Carriage Properties Helps Buyers Navigate a Tight Market

50 & 52 Murray Blvd.


1962 Sandy Point Lane

Welcome to the new normal in real estate, at least for the foreseeable future - Faster pace, limited inventory, and a shortened buy and sell process.

Now, more than ever, seasoned advice, whether setting value or navigating to a successful negotiation, is critical for success in today’s rapidly changing residential market.

For Carriage Properties’ clients, the de-cades of combined luxury real estate experience and unmatched market knowledge of our agents are available to back them up. “Our clients often see their homes as a key component of their overall portfolio,” says partner Charles Sullivan. At Carriage, when you hire an agent, you also hire a team with a combined average of over 20 years’ experience.

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21/2 Legare St.

Success is no accident at Carriage Properties, we follow the motto “Luxury is Everywhere.” In a city like Charleston that boasts such a diverse landscape, that statement could not be more accurate. From Historic Downtown living to the luxury neighborhoods east and west, we take great pride in connecting our exclusive buyers and sellers from all over the world. “Our long-established affiliation with Luxury Portfolio Inter-national has helped us achieve this goal through their vast global network,” said the managing partners of Carriage Properties.

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Founded in 2002 by Sullivan, Olin Chamberlain, Lynn Hanlin, Melinda Laurens and Judy Tarleton, Carriage Properties has established a niche in the luxury market in the Historic Downtown district and also in the affluent communities east and west of the Charleston Peninsula.

“We have clients who move back and forth between Charleston, West Ashley, Sullivan’s Island and Mount Pleasant,” Tarleton points out. “They might have children and need more bedrooms, so they’ll move to the Old Village or I’On, or they might be scaling back and moving into a condo Downtown. We have agents who have lived and worked in all those neighborhoods for years with strong ties to those markets.”

31 Smith St.

As with almost every aspect of life, the real estate market has changed in the past year, partner Olin Chamberlain says. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people were virtually trapped in their homes, so they were looking for bigger houses or to move to the country or the beach. That changed when COVID-related restrictions were relaxed. He says people started traveling again and many of them wanted to leave the Northeast and other metropolitan areas, such as Atlanta and Chicago.

61-B Barre St.


“We also saw a lot of buyers from the West Coast. They were drawn to the Charleston area in particular because there was a little more freedom here. People were drawn to that and it really opened up our market,” Sullivan notes.

The team at Carriage Properties predicts that with low interest rates, more people vaccinated against COVID-19, and “the demand still out there,” the Charleston-area housing market will continue to sizzle. “We don’t see demand slowing down at the moment. We think it’s going to continue at least through the end of the year,” says the group.

72 Tradd St.


The team adds that experience in the real estate industry and in the Charleston market will continue to be vitally important to potential buyers and sellers. “Carriage Properties’ 26 agents are a close-knit team, with everybody working constantly to help each other. Our incredible staff members have been with us 10 to 15 years, which says something about the positive work environment. From the agents’ perspective, it’s comforting to know you have experienced staff working with you.”