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Strike While It's Hot! A Chance to Live and Play on Seabrook Island

Thu, Jan 10th 2013 11:00 am by Samantha Havens Living at the Beach

Have you or someone you know been looking for that perfect location where you can relocate or just escape for a few weeks at a time with access to miles of private beach, renowned golf courses, fabulous dining and close to the cosmopolitan attractions of Charleston SC..... Your search is over.  Welcome to Seabrook Island.

Located just about 20 miles from the heart of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Seabrook Island is a unique, oceanfront barrier island surrounded by protected marshland, gorgeous championship golf courses, an equestrian facility, multiple dining options and a natural habitat of wildlife that reminds you "you just might not be in Kansas anymore..."  Having recently un...

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12 New Hotels Planned for Charleston Peninsula

Tue, Dec 11th 2012 11:46 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

12 Days of Christmas???  How about 12 New Hotels of Charleston??!!  The #1 tourist destination in the world is getting ready to keep up with the surge of annual visitors - reaching about 5 million each year and growing! - with plans for TWLEVE new hotel projects going on around the city.  This amazing endeavor will provide Charleston with about 1500 more hotel rooms which represents just over 40% more than currently exists in our beautiful city. 

Get ready to enjoy boutique style and famed brand name chains spanning the blocks of Meeting, King, Lockwood, Cannon Streets ... and more....

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Living in Style: Hollie Wood Style

Fri, Nov 2nd 2012 10:01 am by Sam Havens Around Town
Charlston Kitchen by Hollie Wood Style

Seamless decor in a home is something coveted by many. But, for those of us who cherish the dusty history of a stand-out thrifted piece of furniture, or the raw character of a found item, sometimes architecture-heavy design can leave much to be desired. Fortunately, there’s a way to satisfy both needs in a home.

Playing with just the right amount of structure, Hollie styles this home with unique finds and the simplicity and beauty of fresh-picked flowers to transform each room of this dwelling into a perfectly balanced and cohesive space.

The structure in the kitchen of this Georgian home is that of the award-winning Bulthaup company. Known for taking a holitistic approach when design...

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Whats Been Selling in Charleston SC?

Thu, Nov 1st 2012 5:05 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town
Friends & Clients:
Just a quick summary for you to help illustrate where the "sweet spot" for sales seems to fall year-to-date in the Charleston area...
The majority of closed sales seem to fall $400k and under thus far and the good news is that overall, we are up 15% over last year. 
An excellent indication that our pace is trending in the right direction. 
Good Vibes to all you buyers and sellers out there!

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Stop Visiting, Start Living in Charleston, South Carolina!

Tue, Oct 23rd 2012 2:51 pm by Sam Havens Around Town

Living in Charleston, SC

In case you have not heard, the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, a popular travel magazine, recently named Charleston, South Carolina as the number one city in the United States. At Havens Charleston Real Estate, we think that Charleston is also the number one city in the world to live in. Here are the perks of living rather than visiting Charleston, South Carolina:


The sheer diversity of Restaurants in and around Charleston is overwhelming. Charleston has  eight 2012 Four Diamond Restaurants:

  • Charleston Grill
  • Circa 1886
  • Cypress
  • Grill 225
  • Hall’s Chophouse
  • Palmetto Cafe
  • Peninsula Grill
  • Tristan

Trying all of these as well as the hundreds of other restaurants will...

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The Seabrook Island Real Estate Market

Mon, Sep 24th 2012 11:41 am by Sam Havens Livin the Life on Seabrook Island

Seabrook Island, South Carolina is located just 30 minutes outside of the downtown Charleston area, but just far enough away to enjoy the sound of the ocean. Seabrook offers both residents and visitors a relaxed and laid back atmosphere within walking distance of upscale boutiques, restaurants and of course the beach and natural wildlife areas.

Since January 1, 2012, 72 properties have sold on Seabrook Island. To say that the market is significantly active on Seabrook Island would be an understatement. Seabrook is full of good deals to be had on luxury homes, vacation cottages, condos and town homes.

This is a great time to own a piece of Seabrook Island. The median sales price of homes...

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Charleston Welcomes JetBlue to our Friendly Skies!

