Five Tips for Finding an Affordable Vacation Rental

by carolinaone_marketing 26. January 2016 10:45

If you live anywhere in the Northeast for Mid-Atlantic, you are probably still digging yourself out of snow right now. These areas were hit hard by Jonas, and the snowstorm triggered heavy snowfall, high winds, and heavy flooding in some shore towns. Some areas got as much as 30 inches of snow. If you have tired of Old Man Winter's antics and are ready for summer, it is never too early to get started looking for a summer rental. There are many places to check out, but we are partial to Isle of Palms SC vacation rentals as they offer beautiful Southern architecture, pristine beaches, and a whole lot of Southern charm as well. Here are a few tips to help you find an affordable vacation rental. 

Book Early: Most vacation homes see spots filled up well before Memorial Day – in fact, it is not out of the question to see coveted times of summer booked months in advance. Therefore, if you have a specific time in mind for when you want to visit Isle of Palms, begin as early as possible. At the same time, if you have more wiggle room, it might be advantageous to book early as well as you might get a better deal. Some rental owners and their agents would prefer to get a spot filled than play the waiting game. This could mean that they're more willing to settle at a lower price.

Don't Be Afraid to Negotiate: It never hurts to negotiate. In many cases the owner or agent will have a number in mind that they're willing to go down to if needed, but you should be prepared to walk or pay the asking price as some aren't willing to budge. Still, if you can save money doing so, it can't hurt to try.

Book a Vacation Rental outside of Town or off the Beach: There's no question that beachfront property has its perks, but it comes at a price. If you don't need to have a place on the beach or right downtown and are just looking for a place to relax, you might be able to save a significant amount of money booking a vacation rental in a less sought after location.

Choose a Less Popular Week and Earn Extra Perks: Isle of Palms is a beautiful place to visit all-year round. If you're willing to visit at an off-peak time, you may be able to get extra perks as motivation for signing up for that week. It's not unheard of to have your pet fees waived or even have your groceries paid for to entice you to book an off-peak time that may not get as much interest.

 

Consult an Agent: Various vacation rental sites will only provide you with the listings; they will not give you recommendations, inside information, and details about Isle of Palms vacation rentals as an agent would. An agent could keep an eye out for special deals and good owners whom they've worked with in the past. It might be a good idea to consult one, especially if you're not from the area. 

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Four Reasons Why You Should Take a Vacation as Soon as Possible

by carolinaone_marketing 30. December 2015 08:38

Are you looking to start 2016 off feeling your best, performing better at the office, and improving your family life? If so, take a vacation. No seriously. The holiday season can be a festive time, but it can also be a stressful one as well.  Think of all the things you have to do this time of year. You have to worry about finding gifts in overcrowded malls and stores, deal with inclement weather if you live in areas prone to that, deal with daily stressors at work and at home, and interact with your extended family.

 

Over the course of the six week season, it makes sense that you might leave it a little more stressed than you were when you entered it. Plus, we can't rule out other facets of health either. During the holiday season, many of us will throw caution to the wind when it comes to food and drink in the name of merriment. By the time January 1st hits, you might find that your clothing quite doesn't fit as well as it did over the summer. 

 

Taking a vacation now can help you offset some of the negative aspects of the holiday season and allow you to start the New Year off right. Need some more motivation? Here are several reasons why you should take a vacation as soon as possible:

 

You May Lose Them at the End of the Year: Are you the type who likes to save their days until the end of the year. More companies are adopting a "use them or lose them" policy. Therefore, it might be a risk to save your vacation days until later in the year. A new project could come up or there may be a round of layoffs that eliminates your ability to take off.

 

You'll Be More Productive at Work: Taking a week off from work may seem like the opposite of being productive, but this couldn't be further from the truth.  According to a survey conducted by Expedia in 2012, 34% of professionals came back from the holidays feeling refreshed and more able to work. Think about it. If you're relaxed and rested, wouldn't you able to work more efficiently?

