South of Broad Living – Take a Look at the Market

The South of Broad neighborhood in downtown Charleston had a banner year in 2014.  The total amount of sales came in at just over $179 million dollars.  That number is over a 20% increase from 2013 and a whopping 79% increase above 2012.  The good news continued as the median sales price for homes South of Broad saw an increase of 17.5%.  That means more homes were selling for even more money in 2014.  Another interesting point is that with sales increasing the number of listings coming on the market was at a slow pace.  This shows increased demand with limited inventory.
William Means assisted South of Broad buyers and sellers in over $44 million dollars of transactions with an average sale price of $2,008,806.  If you would like to find out how a William Means agent could help you buy or sell a home in the historic South of Broad area please call or e-mail us.

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One of the wonderful things about Charleston is there are so many different pockets and neighborhoods each with their own way of life.  But how do you know which one is right for you? Starting in January, each month we are going to spotlight different Charleston neighborhoods and try to give you an idea of what it is like living in that designated area.  It seems appropriate to start out the year in the neighborhood we know best, where our Broad Street office is located – South of Broad.

History, charm and luxury are just some of words you could use to describe the South of Broad lifestyle. For year-round residents and those who have vacation homes in this Charleston neighborhood, it’s a bit like living in a postcard. The amenities and beauty people travel miles to see is available steps from their front door. Acclaimed southern author Pat Conroy even dedicated the title of one of his books to this neighborhood, giving even more credence to the incomparable South of Broad lifestyle.

South of Broad is an exclusive and historic neighborhood located on the tip of the Charleston peninsula. Its streets are lined with some of the finest examples of historic architecture from Charleston single houses to stately mansions.

If you’ve ever wanted to live in the center of American history, while experiencing all the charms of a world-class city, South of Broad is the ideal neighborhood. The houses themselves are historic pieces of art filled with stories of plantation owners and wealthy merchants. The piazzas – usually lined with joggling boards – offer breath-taking views of the Holy City skyline, the Charleston harbor and even Fort Sumter – a true perk for Civil War history buffs.

Homes are surrounded by palmetto trees, centuries-old magnolia trees and live oaks – all providing shade to pristine gardens that burst forth with pink azaleas and purple wisteria in the springtime. The city’s active perseveration efforts mean the South of Broad neighborhood and its history have remained intact. Replace the cars with horses and buggies and it’s as if you’ve stepped back to the mid-1800s.

Not only does living South of Broad offer homeowners beautiful surroundings but the amenities that have put Charleston on the world stage are just steps from your front door. Renowned restaurants, art galleries, shopping, theaters and festivals are available throughout downtown Charleston.

Visitors travel miles to experience all that Charleston has to offer. You can live in one of these South of Broad homes available for sale and have that experience every day.



William Means Families Celebrate The Holidays

In the spirit of the holiday season William Means families share some of their holiday traditions.

The Yorke family has a Christmas tree collection they’ve been collecting for years.  It is Paula’s favorite thing she puts out each year.  The trees vary in appearance and sometimes she is lucky enough to find one that is not only unique but has a meaning of a place she loves; the bark tree is from Roaring Gap NC and her shell tree is from Charleston.

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There’s something special about driving through a neighborhood and seeing all the homes lit up with the magical glow of holiday lights.  The McQuillan’s house looks especially elegant decorated for the season.

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Christmas trees all look alike before each family adds their special touch to them; then no two are the same.   Once all the ornaments are added they tell a story of the family, their style and the memories.  The Cutler, Connelly and Warzynski’s share photos of their Christmas trees all uniquely decorated.

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If you’re still looking for the perfect gift to give a family member or friend Anya recommends these special seasonal Lolita wine glasses that come out every year.  After a few years, certain designs become pricey because they are no longer in production, therefore rare and a collector’s item.  Not only cute and fancy but also an investment.


And last, but certainly not least, enjoy this adorable photo of Lyles Geer’s dog Bee (aka the William Means mascot) dressed in his holiday best.

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Everyone here at William Means, including Bee, wishes you and your family a very happy holiday!




