Charleston, South Carolina: Where Historic Meets High-tech

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Ruthie Ravenel, Sales and Marketing Director, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston, South Carolina.

For three consecutive years Charleston has ranked among the top 5 cities in the world in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In fact, this traditional low country city isn’t just attracting tourists to its sandy beaches and world-class resorts.

Kiawah Island SC$2,585,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Recently Charleston has been dubbed “Silicon Harbor” for the hundreds of technology companies that have set-up shop in the area. Many of these companies have recognized that Charleston’s temperate climate, emphasis on quality of life and superior amenities suit their employees lifestyle needs. From start-ups to larger, more established brands, Charleston’s growing tech sector is attracting an eclectic mix of new residents.

Historic Charleston 1$3,650,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

With the growing economic opportunities, Charleston is also booming with development projects. The hottest new development area is Upper King Street and the Upper Peninsula area. There have been several new hotels completed in the past year and even more condos and mixed use development projects being unveiled regularly. The restaurant scene has exploded on Upper King Street with countless new establishments like The Ordinary, which was recently named #1 new restaurant in The South by Southern Living Magazine.   Seafood and oysters are southern coastline staples and Charleston restaurants have some of the best menus for local fresh seafood.

Historic Charleston 2$1,695,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Foreign investors have also shown great interest in Charleston, particularly in the Downtown area. Downtown Charleston is one of the most European of all cities in America, because it has an incredibly well preserved historic center. This allows for a very pedestrian, urban experience with shops and restaurants intermixed with residential areas, such as the neighborhood of Ansonborough which attracts residents from international locales such as Italy and Switzerland.

Sullivans Island SC$3,499,000 USD | Sullivans Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

When Charlestonians are looking for a getaway, they escape to the nearby pristine beaches of Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Folly’s Beach and Sullivan’s Island for relaxation, boating, family activities and more. It is commonplace for Charleston residents to also own a beachfront property or deep water estate for weekend getaways to enjoy life on the water. With the blend of historic charm, trendy new developments and easy access to a relaxed beach lifestyle, Charleston is the perfect location for those who like to lay low while living large.

DR_FacebookMany thanks to our guest blogger, Ruthie Ravenel, Sales and Marketing Director, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty who specializes in luxury real estate in the Charleston, SC area.

 

Charleston, South Carolina: Where Historic Meets High-tech

For three consecutive years Charleston has ranked among the top 5 cities in the world in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In fact, this traditional low country city isn’t just attracting tourists to its sandy beaches and world-class resorts.

Kiawah Island SC$2,585,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Recently Charleston has been dubbed “Silicon Harbor” for the hundreds of technology companies that have set-up shop in the area. Many of these companies have recognized that Charleston’s temperate climate, emphasis on quality of life and superior amenities suit their employees lifestyle needs. From start-ups to larger, more established brands, Charleston’s growing tech sector is attracting an eclectic mix of new residents.

Historic Charleston 1$3,650,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

With the growing economic opportunities, Charleston is also booming with development projects. The hottest new development area is Upper King Street and the Upper Peninsula area. There have been several new hotels completed in the past year and even more condos and mixed use development projects being unveiled regularly. The restaurant scene has exploded on Upper King Street with countless new establishments like The Ordinary, which was recently named #1 new restaurant in The South by Southern Living Magazine.   Seafood and oysters are southern coastline staples and Charleston restaurants have some of the best menus for local fresh seafood.

Historic Charleston 2$1,695,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Foreign investors have also shown great interest in Charleston, particularly in the Downtown area. Downtown Charleston is one of the most European of all cities in America, because it has an incredibly well preserved historic center. This allows for a very pedestrian, urban experience with shops and restaurants intermixed with residential areas, such as the neighborhood of Ansonborough which attracts residents from international locales such as Italy and Switzerland.

Sullivans Island SC$3,499,000 USD | Sullivans Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

When Charlestonians are looking for a getaway, they escape to the nearby pristine beaches of Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Folly’s Beach and Sullivan’s Island for relaxation, boating, family activities and more. It is commonplace for Charleston residents to also own a beachfront property or deep water estate for weekend getaways to enjoy life on the water. With the blend of historic charm, trendy new developments and easy access to a relaxed beach lifestyle, Charleston is the perfect location for those who like to lay low while living large.

