Friday Five // January 17th, 2020

It’s Friday once again, which means it’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening in the Charleston area throughout the weekend. Wonder at the marvels of space, sample delicious foods at the beach, celebrate the anniversary of a famed writer, and more. No matter what you choose to do, as always, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend!

This Saturday is SPACE Night at Fatty’s Beer Works on Meeting Street, following Atmospheric Science and Meteorology Day. Members of the Lowcountry Stargazers will be on hand, setting up highly advanced telescopes for constellation and exoplanet viewing. Moms and Dads, bring the kids and show them the wonders and beauties of our galaxy unseen with the naked eye. There will also be hands-on experiments and demonstrations using 3D models of the solar system and other astronomy wonders. An ambient space funk set will be performed by Fatty’s Fog Machine suspended in air over 15 feet above your heads, using low silhouette lighting to enhance your space experience. These events are designed to re-energize your children’s scientific and engineering interests to a new stratosphere. If you or your children are interested in STEM topics, you won’t want to miss this out-of-this-world event!

The Taste of Folly Cocktail Competition and Street Festival is back for 2020 this Saturday from 10am until 4pm. Stroll the streets of Folly Beach as you enjoy cooking demonstrations, a hot dog eating contest, a chili cook-off, an oyster shucking contest, Server Olympics, live music, a kids’ area, and many more food-centric activities. Admission is free for Folly residents with a valid ID, and $5 for all other adults. Children ages 12 and under are free. Please leave pets, coolers, outside beverages, skateboards, and bikes at home for everyone’s safety.

This Sunday marks the 211th anniversary of the birth of the late, great Edgar Allan Poe, celebrated American writer, editor, and literary critic. What better way to celebrate than by heading out to his namesake restaurant, Poe’s Tavern on Sullivan’s Island from 11am until 10pm? Grab your friends and family and celebrate Poe’s Birthday Party with delicious fish tacos, burgers (the Annabel Lee burger is our personal fave), fries, and of course, balloons and birthday cake! Who knows? You may even see a likeness of Mr. Poe himself. 

Oyster lovers will want to head to Bowens Island this Sunday for the 10th annual Fields to Families Oyster Roast at Bowens Island Restaurant. Combine a beautiful venue, delicious food, fantastic music, and a fun time with volunteers, farmers, and new and familiar faces, and you get fun for everyone! This event is an annual fundraiser for Fields to Families’ produce rescue programs. From 2pm until 5pm, you can enjoy oysters with plenty of side dishes prepared by local chefs, some sweet treats, bubbles, corn hole, and much more. Coolers are welcome, and alcohol is allowed. Adult tickets are $30 each, and children 12 and under get in free. There will also be F2F goodies like t-shirts, honey, and a chance for you to win a raffle drawing. 

The Holy City Vintage Market returns to The Park Cafe this Sunday from 9am until 3pm with vintage galore and more. From faux furs and cozy sweaters to denim jackets and jeans, the Park Cafe’s lot will overflow with your favorite vintage vendors and the most affordable and sustainable goods in town. Every shop’s curator has a different eye, so every collection is unique and bound to resonate with someone, whether you’re subtly dipping your toes into the vintage pond for the first time, or on your thousandth vintage gem. No matter if you prefer classic mid-century silhouettes, mod, eye-catching ’60s, or casual ’90s grunge, there’s something for everyone. If your perfect find needs a few alterations, Undead Threads’ Jackie, a master tailor, will be on hand to administer her special touch. The Park Cafe will be serving up brunch, including shirred eggs with cauliflower and kale cream, poached eggs, and a parmesan baguette. Don’t forget to sip, shop, and repeat. 

How to Get Your Lingering Listing Sold Once and for All

The holidays are officially over, and it’s time to concentrate on finally getting your home sold. If your listing has been lingering on the market for longer than you expected, there are a few things you can do to try to garner more attention and possibly snag a buyer this month. 

Consider your motivation. 

