We would love to tell you what we know about the local market and assist you in finding your perfect home. We enjoy helping our clients succeed and when you come out of the transaction with a big smile, we are just as satisfied as you are.
But first things first: we know that most people do their preliminary home search online—getting to know the area, browsing the MLS, and zeroing in on properties of interes. So we’ve created a user-friendly, informative, and state-of-the-art website for you to use. On this website, you can:
- Obtain well-presented and comprehensive property information
- Search for properties with integrated access to Microsoft Bird’s Eye View and Google Steetview
- Save listings for future consideration
- Have property information emailed to you automatically as new listings that meet your criteria come up on the market
- Obtain helpful community information
- Gain real estate market insight with professionally prepared reports
- Follow informative real estate topics relating to buying and selling on our blog
To get started, you can just begin to explore the site or see our user-friendly Website Instructions.
Now is an unprecedented time to buy!
Considering the amount of inventory in the Charleston area, deciding which part of town you’d like to live in can be challenging. Things to consider about an area of interest: have the housing prices been appreciating or depreciating? How many bank-owned properties are nearby? At what rate are homes selling? What is the average price per square foot in the area? On this website, you’ll find current market information for Mount Pleasant SC real estate, Summerville real estate, nearly every community in Metropolitan Charleston. If you plan to make a large investment, which every home is, be sure to look over our Charleston Real Estate Market Insight Report, which is prepared quarterly.
There truly are an unprecedented number of opportunities at this time. But numbers aren’t everything when you’re looking for a place to call home. What’s life in the area like? What community events can you take part in? How are the schools? View the community pages for Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Summerville for answers to these questions and more. Of course, you can always give us a call, send us an email, or use our live chat feature for personal assistance in finding your ideal home. We bet we can help you find a home for a price that will pleasantly surprise you.
An introduction to Metropolitan Charleston
For those who aren’t familiar with the area—or simply aren’t up to date on the current market—a quick overview of the City of Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Summerville may be helpful, as these markets make up the majority of all sales activity in Metropolitan Charleston.
What is the world saying about Charleston?
— Charleston is the friendliest city in the United States – Travel + Leisure in November 2010.
— Charleston is a “Top 10” travel destination – ranked in the Top 10 for 18 years in a row by readers of Conde Nast Traveler
— Charleston is one of the “coolest small cities in America” —GQ Magazine in November 2010
If you’re looking to buy a home in the City of Charleston, you’re certainly onto something, as it’s currently the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina. When people the world over hear “Charleston,” they likely picture downtown’s cobblestone streets, centuries-old gardens, historic homes, and waterfront parks. They may dream of being regulars at renowned restaurants, first-class independent boutiques, and spectacular art galleries, or contributing their talents to the thriving philanthropy scene. And luckily, despite a 28.9% increase in population over the last decade—to an estimated 124,600 in 2010—downtown Charleston has maintained the charming, eclectic, small-town feel that it’s known and loved for.
The reason for this is that expansion has been mostly outward through the annexation of properties beyond the Charleston Peninsula rather than through higher density real estate development within older city limits. And considering Charleston’s expanding industries – including aerospace and aviation, digital media and design, urban design and restoration, and biosciences – growth promises to continue.
Let’s take a look at the six suburbs (listed below) that compose the 147-square-mile City of Charleston. The “Crosstown” is the Route 17 expressway that cuts through the Charleston peninsula from east to west. The Historic District is inside the Crosstown.
- The Peninsula (Inside & Outside the Crosstown)
- Nearly all of West Ashley
- Most of James Island
- Some of Johns Island
- Daniel Island
The words “most” and “some” may seem odd in describing a city’s suburb, but in this case, they have to do with how Charleston has grown. Over time, the City of Charleston has grown through the annexation of individual properties – one house may be part of the City and the house next door may not be. If you are curious about the City of Charleston’s patchwork of incorporated and unincorporated properties, take a look at the following map: City of Charleston Corporate Limits.
You’ll find 29.4% of the City of Charleston’s population located on the Peninsula, 46.0% in West Ashley, 14.5% on James Island, 3.9% on Johns Island, and 6.1% in Daniel Island and Cainhoy (source: Century V Plan, City of Charleston).
The most exciting part of the City of Charleston, of course, is the Charleston Peninsula below the Crosstown, home to popular festivals, mansions, gardens, and a labyrinth of alleys that would take a lifetime to explore! Our community page Living on the Charleston Peninsula will give you a good feel for what it’s like to live “downtown”.
Mount Pleasant and Summerville
As undeniably wonderful as Charleston real estate is, Mount Pleasant – just a quick trip over the Cooper River Bridge from downtown Charleston – is also highly desirable. With beautiful nearby beaches, lush landscapes, incredible shopping centers, and wonderful neighborhoods, Mount Pleasant is a very popular place to live, particularly for families. Residents are proud of the excellent public schools and love living on the Charleston Harbor or minutes from Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. For a wealth of information on living in Mount Pleasant, including details on the beautiful Old Village, cultural activities, schools, and of course, the real estate market, visit the Mount Pleasant community page.
Located in Dorchester County about 30 minutes from downtown Charleston, Summerville is a favorite for those looking to find top real estate values (on beautiful, centuries-old homes as well as new construction), good schools, and low crime rates, all in a growing community centered around a lovely Historic District. To view homes in popular neighborhoods, read up on activities and annual events, get school and crime data, and more, visit the Summerville page.
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