Attractions in Isle of Palms You Don’t Want to Miss

The city of Isle of Palms is a short 20-minute drive from Charleston in South Carolina, and visitors who go there often wish they want to stay for good. The barrier island is surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean, and a salt marsh, and offers residents plenty of things to do. An Isle of Palms real estate property is a good and rewarding investment for those looking to have a vacation home and those who want to move to a peaceful and picturesque city away from the skyscrapers and pollution in more urbanized locations.

A Short History
The first inhabitants of the island were the Seewee Indians before the English settlers came. Revolutionary and Civil War battles were fought on the island, adding to its historical value. By the late 19th century, the island—which was named Hunting Island and then Long Island—became popular as a vacation spot for residents from nearby towns. In 1899 the island was bought by J.S. Lawrence, who named it Isle of Palms due to its pleasant, semi-tropical climate and charming surroundings. Seven years later, a hotel with 50 rooms was built, attracting more tourists to the area.

Early Development
In 1912, a beach pavilion and an amusement park were built on the island. To accommodate more visitors and provide ease of transportation, a trolley line was built from the mainland’s Mount Pleasant area to the Isle of Palms through Sullivan’s Island. The Grace Memorial Bridge was built in 1929 between Mount Pleasant and Charleston to enable automobiles access to the island.

A developer named J.C. Long purchased most of the island in the mid-1940s, and soon roads and low-cost housing for World War II veterans were built. The famous Wild Dunes Beach and Racquet Club was established in 1975.

Historic Discoveries
E. Lee Spence, an underwater archaeologist, discovered many shipwrecks along the island’s shores in the 1960s. With the help of residents George Campsen and Wally Shaffer, he discovered the wrecks of blockade ships used during the Civil War, such as the Mary Bowers, Rattlesnake, Norseman, Georgiana, and Constance. The discoveries resulted in the passage of the state’s Underwater Antiquities Act, which allowed the archaeological salvaging of shipwrecks for study and preservation.

Recreational Activities
With seven miles of sandy beach, Isle of Palms is a beach lover’s paradise. Vacationers and residents can enjoy bodysurfing, volleyball, crabbing, and shrimping. Those who love sailing can schedule for boat rentals at the marina, or go fishing for tarpon and redfish. The beach has been noted by the Clean Beaches Council and awarded a Blue Wave Season Certification, in recognition of its well-managed conditions and care for the environment.

Runners from all over the world can also participate in the annual 5k Beach Run, held in July. The island also has its own 4th of July fireworks celebration. For those who would rather walk (and occasionally run), there is a connector run/walk event every October. Sand sculpture artists are invited to join the Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Contest, held every June.

In December, the island celebrates the holiday season with its annual Tree Lighting ceremony, Santa Claus visits, face painting, and Christmas parties. Music aficionados will love the month of February, when the Lowcountry Blues Bash comes to town and other areas in nearby Charleston. Nature lovers will find peace at the Isle of Palms County Park, among other areas maintained by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.

Whether you’re looking for a place to have your family’s vacation, or perhaps considering moving to South Carolina for good, Isle of Palms is definitely a place to consider.

Home Inspections are a Vital Part of Home Buying

If you are in the market for buying a new home this is very important to read. When looking at home sin 2005 I was not aware of the fact that you should get a home inspection done, however, my lender actually required it therefore I didn’t have to worry about what I needed to know or not. Having a home inspector come into a home prior to your commitment to purchase this new home can help you in many ways.

For starters, a home inspector will be more aware of damage you are unable to see with your beginning home buyers eye, heck even if you are a second home buyer, having a professional home inspector come into the house to check it out can be a huge benefit! For instance, a home inspector can do a roof inspection, the roof is an extremely important part of your new home because it’s what will keep the weather out. No one wants to purchase a home just to find out that on the first rain storm there are leaks everywhere or worse yet, the roof collapses in on the family.

One of the things that the home inspector found in 2005 at one of the homes I was looking into purchasing was termite damage downstairs. I have to admit I am not a basement sort of person, I will gladly go down and come back up but if that basement is not a finished, full part of the home then you will not find me standing down there for long.  Whether you are concerned about possible damage that is within the home already or feel the home is 100% safe, having a home inspector come in and view the home prior to purchase simply keeps surprises of future damage at a minimum!

I Met My Love Online: EDD and DEE’s Story

Told in Dee’s own words…

I met my spouse in the now defunct AOL chat rooms in 1998. We were in the Buddhist chat room. There were five women and one man talking about the difficulties in getting our families to accept our philosophical choice of non-Judaic/Christian religions.

Someone made the comment that it was difficult to find a man who would accept our decision.

Ed said, I’m a man

Then the discussion turned to the acceptability of Ed as a boyfriend.

I said, he is probably too young or too old.

When everyone revealed their ages there were two of us close to Ed’s age; Myself and another woman.

Then the discussion was who lived closer.

I was the closest,  living within two hours of his home.

The other women encouraged me to meet with Ed.

We met the following weekend at the wedding of a close friend of mine.

Our families still do not accept the Buddhist thing but accept our being together.

Happily Blended asked Dee, was this long distance?

I was living in Harrisburg PA and he was on Long Island, NY 3 ½ hrs away. During the early days of chatting he made an already scheduled move from Long Island to NJ. I was preparing to complete my nursing education and moved from PA to Stony Brook NY. It was like musical chairs. He moved closer I moved further away.

Since we had out computers with us and kept the same online names the ever changing phone numbers weren’t a problem.

We took advantage of the chat room format rather than making phone calls so that I could simultaneously work on my school projects and he could play computer games without offending each other by being inattentive. If we wanted private chat we could create our own room and if we wanted to socialize with others arranged to meet in an already existing chat.

Happily Blended asked Dee, tell me is Edd romantic?

Oh, he isn’t romantic. I will tell you his Valentine’s story. One year he didn’t give me anything. Not a birthday present or a V day gift. We were both visiting Home Depot in April and I saw a drill/ screwdriver set that looked interesting. My hobby is woodwork and I am the person who assembles out IKEA furniture. I put the set in the cart and we eventually checked out. At the checkout ED picked up the drill set and handed it to the sales clerk and said, “I’ll pay for this. Consider it your V’day present.”

He still doesn’t understand why the female sales clerk and I were so put out.
Late. No wrapping. No card and far, far too practical.

But I kept him.

Dee and Edd have known each other 14 years and have been living together for 12 years!

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