 

 

You Will Live Longer: Studies have indicated that people who vacation more live on average 20% more than those who are chained to their desks. Let's say you spend a week in one of the many great Isle of Palms vacation rentals in South Carolina. Wouldn't you want to live longer just so you could come back? In all seriousness, vacationing improves stress levels and reduces inflammation, which is responsible for a host of different chronic conditions.

 

 

You Will Have a Memory You and Your Family Can Enjoy: If your household is like most households in America, you probably spend too little time together and that time is spent looking down at your mobile devices. Vacations allow families to reconnect and provide a memory that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. If you want to make an investment in improving your family life, a vacation may provide to pay excellent dividends. 

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Enjoying the Foods of the Low Country

by carolinaone_marketing 23. November 2015 09:40


Earlier this month, Anthony Bourdain focused one of his episodes of CNN'S Parts Unknown on the great city of Charleston. If there is something that the Low Country is known for more than anything else, it could be its legendary cuisine. Bourdain had conducted a show in Charleston once before, but he felt that he didn't get it done right the first time. For example, he had champagne with his oyster pie.

 

For the purposes of the episode, Bourdain met with a number of different chefs and celebrities in order to fully capture the Low Country cuisine. He spent a majority of the episode with Chef Sean Brock – a culinary superstar who is the executive chef of Huck and a previous recipient of the James Beard Award for Best Southeast Chef. You might have seen him on The Mind of a Chef if you were a fan of that show.

 

The biggest star seen on the show was Bill Murray. Bill Murray is a part owner for the Charleston RiverDogs. He is also an active member of the Charleston community. Murray, Brock, and Bourdain discussed some of the nuances of Low Country cuisine and the laid back lifestyle that makes Charleston, South Carolina such a wonderful place to visit. If you want to relax by the beach, check out amazing historical attractions, and eat some of the best food in the country, Charleston has it all

What Is Low Country Cuisine?

 


As Chef Sean Brock pointed out, one could say that Low Country cuisine is America's first cuisine. It has connections to New Orleans cuisine and Cajun cuisine, but it is certainly a cuisine of its own. It comprises the food cultivated by farmers and chefs along the South Carolina coast and into Georgia. We call it the Low Country because it is the area of South Carolina below the Sandhills. Any part of South Carolina above the Sandhills is appropriately called the Up Country.

 

The Low Country and Up Country are somewhat different in regard to cuisine. The Low Country incorporates much more in the way of seafood. Some of the cuisine's most famous dishes include She-crap Soup, the aforementioned oyster pie, shrimp and grits, crab cakes, Lowcountry boil, and Frogmore stew. Seafood is typically offered at most meals as it is readily available and fresh. This is why you won't find as much seafood-heavy dishes in the interior parts of South Carolina. Before refrigeration and modern forms of shipment, you couldn't get seafood in these parts because of the spoilage risks.

 

Besides seafood, vegetables, beans, Charleston red rice, and grits are all major components of Low Country cuisine.  You can also find baked mac and cheese, black-eyed peas dishes, fried okra, and much more. Whatever your diet preferences are, you're sure to find something you like in the Low Country.

 

 

If you are looking at vacation rentals in Isle of Palms, SC remember to bring your appetite when you come to the Low Country. In addition to the amazing beaches, Southern hospitality of the residents, and beautiful architecture, people come to the Charleston area for the delicious food. Consider Charleston, SC for your next vacation spot for a culinary experience like no other. 

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Why a Vacation Is the Perfect Holiday Gift

by carolinaone_marketing 20. November 2015 10:21

The holidays are just around the corner, and husbands, wives, girlfriends, and boyfriends are trying to think of the perfect gift to get their sweetheart.  You’ve already given them jewelry, they seem to have every Blu-ray and DVD they could want, and it seems like as soon as you give them an electronic it’s already out of date.  Did you know that there’s a perfect gift you give your special someone that’s guaranteed to be something they’ll want?  Instead of giving them A materialistic item, think about getting them a getaway for the holidays.  A vacation, whether you take it during the holidays or a different time, can be the ideal gift for your partner.  It can to their favorite vacation destination, somewhere new, or even local.  It doesn’t matter where you go, because vacation gifts have these characteristics in common.

