Fall Homes and Gardens Tours in Charleston

Posted: October 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

All month long, if you live in apartments in Charleston, SC, you can enjoy the Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens, through October 28th.

You are invited to experience Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history and culture during the Preservation Society of Charleston’s 36th Annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens. Visit intimate gardens and architecturally significant private homes, churches and public buildings as you stroll through the historic streets of Charleston.   

If you are interested in architecture or décor, these tours highlight American architecture from the early Georgian Period into the 21st century.  You will enjoy unique neighborhoods that represent Charleston’s flourishing culture from the Colonial era to the present.   Most of the properties on tour are privately owned and are open to the public exclusively for the Preservation Society of Charleston.

This is the perfect way to celebrate and enjoy Charleston and all of it’s history.

Information from preservationsociety.org

The Southern Living Taste of Charleston

Posted: September 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you live in an apartment in Charleston, SC head to the 2012 Southern Living Taste of Charleston, starting this Sunday.

This is the  32nd anniversary of the Lowcountry’s culinary event of the year, The Southern Living Taste of Charleston, hosted by the Charleston Restaurant Association.  A 3-day event showcasing taste-tempting delights served by Charleston restaurants.

Main Event – Sunday, September 30th
Historic Boone Hall Plantation is transformed into a sea of culinary enchantment!  50 of the Lowcountry’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants serving sample size portions, plus beer and wine.  Specialty and imported beer tasting tent, live entertainment, the legendary “Waiters’ Race” and the children’s area.

Tickets are $15 in advance. Available online or at any area Southcoast Community Bank or at any Charleston Visitor’s Center. Tickets at the gate are $20.

Gates open at 10:30 AM, kids under 10 are free with an adult.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the following charities:

The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Hospitality Heroes, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center
When: Sunday, September 30  (Gates open at 10:30am)
Where: Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant.

More info on charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/taste-of-charleston/

Should You Rent or Buy in Charleston?

Posted: September 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Considering all of the volatility in the housing market in recent years, does it really make sense to own a home? Or is it better to rent an apartment in Charleston, SC?

It used to be that the American dream included owning a home. Now the pendulum seems to have swung dramatically in the other direction. Since the housing bubble burst, some are beginning to rethink the conventional wisdom that owning a home is a good investment, even though declines in home prices have made purchasing and owning one somewhat more affordable.

Home prices and interest rates are only one consideration, as many found out during the housing market bust. Home ownership is great if are going to settle in the same place for around 10 years and can continue to afford the payments. Unfortunately, these circumstances can be unpredictable.

When deciding to buy or rent a home, financial considerations are important, but lifestyle issues should also be taken into account.

Be sure to consider everything when it comes to homeownership; benefits should be tempered by other considerations. Taking on a mortgage obligates you to live up to the terms of the loan for years, and homes typically require a significant investment in maintenance and occasional improvements. And as far as an investment, there's no guarantee you will be able to sell your property for more than what you paid for it.

Renting is a realistic starting point for most. As your savings grow and your credit score rises, you might be in a position to qualify for a mortgage and make the leap to home ownership. But choosing the right time to buy is important -- you need to feel secure that your sources of income will be there for the long run.

Lifestyle considerations. Personal traits and current life circumstances are other considerations as you assess whether to buy or rent.

Homeowners should be up to the task of maintaining their own property; from lawn work to minor home repairs. It also means being able to pay for professionals to do occasional work, including plumbers, electricians and carpenters. Renters enjoy a more maintenance-free lifestyle.

Another issue is the need for mobility. Those who are quite certain they can count on their job being in the same area can feel more comfortable making the jump to home ownership, provided they can afford it. Those who expect to be on the move for a job change or educational opportunities in the next three to five years might appreciate the relative mobility they have as a renter.

What's right for you?

There is no "one-size-fits-all" answer to the question of whether you should own or rent your home. A good starting point is to honestly answer questions such as:

Are you comfortable with your current life circumstances and income stability?

Are you disciplined in managing your expenses and paying off debts on a timely basis?

Are you fairly confident you won't be required to move to another city or area in the next five years for personal, work or education purposes?

Interested in renting in Charleston, SC? Contact Abberly at West Ashley Apartment Homes.


Motorcycle Ride for Veterans

Posted: September 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you live in an apartment in Charleston, SC and you have a motorcycle, Sunday, September 16, is the perfect day for you. If you don’t own a motorcycle and only wish you did, that is ok too, you can watch and donate to The Undy 500.

The Undy 500 is a motorcycle charity ride that covers nearly 100 miles of the beautiful area around Charleston and helps to benefit our homeless and/or struggling veterans! 100% of proceeds support events and programs that benefit local veterans!

Entry is $20 per person plus a new package of undergarments. Registration Includes:

  • An Official 4th Annual Undy 500 T-Shirt
  • Scenic Ride through Charleston
  • Entry into After Party hosted by Red's Ice House at Bohicket Marina featuring a live band and refreshments
  • Chance to win $500 cash prize and many other great prizes

The ride starts at Low Country Harley-Davidson on Dorchester Road, registration and refreshments begin at 10 am and the ride begins at noon.

The after party is from 3 to 5 pm at Red's Ice House at Bohicket Marina, Featuring a live band and free food. Help support the men and women who fought for our country!

Scottish Games and Highland Festival – Mount Pleasant

Posted: September 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

As you know the Charleston area is home to all kinds of festivals, cuisine and scenery. There is always something fun to do and see. Well on September 15th, don't miss the 41st Anniversary of the Charleston Scottish Games and Highland gathering at Boone Hall Plantation. This is one of the largest demonstrations of bagpiping and drumming competitions. Enjoy scottish athletics, scottish dancing and highland dancing.

Regardless of your heritage, if you live in an apartment in Charleston, SC you will enjoy this festival. On September 15, at Boone Hall Plantation this family friendly festival will have all types of activities, festivities and a beer tent.

See the promotional video for last years event: