Lisa and Kip Patterson, 2019 Homeowners of the Year Historic Charleston Foundation Kitty Robinson Home Owner of The Year Award 2019

 

I have a heart and passion for historic preservation.  One that I am sure I inherited from my parents and grandparents.  I was always taught we are only the care takers of these beautiful historic properties and we should share them with others.  In doing so we share history, and educate others.  Many of my clients are shocked to learn that I have restored over 36 historic properties and yes I have lived in each one of them.  The newest home I have owned was built in 1873 and my current home was built in 1777.  I love bringing these homes back to life.  

My favorite organization to volunteer is the Historic Charleston Foundation.  I have worked with them for years and always advise my clients of the ends and outs of purchasing a historic Charleston property.  When I was told that we were receiving the Kitty Robinson Award I was beyond words.  It is such an honor.  I have included the presentation speech below presented by Fanio King.  I will treasure this award and continue in my preservation efforts.

 

 

Now, we will recognize a special couple with our Kitty Robinson Homeowners of the Year Award. 

William and Lisa Patterson, Lisa and Kip, are the proud protectors of a very early, Revolutionary era kitchen building. Its loving restoration, led by Lisa, was pursued with care to preserve precious original details. Lisa has generously shared her incredible property to support the Festival of Houses and Gardens so many times over the past years, it would take high math beyond my abilities to figure out exactly how many times it has been. You see, they not only open their property during the house and garden tours and the garden specifically during the Glorious Gardens tours, they do so multiple times each year, year after year. And Lisa always says, just tell me if you need us on more dates – and boy do I! 

The garden itself, designed by the multi-talented Lisa in 2015, is delightful and timeless. Ever the preservationist and good steward, Lisa made sure to have an archaeological excavation done on the property before the garden was installed, and guests are able to view a few of the finds inside the house. Archaeological digs in former work yards are essential to learning more about the enslaved people who lived and worked in urban Charleston SC, and forward thinking property owners like the Pattersons are role models for the larger community in this vital effort. 

During the restoration of the house, the Pattersons discovered that the building’s pink exterior reflected an original color. A portion of the stucco was carefully removed and studied to ascertain the exact shade. New paint was then mixed and the store told Lisa that they could not just call it PINK, it had to have a NAME. The source subsequently placed the custom color in the system as “Patterson Pink!” 

Lisa describes these discoveries and more to guests when she warmly welcomes them, acting as a docent in her own home. Needless to say, the visitors are always delighted to not only learn about the special building they have entered, but to be given all of the insider details by their most charming and knowledgeable hostess. 

Lisa’s community service and altruism, particularly in support of preservation and the Foundation, reaches far beyond sharing her house during the tours. She has been one of the most active members of the Festival Tours Committee for many years. As a homeowner herself, Lisa’s sincerity, true delight in sharing Charleston’s history, and passion for preservation are contagious. Let’s just say that she’s persuasive with a capital a “P” - in a way that never seems like arm twisting but instead makes each person feel excited and honored to have the opportunity to participate. In addition to rolling up her sleeves and calling numerous homeowners who have supported the Festival in the past, Lisa is one of those wonderful unicorns who magically attracts new homeowners and new properties to support our worthy cause. And she doesn’t stop there! Lisa volunteers as a docent in other houses as well, especially if her presence will help a homeowner new to the Festival feel more comfortable with the process. Indeed, Lisa even touts the Festival most eloquently on her blog. 

You may have spotted Lisa around town, a lovely whirlwind with gorgeous red hair. Given how busy she is, we must first thank her for her time and Kip for sharing her with us. Of course, we appreciate them both so much for sharing so generously and wholeheartedly their beloved Patterson-pink home! Last year was probably one of Lisa’s most challenging ever, yet her heart for service never wavered. She still gave her all, to an amazing and inspiring degree, and as always, she made a difference. Lisa, your contributions are beyond meaningful, and we are so very grateful. Lisa and Kip, you are the 2019 Homeowners of the Year! 

 

 

 

MOVING TO CHARLESTON-HOW TO KNOW WHERE TO BUY

Hear What a top Charleston Real Estate Agent Has to Say About Buying A Home In Charleston, SC

Lisa Patterson is ranked in the top of Charleston SC Real Estate Agents  

Lisa is ranked number 3 in the state of SC for real estate agents based on client customer service

 

Many of my clients come to Charleston in search of a home with a list that reads 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,000 square feet, yard for pet and the list goes on.  Many of my clients are from out of town or "from off" as the locals say. 