 

They’ll have a gift that will last

 

 

Novelty is something that almost every gift comes with, but it’ll eventually wear off.  Your boyfriend or girlfriend may love the video game that you got them, but they’re going to eventually beat it and move on to something else.  Jewelry can last for years, but rings and necklaces can eventually go out of style.  The memories from their vacation will last for a lifetime.  They won’t get bored with them, they won’t go out of style, and they can’t return it.

 

They can make it their own

 

If you’re worried about your loved one not liking their vacation, you don’t have to plan it all out before you start booking flights and rentals.  You can easily say that you’ve set money aside, and then you can both go about planning their perfect vacation.  If they want to lie on the beach all day and read a book, they can plan a getaway to somewhere peaceful and tropical.  If they always wanted to see the Carolinas, you can look for houses for rent in Charleston, SC.  Whatever they want, you can make it possible. 

 

It’s a gift you can share

 

There’s something to be said about sharing experiences with somebody that you love.  You can buy your wife a diamond bracelet, but you both can’t wear it.  You could take turns reading a book or playing a game, but one of you will always be ahead of the other.  A vacation is the ultimate gift you both can share.  You’ll be able to plan the ultimate vacation, and then spend it with the one you love.  What could possibly be a better gift than that?

 

 

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Don't Make These Mistakes for Your Home Inspection

by carolinaone_marketing 18. November 2015 09:07

Once you agree to a deal with the seller of your prospective home, one of the biggest hurdles that still remains is the home inspection. Although a home inspection isn't mandatory to purchase a home, it is recommended by all realtors as it can be a way for prospective homebuyers to identify potential problems before they purchase a home. It can also help with negotiations. Potentially, if there is an issue with the home that requires fixing before moving in, a home inspection can provide the evidence necessary to negotiate with the seller to make repairs. However, in order to ensure you have the right information, you'll need a quality home inspection. Here are several mistakes to avoid:

 

Go with Your Home Inspector to Inspect the Home: One of the worst mistakes you can make is not going to the home inspection. While it's not mandatory and it might be tempting to skip with all of the other things you need to do, viewing the home with your home inspector can provide the insight necessary to make decisions on your home. Although your home inspector will provide you with an in-depth report and pictures, attending the home inspection can provide invaluable information.

 

Don't Have a Friend or Family Do Your Home Inspection: Another issue that frequently comes up with home inspections is the issue of amateur inspection. Do you have a friend or family member that is a handy man? They can help you when a problem arises but don't use them for your home inspection unless they are licensed and have the proper training. Although you might want to use a friend or family member to save some money, you could lose much more in the long run if he or she misses anything serious.

 

Don't Skimp on Services: The typical home inspection doesn't include things like termite inspection or radon inspection. When compared to the actual home inspection, these services are pretty miniscule, so it might be worth it to pay for these services as well. In the grand scheme of things, what's a hundred dollar more when compared to any long-term issues that you might not be aware of when choosing to not get these services.

 

 

Carolina One Real Estate is dedicated to providing prospective homeowners with the information needed to make informed buying decisions. We can provide a Charleston real estate guide to help you know what to do to secure a home, how to make the process as easy as possible, and what you should look for in a home inspector. Visit www.carolinaonerealestate.com today to check out listings in the Charleston area. 

