Thank You!

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I LOVE being part of this community and have met so many great folks along my journey of selling homes!  Not only am I thrilled to have been awarded the Realtor Of Distinction Award for 2014, it looks like I am on track for another successful year in 2015.  I sincerely could not have had so many successes with out your support and referrals!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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Paddle Boarding? Surfing? Skate Boarding? Check out Odyssey Board Shop!

There is nothing cooler than Odyssey Board Shop!  Located at 217 Lucas Street (behind Shelter Kitchen & Bar).  Founded under the idea of an old-school surf shop, Odyssey is a full service store whether you surf, skate, or stand-up-paddle.  They offer a wide range of gear and clothing.  If you want to give stand-up-paddle boarding a try, rentals are now available for $35 per day.  Call ahead and Odyssey can have your board, paddle and PFD ready for you to launch from Shem Creek.

www.OdysseyBoardShop.com for info.

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500 Royal Ave, The Old Village! Available for $1,399,000

*Old Village charm, casual elegance and low country indoor-outdoor  *Renovated 4 bed, 3.5 bath coastal cottage-style home  *Park-like, double lot (sub-dividable) with large saltwater pool, majestic oaks, and lush, mature landscaping  **Wide, wrap-around front and back porches  *Chef-designed gourmet kitchen with electric induction cooktop granite counters, custom cabinets and high-performance appliances  *Living room, dining area, family room, sunny private office/playroom, spacious mud/laundry room, and a private guest suite that could be a first floor master  *2nd floor master has double closets, master bath has a large, spa shower and double marble-topped custom vanity  *Patio doors off the dining lead to a supersized screened porch overlooking the private back yard, entertaining terrace and pool  *Extra-large yard (with two tax-map numbers: 532-05-00-216, 532-05-00-07) features gorgeous landscaping and walkways and terraces in a combination of slate, brick and stamped concrete and a large outbuilding/workshop.  Don’t miss your opportunity to find your special Old Village Lifestyle home!  Click here to learn more about this home and to see all homes for sale in the Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant, visit www.SearchOldVillage.com

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Ladies Luncheon at Tavern & Table on Shem Creek!

I recently attended a Ladies Luncheon at Tavern & Table on Shem Creek and we had so much fun, that I was inspired to share our favorite menu items!

MUST HAVE APPS!                     

FIRE ROASTED OYSTERS: In a word? Obsessed! A burst of robust flavor comes from a unique combination of sesame seeds, spinach and ginger aioli, making this our number 1 pick of must try items!

LOBSTER & CREAM CHEESE WONTONS:   A generous amount of lobster and cream cheese wrapped in a light, crisp wonton that are “melt-in-your mouth” delicious. Accented with red pepper jelly, yum!

SHRIMP BEIGNETS: Served with remoulade. They are crispy, flavorful and delicious! Perfect for sharing.

EXPERIENCE THE DAILY!  

DAILY TOAST: We sampled many drinks, and our favorites were the STRAWBERRY BLONDE (Prosecco, Vodka, Elderflower and in-house strawberry puree) and the GRAPEFRUIT ROSEMARY COLLINS. And did you know they make their own MOONSHINE? Try their Daily Toast for a totally refreshing seasonal cocktail option!

DAILY BREAD: We enjoyed the CARMALIZED ONION & POTATO FLATBREAD WITH TRUFFLE CREAM, and although this was a daily special, T&T’s BRICK OVEN FLATBREADS come in variety of delicious combinations and can be enjoyed by all ages. I’ll definitely will be sampling another one on my next visit.

DAILY GRIND: It’s different every day, from lamb burgers to meatball marinara. Their in-house grind is a mix of certified Angus chuck, brisket and short rib!

 SHOW STOPPERS!      

 “BURNT END” MAC & CHEESE: We agreed that this was tied for number 1! Here is how we summed up this unique take on a common dish: White Cheddar + Smoked Gouda + Fontina + BBQ Brisket + Fat Macaroni = HEAVEN!                                                                                                                                             SHRIMP & GRITS: Between the 7 of us we have 200+ years of Shrimp & Grits experience, and we were all in agreement: this dish rocks! Creamy grits perfectly paired with chorizo sausage and shrimp. Delightful!                                                                                                                                                                 HOUSEMADE CHARCUTERIE: A variety of meats/pate and hard/soft cheeses- paired perfectly and cured in-house. We enjoyed the Spanish Cheese, Soppressata, and pickled green strawberries.

WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT DESSERT?    

 SALTED CARAMEL PANNA COTTA is a sweet and salty dream!

Be sure to give T&T a try and tell them Jackie sent you! As for me, I can’t wait for my next visit….We would like thank our waiter Scott Eckstein, who was experienced, efficient and entertaining! Also, thanks to Manager Jeff Condon, Exec. Chef Katie Lorenzen-Smith and Owner, Dianne Crowley. Y’all have truly created something special in our own backyard!

Be sure to check them out at TavernAndTable.com

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Tracking Home Prices in The Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant Over the Past 14 Years

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I always say it makes sense to watch real estate trends over a long period of time. And since I’ve tracked the “Average Sales Price” in the OV/Old Mt. P over the past 14 years, I will share these stats in hopes you find it informative.

Sales prices were solid in 2014, with an average of $455,000. 2014 was comparable to 2010 prices and looks especially good when compared to 14 years ago, when prices averaged $370,000. That said, we have seen a dip compared to the highs of 2006 –2008, when priced hovered in the $580,000 range.

Over all, inventory is low (especially in the lower price points) and there is a pool of buyers ready to pounce on the right find. Interest rates are still low, flood insurance issues have been resolved and school zones have been locked down. All signs indicate a healthy real estate market for 2015.  To see all homes for sale in the OV/ Old Mt. P, visit SearchOldVillage.com

If you have interest in buying or selling, or if you would like an evaluation of market comps, let me know.

Meet Biz Foxworth of Brown Fox Coffee!

You’ve probably seen our latest distinctive coffee shop parked on Simmons St. across from the Farmer’s Market / Moultrie Middle. It’s quite attractive considering it’s a trailer! Providing quick, convenient walk-up service, the Brown Fox serves a wide variety of coffee and non-coffee drinks as well as some grab and go snacks.  Among their locally-roasted, single-origin coffees, they offer a killer latte, delicious cold brews, steamed hot chocolate, Chai tea lattes and much more. Also, as it warms up, they plan to add frozen hot chocolate, Frappes and fruit smoothies to the menu. Open 7am – 4pm Mon-Fri but if you don’t see them on Saturday, they are trucking it to an event. Go by and meet Biz, and be sure to order the “Mexican Fox Mocha,” it’s delicious!

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