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Broadway Minutes: Goose Creek Envy!

by Sam Broadway

How well do you think you know Goose Creek? Did you know they had a community center with a full gym, basketball courts, and pickle ball? What about the many recreational sports that the town offers to all age groups? Watch to find out about some of Goose Creek's not so secret recreational marvels that will make any non resident full of envy!

The Cons and Cons of Rent to Own - Know your options!

by Sam Broadway

There are many options on how to buy that perfect house. However, Rent to Own should not be the one you choose! There are very few instances where this is a good option. Check out this video where Sam explains the pros and cons of such an agreement!

Broadway Minute: Berkeley County & Real Estate

by Sam Broadway

Berkeley County in South Carolina is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. It has the infrastructure and the economy to support unprecedented growth. Well, what does that have to do with Real Estate? EVERYTHING! The area's infrastructure is encouraging more companies to come to the area. This in turn is creating thousands of jobs causing people to flock to Berkeley County to take advantage of these opportunities. And all these people need a place to live. This phenomenon is the main reason Berkeley County is the 35 fastest growing county in the entire nation! Watch the video to find out about all the changes coming and how that will affect your real estate endeavors.

Summerville Good Eats!

by Sam Broadway

There are many reasons to move to Summerville, SC. One of our favorites is the local cuisine! Check out this video to find out more about our favorite restaurants.

Down here, we love supporting our neighbors and communities. One of the easiest ways to do that is through Farmers Markets. And boy do we have a lot of them! Summerville, Goose Creek, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mount Pleasant all have great farmer’s markets complete with unique vendors and entertainment. Here’s our favorites:

Summerville Farmer’s Market:

From early spring to late fall, the town of Summerville holds a farmers’ market behind Town Hall in the First Citizens Bank parking lot every Saturday. The market is open from 8am-1pm. But if you’re there between 10am and 1pm you can enjoy live music at the Market Café! The market has a variety of vendors. You can shop local produce, meats, seafood, baked goods, sweet treats, clothing, dog treats, spices, jams, jellies, and so much more!

Carnes Crossroads Market:

This great market is held on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-6:30 pm. Market goers can shop among local vendors in the Green Barn in the new buzzing Carnes Crossroads community. The market vendors sell everything from seafood to pickles to bread and plants! This market is only open from late May to the end of August. So, make sure you check it out soon!

Charleston Farmers Market:

This world class market is open from early spring to late fall. The Charleston market features local farmers, food vendors and artisans. This unique market is set right in the center of historic downtown Charleston in Marion Square! Travel + Leisure magazine named the Charleston Farmers Market as one of the top 10 Best Farmers Markets in the Nation. Needless to say, if you are in Charleston on a Saturday you definitely need to swing by the Farmers Market! (Open from 8am-2pm)

Market Sunday at Summers Corner:

This new master planned community has it’s farmers market up and running! Every Sunday from 2pm-5pm at the Commons in Summers Corner, a group of local vendors gather to provide you with fresh, local grown produce, flowers and more! The community also invites you to explore their model homes and move-in ready homes. This market is also unique in that a Master Gardner is always on site to answer any questions you have on growing your garden…for FREE!

North Charleston Farmers Market:

This market is open every Thursday from early May to late October. It is open from noon to 7:00 pm at Felix C Davis Community Center in Park Circle. Besides the many local farmers and growers and vendors offering arts and produce, shoppers can also enjoy some live entertainment! Every week the city’s cultural arts department sponsors a musical performance from 4-6pm.

Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market:

This market is held at the Market Pavilion on Coleman Boulevard every Tuesday from 3:30pm-7pm from April-September. Besides the normal locally grown produce and plants, this market offers interaction with the town’s non-profit organizations and the Clemson Extension Master Gardeners. 

Summers Corner Farmers Market
Charleston Farmers Market
 

 

VA Loans are just one of the many (but not near enough) benefits we give our brave men and women in the military. Unfortunately, there seem to be a lot of myths and legends surrounding this great benefit. So, Sam met up with mortgage broker Marty Hobgood to set the record straight! Watch the video to find out a little more about VA Loans. If you still have questions give us or Marty a call. We'd love to help!

4th of July Celebrations - Charleston Style

by Sam Broadway

Fourth of July is almost here!!! What are you planning on doing? Don't know yet? Well let us break down some options for you.

There are several fourth of July celebrations around the Charleston area. Summerville, Goose Creek, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Charleston all have an array of events planned to celebrate our country. Here’s a list of our favorites to help you decide.

Mt. Pleasant Fourth of July Celebrations

Wild Dunes Resort Fourth of July Celebrations

This party is held in the prestigious Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms Beach. The resort is hosting a Family Fun Run/Walk starting at 8am on the beach for $25 per person. Shortly after, from 11am – 2pm, check out the Watermelon Eating Spectacular. Compete (for $10) or watch the watermelon eating contest. Starting at 5:30pm, Wild Dunes will host their “All American” Fourth of July Cookout. Starting at 9:15pm you can enjoy the island’s Fourth ​ of July Fireworks. There are several different packages available for this event ranging from $40-$57 for adults and $15 for children.