Significant Sales from the Christie’s International Real Estate Network

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A highly regarded international brand commands the attention of sophisticated buyers. Christie’s International Real Estate brings buyers and sellers together around the world.  As the local affiliate of CIRE, we excited to share a small sample of the overall success of the Affiliate network represented by approximately 145 qualified brokerages and more than 26,700 sales associates, spanning more than 45 countries.

Take a closer look at the significant sales from our affiliates around the globe in the month of November:

Spectacular property in Pebble Beach, CA sold for $31 million. (Carmel Realty)

Beautiful property in North Palm Beach, FL was acquired for $17.75 million. (Illustrated Properties)

Stunning estate in Nantucket, MA was purchased for $16.95 million. (Great Point Properties)

Beautiful Caribbean property in Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies, sold for $15.6 million. (Sibarth Real Estate)

Elegant home in San Francisco sold for $13 million. (Pacific Union)

Lovely home in the Hollywood Hills, CA was purchased for $11.1 million. (Hilton & Hyland Real Estate)

Christie’s International Real Estate sells distinguished properties in almost every corner of the globe and we are truly honored to be associated with such a successful network of professionals.  Congratulations to all our CIRE Affiliates (see full list of Significant Sales here).  If you’d like to learn more about how you can benefit from the Christies International Real Estate network, contact us today.







Real Estate in Mount Pleasant: A Featured Home

When is the last time that you looked into the real estate in Mount Pleasant? If it has been awhile, you are going to be wowed by what is now on the market as this city currently boasts a number of quality properties! With that in mind, come and score your perfect listing within this unbelievable location!

In regards to real estate in Mount Pleasant, today’s featured home is an absolute winner!

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This charming 2 bedroom, 1 bath abode is a classic Old Village bungalow situated on a rare, .39 acre lot within the heart of the neighborhood! From this ideal location you can walk or ride your bike to church, parks, dining, shopping, and more. Spanning just over 1,300 square feet are two bedrooms, one bath, a spacious living room, separate dining room, and a wood paneled kitchen with an office nook. Hardwood floors are found throughout, with tile in the kitchen that overlooks both the patio and backyard. A wood privacy fence encompasses the expansive backyard with a wood storage shed and aluminum shed for additional outdoor storage. The most desirable real estate in Mount Pleasant tends to sell quickly, so be first in line if you are going to relocate to this breathtaking residence!

If you are interested in this home, or any other available real estate in Mount Pleasant, please contact us. We would be delighted to help you get a prime spot in this terrific city!

Charleston Luxury Homes: Excellence Awaits!

Have you set your sights on scoring one of the Charleston luxury homes? You are not only, meaning that there is no time to spare for those that want to be the proud owners of these premier properties. Fortunately our clients have access to exclusive listings! This limits the playing field, giving you an increased chance to acquire your pick of the best Charleston luxury homes!

In regards to the Charleston luxury homes, this amazing estate is on par with the city’s finest!

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The Captain John Morrison House displays beautiful architectural details throughout the interior and exterior with wide street frontage and triple-tiered columned piazzas overlooking a view that will never be obscured! An abundance of natural light fills this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home presenting high ceilings in every room. The kitchen showcases floor to ceiling custom cabinetry as well as top-of-the-line appliances. The master bedroom is located on the second level, with a spacious en-suite master bath. Additional bedrooms are found on the third level, and in the attached carriage house. The garden offers local plants and a fish pond leading to a rear garden house. Last, but not least, the house has an Exterior Easement with Historic Charleston Foundation.

If you are interested in this palatial property, or one of the other Charleston luxury homes, please contact us. It would be our pleasure to help you with relocating to this historical city!

Charleston Luxury Properties: Legare Street

Legare Street is one of the finest streets on the Charleston peninsula, lined with expansive lots and impressive gardens established by some of the city’s most affluent residents.  The street was named after Soloman Legare, a prosperous French Huguenot silversmith who owned considerable real estate at the corner of Tradd and Legare Streets.  Many of the homes along this quiet South of Broad street retain their original outbuildings, which formerly served as kitchens, laundries and carriage houses.