 

Early on in this game of real estate I discovered all of my out of town clients had one thing in common.  They had no idea about where to live in Charleston, SC based on their life style.  In speaking with them I would ask what their life would be like once they moved to Charleston.  What would they spend their time doing?  Many did not understand why a realtor would ask such questions.  In doing some extra homework getting to know my clients and their lifestyles I was able to find them a home in the area that fit their life style.  Once a client was determined to purchase a home in Mount Pleasant.  After spending the day viewing homes with the family I suggested James Island as it was a perfect fit for their family.  I asked that they take one day and do three things I suggested.  They did and called to say James Island was a perfect fit.  Months after purchasing their home they still stay in touch to say how happy they are with their home and location.  Another client , after several transactions, says“ spend a few moments with Lisa and she will tell you where you need to live in Charleston.”

Charleston, SC  has a number of life styles to offer.  Purchasing a home in Charleston is all bout your lifestyle.  Village and Cottage, Downtown, Historic, Gold and Resort, Sea Island or Beach.  What is your life style?

When thinking about a move to Charleston take time to consider what you plan to do once you move.  Will you be retiring to Charleston.  How do you want to spend your retirement?  A job move?  But still consider what is your life like outside of work?  How much time would you spend at the beach or taking advantage of the Charleston historic district?  Do you like to golf, canoe, fish or go to art galleries? Work with a realtor that knows the area and that will take the time to show you areas not just homes.  Find a Charleston, SC real estate agent that gets to know you and will spend time finding you a home that compliments Your Charleston lifestyle. 

 

Lisa Patterson

lisapatterson500@gmail.com

843-991-6809

 

 

 

A Great Art Find In Charleston South Carolina

 

Living in downtown Charleston I am fortunate during my daily walks to stop at the many art galleries along my route.  I not only take in the beautiful art but in many galleries I meet the artist.  Getting to know them and their work has been an interesting experience.

I recently discovered an artist showing at the RLS Gallery on Queen Street.  I so loved his art that every few days I would stop in the gallery to view Fred Jamar’s work.  The bold colors and whimsical trees reminding me of balloon shapes certainly grabbed my attention.

 

Speaking with the young lady in the gallery I discovered that Fred had a 

studio right down the street.  He painted daily and had additional paintings on display.  I walked to the studio on Vendue not to discover Fred but a small room filled with bright colorful paintings.  That day standing in the RLS Gallery I was ready to purchase.  Now standing in Fred’s studio I was overwhelmed with all of the beautiful paintings.  Each being unique and different there was no way I could pick just one!

 

For weeks every few days I stopped by Fred’s studio with hopes to meet him.  But I did not find Fred but every visit I would discover a new painting with a small sign work in progress.  Being overwhelmed each visit with all the paintings and how wonderful each piece was.

 

Until one day I walk in and there is Fred painting.  A small framed white haired gentleman with a white beard.  We talked and he explained with his French accent his life in Belgium, spending years at sea, his first painting in which he was actually paid, his career in New York City  working in Finance and his journey to Charleston, South Carolina.  How he has no formal art training and his father discouraged his painting as he needed to have a real job. 

 

Fred was working on a piece at the time that I just fell in love with. I told him that I walk my dog, Sophia around Charleston and down that alley. He said he could add to the painting.  I purchased the painting and when I stopped in to pick it up he had added me and my Sophia walking down the alley!  I was thrilled.  I discovered my husband had orchestrated the addition to the painting as a gift.  

 

I now own one of Fred’s works which features me and Sophia walking in Charleston. 

Living in Charleston you never know what you will discover!

 

Lisa Patterson

lisapatterson500@gmail.com

843-991-6809

 

 

Renovating An Old House

 

With 40 years of experience of renovating old homes and about 50 renovations under my belt I can say I have seen a lot of old wood, chipped paint, and have been up to my eye balls in dirt and grime.  I have put a lot of hard work and love in to each home I have restored.  There has  been sleepless nights wondering if I was crazy for taking on such a project.Tired and hurting muscles and a tear from time to time from the stress. But it’s what I love and I always have a vision each time I see an old historic home in need of repair.  Sometimes I see a vision for a property that others cannot see and they think I am just plain crazy when I purchase the property.  

