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Record-low interest rates draw in home seekers; Gothic-style condos on way to Charleston | Real Estate

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Home showings surge in August amid record-low interest rates

Charleston-area home showings skyrocketed in August as prospective buyers tried to take advantage of record-low mortgage interest rates.

The region saw a 35.1 percent spike in people looking at homes for sale, either in person or online, after a 25 percent increase in July and a nearly 30 percent jump in June, according to the ShowingTime Showing Index.

The increases follow the pandemic-induced lost showings in March of nearly 14 percent, and a whopping 26 percent plunge in April when stay-at-home orders were in effect across the state and nation before being lifted in May and June.

Nationally, showings soared 62 percent per listing in August as droves of prospective

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Gothic-style windows are a selling point for pricey condos coming to Charleston | Real Estate

Work has begun to transform a historic downtown Charleston building’s upper floors into luxury residences with a seven-figure starting price.

Colorado-based developer East West Partners is redeveloping the iconic three-story structure at King and Wentworth streets into 12 top-end living quarters on the top two floors. The condominiums will be called 71 Wentworth and start at $2.4 million.

Construction won’t be completed until early 2022, but the developer is now offering units for sale.



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The circa-1872 building, with retail shops on the ground floor, is being renovated for the loft residences as well as undergoing a full exterior restoration to its original Tudor Gothic Revival-style appearance.



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A rendering shows what the building at the corner of King and Wentworth streets in downtown Charleston will look like after renovations. Provided/East West Partners


Central to its look are its arched windows that span 12 to 18 feet in height.

Designed

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Home in Charleston, Judge Richard Fields turns 100, gets surprise party and special gift | News

Usually, he knows when something’s up.

Retired judge Richard E. Fields has accumulated enough accomplishments and gained enough insights during his long life to preempt most surprises.

But Thursday afternoon, on the occasion of Fields’ 100th birthday, family, friends, colleagues, clerks and legislators honored him in front of his West Ashley home with cheers, expressions of gratitude and a special announcement.



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Judge Richard Fields, 100, is escorted to the center of a surprise birthday celebration on Thursday. Adam Parker/Staff




Circuit Judge Deadra Jefferson of Charleston, who now holds Fields’ seat on the bench, introduced the legislative delegation, which included Sens. Marlon Kimpson and Larry Grooms and Reps. David Mack and Wendell Gilliard. She called her mentor “a giant pillar in the community.” Then, addressing him directly, she said, “Many people stand on your shoulders.”

Grooms read the proclamation: The S.C. Department of Transportation has designated Spring Street on

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