Real Estate News — Island neighborhood earns energy check-off; Charleston hosts luxury home event

Indigo Park’s living room, open dining room and kitchen are highlighted in the Camellia model. Ranging in price from $1.6 million to $2.6 million, homesites feature marsh views of the Kiawah River and tributaries (Photo provided).

• Indigo Park at Kiawah gets LEED diploma •

Sales models for a chic new Kiawah Island community passed the test to be named among the most efficient and ecological nationwide.

The homes at Indigo Park received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

To meet the standard, an outside group must attest to home or community designers and builders using materials that “allow for better health for both humans and the environment,” according to developer Dyal Compass.

Goods and products employed in a LEED-certified home use less energy and water. In many cases, the materials are reclaimed materials so fewer natural resources are used, Dyal Compass says. Platinum is the highest level of certification.

According to the developer, Indigo Park buyers will own houses “that are not only beautiful inside and out” but that complement the environment and require little maintenance.

Homes in Indigo Park range in size from 2,200 to 3,000 square feet. The three floor plans are available with extras such as guest cottages, elevators, outdoor pools, fireplaces and grills.

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• Charleston to host get-together geared to promoting luxury homes •

Experts at buying and selling posh homes will meet downtown next week to hash out ways to better serve their deep-pocketed clients.

The event is the yearly “Leaders in Luxury” conference. Hosting the gathering is The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, a real estate training group. Along with taking advantage of educational opportunities, real estate professionals will tour a selection of Charleston area luxury properties, according to organizers.

“This prestigious conference provides cutting-edge information on what’s happening in the luxury market segment, offers insights on best practices in the business and creates valuable networking opportunities,” says Laurie Moore-Moore, the institute’s founder.

The three-day private conference Oct. 15-17 at Charleston Place Hotel will attract real estate agents who handle million- and multimillion-dollar homes and estates.

“We are very fortunate to have the Leaders in Luxury event in Charleston this year,” says Matt O’Neill, a luxury real estate expert at Re/Max Advanced Realty in Charleston and chairman of the conference’s Hospitality Committee made up of local Realtors.

“The exposure and prestige this event creates within the luxury real estate community is quite impressive,” he says.

Top agents will be able to learn about Charleston and promote the city among their wealthy clients who are looking to relocate or purchase vacation property. “It’s a huge win for Charleston’s luxury real estate market,” O’Neill says.

The hospitality committee consists of agents O’Neill; Brenda Piaskowski, Becky Johnston and Ann McAnallen of Keller Williams; and Dorothy Morgan of Carolina One Real Estate.

“The luxury real estate market here has many facets,” Piaskowski says. “Luxury buyers have a multitude of properties to select from including beachfront, river or marsh-front properties (and) historic homes on the peninsula.”

Johnston, of Keller Williams Realty in Mount Pleasant, considers the Leaders in Luxury conference “an investment.” Through the educational and networking opportunities, “I can help my affluent clients find success where others are finding challenges,” she says.

According to Moore-Moore, “Leaders in Luxury attendance is specific to agents in the luxury home niche. This gives attendees the opportunity to build an exclusive network of contacts focused on the upscale residential industry while sharing with the best in the business.”

The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, organizers say, trains real estate professionals who work in the luxury home market internationally and awards the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation — the official designation for many North American real estate brands.

For more information, visit or contact the institute at 214-485-3000 or

• Pre-leasing underway at plush Talison Row apartments •

Saltwater pool, oversized clubhouse and high-end residential accoutrements mark a new rental village on Daniel Island.

Talison Row, at 480 Seven Farms Drive, is close to opening, The staff has set up a temporary office for pre-leasing the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The rental homes are 760 to 1,311 square feet in size and priced from $1,165 to $2,200 a month. There are nine floor plans: the Etiwan, Cochran, Smythe, Pierce, Barfield, Wando, Beresford, Cooper and Simmons.

