A Sight to See on the FOURTH!

Wondering where to watch the fireworks on the 4th? We’ve got you covered!

Mt. Pleasant:

What:  Uncle Sam Jam 

Where: Mt. Pleasant Pier

When:  7pm-11pm 

Enjoy live music from Ellen Drive! Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the gate, children 3 and under are free. Only 800 tickets will be sold so best to purchase in advance. No outside alcohol, coolers, food, or pets allowed. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, click here.

 

Sullivan’s Island:

Annual Independence Day Celebration in the Park on Sullivan’s Island
When:
4:30pm Celebration Begins with a Live Band
9pm Fireworks Finale
Where:
J. Marshall Stith Park (2056 Middle Street. Next to Town Hall and the Fire Station)
Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, sunscreen and bug spray.
Leave your pets, alcohol, coolers, and fireworks at home please.
Isle of Palms:
Head on over to front beach on the Isle of Palms (1300 Ocean Blvd)!
The fireworks starts at 8pm and end at 9pm.
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY FOURTH!

 

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Shem Creek Inn – Check It Out!

Shem Creek Inn

Living in the Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant neighborhood poses one big challenge… where do my friends and family stay when visiting?  I recently had family visit, and we booked a room at the Shem Creek Inn. It was FABULOUS!  Completely renovated and only a bike ride away from home, they were thrilled with the accommodations!

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Lucky for you, Shem Creek Inn is offering a fun package deal right now ….

Pool, Beer, and Gear Package! What’s not to love about this?

With this deal, you receive a $30 credit for Shem Creek Inn merchandise and a $25 gift card to Water’s Edge restaurant which is located right next door! Not to mention the waterfront pool at the Inn and the fact it is within walking distance to many dining and nightlife spots and water activities. Shem Creek Inn really is a hidden gem!

For more information, check out their website:   Shem Creek Inn

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2300 Beckenham Drive- Park West- Deep Water Dock

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DEEP WATER DOCK WITH 9 FEET AT LOW TIDE! Need I say more?!

Located in lovely Park West, you will love this custom Lowcountry home with dock on the Wando River, located on a private cul-de-sac in Masonborough. The panoramic water views along with Charleston charm make this home a one of a kind find! The home has a great layout for everyday living and entertaining with a formal dining room, living room, great room and an eat-in chef’s kitchen on the main floor. The master bedroom suite is also located on the main floor, with four large bedrooms and a flex space on the next level. High-quality craftsmanship abounds with luxurious features including Travertine and hardwood floors, multiple fireplaces, coffered ceilings, wainscoting, built-in cabinets, granite counters and so much more. The home also boasts many outdoorliving spaces including a covered front porch, deck, private backyard and a rooftop sundeck with panoramic views of the water.

Additional features of this stunning home include:

*Dual staircase leading to a grand front porch with columns, Travertine stone flooring, stunning mahogany French doors flanked with floor-to-ceiling shutters, tongue and groove ceiling and gas lanterns.

*2-story foyer with Travertine flooring, direct view of the water and sweeping staircase to 2nd floor *Travertine stone and Caribbean Walnut Hardwood flooring throughout main and upper level. Hand scraped hardwood and Travertine in lower level.

*Formal dining room with gas fireplace, wainscoting, coffered ceiling and French doors leading to front porch

*Formal living room/ library, currently being used as a billiards room, with wood-lined walls, built in cabinetry, coffered ceiling and 2nd gas fireplace

*Fully equipped Chef’s kitchen with commercial grade appliances – AGA stove and oven with pot filler, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and Dacor oven, warming drawer, microwave and wine cooler

*Amazing, over-sized back porch overlooking a very private back yard with water views, featuring Travertine floor, tongue and groove ceiling, with fans and gas lanterns

*First floor master bedroom with double doors leading to back porch *Spacious master bathroom with double sinks, walk-in, rain head shower, jacuzzi tub, double walk-in closets and stacked washer/ dryer

*Second floor with open loft/ flex space and four large bedrooms (two are en-suite and two share a Jack-n-Jill bath)

*Second floor laundry room with granite counter, wash sink and built in cabinetry

*Spiral stair case from second level porch to top sundeck with panoramic water views *Basement/ Garage level with 3 bay, 4 car garage and tons of storage.

*Lower level features a large family room with French doors that access the ground d level patio, built in cabinetry with sink and built in beverage cooler

*Outdoor kitchen includes crab pot filler and high output gas burner, cut out for a Big Green Egg, 5 burner gas grill and pot burner

*Pergola overlooking a fantastic oversized paver patio with in-ground fire feature! Perfect for year-round entertaining

*Adorable brick-walled home office which could be turned into a wine cellar *10 foot ceilings throughout, extensive trim and moldings, window box seats, wired for sound, Nest thermostat, central vacuum, wood shelves in closets, elevator shaft for all 3 levels

*The dock is accessible through an easement on the neighbor’s property with a shared walkway. The property has its own pier head and floater. Pilings can accommodate a boat lift. True deep water even at low tide, a rare find!