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Planning for Retirement? 6 Things to Consider when Buying a Charleston Home

by carolinaone_marketing 9. November 2015 07:03

If you are retiring soon or simply trying to plan ahead, Charleston may be your desired destination. We're not surprised. Our city combines just the right amount of culture and comfortable climate with easy access to everything to attract seniors in droves. However, these are not the only things that you will be thinking about when buying a retirement home for yourself and your spouse. Here are some of the major issues that you should address before making any final decisions:

senior couple on the beach

Mobility

Consider your mobility, now and in the future. You may be really active now but as you age, things that were easy to navigate may become more of a challenge. With that in mind, choose a home that will be easy to get around in once you start to slow down a bit.

This could mean buying a rancher or at least a home with a potential bedroom and full bathroom on the ground floor; it could also mean looking for a walk-in shower so that you don't have to strain yourself getting over a high tub, non-slip floors for safety, lever door handles to avoid arthritis pain, large doorways and open design in case you ever need a walker or other assistance, etc.

Also, give some thought to how you'll get around. Are there senior services or bus routes in the area that can transport you if driving becomes a problem? Make sure that your new home is either near some form of transportation or within walking distance of a number of shops, restaurants, and other locations.

Medical Facilities

Even if you are in perfect health at the moment, aging naturally involves extra medical attention. When the time comes and you need to visit a doctor, clinic or E.R. on short notice, it will be good to have some quality options in your immediate vicinity. Being closer could make a major difference in an emergency, but it will take a lot of the stress out of those regular checkups, as well. 

Friendly, Safe Neighborhoods

Finding a friendly, safe neighborhood is a big part of ensuring a happy, healthy retirement. As you become older, choosing a new community carefully, with safety in mind, will not only protect you from most threats, it will offer you peace of mind. And while, at Carolina One, we're proud to say that our city is a very safe one in general, no place is perfect. When looking for real estate in or around Charleston, SC, visit the districts you are considering and talk to your potential neighbors. They will give you a good indication of the general vibe of an area and how approachable and caring everyone is.

Money

It's important to calculate your post-retirement budget very carefully before you start to look at homes. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will you be selling your current home, handing it over to your children, or keeping it to live in for some of the year?
  • How much should you factor in for unforeseen expenses, like medical bills and repairs?
  • What will the new cost of living be like in your new location? For instance, are groceries and gas more or less expensive where you will be?
  • Does the home you are looking at have an updated heating system, or will you need to fix it? This applies to the roof, the electric, etc.
  • Will the home be paid off by the time you actually hit retirement?

The answers to all of these questions, along with an estimated future income, will help you to determine your buying power, as well as how much cushion you'll have after retirement. Talk to a financial planner about your possible plans – they can help you to determine a budget based on all of these factors and more.

Visitors

If you're settling on Charleston in the first place, presumably you are doing so with family in mind. If your children and grandkids have a home nearby, that's great! On the other hand, maybe you picked Charleston more for your own convenience and your children are a bit further afield.  Or perhaps they are scattered and you're picking a convenient midway point. No matter what the case, you'll need to decide whether or not you'll be hosting them overnight when choosing a home. They may not want or be able to pay for a hotel every time they visit. Decide how much space you and they will need, how long they would be likely to stay, and whether or not you can afford the extra square footage in the first place.

Hobbies

One of the major problems that people have when they retire is finding things to do. Many seniors will tell you that after working a 9-5 job for 40+ years, doing nothing makes them stir crazy. Because of this, it's crucial that your new home offers some kind of outlet for your energies. This can be something like a large yard with a lot of space for planting a garden or perhaps a work shed in which you or your spouse can take up woodworking, sculpting or painting.

Charleston parkIn addition to space for at-home hobbies, your neighborhood should provide easy access to other activities. For instance, look for places with bike paths and parks in the near vicinity, beach access, or perhaps a gym or yoga class that you can walk to. A local art gallery or movie theatre will give you a way to get out and enjoy the arts, or perhaps you can find a nearby bar or restaurant that features live musical acts every week. Look for a location that will keep you engaged with life!

