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Sept. 26, 2022

What is the Battery Park in Charleston, SC and Why Do We Love It?

There’s a very good reason that Charleston, SC, consistently ranks among the top cities in the world. Natural beauty, incredible architecture, and a rich history await you around every corner and cobblestone road here. But, if you are looking to explore one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, you must visit Charleston Battery Park! Originally built as a public park, the area was an important part of South Carolina’s defense strategy during the Civil War. Today, it is quite a popular attraction for Charleston residents and tourists alike. Here’s what to expect when you go!

 

The History Behind the Charleston Battery in SC

Built-in 1670, Charleston Battery Park is a defensive seawall and promenade along the lower end of the peninsula. It is bordered by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, overlooking the Charleston Harbor. Large caliber guns were placed along the park during the War of 1812 when the British blockaded the harbor. During the Civil War, the Confederacy placed cannons here to protect against a possible Union invasion. Although these cannons were never fired, they still stand today, reminding visitors of bygone eras.

 

Experience Charleston Battery Park

In addition to its historical background, The Battery in downtown Charleston is one of the most scenic areas in the city. Lined by antebellum mansions and palmetto trees, the promenade is the ideal spot for an afternoon stroll. Take a leisurely walk beside the water and watch the waves crash against the seawall. In the distance, you’ll spot Fort Sumter, the famous locale where the Civil War began. You can also see Castle Pinckney, the USS Yorktown, Fort Moultrie, and Sullivan's Island. Make sure to keep an eye out for dolphins! They are likely to be splashing in the harbor. Within the park itself, there are plenty of shady spots for a picnic or a peaceful afternoon nap. At the center of the Battery is White Point Garden, which is named for the bleached oyster shells that cover the ground. This picturesque park is filled with mossy live oaks, historic statues, memorials, cannons, and a whimsical white gazebo. This area ~ particularly the gazebo ~ is a popular area for weddings and engagement photos. If you get hungry, a short walk into downtown Charleston leads you to a variety of local restaurants and shops. And, best of all, no matter how far away from the Battery you live, it’s always accessible to you. It’s one of the rare locations in the city where parking is completely free! Especially when the weather is warm, there’s no reason not to drive, walk or bicycle down to Charleston Battery Park!

 

Team Lail-Chambers Makes Moving Simple

If you're looking to move to Charleston and want to know more about attractions like the Charleston Battery Park, call Team Lail-Chambers today. Our team of experts are some of the most professional agents you'll encounter, and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. Browse all available listings or register for a home search today. We'll make sure to fit you with a home you'll love!

 

Sept. 16, 2022

8 Fun Facts to Know About King Street in Downtown Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC is full of incredible food, restaurants, site seeing, and activities. Nowhere is there a prevalent place for dining and exploring more than King Street, the centerpiece of Downtown Charleston. King Street is where the nightlife happens, where people gather to have a good time, and to eat well. Fully discussing every amazing opportunity that King Street has to offer would take a list far longer than this one, but here are just a few fun facts that King Street has to offer once you visit or move to Charleston, SC!

 

Fun Fact #1:

King Street is more than 300 years old and is known as the second most historic street in Charleston. Meeting Street is ahead of it in this area. In the mid-1700s King Street was used as the central passage into and out of Charleston, SC. In the early 19th century, King Street became the retail corridor and commercial center due to the railroad. It hosted high-end retail shops.

 

Fun Fact #2:

Between 2000 and 2009, there was a 20.5-million-dollar revitalization plan was implemented. Power lines were buried in the ground, sidewalks were upgraded with bluestone and granite, and communication and gas lines were improved as were stormwater lines.

 

Fun Fact #3: 

King Street is now home to the trendiest restaurants, hotels, galleries, and nightlife attracting both the local population as well as tourists.

 

Fun Fact #4:

There are three districts on King Street, and they are Lower King Street which is the Antiques District, Middle King Street which is the Fashion District, and finally, Upper King Street which is known as the Design and Dining District.

 

Fun Fact #5:

Lower King Street was the last to undergo the revitalization project. It has been aptly voted as the “Best Antique Shopping in the U.S.” by the readers of Travel and Leisure magazine and it is an amazing area to spend the day.

