My move to Charleston followed the classic path of today’s mid-20s move of finding a temporary roommate through Craigslist, searching online for a place to rent to no avail, and finally driving by the perfect spot near the bridge to move in the next day.
Tangent (you’ll find a lot of those in my posts): Don’t pack candles in your storage rental in Charleston. They will melt.
A Mt. Pleasant rental was just what I was looking for, especially at the base of the Ravenel bridge. I wanted the affordability of a two bedroom duplex (you will get lots of visitors when you move here) and the functionality of having access to my job and friends downtown. Three years passed and my dog, Miles, and I were getting restless. We needed a fence, freshly painted walls, and an investment in our future. Miles is such the smart investor. Luckily, my friend Vannessa was a Realtor and was willing to give this first-time homebuyer a chance.
The search process was actually quite easy. Vannessa sent me emails every day with links to the criteria I had stated was important to me: 29464, 2 bedroom +, manageable yard, within my price range, and nothing North of the Isle of Palms connector. We viewed a few homes, saw a few duds, saw some potential prospects and then she suggested, “Let’s try just North of the IOP connector”. Smart lady, that Vannessa. The next day, we were walking into my soon to be new home. What I had previously restricted was nothing more than a 5 minute drive away from everything else we had been viewing.
So, I say this; Keep an open mind. Two years later and I’ve made this house a home with my husband (then boyfriend- who never even saw the house before I made an offer), Trevor, Miles, a new fence, some really great painters, countless trips to Lowe’s, and a whole lot of love from friends and family. We’ve made friends taking walks with Miles and now at the country club’s Burgers and Brews night. When Trevor’s friends come back to town, they love that we live in a neighborhood they visited throughout their childhood. The community that we’ve found in this neighborhood is priceless and we look forward to the years ahead of making new memories.