Retirement is complicated, but living in Charleston provides enough rewards to be worth the effort. Contact us at Carolina One Real Estate to start your search!

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What Happens AFTER Your Offer Is Accepted?

by carolinaone_marketing 5. November 2015 05:29

woman closing on homeWe help lots of people find great homes in Goose Creek, SC. A big part of that job is helping potential buyers navigate their way through the real estate process. Every step, from choosing neighborhoods to look at and setting a budget to making the offer itself, can be complicated. But all too often, that's where the advice ends. What happens next—after the seller has accepted your offer?

Once the offer is accepted, there are some basic steps you should expect. Most of these require action on your part, and while your realtor can walk you through them, it helps to know what to plan for. Here is the buying process from offer acceptance to moving in, in eight simple steps. 

1.  Earnest money – "Earnest money" serves as proof you are serious about the house and gives the seller some assurance you will follow through. It's a small amount by real estate standards, typically $1,000 and rarely more than $5,000. You pay this in cash immediately when the offer is accepted. The seller will keep this money even if you walk away—it serves as a form of compensation for their lost time on the market (though they may have other legal options as well). Assuming you follow through, it will be deducted from the amount you pay at closing.

2.  Home inspection – Most offers are made contingent on a home inspection. You should schedule the inspection right away when your offer is accepted. Ideally, search for and talk to a local inspector before the offer is accepted, so you can move quickly (your realtor can recommend a reliable local inspector). Be sure you ask the inspector what is and is not checked for on their inspection. If you pull out of a contingent offer due to inspection results, you will get your earnest money back.

3.  Mortgage paperwork – As part of the offer process, you signed a sales contract. Immediately when this is signed you should notify your lender. Presumably, they have pre-approved you for at least this amount, and they will now start the mortgage process. They will ask you for a lot of paperwork—make a checklist and get them everything as quickly as you can.

4.  Title commitment – A title commitment is an official review of the property title and its legal history. This is conducted by a title company that may be named in the sales contract. Your lender or realtor can refer you to a title company if needed. This report will show any liens on the property. If there is anything unexpected you should consult with a lawyer—do not take the seller's word for it.

5.  Appraisal – Your lender will start an appraisal process for you, but only when you tell them the inspection is complete and that the offer is going forward (so keep them in the loop). They will order the appraisal so that they can verify the house is worth the value being discussed.

6.  Insurance & warranty – Home insurance and a warranty is required by your lender, but you must obtain the insurance yourself. If your down payment is less than 10% of the price, you will likely also need mortgage insurance. Find out exactly what insurance and warranty your lender needs, then shop for quotes from multiple insurance agencies before you choose one.

7.  Closing date – The closing date is determined in the sales contract and is the "deadline" by which the above must be done. However, you will need the title company present at the closing, so you should call well in advance to make sure they have an opening. The closing itself is easy, as the paperwork should already be done and there should be no surprises.

8.  Utility transfer – You will want to either transfer utilities to your name or have them turned on if they were disconnected. In some states, there will be a list of utility transfer information in the Seller's Disclosure. If this isn't the case in your state, be sure to ask the seller for the info you need.

 

That's all it takes—the house is officially yours and you're ready to move in!

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Which Charleston Suburb is Right for You?

by carolinaone_marketing 5. October 2015 04:47

When you are moving to the Charleston, SC area and looking for real estate, you'll have a lot of decisions to make. You'll be trying to find a good value for your money, enough space for everyone, quality school systems, and many other things. However, the first thing you'll have to consider is whether or not you want to live in the city or in one of the many suburbs. If you have kids, don't like being kept up at night by loud city noises, like to garden, or appreciate fresh air and breathing room, then a suburb is the way to go.

But which one? There are many suburbs around Charleston, each with its own unique personality and advantages. At Carolina One, we want you to make an informed decision when choosing a new home. In this blog, we'll go over the pros and cons of four of the most popular Charleston suburbs to help you narrow the search.

Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant home

Mt. Pleasant has a lot going for it. It's a large town of over 60,000 people (big enough to be considered a city itself), most of whom commute to Charleston – and for good reason. Mt. Pleasant is the closest to Charleston of any of the suburbs listed here, at only about 3 miles at the shortest point (though it can be ten miles or more, depending on where you work in the city and what side of Mt. Pleasant you live on).

As such a large town, the area has many amenities and attractions, and offers easy access to the beach through smaller adjacent towns like Sullivans Island and Isle of Palms. However, the ease of commute and the fact that this town was named one of the top places to live in the U.S. does mean that it costs a bit more. The median home value here is about $382,000*, the most expensive of the four locations that we are detailing here. However, if you have the money, the varied community and ease of access are well worth it.

Goose Creek

Goose Creek is about 20 minutes northwest of North Charleston and about 30 minutes northwest of the downtown area, depending on traffic of course. It is a little over half the size of Mt. Pleasant, population-wise, at 36,000 residents, and offers a quaint, small-town vibe that it has retained despite its burgeoning population. The home values in this town are among the lowest of any Charleston area suburb, at a median of about $171,000, so if you are looking for an affordable place that's not too far from the city and offers a vibrant local community, Goose Creek is a great option! They also boast a highly-rated school system and a number of festivals and activities for residents and visitors alike.

Summerville

Summerville is known locally for its beautiful flowers and pine trees and, in the past, was a well-recognized summer retreat and spa town for city dwellers looking to escape the mosquitoes and heat. It's located just a bit further away than Goose Creek – taking about 35 minutes to get to from downtown Charleston – and has about the same population as well (about 3,000 fewer). The town boasts loads of historic buildings, easy access to plantations and gardens, and lots of shopping in picturesque village areas. Summerville is also similar to Goose Creek in terms of home value, as the median here is roughly $184,000, making it a good choice for new families or couples.

Johns Island

Johns Island property

Johns Island is the least populous of the suburbs on our list, at only about 20,000 people. However, this lack of buzz means that the island is peaceful and has retained a great deal of its natural beauty. Many of the vistas are of tidal creeks and backwater, with the homes here nestled among them.

All of this is surprising, since Johns Island is located at a cozy ten to fifteen minute drive from the downtown area of Charleston. Again, however, the closer you are, the more you pay. While the median home values here are a little lower than those of Mount Pleasant, at about $227,000, they exist in less abundance. In other words, there are simply fewer homes here, but if you can nab one for a reasonable price, you will always love the view! Also, with a number of empty lots available here, the island is an ideal location in which to build your dream home.

If you want more information on these or the other suburbs of Charleston, contact us today at Carolina One Real Estate! Our expert real estate agents will guide you towards the right property for your budget and preferences.

 

*All median values as of 2013. 

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4 of the Best Breakfast & Brunch Places in Charleston

by carolinaone_marketing 18. September 2015 06:45

When moving to Charleston, South Carolina, you aren't just looking for a good neighborhood and school system (although those may be your primary concerns). Most people don't want to live in a place with nothing to eat, and one of the things that draws people to this city is its eclectic food scene. With cultural influences like English, Scottish, French, and Cajun, there is a particular flavor to Charleston that is all its own. Carolina One has already listed some of the best all-around city restaurants in this blog, so we thought we'd cover something a little more specific and review some of our favorite picks for breakfast and brunch. Here they are:


1.  The Hominy Grill
– What's more southern than grits . . . and what's more Charleston than the Hominy Grill? They offer a breakfast menu for weekdays and a special brunch menu on weekends. Their breakfast menu offers a number of standard staples like shrimp and grits, omelets, and biscuits and gravy, but clearly they're incredibly good at making them or the place wouldn't be such an establishment in the city. If you go for brunch on the weekend, they offer such delectable items as she-crab soup with sherry, a Low Country omelet with red rice and shrimp gravy, and a fried green tomato BLT. Yummm! And get a side of their famous grits to go with anything!

