Here’s how you can find the right place in Charleston for you.

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A lot of my relocation clients ask me, “What’s the best place to live in Charleston?” The answer is very simple: If you have $5 million to $10 million, we’ll just build you the perfect home wherever you’d like! Unfortunately, this isn’t possible for everyone, and that’s why today, I want to talk about the importance of knowing your priorities. 


Let’s talk about the big one first—your budget. Everyone has a budget; however, the question for luxury buyers is usually more like, “How much am I willing to spend?” instead of “How much can I spend?” This should be the first thing you decide. 


Afterward, consider what your primary use for the home will be. Is it a primary residence, a second home, or a hybrid second home that you occasionally rent out? Depending on your answer, what type of home you want will be very different. 


"No matter how much money you have, your budget should be your first priority."


Next, think about what stage of your life you're in right now. For example, I’m really in the thick of it. I have three boys; one is getting ready for college, and the other two are in middle school. If you are a recent “empty nester,” it might be time to downsize. On the other hand, if you’ve recently married and are planning on having children, you might want a home that can accommodate a bigger family. 


Speaking of families, let’s talk about schools. The South Carolina School Report Card is a great online resource you can use to check different schools. You also have options with private schools and charter schools, so do your research before making a move. 


Finally, let’s go over some common areas in Charleston and what they might be good for. Isle of Palms is expensive, but homes rent for a lot there. If you want a second home you occasionally rent out, this is a good area if it’s within your budget. If you don’t want the tourist traffic and aren’t planning on renting your home out, Sullivan’s Island is a nice alternative to Isle of Palms. If you are looking for great schools, golf courses, and a family-friendly environment, Daniel Island and Mount Pleasant are both fantastic places to live. 


Hopefully, this gave you an idea of what type of area you’d like to move to in Charleston. If you have any questions, please reach out to me via phone or email. I am always willing to help!