 

Fun Fact #6:

Middle King Street runs from Market to Calhoun and has been recognized by Forbes Traveler as the “10 Top Shopping Districts in the USA.” If shopping is your hobby, then Middle King Street is the area you’ll want to get to know.

 

Fun Fact #7:

Upper King Street runs from Marion Square to Spring Street. This area is home to the best furnishing retailers and interior design décor in the country. It also is where you’ll find some of the top dining in Charleston. This section of King Street is usually the busiest section.

 

Fun Fact #8:

There are several events hosted on King Street and they are the weekly Farmers Market on Saturdays, Second Sundays on King Street, Charleston Fashion Week, Food and Wine Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Southeastern Wildlife Festival, and parades! There’s always something to do downtown near or on this street. 

 

Become a True Charleston Local Whenever You Call Team Lail-Chambers!

When you’re ready to move into a great home here in Charleston, SC, make sure to call Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter, and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

Posted in Charleston History
Sept. 12, 2022

How the Equity on Your Home Can Grow Over Time

When it comes to selling a home, it can usually take four to five years for your home to increase in value enough to make it worth selling. However, since the 2020 pandemic, record levels of home price appreciation have accelerated significantly over the past couple of years creating incredible financial gain for home sellers who have been in their homes for even shorter periods of time. But what if you have lived in your home for longer than five years? You may be wondering how much equity you truly have. If you’re thinking about selling your house and making a move, home equity can be a real game-changer, especially if you’ve been in your current home for a while, so here is what you need to know!

How Equity Grows

In the simplest terms, your home’s equity is the difference between how much your home is worth and how much you owe on your mortgage. Normally, each month, you will make mortgage payments on your house, reducing the loan’s principal balance, and in return, this will build equity by increasing the percentage of the home you actually own. There are also several different ways to build equity in your home outside of monthly mortgage payments, such as: increasing the down payment you put on your home at the time of purchase, increasing your mortgage payment amount or making additional payments, refinancing, and shortening the term of your loan, or investing in home improvement and remodeling projects to increase the home’s value.

 

How Can You Use It?

Let’s say you have lived in your home for 7, 8 or 9 years and now, whatever the reason, you're ready to sell your home and find a new place to live. Equity can be your friend as you make this move. Hypothetically, the home you are selling is worth $525,000, and you've built $180,000 worth of equity in it. If you sell your home for what it’s worth, you'll leave the closing table with a profit. You probably won’t get the entire $180,000 in equity you’ve built because you will have to pay fees such as your real estate agent’s commission and some mortgage closing costs but overall, you will end up with a solid profit that you can then use for a large down payment on your next home. With this big down payment, you may be able to get into a larger, more expensive home because your mortgage will be smaller. And with a smaller mortgage, your monthly payment will be lower, too!

 

Turn to Team Lail-Chambers to Help Find the Perfect Charleston Home!

When you’re ready to buy your first (or next) home, you want to make sure you have the right team to make the process easy and stress-free. That’s why you should make the call to Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

Posted in Home Sellers
Aug. 30, 2022

Here’s What You Can Expect From the Real Estate Market in the Second Half of the Year

Whether you’re a homebuyer or seller, it’s important to know what’s happening in the housing market, so you can make the most informed decision possible. The housing market is at a turning point and that may leave you wondering: is it still a good time to sell my house? Should I move this year? Can I afford my first home? Will prices or mortgage rates drop soon? Whatever your questions are, if your needs have changed, or it’s time to re-evaluate your current living situation, here are some things to consider for the remainder of the year:

 

The Number of Homes for Sale Is Expected to Noticeably Increase

More homes to choose from is great news if you are desiring to have more options to choose from during your home search, and since the spring, the number of houses for sale has begun to grow and is predicted to continue to do so. In recent forecasts from realtor.com, it is anticipated that the housing supply will increase by 15% by the end of the year. However, this is no excuse to sit back and wait. If you are currently interested in becoming a homebuyer, it is still very important to stay current on what houses are for sale in your desired area, as it is still a seller’s market. It won’t be as competitive as it has been the past few years, but the competition is still out there. 

