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These Are The 5 Best Places To Live Near Charleston

Whether you’re just tired of the hustle and bustle that comes with living in Charleston, you’re looking for more space to spread out, or you couldn’t find that perfect beachside cottage in the city, this list of the best places to live near Charleston will get you started.

We looked at data from the U.S. Census, AreaVibes, and business listings to find the top five. Let’s take a look at the winners.

1. Mount Pleasant

Source: The Town of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina via Facebook

Key Stats:

• Total crimes per 100k: 2,111

• Unemployment rate: 6.5 percent,

• Average commute time: 22 minutes

Mount Pleasant kicks off our list of the best suburbs of Charleston. This city is just across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge from downtown nightlife, shopping, and entertainment. Housing options range from quaint cottages near the water to condos with amenities on site. Though Mount Pleasant is just a quick drive away from Charleston, residents looking for shopping, dining, and nightlife won’t have to leave their neighborhood. Grab a bite to eat in a creative, lively local cafe like The Pickled Palate, have an upscale New American meal at chic Graze, or grab a drink and get to know your neighbors at sports and sushi bar, Locals Bar.

Outdoor enthusiasts can spend their days on the water at beautiful Memorial Waterfront Park. Residents also enjoy convenient shopping at the open air Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

2. Sullivan’s Island

Source: Poe’s Tavern via Facebook

Key Stats:

• Total crimes per 100k: 818

• Unemployment rate: 4.3 percent

If you can’t get enough of waterfront views, a condo in a turn of the century building or historic home on Sullivan’s Island is the perfect fit. Miles of beaches perfect for jogging, swimming, and water sports will satisfy any outdoor enthusiast.

Grab a bite at local burger bar, Poe’s Tavern, named after the author who once called the island home, or see live music at local bar and venue, The Windjammer.

With the lowest number of total crimes per 100k, Sullivan’s Island isn’t just one of the prettiest suburbs of Charleston; it’s also one of the safest.

3. Folly Beach

Source: Flickr user 22711505@N05

Key Stats:

• Unemployment rate: 5.1 percent

• Average commute time: 22 minutes

Folly Beach is another great suburb of Charleston for potential residents seeking waterfront views. Chic high rises and townhomes along the river are mixed in with oceanfront beach homes.

Outdoor enthusiasts will love walking, biking, and swimming at the scenic Folly Beach County Park’s trails and beaches, and fishing enthusiasts will flock to Folly Beach Fishing Pier.

There are a number of local eateries and bars along Folly Beach Road, including local favorites like Lost Dog Cafe, Rita’s Seaside Grille, and Black Magic Cafe, where foodies can get their fix.

4. Hanahan

Source: City of Hanahan via Facebook

Key Stats:

• Average commute time: 20 minutes

Located north of Charleston, the suburb of Hanahan may not be on the ocean, but Goose Creek Reservoir is a great spot for kayaking and bird watching. Mid-century homes on large lots give residents plenty of room to spread out.

Local eateries and bars like LG’s By the Creek provide a laid back, welcoming atmosphere for residents to relax over a good meal and drink.

Great schools like Hanahan Elementary School and Hanahan Middle School make Hanahan a good Charleston suburb for young families. Hanahan also has the lowest average commute time of any suburb we ranked, making it the perfect spot for those who work (or just love to play) in Charleston.

5. Summerville

Source: Town of Summerville, SC via Facebook

Key Stats:

• Total amenities: 3,758, the second most per capita

Summerville rounds out our list of the best places to live near Charleston with tons of amenities and attractive historic homes, from bungalows to turn of the century brick houses.

Arts and culture enthusiasts will enjoy Summerville’s public sculpture program, Sculpture in the South, or seeing a live show by the local Summerville Orchestra.

Foodies can get their fix at local restaurants like Myles and Jun Yakitori, which serves Japanese cuisine, or Perfectly Franks, which serves creative hot dogs.

The Summerville Country Club and The Club at Pine Forest provide the perfect spots to hit the links or get to know your new neighbors.

Our Methodology

To figure out which Charleston suburbs would make the cut, we took a look at the following criteria:

• Amenities per capita

• Standard of living (cost of living, median home value, median

rent, median household income, and high school graduation


• Total crimes per 100k • Unemployment rate

• Total crimes per 100k • Average commute time

After collecting data for each of the above categories, we ranked each suburb and averaged the scores. The suburbs with the five lowest overall scores made up our best places to live near Charleston.


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April 8, 2016

March 2016 Charleston Housing Inventory Update





Inventory Keeps Charleston Residential Real Estate Market Tight; Prices And Sales

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CHARLESTON, SC—(March 10, 2016) 1,088 homes sold in February in the region at a median price of $236,484 according to preliminary data released today by the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR). In February 2015, 1,012 homes sold at a median price of $212,500. This data reflects a 7.5% increase in sales volume and 11% growth in median price, comparing last February to this February.

