"In light of recent economic developments, West Ashley has become a hot topic– with transportation feasibility studies becoming a priority and new businesses, such as Whole Foods, setting up shop in the neighborhood.
Nestled in the 44.93 square miles is the village-like community known as Avondale– which many refer to as the “downtown” of West Ashley. The trendy area, located off of Savannah Highway, encompasses a cluster of local contemporary restaurants, spectacular murals + artwork, chic shops, and charming homes– all within walking distance of one another.
Unlike other neighborhoods, Avondale is a unique, homey district; devoid of large commercial chains.Business owners have fought for their rights to maintain their own small business district (known as the Avondale Point Business District) to keep the area eclectic.
Local restaurants have gained such popularity that in 2010, the Avondale community announced that King Street wasn’t the only foodie hub– launching its very own annual restaurant week (complete with valet parking… not something you see offered often at events on the peninsula).
Throughout the last decade, Avondale has seen spectacular growth– such the construction of a $350K crosswalk in 2014– gaining the attention + attraction of Lowcountry locals looking for an alternative hangout to downtown.
As development continues, we asked our readers what they would like to see in the rare, recentlyavailable retail space at 827 Savannah Hwy.– which is… you guessed it– right in the heart of the Avondale district.
While we’re not 100% sure what will occupy the space just yet– here is where to dine, drink, shop, + playthe next time you find yourself west of the Ashley River.
Mellow Mushroom– Pizza |19 Magnolia Rd.Gene’s Haufbrau– Bar food, burgers, + schnitzel |817 Savannah Hwy.Verde– Salads |13 Magnolia Rd.Sushi Ninja | 825 Savannah Hwy., Ste. BTriangle Char and Bar– Tacos + burgers |828 Savannah Hwy.Al Di La– Italian | 25 Magnolia Rd.Pearlz Oyster Bar |9 Magnolia Rd.DB’s Cheesesteaks |2 Avondale Ave.Gala Desserts |829 Savannah Hwy.
Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe | 2 Magnolia Rd. | While there is currently no set open date, dessert-craving locals can follow updates on the cafe’s Facebook pageKairos Greek Kitchen | 975 Savannah Hwy | Opa! John Ondo’s fast-casual Greek restaurant plans to open their second location in Avondale on July 12, 2018. The menu will be exactly the same as the original location in Mt. Pleasant.
Classic Coffee Roasters | 27 Magnolia Rd. Avondale Wine + Cheese |813 Savannah Hwy., # B The Roost Bar N’ Grille |825 Savannah Hwy. Charles Towne Fermentory | 809 Savannah Hwy. Oak Barrel Tavern |825 Savannah Hwy. VooDoo Tiki Bar + Lounge |15 Magnolia Rd. Cannon Distillery | 813A Savannah Hwy.
Reinvented Ladies Upscale– Women’s consignment shop | 847 Savannah Hwy. Consigning Women– Women’s upscale consignments | 21 Magnolia Rd. Julia Pagán Local Couture– Men’s, women’s, + custom bridal couture | 845 Savannah Hwy. Crew LaLa– Southern-style pet store |8 Avondale Ave. Herbal Passion– Medicinal herbs, spices, superfoods, + handcrafted tea blends. |845-1B Savannah Hwy. Farmers Market |55 Sycamore Ave. | Open Wednesdays at 3-7 p.m.
?Community Yoga |815 Savannah Hwy., Ste. 102
Strawberry Blonde Salon– Hair + beauty salon |29 Magnolia Rd Lava Salon– An upbeat, nontraditional hair salon | 811 Savannah Hwy., # B Lordis Loft– An Aveda concept salon | 916 Savannah Hwy.The Barber + Shave Shoppe– Upscale, traditional barbershop |829 Savannah Hwy. Anne Bonny’s Lash & Skin Boutique– Facials, lash extensions, massage, waxing, + more | 829 D Savannah Hwy. BodyWorks Massage & Wellness– Advanced massage therapy focusing on chronic pain + healing the negative effects of stress on the body | 8 Daniel St. Verdant Ecospa & Organic Oasis– Holistic health specializing in organic skin therapies + products | 938 Savannah Hwy.
If you haven’t crossed over the Ashley into Avondale yet, it’s definitely worth the trip. Whether you’re looking to grab a drink, dinner, dessert, or all of the above– you’re sure to find a spot to cure your cravings+ have some fun.
Keep doing your thing, Avondale– it’s working.