What is your motivation for selling your house? Do you need to move soon, or are you flexible? Is the amount of money you want to make on your home flexible too? Or do you need to make a certain amount in order to buy a new home? Reevaluate your reasons for selling, as things might have changed since you first put your home on the market. Thinking hard about your motivation to sell can help you make decisions that might help you sell your home faster. But if you don’t have an urgent need to sell, you might be fine with letting it stay on the market. 

Ask your agent to do a new CMA.

If your house has been on the market for a number of months, you may want to have your Realtor® perform a new comparative market analysis (CMA). There’s a good chance other homes have sold in the area in that period of time, and their sale price might have an effect on the value of your home. If this is the case, you can come up with a price reduction strategy to help pique buyers’ interest.

Tour other similar homes.

Ask your agent to take you on a tour of other houses for sale that are similar to yours. Even better would be houses that are already under contract. This way, you can see what they’ve done (or not done) to their houses to help them sell. It never hurts to get secondhand ideas! 

Think about taking it off the market until spring.

If you don’t have an urgent need to sell your house right away, you might want to think about taking it off the market for a little while. The market tends to pick up a lot in the spring or early summer, so taking your home off for now and reintroducing it when sales pick up could be a beneficial move. 

Consider making improvements.

Take a look at any feedback you’ve gotten from showings. Is there something that’s come up more than once that you can fix or improve upon? Even if you haven’t gotten any negative feedback, have a talk with your real estate agent to see what they think you might be able to improve around the house. Small things like upping your curb appeal or having a professional stager come in and evaluate things can help a lot!

Evaluate your marketing plan. 

Sit down with your agent and go over your marketing plan. What has been successful? What platforms have you not gotten any hits from? Is your agent actively marketing your home or just waiting on interest to come in? Is your home being presented in an alluring way with professional photos? Take a look at what’s worked and what hasn’t, and adjust accordingly. 

Keep in close contact with your agent.

Speak with your agent about once a week for a progress report. They should be filling you in regularly about what’s going on and what they’re doing to try to sell your home. If your agent isn’t checking in with you and keeping you in the loop, it might be time to interview other agents.

Friday Five // January 3rd, 2020

It’s the very first Friday of 2020! Let’s make it a good one. Find something awesome to do in the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events taking place in the Charleston area this weekend. Walk in the footsteps of history, enjoy delicious oysters for a good cause, 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!

January is Museum Mile Month in Charleston. Our Museum Mile features the richest concentration of cultural sites open to visitors, consisting of six museums, five nationally important historic houses, four scenic parks, and a Revolutionary War powder magazine, as well as numerous historic houses of worship and public buildings. This month, the price of one pass ($25 for adults, $10 for children ages three and up) will allow you access to up to 13 sites. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor’s Center throughout the month of January.

Bring the whole family to Drayton Hall this Saturday for Daily Life at Drayton Hall—Interactive Learning for Kids. Get an inside look at what daily life would have been like at Drayton Hall in the late 18th century. Participate in hands-on activities and speak with interpreters about the many important jobs that took place on this well-known plantation. Learn how the Drayton family and the community lived and worked, how children were educated, how jobs and trades were taught, and more. Tickets are $12 for non-members and $10 for members when you register in advance. Get same-day tickets for $22 for adults and $15 for children. 

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum hosts its 2020 Pay What You Can Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. In lieu of the standard $24 admission and $5 parking fees, guests are encouraged to pay any amount of money they can afford in order to visit. “The ‘Pay What You Can’ weekend has become a tradition for Lowcountry families,” says Patriots Point Executive Director Larry Murray. “Budgets are tight after the holidays. This is a great way for people to enjoy time with their families without having to worry about the cost. We are also proud to serve as a wonderful learning opportunity to students who are out on winter break.” Families can pay whatever they feel comfortable paying for both admission and parking this weekend. Each ticket includes access to all three historic vessels, the Medal of Honor Museum, and the Vietnam Experience Exhibit. As always, active duty military in uniform and children under six are free.

