Open House - December 9-2017

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Come on out to the Open House I am hosting for a couple colleagues of mine at AgentOwned Realty (Stan Huff and Jill Marcacci).  It is Saturday, December 9, 2017, starting at 11am and runs until 2pm.  The location is 3361 Toomer Kiln Circle, Mt. Pleasant.

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Briefly, it is 2846sqft and has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.  There are plenty of amenities (pool, trails, play grounds, etc).  This home Won't Last Long........so come on out or tell your friends about it.  Check out the actual Listing on the MLS Here:

http://www.flexmls.com/link.html?1ats93cblnt2,18,1

Turtles at the Sea Turtle Care Center

Hello there,  It has been a little while since my last post...wow how time gets away from ya.

I love going to the Aquarium here in Charleston.  It is even more fun After-Hours as you have less crowds and they sell wine/beer and food.  They also have entertainment playing.  The bottom line, it is relaxing and easy to enjoy.

This time I spent a little more time in the Sea Turtle Hospital (Care Center). I want to point out 3 of the Sea Turtles in this blog.  Caretta, Peach and Jerry.

Peach swallowed some fishing line and it was cutting into her stomach and was hung up in her intestine.  The doctors had to do surgery to get it all out.  They were lucky to be able to get an incision right behind her rear flipper and gain access to the intestine.  She is recovering in Tank 1 and it looks like she is swimming around without issues....but who am I....a Turtle Doctor...Not.

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Our next patient is Jerry (below).  He was discovered this summer (beginning of May) in the shipping canal having an old boat strike in the middle of his shell. The doctors were worried he might have some paralysis and did all they could to help get Jerry all patched up.  I saw Jerry swimming around the tank and he also looked OK.  I tried to get a Perspective Shot so I could show how large Jerry is....he is a big boy at 125lbs or so.  Note that Peach was all of 55lbs (full grown).

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Lastly, is Caretta.  If you are not aware, Caretta was taken from her nest after she hatched and the people thought she would be a good pet to have around.  As you can imagine Caretta grew up and the people could not keep her.  They luckily were able to give her to the Charleston Aquarium where she will live forever.  She will not be able to enjoy open ocean as she has been domesticated and would Not be able to survive on her own.  I want to wish her a Very Very Happy Birthday on August 20th when she will turn 30 Years Old..!!!

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Wow they can get huge...! 

Wow they can get huge...! 

Tall Ships® Charleston

As always there is a lot going on in the Little Big Town (Charleston, SC).  This post shows the Tall Ships® Exhibition which took place May 18, 2017 to May 21, 2017 (Thurs-Sunday).  I will keep it short and let the Pictures speak for me. The event was the inaugural showing here in Charleston and it benefits 4 maritime educational charities: Charleston Community Sailing, The Lowcountry Maritime Society, The Spirit of South Carolina and Warrior Sailing.  Feel free to look up any of the charities if you have interest in becoming a member and/or donating.  They travel around the world to show off these beautiful ships while also educating their attendees about what it takes to navigate these ships and keep them maintained.  CLICK IMAGES Below to scroll thru list.

There were 10 ships if my count is correct.  The ships were built as early as 1918 to more recent 2011.  Each has a story to tell which is too long for this little post, so again, feel free to look into joining the newsletters for any of the ships to get more information.  Some of my favorites were:

  1. El Galeon - Pirate looking ship (built 2009, but a replica from the 16th and 17th centuries)
  2. Alexander von Humboldt II - The green one.....very large and beautiful
  3. When An If - Commissioned by General George S. Patton in 1939
  4. Pride of Baltimore II - Reproduction of the 1812-era topsail schooner privateer

As always, I love referrals.  You can check into my Reviews from past clients.  I am happy to assist you or anyone you know that needs to buy or sale a home.

Charleston Sights – WOW what a Huge Ship – COSCO Development

Were you aware of this Huge Container Ship (called Development) coming to town.?  It appears even the Dolphin were waiting to see it go by.  If you didn’t get a chance to see it (Saturday, May 13), check out photos below (Click the Photos to Scroll Through).  This ship is the Largest in the US and the stats are quite amazing.

You can find these stats online almost anywhere.  The Post and Courier has an article on it as well.  They state that this is the New Era for our Port here (Mt. Pleasant, Wando Welch Terminal).  I would guess the Container ships are not going to be getting smaller, so having the harbor to accept these monsters is keeping the Shipping Lanes open for Charleston, SC. 

Here are some basic facts/stats I found online:

1.       It holds 13,000 containers and there are rumors there is another ship out there that can handle 18,000 containers.

2.       The Development is 1300 ft long and 194 ft wide.

a.       Eiffel Tower is 1063 ft tall

b.       Washington Monument is just over 554 Ft tall

3.       When it has the full height of the containers on board, it supposedly has only 25ft of room to the bottom of the Ravenel Bridge.

4.       The Ravenel Bridge is supposed to have (depending on low/high tide) 195ft to 203ft clearance.

5.       Deepening of the Harbor (52 ft) is still going on and should be completed by the end of this decade.  Once that is completed, then look for even bigger ships to come in.

6.       The Development had slightly less than 3000 containers added/removed last weekend and took off Sunday evening.

So be on the lookout in the coming years for more of these huge ships.  Please be careful if you are on the Ravenel Bridge, as I am sure there were a few fender benders as people would glance over to see the Development coming their way.

 Please keep me in mind when/if you know of someone looking to Buy or Sale Real Estate.  Of course, if you are interested, please give me a chance.