Thu, Sep 20th 2012 9:27 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

As if Charleston wasn't already all the "buzz" having just hosted the PGA Championship, been the "go-to" location for recent celebrity wedding of Ryan Renyolds and Blake Lively, and consistenly been named Top Ten Friendliest Places to, JetBlue comes to town!  As of February 2013, JetBlue has announced that it will offer daily, nonstop service between Charleston and JFK and Boston Logan airports.  It is estimated that this service will add about 100 seats daily to these Northeast destinations -- a much needed addition based on the visitor influx from that area.  Get ready to enjoy full leather seats, great leg room and low fares!  Read the full story here....  http://www.posta...

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Home Sales Recap, August 2012 - Charleston County

Mon, Sep 17th 2012 3:17 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

Well, folks it's good news.  Really good news.  Just by looking at the figures in the very top row of this report for August 2012, you can see the housing market continues to head in the right direction:

Sales and Listings are UP, Inventory is DOWN.

Knowing that we have been able to reduce market inventory by about 27% in just 1 year shows significant improvement and confidence for Charleston real estate as a whole.  Even with the flood of short sales and foreclosures that are still moving thru the sales funnel, average selling prices are up almost 3% YTD.  This is GOOD NEWS and we should continue to be optimistic about the future of our economy.  On the fence about selling your home?  ...

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Fall Events On and Around Kiawah and Seabrook Islands

Fri, Sep 7th 2012 10:30 am by Sam Havens April 2012 Charleston County Sales and Inventory

Thinking of visiting Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island this fall? When choosing between the two destinations it would be impossible to make a bad decision.  Both are equally as beautiful, relaxing, and provide sufficient access to beaches, recreation areas, shopping and dining. Here is a sneak peek at some of the events that are happening on and around the islands this fall. 

45 minutes from the islands is the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina. Every year the Fall Candlelight Tours of Homes and Gardens takes place many of the beautiful homes on the National Register of Historic Places are open for visitors to tour. This is a great chance to see the interior of the homes along th...

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Home Theaters of Charleston

Mon, Aug 27th 2012 3:47 pm by Sam Havens April 2012 Charleston County Sales and Inventory

September 1st is just around the corner, and for many this means the start of football season, tailgate parties, and of course the holidays. If you’re asking, “Where am I going to watch the game this year?” we’ve got a few suggestions for you.

These homes in the Charleston, South Carolina area all have the perfect “man cave” or home theatre that will make watching the game a little bit more fun this year! There is no reason to say, “Oh I wish we had this”, because didn’t we mention, they are all for sale.

512 Ruddy Turnstone- Kiawah Island, South Carolina

This Kiawah Island home not only has a Russ sound system that runs throughout the entire house, with individual room controls, but...

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Havens Charleston Real Estate Featured by The East Cooper Company

Mon, Jul 23rd 2012 11:46 am by Sam Havens April 2012 Charleston County Sales and Inventory

Thanks to The East Cooper Company for featuring Havens Charleston Real Estate in their newest blog segment: Meet Local, Charleston Business Professionals!

Here's a look at the article they posted this morning: 

Meet Samantha Havens. Sam, of Havens Charleston Real Estate is a seasoned real estate professional who has been educating clients about the area for the past 6 years. With over 10 years in a corporate marketing profession, real estate seemed like the perfect crossover and compliment to the next phase of Sam’s career.

If you ask Sam, she says that she prides herself on handling each client real estate situation in a timely manner and approaches challenges with a strict work e...

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Freshfields Village: Luxury Shopping located between Kiawah and Seabrook

Tue, Jul 10th 2012 9:49 am by Sam Havens Around Town

Imagine sprawling marsh views, wildlife you didn't think possible, and beautiful sunrises you won't mind waking up early to view. Approximately 45 minutes south of Charleston, SC are two islands so picturesque and relaxing that all of those things are possible. 

Kiawah Island was named by USA Today Travel the "Happiest Seaside Town". The Sanctuary, an upscale resort hotel and spa, attracts thousands of visitors each year to this southeastern travel destination.

Seabrook, just minutes away from Kiawah, is also a popular vacation spot. The island offers the Seabrook Island Resort, as well as many different styles of vacation home rentals for visitors looking to enjoy a relaxing beach vac...

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Keep it "Summer Simple"

Fri, Jun 22nd 2012 11:19 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

With Summer here, I always get the urge to lighten the load, so to speak... Sunny, warm - OK hot, days (esp. here in Charleston!) make me want to have everything around the house easy, breezy and uncluttered.  You know, super comfortable yet chic.  If you've got this bug too, take the time to de-clutter now!  And if you are moving or have just moved, even better!!!  Throw out the old stuff you have been looking at too long , rearrange your furniture, artwork, heck, even your bedspreads.   It automatically perks up and changes the mood of your home decor.


Here is a great picture I found that depicts what I'm talking about....Simple, comfortable surroundings without sacrificing that tou...

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Tips on "Layered Lighting" for Home or Office

Tue, Jun 19th 2012 4:47 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

Here is an interesting link you might find helpful when considering lighting for your home and/or office.


"Bring Out the Best With Layered Lighting"

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Reliable, Luxury-Market Quality, Licensed PAINTING Professionals

Wed, Jun 13th 2012 4:15 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

How many times have you had a nightmare-ish experience with a painting company you hired in the past?  Late, no-show, sloppy work, no clean-up - and then, THEY demand payment... you know the drill.  Your troubles and nightmares are over. 

Meet Southern Exposure Painting. 

Quality painting tradesmen who will not only get the job done in a timely manner but will exhibit museum-quality workmanship with a professional attitude.  It's no wonder this team of experts is well known and well respected predominately on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, Downtown, Daniel Island and Mount Pleasant.  Their reputation with builders is impeccable, their repore with clients outstanding and their work , well...

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What's Selling on Seabrook Island, SC?

Mon, Jun 11th 2012 4:36 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

Well believe it or not, we are almost thru the 1st half of 2012.... Where does the time go?  We say this every year and I don't think we can every truly answer it.  When it comes to the world of Real Estate, many of us are probably happy that time has passed relatively quickly because as it does, we have seen an improvement in the market which translates to an increase in sales, and a consumer confidence which in turn, fuels the overall economy.  I am by no means a market analyst, but I can tell you that my personal real estate business has increased year over year and many of my peers are experiencing the same thing. 

But, let the numbers do the talking....

Here is a snapshot of 1st Ha...

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What Tools Do I Need as a New Homeowner?

Thu, Jun 7th 2012 11:24 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Buying a new home or thinking about it?  Just moved in and ready to get things in order?  Well, aside from all the beautiful accessories, furniture and artwork you are anxiously fussing with to get in just the right place, there are some basics you will need to have on hand to make your job a little easier.  Grab a pen and get ready to head to Lowes!  Tools, tools, and more tools are in your near future!

This is a great checklist of items - courtesy of Sold Ground - a local, reputable Home Inspection business I have used many times and would be happy to recommend to new clients.  Some items may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised what gets lost in the shuffle of a move, disappearing int...

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Historic Charleston, SC

Mon, Jun 4th 2012 5:14 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

I was especially proud to call Charleston my home as I took some friends around town this past weekend.  Yes, Charleston is beautiful in so many ways, but simply taking time to appreciate all the history and architecture that helps make it so beautiful is part of what these out-of-towners loved the most. 

Just imagining a home that tips the scales at 10,000 square feet that some unknown family over 200 years ago was not only lucky, but wealthy enough to call their private residence is sure to boggle most minds.  But actually SEEING this home's original structure and original details brings it to a whole new level. 

Here are some pictures that help bring that imagery to life.  historicThree incr...

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PGA 2012 at Kiawah is Only 70 Days Away!

Tue, May 29th 2012 3:54 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

 In honor of the upcoming championship from August 6-11, here are some "fun facts" that I came across from Charleston Golf News that might interest some of you....


The 1st stat is a shocker, ok not really.  I think most of us would bet that golf is predominately male in popularity.  Regardless of gender, why anyone would want to take 5 hours to play a round of golf is beyond me, but then again, I am a tennis player so that might be where my confusion begins.  At any rate, thousands will flock to Kiawah Island in a few short weeks to witness the PGA Championship being played on its breathtaking Ocean Course.  This highly anticipated event is the biggest sporting event Charleston has ev...

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