Features include private porches and balconies, nine-foot ceilings, wood flooring, carpeted bedrooms, tile baths and showers, designer lighting, crown molding, brushed nickel finishes, two-tone paint and designer ceiling fans. Kitchens come with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and “Subway tile” back splash. Units also have full sized washers and dryers.

Complementing the apartments are scores of amenities. Among them are the expansive clubhouse for private and community events, saltwater pool touting a fireplace and grilling area nearby, outdoor gourmet kitchen with fireplace and game room sporting a flat screen television. Wi-Fi and an Executive Boardroom sound system are hooked up throughout the clubhouse and pool area. There’s also an Internet lounge with laptop, private cabanas and sun bathing lawn and “outdoor living” spaces including lounge for social gatherings.

Exercise areas consist of a yoga studio and 24-hour fitness room boasting of cardio and pilates equipment, free weights and 15-inch personal TVs. Elsewhere, there’s a community garden, private covered parking, storage units and centrally located mailbox center.

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• State Realtors group applauds Carolina One agents •

Two Charleston area Realtors with the same local agency were honored by their statewide peers recently.

The South Carolina Association of Realtors recognized Nell Postell and Mia Owens, both of Carolina One Real Estate, at the group’s annual conference and expo in Savannah last month.

Postell, who has been a real estate professional for more than 30 years, was named 2012 South Carolina Realtor of the Year.

Over the decades, Postell has served on local, state and national Realtor associations and on boards and committees. The local board of Realtors named Postell Realtor of the Year in 1990. The state association, meanwhile, tapped her as S.C. Educator of the Year in 1998.

In addition to her real estate endeavors, Postell has been an active member of local and national organizations such as the Preservation Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Aquarium Society and St. Matthews Lutheran Church. She has two children and two grandchildren.

Separately, Owens received the C. Dan Joyner Community Service Award. She won the top honor for her work on Feed a Friend, a grassroots effort to feed the homeless and the poor, according to Carolina One.

To date, Feed a Friend has assisted more than 2,000 people in metro Charleston.

Owens, of Carolina One’s Mount Pleasant Longpoint Road office, formed Feed a Friend in 2011 on a shoestring budget.

“I understand what it feels like not knowing how you are going to put food on the table even though you may have a full time job,” Owens says. “I think it’s so easy for us as a society to be blind to the issues of hunger in our city.” Owens, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been a Realtor since 2004. She is a Certified Relocation Specialist, Realtor of Distinction, member of the National Home Builders Association and a former vice president of the North Area Top Producers Club.

Owens is “committed to her clients and to her profession, yet still finds time to minister to the needs of the poor and hungry in our city,” says Terry Horres, broker-in-charge of the Longpoint Road office. “She truly is a fine example of what it means to be a humanitarian.” For more information, visit

• Analysis firm: home prices rose in August across nation, state, region •

The cost to buy a residence increased in the U.S., South Carolina and metro Charleston, extending a months-long housing trend through late summer .

CoreLogic, a national real estate information company, found that home prices in the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville area climbed 4.7 percent in August compared with a year earlier. Prices also bumped up 4.3 percent in July from a year ago. The figures include distressed sales — notably short sales where the lender doesn’t get repaid a full amount and foreclosures where the bank takes back properties and sells them.

CoreLogic bases the figures on its own Home Price Index.

The greater Charleston figures compare favorably with the nation, where home sale prices eased up 4.6 percent year-to-year in August. The local area lagged South Carolina as a whole, which saw prices rise 5 percent in August from the previous year.

Excluding distressed sales, residential prices nationwide increased 4.9 percent in August from a year ago. South Carolina prices, with distressed sales taken out, climbed 5.5 percent.

Among the 50 states (and District of Columbia), Arizona placed first in home price increase, up 18.2 percent in August from a year before; and in sale cost rise excluding distressed properties, up 13 percent. Rhode Island ranked at the bottom with a 2.6 percent drop in prices in August compared with a year ago and a 1.7 percent dip with distressed sales removed from the calculations.

South Carolina posted the 16th highest percentage increase in home prices in August from a year ago and the 19th largest surge when short sales and foreclosures are excluded.