Charleston in the News - November 2019
Charleston is the Number 1 Moving Destination According to Realtor.com
Realtor.com just completed an analysis of "Top Moving Destinations" and found that many people from the Charlotte, Atlanta, and New York areas are flocking to the Lowcountry. This analysis was based on which metro areas received the most out-of-state views from April through June 2019 on the Realtor.com website. The study revealed that most people were looking to move to a place with a medium-size population, where the housing is relatively affordable and where plenty of job opportunities are available. Although Charleston is not considered highly affordable, home prices here seem like a "bargain" compared to where they currently live. Another big draw of the top destinations is their sunny and warm climate, which appeals especially to "snowbirds" and retirees. The analysis also revealed that 8% of homes sold in the top 10 destinations were secondary residences, which is higher than the national average of 2.7%. Read More Here...
New International African American Museum at Gadsden's Wharf
On October 25th, a groundbreaking ceremony with over 700 people in attendance was held for the International African American Museum (IAAM), first conceived over 20 years ago and scheduled to open late 2021. This new museum will not only tell of the thousands of enslaved Africans taken from West Africa but will also provide a timeline of those who had the most impact on shaping America today. The placement of the museum at Gadsden's Wharf also has significance as it is not only the precise location where over 100,000 enslaved Africans first set foot on U.S. soil but also where the foreign slave trade ended in the U.S. The book "Slaves in the Family" written in 1998 by Edward Ball was the impetus for this museum. Ball is a descendant of a family that in 1698 imported enslaved Africans to work on their plantations on the Cooper River. It is said that his book reveals many hidden secrets about that time period and that these will be shared through the museum. The 40,000-square-foot museum will consist of eight galleries, a Center for Family History, an orientation theater, a hands-on workshop, a gift shop, a cafe, and a 104,000-square-foot African Ancestors Memorial Garden which will be free and open to the public. Read More Here... Visit the Museum Home Page Here
New Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital is Now Open!
Finally, after over 11 years of planning, the new 116,000-square-foot Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital is now open! This hospital is a significant development for Berkeley County and its residents as it is the first full-service hospital to be built there in 45 years. It provides a comprehensive array of services including a 24-hour emergency room, a lab, birthing suites and intensive care unit, oncology, physical therapy and many others. Hospital management plans to focus on enhancing patient experience with a high staff-to-patient ratio, physical design for patient comfort, face-to-face pharmacist consultation and via a virtual health system. To learn more about this new hospital Click Here..