Karen Abrams of Keller Williams Charleston has listed 2186 Wappoo Hall Road, Charleston, South Carolina for $2.6 million.

Named the most romantic city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine, Charleston’s charms are hard to shake. At least that’s what David Szlam told T&L back in 2015. “If you come to Charleston and experience it like us locals do, it will forever take place in your soul,” said Szlam. “Dining at Bowens Island Restaurant is especially romantic, watching the sun set over tidal creeks while enjoying some fresh-steamed oysters — the list goes on and on.” Hang tight, we’re googling flights to Charleston as we speak.


But in all seriousness, Charleston is a place of romance. What is more alluring than pastel-colored mansions and cobblestone streets? In fact, Charleston is so romantic, it was named the best city for a romantic escape in T&L’s Favorite Places Survey. Readers were tasked to rank American cities across 67 categories, including wine bars, parks and gardens, live music, and brunch — the very things that couples are drawn to.

Of course, our love affair with Charleston is nothing new. This week, with Valentine’s Day looming, we look at two Charleston waterfront retreats that afford all the romance of a Nicholas Sparks novel. And the price points might surprise you.

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CharlestonEditor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 28th city on the list — Tampa, Florida. This week, we look at Charleston, South Carolina, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

“You can live comfortably in Charleston on an income of around $55,000, and the median price of homes is about $250,000,” MoneyWise said. “In Charleston, you will have access to beaches, excellent restaurants, and plenty of outdoor fitness activities.”

“The summers can be hot, but winters are relatively tame. The city also boasts two hospitals and eight healthcare centers.”

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13 Johnson Rd, Charleston, SC is currently listed for $4,695,000 by Dan Ravenel of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty. Photo Credit: Realtor.com

This week we zero in on one of the country’s oldest and most beloved port cities, South Carolina’s own Charleston. Originally founded as “Charles Town” to honor King Charles II of England, the historic town was recently voted America’s No.  1 Small City for the fifth year in a row!

From its cobblestone streets and pastel antebellum houses, to its elegant French Quarter and Battery districts, Charleston is a town filled with character and seaside charm. Whether it’s island hopping you’re after, or a desire to savor the heirloom culinary fare, there is something for everyone – including fabulous second homes for vacationers, or those looking to relocate or retire. Here we showcase the city’s hottest real estate in our latest Splurge vs. Steal featuring two Charleston properties that are equally refined and ideally located, but with very different price points.

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dioceseWith a substantial main house, a carriage house, and a great location in the middle of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the Morton Waring House (currently home to the local Catholic diocese) is going to give some enterprising individual a great potential home — or even perhaps a bed and breakfast-type situation. (more…)

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Charleston South Carolina has been having a moment lately, but then again, when hasn’t it been a desirable spot? It’s consistently been ranked as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 25 Cities In the World and was ranked as the best city in the United States by Travel + Leisure in 2014. What makes Charleston such a great place to visit or live? It’s a potent mix of history, beauty, great weather, and world-class cuisine.

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Our Splurge: Andie Cummings with Matt O’Neill Real Estate has listed 79 Sandbar Lane, Folly Beach, South Carolina for $519,999.

Known by the locals as the “Edge of America,” Folly Beach has long been a haven for South Carolina residents and vacationers alike. For those who appreciate rich history, painted sunsets, and waterfront fun, this beachside city just south of Charleston has lots to love. If you’re considering a second shelter near the water, we have two Folly Beach beauties that deserve a look. Which would you choose, the Sandbar Lane Splurge or the Mariner’s Cay Steal?

Splurge: Rooftop Retreat Just A Short Walk To Folly Beach 

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Our Steal: Ariel Trouche with Carolina One Real Estate has listed 154 N. Shelmore Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina for $995,000.

This week we take you to South Carolina for the best of low country living under $1.6 million. Are you on the hunt for a second shelter or place to retire? These two gems are minutes from the beach and offer lots of space for hosting family and friends. Take your pick!

Splurge: Sullivans Island Stunner Minutes From The Beach For $1.549M 

In this gorgeous island home, the sandy beach is barely a five-minute walk from the house! Or, as the listing says, “bring your golf cart!” Can you imagine living here? We sure can. This stunning five-bedroom, four-full-and-one-half-bathroom home boasts a gracious 3,636-square-foot floorplan that is perfect for guests.

Open, airy, and all the fixins! This includes a massive front porch and a huge island kitchen. But what really makes it special is the access to all the fabulous Sullivans Island amenities.

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This week’s Splurge vs. Steal takes us to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where Storybook charms and waterfront cottages make for the ultimate Easter backdrop. If you love the idea of kiddos playing in the back yard while the adults are cooking up Easter brunch in the kitchen, this one’s for you. Each of these second shelters showcases the best that South Carolina has to offer, but with price points that are miles apart.

Which is more you, the Hobcaw Creek Splurge or the Masonborough Steal?

Splurge: Waterfront Cottage With Sunroom & Treehouse For $1.295M

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