Year-to-date figures show 2,054 homes sold in 2016 at a median price of $227,750 in the region. Comparing 2015 figures to 2016 thus far, year-to-date sales volume has increased 7.6% and median price has grown by 7.7%.

Inventory has declined by 21% over the last 12-month period, with 5,055 homes listed as “active” for sale in the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service (CTMLS) as of March 10.


“The historically low level of inventory will continue to impact our market as we move toward the typically busy Spring buying season; inventory has steadily declined since May of last year.” said 2016 CTAR President, Michael Sally. “The pace of sales is still about double what we’d expect in a balanced market, median prices continue to climb at an unprecedented rate and we haven’t yet reached what’s typically the busiest part of the year” he continued. “We are hearing a lot about multiple offer situations as our area continues to enjoy the growth and development of our overall economy, but we need to ensure that, as a region, we are equipped to provide attainable and convenient housing for all Lowcountry residents” he said.

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April 8, 2016

What should I do to get ready?




One of the questions I am asked after a client decides to place their property on the market is, “What should I do to get ready?”  The first thing to remember is that we all have different tastes.  So don’t make a lot of major changes that might suit you but not the new buyers.  A buyer will make changes according to their own decorating preferences.


The key is to keep things simple.  The less clutter the better.  If things seem crowded, think about storing items or use this opportunity to make a donation to your favorite charitable foundation.  


Do make minor repairs such as leaky faucets.   


The overall first impression is most important to a prospective buyer. Outside, landscaping can make a dramatic difference.  Often something as simple as flowers lining a front walkway can make a more inviting entrance.


DON’T go to any great expense.  


One of the aspects of my assistance is that I can provide you with a list of qualified people to assist you in readying your property for sale.  The excellent team of painters, handymen, gardeners and cleaning services can assist you and often at special senior prices.


Let me take the worry out of preparing your property for sale.  I’ll help you organize the necessary work from start to finish, allowing you to concern yourself about more important things.  Call me at (843) 714-5165 or e-mail me at for a FREE consultation and specific information about my services.





Ken Barrack and Terry Linker

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December 2015 SRES newsletter


Walkable Neighborhoods Bring Health Benefits 

You’ve already heard that Millennials, probable future buyers of your home, favor walkable neighborhoods where they can reach transit, restaurants, and shopping without a car.   

But there’s another reason to pick a walkable community when you’re downsizing or choosing a new neighborhood. Walkable communities can have a positive effect on your health, specifically your blood pressure. 

That’s according to preliminary findings of a study (see: and by Dr.  Maria Chiu, a scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

The research suggests that people living in walkable neighborhoods had a 54 percent lower risk of high blood pressure when compared to those who moved to less walkable areas. 

Researchers used Walk Score ( )a site that allows you to type in an address to see just how walkable it is, and data from the Canadian Community Health Survey to see what happened to participants’ blood pressure as they moved from highly walkable neighborhoods to less walkable areas. 

The theory is that those living in pedestrian-friendly areas incorporated physical activity into their routines as they went about taking care of the daily tasks of life. 

Financially savvy seniors 

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation have joined forces to help seniors get savvier about finances. 

NCOA ( is working with local organizations to deliver financial seminars and advice for seniors in six cities – Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Galveston/Houston, Los Angeles, and Oklahoma City – and refer them to local resources to help them with financial challenges. 

In addition, NCOA has developed an online tool, the EconomicCheckUp (, to help seniors assess their own financial situation.  

You answer 23 questions and the tool generates a personalized report and suggests ways to improve your financial picture. It also provides links for help with saving money, finding jobs, and addressing housing challenges – property taxes, weatherization assistance, and foreclosure. 

Another online calculator comes from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In November, it launched “Planning for Retirement,” that helps you determine the best time to start taking Social Security benefits. 

You can test-drive different scenarios to see the effect of claiming benefits early or at full retirement age.   



New day, new scam

You’ve got to hand it to scam artists. They’re innovative, committed, and creative. 

It’s good to stay on top of the latest ploys scammers have devised to victimize people. 

AARP provides a map of the United States so you can click on your state to see what scammers are up to where you live. See the Fraud Map at:;jsessionid=19F0B5E0A9D3F0E6961261B76D66726E.app263b 

AARP also keeps an eye out new scams, like one that targets Veterans ( and their families. 

Sign up for AARP Fraud Watch Network ( to receive free e-mail alerts about the latest scams and scam prevention tips. 

Wintering well

The winter chill has already begun settling in. If you’re not a snowbird, the months ahead can be bleak and daunting. 

Norwegians have a way to make winter less oppressive. They call it koselig, and it entails generating warmth, light, coziness, and conviviality. 

The concept seems a bit vague, but several people have written about the more concrete aspects of it. 


Some of the strategies may be worth a try this year. 

So pull out your blankets, build a fire, light some candles, and throw a dinner party. 

Celebrate the season. 

And good luck.






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