Welcome to Hollywood (South Carolina)!

Have you ever been to Hollywood? Meaning, the town of Hollywood, South Carolina? Moving to Charleston and working for the county library, everyone was always talking about the elusive Hollywood branch. So I decided I would visit the branch once and continued going back annually to check in on this little slice of paradise, just a little over 30 minutes away from downtown Charleston. In fact, they’re currently in the process of expanding that library branch from its current 1,026 square feet to a whomping 15,000 square feet.

 Image: Charleston County Public Library

Image: Charleston County Public Library


These days, I visit the Stono Ferry Racetrack in Hollywood annually to attend Steeplechase of Charleston with my Dunes Properties family. Happening this weekend!

 Dunes agents Emily Gildea and Vannessa Carter with family and friends

Dunes agents Emily Gildea and Vannessa Carter with family and friends

To quote the mayor, Jacquelyn S. Heyward:

On behalf of the council and residents, I want to welcome you to Hollywood, South Carolina. A small rural town, located in Charleston County nestled between the Edisto and Stono rivers.  The Hollywood where ‘Real’ people live.


With a population of close to 5,000 people, it is 21 miles from Charleston proper and lies near the outside of the Charleston County line, with the Edisto and Stono river being around the corner. The South Carolina Picture Project has an in depth look at the history of those areas, as well as many more in the Lowcountry.

The town page is full of FAQs for residents and business owners, but this Facebook page really gives you an overview of other events happening near the area, historic spots to visit, like Wide Awake Plantation, and places to eat.

Now for some of the current properties available in that area (yes, there’s more than one road in the town):

Let me know if you’ve ever been to Hollywood (South Carolina) and if you have any fun memories of the area or any must-see stops.


Neighborhood Spotlight: Park Circle

We're often tasked with finding clients neighborhoods that mark off certain items on their livability checklist. Walkable, bikeable, easy access to good food, dog friendly, and park nearby are normally at the top of people's list. Add to that a budget and you've got yourself a handful of areas around town that fit the bill.

Park Circle, located in North Charleston is a simple answer to all the above, also factoring in affordability. For a little history, check out NorthCharleston.org. Below, we touch on the current happenings in the area.

Neighborhoods
New builds are happening left and right in Oak Terrace PreserveMixson (complete with a hip and kid-friendly pool) and Hunley Waters, but there's also the traditional area off of the circle.
 

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Eat & Drink
There's no shortage of locales for coffee, cocktail hour, or lunch and dinner and the list continues to grow. Most of their names speak to their craft.

Get Involved
As it is in most of Charleston, there are events to fill every hour of your social calendar, but we picked a few of our stand-outs.

As you may remember, Angela moved to this area earlier in the year and has recently sold Emily (get it?) on moving her family there next month, as well. So this list will serve as a great resource when our husbands ask us, "Honey, what's for dinner?". Especially since Angela has another little one due early next year. We don't have much time for cooking, nor do we excel at the art of food.

What's your favorite spot in Park Circle? Do you have a memory from this area if you grew up in the Lowcountry? We'd love to hear more about the history.

Neighborhood Spotlight: North Central

Emily:

Downtown Charleston is divided up into over a dozen neighborhoods. North of the Crosstown hosts Hampton Park Terrace, Wagener Terrace, West Side, and North Central, to name a few. Last week, I listed a newly renovated home in the North Central neighborhood and thought it would be helpful to highlight what makes this area so desirable:

History
Developed mostly in the early 1900s, from farmland, many of the homes in this neighborhood are two story with front porches made for catching a breeze and enjoying an evening cocktail. Seen on the map below, it is bounded by Mt. Pleasant Street to the North, Interstate 26 to the East, and Rutledge Avenue to the West.

Eat & Drink
North Central Delicatessen
Charleston deli with bagels, Taylor pork roll, hot dogs, sandwiches, and salads. This place gets packed around lunch time with area employees.

Huriyali
Nourish your mind, body and soul with the freshest organic ingredients combined with the best of what the world has to offer; juices, raw bars, sandwiches, Acai bowls, and more. Their back courtyard is a refreshing open space for meeting with friends or enjoying a few moments of solitude. 

The Park Cafe
Neighborhood cafe for breakfast, lunch, dinner, Saturday/Sunday brunch, and daily specials. Their interior is filled with clean design and a greenery wall that will make you want to go home and water your plants.

Moe’s Crosstown Tavern
Popular watering hole for locals that serves a large menu with great food. Voted City Paper's 'Best Pub Food' for 8 years in a row. Brunch is a must here on Sundays, but arrive early with your whole party to get a table.

Rodney Scott BBQ (coming soon)
Whole hog smoking barbecue by acclaimed pit-master, Rodney Scott. A lot of press will accompany this opening before the end of the year.

On the cusp, but still walkable/bikeable:
Rutledge Cab Company | Lewis Barbecue | Home Team BBQ | Edmund's Oast | Butcher & Bee | Tattooed Moose | Santi's | Leon's Oyster Shop | Taco Boy | The Royal American | Palmetto Brewing | Revelry Brewing | Cooper River Brewing

Get Involved
North Central Group
This Facebook group stays active with updates from local businesses and groups that culminate in the area. On a larger scale, the Upper Peninsula Initiative also keeps you up to date with happenings and community planning efforts.

