3 "Strange" Facts about Charleston

by carolinaone_marketing 12. September 2014 05:35

If you're reading this, it's safe to assume that you're interested in moving soon. There are about 4.7 million people that call the Palmetto State home, and a couple hundred thousand people reside in the greater Charleston area. Why have you been looking at Charleston real estate? Are you interested in living in a small city with a lot of Southern charm? Do you want a place that feels like a tropical paradise, such as the Isle of Palms? Are you drawn to areas with a booming military industry like Goose Creek, SC? Are you drawn in by the area's excellent school districts?

There are a variety of reasons to move to the greater Charleston area, but even some Charleston lovers may not know some interesting facts about the place they love. For example, did you know that…

Bill Murray is the Director of Fun and Co-Owner of the Charleston Riverdogs

Is there any celebrity that's more universally beloved than Bill Murray? Almost everyone reading this will have a favorite that immediately comes to mind. Bill Murray is a huge fan of minor league baseball clubs, and has co-ownership of teams in St. Paul, Fort Myers, and Hudson Valley. And don't assume that he's like the average team owner that rarely shows up to games and spends their time isolated from fans in skyboxes. He has thrown out first pitches, and has even coached first base!

Charleston has old "earthquake proof" buildings

If you go into downtown Charleston, you may notice that some of the older buildings have black disks or crossed bolts on the outside. Those iron pieces aren't there for decoration; they're there to help protect the buildings from earthquakes. When most people think about earthquakes in the United States, they are usually imagining events out west. Although it isn't common, earthquakes do occur on the east coast. In 1886, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake devastated the Charleston area. After the quake, structures were built with earthquake tension rods to strengthen them. The black circles and crosses you see are the ends of the rods that were put in more than century ago!

Old Charleston homes were built for optimal comfort

Charleston summers can be brutal, even if you have an air conditioner or fan. In the past, Charleston residents dealt with the heat the best way they could: by designing their houses so that they were as comfortable as possible. Traditional homes and buildings in Charleston had decks and piazzas that faced south or west to make sure that residents got ample cooling breezes. Some of the older buildings even had their entertaining rooms on the second floor to avoid mosquitoes, which can't fly that high.

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3 Big Mistakes People Make When Choosing Their New Neighborhood

by carolinaone_marketing 8. September 2014 10:40

What made you choose the neighborhood you're in right now? Did you like how close it was to your job, or was it close to a major transportation hub? Were you drawn in by how many families live on the block, or did you love how many young professionals and hip 20-somethings lived in the area? We all have different reasons for why we chose where we live today, but some of them may not have been good ones. Some people claim that their neighborhood just "felt right," but choosing your next living location based on how you feel isn't very smart. If you're looking for houses for rent in Charleston, SC or in the greater Charleston area, don't make these mistakes.

 

Ignoring unpleasant facts for a few positives

You have found a house that you are absolutely in love with. It's everything you've ever dreamed of and it's close to your friends, but there are a few small things. The neighborhood has a slightly high crime rate, traffic can be a nightmare, but you are just so in love with the house! Don't make the mistake of ignoring some of those glaring problems. Eventually the newness and novelty of your new home will wear off, and those "minor" problems will start to seem much bigger.

Making assumptions from word of mouth

You may have heard that a certain neighborhood has very low crime rates, or that it has the best school district in the country. You've read article after article about how great the nightlife is, and how low the town's taxes are. Too many people make the mistake of basing their decision off of a positive write-up in a travel magazine or a few positive anecdotes from friends. However, until you see definitive proof of any of the "positive" aspects of your new neighborhood, don't assume that all of this hearsay is true. Check out educational statistics and scores, tax rates, and crime rates from reliable government websites.

Not learning about the neighbors

Your neighbors may not seem like that major of a factor when you start to pick out your home. After all, it's not like you have to live with them or spend time with them. Ignoring the people you'll have to live near and talk to is a huge mistake, though. Obnoxious or inconsiderate neighbors have caused people to move in the past, and they could make your new home seem unlivable. If you want to get an idea of what your neighbors are like, just walk or drive around the area a few times and talk to a few people about the neighborhood. When you look through the eyes of a casual observer and not a homebuyer, you'll have a much better idea of what your neighbors will be like. 

