking that you have lost the opportunity to get your home sold and will have to wait until next spring.  Not in Charleston's market!  Although our fall market does not bring the swarms of buyers we see after the winter holidays, the fall season brings out the most serious buyers.  Why?  Because as people continue to relocate to the Charleston area for Boeing, Volvo, MUSC, etc, many of these people will have employment contracts that start at the first of the year.  So, they want to make sure they have a home secure for their families.  And selling during a slower season does NOT equate to less money.  That is a misconception that many home buyers have based on untrue data that floats around the internet.  With the right agent, and your home being priced appropriately for its present market, you can get the optimal sales price even during the fall season.  The top three benefits for listing your home in the fall are as follows:

1.  Serious Buyers   Although the spring market brings in a large crowd of buyers, that crowd contains a lot of buyers that are excited about the season and fall into the "trend" of house hunting.  These people tend to end up not being really serious about purchasing a home and hold off until another time.  If people are investing time to look during the fall season, they are more likely to be interested in actually buying your home instead of touring it.

2.  Less Competition  Selling in the fall is not something that many families can accomplish due to personal schedules.  That is why a significant amount of homes get listed during the spring season which means a lot of competition.  Selling in the fall means the potential house next door that has slightly more upgrades that may have been listed during the summer, does not make your home sit stagnant since everyone wanted your neighbor's home.  It also does not devalue your home because of the house that could go up next door that could be under-priced for the neighborhood and draw all of the attention.  With a slower season, you get dedicated attention attention to your property which increases the chance of a sale.

3.  Easier to Find Your Dream Home   Not only do you get to benefit from less competition but you will have a much more calm pace through the process which will make it less stressful and everyone will be all around more happier.  If you already have not done so, set up an alert for your desired area and as new homes come on the market, you will get a daily email alert with all of the latest listing info.


Sept. 8, 2017

This Gorgeous Lowcountry Home Just Hit the Market in Wadmalaw Island

Looking to escape the city life yet have an easy drive to downtown historic Charleston, SC?  Check out this beautiful country home, situated on 1 acre, on the peaceful and serene island of Wadmalaw Island, SC.

Nestled among live oaks, fruit trees & always flowering shrubs, this classic southern-style home offers all of the modern conveniences while be able to live in a quet country setting.  Features include a lovely sppacious & breezy wrap-around porch, perfect for sipping sweet tea on a hot afternoon or entertaining friends after an event at the Charleston Tea Plantation, located right down the street.  As you walk inside, you will see soaring 10 foot ceilings throughout, along with beautiful, gleaming white custom moldings and wood floors throughout.  The open concept living area has lots of natural light and offers a fireplace for those chilly nights and a separate dining area.  While guests are hanging out, you can cook and chat at the same time in your new kitchen which includes granite counters, newer stainless steel appliances and plenty of cabinet space.  The downstairs is finished off with a master en suite with two walk-in closets, dual vanities, garden tub with separate shower as well as two additional bedrooms and guest bath.  Upstairs, you will enjoy plenty of space with a large loft and two more bedrooms and guest bath!

Enjoy get-togethers on your lrg grilling deck and open back yard which also has irrigation for having extensive vegetable gardens or additional fruit trees if you would like. Home includes state-of-the-art $3000 water purification system with UV lighting. Easy drive to downtown Charleston (quicker than some parts of James Island!) and the Cherry Point public boat ramp is just a few miles away. Is in a X flood zone! Here is your chance to live in the country with all of the modern conveniences! APPRAISAL IN HAND!


Contact me for more information!

Posted in Homes for sale
Sept. 6, 2017

Preparing for Hurricane Irma Here in the Charleston Area

While it is still too early to tell, the Governor of South Carolina has declared a State of Emergency.  To help prepare yourself, especially if you have never experienced a hurricane before in the Lowcountry, here are some very helpful tips.


Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.

Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water and the lids so the ice expands but doesn't crack the container.

Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer.

Fill up all vehicles and check tires and oil. Fill up any gas containers you may have.