The holidays may technically be over, but we’re still in a festive mood here in Charleston. If you’re not quite ready to stop celebrating the holidays, you might want to join the Holiday Pub Crawl this weekend. Back by popular demand, the Original Pub & Brewery Tours of Charleston celebrates the season with a fun and festive twist, complete with local flare and good cheer. Bring your friends and family on an adventure to historic taverns and pubs to feast on appetizers and holiday treats, while tasting a pint of local craft beer, Christmas ale, or beverage of choice. This is a unique spin on a historic city tour through the oldest pubs and taverns that can often be hard to find. As you visit four historic pubs, a local guide will regale you with tales of pirates, prohibition, patriots, and presidents who once walked the streets of Charleston. Reservations are required. Cost is $38 per person and includes appetizers and holiday treats. Drinks are available for purchase at each stop on the tour. Crawls depart at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm daily. A portion of all proceeds from the tour go to benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Head to Bowens Island this Sunday for the 2020 Save the Light Oyster Roast! Enjoy all you can eat local oysters, served steaming outside and under the restaurant in an enclosed area; chili from 82 Queen; hot dogs and trimmings from Swig and Swine; chicken bog and desserts; wine from Southern Wine; beer from Southern Eagle Distributors; as well as soft drinks and water. Multi-genre, toe-tapping dance tunes will be provided by Shakin’ Martinis. Bring extra cash for the raffles and merchandise sales, including lodging and dinner basket, hats, t-shirts, and more. All-inclusive tickets are $45 in advance at the link above, or $50 at the gate. All proceeds are used to support the restoration and preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse. 

Friday Five // December 20th, 2019

It’s the last Friday before Christmas, and there’s so much fun to be had in the Charleston area this weekend! You’re sure to find at least one appealing activity for yourself or your family in our weekly roundup of five fun events taking place in the Lowcountry this weekend. Slide into Christmas with a pajama party, learn about colonial Christmas traditions, see an annual Christmas spectacular, and more. As always, the staff and agents here at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend! 

OutSlide In, located at Citadel Mall, would love for you and your children to join them for a Pajama Party with Mrs. Claus on Friday from 6pm until 9pm. Dress your kiddos in their best Christmas pajamas for a fun time playing at OutSlide In. Mrs. Claus will stop by from 7pm until 8pm to take pictures and warm up with hot cocoa and Christmas cookies! Parents are invited to don their holiday jammies and onesies too and join in on the fun. The extended playground hours are for this event only. Stay with the children, or use the extra hours to get some last-minute shopping done. Regular admission applies for the event, and at least one parent or guardian over 18 must remain with the child. 

This Saturday from 11am until 4pm, the Friends of Charles Towne Landing present Sense of the Season. Have you ever wondered where your family’s Christmas traditions started? Visit Charles Towne Landing to learn how the colonists celebrated the holiday season. You might even spot some of your own family’s traditions in their early forms! Visit with costumed interpreters throughout the day in the common house. Learn about traditional holiday customs in England and how those customs might have been modified in the new colony. Watch as colonists prepare meals over the hearth, play traditional games, and make holiday crafts. What better way to spend the last weekend before Christmas than learning the origins of our traditions? 

Producers and performers Brad and Jennifer Moranz have created a brand new holiday spectacular at the Charleston Music Hall. Some of the most talented singers, dancers, and musicians from around the country will perform musical acts and comedy sketches with a holiday theme. You have several opportunities to see Charleston Christmas Special 2019 throughout the weekend. “This cast is nothing short of phenomenal—truly some of the best voices I have ever heard on the stage,” says Brad Moranz. “There are so many breath-taking moments in this show, I lose count.” Get your tickets online or call the box office to order. Tickets are $40 for adults, $37 for military and seniors age 62 and up, $21 for students 21 and under, and $18 for children 12 and under.

Foliday Market, the annual Folly Beach Holiday Market, takes place this Saturday from noon until 5pm at the Folly Beach Pier. Various vendors will participate in this last big event before the market is shut down until March 2020. The Market isn’t just for shoppers! There will also be entertainment by Jazz and R&B saxophonist Willie D and a few local bands. Children’s choirs will sing holiday tunes for the guests. Local food trucks and the bar from Pier 101 will also participate in the holiday cheer. Be sure to bring donations for Folly Angels! Donation barrels will be on hand for the final distribution to TriCounty Ministries and the Salvation Army.  