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3 Answers You Need to Have Before Moving

by carolinaone_marketing 5. September 2014 04:41

Is there anything more exciting than moving to a new home? You get to have a brand new home, new friends, new job, and a virtually endless array of possibilities for your life. Whether you're moving to a small town like Goose Creek, SC or a big city like Charleston, moving can be an adventure – but some people aren't as prepared as they had originally hoped. If you want to ensure that you're making the right decision before you move, get the answers to these questions.

What do I know about the place I want to move?

Some people move because they have to for work, while others move because they fell in love with an area after learning a bit about it or visiting briefly. Your new town or city is a lot more than a few flattering sentences in a travel guide. Do you know about the laws in the area that you're considering? How much do you know about the schools in the area? Do you know what your tax situation will be like? If all you can say about an area is that it's beautiful or that it's "fun," you should start to re-think your decision to move.

Am I ready to start over in a new area?

This seems like a simple question, but a lot of people get caught up in the excitement of a move and forget to think about the logistics involved. If you're used to living around family members, are you ready to be farther away from them? Are you ready to start over at a new job? Relocation doesn't just mean that you're moving to a new house; it means that you essentially have to build a new life. If you aren't ready to start over, you may want to delay the move.

Can I afford to live in my new home?

The cost of living can differ dramatically from town to town, and local and state taxes may be different from what you're used to. Moving to a new place could mean that your cost of living isn't as low as you'd like it to be. Too many people make the mistake of thinking that moving anywhere different will be "cheaper," especially if they're moving from an urban area to a suburban one. Think about your finances before you settle on moving – if you don't, you could end up spending more than you'd like.

 

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3 Tips for Affording Your Much Needed Vacation

by carolinaone_marketing 18. August 2014 06:07

Summer should be the season for getting away from it all, but taking a vacation isn't as easy as it looks. If you work in America, you're getting far less vacation time than employees in other countries. The disparity in vacation time should explain why some people still haven't a chance to take some time off this summer, but a lot of people that aren't going on vacation made their choice because they can't afford to. You may be planning saving up for a big purchase, or you may think that you just aren't making enough at work to take any time off. It may seem like a vacation is out of your budget but, with the right planning, you could easily afford a week at a rental in Charleston or eventually your own Summerville, SC real estate to head to in the summer. If you need to get away this year, try out a few of these money saving tips.

Forego a summer vacation

If you aren't going on vacation because you can't afford it, you need to open yourself up to the possibility of going on an off-season vacation. Most rentals and hotels will be booked from May to August, and people who rent during those times will have to pay a lot more than people who go during the off-season. When most people think about the ideal time to vacation they think about the summer, but you can have just as much fun during the fall, winter, or spring.

Time your travel

If you have to fly to your vacation destination, you could save a significant amount of money if you plan your flight for the right day and time. A lot of people will try to fly during the weekend, or on a Friday or Monday. Simply booking your flight on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday could save you a couple hundred dollars. Also see if you can get a flight early in the morning or late at night. Since we're on the subject of travel, we should tell you to . . .

Avoid flying

When most people consider traveling for vacation, they immediately think of taking a plane. Airplanes can be expensive, but they take a lot less time than driving by car would. If you don't want to have to pay for a plane ticket, but also don't want to drive, consider getting to your vacation destination by train. Trains are bit more expensive than making your trek by car, but it's considerable less expensive than having to fly. Amtrak and other rail services offer great discounts for people that travel during weekdays, and you could save hundreds in travel expenses.

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3 Reasons to Take a Vacation (and not feel guilty about it)

by carolinaone_marketing 13. August 2014 07:04

Do you feel overworked? Overwhelmed? Maybe even a little like you're in need a major vacation. Well, if you are an American worker, you are not alone. The Center for Economic and Policy Research estimates that 25% of Americans don't take a vacation anymore, and that number jumps up to 31% if you work a minimum or low wage job. If you're like a lot of people, not taking a vacation may not have much to do with your amount of vacation time, but with the fact that you feel guilty taking any time off of work unless it's for an emergency.

