McClellanville, SC Real Estate News

By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
Welcome to Mouzon’s Bluff, A waterfront community on Skipper’s Point in McClellanville. Before I continue I feel it necessary to disclose that I am related to several property owners that have an interest in Mouzon’s Bluff. I also think it is necessary to share that I live here and think it is going to be a great community as more houses are built. While no other homes have been built, the initial phase of wooded lots sold quickly. This new community maintains the casual way of life of McClellanville and preserves the natural beauty of the land. Large wooded lots are the perfect place to tuck your house in among the indigenous palmettos, oaks, and pines. Otter Creek winds through the development and offers homeowners a place to catch a glimpse of wildlife at the waters’ edge or launch ...
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
Happy Blog Action Day! Today is the first ever “Blog Action Day”, in which 15,000 bloggers (website owners) have agreed to post an article on the same subject with the aim of changing the world. This years topic is the environment. That’s it, no complicated rules, just try to change the world. Some of the sites involved have tens of thousands of readers and they have agreed to donate this days proceeds to a charity. My reach isn’t as large and I don’t make any money here, but I would like to share my thoughts and hopefully change my little corner of the world. The Life of William P. Baldwin Growing up my biggest hero was my grandfather, who also founded the real estate company I work for today. He was a biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife and was one of natures greatest proponents. H...
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
Put some new line on your reels and scout out your secret fishing holes, because November 3rd is the 16th Annual McClellanville Creek Tournament. The event is sponsored by Archibald Rutledge Academy and 50% of all the proceeds go to supporting the school. The rest is up for grabs for the contestants, with 25% going to 1st place, 15% to 2nd, and 10% to 3rd place. Points are given to fishermen with the biggest legal bass, trout, and flounder and bonus points are given to boats that catch all three. As always there will be some great door prizes so even if you get skunked, you still have a chance of going home with something great. Boats with a child of 15 and under also qualify to win the Youth Angler Award. This is a rain or shine event that starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. at the McC...
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
The rain held out for paddling participants in the 2007 McClellanville Creek Sweep this Saturday. McClellanville locals Sherry Browne and Cheves Leland organized the event which was part of South Carolina’s 19th Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep, the state’s largest volunteer cleanup event of its kind. Around two dozen volunteers hopped in kayaks and paddled through the marshes of Jeremy Creek in search of debris. There were drinks, coupons, door prizes and all the garbage bags you could fill. Kathy Livingston of Nature Adventure Outfitters, which does local kayaking tours, even donated kayaks for people that were without. My wife and I participated and focused our attention on the southern side of Jeremy creek, filling our canoe with trash in no time. I wish I had taken more pictures of t...
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
The Crab Pot has been a long standing McClellanville staple and a lure of highway travelers hoping for a taste of local seafood. New local managers, Erin and Buster Browne are shaking things up in the kitchen and bringing their fresh new ideas and recipes to the place. Locals remember Buster as the former owner of T.W. Graham (I still slip up and call it Buster's on occasions). His daughter, Erin, is a graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary School and has been shaping her talents traveling abroad and working at Pinckney Street Kitchen.The pair say that the food is traditional southern style cooking with a Caribbean flare. They're also quick to point out that there's something on for everyone on the menu, but they're happy to take special orders also. They will feature weekly specials usin...
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
One of the hardest things to explain to people about McClellanville is that we are not going to be “discovered” one day and change over night.  I can’t blame their cynicism, because we’ve all known a sleepy little town that we loved to visit or pass through and then one day the town has become a city and it’s lost all it’s charm.  The people that came to enjoy the “quaintness” ruined it in the process, because they didn’t see what harm a few Starbucks and a Super Wal-mart could do. First of all, to claim that we are undiscovered is simply a myth.  McClellanville is frequently featured in local and national magazines and Hurricane Hugo certainly put us in the nation’s spotlight.  McClellanville doesn’t want to be famous though.  The people here are warm and friendly, but that doesn’t mea...
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
Last night was the planning commission meeting at town hall to discuss possible ways to spend the towns share of the proceeds resulting Charleston County Greenbelt Program. This is the money raised by the 1/2 cent sales tax increase that has to go to preserving greenspace within Charleston County. McClellanville has been told that we will get a share of this fund, but not how much that share will be. I went and was a little surprised that I was the only one that came out to present my ideas, but I think several people have already presented their ideas at other meetings. My idea (see map above) was to turn the area in the fork in the road between Old Cemetery Road and S. Pinckney Street into a natural park while also creating some sort of boardwalk / bridge across some of the marsh gras...