 

Home Prices Are Still Projected to Rise

Even though the housing supply is currently increasing and predicted to stay on this path, there are still more buyers than there are sellers. So, if you are thinking about buying your first home, or you’re ready to upgrade (or downgrade) to a different house, you shouldn’t bank on waiting for prices to drop. It would make more sense to buy now before the potential of rising prices occurs as homes continue to appreciate in value.

 

Mortgage Rates Correlate With Price Increases

Whether you are planning to buy or sell this year, today’s mortgage prices are something to keep in mind. During the 2020 pandemic, mortgage rates nearly hit a record low, but those numbers were not common nor accustomed. Now that the world is slowly but surely getting back on track, mortgage rates have begun to make their way back up and have responded to the recent inflation. With prices predicted to increase as the year continues, it is smarter to buy now while it is more affordable, while also giving you more power over your purchasing decisions.

 

Turn to Team Lail-Chambers to Help Find the Perfect Charleston Home!

When you’re ready to buy your first (or next) home, you want to make sure you have the right team to make the process easy and stress-free. That’s why you should make the call to Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

Posted in Home Sellers
Aug. 8, 2022

The Coolest Things to Do in Charleston, SC This Summer

Charleston, SC is the premier neighborhood in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Here, you will find plenty to do and see. This is a wonderful area with friendly faces, growing families, perfect weather, and gorgeous scenic views! If you are interested in moving to this amazing area or just visiting, here are some of the many things for you and your family to do during the warmer months!

 

Enjoy a Charleston RiverDogs Baseball Game

Watching the Charleston RiverDogs baseball team at The Joe Riley Stadium isn’t just an experience, it’s what the Charleston, South Carolina locals look forward to each Spring and Summer season! This is not your average ball game, as the Charleston RiverDogs always put on a remarkable performance year after year. When you go, you can expect great food, cold beer, nightly specials, live music, and fun for all ages. If you’re lucky, you may even spot Bill Murray in the crowd!

 

Explore King Street

King Street is one of the most famous locations in all of Charleston. If there’s any place more popular than downtown King Street, we certainly haven’t found it! King Street boasts some of the city's trendiest restaurants and sophisticated cocktail scenes along with hotels, art galleries, flourishing businesses, and lively nightlife ~ not to mention some seriously exceptional shopping.

 

Visit Fort Sumter National Monument

Of all the historically famous locations in Charleston, Fort Sumter is probably at the top of the list. In 1861, Confederate forces took Fort Sumter, officially kicking off the Civil War. Today, the Fort stands as a memorial to that famous battle in one of the most infamous wars in American history. Since the fort is only accessible by boat, visiting times are limited throughout the year. The National Parks Service website has a schedule showcasing which days the boat runs, as well as the times when you can visit the fort. Make it a full day and plan to visit the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier and Maritime Museum, South Carolina’s largest museum before or after your Fort Sumter tour. Special discounts offered for active and retired military.

 

Relax at Waterfront Park

Slow down and take a moment to relax at Downtown Charleston's Waterfront Park. Just a few short blocks from Meeting Street, off of East Bay Street, Waterfront Park is a city favorite for locals and tourists alike. Built in 1990, this park offers beautiful waterfront scenery, warm summertime breezes, relaxing swings, a pineapple water fountain for children (and adults) to play under, as well as plenty of room to kick off your shoes, sit in the grass and enjoy the South the way it is meant to!

 

Journey Through Charles Towne Landing

Just a short drive from Downtown Charleston, Charles Towne Landing is the ultimate go-to for all ages. With an animal forest, an indoor museum, hands-on exhibits, and numerous trails, it is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. With 80 acres of beautiful landscape, enjoy a leisurely stroll or rent a bicycle to cover more ground and see all that this amazing “blast from the past” has to offer.

 

Have an Adventure at James Island County Park

The James Island County Park offers nearly 650 acres of outdoor fun. Explore one of the many walking and biking trails, or cool off with the seasonal spray play fountain. You can also bring Fido with you too, he’s sure to enjoy the off-leash dog park. There are grills available too, to add some extra oomph to your picnic. Much of the park is right on the water, so you’re in for some beautiful South Carolina views to really liven up your day!

