OPEN HOUSE! Wed, Jan 29th 11am-12:30pm- 202 Pitt Street- Available For Purchase for the First Time in over 50 Years!

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OPEN HOUSE!  WED, JAN. 29TH FROM 11AM-12:30PM

HOME IS AVAILABLE FOR $2,150,000

Circa 1892, this home has withstood the test of time and is now available for purchase for the first time in over 50 years!  Known as the Hale-Seabrook house, 202 Pitt Street in one of the Old Village’s most recognizable homes.  The dignified 4400 square foot estate is a blend of old and new, and is located just steps from the Pitt Street Shopping district.  No historical feature has been removed.

Built by lumberman Harry Hale in 1892 the home was later sold to John G. Seabrook, who recognized its superior quality and vast potential.  Mr. Seabrook hired a master carpenter and contractor to renovate the home, which was lifted and repositioned to face Pitt Street.  Creating the home’s grand style, he also added the beautiful brick-lined walkway and portico, flanked by four dramatic two-story columns (which were reclaimed from a mill in Marion, SC) topped with a stunning entryway door with curved transom and sidelights.  The home has been lovingly maintained and was renovated in 2005 (kitchen/ den, etc) to reflect a modern feel while maintaining the architectural history.

The traditional floor plan features a formal living room, formal dining room, updated kitchen, adjoining den, and guest bedroom on the first floor.  The remaining 3 bedrooms are located upstairs, including the master suite and deck overlooking Pitt Street.  There is also a finished basement with a second kitchen, built in bar plus garage doors leading to an outdoor kitchen- perfect for entertaining.  You will love the traditional antique heart pine flooring, original clear cypress walls, classic crown molding, 10 foot ceilings and more!

202 PItt Street is listed for $2,150,000 by Jackie Kelly, REALTOR® with The Cassina Group.  For more details, contact Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com or visit www.SearchOldVillage.com.

 

 

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2-Story Penthouse- 18 Broad Street- Available for $12,500,000

18 Broad Street, 8000 sq feet, located on the top two floors of The People’s Building.   Click here to view entire listing. 

1 - Copy6-18BroadStreet-KeenEyeMarketing-63 - CopyCharleston is home to some of the most stunning properties in the world, but there’s really nothing that compares to the stature and location of 18 Broad Street, also known as the Peoples Building. Nestled near the corner of historic Broad and East Bay Streets, find yourself immersed in all of the historic charm of the city and steps away from the best in southern cuisine, entertainment, and the unmatched scenery of the Holy City–Conde Nast’s Top City in the US for nine years. Unparalleled in prominence, and certainly in panoramic views, the penthouse at 18 Broad comprises the top two floors of the historic People’s Building, originally built in 1911.  For more details, contact me at Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com

Upgrades Worth Considering When it’s TIME TO SELL!

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I am often asked what upgrades are worthy investments to prep a home for sale.  We all know the easy answers….

  • Interior paint
  • Minor kitchen and bathroom updates

But experience (and tons of research) has taught me a few tricks that I am happy to share.  Remember, the goal is to make the home visually appealing to a wide range of buyers!  So for what it’s worth, here are my top picks of upgrades that should be considered when it comes time to sell….

  • Front yard landscaping, new pine straw/ mulch, potted plants for color, and landscape lighting (be sure to get an evening shot for your marketing).  Remember that curb appeal is key!
  • Consider a new high-quality  front door, something special!  Especially in a neighborhood where homes look similar.  Be sure to make your home pop!
  • New garage door!  If needed, this can be a large focal point and by adding a new garage door, you can change the whole look of your home!
  • New roof, if needed.  Insurance companies are asking and could base the buyer’s  insurance rates according to the roof’s age.  If your roof is in need of repair, investing in a new roof will go along way to help secure a buyer and prevent any headaches with your buyer securing insurance.
  • Back yard WOW spots!  This could be a new brick lined patio, fire pit, garden or paved courtyard with water feature and up-lighting  Just remember that folks in Charleston actually use their outdoor living space year round, so use this space to create something usable and enchanting!
  • Large living room rug!  It’s all about scale, and by placing a large, comfy rug in the main living area, you will send a big, welcoming message to your buyers!  And since  the living room is likely the first room the buyers will see, here is your chance to make a bold statement!
  • Green Features!  Buyers love homes with tankless hot water heaters, high efficiency windows, etc.  If it’s time to update any of your mechanical componants, be sure to consider going the extra mile with newer products that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
  • Golf Cart!  If you live in a walkable community where golf carts are allowed, a buyer LOVES to see a golf cart included in the sale.  Remember, you are selling more than a home, you are selling a lifestyle and your buyer will love it!

