Charleston Is a Beacon of Southern Gentility
As anyone who’s been to Charleston will tell you, the city is breathtakingly beautiful, the people are friendly, the dining scene is on point, and there’s always something going on — all in a prime coastal setting. Needless to say, it’s a place that leaves an impression on all who visit, including those seeking the perfect vacation property.
For those who have the means, Charleston might just be the perfect spot to purchase that second or third vacation home because, unlike cookie-cutter beach condos, Charleston properties have character, history, and a way of garnering some serious press.
In 2011, 2013, and 2014, Charleston was named “America’s Most Friendly City” by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. In 2016, Travel + Leisure rated Charleston as the “Best City in the World”. With reviews like that, it’s no wonder that Charleston vacation properties are in high demand.
Charleston Vacation Homes
Legendary actor Bill Murray, singer-songwriter and Charleston native Darius Rucker, and Late Show host Stephen Colbert all own property in Charleston. So, if your clients are ready to join them, consider suggesting one of these luxurious spreads.
The less traditional buyer might appreciate this listing. For a total of $175k, it includes a marina slip (worth $45k) and a 51-foot live-aboard Bluewater Coastal Cruiser Yacht. Most boat loan terms range from one to twenty years, and boats generally depreciate in value, meaning a client might be better off purchasing traditional property — but, hey, they’d get to tell people they have a yacht, which might be worth it for your sea-worthy clients!
Okay, so let’s say your client’s last name isn’t Walton, Gates, or Bezos, but they still want to own a little slice of downtown Charleston. This 650-sq.-ft. apartment is just 0.1 miles from Marion Square — one of the city’s most popular green spaces. Best of all? It’s listed for $295k, which puts this vacation destination well within reach.
Let’s face it, a vacation property should be low maintenance. That’s why this 5 bed, 7 bath townhome, originally built in 1790 and listed for $5.5 million, might just be the perfect place to escape from a harsh northeast winter. Why should your client have to pretend to like caviar in a stuffy old mansion when they can enjoy a crisp Charleston Fizz on the roof?
When buyers purchase property in Charleston, they’re purchasing a piece of history. As it turns out, this massive 12 bed, 13 bath Gregorian-style mansion, listed for $7.5 million, in the heart of downtown was actually once home to Edward Rutledge — one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence and South Carolina’s 10th governor.
Situated on a half-acre of prime Charleston real estate, this 7 bed, 9 bath $11.2 million listing comes with two opulent structures. The first is a colossal Colonial Revival mansion built in 1913. The second is a sleek, modern annex that overlooks the water and garden. Together, your buyer can have the best of both modern and classical living in one of America’s most pristine settings.
Regardless of the buyer, there’s something for everyone in Charleston. Even if your client isn’t ready to purchase property there, it’s worth a visit. Of course, you could just call the trip “market research” as you pursue vacation homes as your new niche — order a Charleston Fizz for us!
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