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MLS #18005225

Offered at $1,499,999

For more information, contact Jackie Kelly at 843.991.9111 or jackie@thecassinagroup.com

Meet Nutritionist Cheyenne Richards!

Charleston holds a ranking as one of America’s Top 25 Healthiest Cities. With communities like ours, it’s easy to see why. Our insane outdoor culture lends itself to making healthy living fun. In addition, we have access to some of the freshest foods (e.g., seafood from our own coast and lovely fruits from nearby states such as Florida).

If you’re looking to add to our state’s healthy reputation, leverage an expert like Cheyenne Richards with Nutrition Rites. Cheyenne is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who focuses on nutrition counseling for long term results. She is located in Mount Pleasant and specializes in weight management, sports nutrition and eating disorders. Check out Nutrition Rites’ February Newsletter. http://bit.ly/2EeU6Vi.  Contact Cheyenne today by email:  cheyenne@nutritionrites.com IMG_7974Screen Shot 2018-01-26 at 2.54.55 PM.png

2018 Real Estate Mkt: The Year of the Seller

Interesting article by Jotham Sederstrom, who has written about politics, finance, real estate, criminal justice and advertising for publications including The New York Times, Adweek, Spin, The New York Observer and The New York Daily News. A native Nebraskan, he now lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn.  Below is his forecast for the 2018 Real Estate Market.
Will 2018 be a buyer’s market or a seller’s market?

Real estate experts and economists agree sellers will continue to hold the cards

 

BYJOTHAM SEDERSTROM Staff Writer

DEC 26 

With inventory at historically low levels and demand for housing skyrocketing in most markets, economic analysts and real estate experts believe 2018 will be the Year of the Seller.

 With few exceptions, analysts contacted by Inman News forecasted yet another year in which a scarcity of homes in the real estate market will allow private and institutional sellers to keep prices high, especially as a growing segment of first-time millennial buyers take the homeownership plunge.

 “Clearly, 2018 appears to be another seller’s market,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American Financial Corporation. “The shortage of supply relative to increasing millennial demand will not change next year. In fact, it may be exacerbated as more millennials decide to become homeowners and more sellers become prisoners in their own homes, as mortgage rates rise and fear of not being able to find something to buy increases.”

Low inventory, perhaps more than any other economic driver, will be a major hurdle for buyers in the coming year. Indeed, even as overall housing starts spiked to 1.297 million units in November, most experts believe bouncing back to a 50-year average of 1.5 million new units will be no easy task — and until then, the listings shortage will dramatically affect pricing, for better or for worse.

“Builders have been ramping up somewhat over the past year, and that should continue going forward,” said Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow. “But in order to satisfy demand from entry-level buyers in particular, builders will need to find more affordable sites farther from job centers — and it’s unclear if buyers will be willing to sacrifice their commutes for affordable homes as they did in years past. And in general, it will take many years of above-average building activity to help erase the housing deficit we’ve created after years of under-building.”

According to Redfin’s 2018 housing market forecast, a whopping 25 percent of homes sold within two weeks or less during the peak of the buying season in 2017, and nearly one in five homes, or 19 percent, left the market in less than a week.

But mortgage rates, which are expected to rise, on average, to just 4.5 percent by the end of 2018 — and changes to the tax code that may deincentivize homeownership, could tip the balance of power to buyers and give them more room to negotiate, especially in luxury markets.

“I think you’re going to see sellers have less pricing power than they did this year, particularly in states like New York and California,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist at Redfin. “Buyers are going to be ready to play hardball because they’re not getting as much from buying the house as they did this year. And maybe less pricing power in other places, too, because consumers can only pay so much and prices have gone up so strongly.”

Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, echoed a similar sentiment: “The housing shortage will still persist in many markets due to the legacy of slow rate of homebuilding over the past decade,” Yun said. “But due to the tax reform providing less financial benefit to be a homeowner, the overall price increase will be much softer in 2018, by 2-4 percent.”

Added Steve Cook, a real estate communications consultant at commsconsulting.com:

“The inventory drought will continue to be enough of a factor to keep supplies below normal. Most markets will continue to be sellers’ markets, especially for entry-level homes, hotter markets and markets where prices are high and new construction is costly, like the Pacific Coast. Luxury and premium markets will be more evenly split between buyers and sellers.”

Email Jotham Sederstrom

 

Hot Home Design Color for 2018!

BEHR just came out with their 2018 Color of the Year pick. It’s called “In the Moment” and it’s such a perfect name because blue/green/gray colors are truly the hottest “In the Moment” color right now!

How exciting for those of us who love to see homes with the latest trends and ideas to recreate in our own homes!

Check out this awesome blog post from The Creativity Exchange and enjoy her pics below!

Restaurant Week: Red Drum Menu

Join Red Drum Restaurant for Charleston Restaurant Week!
January 10-21, 2018
This special menu features your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $40.
If you combine that with half-priced bottled wine, you’ve got yourself the perfect date night (or ladies night).
Click here to see the menu and start making your selections.
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