Broad Street dubbed as one of the nation’s Top 10 Great Streets

he city of Charleston’s aesthetics have never been in question, but recently, The American Planning Associationannounced the designation of Broad Street as one of 10Great Streets for 2012 under the organization’s Great Places in America program.

APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs.

We learned of the designation from a press release sent out by the city which reads:

APA singled out the 12 blocks of Broad Street for their historic charm, architectural heritage, diversity of uses, and pedestrian orientation. Part of a 1966 national historic landmark district in downtown Charleston, Broad Street has survived a British invasion, devastating earthquake, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes.


“To walk along Broad Street is to understand how the past informs the present. The human scale it creates and the extraordinary buildings, vistas and public spaces are a testament to a visionary plan to create a great civic place that transcends time. We have the responsibility to our citizens to treasure it and convey it to both those who travel it now and those who will walk it in years to come who deserve an opportunity to experience such a remarkable place” said Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.

For more information about the APA’s top 10 Great Neighborhoods and top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2012 and previous years, visit the American Planning Association’s official website.

Gated community in North Charleston recruits new construction firm, Realtor to focus on semi-custom homes in final phase

The last new houses at Hunley Waters will go up board by board with personalized extras, part of an overhaul that also includes severing ties with a modular builder.

In addition, the Noisette Creek-side community has hired a new agent to handle marketing and sales of the village’s remaining seven properties.

Atlantic Building Systems, of Mount Pleasant, will finish out the home construction, according to neighborhood developer Cobalt Developments LLC. The community will have 36 residences at completion.

Simultaneously, Hunley Waters ends its relationship with Nationwide Homes, the developer says. Nationwide had factory-crafted many of the community’s modular dwellings, which had crews provide finishing touches on site.

Chip Lake, who operates Atlantic Building Systems, says, “Our homes are semi-custom built. Hunley Waters offers some unique advantages,” he says. The gated, waterfront community of Lowcountry-style homes with broad porches supplies “the same amenities buyers are looking for, like hardwood floors, high ceilings and Energy Star appliances,” he says.


Lake says each home has a sustainable design that’s efficient in terms of energy and water use. “In this high $200,000 price range, there’s nothing comparable in the Charleston market for this quality,” he says. Construction was set to begin Monday on the first new home.

In a related move, Cobalt Developments brought on the builder’s wife Cheyanne Lake of One Lake Avenue as a new broker for Hunley Waters.

According to the developer, Lake carries extensive knowledge of the Charleston area housing market, with a combined 20-years-plus experience in real estate and mortgage brokerage work.

One Lake Avenue is an affiliate of The Boulevard Co., a major real estate brokerage located at 35 Broad St. in downtown Charleston.

“Cheyanne is a tremendous asset for the Cobalt team, not only for the last phase of Hunley Waters, but, in moving to new projects in the Charleston area,” says Chris Swan, chief executive of Cobalt Developments. “She values team synergy, always going beyond the limits for her clients. Cheyanne has an honesty, transparency and professionalism that is unsurpassed in the Charleston market.”

Atlantic Building Systems will be introducing a new model, The Folly, at Hunley Waters by late March 2015. “The Folly will have a minimum 1,800 square feet for each home, with three bedrooms,” Chip Lake says.

As an added bonus, the neighborhood developer will offer a buyer-broker incentive package.

If a broker signs a qualified buyer to a contract by Jan. 1, 2015, the broker gets a $1,500 bonus and the buyer a five day, four night stay in London with $1,000 cash for expenses. The broker gets $500 cash and the buyer the London trip – but no expense money – if parties reach a contract by Jan. 31.

Hunley Waters touts itself as North Charleston’s only gated, waterfront community.

Among its amenities are recreational access for both kayaking and canoeing and a community dock and a pavilion on Noisette Creek.

According to Cobalt Developments, the neighborhood’s central location puts residents within three minutes of East Montague Avenue, five minutes of interstates 26 and 526 and 10 minutes from historic Charleston.

For more information, contact Cheyanne Lake at 843-849-8229 ext. 401 at the office, 843-670-1028 on mobile phone and via email.

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