 

So if you are ready to take on a renovation I have a few pointers:

 

Remember this is a real life project and not HGTV!  As many others I love to watch the HGTV transformations.  But remember the 30 minute to an hour program does not show all the headaches and problems that arise and the real time frame.

 

Hire a good contractor. Make sure your contractor is an expert on older or historic homes if that is the type property you plan to renovate.  A good contractor is invaluable.  Luxury Simplified Group has an expert team when it comes to renovations and historic projects.  

 

Leave room in your budget for unknowns.  Whenever you start ripping out walls, ceilings and working on an old home you never know what you will discover.  I can assure you that there will be an unknown problem found.  I had one home that had a new panel box and new wiring - so we thought.  Ripping out a floor discovered original knob and tube wiring connected to the new wiring.  The entire home had to be rewired!  A big blow to the budget.  

 

Be realistic on your time frame.  Things happen, the weather, a contractor or artisan can fall 

behind due to several things.  In a renovation the items fit together like a puzzle.  If one thing is off or behind it always affects something else.  Add more time and if you finish before good for you.  Do not rush your project.

 

Stick to your budget.  Make sure you do not over extend yourself.  Do not spend more in your renovation than the resale value.  I can provide valuable information is this area.

 

Enjoy the project!  Taking on a home renovations is a major and stressful project.  But enjoy the transformation of your home.  I find the transformation so  rewarding and exciting.  Such a sense of pride and accomplishment to bring one of these old jewels back to life.

 

Now are you ready to take on a fixer upper or restore a wonderful historic property? If so give me a call and I will help walk you through the process.

 

Lisa Patterson

lisapatterson500@gmail.com

843-991-6809

 

 

Burbage’s Grocery

 

Living South of Broad in historic Charleston has it’s advantages.  A walkable city, I can walk to everything.  Enjoying the history, gardens and architecture on my daily walks.  Just steps to fabulous restaurants and theater.

 

But something special I enjoy weekly is a trip to Burgage’s grocery.  A small corner grocery store in operation since 1948.  Originally located on Tradd now in the current location at 157 Broad.  Established in 1948 as a family owned grocery and today it is still a family owned grocery.

 

The locals stop in for needed items.   Contractors working downtown love the daily lunch specials and the fresh made sandwiches.  Take out or eat in.  A great lunch.  My favorite is the barbecue sandwich.  I often purchase the barbecue by the pound.  School children stopping in for snacks after school is an enjoyable site.

 

 A meat counter offers great cuts of meat including very nice steaks.  Homemade deserts like black berry cobbler!  A good selection of wines.  And I can pick up a bundle of fresh flowers from Fiddle Farms.  Everything I need for dinner I can pick up here.

 

 I always keep the homemade pimento cheese in my frig.  That is a southern thing!  My other favorite is the tomato pie.  As I check out at the counter I am always tempted by the fabulous selection of cookies.  I do indulge from time to time!

 

Any visit includes a friendly greeting from family members working in the store.  Along with catching up with neighbors I see during my visit.  

 

I enjoy my visits not only because of the friendly atmosphere , wonderful products and convenience but maybe it’s because it reminds me of my childhood and the local corner store in my neighborhood growing up.  Something that many cities have lost but has been preserved here in Charleston.

 

Lisa Patterson

lisapatterson500@gmail.com

843-991-6809

 

 

 

Why I Do Not Stress Over Flooding

 

In speaking with friends, locals and potential clients I explain why I do not let flooding keep me from enjoying Charleston, the place I call home.

No matter where you live you encounter something you have to deal with.  It may be earthquakes, tornadoes, freezing ice and rain, mud slides and fires.  So you get the picture.  You cannot control mother nature or her wrath.  However, you can be prepared.  Charleston flooding downtown is not raging water and it does not stand for long periods of time.  It’s normally a surge and gone.  Unlike other things such as tornadoes, earthquakes, fires  etc they come without notice or time to prepare. You do not know their path. During our hurricane season we have time to prepare our properties.  I can quickly move furniture to another floor, put  barricades in place to block water and I have yet to have water in my home.  

The City of Charleston also has implemented  many different systems and are working on more projects to address flooding.  There is also many things that you can do as a home owner to mitigate flooding and many are homemade and very cost effective.  Keith Anderson of Flood Defense Group is an amazing resource.  http://www.flooddefensegroup.com/about.html

I love Charleston and Charleston has been home for many years.  My husband, a Charlestonian reminds me all the time  it’s not called the low country for nothing!  It comes with the territory.  Just like other areas of the country have their  events of mother nature to deal with.  

