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 

 

Dunes and Charleston featured on House Hunters

Last week it was very exciting to see Charleston on HGTV’s House Hunters. While it’s always fun to see your town on television, this episode was particularly entertaining because one of Dunes Properties‘ agents, Kristin Walker, was the real estate agent! The house hunters were from Boston and had decided to buy a vacation home here after visiting the area and loving it. They were looking for a single-family home with features such as hardwood floors and a working fireplace along with a location that puts them in walking distance to shops

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and restaurants. There were a couple of more difficult items on their wish list that are more rare in Charleston, such as a small yard/space to separate them from their neighbors, and that the wife did not want her home to be on a street where she would see any horse-and-carriage tours, which are extremely common in the historic areas.

Kristin showed them numerous properties, and three were featured on the show. The properties varied in location downtown. They looked in Harleston Village, Radcliffeborough, and in areas around Hampton Park. Some of the common things you will find in historic Charleston property, such as slanted floors, homes dated back to the late 1800’s, and lack of yard space were a little unsettling for the clients. Kristin pointed out that these are all features you are going to find in any Charleston home, unless it is a new property. But, these types of features are what give historic Charleston properties their character, and the Boston residents came around. They chose a great home right up the street from my place in Harleston Village on a small street called Poulnot Lane. A yard was very desirable for them, and an appealing part of the houses on this particular street is that most of them have courtyards and a little more yard space than other homes have that are very close together. Although they will still see the daily carriage tours, this spot is in a prime location within easy walking distance to shopping and dining.

The episode aired on HGTV last Thursday, 2/21.

Charleston Grill, Leaf, Pane e Vino, Husk and more..

My most favorite place to dine, dessert, and drink is Charleston Grill inside Charleston Place Hotel. The Hotel is fabulous, and the restaurant, in my opinion, is the nicest, classiest restaurant in Charleston. The atmosphere is welcoming and beautiful. The Grill has live jazz nightly from a vast range of world-class musicians. The staff is also so amazing, truly the best service in town. We decided to go for some dessert last week and had some great dishes.

This is a ricotta cheesecake with chocolate, tart cherries, pistachio gelato, and a cannoli shell

This is my all-time favorite, vanilla bean crème brûlée with fresh berries

 

 

Butcher and Bee

 

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This amazing new joint,

just celebrated their one-year anniversary, changes their menu daily and only serves lunch and late night dinners (11 PM-2 AM). This is one of their veggie dishes with maple butternut squash, brussel sprouts, and pickled green beans. Delish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Husk/ The Bar at Husk

What is better than Husk? The Bar at Husk. Their burgers are some of the best.. ever. The drinks are amazing, although I still hail the Gin Joint as the best drinks in town.

Husk opened in 2010 by James Beard Award-Winner Chef Sean Brock and has been a country-wide favorite in southern cooking. TIME.com dubbed him the evangelical leader of the modern Southern “lardcore” movement, which writer Josh Ozersky described as “the most purely democratic, un-status-conscious cooking to come along in a long time.”

CNN also published a great article about the restaurant, chef, and southern cooking, praising Brock’s innovative techniques along with the menu that changes daily. Husk was named “Best New Restaurant 2011” in Bon Appetit Magazine’s 2011 issue and by Southern Living. Lately it’s a little impossible to get a last-minute reservation, so we usually go to the Bar. The Bar is great, is in a separate building next to the restaurant, and has a delicious, limited menu.

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Spicy Catfish with Onion and Chips, cornmeal crusted

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Trout deviled eggs

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Pane e Vino

Pane e Vino is a hidden gem in downtown Charleston. This is a small Italian restaurant on Warren Street in Radcliffeborough, right off of King St. Every dish is created using fresh ingredients, along with amazing meats and seafood. The breads are baked daily and the vegetables are local. Besides the food, one of my favorite things about this restaurant is the atmosphere. When you walk in you feel like you are in Italy. The restaurant owners are Italian and make some of the best pasta in Charleston, in my opinion. This is also in close proximity to College of Charleston dorms and classrooms, and right around the corner from the Design District with other restaurants and shopping. Tonight Snapper was served, and it was great. If you’re visiting, or are a local, I highly recommend it.

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Leaf

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Another great restaurant that is right up the street from my place downtown, Leaf. This is a new restaurant that took over an older establishment called Vickery’s, renovated the building, and have had a ton of success with this new venue. The food is great, this is pan seared calamari!