Survey: Area No. 1 in nation for dogs

Charlestonians love their dogs. Here they are shown with their owners during the “Bark for Your Brew” fundraising event during the spring at Riley Park. A realtor.com survey says Charleston is the No. 1 city in the country for dogs, based on several variables.

Man’s best friend has landed Charleston at the top of another list.

According to realtor.com, the Holy City and its surrounding beaches are No. 1 when it comes to dogs.

The ranking is based on the percentage of households that own a dog; number of dog parks, trails and beaches; number of dog-friendly restaurants and bars; number of pet service providers; and affordable dog-walkers.

The report says 68 percent of households in the Charleston area own a dog.

“The rapport between humans and dogs in Charleston goes way back, long before the city was named one of the most dog-friendly cities by Rover.com,” according to realtor.com. “Poogan’s Porch, one of the city’s oldest restaurants, was named after the dog that began parking himself on the, um, porch in 1976. After being adopted by the owner, Poogan served as the restaurant’s official greeter.”

The report goes on to say, “Apart from dog parks and trails, dogs can also enjoy the area’s five dog-friendly beaches. Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island beaches even allow them to go off-leash at certain hours (depending on the season). The beloved Yappy Hour summer music series at James Island County Park features music and beverages for dog owners and their pups all summer long. You can even take your hound with you on an old Charleston Ghost Tour! For protection, of course.”

The report says 54.4 million, or 44 percent of, households in America, own at least one dog, according to the American Pet Products Association survey. Those with cats come in at 35 percent.

People also spare no expense when it comes to pets. Spending on pets more than doubled from 2001 to 2015, going from $28.5 billion to $60.28 billion, according to the APPA.

Others on the Top 10 list, in descending order, include Temecula, Calif.; Las Vegas; Scottsdale, Ariz.; San Diego; Austin, Texas; Tampa; Fort Collins, Colo.; Atlanta; and Seattle.

Nexton, a master-planned community in Berkeley County near Summerville, recently hit a milestone with its 100th home sale in the state’s first gigabit development of super fast Internet speeds. The 4,500-acre community, with more than 8,000 homes eventually, is at Interstate 26 and U.S. Highway 17-A and is being built by WestRock Land and Development. A new interchange on I-26 at Mile Marker 197 will open in 2018 next to the mixed-use site.

Home prices

The price of homes in the Charleston-North Charleston market continues to rise.

Property information service CoreLogic reports prices, including distresses sales, jumped 4.8 percent in May compared to the same month last year. On a month-over-month basis, home prices rose 1.1 percent in May from April of this year. The service does not provide actual home prices. Distressed sales include foreclosures and bank-owned transactions.

Nationally, home prices rose 5.9 percent in May over May 2015 and jumped 1.3 percent in May from April.

“Price appreciation continues to be fairly broad-based across the U.S.,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic.

Boosted by several high-profile transactions, William Means Real Estate, one of the oldest real estate companies in Charleston, posted a record sales month in June. Among those transactions was the $7.51 million sale of the pre-Revolutionary War James Simmons House at 37 Meeting St. It was the second-highest amount ever for a residential property on peninsular Charleston.

During June, the company sold more than $45 million in real estate with the average home price of just more than $1 million. Those sales included the second-highest sale of the year on Isle of Palms and the highest sale of the year in Mount Pleasant’s I’On neighborhood.

Founded in 1933, William Means offers offices in downtown Charleston and in Mount Pleasant.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.