My son is a Metrologist and I have found that the weather like all news can be sensationalized at times.  I have had clients call to cancel their showings and trip to Charleston thinking we are under water.  When it is clear, dry and no standing water!  They tell me by watching national news they think Charleston is under water.

I choose to enjoy my city, the arts, history, cultural, shopping and fine dining.  I choose not to live fearful and to take advantage of all the amazing things Charleston has to offer.  

 

Lisa Patterson

lisapatterson500@gmail.com

843-991-6809

 

 

Living In A Historic Home 

 

 

Many people come to Charleston fall in love with the city and the beautiful homes. I receive a call and we are looking at homes.  

However, a historic or older home is not for everyone.  I have lived in many historic homes over the years and you give up many things for the charm and history of one of these beautiful homes.    I love the moldings, the architectural details.  The old hardwood floors that are uneven and creek,   Claw foot tubs and hand blown glass windows, High ceilings and uneven handmade details, Doors that are uneven and the blemishes in every room of these beautiful pieces of history. When I renovate a historic home I always keep all the original details.   Many homes have some original lighting that has been wired and beautiful stained glass windows.

Upon entering one of these homes many people have a change of heart when it comes to closet space, bathrooms, and kitchens.  Then there comes the maintenance.  Many of these beautiful homes require constant maintenance and utility bills may run a little higher.   Many do not have insulation and have plaster walls and ceilings.  This is something to think about.  But the high ceilings actually keep my cooling bills lower. 

But where else can you live in a piece of history? Have a home that has original details, charm and character. Don’t forget a large porch to enjoy those beautiful Charleston days. You never get these things in a new home. 

If you are willing to give up a few things you will gain so much more living in a historic home.  

 

Lisa Patterson

lisapatterson500@gmail.com

843-991-6809

Feb. 25, 2021

Home Owner of The Year Award

 

Lisa and Kip Patterson, 2019 Homeowners of the Year Historic Charleston Foundation Kitty Robinson Home Owner of The Year Award 2019

 

I have a heart and passion for historic preservation.  One that I am sure I inherited from my parents and grandparents.  I was always taught we are only the care takers of these beautiful historic properties and we should share them with others.  In doing so we share history, and educate others.  Many of my clients are shocked to learn that I have restored over 36 historic properties and yes I have lived in each one of them.  The newest home I have owned was built in 1873 and my current home was built in 1777.  I love bringing these homes back to life.  

My favorite organization to volunteer is the Historic Charleston Foundation.  I have worked with them for years and always advise my clients of the ends and outs of purchasing a historic Charleston property.  When I was told that we were receiving the Kitty Robinson Award I was beyond words.  It is such an honor.  I have included the presentation speech below presented by Fanio King.  I will treasure this award and continue in my preservation efforts.

 

 

Now, we will recognize a special couple with our Kitty Robinson Homeowners of the Year Award. 

William and Lisa Patterson, Lisa and Kip, are the proud protectors of a very early, Revolutionary era kitchen building. Its loving restoration, led by Lisa, was pursued with care to preserve precious original details. Lisa has generously shared her incredible property to support the Festival of Houses and Gardens so many times over the past years, it would take high math beyond my abilities to figure out exactly how many times it has been. You see, they not only open their property during the house and garden tours and the garden specifically during the Glorious Gardens tours, they do so multiple times each year, year after year. And Lisa always says, just tell me if you need us on more dates – and boy do I! 

The garden itself, designed by the multi-talented Lisa in 2015, is delightful and timeless. Ever the preservationist and good steward, Lisa made sure to have an archaeological excavation done on the property before the garden was installed, and guests are able to view a few of the finds inside the house. Archaeological digs in former work yards are essential to learning more about the enslaved people who lived and worked in urban Charleston SC, and forward thinking property owners like the Pattersons are role models for the larger community in this vital effort. 

During the restoration of the house, the Pattersons discovered that the building’s pink exterior reflected an original color. A portion of the stucco was carefully removed and studied to ascertain the exact shade. New paint was then mixed and the store told Lisa that they could not just call it PINK, it had to have a NAME. The source subsequently placed the custom color in the system as “Patterson Pink!” 

Lisa describes these discoveries and more to guests when she warmly welcomes them, acting as a docent in her own home. Needless to say, the visitors are always delighted to not only learn about the special building they have entered, but to be given all of the insider details by their most charming and knowledgeable hostess. 

