Here in Charleston, we are hunkered down with another tropical storm warning, the remnants of Hurricane Michael. So far, there is some light wind and rain, but it looks like we will be spared the worst. My thoughts are with those who are in the storm's path. The threat of storm forced me to move a few meetings to tomorrow, but I made the most of it by finishing up this October newsletter.
Here's what you'll find in this month's news...
Client Spotlight: Molly Basile Interiors
I love featuring clients and their ventures in my newsletters, and this month's profile is one I am particularly excited to share. I regularly get asked for interior designer recommendations, so when I heard that past client, Molly Basile, was opening shop, she immediately went to the top of my rolodex. I'm thrilled that she agreed to be featured this month.
Molly and her husband, Jeff, bought a new build home in Old Mount Pleasant in 2016. Having gone under contract early in the home's construction process, Molly and Jeff had the opportunity to direct many of the design choices. While Molly was on a different career path back then, her style and design instincts were apparent; thus, it was no surprise to hear that Molly was making it official with the launch of Molly Basile Interiors. Read on to learn about Molly and her new business.
Real Estate Lingo: Mount Pleasant Edition
In a recent newsletter (and republished on my blog), I offered a list of Charleston Real Estate lingo: Downtown Edition. This month, we are looking at lingo aimed at helping you navigate the real estate scene in Mount Pleasant.
Q3 Report: The Year in Real Estate (so far)
With the advent of October, we have officially entered into the last quarter of 2018. It's been a fantastic year personally, as well as for William Means as a company, but the year's not over yet! Here's a look at some of the highlights of this year in real estate (so far).
Vanderhorst Street in Radcliffeborough and Vanderhorst Wharf South of Broad: You may have heard that this name is pronounced "VAN-DROSS." Well... it's not how I, personally, say "Vanderhost." Read on to learn more.
There are locals who will tell you (emphatically) that this name is pronounced with two syllables: “VAN-DROSS” (or "VAN-DRAWS," depending on the accent of the accent of the speaker).
With this seemingly insider knowledge, many go on their way feeling happily in the know about how to say this Charleston name.
However, I’ve heard more than one old Charlestonian insist that this is pronounced just like it looks (“VAN-DER-HORST”) and that the “VAN-DROSS” pronunciation is a mid-to-late 20th century movement, which picked up steam when Kiawah Island (previously owned by the Vanderhorst family for nearly two century) ownership changed in the 1950s and again in the 1970s, and, presumably the "Vanderhosrt" name was in the news.
Ek, so which is it?
I consulted one of my favorite books, and the only one I know of on the subject of pronunciations of South Carolina names, and it reports that both are correct, though it does point out that the street name in Charleston is pronounced "VAN-DROSS" (this book was first published in 1983).
So, my conclusion is that both pronunciations ("VAN-DROSS" or "VAN-DER-HORST") are acceptable, but, personally? I tend to go old school and use the more traditional “VAN-DER-HORST.”
What say you? "VAN-DROSS" or "VAN-DER-HORST?"