Charleston Real Estate Market Report // August 2020

This August, 2,056 homes sold in the Charleston Trident area at a median price of $315,000. Year-to-date, 13,661 homes have sold at a median price of $295,000, both up 6% from 2019. 

“This summer has been record-breaking in terms of sales and price increases—a trend we fully expect to continue into the fall” said 2020 CTAR President. Bobette Fisher. “Continued low mortgage rates have helped thousands of homeowners in our region make a smart investment and a crucial step in building long-term wealth and stability,” said Fisher. “However, as inventory continues to decline, competition for our region’s homes has increased significantly, which is one of the factors driving our prices up” she said. “Two months of inventory signals an extreme seller’s market—six months is a balanced market. This limitation has essentially capped the number of homes that can be sold; if more homes were available, they would most certainly sell” said Fisher.

Breakdown By County

Berkeley County: 516 homes sold at a median price of $255,820

Charleston County: 1,063 homes sold at a median price of $351,670

Colleton County: 38 homes sold at a median price of $227,500

Dorchester County: 361 homes sold at a median price of $232,327

August 2020 Market Report

Friday Five // September 18th, 2020

After a long, rainy week, who else is ready for the weekend? We definitely are! Even while social distancing, there’s still fun to be had in the Charleston area. Take advantage of the slightly cooler temps and participate in a virtual 5K; see an outdoor concert; learn some history as you kayak and hunt for sharks’ teeth, and more. As always, no matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a safe and happy weekend! 

Join Nature Adventures and Charleston Outdoor Recreation Excursions on Sunday for a kayak-based Ashley River History Tour & Shark Tooth Hunting event. Hear the history of the Ashley River, the settlement of Charles Towne, the replenishment of the oysters by DNR, and the history of Magnolia and Ashley Phosphate Road. Bring a snack and take a break before exploring for sharks’ teeth! You’ll learn all about fossilized sharks’ teeth and how to spot them. Descriptions and shakers will be provided to help you know what to look for and help you sift through the sand. Reservations are required for this event, and kayak seats are limited. Prices are $50 for a single kayak, $100 for a tandem kayak, or $30/person to bring your own boat. 

Wands at the ready, all you wizards and witches! CluedUpp is back in Charleston with another fun detective event, this time with a magical theme. Gather your team of mystery-solving wizards and join a Witchcraft & Wizardry Charleston adventure game on Saturday. This spellbinding outdoor adventure game will take your team on a magical journey across the peninsula. Get your tickets at the link above today and don’t miss out on all the fun! 

For some outdoor music and fun this weekend, check out Safe Sounds at Firefly Powered by REV Federal Credit Union. If you missed out on their socially-distant summer series, you’re in luck! This event is back for the fall with an all new lineup of musical entertainment, food trucks, and more. Head to Firefly’s Park Circle location for this ticketed outdoor concert series each Saturday from 6pm until 10pm. This Saturday’s session will feature music from BlackNoyze, The Black Diamond Band, and Seth G. The featured food truck is Wingz N Thingsz, there will also be a beer truck on hand. Safety and health is the priority at this event. Get your VIP Safe Square that secures four tickets in a 10x10 square, separated from other squares on all sides by a distance of eight feet. Tickets may also be purchased individually for the general admission back lawn section. Bring your own blankets and chairs, but please leave dogs, children, and any outside food and drinks at home. This is an 18 and up event. 

Join Race 4 Achievement this Saturday to participate in the previously postponed 5th Annual Doughnut Dash 5K! Since the race cannot be held in person right now, this event is now virtual. This community-supported, family-friendly 5K run/walk is held each year in honor of the life and legacy of TyWanza Sanders. This event acts as a fundraiser to continue Race 4 Achievement’s mission of strengthening the community and supporting diversity in the Charleston community. All funds raised are donated to the TyWanza Sanders Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for students in Charleston County Schools. To participate, pick up your t-shirt, swag bag, and freshly glazed doughnut at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on Savannah Highway from 9am until noon. The virtual race officially begins at 10am and lasts all day long. Collect your items, choose a time to run, and then run or walk your #Race4Wanza5K wearing your shirt and race number. Click the link above for more info! 

Bring the family to the Omar Shrine Convention Center at Patriots Point this Saturday and Sunday for the Repticon Charleston Reptile & Exotic Animal Show. This two-day event features vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise. Come participate in exciting, educational, and family-oriented fun for everyone! One-day tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children under five get in free! You must buy tickets and choose your time block in advance in order to accommodate social distancing. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Social distancing and safety procedures include required masks, touchless ticketing, reduced capacity, pulsed guest admission and booth sanitization, increased spacing of vendor booths. 

