Johns Island Events and Area Profile

Exciting Johns Island Events

Several exciting events are coming up in the next few weeks for the residents of Johns Island to enjoy. Those interested in Charleston’s long Military history should check out the 13th Annual Battle of Charleston.

Battle of Charleston is presented by Legare Farms and the 7th SC Infantry and offers a living Military Timeline featuring Pirates, the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War as part of a living history and skirmishes.

The Battle will take place at Legare Farms on April 7th through the 9th.

If you are more of a foodie consider Oysters and Hog for a Good Cause, all ticket proceeds will benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Lowcountry. Tickets are $20 per person, which includes all food. It will be held on Sunday, April 9th, 5 pm to 8 pm at The Fat Hen.

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Need an event for the family? Consider attending the Fool’s Fest at The Tattooed Moose on Saturday, April 1 from 1 PM to 7 PM.

This family-friendly day of live music, food, and fun will feature Bill Carson, The Lowhills, Black Diamond, along with tons of other bands.

Johns Island-Basic Facts

You may know the merits of John’s Island if you are a long-time resident. But for those who don’t know its advantages we will give a quick overview of all that the largest island in South Carolina and the fourth largest on the East Coast has to offer.

Johns Island is just over the Stono River from James Island, it is also accessible via the Limehouse Bridge from Highway 17 in West Ashley.

Johns Island historically has been an agricultural community with the resort communities of Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island at its southern end.

Today, Johns Island is growing rapidly and transforming into a residential suburb of Charleston. Housing on John’s Island ranges from apartment living to large waterfront estates and the multi-million dollar homes.

Some of the neighborhoods on John’s Island include Gift Plantation, Grimball Gates, Headquarters, Kiawah Island, Kiawah River Estates, Rushland, Seabrook Island, Shoreline Farms, and The Villages in St. Johns Woods

Real Estate Outlook

If you are looking to buy on Johns Island here are some facts to consider. The last available figures from February 2017 showed 13.5% fewer homes on the market for a buyer looking for a Single-Family Home when compared to February 2016.

Meanwhile, the market has simply gone stagnant for a purchaser looking for a Townhome/Condo on John’s Island with no change from the number of homes available February 2016.

All this would lead potential home buyers to think it is a sellers’ market, but that isn’t necessarily the case. The number of days’ properties sat on the market has exploded! For a Single-Family Home, it has gone from 45 to 71 an increase of nearly 58%!

If you think that figure is bad wait till you see the one for a Townhome/Condo, where the number of days a property has had to sit has gone from 20 to 95, ouch! This is an increase of 375%.

These numbers give buyers more negotiating leeway with sellers who are more likely to have had a property sitting on the market for a longer time.

Attractions

Once you buy here, it’s easy to get caught up in the island’s natural beauty. Even those who haven’t been to the island itself have probably heard of its most famous attraction the Angel Oak.

The tree, a Southern live oak tree, is estimated to be between 400–1500 years old and draws visitors from around the world.

The island has also been a favorite spot for movie productions with several big-budget motion pictures such as “The Notebook” being filmed here.

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If you are more a fan of the water, consider trying Captain Jack’s Kiawah Sailing and Dolphin Watching. They offer day, sunset, and dolphin watching tours. These tours take place on a 33′ Center Cockpit Sailboat and last around three hours.

Don’t wait, buy now!

Does this rapidly growing community with a rich history and a bright future sound like just the place for you to set down roots? Talk with us today! We will find you the ideal location for you to make your home on Johns Island. If you already live here and want move into a home or change your location, we can help with that too!  Think about it this way, the sooner you speak with us, the sooner you could be enjoying the island’s natural beauty.

Wadmalaw Island and Events

Events Around the Lowcountry in March

At Ask Frank Real Estate Services, we want to keep our customers up to date on some of the most exciting events going on throughout the Lowcountry. The first event worth mentioning is the 70th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens. The festival takes place March 16th through April 22nd, 2017. It consists of a series of award-winning tours and educational events that showcase Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens, and culture. The tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences.

The next event worth noting is the Charleston Antiques Show which is coming to town March 17th to 19th, and there will be a range of English, European, and American items from late 17th through 20th centuries showcased. Also, taking place on March 17th is Charleston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade which begins at 10 am at the corner of Radcliffe and St. Phillip Streets. Those looking for the best spots to watch the parade go by should check out the view from the sidewalk on King Street. These are just many of the exciting events happening around our city this month, including many other St. Patrick’s Day events, so we encourage you to get out and explore!

Wadmalaw Island Profile

We are going to continue to get a closer look at Charleston’s different neighborhoods and subsections.  One Charleston community that doesn’t get as much press as is deserved is Wadmalaw Island. Johns Island borders this quiet local gem to the South and West. Though the island is quiet, it isn’t too far out of the way from more bustling places such as the Charleston Metro. The island is only an approximately fifteen to thirty-minute drive, making it the ideal location for someone who has to do business in Charleston but wants to escape the hustle and bustle when they come home.

