Real Estate News — Lots cleared at 155-home East Cooper village, William Means agent wins at fundraiser

Mona Kalinsky of William Means Real Estate won a local version of “Dancing with the Stars” to raise funds for the American Lung Association (Photo provided).

• Ryland launches site development at Tupelo in Mount Pleasant •

The first construction stage of a new community near Wando High School has begun, as crews have started forming a roadway and shaping homesites.

The new neighborhood is Tupelo, located on U.S. Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant. It will have 155 single-family lots, according to Ryland Homes.

Ryland plans to construct three, four and five bedroom homes priced from the $200,000s, says Brian Cartwright, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing in Charleston.

An entry road is being cleared, and site work is in progress for the 60-home first phase at Tupelo. Construction of model homes should start in the fall, with contractors breaking ground in October on new homes for sale.

The builder plans eventually to open an amenity center with swimming pool in the new community, Cartwright says.

Ryland Homes is building homes in seven neighborhoods in its greater Charleston-Myrtle Beach region.

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• Local agent wins ‘Dancing with Stars’ charitable show •

Paired in a recent fundraiser, Mona Kalinsky of William Means Real Estate cha-cha’d her way to “Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars” champion.

The Realtor took part in the American Lung Association’s yearly Oxygen Ball-Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars on Apr. 20 to raise money to fight lung disease in the area.

Five local “celebrities,” paired with dance professionals from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, competed for the title. Each celebrity trained for several weeks to prepare for the event. The training sessions were documented throughout.

Kalinsky and professional partner, James Meek, choose the Cha-Cha to honor her late father-in-law.

“I chose this dance to honor Morris Kalinsky’s memory. The Cha-Cha was his favorite dance and I can almost feel him dancing beside me,” she says.

The American Lung Association raised more than $170,000 from this year’s Oxygen Ball, which is the largest campaign to date.

Kalinsky thanked the event sponsors including Steve Palmer of Ingio Road Restaurant Group; Bill Hall of Hall’s Chophouse; Manolo Blannik; Stuart Weitzman; Guiseppe Zanotti; and Bob Ellis.

“I so was happy to be able to participate in this event and be able to give back to the community in a unique but meaningful way,” she says.

Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, the American Lug Association today battles lung disease in all forms — with special emphasis on environmental health, tobacco control and asthma, according to William Means.

William Means Real Estate, formed in 1933, has offices in historic Charleston and in I’On Village in Mount Pleasant. The agency is an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.

For more information, contact the lung association at 843-556-8451 or Tiffany Warzynski, marketing director with William Means at 843-577-6651 or visit

• Auction planned this month for Highlands, N.C., estate •

A large property in the North Carolina mountains with both historic and romantic lineages is set to be auctioned May 19.

Public bidding for the historic Highlands, N.C., estate directed by The Kimsey Auction Team will start at 11 a.m.

The John Armor estate house is known as Kettle Rock. Built circa 1916, the home is set among three land tracts totaling 28.7 acres. The property boasts views or more than 50 miles and elevations of 4,000-4,200 feet.

The Kettle Rock name is supposed to refer to a large rock that overlooked mountain streams in the area. A path ran nearby, making it a natural spot to stop for water. “It’s said that a kettle had been left for this purpose,” according to the auction company. Travelers also likely rested and enjoyed a meal under a sheltered area before continuing on their journey, Kimsey Auction says.

The original owner Porter Pierson built a huge three-story fireplace at Kettle Rock a year before he constructed the house around it. Fireplace granite came from the first Dillard Road, “carved into the face of the mountains to reach south into Georgia,” the auctioneers say.

The romantic side of Kettle Rock stems from Pierson’s love for Marjorie Mardon, a minister’s daughter from England. She was working as a governess for a wealthy Highlands family.

“Legend has it Marjorie made Pierson wait until her charges were old enough that she felt confident leaving them,” they say. His patience was rewarded, and the couple married in late November 1916.

Pierson supposedly bought the land at Kettle Rock so that his new bride could look across to where she had been employed — but now as lady of the house, according to Kimsey Auction.

The original house had three bedrooms, a bathroom, front hall, living room, dining room and kitchen. Along with granite fireplaces, the house touted an oak staircase and a second-floor porch off the master bedroom.

Kettle Rock had its disadvantages, too, being constructed on open rock piles and without wall insulation. Unable to withstand the cold, windy winters, the Piersons moved into town in 1923 and put the house up for sale. Traveling from Alabama, John C. Henley and his wife, Lamira, drove two days over bad roads in a Model T to reach Highlands.

Henley was descended from Charles Linn, the founder of Birmingham, Ala., and Robert Henley, its first mayor. The Henleys purchased Kettle Rock as their summer home, and Lamira Henley remodeled the home in 1932. The home would pass to daughter Annie Linn Henley Armor, who remodeled the house in 1956. In 1994, Kettle Rock passed to son, John Charles Armor, the last owner and resident. He planned to modernize the home and update it for year round use, while preserving its gracious style, Kimsey Auction says.

The home’s outside appearance hasn’t changed much since it was built.

For more information, contact Marty Kimsey and The Kimsey Auction Team at 828-524-3500 or visit

• Carolina One singles out nonprofit groups •

Five charitable organizations received $1,500 checks apiece recently as part of Carolina One Real Estate’s periodic distributions to nonprofits.

The agency’s Charitable Contributions Committee presented the checks to organization representatives. They are the Medical Outreach Clinic of Summerville, Walk for Autism-Charleston, Helping Hands of Goose Creek, My Sister’s House and Charleston Interfaith Crisis Ministries.

The committee, made up of Carolina One sales associates and chaired by Kris Kordonowy and Tom Tillery, was established in 2006 to dole out grants to nonprofit groups in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

The committee consists of one Carolina One agent from each of the company’s 10 area offices.

Carolina One Real Estate says its goal is to improve the quality of life in each of these counties by supporting organizations that serve the community. To date the committee has donated nearly $145,000, according to Carolina One.

Groups can apply for the next funding round up to Sept. 30. For more information, call 843-202-2025 or visit

• James and Co. combines with Carolina One property management •

A local property management agency’s merger with a large Charleston area real estate company will boost total residences being overseen by 10 percent.

Summerville-based James and Co. Management is hooking up with Carolina One Property Management, according to Eric Wetherington, director of Carolina One Property Management.

The merger was disclosed earlier this week.

In business since 2004, James and Co. manages a host of residential properties throughout the metro Charleston area.

The association of Carolina One and James and Co. will add nearly 100 new properties to Carolina One’s portfolio, according to the property management division of Carolina One Real Estate.

Patsy Grubbs, former owner of James and Co. will become a senior property manager at Carolina One. She has more than 26 years of experience in the real estate and property management fields. Also joining the company is Denise Lundy, a licensed property manager with 25 years of experience. She will be a property inspector with Carolina One.

Wetherington says Carolina One is excited that Grubbs and Lundy have joined the property management unit.

“Their years of experience and relationships in the community will be a great asset to our team. This move brings us one step closer to our vision of becoming the largest provider of single-family, residential management services in South Carolina,” he says.

Formed just more than three years ago, Carolina One Property Management is one of the larger managers of homes, condos and townhomes for lease in the Charleston area. It provides services to nearly 1,000 residential properties, owners and tenants.

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