Friday Five // August 28th, 2020

It’s Friday once again, which means it’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening around the Charleston area over the weekend. Check out a music trivia happy hour, enjoy delicious Jamaican cuisine and wines, score a free pass to a local garden, and more. As always, no matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend! 

Head to The Brick: Charleston’s Favorite Tavern on Friday evening for Name That ’90s Tune Happy Hour Trivia. The Brick presents a safe environment in which you can enjoy $3 drinks, $4 appetizers, and $10 pitchers of Modelo. For guest and employee safety, masks are required indoors when guests are not sitting at their table. There should be no more than eight people to a table. Trivial host will be wearing a mask and will come to each table to check trivia answers. The staff will provide you with a pen that you may keep at the end of the game and will also disinfect each table after use. Capacity is limited to keep things socially distanced. Admission is $3 or $4 per person, which is equal to one drink or one appetizer, which will be given to the player upon arrival.

Enjoy Drive-In Movie Night at the Post & Courier on Friday evening with the feature blockbuster film, Incredibles 2. This drive-in movie takes place in the Post and Courier’s parking lot at the corner of King and Columbus in Downtown Charleston. Gates open at 7pm; movie starts at 8:30pm. If you’re hungry, South Philly Steaks food truck will be on hand serving up homemade cheesesteaks, specialty sandwiches, tacos, egg rolls, nachos, salads, pastas, fried chicken, etc. This event is sponsored by Dillar’s, Charleston Oral & Facial Surgery, Trident General Dentistry, Charleston Repeats, and Benny Ravello’s. As a bonus, you can bring four non-perishable food items to the drive-in movie for a chance to win a $100 Dillard’s gift card. Food donations benefit One80 Place. Every moviegoing vehicle will also receive a Dillard’s Swag Bag as a token of appreciation!

From now until September 27th, pet lovers who adopt a dog from any of the participating rescue shelters throughout the Lowcountry will receive a free annual family membership to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Bring your new furry family member time and time again for walks in the dog-friendly garden, free for a full year. This campaign is made possible by Low Country Dog Magazine, Magnolia’s partner organization. Come back on Sunday, September 27th for a celebration of new pets and owners on their annual Low Country Dog Adoption Day on the Ashley.

Celebrate all things Jamaican, Reggae, and Jerk this Sunday at the Seventh Annual SC Reggae Jerk Wine Festival. Admission to this event, held at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, includes one complimentary 3 oz. wine sample; one complimentary 9 oz. wine glass; one complimentary jerk sample pairing with Irie Jerk Wine; jerk sample provided by Caribbean Rootz’ visiting chef TY from Jamaica; wine presentation; wine samples and wine for purchase by bottle or glass; cooking demonstration presented by Jamaican Chef; live music; Jamaican food selections available for purchase; special pricing on featured wines; arts and crafts gift options for purchase; complimentary walking tour of the Magnolia Gardens; and more! Portions of the proceeds benefit Healthy Lifestyle Network, a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping children and adults.  

Enjoy Sunset Rooftop Yoga on Sunday evening at the Charleston City Market. Rooftop Yoga consists of one hour of power yoga at sunset on the historic Charleston City Market rooftop, centrally located on Market Street between King and Meeting Streets. All levels are welcome, but please bring your own mat or towel and some water. Space for this event is limited, and mats will be socially distanced. Find details for registration and payment at the link above.

Friday Five // August 21st, 2020

It’s time once again for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun things to do in the Charleston area over the weekend. Even though we’re still practicing social/physical distancing, there’s still a lot of fun to be had in the Lowcountry. Learn about a 300-year-old Charleston tradition, catch a drive-in movie, attend a dinosaur tea party, and more. As always, no matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a safe and happy weekend!

Indigo Reef Brewing Company is hosting a Sweetgrass Basket Making event this Saturday from 10am until noon. Join in to learn about the 300-year history behind Charleston’s traditional sweetgrass baskets and learn how to make your own. Jennifaye Singleton of Geechee Handmade Sweetgrass Baskets will teach you all about this fine art as well as Gullah Geechee history. This two-hour class costs $50 and includes all the materials you need to make your own basket, as well as your first beer, wine, or cider. 

Skip & Sully, a members-only indoor playground and parents’ social club in Mt. Pleasant, is hosting a Tea-Rex Tea Party this Saturday from 11am until noon. Bring your little ones to do the dinosaur stomp, make dino fossils, and enjoy dinosaur-themed snacks at a beautifully decorated tea party table. This event has limited seating of eight children due to social distancing procedures. Advance ticket purchase is required at a cost of $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Playtime at the indoor playground before and after the event is included in this experience. 

