"Real Charleston News"
If strolling Charleston's historic streets is to tame for the
spring visitor, one of the most
exhilarating experiences available is the chance to harness surf
and ocean breeze or navigate sparkling streams and estuaries
intracoastal waterway's of Charleston. Kite boarding
and kayaking have become regular recreation throughout the many
beaches and waterways surrounding Charleston, and what is most
appealing is the sense of complete freedom and mobility in a
natural setting without the sounds of engines or motors. Classes
and rentals are available for beginners or the advanced, and
offer a chance to paddle among the breaching dolphins or glide
easily across pounding surf.
The newly renovated Charles Towne Landing state historic site,
James Island, is
a fascinating island of adventure, wildlife and living history
within the city limits. Just across the Ashley River from
historic downtown area, this site was actually the original
city, founded in 1670 as the first permanent European settlement
in the Carolinas. The expansive site is an outdoor paradise of
Spring flowers, towering oaks, and
tidal creeks, and features
on-going archeology into ancient Indian settlements as well as
traditional ship-building work in the replica of a 17th century
trading vessel. An animal forest designed by famed
naturalist Jim Fowler offers magnificent views of natural
habitat for species that have existed in South Carolina since
1670, including elk, black bear, bison, deer, fox, otter,
alligator, bobcat and wolf. Self-guiding audio
tours through miles of winding trails explain the contributions
and influence of women and Africans on the early colony, as well
as early agricultural techniques. For more information,
Half of downtown Charleston is actually "made land" - creeks or
wetland area that was filled in to make streets and lots.
The highest point in the old city is only about ten feet above
sea level and many streets and yards in the city are technically
below sea level. Keeping water from rising has been a
Charleston tradition, and the harbor barrier along the high
battery has to be rebuilt numerous times up until the late
1800's due to intrusion from high tides and hurricanes.
Keeping Charleston from sinking has also been a concern, as
geologists determined in 1970 that the city as a whole had
settled some eight inches since the 17th century. Old
legends claim that there were once tunnels dug beneath city
streets by pirates hoping to sneak into local taverns.
Considering that you would hit water digging more than a few
feet in most places, the tunnel tale is undoubtedly all wet.
There are at least a dozen downtown streets that once were
creeks or wetland - Can you name one?
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CHARLESTON ARCHITECTURE - Featured home: Nathaniel Russell House
At 51 Meeting Street, the Nathaniel Russell House is one of the
city's most splendid house-museums. Set amid beautiful gardens,
this neoclassical dwelling and National Historic Landmark is
considered one of America's most notable homes. Built of
brick with white stone trim, the 1808 Adamesque marvel boasts a
three-story, rising spiral staircase, oval drawing rooms and a
balustered parapet. For more information -
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CHARLESTON REAL ESTATE UPDATE - It's good to know the facts.
1st Quarter 2007 - Single Family Homes
Avg List $
Avg Sold $
|Mount Pleasant out to hwy 41
|Mount Pleasant past hwy 41
|Kiawah Island/ Seabrook Island
Charleston Real Estate
Early Fall 2007,