Lisa’s community service and altruism, particularly in support of preservation and the Foundation, reaches far beyond sharing her house during the tours. She has been one of the most active members of the Festival Tours Committee for many years. As a homeowner herself, Lisa’s sincerity, true delight in sharing Charleston’s history, and passion for preservation are contagious. Let’s just say that she’s persuasive with a capital a “P” - in a way that never seems like arm twisting but instead makes each person feel excited and honored to have the opportunity to participate. In addition to rolling up her sleeves and calling numerous homeowners who have supported the Festival in the past, Lisa is one of those wonderful unicorns who magically attracts new homeowners and new properties to support our worthy cause. And she doesn’t stop there! Lisa volunteers as a docent in other houses as well, especially if her presence will help a homeowner new to the Festival feel more comfortable with the process. Indeed, Lisa even touts the Festival most eloquently on her blog. 

You may have spotted Lisa around town, a lovely whirlwind with gorgeous red hair. Given how busy she is, we must first thank her for her time and Kip for sharing her with us. Of course, we appreciate them both so much for sharing so generously and wholeheartedly their beloved Patterson-pink home! Last year was probably one of Lisa’s most challenging ever, yet her heart for service never wavered. She still gave her all, to an amazing and inspiring degree, and as always, she made a difference. Lisa, your contributions are beyond meaningful, and we are so very grateful. Lisa and Kip, you are the 2019 Homeowners of the Year! 

Posted in Lisa's Blog
Feb. 25, 2021

Moving To Charleston Know How To Know Where To Buy

 

 

 

 

MOVING TO CHARLESTON-HOW TO KNOW WHERE TO BUY

Hear What a top Charleston Real Estate Agent Has to Say About Buying A Home In Charleston, SC

Lisa Patterson is ranked in the top of Charleston SC Real Estate Agents  

Lisa is ranked number 3 in the state of SC for real estate agents based on client customer service

 

Many of my clients come to Charleston in search of a home with a list that reads 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,000 square feet, yard for pet and the list goes on.  Many of my clients are from out of town or "from off" as the locals say. 

 

Early on in this game of real estate I discovered all of my out of town clients had one thing in common.  They had no idea about where to live in Charleston, SC based on their life style.  In speaking with them I would ask what their life would be like once they moved to Charleston.  What would they spend their time doing?  Many did not understand why a realtor would ask such questions.  In doing some extra homework getting to know my clients and their lifestyles I was able to find them a home in the area that fit their life style.  Once a client was determined to purchase a home in Mount Pleasant.  After spending the day viewing homes with the family I suggested James Island as it was a perfect fit for their family.  I asked that they take one day and do three things I suggested.  They did and called to say James Island was a perfect fit.  Months after purchasing their home they still stay in touch to say how happy they are with their home and location.  Another client , after several transactions, says“ spend a few moments with Lisa and she will tell you where you need to live in Charleston.”

Charleston, SC  has a number of life styles to offer.  Purchasing a home in Charleston is all bout your lifestyle.  Village and Cottage, Downtown, Historic, Gold and Resort, Sea Island or Beach.  What is your life style?

When thinking about a move to Charleston take time to consider what you plan to do once you move.  Will you be retiring to Charleston.  How do you want to spend your retirement?  A job move?  But still consider what is your life like outside of work?  How much time would you spend at the beach or taking advantage of the Charleston historic district?  Do you like to golf, canoe, fish or go to art galleries? Work with a realtor that knows the area and that will take the time to show you areas not just homes.  Find a Charleston, SC real estate agent that gets to know you and will spend time finding you a home that compliments Your Charleston lifestyle. 

 

Lisa Patterson

lisapatterson500@gmail.com

843-991-6809

Posted in Lisa's Blog
Feb. 25, 2021

A Great Art Find

 

 

 

A Great Art Find In Charleston South Carolina

 

Living in downtown Charleston I am fortunate during my daily walks to stop at the many art galleries along my route.  I not only take in the beautiful art but in many galleries I meet the artist.  Getting to know them and their work has been an interesting experience.

I recently discovered an artist showing at the RLS Gallery on Queen Street.  I so loved his art that every few days I would stop in the gallery to view Fred Jamar’s work.  The bold colors and whimsical trees reminding me of balloon shapes certainly grabbed my attention.