– Justine"Source: @chstoday
Buying a home is one of the biggest commitments you’ll ever make– so you need to make sure you’re ready before taking the plunge.
The first order of business in prepping to buy a home? Knowing what it means to be prepared. There’s a lot that goes into the home buying process. To help you navigate it all, we’ve broken it down into 7 easy-to-follow steps.
Consider the additional costs you’ll incur in owning a home vs. renting one. Making a mortgage payment vs. paying rent may seem ideal for a couple of reasons:
However, owning a home means making additional payments that may typically covered be covered in your rent payment, such as:
Still want to buy a home? On to step two.
This way, you don’t waste time searching for homes that are too far out of your financial reach.
The best way to find the right lender is through word of mouth. Ask friends with home-buying experience (or experience in the real estate industry). If you’ve already got a real estate agent lined up, consult them.
Together, you + the lender will calculate the ‘nitty gritty’– a.k.a. everything you can expect to pay, from one-time fees to monthly costs. They’ll also be able to let you know whether you are financially preparedto buy a home– or if you’ve still need to get your ducks in a row.
What you’ll need to bring to the meeting:
What to expect:
Pro tip: If you’ve already done some thinking about your ideal price range + neighborhood, let your lender know. Bonus points if you bring in a copy of a listing that closely matches what you’re looking for.
Why does this help? Because the home you can afford in one neighborhood may be drastically different than what you can buy in another (due to factors like county taxes + flood insurance– which can vary greatly around the Lowcountry). Having this info handy will get you more accurate results during your meeting.
This is where you get to play ‘House Hunters.’ Pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for– but make sure there’s room to breathe– in case you can’t afford your absolute dream home.
Factors to consider:
To make this step easier, print out the following checklists provided by Stanley Martin Homes. They can help you determine where you’re willing to be flexible and where you gotta have your way.
Pro tip: Print out a few copies of these forms (even more if you’re buying a home with your spouse or family). You can figure out what’s most important to everyone involved– as it may take a few tries to reach a consensus.
Features that matter
Amenities that matter
Thinking you would rather just build your own home? Stanley Martin Homes offers a variety of floorplansdesigned for the way you live and with many of the amenities + features you are looking for right in Charleston.
Don’t be afraid to do a bit of speed-dating in order to find the right agent. You’ll want to look for someone who:
What a real estate agent will do for you:
Once you’ve found the home you’d like to place an offer on, your real estate agent will work to draw up a contract and have both parties sign.
In a fast-moving market like CHS, you’ll want to make this happen quickly– but keep in mind that it is binding.
The contract may include certain stipulations– such as who gets to choose the closing attorney, or what the home inspection entails. You’ll want to talk with your real estate agent to make sure they properly explain all the fine print.
DYK that in South Carolina, the buyer is legally entitled to the right to pick an attorney?
Along the way, you’ll likely encounter sellers, developers, or lenders who prefer to use their own attorney– and may event offer discounts + incentives to sway you to do so.
So, what’s the perk of picking the lawyer? If it’s your lawyer, they will have your best interest in mind. Having a legal expert at bat for you may cost you upfront, but could save you major $$$ in the long runby making sure nothing goes wrong.
To finalize your home deal, you need two final ( + equally important) things: home insurance + a home inspection.
Your lender, lawyer, or real estate agent may be able to help you find the insurer. You can also typically bundle it with your existing policies, like car insurance.
Last but not least, you’ll need to get your future dig inspected. In some case, the terms of your contract could even depend on the home getting a passing grade during its inspection.
After that, if all goes according to plan, it’s time to close on the home + get your keys to move in.
And, before you ask: Sorry– as much as we’d love to, the CHStoday team is unable to help you pack up + move all of your stuff.Resouce: #chstoday @chstoday
"DYK if you throw away an aluminum can, it can remain in the form of a can for 500 years or more? Did you also know that aluminum cans can actually be recycled and reused over + over again… with almost no limit?
Recycling gurus, such as Peppa Pig + Rocko (from Rocko’s Modern Life) teach kids about the importance of recycling. But as adults, sometimes it can be “easier” to just throw away a can instead of rinsing it out to properly recycle– am I right?
In 2019, Charleston + Berkeley counties will both open new multi-million dollar recycling facilities. Those facilities will bring an innovative approach to recycling coupled by state of the art equipment.
But what about the things we can do as individuals to champion renewable energy + environmental conservation in our community right now?
