What September means to me…

The month of September has many different meanings.  Maybe it’s your birthday month (if it is, you’re lucky to have sapphire as your birthstone).  Maybe you’re excited about the Fall season being right around the corner (I am currently sipping on a pumpkin spice latte while writing this).   For me, and most Southerners, September means FOOTBALL SEASON!  Yes sir, the sweet season of football is upon us so it’s time to get your jerseys out and put those tailgate recipes you’ve been Pinteresting all off season to good use because its time for family, friends, and FOOTBALL!

Todd and I love football so much that he built a brick patio and fire pit (with my dad) for the sole purpose of watching football.  It’s great being able to sit around the fire, entertain guests, and watch football outside.
(Even though, as you can see, Miss Gracie thinks it’s another place for her to nap)

Nope… Gracie isn't spoiled at all 😂 #gracielee #noworkingduringdrinkinghours #collegefootballsaturday

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Some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around watching football with my family…they were mostly of my grandfather and father yelling at the television. Even if you are not a fan of football, it is still a great time to spend with friends and family.  I have a few friends who don’t give a hoot about football games and rivalries but they always show up to get-togethers for the laughs and memories.

I have quite a few clients who are avid football fans and I enjoy finding out where their allegiance lies.  Why?  Well, for a couple reasons…1. It’s another way for me to connect with them.  One of the things I love about my job is connecting with my clients on both a professional level as well as a personal one. 2. Football paraphernalia make GREAT housewarming gifts.   What football fan wouldn’t love a brand new house flag from their favorite Realtor?


And last but certainly, not least, the Fall season is a great time to visit Charleston.  If you’re thinking of relocating to Charleston or investing in a second home, it’s a great time to come and enjoy everything this city has to offer without frantically searching for AC.  Are you thinking of visiting Charleston?  Feel free to email or call me for the inside scoop of some fun things to do!

The Story of Poinsett Street: Part 1

 

If you’re an avid HGTV watcher, like myself, you’ve probably seen one of the many shows geared toward house flipping and renovation.  While the entire process is condensed into either a 30 or 60 minute show, I didn’t realize everything else that occurs behind the scenes but thanks to my parents, I have learned quite a bit about house renovation in the past year.

My parents started their adventure into the house renovation business in the Summer of 2015 after starting a business with my brother, Trey, and family friend and contractor, Rick Rockwell.  Rick specializes in restoring historic Charleston homes to their original character and since my dad, who grew up in downtown Charleston, wanted his focus to be on historic downtown Charleston, the pairing could not have been better.

The lucky winner ended up being a house on Poinsett street, located in the North Central neighborhood.  North Central is close to Upper King Street and Rutledge Ave.  It is also a hop, skip, and a jump away from Morrison Drive which is home to both Edmund’s Oast and Tattooed Moose (two of my favorites).   It is also a neighborhood with a great deal of real estate investment potential so I can absolutely see why my dad chose this area.

And now I present to you, 40 Poinsett Street:

Poinsett

She’s a beaut, right?

To say this house was a fixer upper was the understatement of the year.  I am sure you are asking yourself   “Why wouldn’t you just tear it down and start fresh?”.  Downtown Charleston has a governing body known as the Board of Architectural Review whose purpose is “preservation and protection of the old historic or architecturally worthy structures and quaint neighborhoods which impart a distinct aspect to the city and which serve as visible reminders of the historical and cultural heritage of the city, the state, and the nation.” This means that in addition to the permits one has to get when building or renovating a property, you also have to get the approval from the BAR.  Thankfully, my dad knew all this this before buying the property so he was prepared for the extra hoops to jump through.

October 2015 comes around and my parents close on the house.  My dad’s first order of business was clearing out the yard.  He’s a DIY kind of guy so he was able to get a lot done himself along with some help from my brother and boyfriend.  The house had been abandoned for approximately 40 years so he definitely had his hands full with the yard for a couple months.  February 2016 began the start of obtaining permits and getting the green light from the BAR to proceed with the design plan.  (This can be an arduous process because it is generally unheard of to obtain the go ahead on the first try with the BAR) After months of speed bumps and probably a few “Why did we decide to do this again?” conversations, we are now in August 2016 and my parents are finally able to talk about an interior design plan.  My mom has quite the knack for interior design so this is right up her alley. I also love interior design so it was fun for my mom and I to discuss different options.

I’ll be posting another update in the coming months so be on the look out.  This house is going to look great when it’s all said and done.

Do you have any questions about historic downtown Charleston or maybe you want to invest in a fixer upper?
Call or email me, I would love to help!

Where it all began…

12935108_440388246170880_1083530305_n(1)My love for real estate began in the place where I grew up and still call home today… Riverland Terrace.   Upon entering Riverland Terrace, you are captured by the gorgeous sight of more than seventy live oak trees cascading their branches down Wappoo Drive.  Homes in Riverland Terrace start around 300,000 all the way up to the 3 million dollar range for a waterfront home on either the Intercoastal Waterway or The Stono River.  Riverland Terrace really has something for everyone.

Fun facts about The Terrace:  It is James Island’s oldest neighborhood and has approximately 800 homes.  Residents have access to the Riverland Terrace Public Boat Landing and the City of Charleston Golf Course (a.k.a. “The Muni”).  Residents recently started a community garden at Medway Park.  I walked by there about a week ago and it really is a wonderful thing to see members of the community coming together to promote urban farming.

One of the reasons why I have never moved out of The Terrace (I currently live one street over from the house I grew up in) is the location.  I’m only a few minutes from historic downtown Charleston (which is great if you work or study at College of Charleston or the Medical University of South Carolina) and a few minutes from Folly beach.  Not to mention that I am only walking distance from some great restaurants, such as: Maybank Public House, The Lot, Zia, and Crust.  And on Sundays, Todd and I can usually be found at the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market behind the Charleston Pour House.

I could go on and on forever about the place I’ve called home for so many years but I prefer the pictures to do the talking…to see fantastic homes in Riverland Terrace Click Here!