 

Speaking with the young lady in the gallery I discovered that Fred had a 

studio right down the street.  He painted daily and had additional paintings on display.  I walked to the studio on Vendue not to discover Fred but a small room filled with bright colorful paintings.  That day standing in the RLS Gallery I was ready to purchase.  Now standing in Fred’s studio I was overwhelmed with all of the beautiful paintings.  Each being unique and different there was no way I could pick just one!

 

For weeks every few days I stopped by Fred’s studio with hopes to meet him.  But I did not find Fred but every visit I would discover a new painting with a small sign work in progress.  Being overwhelmed each visit with all the paintings and how wonderful each piece was.

 

Until one day I walk in and there is Fred painting.  A small framed white haired gentleman with a white beard.  We talked and he explained with his French accent his life in Belgium, spending years at sea, his first painting in which he was actually paid, his career in New York City  working in Finance and his journey to Charleston, South Carolina.  How he has no formal art training and his father discouraged his painting as he needed to have a real job. 

 

Fred was working on a piece at the time that I just fell in love with. I told him that I walk my dog, Sophia around Charleston and down that alley. He said he could add to the painting.  I purchased the painting and when I stopped in to pick it up he had added me and my Sophia walking down the alley!  I was thrilled.  I discovered my husband had orchestrated the addition to the painting as a gift.  

 

I now own one of Fred’s works which features me and Sophia walking in Charleston. 

Living in Charleston you never know what you will discover!

 

Lisa Patterson

lisapatterson500@gmail.com

843-991-6809

Posted in Lisa's Blog
Feb. 25, 2021

Renovating a Historic Home

 

 

Renovating An Old House

 

With 40 years of experience of renovating old homes and about 50 renovations under my belt I can say I have seen a lot of old wood, chipped paint, and have been up to my eye balls in dirt and grime.  I have put a lot of hard work and love in to each home I have restored.  There has  been sleepless nights wondering if I was crazy for taking on such a project.Tired and hurting muscles and a tear from time to time from the stress. But it’s what I love and I always have a vision each time I see an old historic home in need of repair.  Sometimes I see a vision for a property that others cannot see and they think I am just plain crazy when I purchase the property.  

 

So if you are ready to take on a renovation I have a few pointers:

 

Remember this is a real life project and not HGTV!  As many others I love to watch the HGTV transformations.  But remember the 30 minute to an hour program does not show all the headaches and problems that arise and the real time frame.

 

Hire a good contractor. Make sure your contractor is an expert on older or historic homes if that is the type property you plan to renovate.  A good contractor is invaluable.  Luxury Simplified Group has an expert team when it comes to renovations and historic projects.  

 

Leave room in your budget for unknowns.  Whenever you start ripping out walls, ceilings and working on an old home you never know what you will discover.  I can assure you that there will be an unknown problem found.  I had one home that had a new panel box and new wiring - so we thought.  Ripping out a floor discovered original knob and tube wiring connected to the new wiring.  The entire home had to be rewired!  A big blow to the budget.  

 

Be realistic on your time frame.  Things happen, the weather, a contractor or artisan can fall 

behind due to several things.  In a renovation the items fit together like a puzzle.  If one thing is off or behind it always affects something else.  Add more time and if you finish before good for you.  Do not rush your project.

 

Stick to your budget.  Make sure you do not over extend yourself.  Do not spend more in your renovation than the resale value.  I can provide valuable information is this area.

 

Enjoy the project!  Taking on a home renovations is a major and stressful project.  But enjoy the transformation of your home.  I find the transformation so  rewarding and exciting.  Such a sense of pride and accomplishment to bring one of these old jewels back to life.

 

Now are you ready to take on a fixer upper or restore a wonderful historic property? If so give me a call and I will help walk you through the process.

 

Lisa Patterson

lisapatterson500@gmail.com

843-991-6809

 

Posted in Lisa's Blog
Feb. 25, 2021

Burbages Grocery Charleston SC

 

Burbage’s Grocery

 

Living South of Broad in historic Charleston has it’s advantages.  A walkable city, I can walk to everything.  Enjoying the history, gardens and architecture on my daily walks.  Just steps to fabulous restaurants and theater.

 

But something special I enjoy weekly is a trip to Burgage’s grocery.  A small corner grocery store in operation since 1948.  Originally located on Tradd now in the current location at 157 Broad.  Established in 1948 as a family owned grocery and today it is still a family owned grocery.