 

Be Amazed by the Charleston Angel Oak

Charleston, South Carolina is known for its astounding natural beauty and the Angel Oak Charleston attraction is the essence of natural Lowcountry beauty. The Angel Oak is a massive oak tree estimated to be between 400-500 years old. The Angel Oak tree has delighted tourists and locals alike with its loveliness. If you are planning to move to Charleston, SC, this tree is an absolute must-see.

 

Have a Splash at the South Carolina Aquarium

There is plenty to do and see in Charleston, SC, but one of our largest attractions is the South Carolina Aquarium. Who doesn’t love a trip to the aquarium? Children love it because they have the opportunity to see really cool sea creatures, like sharks and penguins. Parents and adults love it because aquariums are informative and educational, plus a great way to get out of the house, or to explore if you are visiting! How awesome does it sound to come to an aquarium that’s next to the ocean and has a ton of live, actual sea life? Pretty wild, right?!  We think so, too! That’s why we love the South Carolina Aquarium. When you arrive here, you will find no shortage of fascinating sea exhibits and educational events. Plus, kids will love the chance to see real-life sea critters up close and maybe, even have the chance to interact with them!

 

Become a True Charleston Local Whenever You Call Team Lail-Chambers!

When you’re ready to move into a great home here in Charleston, SC, make sure to call Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter, and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

Aug. 5, 2022

The Best Beach Restaurants in Charleston, SC to Beat the Heat In!

Charleston, SC has always been a city known for its delectable restaurant choices, but most assume that to enjoy the finest culinary experience you must make reservations downtown. Yes, there are many amazing fine dining options in the area, but where should you go wherever you are craving something yummy but more relaxed? Delicious food can be found everywhere in the Charleston metropolitan area, including on our beaches. From shrimp and grits for breakfast to tuna nachos for dinner, you can find local dining spots on our beaches serving up some of the most mouthwatering cuisines all while enjoying a casual, laid-back atmosphere. Here are some of our favorite spots to relax while enjoying an amazing meal:

 

Islander 71 Fish House & Deck Bar

Conveniently located on the gorgeous Intracoastal waterway next door to the Isle of Palms Marina, this is the island’s newest waterfront restaurant. Reminiscent of the laid-back 70’s beach life, here, you’ll enjoy great food, specialty cocktails, cold beer, laughter, and some of the most amazing sunsets. 

 

Acme Lowcountry Kitchen

For seafood with a Southern flare, head to Acme Lowcountry Kitchen on Isle of Palms. Everyone is welcomed to this casual yet upscale establishment. The menu is full of fresh, local ingredients and seafood. They specialize in shrimp and grits, a Charleston classic, with at least six different homemade variations!

 

Coda Del Pesce

Coda Del Pesce makes an excellent date night or celebration dinner with the family. This Isle of Palms restaurant serves delicious Italian seafood dishes prepared with fresh, local seafood. Enjoy homemade pasta, gnocchi, and more with a coastal twist! 

 

Sea Biscuit Café

If you’re looking for one of the best Isle of Palms restaurants for an excellent breakfast spot, head to Sea Biscuit Café! Here, you’ll find everything from classic breakfast dishes to Lowcountry specialties. We recommend their omelets, french toast, and of course, the biscuits. It’s the perfect place to fuel up before heading out to the beach for a day of fun!

 

The Obstinate Daughter

Located on Sullivan’s Island, this quaint restaurant offers ambiance, memorable food, and freshly-squeezed drinks for a truly wonderful dining experience. The space is elegant yet cozy and is complemented by beautiful nautical décor. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but the pizzas and pasta are always a crowd favorite. 

 

Home Team BBQ

Home Team BBQ has three locations in the Charleston area but the Sullivan’s Island location is our favorite and is just minutes from the beach! Enjoy delicious barbeque and other southern fares in a casual and lively atmosphere. This is a great place to eat and enjoy a refreshing drink after a day at the beach.