2.  Poogan's Porch – Though they only offer brunch on weekends from 9 A.M. to 2:30P.M., Poogan's Porch is well worth it! They have unique offerings like the fried alligator with honey Jalapeño dressing, Blackend catfish with bacon, black-eyed pea, and butter bean succotash, and cinnamon French toast with strawberries and pecans. In addition, they offer essentials with a twist, like chicken and waffles with blueberry Texas Pete maple syrup, and locally-inspired Charlestowne Fry (an omelet with fried oysters, gouda, bacon, and remoulade). The restaurant also has a killer atmosphere, being set in a restored Victorian home and named for a dog that used to live on the porch – in other words, the perfect vision of an idyllic southern brunch! 

3.  Gaulart & Maliclet – This casual establishment reflects the French influence on the city, offering a breakfast every morning (except Sundays) starting at 8 A.M. with a number of basics that will be great for eating in or taking on-the-go. Have a ham and cheese croissant, a fruit salad, or a filled PB&J croissant with made-to-order French press coffee. How many places offer that? And all of these come at an impressively low price that will definitely have you coming back to Gaulart & Maliclet on days when you forgot your lunch.

4.  The Park Café – A local neighborhood establishment right off of Hampton Park in north Charleston, the Park Café emphasizes local, fresh ingredients and unassuming, yet flavorful dishes. They offer both breakfast and lunch menus, replete with distinctive offerings like «Ębleskiver (Danish popovers), Veggie Mess (scrambled eggs, cheddar, avocado and veggie curry), creamy kale with parmesan, and the Park Burger with bacon, aioli, tomato and cheddar. All of this is offered in a sunny, spacious building surrounded by trees and filled with indoor plants and rustic, but modern décor.

These are just some of our picks for breakfast and brunch in Charleston. What are yours?

 

If you are considering moving to our great city, the many fantastic food options may convince you. Check out our Charleston SC homes for sale at Carolina One and the many other restaurants that you will experience here today!

 

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Goose Creek, SC: The Perfect Environment for Young Students

by carolinaone_marketing 4. September 2015 05:26

Can you believe it's already time to start another school year? It seems like summer just began! This can be a stressful and overwhelming time for both students and parents alike – especially parents who are trying to enroll their children in a new school system. However, if your child will be going to school in Goose Creek, you're in luck! Goose Creek, SC is the perfect environment for young students. Here are three reasons why:

kids learning together 

1.  Highly Regarded School Systems – One of the biggest concerns that parents have when enrolling their children in a new school is the value of the education they will receive. It can be hard to find a good school in a new area that you are unfamiliar with, but Goose Creek's is one of the best. The teachers here are uniquely dedicated to ensuring that each student gets the attention that they need. Goose Creek schools always rank well above average in the area for quality education.

2.  Safe, Small Town Community Feel – Your child should have no problem making friends in this town, both at school and outside of it. Goose Creek prides itself on the friendly citizens and small-town community feel. It has 36,000 residents spread out over 32.5 square miles, which helps to keep everyone in town rather close-knit without the crowding of a larger city. The historic town also has a very low crime rate, which means that your children will be able to make friends and walk around town with very little fear for their safety.

 man sitting by the water

3.  Fun Community Events and Activities for Everyone – Goose Creek, SC may be a small town, but that doesn't mean that it's boring. There are always plenty of community events and activities that your child can partake in. Your child can play at the many nearby parks, enjoy the annual Fall festival, and much more! Goose Creek is also famous for its historic churches, which your family can visit for a day of educational fun. And, if you are religious and looking for a church to attend, the area has an abundance of them in several different denominations. You'll have no problem finding a welcoming congregation that you and your child can get involved with.

Do you currently live in Goose Creek, SC? What do you love the most about it and what do you think makes it the perfect place for raising school-aged children? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts! 

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