 

The locals stop in for needed items.   Contractors working downtown love the daily lunch specials and the fresh made sandwiches.  Take out or eat in.  A great lunch.  My favorite is the barbecue sandwich.  I often purchase the barbecue by the pound.  School children stopping in for snacks after school is an enjoyable site.

 

 A meat counter offers great cuts of meat including very nice steaks.  Homemade deserts like black berry cobbler!  A good selection of wines.  And I can pick up a bundle of fresh flowers from Fiddle Farms.  Everything I need for dinner I can pick up here.

 

 I always keep the homemade pimento cheese in my frig.  That is a southern thing!  My other favorite is the tomato pie.  As I check out at the counter I am always tempted by the fabulous selection of cookies.  I do indulge from time to time!

 

Any visit includes a friendly greeting from family members working in the store.  Along with catching up with neighbors I see during my visit.  

 

I enjoy my visits not only because of the friendly atmosphere , wonderful products and convenience but maybe it’s because it reminds me of my childhood and the local corner store in my neighborhood growing up.  Something that many cities have lost but has been preserved here in Charleston.

 

Lisa Patterson

lisapatterson500@gmail.com

843-991-6809

Posted in Lisa's Blog
Feb. 25, 2021

Flooding in Charleston SC

 

 

 

Why I Do Not Stress Over Flooding

 

In speaking with friends, locals and potential clients I explain why I do not let flooding keep me from enjoying Charleston, the place I call home.

No matter where you live you encounter something you have to deal with.  It may be earthquakes, tornadoes, freezing ice and rain, mud slides and fires.  So you get the picture.  You cannot control mother nature or her wrath.  However, you can be prepared.  Charleston flooding downtown is not raging water and it does not stand for long periods of time.  It’s normally a surge and gone.  Unlike other things such as tornadoes, earthquakes, fires  etc they come without notice or time to prepare. You do not know their path. During our hurricane season we have time to prepare our properties.  I can quickly move furniture to another floor, put  barricades in place to block water and I have yet to have water in my home.  

The City of Charleston also has implemented  many different systems and are working on more projects to address flooding.  There is also many things that you can do as a home owner to mitigate flooding and many are homemade and very cost effective.  Keith Anderson of Flood Defense Group is an amazing resource.  http://www.flooddefensegroup.com/about.html

I love Charleston and Charleston has been home for many years.  My husband, a Charlestonian reminds me all the time  it’s not called the low country for nothing!  It comes with the territory.  Just like other areas of the country have their  events of mother nature to deal with.  

My son is a Metrologist and I have found that the weather like all news can be sensationalized at times.  I have had clients call to cancel their showings and trip to Charleston thinking we are under water.  When it is clear, dry and no standing water!  They tell me by watching national news they think Charleston is under water.

I choose to enjoy my city, the arts, history, cultural, shopping and fine dining.  I choose not to live fearful and to take advantage of all the amazing things Charleston has to offer.  

 

Lisa Patterson

lisapatterson500@gmail.com

843-991-6809

Posted in Lisa's Blog
Feb. 25, 2021

Living In A Historic Home

 

 

 

Living In A Historic Home 

 

 

Many people come to Charleston fall in love with the city and the beautiful homes. I receive a call and we are looking at homes.  

However, a historic or older home is not for everyone.  I have lived in many historic homes over the years and you give up many things for the charm and history of one of these beautiful homes.    I love the moldings, the architectural details.  The old hardwood floors that are uneven and creek,   Claw foot tubs and hand blown glass windows, High ceilings and uneven handmade details, Doors that are uneven and the blemishes in every room of these beautiful pieces of history. When I renovate a historic home I always keep all the original details.   Many homes have some original lighting that has been wired and beautiful stained glass windows.

Upon entering one of these homes many people have a change of heart when it comes to closet space, bathrooms, and kitchens.  Then there comes the maintenance.  Many of these beautiful homes require constant maintenance and utility bills may run a little higher.   Many do not have insulation and have plaster walls and ceilings.  This is something to think about.  But the high ceilings actually keep my cooling bills lower. 

But where else can you live in a piece of history? Have a home that has original details, charm and character. Don’t forget a large porch to enjoy those beautiful Charleston days. You never get these things in a new home. 

If you are willing to give up a few things you will gain so much more living in a historic home.  

 

Lisa Patterson

lisapatterson500@gmail.com

843-991-6809

Posted in Lisa's Blog
July 31, 2017

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