November 26, 2019
By Lynn Demos
After six months at CRDA, I’ve had the chance to get out of the office and see the “sites” of Charleston…the real estate sites, that is. Most people think of the beautiful historic buildings in downtown Charleston when they think of our region’s real estate options, but I’m here to tell you there are so many more options for office, commercial, and industrial customers.
I recently hosted a prospect interested specifically in industrial space, and all three of our region’s counties offered plenty of inventory. We started our site tour with a few options in Berkeley County, including the Charleston International Manufacturing Center at Bushy Park. CIMC has great industrial options for companies in need of access to rail, water, or roads, plus an on-site cafeteria! In Dorchester County, we toured the newly completed Eastport Commerce Center. It is bright and modern, ideal for a tenant looking for a space that’s more cutting edge than classic. In Charleston County, Leeds Park provides a variety of floor plans, not to mention a great location near the airport, interstate, and of course, CRDA’s office.
One of my very first building tours, after starting with CRDA, involved walking up several flights of stairs in a construction zone in heels! It was well worth it to see the view of Charleston from the top of WestEdge. Located in the “Discovery District,” WestEdge features lab, incubator and accelerator space, in addition to traditional office space. It’s a perfect fit for companies doing research and development. The building boasts a Publix grocery store and a day spa and an adjacent apartment complex for a true live, work, play concept.
Co-Working…with more to come
I have plenty of friends across the USA who rely on co-working spaces as their primary office space. Coming from Washington, DC, I wasn’t expecting to find as much co-working space here in Charleston. I was pleasantly surprised to find national brands like Regus and Office Evolution, as well as local brands such as Holy City Collective. The demand for co-working spaces throughout the Charleston region is strong. Home Telecom is constructing a brand new complex in Summerville called CoOp@Nexton slated to open in May 2020.
This is only sampling of what the Charleston real estate market has to offer. I can’t wait to host more prospects in Charleston so I, too, can discover more hidden gems.