2015 Charleston Real Estate Market Re-Cap

The 2015 Real Estate Market was strong, and I am appreciative to have been part of it!  Thanks to my clients, I was able to achieve the 2015 Realtor Of Distinction Award, and could not be more proud!  I sincerely thank you for your support and here’s to continued success in 2016, which is off to a great start!

Now back to biz… I wanted to take a moment to provide you with a brief recap of 2015 for the greater Charleston market.  If you are curious about a specific area let me know and I will send you a re-cap, and thanks again for your support!  I love what I do!

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Yates Writing Consulting


Meet Doug Yates of Yates Writing Consulting, which is a premier writing and editing service with three distinct service lines. It offers admission essay coaching for EMBA candidates. It provides full-service writing and editing support, including communication services for executives and business leaders. Finally, it offers pre-packaged and custom seminars on business writing and English grammar-related topics.

 Doug Yates has over ten years’ experience as a classroom teacher in addition to his work as a professional editor. He is based in Old Mount Pleasant. Check out his site at yateswritingconsulting.com.   Be sure to contact Doug if he can help you!  He is fantastic at what he does!





Santa Comes To The Old Village TODAY!

Wednesday, Dec. 16 in the Old Village @ G.M. Darby Building
12:30PM – 2:00 PM

Come enjoy Christmas music, games, crafts, jump castle, refreshments, and a visit with Santa. Bring your camera for a photo.  Ho!  Ho!  Ho!

Ages 6 and under. Free event, Sponsored by the Town Of Mount Pleasant Recreation Department.  Click here to RSVP8284230-Laughing-Santa-Claus--Stock-Photo-cartoon[1]

The Scoop On This Sunday’s MT P Christmas Parade

Martine Wolfe-Miller, Communications Officer for the Town Of Mount Pleasant’s Christmas Parade has provided some excellent details for this Sunday’s Parade!  See you there!  For more info, click here.  

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (Dec. 8, 2015) – Thousands of residents and visitors will gather along Coleman Boulevard on Sunday, Dec. 13 to enjoy more than 100 floats and several marching bands in the 20th Annual Town of Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade.

The fun begins with a spectacular tree lighting and fireworks display at Moultrie Middle School at 5:30 p.m., immediately followed by the parade that starts at Pelzer Drive and ends at Camellia Drive just before Chuck Dawley Blvd.

“Our community does an amazing job of getting everyone in the spirit with incredibly designed and beautifully lit floats,” said Special Events Planner Nicole Harvey. “We are thrilled to welcome back the Wells Fargo Stagecoach along with many other local favorites.”

This year’s Grand Marshal is former Town Council member and Mayor Pro-Tem Thomasena Stokes-Marshall. Judging the floats will be Ann Magwood, Cara Fowler and Mary Huffman, three women who are pillars in our community.

Extensive security planning has been done and safety measures both seen and unseen will be in place throughout the event. Mount Pleasant Police ask participants to be aware of their surroundings and report anything that seems suspicious to one of the many uniformed officers present: “If you see something, say something!”

Spectators can utilize the Mount Pleasant Police Department’s smart phone app to send pictures or video of any suspicious persons or behavior during the parade. “Within the application users can click on Parade Report and send us any pictures or video of something that seems out of place,” says Inspector Chip Googe. “We still want you to call 911 so that we can have officers on the way but this will give us a little more information on what we are responding to.”

The Christmas Light Parade is a Lowcountry favorite for people of all ages and can be best enjoyed by following these easy tips:

When does the parade start/end?

The Christmas Light Parade starts immediately following the tree lighting at approximately 5:35 p.m. The parade typically ends no later than 8:00 p.m., depending on where you sit on the route.

Will there be road closures and how do I get where I need to go?

Plan to arrive early and enjoy the time with your community. In order for floats to line up, northbound lanes from Patriots Point Boulevard to Pelzer Drive and southbound lanes from Pelzer Drive to Houston Northcutt close at 4:00 p.m. All lanes from Pelzer Drive to Sea Island Shopping Center close at 5:00 p.m. The Old Village will be accessible from McCants Drive via Rifle Range Road. Russell Drive will be accessible from Chuck Dawley Boulevard.

