South Carolina is one of the most beautiful places in the United States to call home. However, our local weather can be extreme - high temps and thick humidity in the summer and chilly winter weather during cold months. As a local HVAC company in Seabrook Island, SC, we know how crucial it is to have a quality HVAC system in your home and experienced technicians to keep it working correctly.
With more than 35 years of serving the Lowcountry, we are proud to be an active part of our local community. As your neighbors, we are here for all of your HVAC needs, whether you need a new AC unit installed this summer or a heat pump replacement this winter. With a reliable team of NATE-certified technicians and decades of experience in our industry, no HVAC project is too big or small for us to handle.
We offer highly competitive pricing and convenient financing options for all of our clients. At the end of the day, our goal is to make it easy and affordable to live comfortably in your home all year long. We are committed to hard work, honesty, and integrity with every service we offer. If you aren't 100% satisfied with our work, we'll do our part to make it right.
Here are just a few of the reasons why homeowners and business owners in South Carolina trust Action Heating & Air Conditioning:
If you need a trusted AC repair company in Seabrook Island, know that our team is geared up and ready to help you today. While you browse our website, have a look at just a few of our specialties here at Action Heating & Air Conditioning:
Summers in the Lowcountry are hot, humid, and sticky. After a long day at the beach or downtown with your friends, nothing feels better than kicking back on the sofa while your air conditioning cools you off. On the other hand, nothing feels worse than walking into your home and feeling warm, stale air hit your face. Those who know, know - having your AC go out during a South Carolina summer is no joke. With time, a relatively minor inconvenience can turn into a real health problem.
In situations like these, something has probably gone wrong with your HVAC system. If your AC has stopped working in the middle of summer, it's time to call Action Heating & Air Conditioning right away. Our team of certified HVAC professionals has years of experience repairing and servicing AC equipment. It doesn't matter how old your unit is or what brand you bought - we have the skills to get your home comfort system up and running in no time.
Over time, condensation builds up in your AC equipment because of its cooling process. This accumulated byproduct must be drained regularly, or the increased amounts of moisture can damage your air conditioner's components.
Refrigerant is the substance responsible for keeping your home nice and cool in the summer. When refrigerant levels drop due to a leak, it will affect your AC equipment's ability to cool your home. If your HVAC unit isn't blowing cold air, this could be a reason why.
This is a common AC issue in South Carolina and the U.S. in general. Sometimes this problem is fixed by switching your thermostat to "auto." If that doesn't work, you may have a broken thermostat or a wiring issue that needs to be addressed quickly.
It's normal for your heater to produce a slight burning smell if it hasn't been used in a while. However, if you are experiencing a persistent burning smell during the summer months when your air conditioning is on, it could be a serious problem. Turn off your HVAC system immediately and call our office as soon as possible so that we may send out a technician to diagnose your problem.
This fan plays an important role in your AC unit's heat transfer process. When your air conditioning fan breaks, your AC equipment won't be able to cool your home off in the summer when it's needed the most.
One of our goals as a company is to provide HVAC repair services at fair and competitive prices. In addition, we want you to feel confident about investing in high-quality heating and cooling systems without having to worry a lot about the costs. We make sure to provide honest and accurate quotes and we offer a variety of financing options. We want you to get the best bang for your buck, so here are some special offers.See Our Offer
If you are experiencing any of the problems above, be sure to hire a professional contractor to fix your issues. For your safety, don't ever try to make HVAC repairs on your own unless you are trained. When the time come to have your air conditioning system repaired, our team of licensed AC technicians will handle all of the hard work on your behalf. That way, you can stay safe and have peace of mind knowing you're in good hands.
Your HVAC system works hard all year long. If you have gone years without much maintenance or AC repair, you probably bought a great HVAC unit. However, with constant use and even normal wear and tear, even the highest-quality HVAC systems are prone to malfunctions. Eventually, it will need to be replaced.
If you need an energy-efficient, reliable cooling system for your home or business, you have come to the right place. We have decades of experience installing new AC systems for our clients and can handle any installation project you have. As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the most top-rated AC systems available in South Carolina.
At Action Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that buying a new air conditioner and installing it can be a huge source of stress. But when you work with us, it doesn't have to be that way. We have made it our mission to make the AC installation process easy and efficient for our customers. That way, they can focus more on living life and enjoying their home while we work hard on their AC install in Seabrook Island.