If you threw away recycled the guide your county mailed out to you earlier this year, don’t worry– we’re covering the recycling ground rules.
Recycling isn’t all about cans + newspapers. You can also recycle clothes, blankets, k-cups, electronics, cooking oil, food… even water. The key is knowing how to properly recycle each item.
Below is a short list of examples to keep in mind when recycling. For full lists on what can be recycled, be sure to check with your county’s recycling guide (more on that below).
Cooking Oil/Grease– We all love our Southern-fried cooking, but it’s very important that you do not dump cooking oil into the woods or water. Chemicals from the oil are harmful to the environment, run into waterways, + stick to pipes. Charleston County, Dorchester County, + Berkeley County all have convenience centers to properly dispose of oils.
Electronics– Charleston County, Dorchester County, + Berkeley County will accept items such as: computers, printers, gaming consoles, christmas lights, small appliances, and TV’s. These items cannot be disposed of in your recycling bin. Be sure to check with the convenience center nearest you prior to dropping off– each location accepts different things.
Clothing + Shoes– Before you throw those adorable shoes you only wore once– give them to someone in need. There are countless donation sites around the Lowcountry, including the always-accessible parking lot donation bins (many near churches + daycares). Local organizations such as Charleston Habitat for Humanity, Palmetto Goodwill, Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Dress for Success Charleston, + Children’s Cancer Society Thrift Store will also accept items in good condition– and will even provide a tax write off the receipt. Do good + get money back = win-win.
Food– DYK about 30% of your trash could actually be composted? Yard trimmings + food waste often end up in S.C.’s landfills, but adding them to a compost pile means they can naturally decompose (thanks, tiny microorganisms). If an outdoor compost pile is implausible for your current living situation, or the smell of the indoor bin has you feeling less than pro-compost, we have a company right here in Charleston who will do the dirty work for you. Smart Recycling U.S. will haul away your food scraps, assisting in the reduction of your waste bill.
Water– Collected rainwater can be used to water plants, wash cars, + help prevent rivers from runoff pollution. Through the end of May, Charleston residents can save $61 off the price of a rain barrel by purchasing here.
Paper/CardboardWhat you can recycle: Magazines, newspaper, office paper, junk mail, greeting cards, wrapping paper, books, soda boxes, shoe boxes, clean food boxes (such as cereal boxes), paper towel rolls, + egg cartons.What you cannot recycle: Pizza boxes + other dirty food containers.
MetalWhat you can recycle: Aluminum cans, caps + lids, empty aerosol spray cans, steel cans or tins.What you cannot recycle: Medical waste (i.e. syringes), propane tanks, aluminum foil or trays.
Plastic– The key to recycling plastic is to read the number on the bottom of the container. Numbers 1, 2, 4, + 5, are picked up by most curbside recycling programs.What you can recycle: Clean milk jugs, soda bottles, detergent bottles, (many) food containers, clean K-cups (with the filter and grounds removed), + empty motor oil containers.What you cannot recycle: Dirty food, detergent, or motor oil containers; sunglasses, iPhone cases, computer cases, meat trays; disposable plates, cups, or silverware; + medical equipment.
GlassWhat you can recycle: Clean, unbroken, jars + glass bottles with the lids removed.What you cannot recycle: Broken glass, windows, mirrors, household decor, ceramics, Pyrex dishes, crystal, + light bulbs.
Batteries/Bulbs– Certain batteries, such as car batteries, + fluorescent bulbs can be recycled. Household batteries (like the ones in your remote) can be recycled here
Paint– Charleston County residents can recycle paint at any of the county’s nine convenience centers.The Bees Ferry Convenience Center also re-sales paint at a cost of $10 per five-gallon bucket. If yourcounty does not have a paint recycling program, you can donate the paint or harden the paint using kitty litter(trust us, it works) before disposing of it in the regular trash.
For specific details on what can and cannot be recycled in your county-provided bin, and/or at your local convenience center, make sure you contact your local municipality or visit the links below.
Charleston County Recycling Guide Berkeley County Recycling Guide Dorchester County Recycling Guide
I know I am guilty of tossing the occasional sparkling water can into the into the trash every now + then. But, if we all work to be a little less trashy, + take small steps to recycle, we can have a major impact on the Lowcountry’s environment.
BTW– today is National Moscato Day. So drink up + recycle those wine bottles, y’all.
– Justine"Source: @chstoday #chstoday