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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

The Charleston Single House

Charleston Single Houses in Charleston, SC

Charleston has seen many architectural eras come and go since the original walled city was founded in 1680. Between various natural disasters and devastating fires, the forms, desins, and positioning of homes in the port city have evolved in response to these as well as social, financial, and cultural forces. One form emerged and persisted, however, that is not only unique to the Charleston … Read more

Lower Heating Costs with a Retrofit

During the few short months that we experience winter weather in the coastal South, many homeowners find themselves in the predicament of balancing indoor comfort with potentially enormous power bills. The causes are many, but with an underlying theme: the house is not sufficiently sealed, and the heating unit is working overtime to replace the warmth that is continuously leaking into the outdoors. While … Read more

Historic Property Lectures

Do you own a historic property? Historic Charleston Foundation is hosting a stewardship lecture series this fall aimed at helping owners of historic homes address the unique challenges of historic ownership. The Foundation’s newest fall lecture series will examine the anatomy and craftsmanship of various features of the historic house. This series will explore the best preservation treatments for shutters, … Read more

A New Life for The Cigar Factory

The iconic structure on East Bay and Columbus Streets in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula has for decades been affectionately known as The Cigar Factory, and has been the subject of much speculation in recent years over its redevelopment. Following a few tumultuous years and changing hands a number of times, The Cigar Factory finally has an actionable blueprint and perhaps more … Read more

2013 Charleston Eco-Home of the Year

Sustainable and eco-friendly homes are increasing in popularity across the world, and Charleston is certainly no exception. We have seen many properties come onto the market in 2013 with green features, ranging from the great prevalence of tankless water heaters to installations of solar arrays and geothermal systems. While it may normally be difficult to decide which of these impressive … Read more

The Beaux-Arts Architecture of King Street

Photo by Jonathan Boncek

The Beaux Arts style is a product of French neoclassical architecture that made its way into American design in the late 19th century. Characterized by masonry walls, façades of quoins, pilasters, or columns, and wall surfaces decorated with garlands, flowers, or shields, the term “Beaux Arts” derives from the École des Beaux-Arts in France. Many American architects studied in the late 19th … Read more