Another “Best of” for exciting Charleston

The accolades for the Holy City keep on coming, this time from real estate website They recently compiled a list of the top 10 most exciting American mid-sized cities and Charleston came in at #2!

The rankings were based on a number of factors including the number of live music venues, percentage of residents aged 20 to 34, the nightlife scene and other quality of life measurements. One interesting factor that was taken into consideration was the percentage of fast food restaurants per capita, the lower the better.
Providence, RI came in at #1 and Syracuse at #5 so make of it what you will but it was nice to see Charleston in the top ranks.

While the image of Charleston used to be a sleepy southern town, that concept is quickly changing due to the influx of younger citizens and the burgeoning IT industry, or “Silicon Harbor” as it is nicknamed. There are certainly no shortage of fun and exciting things to do in Chucktown and for the complete list and profiles of the top 10 most exciting mid-sized cities, just click here:

February’s sales figures for Daniel Island Real Estate


I thought everyone could use a nice photo of the Daniel Island Club pool to remind themselves that old man winter is on his way out and summer is around the corner. Not too much longer, hang in there everyone!

For my number crunchers, here is a link to the February sales figures on Daniel Island:

As you can see, the market is robust especially considering the recent temperatures and the typical slow season. Not surprisingly, many of my recent inquiries have been from Northerners who have tired of the frigid winter. Or maybe they have been watching “Southern Charm” and are hoping to be included in season two?

Dive in!

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

One of my favorite questions to ask myself and others is “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” I’m not sure where I first heard this question but it’s a good way to get myself out of a rut.

Recently I definitely stepped outside my comfort zone and attempted aerial yoga. What a blast! Steve and I did it together during a getaway to the Inn at Perry Cabin last week on the Maryland eastern shore. We were both “newbies” to the activity and the instructor was more than patient with us and we both got the hang of it pretty quickly. And once you’re confident that the hammock won’t fall from the ceiling, it’s easy to get into some interesting poses and really stretch your body out.

If you’re interested in aerial yoga in the Charleston area, my quick research showed Aerial Fit in West Ashley ( to have a full schedule of aerial classes in a dedicated circus building. I’m not sure Steve and I will be running away with the circus any time soon or joining Pink on her tour, but it was invigorating to do something for the first time.

So ask yourself, when was the last time you did something for the first time?

Congratulations to Daniel Island touring pro Russell Henley!

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The Daniel Island Club now has a PGA touring pro representing the club and it was a big week last week as Russell Henley won the Honda Classic in a 4 way playoff. This is his second win on tour as he won the Hawaiian Open last year in his debut tournament, the first rookie to win his first outing in over 10 years on the PGA Tour.

Originally from Macon, GA, he now lives on James Island and plays out of both Daniel Island and the Country Club of Charleston. The Daniel Island Club is proud to have him as our official representative on tour and there was quite a crowd rooting him on last Sunday.

Everyone who has met him says he is a great guy and also a big supporter of The First Tee program. Two wins in your first two years is certainly an impressive feat and we wish him the best going forward. For more on his recent victory, check out this Post and Courier article:
Congratulations Russell!

“Southern Charm” debuts on Bravo TV

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Much to the chagrin and dismay of many local folks, Bravo TV show “Southern Charm” debuted last night. For those of you unfamiliar with this “reality” show, “Southern Charm” goes behind the walls of Charleston, South Carolina’s most aristocratic families to reveal a world of exclusivity, money and scandal that goes back generations according to the Bravo website description. It goes on to say “viewers will see them launch political careers, build businesses, break hearts, and chase true love — all while struggling to preserve their family names. Because in Charleston, you’re only as good as your last garden party and one social screw-up can taint generations to come.”

There you have it. And after watching last night’s episode, I’m hooked. This is some bad, bad tv! And I can’t wait to see what happens next. It certainly does not paint the aristocracy of Charleston in a very good light and that has upset some of the natives. It features former state treasurer and bon vivant/convicted felon Thomas Ravenel Jr., along with a cast of nobodies with some links to old Charleston. It is a classic guilty pleasure and is on Bravo Monday nights at 10pm so take a look and see what you think and who you might recognize. There are some nice shots of the Charleston landscape which might be the only redeeming aspect of this dreck.

For a more complete review of last night’s episode from the hometown newspaper, click here: