•Woelfel named to leading post at Charleston-area property group•

A former operations chief at Sweetgrass Properties now presides over the company.

John Woelfel has been promoted to president, effective immediately. He joined the property management venture in January 2008 and most recently was director of operations. According to Sweetgrass Properties, Woelfel “has been key in driving our growth across the Lowcountry.”

Separately, Sheryl Bidwell joined Sweetgrass Properties as director of owner relations for the Isle of Palms division. Originally from Summerville, she posts more than 27 years of property management experience locally.

Sweetgrass Properties says it’s cared for “luxury estates” in the Charleston area for more than 20 years. The full-service property management, maintenance and remodeling company boasts offices in Seabrook Island and the Isle of Palms. The business offers estate services to homeowners in Johns Island, James Island, Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms including Wild Dunes, Sullivan’s Island, Daniel Island, Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island.

For more information, go to www.sweetgrass-properties.com or www.sweetgrassrentals.com or contact Lori McGee, marketing division, at Lori@Sweetgrassps.com.

•Carolina One lands downtown lodging pioneer•

Bed and breakfast leasing manager Charlotte Davis Fairey has joined Carolina One Real Estate to bring her expertise to the area’s largest agency.

Fairey, owner and founder of Historic Charleston Bed and Breakfast reservation service, recently signed up with Carolina One. She’s in the brokerage’s downtown office.

“Our Broad Street office is thrilled to welcome Charlotte Fairey,” says Nancy Roettger, broker-in-charge.

“Her years of experience as a Realtor and a successful entrepreneur and her knowledge of the Charleston market will serve her clients very well,” Roettger says.

Fairey, born in Montgomery, Ala., moved to the Charleston area in 1968. She opened her first bed and breakfast in 1981, five years removed from teaching English. Her hobbies consist of golf, gardening and reading.

She is married to Dr. Strait Fairey. The couple have two grown children, Shepard and McRae.

Carolina One Real Estate regards itself as the largest residential services firm in metro Charleston, handling nearly 30 percent of residential sales transactions at the end of June.

For more information, visit www.carolinaone.com.

•Myrtle Beach home contractor named South Carolina builder of the year•

A custom house framer on the Grand Strand and the owner of an Upstate pest control business won top awards from the state’s home builder trade group.

The S.C. Home Builders Association plans to honor Berkley White, who runs a contractor business in the Myrtle Beach area, as South Carolina Builder member of the Year.

Meanwhile, Jon Statom of Palmetto Exterminators, Inc. in Greenville will be recognized as the group’s Associate of the Year.

“Berkley is an asset to the entire industry and to his community,” says Rose Anne O’Reilly, executive director of the Horry-Georgetown Home Builders Association.

White, a certified master builder, is vice president of Classic Commercial Inc. He will receive the Thomas N. Bagnal Award during the S.C. Home Builders Association’s Celebration of Excellence on Nov. 9 in Hilton Head Island.

“He demonstrates the same qualities as the award’s namesake, Thomas N. Bagnal. He is a highly skilled builder, an esteemed member of our association and a pillar in our community,” O’Reilly says.

White joined Horry-Georgetown HBA in 1997 and has served two terms as president. He is one of six certified master builders within Horry and Georgetown counties and one of just 55 such builders in South Carolina.

A member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, he earned the distinction last year of designing the Grand Strand’s first Southern Living Showcase Home.

In addition to his involvement with the Horry-Georgetown home builders’ organization, he has served on the state Home Builders Association.

“Berkley’s participation at the state level has created a better understanding of the challenges our builders here in the coastal and Lowcountry regions face,” O’Reilly says.

“There are many exceptional builders. To be recognized as the member Builder of the Year is an honor that I will never forget,” White says. He thanked “the entire Classic team” for its support and commitment to excellence. White also credited O’Reilly for her “behind-the-scenes work to advance the home building industry within Horry and Georgetown counties.”

The awards for builder and for associate of the year “are two of our organization’s most prestigious honors,” says Mark Dix, the association’s executive director.

“Both Berkley and Jon (Statom) exhibit a commitment of service and excellence to their communities and to the home building industry,” he says. “We congratulate them on their achievements.”

Classic, comprised of mother and son team Susan White and Berkley White, counts more than 50 years combined experience in home building. The pair partnered on more than 800 homes in the Carolinas, including 160 within the Grande Dunes – site of the Southern Living Showcase Home.

Kim White, Berkley’s wife, also works with the business as residential plan designer and has played a key role in many of Classic’s award-winning designs, according to the company. To learn more, visit www.ClassicHomeBuilding.com.

For more information on the award’s program, call the South Carolina Home Builder’s Association at 803-771-7408 or visit www.HBAofSC.com.

•Local apartment group chimes in on opposing rental registration•

Following the lead of the region’s Realtor group, the Charleston Apartment Association has come out against a city of Charleston proposal for a rental registry.

The apartment association says it endorses a recent newspaper op-ed from the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors’ chief executive that describes the proposed rental ordinance as overreaching.

“The Charleston Apartment Association agrees with the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors’ stance on opposing rental registration,” says Wendy Tucker, president of the apartment organization.

“The resulting costs will lead to increased rental rates and all-round redundancy for property owners,” she says. “We are fortunate to live in one of the only cities in the U.S. having a livability court to handle such matters and continue to encourage its use in these instances,” Tucker says.

Backed by peninsula neighborhood groups, the registration effort stems from issues raised regarding college students renting properties downtown, according CTAR.

Separately, the chairman of the National Apartment Association was in Charleston late last month to speak to the local group’s monthly member dinner meeting, says Katie Chapman, association executive.

For more information, visit www.CharlestonApartmentAssociation.com.

•Charleston custom builder markets Wharf Street cottages in Bluffton•

Homes with “small footprints” capture a niche in today’s real estate market as places for seniors or Gen Ys to reside close to their families, a local builder says.

New Beginnings Custom Homes, based in Charleston, touts its “Wharf Street Cottages” collection built in a nearly two-year-old neighborhood in Bluffton. The community is designed to be energy efficient and affordable.

The homes, including six from New Beginnings, sit in the Beaufort County community’s Old Town district. According to marketing director Richard Cooper, “these uniquely styled cottages … would be equally ‘at home’ for many folks in the Charleston and Tri-County market.”

Two of the cottage floor plans, the Picolet and the Varnville, involve “very small” sizes of 330 square feet and 770 square feet respectively, he says. The models “could provide ‘boomers’ with aging parents an opportunity to accommodate ‘Mom and/or Dad’ in a separate accommodation to be installed on their property,” he says.

Elderly parents would feel secure and comfortable, while maintaining “aging in place” independence with the benefit of on-call sibling supervision, he says.

Cooper suggests another demographic group that could make use of the mini-cottages: “Given the increasing number of younger ‘under 30’ adults whose negatively changed economic circumstances require that son or daughter ‘return home,’ a mini-cottage located on their parents property could provide a more acceptable solution than to ‘mix lives and lifestyles’ under one roof.”

The Wharf Street cottages, which include one- and two-story properties, range up to 1,155 square feet in size. Other models include the Laurel Bay, Marion, Pinewood and Frontier.

Separately, New Beginnings offers 22 one- and two-story house styles from 1,246 to 2,421 square feet in the Polly’s Retreat neighborhood on the north shore of Lake Marion, according to its website. The designs are the Moultrie, Holly Hill, Maybank, Summerton, Georgetown, St. Johns, Gaillard, Hampton, Francis Marion, Hemingway, Somerton, Berkeley, Berkeley Plus, Edisto, Bowman, Camden, Lexington, Clarendon, James Bay, Marion, Whitney and Northampton.

For more, including images of the six Wharf Street cottages, visit www.newbeginningscustomhomes.com.

•East Central Lofts, neighborhood film project complete•

Charleston area film students wrapped up a video of the peninsula East Central neighborhood to coincide with the opening of a rental mid-rise there.

The video will be used as a commercial for East Central Lofts, says Parker Meyer, executive producer of Parker Meyer Creative LLC. To access the youtube link to the video, go to www.rentcharleston.com.

The lofts opened the first week in September.

According to the property’s website, the one- and two-bedroom apartments come equipped with “well-appointed, modern kitchens and bathrooms … (and) large floor-to-ceiling windows, filling the space with abundant natural light, while framing new views of Charleston’s skyline.

Floor plans include the two-bedroom East Bank Type B, West Bank Type A and Type B, N/S Bank Type B, N/S Bank Studio Loft Type B and one-bedroom Plus Loft Type B and Loft Studio Type A.

For more information, visit www.eastcentrallofts.com.

•Sutton, Gregory join sizable local brokerage•

Carolina One Real Estate expanded its agency rolls, bringing on a veteran real estate professional and a former sales rep in one of its East Cooper offices.

Lisa Sutton and Anna Gregory work out of the Mount Pleasant Coleman Boulevard office.

“I am very excited about the level of sales and marketing experience that these two women bring to our office,” says Dave Sansom, broker-in-charge. “Coupled with their energy and enthusiasm, I am confident that they will both succeed at Carolina One.”

Originally from Walterboro, Gregory graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with concentrations in journalism, mass communications and Spanish.

She held positions as a dental sales representative with Philips Sonicare for seven years and as an account director for FocusVision video streaming software and services company.

Meanwhile, Sutton graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia with a degree in economics. She also obtained a graduate certificate in real estate from the Georgia State University School of Business.

Sutton brings six years of real estate experience at two high profile Atlanta-based real estate companies before moving to Charleston. Prior, she worked for IBM, MCI and Bellsouth in sales and marketing. Sutton and husband David reside in Mount Pleasant.

Carolina One Real Estate sports 11 real estate offices as well as a full service mortgage division and departments specializing in relocation, new homes, insurance, commercial real estate, property management, resort rentals and title services.

For more, visit www.carolinaone.com.