The newest amenity at the Daniel Island Club

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The long awaited club cottages have opened to rave reviews. They are beautiful, tastefully appointed and are great for members and their guests. Designed to be a home away from home for members, visiting family and guests, the three identical cottages are named after the three rivers surrounding the Charleston area. Guests staying in the Wando, Cooper and Ashley cottages have access to the other first-class amenities provided by the Club, offering a glimpse of Lowcounty life at its best. Click here to view the cottages:
http://www.danielislandclub.com/club/scripts/library/view_document.asp?GRP=10366&NS=PC&APP=80&DID=138096
When looking for a relaxing ‘staycation’, a place to house guests that feels like home, or a way to entice friends and family to join in your love for the Lowcountry way of life, the Club Cottages are a convenient and elegant solution. Advance reservations are required. Email james.wendland@danielislandclub.com or call 843-849-3530. Members and guests enjoy transportation options available exclusively to them. The club also recently purchased a Mercedes Benz 14 person passenger van which is available to the members and guests.  It’s going to be a wonderful way to go downtown for dinner or for a trip to the beach.

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Need your windows cleaned?

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Spring has already sprung and gone in Charleston and boy are the windows at our house dirty!  The pollen and residual build up forces me to call my favorite window cleaning service, Reflections of Charleston (www.reflectionsofcharleston.com).  These guys are great and they also do gutter cleaning and they even clean your chandelier!

Rich is my guy over there and again, please tell him I sent ya.  They are bonded and insured and also give a 100% satisfaction guaranteed.  And they are very reasonable.  We ended up getting a bunch of homeowners together and he gave us a very nice discount so gather your neighbors together and create a window cleaning co-op.  And if you’re a business owner, they also do commercial work so create a co-op among fellow business owners too.

They take out the screens and wash them as well, and they show up on time, and are very courteous.   I know I hate climbing ladders and doing the dirty work so give Rich a call at 843-926-6554.  I heartily support this local business and can’t wait to be able to look out the windows of my house again! 

“Rewined” candles — My favorite Charleston gift

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Charleston has a number of charming gift items such as sweetgrass baskets, stone ground grits in a bag, benne seed wafer cookies . . .  But my favorite Charleston souvenir gift is a Rewined candle.

They are made right in Charleston on Meeting St. and are available at the city market as well as specialty stores around town.  You can also order online at www.rewinedcandles.com.  I love these candles for a number of reasons.   They are made from discarded wine bottles and are hand poured using soy wax which are infused with fragrances designed to mimic popular wine varietals such as merlot, sauvignon blanc, even a sangria.  They burn cleanly and people love receiving them as gifts. 

I find having a 6 pack of these around the house invaluable when I need a quick hostess gift or a thank you token.  The owner (Adam Fetsch) is a former bartender and the story behind his business is quite interesting.  Plus he should be commended as he just won a Governors’s award for his work with the SC Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

But if you’re looking for a unique Charleston based gift for around $20, you can’t do better than these candles.   A great gift for the environmentalist, the wino, or the romantic in your life.  They do good work down there at Rewined Candles on Meeting St. so stop by and say “Hi” to Adam and tell him I sent ya.  Pick up some candles while you’re there, you’ll be glad you did! 

The best food you’ll ever eat!

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Wow this stuff is good!  I’m am stone cold addicted to this dish and no amount of rehab is going to cure me!

If you find yourself searching for that elusive “dish to pass” and are looking to impress the partygoers without doing a lot of work, this is the one for you.  My husband works at The Charleston Grill at The Charleston Place Hotel and this is a side dish they offered last year.  He loved it as did all the guests and he ran across this recipe in Esquire Magazine recently.  http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/elote-corn-salad-recipe-0613

He has made it 3 times this summer and we are unable to stop eating it.  He’s got some talent in a kitchen but is certainly no chef.  But this dish is easy to make, somewhat healthy, is good both served warm or cold, and guaranteed to keep people asking for seconds if not thirds!

Essentially it’s a Mexican street dish and can be served in a variety of ways.  But now that’s it summer and the corn is bountiful, go ahead and give it a try.  And if you can’t find the cotija cheese at your market, go ahead and substitute feta.  Steve also likes to add some spicy diced sausage to the corn mix as he believes bacon and/or sausage makes everything better.  Enjoy!

Listings and sales for May 2013

For you number cruncher real estate people:

Real estate continues to remain extremely brisk on Daniel Island as does
construction of new homes.  Daniel Island Real Estate listed and/or sold 14
homesites during the month of May with 10 being in Daniel Island Park, so look
for that construction to remain brisk over the next year.

Click the link below to summarize what was listed and sold during May.  Looking
forward to continued increases in our activity and sales:)!    

http://www.danielisland.com/real-estate-activity/current-activity/

Qwik Pack for your shipping needs. Say Hi to Tom!

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Qwik Pack and Ship is located on 295 Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island and has been here since 2004. A great place and Tom Pomposelli is the owner pictured here. Tell him I sent ya and if you need office supplies, a key made, or need to ship anything, he’s the man. Customer service is what he’s all about and Tom always has a smile for ya. I love having Qwik Pack (843-278-0800) on the island and it makes life so much easier knowing Tom is here to handle all of our shipping needs. Support local business we say!

Well I’m back after almost 6 years!

mWow!  Where has the time gone?  And what has been going on?

Well first let me apologize for being away for so long.  A lot has gone on and I’m going to try to be a little more active in my blogging so hopefully it won’t be another 6 year break before I blog again.

All is well and I really had no excuse for not blogging on a regular basis except that life gets in the way.  But let me try to update you over the next couple of blog entries with life on Daniel Island and in Charleston.

As you know, the real estate industry had a real roller coaster ride over the last 6 years.  To summarize it from my perspective on Daniel Island, we were rolling along pretty well, took a hit much less worse than other areas of the country thankfully, and we are now in total rebound phase.  Things are busy!  I mean busy!

In the past 6 years, Charleston has received a number of awards but received a big one from the Conde Nast organization last year when it was voted the #1 destination city in the world, beating out Paris, Florence, Honolulu and other great cities.  Quite a coup for our little town and it has helped the recovering real estate market.  Also, the Boeing Company recently built a Dreamliner manufacturing plant near the Charleston airport that has brought a number of new employees to town and has made a major impact on our fine city.

Daniel Island has been booming as of late too.  Home sales last month (April ’13) increased 67% over April 2012.  On average, properties are selling for 95% of list price, a clear indication that we have made the turn to a seller’s market.  And they are selling 25% faster than last year at this time.  At Daniel Island Real Estate, five of the properties we listed in April sold almost instantly, going under contract before the month was through.  So needless to say, I’ve been busy which is great!  But never too busy to talk to you so give me a call at 843 475 6007 if you have any real estate questions and I’ll be happy to help.

On the personal side, my husband Steve and I are looking forward to celebrating our tenth anniversary this July and are blessed to have most of our health.  We seem to get banged up more easily now as we age and the recovery time takes a little longer but nothing that a hot bath or some ace bandages won’t take care of.  Our families are healthy and all in all, life in Charleston is wonderful.

As always, if you haven’t visited Charleston or Daniel Island, I encourage you to explore our area and if the bug hits you that you must live here or know someone who should, just give me a holler and I’d love to help!

That’s it for now and I promise that another 6 years will not elapse before I blog again.  Thanks for reading and feel free to share it and comment on it.

Best wishes,

Meg