Cash from ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town. Call your bank if you plan on leaving the state so they don't freeze your card for out-of-area "suspicious" transactions.

Be sure to check your homeowners and flood insurance policies.  Screenshot contact information and send to your email. Take originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.

Pet food and supplies. Vet records in case you need to shelter then at a storm-safe facility.

Evacuation plans and share with family members so they know where you're headed.

Consider putting heirlooms and photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don't plan on taking them with you.

Secure all firearms and ammunition properly.

Old rags and beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!

Shutter windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house NOW. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and relax than wait until its too late, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY PERSONNEL (hospital employee or first responder).

If you don't already have your hurricane supplies, you might want to get them now. Shelves are already empty in most places.

Stock up a three-day supply of dry goods, bottles of water, baby formula/food.

If taking prescription medicine, be sure to have a two week supply 

If you have a grill, stock up on propane.

Fill your tubs with water to flush your toilets with.

Lower your pool water to prevent flooding from that.  

Park any extra vehicles in your garage or in a municipal garage if possible.  Do not park near storm drains, under trees or any low-lying areas.

 Most importantly, be safe y'all!

Posted in Events
July 25, 2017

Escape the City Life and Build Your Dream Home on Almost 2 Acres

Land in the outskirts of the Charleston area is becoming more and more in demand as Charleston's population grows and no more space to build in James Island, Mt Pleasant or even West Ashley.  Here is your chance to own 1.9 acres in the gated community of The Refuge of Ravenel.  


A lovely neighborhood with winding paved roads surrounded by beautiful, mature trees, you can build your dream home in this w

ooded lot which is located in the back of The Refuge, on a cul-de-sac so all  you hear are the birds chirping and watch deer and turkey enjoy the natural surrounds.  And, you are just a few steps away from the community park which has picnic tables and even a BBQ pit!  Your lot is also boarded on the back by hundreds of acres of woodland.  It is an easy drive into West Ashley as well as Kiawah Island's Beachcomber Park, Folly and Edisto Beaches!  And, shopping and restaurants are minutes away.  And, of course, downtown historic Charleston is a quick drive down rt 17 so enjoy the country life with city life conveniences a simple drive away!

For more information, go to:

Posted in Homes for sale
May 4, 2017

Adorable Home in Summerville Wescott Plantation Just Listed

If you are looking to be within one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Summerville, within the Dorchester #2 School District, the most adorable home has just come on the market!  This move-in ready 1-story home has been well cared for and even has a brand new HVAC system.  

The owners have loved that this home is surrounded by wonderful amenities and close to restaurants, shopping and other area businesses.  And, it would be an easy drive for anyone that works at Boeing, Bosch or the Joint Base Charleston.

Features of this home include high quality laminate flooring throughout the whole home, an open concept floor plan offering privacy between the master bedroom en suite and the two other bedrooms and guest bathroom, located on the other side of the home.  Your new kitchen has a cute breakfast area as well as plenty of counter and cabinet space.  The vaulted ceilings help illuminate the natural light brought in by the bank of windows on the back of the home.  And, you have lots of privacy in your fenced in back yard, perfect for children and pets, which also has a stone paver patio!  Enjoy all of the wonderful amenities that Wescott Plantation has to offer including a Recreation Center with gym, pool, boat storage, playground, walking/jogging trails, golf course and much more!  Don't miss this one!

For more information, go to:


Posted in Homes for sale
March 28, 2017

New Listing in the Highly Desirable Dunes West Community of Mt Pleasant SC

When people think of Mt Pleasant, SC one of the first communities that pops into their minds is Dunes West.  This upscale community offers lush landscape, surrounded by beautiful homes, award winning golf course and the Wando River where boating enthusiasts will be found on a beautiful day.  Shopping, restaurants, medical facilities are just minutes away and local beaches as well as historic downtown Charleston is an easy drive!

Sound enticing?  Well, check out this JUST LISTED home in the Palmetto Hall section of Dunes West.  This 1-story 3BR/2B home is ready for you to move in!  Gleaming hardwood floors, granite counters open floor plan, lots of updates including new shingles, water heater, new carpeting in the guest bedrooms and gutters make this home one that you will not want to miss!