 

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina offers fresh and flavorful southwestern-style Mexican food, delicious margaritas, and ice-cold beer. The authentic flavors and coastal vibes might have you mistaking Sullivan’s Island for the California coast! With frequent live music on the weekends, Mex 1 is a fun and energetic place to hang out.

 

Poe’s Tavern

Poe’s Tavern is best known for its burgers and beer. The eclectic spot is full of Poe-inspired décor that perfectly compliments the pub-style fare. Come for the burgers and stay for the drinks, good vibes, and people-watching! It’s Edgar Allan Poe approved!

 

Bowens Island

While this locally loved restaurant isn’t technically on the beach, we think it’s close enough. Located 5 minutes from Folly Beach, Bowens Island is famous for its locally harvested oysters, fried shrimp, hushpuppies, cold beer, and its undisturbed view of the river, marshes, and wildlife. But be warned, this one-of-a-kind place doesn’t have air conditioning, but the food is so good, you won’t even notice.

 

Lost Dog Café

Lost Dog Café is one of the most delicious stops if you’re searching for breakfast to power up for a long day on Folly Beach, or for a charming location to enjoy a family brunch. With a menu full of both classic favorites and innovative creations, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

 

Rita's Seaside Grille

After ending your day at Folly Beach head over to Rita’s to enjoy good food, a friendly atmosphere, and the most amazing tuna nachos you will ever have. In addition to the fabulous cuisine, Rita’s boasts an extensive drink menu, year-round patio seating, live music seven days a week, and plenty of TVs so you never miss any of the big games!

 

Enjoy the Beach and Their Restaurants All Year Long With Team Lail-Chambers!

If you are planning to buy this year in Charleston, SC, call Team Lail-Chambers to learn more about what’s happening in your desired area, what homes are available, and why it’s worthwhile to prioritize your home search today. The staff here at Team Lail-Chambers, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are well-acquainted with Charleston and the Lowcountry and are happy to help you decide on the best neighborhood for you and your family. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find your perfect Charleston home!

 

Aug. 3, 2022

Stay Cool This Summer Without Racking Up Your Electric Bill

Carolina Summers are some of the best around, especially in Charleston, SC, but while the hot weather and breezy beaches can be nice, it’s crucial to know how to keep both you and your house cool this season. We’ve all been there—those times when you just want to turn your house into an igloo and forget about what your energy bill will look like on its next payment date. But rather than facing that dreadful bill, here are some other ways to keep cool without burning a hole in your wallet. 

 

Check Your Cooling System

If your cooling system is more than 12 years old, it is passing its mid-life point. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save anywhere from 20-40% of your energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. If replacing your system is not in your budget this year, make sure you check your system’s air filters every month. A dirty air filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool—wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system, which can lead to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure. Also, consider having your system serviced annually by an HVAC contractor to ensure that it’s running at optimum efficiency to save energy and money.

 

Get Smart About Your Thermostat

Setting your home thermostat to 78 degrees hits that Goldilocks “just right” mentality of keeping cool but without spending your entire paycheck on your electric bill. While 78 degrees may be the recommended thermostat setting for saving money according to the U.S. Department of Energy, it may still be a little warm for some members of your house, so consider keeping it as close as you can to this number. Some factors that could also help are keeping your windows closed during the day, turning on your ceiling fans, wearing loose and light clothing, and avoiding cooking any hot meals during the day. At night, when everyone is sleeping, this temperature setting could be easier to tolerate as our body temperature drops while we sleep.


Seal and Insulate

Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home is a very cost-effective way to cut cooling costs this Summer and even heating expenses in the colder months. Sealing and insulating can increase comfort and create a healthier indoor environment, as well. You could also save up to $190 a year by sealing air leaks around your house and adding insulation to your doors and windows. In most southern homes, the attic is easy to access, and improving it has the biggest benefit. A good insulation contractor can help seal any air leaks and can add insulation to the recommended level on top. 

 

Replace Old Windows

Old windows make it hard to keep your home comfortable and will drive up cooling costs. Summer is the best time to replace leaky, old windows because this is the time when we use our air conditioner the most. New windows can greatly reduce your electricity bill as they can keep the cool temperature inside the room during summer and retain the heat during cold seasons. They can lower household energy bills by a national average of 12 percent—that’s more than $200!