Maybe you're in the middle of a huge project, or maybe you don't feel "comfortable" taking some time off. Either way, it's time to get out of that mindset and enjoy a much-deserved vacation! There are houses for rent in Charleston, SC and beach bungalows at Summerville that are calling your name. If you're feeling guilty about taking time off, you won't after you read this.

 

 

Happy workers are more productive

If you're already feeling a bit down in the dumps over problems at work, we don't need to tell you how much a bad mood can ruin your day. Different studies have shown how vacations can benefit individuals, and those effects can have trickle down benefits for your company. Imagine starting your average work week on a Monday after a normal weekend. Now imagine starting your week after you've had a three day weekend relaxing with your friends and family. Happy workers have a brighter outlook on the day, are often more productive, and can even have an easier time thinking of fresh ideas to benefit the company.

Vacations help relationships

Do you feel like you and your significant other aren't communicating as well as you used to? Can you not remember the last time you and your kids sat down and just had time to talk? You aren't the only one that's feeling stressed from your daily work load, your spouse and kids can feel just as burned out as you do by their daily routine. Some time off from work or school can help you reconnect with the people that mean the most to you in life.

Vacations are good for your health

Remember when we were talking about how a vacation can leave you feeling refreshed and ready for work? There's something about vacations that can have a transformative affect on people, and some believe that the reasons may be medical. A study on people who are at high risk for coronary heart disease found that men that failed to take annual vacations were 32% more likely to have a fatal heart attack. Stress is no joke health-wise, and a buildup of it could lead to a variety of stress-related health problems.

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4 Important Things People Forget About During a Move

by carolinaone_marketing 7. August 2014 04:39

The closing on your new house is finally done, you've taken off a few days from work to devote time to the move, and you feel like you're finally ready for your new home or apartment. It may seem like you have everything under control, but there are always a few things people forget to do during a move. It doesn't matter if you're moving to Goose Greek, SC, Charleston, or somewhere else completely different. Moves can be stressful, and when you're spending time coordinating everything it can be easy to forget things. If your moving day is on the horizon, make sure that you don't forget to do these crucial tasks.

 

 

 

 Find your "hidden" items

You may think you have everything packed, but you may have forgotten some items in out of the way places. If you have crawl spaces, a garage or a shed, make sure that you do a final sweep of these areas. Don't forget about your attic and some of your shelves. People may also forget to pack the valuables they've purposely hidden away to keep safe from thieves. Make sure that you check any of your hidden safes, and boxes with money and jewelry.

Retrieve your loaned items

Who hasn't lent a few items to their neighbors and friends? A power drill, ladder, or appliance you aren't really using could help your neighbors a lot more than they help you. If you aren't careful, however, you could end up accidently making some loaned items into gifts. Make a list of things you've loaned to friends and neighbors over the years, and make sure that you collect everything before you move. Don't make the mistake of assuming that you'll have time to get items later – get them while it's on your mind and you're in moving mode.

Gather your records

Do your kids need to switch schools because of your move? Do you have to switch doctors because you won't be as close to your current one? Make sure to let the right people know that you're moving so that they can transfer any important documents or information before the move. Make sure that you do it now, and don't wait until you're in a bind.

Do a final clean up

Remember that hole in the wall you made when you're first moved in? Do you still see a blotch of spilled paint on the floor from that project a few years ago? Before you set your sights on a new home, clean any messes you made in the old one. It's a common courtesy to make sure that your old house is clean before you move, but you should go the extra mile and repair any damage you have made.

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John's Island: An Island to Call Home

by carolinaone_marketing 18. July 2014 06:30

If you're looking for a place to call home on the south Atlantic coastline, then John's Island SC may be the place for you! Carolina One Real Estate has been helping families find fabulous houses on John's Island for years, and it's no wonder, as the island has plenty to tempt potential residents. Here are some of the best things that the area has to offer:

Paradise on the East Coast

If you're in the market for an island home, but you're not exactly looking to stray too far from the mainland, John's Island is the perfect answer to your needs. With an area of 84 square miles, John's Island is the fourth largest island on the East Coast and boasts a lovely isolated community with easy access to nearby Charleston. Gorgeous classic homes with all of the modern amenities can be found all over the island, many sporting fabulous waterside locations.