To find out more about this home, go to:

Posted in Homes for sale
Jan. 18, 2017

Charleston Hosts its First Wedding Weeek

 Did you know Historic Charleston, SC is host to approximately 100 weddings per week?!  Makes sense with the picturesque scenery, the southern charm which oozes old fashioned romance and the incredible food, right?

Thanks to Charleston Weddings magazine and its numerous sponsors, from January 23rd to the 28th, brides-to-be from all over the Lowcountry will have a chance to meet with the area's top caterers, photographers, planners, bridal boutiques and florists so that they can plan their dream wedding.  There will be workshops, fashion shows, pop up dinners and other exciting experiences.

For more ticket and schedule information, go to:  Charleston Wedding Week

Posted in Events
Dec. 30, 2016

Hard to Find Short Term Rental on James Island Now Available

The demand for rentals in the Charleston, SC area is very strong and demand for short term rentals is just as strong as people continue to relocate to the Lowcountry and need short term housing as they look for a permanent home to purchase.  That said, a beautiful newer James Island home, located in a great neighborhood which is minutes to Folly Beach and downtown Charleston, is now available as a furnished short term rental, starting January 15th, 2017.  

This 3BR/2.5B home has an inviting southern-style full front porch where you can enjoy views of the courtyard as well as the neighborhood pond.  Other features include a master suite on the first floor, hardwood floors, fireplace, spacious and nicely upgraded kitchen and 2 additional bedrooms and guest bath on the second floor.

For more information or to schedule a showing, go to:  1125 Sabrina Circle

Posted in Homes for sale
Dec. 30, 2016

New Years Eve Happenings around the Charleston area

Still no plans for New Years Eve?  Here are some highlights for events planned around the Charleston area!

Marion Square, Downtown Charleston

Enjoy family friendly events in the square including karaoke, a crazy hat station, photo booth and bounce castle.  Dance groups will perform and once the sun goes down, there will be musical entertainment.  Entertainment will continue throughout the night.

Folly Beach

Folly Beach's annual Flip-Flop Drop tradition continues!  Local restaurants and bars will be open, offering many family friendly events and music will be provided by DJ Furman Dominick.

Photo credit:  Prentiss Findlay

For a complete list of events, check out the Charleston City Paper:

Posted in Events
Dec. 12, 2016

Pristine Country Home with Salt Water Pool and HUGE FROG!!

If you are looking for some lowcountry serenity, with the luxuries of newer construction, do not miss out on this wonderful 4BR/3B home at 7377 Commodore Road in Meggett, SC.  

This impeccable home is situated on a beautiful .6 acre lot overlooking horse pastures! The open floor plan offers a cathedral ceiling, gleaming hardwood floors throughout, gas fireplace to enjoy during those cooler Carolina nights, spacious kitchen with granite counters and tile backsplash.  The first floor Master Ensuite with walk-in closet boasts a newly remodeled, oversized tiled shower along with jetted tub.  The first floor finishes off with two additional bedrooms and guest bathroom.

Guests or teens will love the loft  and adjoining bedroom with its own full bath!  There is abundant storage throughout the home so you won't have to worry about Christmas decorations or beach/pool toys.  Hurricane shutters not only bring warmth to the home but protection as well.  

Enjoy your morning coffee on the screened porch overlooking the wonderful salt water in-ground pool and pastures.  And, enjoy the covered protection from that summer rain shower as you move from the house, through the porch to the garage or studio.  The finished HUGE BONUS ROOM with washroom, over the 3-car garage, is a DREAM!! Heated, A/C & insulated, it's perfect for a home office, guest room, play or media room or, as presently used, artist studio.

Perfectly situated between Edisto Beach and downtown Charleston, you have the country living feel with close proximity to all that the Charleston, SC area has to offer!  And, public boat ramp is only 3 minutes away so easy access to the waterways if you are a boater!  No HOA and no flood insurance required!  

Interested?  Give me a call!

Video for 7277 Commodore Road

Posted in Homes for sale