 

Be a Fan of Your Fan

A ceiling fan won’t lower the overall temperature in a room, but it can definitely make a space feel much cooler than it is. Ceiling fans primarily work through something called a wind chill effect which creates a nice breeze. Essentially, the moving air across your skin helps to evaporate sweat at a faster rate. If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower your air conditioning costs by up to 14%. But remember, ceiling fans cool you, not the room so, turn them off whenever you leave a room.

 

Chill With Team Lail-Chambers This Summer!

When you’re ready to move to Charleston, SC, or what we like to call southern paradise, make sure to call Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

Posted in Home Care Tips
July 15, 2022

The Best Flowers and Plants to Use to Give Your Home Curbside Appeal!

Has your yard been looking a little dull and lifeless, or in need of that special touch to make it look fantastic for the sunny, warm weather? Many first-time gardeners and landscapers can become easily overwhelmed because we aren’t all born with a natural green thumb so, where do you begin? What are some good plant options for your specific yard? Where can you go to learn all this information, and how long does it take? There is so much enjoyment to be found in landscaping your front and back yard and while we can’t provide a full gardening seminar, we can help by providing a list of plants in South Carolina that can enhance the landscaping of your home! These plants are great for many different kinds of yards and can make your yard beautiful and give it that curbside appeal it will need if you ever choose to sell. 

 

Enhance Your Yard With These Suggestions:

 

For Sunny Yards

Charleston, SC is known for being sunny most days of the year. This is wonderful for us, but there are some plants that don’t do so well in full, direct sunlight all the time. If your yard gets a lot of sunlight, then you would probably want to check out the American Beautyberry, which has a magnificent color pop. For better ground cover, look at flowers such as Columbine. If you’re more interested in planting a tree, the Carolina Yellowwood does very well in steady sunlight, as well as the Dahoon Holly. But, for that real southern, Carolina touch, the Palmetto tree is always a popular addition to any sunny lawn!

 

For Shady Yards

Not every yard has access to a lot of sunlight, and that is okay! There are many plants that grow well in the shade and still look wonderful in your landscaped yard. We’re particularly fans of the Flame Azalea, which adds so much vibrant color to your yard. The Loblolly Bay is a simple plant, but still looks great and is easy to maintain. Standard impatiens are also some of the best flowers for shade. New Guinea impatiens are hybrids that can take more sun and are considered partial shade flowers if one particular area of your house receives sun during one portion of the day, but shade for the remainder. With so many options available, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one type of yard!

 

Looking for More Options?

If you’re looking for more options for landscaping your lawn in Charleston, SC, visit the Carolina Yard Plant Database. This extensive database allows you to filter your search for the perfect plant through various factors including soil pH level, the amount of sunlight your yard receives, and what region you’re in. You’re sure to find the plants you love and work best for you!

 

We’re Rooting for You at Team Lail-Chambers!

If you’re looking to sell your home (and the amazing property it resides on), or want to buy a new home in the Charleston, SC area, call Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter. They will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your taste and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

July 7, 2022

The Best of the Lowcountry: We Know Where to Live in Charleston, SC!

Charleston, SC is a city with so much to offer. Its Lowcountry location means access to beaches and maritime adventure. The area is rich in cultural complexity, and the city’s architecture reflects its deep historical roots. There are a number of events, and the arts scene is one of the best you’ll find in the South. A growing “foodie” culture means you’ll never be at a loss for a delicious meal either! It’s not hard to see why so many people keep their eyes and ears on our amazing city. If you’re thinking of relocating to the area, you’ll need to know the ins and outs of each major neighborhood before you can make the best decision. Here’s our list of the best places to live in Charleston, SC.

 

Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is where to go if you’re looking for the ultimate in Lowcountry suburbia. Plenty of grocery stores, modern housing developments, and everything else you need to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. And, there’s nothing like a weekend trip to Isle of Palms or Sullivan’s Island beach!

