Adventures on the Icy Ravenel Bridge

During the “snow-mageddon” that was Winter Storm Leon this week, pretty much all of Charleston shut down. Overnight Tuesday the city was blasted with ice and some snow. The Ravenel Bridge was shut down to cars beginning Tuesday night all the way through late Thursday. When I awoke on Wednesday morning, it was a rare scene here with ice covering every surface and plant, and a light dusting on the grounds.

Luckily for Jason and me, we live less than a minute off of the base of the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant. We woke up early on Wednesday and thought we could get a better view of the snow and ice from the top of the bridge. Our walk from our apartment to the bridge itself was a little eerie, we did not see one car or any other people. Once we got on the bridge we noticed footprints off of the pedestrian path and in the middle of the streets. Since it was closed off to cars, we figured, why not?

We got lots of wonderful photos. We bumped into a few other people that had the same idea. Unfortunately, shortly after we got back home someone slipped and fell while walking the bridge and it was closed off to everyone. So happy we had the chance to be there for this once in a lifetime opportunity to stroll along the Ravenel Bridge with no cars and no people!

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Charleston sales and median prices continue to increase

It looks like summer is ending on a high note in the Charleston real estate market. August numbers revealed that in the Charleston area sales are up by 24% and the median price is up by 7.6%, compared to this time last year. In Charleston County alone there were 731 sales at a median price of $270,000 with homes spending about 77 days on the market, which is the lowest average recorded this year. James Island was the county’s most active area, and Mount Pleasant also had strong numbers where 250 homes sold at a median price of $381,125. Take a look at the latest market reports for each area below and see for yourself!

Historic Charleston (below Crosstown)

http://chasliz.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/downtown-charleston.pdf

Downtown Charleston (above Crosstown)

http://chasliz.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/upper-charleston-peninsula.pdf

Isle of Palms

http://chasliz.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/isle-of-palms.pdf

Sullivan’s Island

http://chasliz.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/sullivans-island.pdf

Mount Pleasant (South of IOP Connector)

http://chasliz.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/lower-mount-pleasant.pdf

Mount Pleasant (North of IOP Connector)

http://chasliz.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/upper-mount-pleasant.pdf

So much to eat, so little time..

With Charleston Restaurant Week and Second Sunday on King St. taking place this weekend, rest assured that there will be plenty to do.

As I wrote in January when Restaurant Week occurred, the event is an excellent chance to enjoy the cuisine of the Lowcountry at affordable prices. You can choose from various participating restaurants and menus that feature three courses for either $20, $30, or $40. The majority of restaurants downtown are included, along with others in Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, West Ashley, John’s Island, Folly Beach, and Kiawah. The event started on the 4th and goes through 9/15.

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Downtown Charleston‘s restaurant scene is thriving with an abundance of new places, along with many more to come in the next couple of months. Rutledge Cab Co. opened on the edge of Wagener Terrace/North Central. This has turned out to be an excellent location that is now known for their breakfast menu that is served all day long, along with some other unique burgers and appetizers. You can check them during restaurant week with three courses for $30.

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On King St. the new Republic Garden and Lounge is offering three for $30. The Republic replaced another cocktail bar and restaurant, Chai’s, and has been a hit since it opened last Spring. The Charleston City Paper seemed impressed with this included in their review:

Republic Reign has taken careful steps to create an upscale lounge environment with a strong cocktail program and respectable menu. The lounge opened in March under the watchful eye of Evan Powell, previously of Market Pavilion and Fish, with a menu created by executive chef Benjamin Harris, formerly of Poogan’s Porch.

With so many new places to try, it’s hard to imagine that there is more coming. There are 8 additional highly anticipated openings around town over the next couple of months. One of them, Sweet Radish Bakeshop, is Charleston’s first and only gluten-free bakery that is opening later this month. This unique new addition to the Charleston culinary scene in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood is extremely exciting for those of us with celiac disease, and will also be a nice treat for everyone to enjoy.

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The owners of Bin 152, a fabulous wine and cheese bar in the King St. Historic District are opening a restaurant called Chez Nous in November in an entirely different location, not far from Sweet Radish in Elliotborough. It will be in a very cozy historic house built in the mid-1800′s that they are renovating. According to Eater Charleston,

The menu will consist of two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts and will remain the same through lunch and dinner. They want the place to feel like you’re sitting down to eat in a friend’s home. Co-owner Fanny’s family grew up in South West France, and she wants to showcase the simple food of that region. The smallest restaurant in Charleston with only 30 seats is set to make a big impact.

As if this isn’t enough to digest (no pun intended), or enough to plan for the next 10 days of dining, Second Sunday on King St. and First Friday on Broad St. are also taking place. Second Sunday on King has really expanded. Along with tons of great places to eat (some restaurants are even doing restaurant week lunch deals) there will be live musicians up and down the street, vendors, food trucks, and art. You can also pop into our lovely dunes properties office at 214 King St. and see the new art and then head next door for lunch at the new restaurant, Kitchen 208, for a bite!

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Another new perk is that free parking vouchers can be downloaded through the event website here. And don’t forget that tonight you can stroll down Broad St. and East Bay St. and wander in and out of the art galleries while enjoying snacks and wine for First Friday on Broad St.