Romney Urban Garden
Community garden that hosts garden bed rentals, volunteer workdays, back to school bashes, movies, composting tutorials, and so much more.

Dart Library
Originally Dart Hall, this library, now part of the Charleston County Public Library system, was started as an African American Reading Room in 1927. This active library branch hosts story times, career fairs, book discussions, movies, and other community events.

Enough Pie (Vat Shack)
A catalyst for inclusive and inspiring community engagement in the Upper Peninsula through dynamic partnerships, artistic collaborations and creative placemaking. The Vat Shack, located in Joseph Floyd Manor Park, explores the history, culture, science and art of indigo with 'Community Dye Days'.

The Vinyl Countdown
Independent record store, specializing in new and used, vinyl, and turn tables.

The Faculty Lounge
Blink and you'll miss it. This neighborhood late night spot is good for meeting up with friends, making new friends, and getting sweaty on their compact dance floor.

On the cusp, but still walkable/bikeable:
Hampton Park | Kickball League | Riverdogs Games (you can most likely see the Friday night fireworks from your front porch) 

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Up and Coming
Not much is known on the new-builds coming up on what used to occupy 373-379 Huger Street, other than they're working on the sites daily that will likely feature eight, 2 and 3 bedroom homes around 1,400 square feet, all with drive under garages. Stay tuned!

Do you live or work in the area? What's your favorite spot?

Neighborhood Spotlight: Snee Farm

The first 12 years of my life were spent in one home. From that point on I moved about once a year (family job transfers, college, and more), until I was in my mid 20s, finally settling down in the Lowcountry. And exactly three years ago, I purchased my first home in Snee Farm, where we live today. 

 My home, for the first 12 years of my life in Bristol, VA.

My home, for the first 12 years of my life in Bristol, VA.

One of my first memories of homeownership was a call from the Homeowner's Association, just a few days after I had moved in. If my memory serves me right, it was the president of the board and she was calling to welcome me and review a few 'rules' of my new neighborhood. But what really stuck with me was a comment she made casually while we were chatting, "Oh honey, I've lived here since it really was a farm". It seemed unbelievable. Who was this gal? She sounded decently young. So, I went to research Snee Farm as a farm and found it really wasn't that long ago that this part of Mt. Pleasant was considered 'far out' and farm land. The full early history of Snee Farm (going all the way back to the ice age and including references to Sewee Indians and president, George Washington) is documented by the community foundation, but an excerpt below explains the transformation into a neighborhood:

"In 1966, the plantation was purchased by Snee Farm Golf Club, and the (main) house and adjoining grounds by Joyce and Guilds Hollowell. The Hollowells continued restoration, and in 1974 the house was designated a National Historical Landmark. The Friends of Snee Farm purchased the historic house and its 28 acres in the late 1980’s. The core of Snee Farm is now known as the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service." - Originally Researched and Written in 1976 by Skippy Adkins Amended October, 2007 by Dottie Teetor, Assisted by Carlin Timmons of the National Park Service

 Stretching it out after a bike ride

Stretching it out after a bike ride

And what a neighborhood it is!  Today, it has over 900 single family homes on the residential side of the property. Some of our dog-walking friends (whose ears must have been burning because they called me while I was writing this) have owned their home since the early 1980s, when most homes were just breaking ground. A snippet from the Dunes site on Snee Farm:

"Today, Snee Farm is at the very heart of Mount Pleasant, only 5 minutes from the Isle of Palms beach, tons of shopping and 20 minutes to downtown Charleston. With a beautiful 18-hole golf course, lagoons, large lots and majestic oaks, Snee Farm is unique to the area.

The homes in this neighborhood range in price from $150,000 for townhomes to $800,000 for homes in the Manor Section, overlooking the golf course or lagoons. With a wide variety of architecture, Snee Farm has a home to match everyone’s style, whether it is contemporary, colonial, ranch, lowcountry, or tudor." - DunesProperties.com

My family (that's my husband, Trevor and dog, Miles) particularly enjoy the lake views on our walks and bike rides, access to Palmetto Islands County Park, and the short drive to Boone Hall Farms (our CSA starts this month!). Last year on July 4th, we had friends in town and were on our way to the beach when we made a u-turn to ditch traffic and head back to our neighborhood pool. Once we arrived, we realized there was a celebration planned, where parents were participating in competitive pool games like the 'kid toss' and oiled watermelon pass. Endless entertainment, I'll tell you. To say the Snee Farm Swim Team is popular with residents, would be an understatement. This summer is the team's 45th anniversary and they've won nearly 30 championships. The team practices twice a day, also offering swim lessons to residents and beyond.

 Bike ride this winter

Bike ride this winter

Other notables:
Location- With three entrances 
School Information- Elementary: Jennie Moore, Middle: Laing, High School: Wando
Country Club- How to join (tennis, golf, swim) here
Healthcare- Over half a dozen healthcare facilities within 10 miles
Homes- Currently for sale in Snee Farm