DR_FacebookMany thanks to our guest blogger, Ruthie Ravenel, Sales and Marketing Director, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty who specializes in luxury real estate in the Charleston, SC area.

Charleston, South Carolina Real Estate | Market Spotlight

With reputations such as the “best-mannered city” in the U.S. and “America’s most friendly city,” Charleston is annually ranked among the nation’s most visited cities. Located on the Atlantic coastline, Charleston is the second largest city in South Carolina, brimming with rich history, tradition and Southern charm. Charleston has become a major tourist destination due to its prominent art, music, food and fashion scenes, since its establishment over 300 years ago.

Homes for Sale in Charleston >

Charleston, South Carolina Real Estate / Market Spotlight

With reputations such as the “best-mannered city” in the U.S. and “America’s most friendly city,” Charleston is annually ranked among the nation’s most visited cities. Located on the Atlantic coastline, Charleston is the second largest city in South Carolina, brimming with rich history, tradition and Southern charm. Charleston has become a major tourist destination due to its prominent art, music, food and fashion scenes, since its establishment over 300 years ago.

Homes for Sale in Charleston >

The Historic Sword Gate House in South Carolina

Part four of our historic home series continues today with the Sword Gate House in Charleston, South Carolina (See which homes were featured in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the series).

Located in the heart of Charleston’s old walled city, Sword Gate House is an expansive home that was remodeled and renovated several times over the past two centuries. The earliest dwelling was constructed in 1808 with the finest moldings and mantles, many of which are still preserved in the home today.  A significant modification came in 1849, with the addition of the Sword Gates at the grand entrance to the home. These gates were originally hand crafted for Charleston’s Guard House at City Hall, but were deemed too fine and expensive for public use.

Haunted House Charleston

$18,800,000 | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Throughout the home’s history it has operated as a school, a boutique inn, and has also been open to the public for tours.  From 1819 through 1848, the residence was a distinguished girl’s academy run by headmistress, Anne Talvande. According to a 1983 article in The News and Courier, a rather embarrassing incident for the notoriously strict Madame Talvande threatened to tarnish the school’s image. One night, a 15-year-old student and daughter of a wealthy local family escaped from the boarding school and eloped with a young New Yorker. Needless to say, Madame Talvande was most embarrassed when she learned of the marriage and was determined that it would never happen again. Even now, more than a century later, her spirit is said to keep a watchful eye on the property.

real_haunted_houseTomorrow concludes our historic home series with a country western signer’s former Fraternity house in Tennessee.

The Historic Sword Gate House in South Carolina

Part four of our historic home series continues today with the Sword Gate House in Charleston, South Carolina (See which homes were featured in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the series).

Located in the heart of Charleston’s old walled city, Sword Gate House is an expansive home that was remodeled and renovated several times over the past two centuries. The earliest dwelling was constructed in 1808 with the finest moldings and mantles, many of which are still preserved in the home today.  A significant modification came in 1849, with the addition of the Sword Gates at the grand entrance to the home. These gates were originally hand crafted for Charleston’s Guard House at City Hall, but were deemed too fine and expensive for public use.

Haunted House Charleston

$18,800,000 / Charleston, South Carolina / Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Throughout the home’s history it has operated as a school, a boutique inn, and has also been open to the public for tours.  From 1819 through 1848, the residence was a distinguished girl’s academy run by headmistress, Anne Talvande. According to a 1983 article in The News and Courier, a rather embarrassing incident for the notoriously strict Madame Talvande threatened to tarnish the school’s image. One night, a 15-year-old student and daughter of a wealthy local family escaped from the boarding school and eloped with a young New Yorker. Needless to say, Madame Talvande was most embarrassed when she learned of the marriage and was determined that it would never happen again. Even now, more than a century later, her spirit is said to keep a watchful eye on the property.

real_haunted_houseTomorrow concludes our historic home series with a country western signer’s former Fraternity house in Tennessee.