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
In McClellanville just across Jeremy Creek from the town boat landing is a small tidal creek named Otter Creek.  On a recent kayak trip, I didn’t encounter any otter, but I did see nature at its best while paddling through this area now known as Mouzon’s Bluff. I start my trek as I entered Otter Creek, only 10 feet wide at its mouth.  Snails work their way up blades of marsh grass slowly cleaning them as they slide.  Small minnows and shrimp jump and splash as I quietly wisp through the water.  In the marsh grass near the shore, I catch a glimpse of a tail, of what I am sure is a good sized spot-tail bass, swoosh off into the cloudy depth below.  I continue my journey as the creek widens to about 30 to 40 feet  and bends to the right and then the left. I curiously wonder if I might enco...
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
You’ve all heard the saying “It takes a village to raise a child”, but do you actually buy into that theory?  Well this sounds-to-good-to-be-true way of living actually exist in McClellanville. Growing up in a small town like McClellanville (under 500 people) and then working as a police officer in Rock Hill (a suburb of Charlotte, NC with a population of +65,000) has given me an interesting perspective on law enforcement. When I returned to McClellanville, I was sort of elected without contest to be the new deputy town marshal. The town marshal’s authority is limited to the enforcement of town ordinances and my duties include things such as illegal parking, barking dogs, and helping neighbors work out a problem. The thing that astonishes me though is how, excluding these few interactio...
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
Well just a few days after I posted “DOT Changes History”, the issue of the signs was resolved.  The historical plaque marking Archibald Rutledge’s birthplace was returned to it’s rightful location in front of “Little Hampton”.  They also moved the often ignored McClellanville historical marker (shown below) from the corner of Highway 17 and North Pinckney Street to in front of Deerhead Oak, where many more people will be able to actually stop and read it. Who knows what will happen when we get a historical marker for Deerhead Oak, I guess the DOT will play musical historical markers again. Click Here to read the full article
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
If you’ve driven through town recently you may have noticed a new historical marker at the Deerhead Oak.  Upon closer inspection you will have found that it is marking the birthplace of Archibald Rutledge.  Well, not exactly.  No, Archibald Rutledge, South Carolina's first poet laureate, was not born in the long branches of one of McClellanville's oldest live oaks (estimated at over 1,000 years old).  The Department of Transportation moved this sign from Archibald Rutledge's true birthplace known as "Little Hampton" where the family's vacation home from Hampton Plantation.  The original "Little Hampton", on the corner of Pinckney Street and Rutledge Court, was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo, but a new home was rebuilt in it's place.  Click Here to read the rest of this article
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
I wanted to share my most recent article, “Real Estate Blogging Tips From A Rural Real Estate Blogger” with everyone, you won’t find it on MyMcClellanville.net because it wasn’t necessarily local wisdom and applied to the bigger picture of real estate and blogging.  Here is a link to the article on my friend Jim Cronin’s website, The Real Estate Tomato. Jim is one of the top people in his field and thousands of real estate professionals, webdesigners, and bloggers look to him for guidance, so having an article published on his site was a great accomplishment to me.  Well, now that that is over, I can get back to writing some McClellanville articles.
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
Announcing the creation of the McClellanville Forum, for the McClellanville community and those aspiring to join it.  The forum contains topics ranging from fishing, hunting, boating, kayaking, nature, gardening, stories, and much more.   You can reach the McClellanville Forum here or through a link at MyMcClellanville.net or or by visiting TheVillageCommunity.com.  Click Here for the rest of this article. 
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
   Bob Bestler wrote a great short article in the Myrtle Beach Sun News on how he’s adjusting to life in McClellanville that everyone should read.  The article really reverberates what I have heard from so many McClellanville transplants.  It’s a different sort of life in McClellanville and it’s an adjustment getting used to it.  You will miss certain parts of your “old life”, but overall you wouldn’t change a thing about it. Click Here to read more.
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
   Congratulation to Archibald Rutledge Academy for another great Shrimp Festival.  There were lots of great vendors, tons of games for the kids, and really good food too.  No wonder families come back year after year to take a break from their hectic lives for the day and relax in this amazing town.   Click Here for  the complete story.
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
When creating this site, I wanted to create the "one-stop source for local information" in McClellanville.  The way I saw it, in order to do this, you must present actual information pertaining to the local area covering a wide range of topics and it must be freely accessible and easy to read.  I'm a still posting new information every day (truth be told, I'll never be finished), but these are the reasons that I believe I am on my way to achieving my goal.  Click here to read the rest of this article
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
   McClellanville is a great town, but with a population of 500, you won't find it winning any awards, because most people don't even know it exists.  In fact, the attention of a national award like "Best Retirement Town" or "Top Ten Vacation Spots" would bring about massive change to our quiet little town and negatively impact our way of life.  That being said, despite my best efforts, my opinion of McClellanville is admittedly biased by the fact that I live here and as a real estate agent, have a vested interest in people moving here, so I have included the following links to articles written about McClellanville.Coastal Living - So You Want to Live in...McClellanville, SC - October ‘06Coastal Living - Inside McClellanville - October ‘06Hot Retirement Towns Magazine - McClellanville, ...
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