Gather the family and head to Barnes & Noble on Sam Rittenburg Boulevard for a Gullah/Geechee Holy Days Celebration! Enjoy an afternoon of cultural heritage and fun via a release party for the first two novels of Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. The day will feature artist Quadré Stuckey, sweetgrass basketry by Anastatia Ketchen, a discussion of cuisine and healing the community by Ragina Scott Saunders, and Gullah/Geechee traditional quilting by Carolee Holmes Brown. Queen Quet, Marquetta L. Goodwine’s, novels will be available for purchase as well as other titles regarding Gullah/Geechee culture and history, all of which have been selected by Queen Quet.


Home Design Trends on Our Radar for 2020

Home design trends tend to stick around a little longer than trends in some other industries, and for good reason. It’s not exactly as easy to overhaul a kitchen as it is to update your collection of sweaters. But when home design trends do shift to something new and droolworthy, you can bet we’re excited to share them with our clients and incorporate them into our own homes. From kitchen hardware to textiles and everything in between, here are some of the home design trends that are on our radar for the coming new year. 

High Gloss Kitchen Cabinets

Shaker-style cabinets aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, obviously; but many designers and homeowners are beginning to turn an eye toward high-gloss, flat-panel cabinet doors for the kitchen. The seamless flat-panel look is more modern, and a high-gloss finish adds to the chic, streamlined look. This is an especially good idea for smaller kitchens. Glossy surfaces allow light to bounce around the space, making the whole kitchen feel brighter and more open. Glossy cabinets don’t have to be white, either. The extra shine allows you to install cabinets in a darker color without compromising on reflected light and the illusion of space.

Wooden Beams

Ceilings haven’t gotten as much attention over the years as they deserve. More often than not, home builders just spray a popcorn finish on their ceilings. These days, however, the “fifth wall” is getting a lot more attention from homeowners and designers. One way to add interest to your ceiling is to add wooden beams. You might feel like beams would make a room feel heavy or cramped, but they can actually do just the opposite. In an otherwise all-white or neutral room, contrasting wooden beams draw the eye upward and add height to the space.

Brass Hardware and Accents

Just a couple of years ago, homeowners everywhere were trading out builder-grade brass hardware and fixtures for finishes like nickel and bronze. Brass and gold were considered dated and boring for a while, but now they are taking over design blogs and Instagram photos. Contrast is interesting and fun, and using brass or gold hardware is the perfect way to add that pop of interest to a kitchen or bathroom. As 2020 approaches, be on the lookout for kitchens and baths that pop with darker colors (e.g. black cabinets) paired with brass or gold accents.

Warmer Colors

Designers and homeowners are starting to move away from neutral grays and greiges toward warmer and more bohemian colors. Shades of coral and ochre are becoming particularly popular to warm up a space and give it a relaxed yet chic boho vibe. We are so here for this cozy, comfy update!

Customized Storage

In a post-Marie Kondo society, everyone is hankering for well-thought-out storage solutions that meet their needs, not random storage boxes they have to fit their things into like a game of Tetris. This means planning out storage systems and creating cubbies for the items you own, such as silverware, cups, and plates. Creating custom shelving and space in your pantry or cabinets for things you typically keep on hand is a great idea as well. It makes organizing and decluttering a snap. 

Laundry Rooms That Make a Statement

More and more homeowners have been turning their attention to the laundry room as a space to have fun with design and decor. This previously ignored area of the home has traditionally been pretty bland and basic. After all, what purpose does it serve other than, well, washing, drying, and folding laundry? Bright, creative minds have nixed that thought, though, and decided that even the most boring—and perhaps least utilized—rooms in the house should inspire anyone who steps foot inside! Even if the rest of your home is filled with neutral minimalism, the laundry room is the perfect place to experiment with bold, cheerful colors, fun patterns, and quirky design ideas like chalkboard walls, themed wallpaper, and creative storage. 


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