The Elizabeth Williams House located at 35 Legare Street is listed by William Means Broker-In-Charge, Helen Geer, and is now under contract.  This historic single house is located on a prime section of Legare Street, south of Tradd Street.   The property consists of a three story wood frame main house and a two story brick dependency, which has a slate roof.  The historic Loutrel Briggs garden on the property dates back to 1961.  The Historic Charleston Foundation purchased this property through its Frances Edmunds Revolving Fund and is now selling it with strict historic rehabilitation standards with interior, exterior and garden easements. When you choose to purchase a historic Charleston home, a fascinating story usually can be uncovered.  Through the Historic Charleston Foundation’s research on 35 Legare Street they discovered that six women have owned and operated the property for 167 of its 320 years.  While it was not rare for women to own land in Charleston’s early history, it was also not typical.  There are three women whose ownerships of the property are of particular note: Elizabeth Damaris Moultrie, Elizabeth Williams and Rebecca Screven.  Ready to learn more? Browse through the history of 35 Legare Street.

Owning a home on Legare Street is owning a piece of history.  Please contact us for more information on Legare Street homes for sale.

Beachfront Properties in John’s Island: Welcome Home!

When the ordinary will not do, one of the beachfront properties in John’s Island is exactly what you are looking for! That is because you will be part of an island community that showcases a natural wonderland! Take it from us, after you experience what John’s Island brings to the table, nothing else will do!

Those that are in the housing market for beachfront properties in John’s Island will not be disappointed by the following home!

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This lovely 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath abode is the best priced home in Headquarters, a gated marsh, lagoon, and riverfront community that is only 10 minutes from historic Charleston! The home is a wonderfully light and airy cottage style home with great views, a gracious floor plan with a main level master, vaulted ceilings, fresh paint, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances! Additionally, St. Johns Yacht Harbor is just outside the Headquarters gates, offering you a full service marina, dining location, and pool/marina club! Now that you have seen all that this home provides, what more could you ask for out of the beachfront properties in John’s Island?

If you are interested in this listing, or one of the other available beachfront properties in John’s Island, please contact us. It would be our pleasure to help you relocate to this magnificent community!

Luxury Homes in Ion: A Featured Estate

As an affluent neighborhood in the gorgeous city of Mount Pleasant, Ion is a dream destination for most buyers. This is especially true of the luxury homes in Ion, with this particular group of excellent properties showcasing the latest and greatest in modern comfort! Still not sold? You will be after seeing today’s featured estate! Take it from us, it is among the finest luxury homes in Ion!

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This amazing 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath estate is a fabulous lakefront home! Here you will find a master bedroom, an open floor plan, attached garage, gorgeous lake views, a metal roof, low-maintenance cement siding, a laundry area, butler’s pantry, an enormous kitchen with a huge granite-topped island, Wolf cook top, stainless steel appliances, and gleaming wood floors throughout! Moreover, this exquisite charmer has a large living room, gas fireplace, separate dining area, a spacious kitchen, and so much more! As this listing demonstrates, the luxury homes in Ion are second to none!

If you are interested in this estate, or one of the other luxury homes in Ion, please contact us. We are here to help you get the keys to a breathtaking abode in this great location!

Beachfront Properties in Mount Pleasant: Welcome to Paradise!

If you are yet to believe that heaven is a place on earth, the beachfront properties in Mount Pleasant will change that! That is because these homes provide the most amazing vistas that money can buy as well as the modern amenities that make today’s living so enjoyable! On that note, isn’t it time that you get a spot by the water?

Of course, we can’t talk about the beachfront properties in Mount Pleasant without mentioning this grand listing!

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Feast your eyes on this beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bath waterfront penthouse all on one level in Simmons Pointe! Here you will discover amazing water views overlooking the Intracoastal waterway and Sullivan’s Island. Within this property, a chef’s kitchen with custom cabinets, Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, granite counter tops, heart pine floors throughout with tile in the kitchen and baths, a freshly painted interior, a grand living room with wonderful built-in bookcases, gas fireplace, vaulted ceiling with sky lights, and a wonderful sun deck off of the living room are all waiting to greet you! Also, there is a screened porch off both the master and second bedroom. Beachfront properties in Mount Pleasant are as good as real estate gets, so come and score this place before it is gone!

If you are interested in this listing, or any of the other beachfront properties in Mount Pleasant, please contact us. It would be our pleasure to assist you with getting a magnificent home on a premier lot!