If you are considering buying or selling, I specialize in this market and I am happy to provide you with a personalized plan for success!   Feel free to contact me at Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com and to see homes for sale in the Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant, visit my website at SearchOldVillage.com.

 

 

 

 

The Blue Porch Ceiling Mystery Solved!

When touring homes, one can’t help but notice this “uniquely Charleston” trend- the light blue porch ceiling!  Many assume it is meant to represent the color of the sky, but there is more to the tradition than meets the eye.

It’s no coincidence. You can find “haint blue” all over Charleston, whether on some of the most historic houses on the Battery, or new construction communities in Mt. Pleasant…  So, what’s it all about?

According to Charleston FYI:

Now mimicked by paint companies, the first-ever “haint blue” is said to have originated in Gullah Culture in the Carolinas hundreds of years ago. The Gullah Geechee people painted their doors, window frames, shutters, and their porch ceilings as a means of protection. The light blue is believed to have the power to protect homeowners by chasing away evil spirits or ghosts. While many hear this and are quick to judge, no one should be so certain in a city known for its historic, haunted streets.

Even for those that don’t believe in the spirits, the light blue also brings a charming touch to any porch. It is also said that blue paint is believed to keep bugs and birds from nesting. The blue resembles the color of the sky, a place bugs and birds wouldn’t naturally settle or nest.

Whether or not you believe in the evil spirits that may be roaming around the cobble-stone streets of Charleston, the shade known as “haint blue” can add a charming and peaceful accent to any porch, even outside of the Lowcountry. The next time you’re wandering around Downtown Charleston, remember to look up at the porch ceilings to witness true Lowcountry culture.

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Our Favorite Downtown Hotels

Located across from Marion Square and steps from King Street, this renovated former federal building exudes old world Charleston charm.
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Warm, upscale suites with full kitchens and complimentary room-in breakfast. Need I say more?!
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Perfectly located, this hotel is elegant and sophisticated with modern southern decor.
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This posh hotel is in a 1920s art deco building. A drink at their cocktail bar is a must!
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This art-filled boutique hotel in the French Quarter is conveniently located to many attractions. The best part of this hotel is the rooftop bar – stunning views of the city!
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Should I wait until Spring to Sell?

It’s December and with the whirl-wind of the holidays approaching, clients are asking me if they should list now or wait until the first of the year.  Obviously we do not have a crystal ball answer, but based on my experience, I am advising as follows:

Why wait?  True, there is a smaller pool of buyers during the colder months (think about those buyers who currently live in the North that cannot sell their homes because it is snowing) but even with fewer buyers, there is also fewer homes to chose from.  The big factor being that tons of new inventory will be hitting the market in the early spring, and the best path to ensure a quick sale is to beat the rush.

Below is an interesting article from RIS Media’s House Call.

“The holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re considering selling your home, now is the perfect time to reassess your strategy for getting your property sold. With the colder temperatures and many people heading on vacation, it may seem like an inopportune moment to list your house, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Although it’s true that there are fewer buyers looking for a home at this time of year, the pros far outweigh the cons. There are less, yet far more serious buyers searching for homes in your market, and there is less competition with less homes on the market, and transactions happen far more quickly as there are less being processed.

Click here to read more, and if I can help you in any way, please let me know.  Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com

Just Sold – 813 Pitt Street

Happy Fall!  So happy to close 813 Pitt Street!  The sellers were a dream to work with and I am so grateful to have met them and to be a part of this time in their lives.  Happy sellers, indeed.  Oh, and happy buyers too!

A kind note from the sellers:  Our experience with Jackie Kelly and the Cassina Group could not have been better.  Our home was an older home in a market that was filled with competition from new homes and fresh renovations.  Jackie sensed the love we had for our home and knew that we wanted another family to have the experience we did in raising our children there.  She represented the home as if it were hers.  Through a lot of ups and downs, she guided us to the unique buyer we hoped we’d find.  She was always available and extremely prompt with everything and anything we needed.  She is a professional and full-time realtor who knows what she is doing.  We highly recommend her to anyone needing a realtor.  We loved our experience with her, her assistant, Melissa, and the entire Cassina Group.

Tom & Janet Utsey

813 Pitt Street closed on October 29 for $1,258,250.

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If I can help you sell your home, please contact me today.  I have been selling in the neighborhood for years, and happy to provide you with a clear, concise plan to get your home closed!  Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com