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Guide to College of Charleston Off-Campus Student Housing

People riding bicycles in downtown Charleston, SC

Undergraduate students attending College of Charleston enjoy on-campus life for their freshman year, a policy designed to smooth the transition from high school to living as a young adult in an urban environment. However many upperclassmen opt to secure off-campus student housing, and with many options across the boroughs of the peninsula, students can explore the rich experience of living … Read more

New Mixed Use Building May Squeeze Onto Upper King Street

Rendering of proposed building at 725 King Street by Neil Stevenson Architects

Recognizing the importance and benefits of weaving affordable residential housing into the evolving urban landscape, a proposal to the Board of Architectural Review would have a mixed use building squeeze into the vacant lot at 725 King Street. With less than 33 street-facing feet to work with, the proposed building has an efficient design to accommodate both commercial and residential … Read more

Update: Park Circle Home Values

Homes in the Park Circle neighborhood of North Charleston, SC

Three years ago, I wrote an article to examine the home values in Park Circle, and illustrated how they were increasing at a faster clip than most other areas. Using City of Charleston as a comparison (admittedly a large swath, but works well enough to make a point), I looked at how those home values increased over time versus those in Park … Read more

A Walking Tour of Huger Street

Bryan enjoying a frozen screwdriver at Taco Boy following a walking street tour of Huger Street

Join me on a walking tour of Huger Street as it crosses multiple boroughs in the upper peninsula of historic Charleston, South Carolina. In this video I discuss the revitalization occurring in this part of downtown, and the effects on various types of homes. Beginning in the North Central borough with a latte from an acclaimed local’s favorite, Huriyali, before … Read more

Charleston Transportation Steps Forward with New Intermodal Facility

The new Charleston Intermodal Facility in North Charleston, SC

Mass transit, like in many southern cities, has been admittedly lacking in Charleston. We have an expansive bus service that does a serviceable job, however any semblance of light rail vanished with the dismantling of the electric trolley cars in the 1930s.  Charleston as a Leader in Mass Transit There was a time when, especially among southern states, Charleston spearheaded … Read more

Higher Density on the Charleston Eastside

An aerial site map of 655 East Bay Street in Charleston, SC

A new infill development will soon be taking shape on the eastern edge of the Eastside borough on the historic Charleston peninsula. In a neighborhood composed mostly of Charleston Single Houses dating to the late 1800s, a dense, cohesive core of mixed uses has traditionally been lacking. In addition to a number of sporadically placed corner stores, restaurants, and venues … Read more

An Honest Guide to Charleston Weather

Last year in 2017, a record 6.9 million visitors flocked to our fair city, often escaping to the beautiful warm weather from their snow-blanketed homes. While the winter Charleston weather is certainly a respite for our frozen friends to the North, let it be known that the Lowcountry climate is not consistent throughout the year. In fact that’s putting it … Read more

8 Charleston Swimming Pools to Beat the Heat

At the Real Estate Studio, we count ourselves fortunate to experience so many wonderful homes in the Charleston area. This time of year, there are certain elements in homes that often enjoy more attention from prospective buyers: the outdoors. The South Carolina Lowcountry is a summer dream, often enhanced with screened porches, shade trees, rooftop decks, and oh yes, the … Read more

Guide to Buying a Short Term Rental in Charleston

Buildings on King Street in Charleston, SC

Charleston is apparently a wonderful city in which to sojourn. So just as when visiting any attractive city, guests have a number of options for room and board: hotels, vacation homes, timeshares, and short term rentals from services like Airbnb and Vrbo. Saavy real estate investors responded to the growing popularity of short term rentals by purchasing properties in downtown … Read more