Wadmalaw Island isn’t small; it is an estimated 10 miles long by 6 miles wide. But with a bigger neighbor like Johns Island taking all the attention, it is easy to see why this smaller island can get overlooked.  This quiet island doesn’t offer any major restaurants, hotels or shopping centers. Instead, the island offers visitors and locals alike rich history, unique natural resources, and a break from the rush of modern life.  The history of Wadmalaw Island began with Native Americans who settled the island centuries before the English. In fact, Wadmalaw Island takes its name of the tribe of Native Americans who originally settled here. When the English did arrive in 1666 Captain Robert Sandford, and his crew claimed the land. Later England sent 148 colonists to the region. They survived for four years in the area, thanks mainly to the generosity of the local natives, until the settlers relocated to present-day Charleston.

While visitors mostly come to relax, there are a few attractions the island is known for. The biggest are the Charleston Tea Plantation, Firefly Distillery, and Deep Water Vineyard. The Charleston Tea Plantation is the only “tea garden” in the United States. It is also one of the region’s most famous attractions with regular factory tours and scenic trolley tours through the tea fields available year-round. Meanwhile, Deep Water Vineyard and Firefly Distillery and  share a multi-acre site.  Deep Water Vineyard holds the honor of being the only domestic winery in Charleston County Lowcountry. The Firefly Distillery is famous for creating the nation’s first Sweet Tea Vodka. Sweet Tea Vodka is now popular and made by vodka makers around the globe. The site offers other attractions such as walking trails, a petting zoo, and a beautiful seasonal garden.

Are you looking to buy a home on Wadmalaw Island? You may want to consider buying now. The number of listings is going up providing buyers with more options for properties.  Listing prices for homes on Wadmalaw Island have risen to an average of $858,168 this year.  When thinking about neighborhoods buyers looking to purchase on the island should consider both Anchorage Plantation and Selkirk Plantation. Both are old plantations that have been turned into residential areas.

Want a quiet alternative to Johns Island or Folly Beach? Consider Wadmalaw Island. The island is often called the “Back Porch” of Charleston, and it may be the perfect place for you to take off your shoes and kick up your heels.

West Ashley Profile

Charleston West Ashley real estate

As anyone looking to buy or sell in the Charleston, South Carolina area knows, the real estate market is an intricate one. Within Charleston there are many neighborhoods and sub-sections where prices can vary drastically. This can make it tough for a buyer to find the home they are looking for at the price they can afford.

To make the Charleston real estate market easier to understand for our buyers, especially those who aren’t from the area, we are doing profiles on neighborhoods where we sell homes.  In these profiles, we will cover the history, community features, and the real estate outlook of these neighborhoods beginning with West Ashley.

West Ashley Neighborhood

West Ashley is a mix of homes and businesses and conveniently located close to the downtown area. Thankfully the home prices here are significantly lower than downtown real estate prices.

This part of the city is one of Charleston’s fantastic suburbs. Today it makes up the city’s western border and has attractions like rivers, historic plantations, and gorgeous gardens. It has commercial offerings such as the Citadel Mall, recently opened MakeLab, MOD Pizza and Wild Flour Pastry. This trend looks to continue in 2017, with a Whole Foods opening, as well as plans for many small businesses to open.

West Ashley is currently revitalizing itself with numerous apartment complexes, homes, and shopping centers being constructed, proposed, or redeveloped.

On our website when searching for homes we have an option for West Ashley or inside and outside the Mark Clark, this is the local name for Interstate 526. The housing prices are more expensive inside and less expensive outside of the 526 corridor (the Mark Clark).

When searching for a place to call home in West Ashley you can certainly find what you are looking for, regardless if your preference is for an apartment or a multi-million-dollar mansion. The area has a range of properties for buyers at all price points.

West and south of the Ashley River, buyers can find custom built and brick homes, popular with the city’s young workforce. This area also offers middle price range developments from new builders along Savannah Highway (U.S. Highway 17 South) and Ashley River Road (S.C Highway 61).

The route along the Savannah Highway on north side of the Stono River also offers many upscale options including large homes and many chic neighborhoods. Buyers looking for large upscale homes with docks and boat access should keep an eye out particularly in the area off Ashley River Road near Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation and Middleton Place. While golf enthusiasts should note the Shadowmoss Plantation development, which offers its own golf course.

Avondale neighborhood in West AshleyIf buyers are on the hunt for more established developments they should check out the Byrnes Downs, West Oak Forest, and Avondale neighborhoods.  Or search for homes near Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Old Towne Road near Charles Towne Landing.

Neighborhood Schools

The area offers great schools that include Ashley River Creative Arts, Orange Grove Charter Elementary, C.E. Williams, West Ashley Middle, West Ashley High and the private Porter-Gaud.

If you are buying a home in Charleston and are looking for the downtown feel, without the downtown prices, you should keep West Ashley on your radar.