• 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 urban centers of Charleston is a big concern for me. Your background was originally in

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  • Living on King Street

    A glimpse into living on King Street in historic Charleston, SC, featuring examples of above-shop condominium villas and their recent pricing.

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  • Visions of a Lorelei Project

    As developers swoop into the upper peninsula to save us from our own growing pains, every few years we see a new master planned community to complement and embrace the historic fabric of Charleston. The latest iteration is a planned development of the uninhabited Laurel Island along the banks of the Cooper River. A 160 acre island that once served as the city landfill, and before that a railroad terminal, and before that a plantation,

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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 with a number of contemporary developments along its perimeter. Anchoring the community is the business

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  • Preparing for Heavy Rain

    As we stare down an epic rainfall event in Charleston, preparation for potential damage to homes is in order. To help ensure personal safety and the protection of our homes and personal property, consider these guidelines from Rain Ready, an initiative of the urban sustainability laboratory Center for Neighborhood Technology. Before The Event Inspect your home. Remove leaves and debris from gutters, clear your storm drains and drainage areas of any debris or trash, make

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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 management of stormwater – the rainwater that would otherwise be absorbed into marshes are instead

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  • Green Space on Upper King

    King Street Public Square

    As Upper King Street continues along its path of revitalization, much is said of hotels, condos, and office space. As developers rush to fill every square inch of the once dilapidated area in the center of the peninsula between King and Meeting Streets, City of Charleston has worked to keep focus on the character and livability of this burgeoning district. The original Downtown Plan, developed in 1999, outlined a vision for taller, denser buildings in the peninsula’s midtown, but current

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  • The Charleston Single House

    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, designs, 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 peninsula, but has become an iconic, defining characteristic of the city. From the days of

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  • Huger Streetscaping

    Huger Street Streetscaping Arial View

    Marking the boundary between historic Charleston and the Upper Peninsula district, Huger Street has served as a secondary roadway connecting Morrison Drive, Meeting Street, King Street, and into the Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood. However, the importance and prominence of Huger Street in Charleston’s infrastructure has never been more important. Traffic on the street began to increase with the opening of the Ravenel Bridge in 2005. With the King Street business district continuing to grow into the North Central borough, the

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  • 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 we are aware of the quick fixes to a leaky home – weatherstripping the drafty

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