If you are looking for waterfront property there are some very important things you need to know, otherwise you might get stuck.
1. Having water at the dock at low tide does not mean you will be able to get in or out of the creek. You need to actually get in a boat on an incoming tide and go explore it. There are many creeks in this area that have sand bars at the mouth that will hold water inside the creek at low tide.
2. Creeks and inlets change over time. What you see this year might not be the same next year. Some of these changes happen slowly and over time and other areas can be totally different from year to year, such as lighthouse inlet.
3. Docks can be very expensive, and if there is any question as to the condition you need to have the dock thoroughly inspected before using.
4. Know the tides for the area. We have quite a range of tides here in Charleston and you cant always rely on tide stations to determine the height or time of high water. On a side note, do your exploring on an incoming tide.
5. Look out for bridges. Depending on your boat you need to know if there are any bridges that may limit your access at certain tides.
6. Know the regulations for dock permits. Just because your neighbor has a dock does not mean that you will be able to build one.
7. Use google earth as a tool. You can find small creeks easily on google maps and if you change the view angle from North, South, East, West you may get a satellite picture at low tide.
One of my favorite things about Charleston is the multitude of waterways and beaches. I was fortunate enough to grow up on the water, and at the age of 14 I started driving myself to school by boat. I loved it, and later when I had a drivers license, I found myself using my boat as my main mode of transportation. Two years ago, I decided I wanted to be on the water again but could not afford a house on deep water. Fortunately, Charleston has hundreds of small creeks that may be tidal but do offer water access. When I began exploring these small creeks, I eventually found our house on James Island. There are many hidden gems like this in the Charleston area.
If you are interested in water access but cannot afford a house on true deep water, don't get discouraged. There is a house out there… we just have to find it. I have knowledge of both the Real Estate side and waterfront aspects of Charleston.
Call me, and we’ll put the boat in the water and go exploring to find the perfect waterfront property for you.
Captain David Andrews
Unlimited Tonnage Coast Guard license.