A Place for the Animal Lover

John's Island sure has its human inhabitants, but one of the most unique things about this South Carolina town is the wildlife that calls it home. It's an interesting cross-section of woodland and swampland wildlife, as deer and alligators inhabit the same island. Birdwatchers will especially find John's Island a wonderful place to live, as it is home to hundreds of species, including ospreys and bald eagles. 

John's Island also caters to the equestrian crowd, and is home to the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. This center is truly a sight to behold: the property spans over 738 acres and hosts numerous horse shows throughout the year. With four show rings and a Grand Prix ring, it's a special place for anyone with show aspirations, but that isn't the only crowd it caters to. For anyone looking to see nature from atop a horse, the Mullet Equestrian Center also houses 20 miles of trails. Carolina One can not only find you a home close to the Equestrian Center on John's Island, SC, it can find you a place to keep your own horses. Check out this amazing property and see all of your horse dreams come to life!

 

A Piece of History

John's Island is home to a long, storied history and that past is alive and well to this day and several homes date back to the colonial period. On top of that, each year, Legare Farms hosts a reenactment of the Battle of Charleston. The event is fun for the whole family, and you can enjoy food, music, and loads of historical information. It's one of the little things John's Island has to offer that can truly win over a prospective homeowner. 

 

John's Island is a great place to live, relax and raise a family. Check out our listings and find your new home today!

 

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5 Reasons to Visit Summerville, South Carolina

by carolinaone_marketing 16. July 2014 03:27

When you think of South Carolina, what comes to your mind? Perhaps you think of its state nicknames; the Palmetto State, Keystone of the South Atlantic Seaboard, the Iodine State, and even the Rice State. Or maybe you think of its incredible vacationing opportunities, since it has so many beautiful beaches. It is also possible that you think of South Carolina’s spotlight locations, such as Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Magnolia & Cypress Gardens, and the Hilton Head Resorts. However, have you ever considered Summerville?

With summer here, it is only appropriate to live or vacation in a place called Summerville. This lovely part of South Carolina has much to offer its visitors and residents. Here are just a few:

1.       Summerville has been dubbed as “the Flowertown in the Pines” and for a good reason: there are plenty of beautiful flowers which only add the much-needed color every place needs. You will be delighted by the gorgeous display and will never be short of scenery that is aesthetically pleasing.

2.       There are plenty of arts and culture in Summerville. If you enjoy the arts or engaging in a rich cultural lifestyle, then Summerville is definitely a good choice for you. Take Sculpture in the South, for instance. This location allows you and whomever else you wish to bring to put you up close and personal with nationally known sculptors in the area. Here, you will also discover a broad range of original, fine art sculpture from western to wildlife, which is awe-inspiring (especially when it comes to the more abstract pieces).

3.       There are plenty of attractions in Summerville. No matter what reason you decide to visit—whether it is to seek out Summerville SC real estate or to take a vacation—this location has an attraction for you. You can easily take on the charm of the beautiful plantations along Highway 61. Take a trip on the Trolley down Summerville’s Sweet Tea Trail and explore the unique Southern dining, shopping, history, and cultural experiences.

4.       Summerville has an excellent amount of community events. There is the Summerville’s Farmer Market, a Red, White and Blue on the Green event, and even a Third Thursdays Downtown which is perfect for visitors and locals.

5.       The parks are incredible. If you are eager to get more in touch with nature, then let Summerville help. There are multiple parks, such as the Azalea Park, Huger Playground, Doty Park, and much more.

 

If you are thinking of a nice place to live or vacation, then don’t forget about Summerville. This place is a true gem, which is worthy of taking a visit to. 

Why You Should Visit Charleston, South Carolina

by carolinaone_marketing 15. July 2014 06:32

Summer is here, and that means one important thing: it's time for vacation! Many of us take the opportunity to go someplace new and fun, and if you are planning to take a trip this year, there is one state you definitely have to go to – and that state is South Carolina.

