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Affordable Housing Complex Proposed for Johns Island

Named for a Johns Island native who dedicated his life to improving the lives of the Sea Island residents there, the Esau Jenkins Village would be located on a 9½ acre property on Maybank Highway. The three story multifamily building design contains 72 units with a lobby entrance. Residents of Esau Jenkins Village would benefit from the great walkability to nearby shopping, including …

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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 …

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Update: Park Circle Home Values

Homes in the Park Circle community 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Q&A with Bryan

So, how’s the market? Of course that would be the first question you ask! Short answer: it’s healthy. Sellers are selling and buyers are buying, and we’re not seeing the crazy price inflations from several years ago. In some areas though, particularly downtown, the limited inventory of homes has created a price gap. A shortage of affordable housing in the …

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Is Park Circle Still a Good Deal?

Park Circle arial photo

Venture just north of the Charleston peninsula and you’ll come upon one of the first planned urban communities in South Carolina, the beautifully greenscaped, hip and popular, hot neighborhood of Park Circle. Designed in the 1920s around a central circular park (obvi) with main streets radiating outward, the neighborhoods of Park Circle are composed mostly of traditional, midcentury homes intermixed …

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A Living Roof in Harleston Village

New construction is a rare sight on the historic Charleston peninsula. When the opportunity arises to build on scarce vacant land, there is also the opportunity to incorporate sustainable practices and modern technology to minimize our built environment’s impact on the natural one. In the coastal city of Charleston, perhaps the most important element of the built environment is the …

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