Fireworks Blast 2016

This Fourth of July celebration is held at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum every year. The museum offers two ways to celebrate: aboard the historic battleship the USS Yorktown or landside on the beach. Unfortunately, the event has already sold out of tickets to board the USS Yorktown. However, the landside event is just as much fun! It will have live music, children’s entertainment, food and beverages. The event allows people to bring coolers and chairs. While this landside celebration is free you still have to pay $10 to park. But we can promise the view of the fireworks is well worth it! Gates open at 4pm!

Uncle Sam Jam

This event is mostly for adults. The Uncle Sam Jam will be held on the Mount Pleasant Fishing Pier. Starting at 8pm you can enjoy the views of the harbor while soaking in live music, snacks, drinks. The price ranges from $8-$10.

Charleston Fourth of July Celebrations

Independence Day Weekend

All weekend long, Middleton Place is getting in the spirit by educating visitors on Independence Day. They will have a “Revolutionary Soldier” who will be happy to answer questions about the war and time period. The plantation will also provide colonial crafts, games, and a hands-on military drill! Regular admission rates apply.

Sea Starts and Stripes

The South Carolina Aquarium is holding a Barbeque and Lowcountry Boil to celebrate Independence Day. This event grants visitors access to the aquarium, harbor view, food, beer and wine. The all-inclusive event is priced at $60 for adults and $30 for children!

North Charleston Fourth of July Celebration

Fourth of July Festival

Every year the city of North Charleston holds the Largest Fourth of July Fireworks Show in the Lowcountry. The city’s FREE Fourth of July Festival features musical guests, children’s activities, food trucks, and beer and wine stations. Bring a lawn chair and blanket and enjoy the evening starting at 3pm in Riverfront Park!

Summerville Fourth of July Celebration

Red, White and Blue on the Green

This is a FREE celebration put on by the town of Summerville. The party is held in Summerville’s Gahagan park. The event will have a kids’ zone, beer garden, food vendors, live music, and a firework finale! To help with parking there will be a free shuttle to and from Gahagan Park and the free Parking Garage in Downtown Summerville.

Goose Creek Fourth of July Celebration

Fabulous Fourth in the Creek

Each year the town of Goose Creek holds their own Fourth of July festival. This year there will be live music, kids’ activities, food vendors, and of course fireworks. The celebration is FREE and will last from 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Goose Creek Municipal Center.

We hope you have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Legend Oaks Plantation Community

by Sam Broadway

Legend Oaks is another one of our favorite communities. And here's why:

Location: Legend Oaks is a community-oriented neighborhood in Summerville, SC. It is nestled on an old rice plantation off of beautiful Historic Highway 61. The highway is lined by 300-year-old Oak trees making your commute exceptionally pleasant. Legend Oaks is also conveniently located right next to Beech Hill Elementary and the brand new Ashley Ridge High School.

Amenities: The neighborhood itself features an award winning Golf and Tennis Club. The Scott Pool championship golf course is surrounded by live oaks, pines and classic lowcountry wildlife. As the Club says, “Come out and gold plantation style.” The neighborhood’s tennis courts are conveniently located near the Club House which also houses a southern style bistro, Bistro One18. Close by there is also the added amenity of neighborhood pool! During the Summer months, you can find children learning to swim or practicing for a community swim meet. The Club is also able to host parties either in the clubhouse or pool

Atmosphere: This community is simply put a community. The Clubhouse is constantly creating unique, fun events and social gatherings for residents. Kids are invited to participate on the neighborhood swim team, annual parades, and summer camps. Adults are invited to attend various socials, tournaments, and cookouts.

Homes: There are several sections within the neighborhood with their own unique style. Drive around and find the one that’s right for you! OR check out all the current listings in Legend Oaks and give us a call!

Click here to view current listings in Legend Oaks Plantation!


 

Live in the Birthplace of Sweet Tea: Summerville, SC

by Sam Broadway

Summerville, SC is known as The Flowertown in the Pines, home to the most winning-est football coach (John McKissick), and more recently as the Birthplace of South’s most cherished beverage: Sweet Tea.

It all started when Will Rizzo, with the Azalea Magazine, uncovered an 1890 article that suggests large amounts of sugar and tea were purchased for use together at a confederate soldier reunion. After much research, it was determined that our little town of Summerville is in fact the Birthplace of Sweet Tea.

Summervillians embraced their new title with the greatest amount of pride. Today, a trip to Summerville is not complete without a little…ok a LOT…of Sweet Tea.

We have Sweet Tea Trails, Sweet Tea Festivals, Sweet Tea Pageants, Sweet Tea Spas, Sweet Tea Cupcakes and Sweet Tea World Records. That’s right. Summerville, SC has now officially broken the Guinness Book world record for the largest brew of Sweet Tea!   