South Carolina has numerous areas that are worth taking a trip to. After all, Myrtle Beach is known as an exciting city with a pristine Oceanside location that makes it great for seashell enthusiasts and partygoers alike. Ripley's attractions are a blast that many families go there particularly for. Oh, and let's not forget about the famous Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. But then, there's Charleston.

Charleston is one of the quintessential centers of culture in the south. Founded by English colonists in 1670, the city grew from a colonial seaport to a wealthy metropolis by the mid-eighteenth century. During the 19th century, Charleston's economy prospered due to its busy seaport and cultivation of rice, cotton, and indigo.

Things to Do – Golf

If you enjoy golfing, then Charleston is definitely for you (as well as your family members and friends). The Municipal Golf Course is a great way to play 18 holes in less than four hours. The design of this golf course is similar to a traditional early twentieth century course, but with modern upgrades.

Nearby Beaches – Isle of Palms

One of the most popular destinations in Charleston is the Isle of Palms, which is only twenty-four minutes away from downtown Charleston. The Isle of Palms offers excellent beaches and is perfect for a stroll or a swim. After a refreshing swim, you may find yourself getting a bit peckish, so take this opportunity to try some of the great cuisine that the island has to offer. Head to the Boathouse at Breach Inlet and Acme Lowcountry Kitchen to enjoy the best local seafood!

A Cook's Dream

Speaking of which, if the foodie life appeals to you, then Charleston will not disappoint. Sure, there are tons of fabulous restaurants, but the Charleston City Market is the perfect place to find handmade baskets and southern spices for cooking. If you look for houses for rent in Charleston SC, you will love testing your cooking skills with the ingredients found in this part of the city.

The History

For the history lovers, Charleston is home to the Fort Sumter National Monument, which is the location of the official beginning of the Civil War. This is accessible through the Fort Sumter Ferry Terminal on Sullivan Island, which is roughly twenty minutes from downtown Charleston. And don't forget about the Charleston Museum, the oldest museum in the country (founded 1773), or the many historic plantations in the area.

There is no doubt about it: Charleston is a wonderful vacation location. If you want to take your kids or friends on a trip somewhere, then you should definitely consider Charleston.

 

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What You Need To Ask Yourself before a Move

by carolinaone_marketing 14. July 2014 07:46

We may move for work, we may move for family, but some people move just because they want a change of scenery. The annual migration study conducted by United Van Lines showed that a lot of people moved to the Carolinas in 2013.  With cities like Charleston and Raleigh, and unique areas like Johns Island, SC and Ashville, NC, it can be easy to see why people can’t wait to get to the Carolinas. Sometimes, it takes more than a general good feeling to move to a new area. Before you set your sights on a new place, make sure you know the answers to these important questions.

How much do I really know about where I want to move?

Maybe you want to move since you vacationed in the Carolinas and loved it. Or maybe you’ve read about the state being the hottest place to move. It can be really easy to fall in love with an area when you’re on a vacation or reading about it online, but actually living there can be much different from what you expect. Do you know about laws in the area that you’re planning on moving into? Do you know what your commute will look like?  How much do you know about the local school district? If all you can say about a state is that it’s beautiful or that there is a lot to do, you should start to re-think your decision to move.

How will this affect my bank account?

When we’re talking about your financial situation, we aren’t talking about financing the move. The cost of living can be dramatically different from town to town, and local and state taxes may be different from what you’re used to. A lot of people end up relocating to the south because the area is usually less expensive than most northern states and cities. Moving to a new state area doesn’t automatically mean that you’ll end up living somewhere cheaper, if anything many people overestimate the amount they’ll save and end up with much less extra money that they’d originally hoped. 

Am I ready to devote time to this move?

Moving from town to town in the same general area can be stressful and can require a lot of planning, so you can imagine how long moving to a different state can take. You won’t be able to take a single day off of work and get everything done in one weekend. Think of this move as a process that will have to unfold overtime. You may have to hire professional movers to handle the majority of the work so that you can focus on cleaning, unpacking, and setting everything up in your new place.

 

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