Charleston Flat Fee Real Estate - Behren Kittrell

Greater Charleston, South Carolina

 Interesting facts about our area population and more according to

  • With 27 active breweries in the Lowcountry, this area accounts for over half of all beer produced in the state of South Carolina
  • The tri-county population is 775,831 according to the 2017 year end census (401,438 – Charleston County, 217,937 – Berekeley County, 156,456 – Dorchester County) – 7 year growth rate of 16.24% increase in 7 years
  • In 2010, the tri-county population was 667,456 (351,023 – Charleston County, 178,967 – Berekely County, 137,466 – Dorchester County)
  • There are 5.084 million residents in South Carolina – The Lowcounty tri-county area accounts for 15.3% of the entire state of South Carolina
  • There are 8,550,405 residents of New York City – That means, NYC is 68% larger than the entire state of South Carolina
  • The largest cities in the Southeast are: Houston – 2.4 Million, San Antonio – 1.4 Million, Dallas – 1.3 Million, Jacksonville – 868,000, Charlotte – 826,000, Memphis – 656,000, Nashville – 654,000, Virginia Beach – 575,000, Atlanta – 479,000, Miami – 458,000: If we combine the tri-county, we have the 5th largest city in the Southeast
  • The city of Charleston is 18% more densely populated than Columbia according to a 2019 report by
  • In 2017, the median household income of Charleston County residents was $57,882. Charleston County households made slightly more than Berkeley County households ($56,697) and Lexington County households ($57,482). However, 15.3% of Charleston County residents live in poverty.
  • The largest Charleston County racial/ethnic groups are White (63.9%) followed by Black (27.6%) and Hispanic (5.0%).
  • In a report USA Today released in 2018, Myrtle Beach/Conway/North Myrtle Beach was the 2nd fast growing area in the United States, Charleston, SC 12th and Hilton Head/Bluffton/Beaufort 23nd

There are many exciting and fun things awaiting you in Charleston, SC including the Charleston Aquarium, antebellum mansions, eclectic art galleries, theater, festivals and outdoor concerts.  The more popular outdoor activities include things like golf, tennis, horseback riding, water sports, as well as guided tours through Blackwater Swamps and historic plantations like the Magnolia and Boone Hall plantations, saltmarshes and barrier islands – and much, much more. Charleston Wine + Food just wrapped up its 10th year as one of the more popular outdoor events.

The boundaries of metropolitan Charleston, SC lie within three counties, Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester.  The city has 90 miles of coastline, and stretches inward from the Atlantic coast some 50 miles.  Public education for Charleston pre-K through 12 is provided primarily by three school districts:  Berkeley County Schools, Charleston County School District, and District 2 and District 4 of Dorchester County School District. 

Charleston History 

Charleston is rich in historic charm, but enjoys cultural sophistication which is evident throughout the city.  Things like the great fires of 1740, and 1861, the fall of Fort Sumter and consequent destruction of the city during the Civil War, plus a major earthquake in 1886 could not keep Charleston down. 

The economy of Charleston once was centered around merchandise and trade dating back to the earliest days of the town when the settlers of “Charles Towne” would trade and barter such things as deer skins, indigo, hemp, and cotton with the Indians.  Merchants who dealt in luxuries from England also added to the economy of the port city.  The Charlestonians eventually became great planters, thus transforming the area to a more agricultural society.  In spite of the Yellow Fever epidemic during the mid-1700s, prosperity soon returned and business began to grow again with rice as the cash crop.

As the 20th century dawned, Charleston found itself emerging from the crises of the past into the economic prosperity of its golden future; but this time the economic drivers which rose to prominence included manufacturing, military, and the railroad.  Later in the 20th century, international container cargo shipping, the medical industry, and tourism also became highly important to the economy of Charleston.

Charleston Real Estate

CHARLESTON, SC—(October 10, 2019) 1,406 homes sold in September in the Charleston region at a median price of $285,000 according to preliminary data released today by the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR). Last September, 1,244 homes sold at a median price of $276,500.

This year’s 14,281 closings show transactions up half a percent and median price up 5%, to $279,000 for the region.

There are nearly 9% fewer homes for sale than at this point last year, with 5,585 homes listed as “active” for sale in the CHS Regional MLS database at the end of September.

“It’s tough to draw a clear comparison for September data year over year because in mid-September 2018 our region was shut down for nearly a week to prepare for Hurricane Florence, which greatly impacted that month’s real estate transactions. However, looking at year-to-date figures, our market is relatively flat in terms of sales growth—less than 1% for the year—largely due to the ongoing threats of regulatory overreach in our municipalities” said 2019 CTAR President Edward Oswald.

“There’s not a universal solution to growth and development for our region—each sub-market is so unique. Realtors® are committed to protecting the beauty of our region, but the fact is, we are growing and these growth pressures are not just going to turn off overnight. We have to be able to build where it makes sense to meet the growing housing needs of our area” said Oswald. “We have to have meaningful conversation with our elected officials about how to implement smart growth strategies and how we can effectively manage our region’s future. Applying blanket non-solutions to restrict growth means that our real estate market is going to continue to become more and more unaffordable due to the lack of inventory. It’s simple supply and demand and we can’t have it both ways” said Oswald.

Berkeley County 

376 homes sold at a median price of $226,420 in Berkeley County in September, 331 single-family homes and 45 Condos/townhomes.  Year-to-date, single-family home sales have increased by 3% in the County, as median home price has increased nearly 7%, to $261,995. Condo and townhome sales increased just over 1%, as median price has increased to $175,385 representing a gain of almost 8% for the year.

There are currently 1,170 residential properties for sale in Berkeley County—929 single-family homes and 144 condos/townhomes.

Charleston County

695 residential properties sold at a median price of $304,649 in Charleston County in September, 524 single-family homes and 171 Condos/townhomes.  Single-family home sales are showing little growth year-to-date in the County, as median home price has increased by about 3% so far this year, to $385,000. Condo and townhome sales are up 4% as median price increased 3.5% to $235,000.

There are currently 3,237 residential properties for sale in Charleston County—2,383 single-family homes and 854 condos/townhomes.

Dorchester County

239 homes sold at a median price of $208,750 in Dorchester County in September, 205 single-family homes and 34 Condos/townhomes. Single-family home sales have declined by 4% in the County, as median home price has increased by 7% so far this year, to $254,000. Condos and townhome sales declined by 3% as median price increased 8% to $168,000.

There are currently 684 residential properties for sale in Dorchester County—603 single-family homes and 81 condos/townhomes.

Information provided by Behren Kittrell, Realtor, BIC Charleston Flat Fee Real Estate.  Low commission fee guaranteed!