In honor of our heritage here are a few fun Sweet Tea Facts:

1) Tea is a very difficult plant to grow. It demands very specific conditions that few places in the world are able to provide.

2) The Tea Plant is also known as Camellia Sinensis and is a distant relative of Magnolia trees.

3) The Tea Plant arrived at Middleton Place Plantation in the late 1700’s courtesy of French explorer and botanist, Andre Michaux. Michaux grew these Camellias beside gardenias and azaleas.

4) In 1888, Dr. Charles Shepard purchased 600 acres of Newington Plantation creating the Pinehurst Tea Plantation. This Summerville plantation was the first successful tea plantation in America.

5) Dr. Shepard was eventually named the United States’ “Special Agent in Charge of Tea Investigations.”

6) Dr. Shepard’s Tea won 1st place at the World Fair in St. Louis in 1904.

7) South Carolina is the only place in North America where tea can and has been grown.

8) South Carolina is the only state to produce tea commercially.

9) The Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island began cultivating Dr. Shepard’s Summerville Tea Plants in 1963. It is still open today! Go take a tour!

Interested in living on a piece of the old Newington Plantation? Check out these Listings!

 

Birthplace of Sweet Tea
Newington Plantation - Birthplace of Sweet Tea
Charleston Tea Plantation - Birthplace of Sweet Tea

 

Charleston Plantations to Visit This Summer

by Sam Broadway

Charleston, SC is full of gorgeous landscapes and homes. Some of the prettiest are in fact the oldest. While we probably won't be able to sell you any of these magnificent homes any time soon, we would still recommend you check out the property! 

Magnolia Garden - Charleston Plantations
Magnolia Plantation - Charleston Plantations

Magnolia Garden and Plantation:

 

In 1676 the Drayton family founded Magnolia Plantation located off Historic Highway 61 on the Ashley River. This plantation survived both the American Revolution and the Civil War. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America. Unlike most American gardens, which are formally planned, Magnolia Gardens cooperates with nature to create a landscape where humanity and nature are in harmony. General admission gets you access to the historic gardens, petting zoo, the conservatory, orientation theater, and the Peacock Cafe. At the cafe you can enjoy the fantastic combination of peacocks AND mini horses. For an extra fee you can tour the historic house; take a ride on the nature train to view the plantation landscapes, lakes, woodlands, marshes, and rivers; float on the nature boat touring the old rice fields and viewing wildlife while describing plantation rice and river culture; visit the Slavery to Freedom Exhibit and see the old slave homes that are uniquely restored to several different time periods so you can see the change in living throughout history; and walk the Audubon Swamp. The plantation is open 365 days a year! Visit their website!

 

Local's Tip: Go in early August. They usually run a special on admissions.

 

Middleton Place:

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. Also located off Historic Highway 61 on the Ashley River, the Gardens have been perfectly planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round. Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas bloom in the spring. In summer there are kalmia, magnolias, crepe myrtles and roses in bloom. The House Museum was built in 1755 and houses four generations of Middleton Family furniture, silver, porcelain, rare books and portraits. This home is the birthplace of Arthur Middleton who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The property has remained under the same family ownership for 320 years. General admission will get you access to the 65 acres of formally Landscaped Gardens, the Plantation Stableyards (with costumed people portraying 18th and 19th century plantation life), and guided walking tours that vary each season. For an additional fee you can get a 45 minute guided tour of the home and a carriage ride through the remote areas of the plantation. Middleton is also home to a top rated Inn and Equestrian Center. The Plantation and Gardens are open everyday from 9-5 except for Christmas Day. For more information visit their website.

Boone Hall - Charleston Plantations

Boone Hall:

 

Founded in 1681 by Englishman Major John Boone, Boone Hall Plantation is one of America's oldest working plantations. This 738 acre plantation has been continuously growing and producing crops for over 300 years. Today they actively farm strawberries, tomatoes, and pumpkins, as well as many other fruits and vegetables. The U-Pick fields are open in season. General Admission to the plantation includes: entry down the Avenue of Oaks, the Black History in America Exhibit, a Plantation House Tour, a Plantation Coach Tour, The Slave Street and History Tour, a Garden Tour, and access to the Exploring Gullah Culture exhibit. Boone Hall also has many seasonal attractions including Halloween’s Boone Hall Fright Nights, pumpkin patch and another attraction in Christmas time. Visit their website for a complete list of attractions.

 

Local tip: If you don’t get to see everything you wanted to see during your trip you can contact Boone Hall management who will issue a second day ticket free of charge!

 

Boone Hall - Charleston Plantations

 

We would also like to give a very Honorable Mention to Cypress Gardens. This old world plantation was destroyed with the Thousand Year Flood in late 2015. The garden is still undergoing a massive clean up. To learn more about Cypress Garden, volunteer, or donate to the clean up please visit their website.

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Jon Batten
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Summerville SC 29483
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