Beaufort Air Show - April 29, 2017

There is so much to do in the Charleston Area and again I thought I would share some of my personal fun/events.  Today let me talk to you about the Beaufort Air Show, which is scheduled every other year.  Last weekend (April 29, 2017) the show was scheduled and my wife and I attended again (try to go as much as we can….I am a plane nerd).  You can go online to read more about it and plan for a full day of sun/fun (sometimes hot, so bring shade umbrellas and lawn chairs).  Sorry, but you can’t bring your own food/refreshments, but they have plenty of stands open to buy them.

The show starts around 11am (gates open around 9am) and ends with the Blue Angels performing for 20-30 mins starting at 3pm.  Park your lawn chairs and sit back and relax to watch all the festivities.  Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what it is like and then here is a link to ALL my pictures. 

Feel free to email me if you have questions about the event.  As always, please send me all your referrals of people who are looking to buy or sale their home.  I am always happy to assist.

Charleston’s – South Carolina Aquarium

As you can see I am taking a break from weekly Mt. Pleasant neighborhood blogs.  Last week I was at a Mt. Pleasant Car show and now this week, Evening at the Aquarium.  Here is a tip on having an enjoyable time at the Aquarium.  Don’t Tell Anyone…..but Go when there are Not as many people.  So during the Spring/Summer months the Aquarium has opened up After Hours and it is so much better as there are not that many people, and there are snack vendors and wine/beer if you want.  They state that Adults Only is recommended.  We have seen kids there, but not as many as a normal day.

Here are the dates for After Hours: May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug 17 - all 5-10 pm

If you think you will go to the Aquarium more than a couple times a year, you might as well become a member.  You get unlimited admission (family plans or dual, etc).  Check out Memberships here: http://scaquarium.org/membership

If you are interested in the New Sea Turtle Recovery Center, go to this link, as it Opens May 27th.!

https://www.facebook.com/scaquarium/posts/10155339435382342

For more information, travel off to the official website for the Aquarium: http://scaquarium.org/

I hope you enjoyed this little post and it will encourage you to Get Out and see more of what Charleston, SC. Has to offer.  See all the extra Photos Below.

On a side note, can you please do me a favor.?  When you know of someone looking to Buy or Sell a home, can you at least mention me.?  I take my Realtor® role very seriously and I enjoy it very much.  I like helping people.   Thanks and until next week.!

Gary Buchanan/Realtor® w/AgentOwned Realty - gary@garybuchananrealty.com              843-647-7743

Car Show Saturday Mornings

If you are looking to Get Out any Saturday morning (8am-11am or so) go to Towne Center in Mt. Pleasant to get a quick breakfast sandwich and some coffee at Atlanta Bread Company.  Oh, and while you are there, look out the window in the parking lot and you will see almost 100 (depending on weekend) specialty cars.  I say “specialty cars” because I can’t think of any other general term. 

There are many different kinds and each has a story to tell.  Some of them are Muscle Cars and others Super Cars, but then there are Classics.  You have representation from almost every decade in the past 50+ years.  This show is put on every Saturday morning in this parking lot.  I have been going (not every Saturday) for almost 3 years now. 

You will also find a wide range of people.  You have the youngsters, old timers, and everything in between.  There are men mostly, but a lot of women participate with their own cars as well.  You will see a lot of dogs (I call puppies…as they are always so cheerful/happy).  Check out the Leopard Cat picture….like I said, you will find all kinds on any given Saturday morning.

They have old  and new Motorcycles as well.  They are not as prominent as the cars, but some really nice bikes from all over the world.

This weekly event is put on by the group Charleston Cars & Coffee.  Check them out on their Facebook Page (just search for it in FB, or try this Link: https://www.facebook.com/Charleston-Cars-Coffee-198336256874223/).

Here are other Pictures from Years Past.  I have a lot more Pictures, but I think I made my point.  You should go and See For Yourself.  Have a great rest of Spring.!

Gibbes Museum - Sculptor Patrick Dougherty

Don't miss out on the new Exhibit of the world famous Artist, Patrick Dougherty.  Dougherty has created an installation titled Betwixt and Between in the museum’s glass atrium.  If you are not aware of this Artist, I can break it down into 2 words.  He is the Stick Man.  He designs these elaborate Stick Sculptures.  The exhibit at the Gibbes Museum is supposed to be there for about a year.  It takes up 3 floors and is quite amazing.  I took a lot of pictures, but you should visit in person.  It is always nice to get out of your daily routine and experience new things.

Here are the pictures I took, so enjoy:

Mount Pleasant –Hamlet Square

This neighborhood is hidden away as the last neighborhood before the Interstate (I-526) on Mathis Ferry Road.  There are only 40 Homes back there, but it is very nicely planned community.  It has nice neighborhood common spaces as you can see by the pictures.  The homes were built in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.  If you like small HOA’s with not a lot of amenities, then this is your neighborhood.

There is currently 1 home for sale and one home is Active/Contingent.  One home was built in 1998 and the other 2004.  The price per square foot is widely different between them, as the larger home (3028 sqft) is going for ~$190/sqft and the Active Contingent home (2704sqft) is going for ~$207/sqft).  It is not uncommon to see this as some homes have much better lots.  If you are interested in finding out more on this home for sale, I am happy to assist you.  In this case the 3028sqft home really looks to be a bargain!

In the last year (since Jan 1-2016), there were 2 homes sold.  The Days On Market are amazing (5 days or less), so it looks like you need to be Ready To Buy if you are looking in this quaint little neighborhood!   The 2 homes sold for $572,800 and $630,000, which is ~$195/sqft and ~$203/sqft.

Is this neighborhood something that peaks your Interest…?  Let me setup an appointment with you and let’s go see the home that is in the Market Today.

Gary Buchanan/Realtor® w/AgentOwned Realty - gary@garybuchananrealty.com              843-647-7743