Pitt St Pharmacy Grilled Cheese Eating Contest! It’s on!

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Join me at the Pitt Street Pharmacy, Thursday, Oct 3rd at 6:30 pm for The Grilled Cheese Sandwich Food Challenge!   Randy Santel, professional food eater, will be pursuing his goal of winning 1000 food challenges in all 50 states and 50 countries.

The current Pitt Street Pharmacy Grilled Cheese Eating Contest Record Holder is David Hester, who ate 27 grilled cheese sandwiches on May 30, 2013.  Think about it… that’s 54 pieces of bread and cheese, not to mention, a good bit of Duke’s mayonnaise!

And Santel plans to crush this number?  We will see if he can!

Santel is founder and owner of foodchallenges.com. He has won over 779 food challenges and has over 860,000 YouTube and Facebook followers.  And although he will be eating big, he is an advocate for nutrition, fitness and personal wellness and won the  2010 Men’s Health/Spartacus Body Transformation Challenge.

The Pitt Street Pharmacy is such a staple of our community, and how fun for us to come together to watch this exciting and, well, yes.. cheesy event!  See you there!

 

 

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Charleston-area Home Showings Drop for 11th Straight Month

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Interesting information from the Post and Courier, and while I must agree with the stats, I will say that working with a seasoned Realtor, who knows your market, is the key to going under contract quickly.  As an example, my most recent Old Village Listing 209 Greenwich Street, went under contract in 7 days. 

From Warren L. Wise, Post and Courier

While Charleston-area home sales are just slightly off last year’s pace through the first half of the year, home showings continue to lag.

For the 11th consecutive month, the number of people walking through doors to check out a house dipped across the Lowcountry in June.

The ShowingTime Showing Index for the Charleston region reported the number of doors being opened for prospective buyers dropped 6 percent in June. Showings have been down every month since last August and are off an average 9.4 percent over 12 months through June.

The good news is the negative showing rate has moderated in recent months from the double digits last fall and earlier this winter.

Sales are down for the year through July a scant 0.6 percent, but if more homes were available at price points people could afford, sales would be higher, according to Wil Riley of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors.

“The rise in home prices is outpacing income growth,” he said. “In our region, the $53,000 median household income does not align with a median home price that’s climbing toward $300,000.”

Nationally, showings dipped 1.8 percent, and an official with the Showing Index said declines have moderated across much of the nation.

“Activity in the South and Midwest remains slightly slower than in 2018, though there is more buyer activity in the lower price quartiles of the market,” said ShowingTime Chief Analytics Officer Daniil Cherkasskiy. “Pricier homes continue to see less traffic compared to the same time last year.”

It has never been more important to work with a full time, professional Realtor who knows your market.  If I can help, please contact me at Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com

 

New Art Studio on Pitt Street!

 

 

Formerly The Vault on King, Studio Shoppe is an epicenter of Art and Design, where fine craftsmanship and curated services merge to create a one-of-a-kind experience.

Situated in the beautiful Old Village of Mount Pleasant, Studio Shoppe offers 2000 square feet of signature historical beauty and unique expertise in photography, painting, furniture design, fashion and entertaining with a luxe local flavor.

This vibrant showroom, open studio and marketplace houses deluxe textiles and home furnishing from Loro Piana + luxury apparel, shoes and accessories from France, handmade gifts, and 7 creatives at work, offering original art and photography, handcrafted furnitures and a variety of specialized services.

Studio Shoppe also hosts a number of exhibitions & pop-up events with some very exciting collaborators.

Make Your Next Event SUPER COOL! Call Brian with Ice Age Ice Sculptures!

Thinking about how to take your event to the next level?  I found the secret!  Call Brian with Ice Age Ice Sculptures and let him help design something special.  He is super talented, professional and let’s face it… he’s cool  Here are some samples of his work, and to learn more, check out his website at IceAgeIceSculptures.com!

ChiroIQ Now Located at 419 Hibben St!

Chiro iQ pairs the latest chiropractic technologies with the best modalities and therapies to help you live your best life now and promote long-lasting wellness at the same time. From advanced energetic scans and laser sculpting to chiropractic back relief, they have the tools and expertise ready to optimize your health!  They are also adding yoga classes and health events in the near future!

And now ChiroIQ is announcing their new location in the Old Village!  Come visit Dr. Ross and Cindy Livingston RN,LMT at 419 Hibben St.  Ms. Khaki and all the staff hope to see you soon!

ChiroIQ
419 Hibben Street
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

843.766.4444

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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Old Village/Old Mt. Pleasant Real Estate Market Update

OLD VILLAGE/OLD MT. PLEASANT MARKET UPDATE:

The 2018 average sales price for single family homes in the Old Village/Old Mt. Pleasant was $816,000 compared to 2013’s average of $570,000.  That represents an approximate 7.5% appreciation rate per year over the past 5 years! Amazing!

So what is expected for 2019?  Local experts forecast another solid year, as there are plenty of buyers and inventory is still low.  Interest rates will prove to be the “wild card” as rising rates will limit some buyers’ ability to purchase, potentially creating longer market times.  But for today, according to “The Morning Brew” the 30-year fixed mortgage rates hit a 4 month low, which is welcome news! Full steam ahead!

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Data obtained from the Charleston MLS, deemed reliable but not guaranteed.  The  2013 sales average did NOT include 101 Venning St., which closed for $5,000,000.