Charleston and the surrounding suburbs have experienced a surge of growth within the last few years both in population andindustry. Rental properties are in high demand for this very reason. Newcomers need time to explore their new environment and get the lay of the land before they buy. Others need somewhere to nest while they are renovating or building a new home in many of the areas resort like planned communities. Moving is a monumental task and trying to figure out where and what to rent while you’re in transition only adds to the stress. Having recently moved here myself, I understand the lure of Charleston first hand and I’ve got some great insights on why a long term rental vs an apartment is the way to go.

So what’s the big draw and why have so many people been flocking to Charleston over the past few years? The answer is simple, it’s an amazing place to live! Say hello to  beautiful weather, a historic downtown, picturesque views of water, bridges and brightly colored row homes with southern front porches, and that’s just the outside. Every building you step into from restaurants, to hotels and shops, are oozing with stylish interiors and unique decor. Now let’s talk about food! If you love to eat, you will be in heaven for sure! There is so much good food from BBQ to seafood, authentic southern cuisine and dessert shops. Whether you’re grabbing a quick lunch or enjoying a night of fine dining, you will never lack for options. From a commuting standpoint, getting into the Charleston is a breeze compared to NYC, Philly and other major cities. Other perks of working and living in this quaint city is that nothing is very far away. Need to catch a flight? The airport is about 25 minutes away. Need to run home on your lunch break? Most of the Charleston suburbs are about 10 to 20 minutes away with traffic!  Need a breather and some fresh air? A walk on the beach at lunch is actually an option. Pair all that goodness with lower home prices and real estate taxes and you’ve got a pretty good formula for a life changing relocation.  Having been born and raised in Jersey, I was enchanted by Charleston’s southern charm, cobblestone streets and local beaches.  It was love at first sight and didn’t take long before we were packing up the family and setting up shop in Lowcountry. Having lived here for a little under a year, I can assure you it does not disappoint!  Now that you’re daydreaming about saying goodbye to winter or just being closer to the sea, here’s my take on making the transition from your current home to your next one.


Buying? Building? Not Sure?

Renting is the way to go. When making a big move, it takes time to get acquainted with a new place and weigh all of the pros and cons of each town and neighborhood. If you buy right off the bat, you may find that you don’t love where you live or realize another area is a better fit. Renting gives you the flexibility to explore and experience different places without being locked in with a mortgage. Charleston has quite a few surrounding towns that are amazing and amazingly different. It takes time to get your bearings and find the perfect place to put down roots. When it comes to renting, I highly recommend a long term rental home. It has so many advantages as opposed to renting in an apartment complex, and I figured this out first hand.

6 Reasons A Long Term Home Rental Is Better Than Renting An Apartment

  • Most long term rentals have flexible contracts with only 30 day minimums. You’re not required to lock into a year long agreement.
  • More privacy, personal space and less corporate rules to comply with. Living in a building with 100’s of other tenants comes with lots of baggage.
  • You get direct contact with the property manager or owner versus trying to deal with a mega corporation who has no interest in your personal needs or renting experience.
  • You don’t have to share spaces in crowded common areas. Instead, you have options for a yard, private deck or balcony.
  • Long term rental homes typically come with reserved parking spaces. No need to waste time hunting for a spot in a packed  lot or dealing with street parking.
  • Most long term rentals come fully furnished which makes you feel right at home right away. It also alleviates the stress of unpacking and setting up shop just to have to move it all again in a few months.


Looking for a long term rental downtown? You will love Marion Loft. Urban and chic, this two bedroom apartment is centrally located in the heart of downtown Charleston at the corner of King & Calhoun Streets, just steps from Marion Square and much of the area’s top shopping and dining along Upper King Street. Walk to Halls ChophouseVirginia’s on KingKudu Coffee & Craft BeerHistoric William Aiken House, and more!

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Have kids or pets? Ivy Terrace sleeps six and is dog friendly! Surrounded by elegant Charleston Single homes, and steps from world-class shopping and dining on King Street, Ivy Terrace offers the best of downtown Charleston living. This 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath brick townhome features loads of amenities. The inviting entry off Queen Street steps into a bright open floor living space with combined great room and kitchen. French doors open out to a private courtyard, perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Upstairs, the master bedroom is highlighted by a claw foot tub, fully renovated to include built-in luxury shower and travertine floors. With two additional bedrooms sharing an updated bathroom, the home provides ample accommodations. Located on Queen Street, in the center of Charleston, this quiet townhouse encompasses the charm and convenience of Harleston Village living that is ideal for a “walk everywhere” location. Be sure to book direct with us and save!

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