Join the Harbour Club at WestEdge Saturday evening for Tiki Night: A Night in the Islands. From 5pm until 9pm, enjoy a complimentary welcome glass of Harbour Punch and live music performed by local steel drummer and vocalist Seitu Solomon Steelpan and husband-and-wife duo Octopus Ink. Craft bartenders will serve up tiki-themed libations at the cash bar, and curated delicious island-inspired dishes will be available as well. Come prepared for a great time of dancing, imbibing, and mingling. Sanitation standards will be upheld, and the Harbour Club asks that everyone maintain social distancing during the event. 

Head to Patriots Point on Saturday night to experience the Holy City Drive-In, the only waterfront movie experience in the country. Experience past blockbuster hits, cold beverages, and snacks with the beautiful Charleston Harbor and skyline serving as an inspiring backdrop. This Saturday, bring the entire family and enjoy a showing of what is arguably one of the greatest movies of all time, The Wizard of Oz. In-vehicle and lawn tickets are available, but act fast before the showing sells out! Advance tickets can be purchased at the link above.

Salty Feet Run Club is hosting a 1,000 Miles Across America Fundraiser Run beginning this Sunday. The upcoming school year will be challenging, to say the least, so Salty Feet Run Club wants to help you empower children and get them active with this family-focused virtual 5K. Participants of all ages will run a total of three miles from August 22nd to August 30th to receive a t-shirt, dog tag, and special prizes. Register your family at the link above ($25 for the first participant, $15 for each subsequent participant); join the event’s Facebook Group to participate in challenges and win prizes for your kiddos; receive your care package in the mail complete with t-shirt, dog tag medal, and special prizes; run your 5K; and log your miles. If participants run a collective 1,000 miles during the race period, $1,000 will be donated to The Childhood Cancer Project. So get your running shoes on and get the whole family out there! 

Friday Five // August 14th, 2020

It’s the weekend again and time for another edition of the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun (and socially distant!) things to do in the Charleston area. Have a swimmingly good time with Shark Week, snag a free comic book, enjoy some quality entertainment from the comfort of your couch, and more. No matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company wish you a very safe and happy weekend! 

This weekend marks the end of Shark Week at the South Carolina Aquarium, but there’s still time to join in the fun this Saturday! Swim on in for a “JAWesome” time to celebrate and learn more about these misunderstood ocean predators. Participate in a shark-themed scavenger hunt, learn all about sharks through pop-up programming, and more. All Shark Week activities are included with admission or membership. Please remember that cloth masks or face coverings are required for all aquarium guests ages three and up. 

The Summerville Farmers Market is back and under operation with COVID-19 safety measures and social distancing guidelines in place. The market will run every Saturday from 8am until 1pm in the First Citizens Bank parking lot behind Town Hall. Masks/face coverings and social distancing are required for all shoppers and will be enforced. Please limit the number of shoppers in your group, follow one-way directional signs, and keep transactions cash-free. You might also think about pre-ordering goods by contacting vendors directly ahead of time. Some of the weekly vendors include Gruber Farms, Freemans Produce, Big Daddy’s Pork Skins, Low Country Olive Oil, Pep Rolls, James Brown Boiled Peanuts, Southern Naturals, The Seafood Lady, Three Oaks Farm, Sharon’s Sweetgrass, and so much more!

Head to Captain’s Comics and Toys this weekend for Free Comic Book Day “Lite”. There will be sales and specials on almost everything in the store, a sidewalk sale and Big Tent Deals, and everyone who stops by will receive one FREE comic! Specials include 50% off back issue comics, 25% off recent comic wall, 10% off kids’ section, $1 special stock, 25% off graphic novels, and more. Note that social distancing, capacity limits, and wearing of masks/face coverings will be strictly enforced.

On Saturday evening at 6pm, Curiouser Entertainment presents a Facebook Live Princess Party! Join some favorite princess friends live on Facebook as they read stories, answer questions, sing songs, and more. This is a free, recurring event with no membership or ticket required. This week’s storytelling and singing friend is Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Follow Curiouser Entertainment on Facebook for more information.

Join the North Charleston POPS! Brass Quintet for a FREE live-streamed concert this Saturday evening at 7pm. The POPS! Brass Quintet will perform an hour-long concert live from the stage of the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, streamed directly to your favorite device via the North Charleston Coliseum Facebook page. Hosted by Maestro Nick Palmer, the concert will include hits like the Beatles’ “When I’m 64,” Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing,” a medley from Frozen, and some good ol’ USA fare to round out the evening. So grab some takeout, pour your fancy drink of choice, get cozy, and enjoy an amazing free concert from the comfort of your own home. 


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