When will Coleman Boulevard re-open?

No cars are allowed on closed roadways until all pedestrian traffic is clear. In addition to Coleman Boulevard, this affects Chuck Dawley Blvd. and Ben Sawyer between Rifle Range and Sea Island Shopping Center. Police and Public Services work hard to open the road as efficiently as possible with public safety being the primary concern. All roads are typically re-opened around 8 p.m. Vehicles will be directed to turn south as the gradual re-opening occurs to prevent traffic backup behind the end of the parade as it travels north until all floats have finished unloading at Sea Island Shopping Center.

Where is the best place to view the parade?

People line the sides of Coleman Blvd. and there are many great viewing areas from start to finish. There will be sidewalk seating along the parade route and there are a few bleachers set up in front of the Farmers Market Pavilion.

How about food? Can I tailgate along the parade route?

Yes. Tailgating at the Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade is a long-standing tradition! We encourage you to come early, settle in and enjoy the festivities with a cup of hot cocoa, apple cider, or other warm beverage. Keep in mind that there are many restaurants located on Coleman Blvd. Alcohol will be available for sale inside restaurants and bars, but not on the street.

Where should children go if they get separated from their group?

Families and parade participants should have a safety plan in place. Instruct children to find a Town official, Firefighter or Police Officer on duty. Please go to the stage by the Farmers Market Pavilion in front of Moultrie Middle School or to the Lost Child Tent at Regions Bank on the corner of Chuck Dawley and Coleman Blvd. (Sea Island Shopping Center) for help.

Can I fly my drone at the event?

In the interest of public safety, Coleman Blvd. including the entire lineup area and parade route are deemed a No Drone Zone during the event.

Is the parade rain or shine?

Yes, the parade will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather that would jeopardize safety. In case of hazardous weather on parade day, the public should visit the Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting Facebook page, the Mount Pleasant Police Twitter feed, or tune to Y102.5 FM for information. If the Parade is cancelled, it is not rescheduled. No announcement means the show will go on!

Will there be public restrooms?

Lit port-o-lets will be available in the lineup area between Metto Coffee and Provincial Circle and in the parade viewing area at the East Cooper School District Office near Moultrie Middle School. Public restrooms are available at Shem Creek Park.


My Favorite Renovation EVER!

I am loving this little church turned into the COOLEST HOME EVER!

My dear friend (and fellow Real Estate Agent) Hugh Molten took a chance on this (1600 sq foot) church (built in 1964) and transformed it into an awesome living space.  He ran into so many obstacles, but stayed the course and ended up with something totally special!    So proud of Hugh… for the vision, the perseverance… and the dedication!   Click here for a complete set of pictures and details of his journey!  Truly awesome!

Garden & Gun Jubilee 2015- December 4-6


What is this you ask?  This 3 day festival Jubilee is held at historic Charlestowne Landing and is Garden & Gun’s Made In The South Weekend.   This celebration will feature a mixture of sporting, shopping, food, music, and art.  How fun!

The best of Garden & Gun…all in one place over the course of one weekend.  You can purchase tickets for as many or as few events as you would like. It is sure to be a fun-filled event!

For more information and/or to purchase tickets, check out their website:

Garden & Gun Jubilee 2015

26th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights- A Magical Treat!


My family and I love to go to James Island for the Holiday Festival of Lights. Such a special and charming event- great for believers of all ages!  This ride through the Festival of Lights is bound to get you lost in the holiday spirit. It is truly magical.

To say that James Island County Park is transformed into a winter wonderland is an understatement. The park opens up nightly at 5:30pm starting November 13 and runs through January 3. You can ride through and enjoy the lights from the comfort of your car, but there is so much more being offered at the JICP Festival of Lights:

  • Photos with Santa
  • Carousel Rides
  • Climbing Wall
  • Visit Santa’s Attic & The Incredible Gift Shoppe
  • Santa’s Sweet Shoppe for delicious sweets and treats
  • Take a ride on the Festival Express for an up close look at the lights!

For more information, check out their website.   Holiday Festival of Lights