 

Daniel Island

Do you want to live in a place that’s truly exquisite? Do you want to wake up every morning in a place with friendly neighbors, charming views, and a relaxing atmosphere? Then you want to check out Daniel Island, South Carolina. Located near Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston, Daniel Island, SC has everything you could want in a Lowcountry neighborhood. It’s an amazing location for both families and singles alike. Not everyone enjoys living in a fast-paced city environment. Many of us just want to live in a place that’s friendly and reminds us of the more easy-going, simpler times. Daniel Island, SC is that relaxation paradise. Here, you can enjoy coastal views from your own front porch and take a quick bike ride to your local grocer and restaurants. You will get to know your neighbors like they were your family, and with a wide array of activities and amenities, there’s no shortage of fun and good times to pursue!

 

Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is an exclusive community of beautiful Lowcountry homes. It operates as a private haven, with access to great golfing, restaurants, and high-end shopping. Summer home to many celebrities and billionaires, Kiawah and neighboring Seabrook Islands are luxurious as a rule. Of course, living here will be quite expensive, but the experience is worth every penny to those who can afford it.

 

West Ashley

West Ashley is aptly named ~ it covers the area West of the Ashley River. An eclectic neighborhood with a range of neighbors and dwellings, West Ashley is where to live in Charleston, SC if you’re on to appreciate an indie atmosphere. Be sure to check out the Avondale area for cool restaurants and nightlife vibes.

 

North Charleston

North Charleston is expansive and contains a mix of communities. Established neighborhoods mix with more modern developments throughout the area spanning from downtown to Summerville, SC. When you’re looking for where to live in Charleston, SC, definitely consider Park Circle. It’s a charming little neighborhood with cute houses and its own strip of restaurants, shops, and bars, plus friendly neighbors.

 

Find the Best Charleston Neighborhood for You with Team Lail-Chambers!

When you move to Charleston, SC, let our team find the place of your dreams. Think about your priorities ~ do you want somewhere bustling and vibrant, or a peaceful sanctuary? Do you prefer to walk or drive? We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. When you work with us, we’ll help make sure your home buying experience is seamless. Contact us today, and let us help you find your perfect Charleston home! 

 

June 30, 2022

Why is the Housing Supply Still Low?

If you are keeping tabs on today’s real estate market, you already know that we are in the midst of an ultimate seller’s market. The number of buyers searching for a home is currently outweighing how many houses are available for sale. This is making it extremely competitive for those who are wanting to buy right now, and leaves us all scratching our heads wondering, is the housing supply ever going to rise? If you are on the hunt for a new home this year, here is what you can expect, and what you need to know!

 

The Pandemic and the Demand for Housing

When the pandemic hit the United States in the early Spring of 2020, it awakened a renewed appreciation of the meaning of home. The pandemic boosted the demand for housing by increasing the desire to work from home. Having a safe place to live and work became very important to many Americans throughout the country. Plus, with the money being saved from no longer having to commute, potential buyers had more funds to spend than they did prior. These factors helped push up house prices.

 

Investors Are Gaining Advantage in the Market

Investors looking to make a profit have increased their presence in the real estate market over the past few years, as well. This has made it more difficult for families to find a home because the more investors in the real estate market, the more expensive housing becomes as investors and corporations are buying houses and turning them into rental properties.

 

What Does All of This Mean for You?

For a buyer, low inventory can be a challenge because you don’t want to settle for anything 

less than the home of your dreams. But, even though inventory is low, more homes are predicted to become available throughout the next year. However, even with this good news, you will not want to delay your home search and will want to immediately make an offer on any home that you truly like. Waiting for prices to suddenly drop to what they were in the past, or expecting many home options to be available, would be a mistake. Remember your goals and why finding a home is so important as these will be your motivation behind your home buying process.

 

It’s Not Impossible to Find the Home of Your Dreams With Team Lail-Chambers!

If you are planning to buy this year in Charleston, SC, call Team Lail-Chambers to learn more about what’s happening in your desired area, what homes are available, and why it’s still worthwhile to prioritize your home search today. The staff here at Team Lail-Chambers, led by Bob Chambers & Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are well-acquainted with Charleston and the Lowcountry and are happy to help you decide on the best neighborhood for you and your family. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find your perfect Charleston home!

 

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