So much to eat, so little time..

With Charleston Restaurant Week and Second Sunday on King St. taking place this weekend, rest assured that there will be plenty to do.

As I wrote in January when Restaurant Week occurred, the event is an excellent chance to enjoy the cuisine of the Lowcountry at affordable prices. You can choose from various participating restaurants and menus that feature three courses for either $20, $30, or $40. The majority of restaurants downtown are included, along with others in Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, West Ashley, John’s Island, Folly Beach, and Kiawah. The event started on the 4th and goes through 9/15.

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Downtown Charleston‘s restaurant scene is thriving with an abundance of new places, along with many more to come in the next couple of months. Rutledge Cab Co. opened on the edge of Wagener Terrace/North Central. This has turned out to be an excellent location that is now known for their breakfast menu that is served all day long, along with some other unique burgers and appetizers. You can check them during restaurant week with three courses for $30.

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On King St. the new Republic Garden and Lounge is offering three for $30. The Republic replaced another cocktail bar and restaurant, Chai’s, and has been a hit since it opened last Spring. The Charleston City Paper seemed impressed with this included in their review:

Republic Reign has taken careful steps to create an upscale lounge environment with a strong cocktail program and respectable menu. The lounge opened in March under the watchful eye of Evan Powell, previously of Market Pavilion and Fish, with a menu created by executive chef Benjamin Harris, formerly of Poogan’s Porch.

With so many new places to try, it’s hard to imagine that there is more coming. There are 8 additional highly anticipated openings around town over the next couple of months. One of them, Sweet Radish Bakeshop, is Charleston’s first and only gluten-free bakery that is opening later this month. This unique new addition to the Charleston culinary scene in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood is extremely exciting for those of us with celiac disease, and will also be a nice treat for everyone to enjoy.

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The owners of Bin 152, a fabulous wine and cheese bar in the King St. Historic District are opening a restaurant called Chez Nous in November in an entirely different location, not far from Sweet Radish in Elliotborough. It will be in a very cozy historic house built in the mid-1800’s that they are renovating. According to Eater Charleston,

The menu will consist of two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts and will remain the same through lunch and dinner. They want the place to feel like you’re sitting down to eat in a friend’s home. Co-owner Fanny’s family grew up in South West France, and she wants to showcase the simple food of that region. The smallest restaurant in Charleston with only 30 seats is set to make a big impact.

As if this isn’t enough to digest (no pun intended), or enough to plan for the next 10 days of dining, Second Sunday on King St. and First Friday on Broad St. are also taking place. Second Sunday on King has really expanded. Along with tons of great places to eat (some restaurants are even doing restaurant week lunch deals) there will be live musicians up and down the street, vendors, food trucks, and art. You can also pop into our lovely dunes properties office at 214 King St. and see the new art and then head next door for lunch at the new restaurant, Kitchen 208, for a bite!

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Another new perk is that free parking vouchers can be downloaded through the event website here. And don’t forget that tonight you can stroll down Broad St. and East Bay St. and wander in and out of the art galleries while enjoying snacks and wine for First Friday on Broad St.

 

 

The Ins and Outs of Downtown Charleston Condos

With so many different buildings in the Charleston Peninsula, sometimes it’s hard to know what is what. Downtown has such a wide variety of property when it comes to houses and condominiums. Condos can come in the form of a part of a large historic home or a high-rise building, or as a luxurious penthouse overlooking the water. You’d probably be surprised how many mysterious buildings are actually condominiums, and that there are quite a few of them downtown. Condos downtown can range anywhere from a mixed-use loft on the Eastside starting at $224,900 to a $3 million 3,000+ square foot luxury condo overlooking waterfront park in the French Quarter.

Here are most of the different condominiums downtown and which neighborhood they belong to. If you want to see details and exactly what is for sale in each one, just click on the name!

South of Broad  

French Quarter  

Harleston Village  

Downtown   (King St. Historic District)

Ansonborough 

Westside  /Medical Complex Area

Radcliffeborough 

Eastside  

Wagener Terrace 

North Central 

 

Great properties under $500,000 downtown

When most people think about buying a home in downtown Charleston, one of the first things that comes to mind is “expensive.” While there are plenty of properties located in prestigious areas like South of Broad, the French Quarter, and Harleston Village that are in the million dollar price point, some might be surprised to find that there are affordable properties in spots like these. Single family homes are more sparse South of the Crosstown, but there are some great finds in the Hampton Park/Wagener Terrace neighborhoods. For first-time home buyers that think finding a single-family home in their price range downtown is impossible, take a look at some of these. Here are some fantastic 2-3 bedrooms houses that have been renovated, are very affordable, and are in an area that is really progressing.

250 W Poplar Street is a quaint 3 bedroom/2 bathroom house located in Wagener Terrace that was just listed for $339,000 and underwent thorough renovations in 2008/2009. One distinct feature about houses in this area is that properties, like this one, have fantastic yard space.

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15 Felix St. is a custom built home in a fantastic location that is just blocks away from College of Charleston, King St. Shopping, and Marion Square. With 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, this is located in Cannonborough-Elliottborough and is listed for $499,000. In the heart of College of Charleston student living, this is a great investment property.

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10 Rutledge Ave., Unit C is the only single family property available South of Broad in this price range. This is an old carriage house that has been completely renovated with 1 bedroom and 2 full bathrooms and is listed for $395,000. Although this is a smaller property, you can’t beat the location and the updates are beautiful.

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While there are less single family homes available under $500,000, there are plenty of condos available in this range. The unique feature about condos downtown is that they can be in a large complex, such as the Fort Sumter House at 1 King St. South of Broad, or they can be a single unit in a larger historic house.

18 Savage St., Unit A is the lower half of a Charleston Single that is comprised of 3 units. This 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo is listed for $439,000 South of Broad and is a lovely property.

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79 Society Street, Unit A is another beautiful condo located in Downtown near the King St. Historic District. This 2 bedroom/2 bathroom is listed for $475,000 with full interior and exterior renovations.

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21 George St is an amazing building right off of King St. and up the street from College of Charleston. One of my co-workers has a very spacious 1 bedroom/2 bathroom listed, #207, with over 1200 square feet for $474,500. This complex was built in 2007 and includes a gym, garage parking, and a rooftop deck.

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To browse on your own, click on one of the links below:

Condos under $500,000

Houses under $500,000