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Old 04-19-2015, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant SC
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I lived in Charleston for 40+ years moved away for 20 yrs and want to return to the Mt. Pleasant area. Spouse and I are 62 retired and plan to stay in the Mt. Pleasant area. Looking for a condo or apartment close to the Isle of Palms connector or on Ben Sawyer Blvd. Want to get as close to the beach without leaving Mt. Pleasant. Hoping to rent a 2BR 2 BA that will allow two pets for $1250 or less... Can go a little higher if necessary...Our big concern is whether to buy or rent. We will start by renting to be sure that we can handle living in a apt/condo and if so, we will decide whether to purchase or rent. It seem more logical to me to rent, no big repairs, no property tax, no big insurance premium, no regime fees or special assessments... If we were to purchase, we would like to stay in the $175-200K range.....Anyone here choose renting over purchasing? Any recommendations on where to look?

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Old 04-19-2015, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant SC
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I found the answer to the rental vs purchase question...... would appreciate any recommendations on apt/condo rentals...thanks.
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:41 AM
 
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I think Wando East Townhouses might have some 2 bedroom units available. They allow pets and most have fenced in back yards. They are within your price range and it is 5 miles from the beach.

Wando East Townhouses | Apartment Rentals | Mount Pleasant, SC
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:30 PM
 
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Gotta at least look at the Boulevard apartments.

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Old 04-20-2015, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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The Boulevard 2 BR's start at $1,795...above mdo53's price range.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:27 PM
 
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The Boulevard 2 BR's start at $1,795...above mdo53's price range.
Last time I checked I think a 2BR started in the $1400-$1500 range, but I know that is always changing based on availability. Still, it is above the OPs stated preferences, yes, but they did say it was flexible. And if you want to be off Ben Sawyer or the IOP connector, as stated, you might have to adjust your expectations.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Check out The Legends in upper Mount Pleasant. It is right in front of Charleston National Golf Course. We lived there before buying. Two-bedroom units start at $1205 and I know they allow pets (with a deposit, I think). There are also condos and townhomes in there that can be privately rented out by owners. Very nice complex. Some people consider the area too far out, but it never took us long to get to the beach as we were close to the IOP connector.
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Old 05-06-2015, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant SC
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We spoke with a representative at the Legends and it sounded great but our American Bulldog weighs 58 lbs... they have a 40 lb limit.

We made a day trip to Mt. Pleasant this past Sunday and found what would suit us at the Battery in Park West. The prices were in our budget of 170-200K and rentals were in the 1250-1350 range too. Some units come with a deeded garage. There is one model that has 1274 sq ft that would work for us. Hopefully we can make the move to the area by next Spring and then find a rental or purchase.

A big plus for the The Battery is that it is very pet friendly.... No breed or weight restrictions with the only restriction, 2 pets per unit. The three story units have elevators.. a big plus! My understanding is that these were built as condos not apartments that were converted to condos. The only disadvantage is that the complex is located near the back of the neighborhood which could be a problem in the mornings getting past the school but the plus is that you don't have constant traffic in front of your house.

What we discovered about the beach traffic is that it isn't as bad as it was in the 70's... my wife's parents lived on Sullivan's in the late 70's and we had to plan our trips around the beach traffic on the weekends... If anything the traffic might be better now having two routes to the islands. We wanted to have some grilled wings and a beer at Dunleavy's Pub and it took 15 minutes of riding around searching for a parking spot three blocks away. It was worth the wait.

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Old 05-06-2015, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Bishkek
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We spoke with a representative at the Legends and it sounded great but our American Bulldog weighs 58 lbs... they have a 40 lb limit.

We made a day trip to Mt. Pleasant this past Sunday and found what would suit us at the Battery in Park West. The prices were in our budget of 170-200K and rentals were in the 1250-1350 range too. Some units come with a deeded garage. There is one model that has 1274 sq ft that would work for us. Hopefully we can make the move to the area by next Spring and then find a rental or purchase.

A big plus for the The Battery is that it is very pet friendly.... No breed or weight restrictions with the only restriction, 2 pets per unit. The three story units have elevators.. a big plus! My understanding is that these were built as condos not apartments that were converted to condos. The only disadvantage is that the complex is located near the back of the neighborhood which could be a problem in the mornings getting past the school but the plus is that you don't have constant traffic in front of your house.

What we discovered about the beach traffic is that it isn't as bad as it was in the 70's... my wife's parents lived on Sullivan's in the late 70's and we had to plan our trips around the beach traffic on the weekends... If anything the traffic might be better now having two routes to the islands. We wanted to have some grilled wings and a beer at Dunleavy's Pub and it took 15 minutes of riding around searching for a parking spot three blocks away. It was worth the wait.
Ahhhh great. Welcome back 'Home'.
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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One of the best things about being retired is you do not need to be concerned with "rush hour". You can build a schedule that suits you. Easy enough to find a parking spot around Dunleavy's late in the afternoon during the week. Just avoid the place on a beach weekend. Let the tourists have the weekends.

Make appoints abut 10am or 2pm during the week thus avoid rush hour. Grocery shop about 3pm.

Enjoy the freedom.
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