Is Johns Island’s Central Maybank District Charleston’s next Avondale?
Sometimes it’s hard to kill traditional consumer habits. The City of Charleston and Charleston County Council, while arguing like children, making back-room deals, falling prey to cronyism and in essence completely ignoring the rational public majority opinion over the “future” of Maybank Highway (oh, I almost forgot, that’s what politicians seem to get paid by taxpayers to do), inadvertently did everything in their power to destroy the American spirit of entrepreneurship along the roadway. Fortunately, politicians don’t always get their way.
The traditional “heart” of Johns Island, in what is now Lane Commercial Center and the area in the immediate vicinity of this long-established venue, is poised to become Charleston’s next “Avondale” – a residential & commercial district in West Ashley minutes from Downtown Charleston that has seen residential sales prices in neighborhoods like Byrnes Down surpass those of 2007′s peak.
This “heart” of Johns Island is only 7 miles to Downtown Charleston, and full of buzz. Fred Neuville took the plunge at the depths of the recession when he bought the former St. Johns Island Cafe and converted it into the iconic Fat Hen restaurant – an overnight success. Long-established businesses like Angel Oak Animal Hospital, Johns Island Tool Rental, Builder’s First Source Hardware and multiple other small businesses in Lane Commercial Center and the surrounding area helped prop up the area during the Great Recession. But now things appear to really be changing.
On August 2, 2013 Sweeney’s is opening its landmark restaurant and other entrepreneurs are moving in and grabbing what limited space is available for rent.
Below: Picture found in the public realm of Sweeney’s but credited to David Thompson Architect http://dthompsonarchitect.blogspot.com/2013/01/sweeneys.html
At Jim Bobo Real Estate, we have seen a measurable increase in inquiries for commercial and residential building opportunities. Local and national home builders are quietly building 100s of new homes that are sold before ground is even broken, and remain on the prowl for developable land. Prices that plunged during the recession are rising.
So if you’re looking for Charleston’s next “Avondale”, the Central Maybank District on Johns Island may be your best bet.