Whether you plan to replace a faulty air conditioning system or need a Carrier unit for your new construction home, we have got you covered. We will work with you directly to find the best fit for your home and budget. We are also happy to answer all of your AC installation questions prior to and during your initial service appointment.
Trying to figure out whether your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced can be a tricky decision to make. Most people have a hard time letting things go, and that includes AC units. It can be hard to know when to let go of the old and welcome in the new. To help save you time and make your decision a little easier, keep the following signs in mind. If you find yourself saying, "that sounds like my AC unit," it might be time for a new air conditioning installation.
Your air conditioning system works very hard every day, all year long to keep your home comfy and cool. Machines that work hard year-round are going to require maintenance and ongoing services to stay operational.
As a family-owned and operated HVAC company in Seabrook Island, SC, we know better than anyone how expensive it can be to maintain an AC unit. We know that money doesn't grow on trees. We also understand that finding last-minute resources to fix an air conditioning system can be challenging. That is why we offer extended warranties for your new or existing AC equipment. With an extended warranty from Action Heating & Air Conditioning, you benefit from repairs, replacement, and additional services covered under warranty. That way, you can enjoy your HVAC products as long as possible.
The more than 20,000 square foot facility will be located at 1884 Seabrook Island Road, near Bohicket Marina. The Sea Islands community is expected to undergo significant population growth over the next few years, especially those residents 65 and older. The Sea Islands are also geographically isolated, situated more than 20 miles from the nearest hospital. The area also accommodates a large seasonal population of tourists, many of whom have trouble navigating local health care services.“It can take up to 45 minutes to get to th...
The more than 20,000 square foot facility will be located at 1884 Seabrook Island Road, near Bohicket Marina. The Sea Islands community is expected to undergo significant population growth over the next few years, especially those residents 65 and older. The Sea Islands are also geographically isolated, situated more than 20 miles from the nearest hospital. The area also accommodates a large seasonal population of tourists, many of whom have trouble navigating local health care services.
“It can take up to 45 minutes to get to the nearest hospital from the Sea Islands. That’s too long for an emergency situation such as a stroke, where every minute counts. As the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, we are committed to delivering the best possible care, closest to home,” said David J. Cole, M.D., FACS, MUSC president. “This new medical pavilion will provide rapid access to outstanding care for the entire Sea Islands community.”
As part of the MUSC Health system’s overarching strategy, the MUSC Health Charleston Division has worked to provide better community access and local care in the greater Tri-County region, as well as coastal communities to the north and south of Charleston. This enables better capacity at the flagship facilities, which offer specialized and complex care downtown while enhancing overall accessibility and continuity of care for patients and families, especially in underserved communities. Since 2019, four new multispecialty ambulatory care platforms have opened in West Ashley, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant.
In addition to 24/7 emergency care, the facility will offer two trauma rooms, a rooftop helicopter pad, and a medical office building that will provide primary and specialty care, including imaging and lab services, cardiology and physical therapy. A telemedicine network will connect the entire facility to some of the nation’s top providers at MUSC Health in downtown Charleston. The Town of Kiawah Island donated $1 million to create a healing, restful green space and garden adjacent to the new facility.
“Accessibility to the wonderful health system and hospitals we have here has been a concern, so it was exciting to hear about this project,” said Town of Kiawah Mayor John Labriola. “My hat’s off to the MUSC Board of Trustees and the institution’s leadership, because getting a certificate of need is not easy… personally, I look forward to the ribbon cutting and seeing our garden that will be named for the Town of Kiawah.”
The project was made possible in part by Kiawah Partners, which was acquired by South Street Partners in 2013, who donated 6 acres of land to the Medical University Hospital Authority (MUSC Health), valued at $4.85 million.
"This project was initiated to meet the huge need for medical services on Kiawah Island, Seabrook, and Johns Island. With no convenient emergency healthcare options currently available, we have been working for seven-plus years to figure out a way to bring accessible healthcare to the Sea Islands,” said Chris Randolph, South Street Partners. “Thanks to MUSC, we will soon have a world-class medical facility that provides so much more than what we had originally envisioned. We couldn’t be more pleased to have been able to donate the land for this project and feel very grateful to partner with such an excellent health care system.”
Of the estimated $30 million needed to fund the project, MUSC is committed to raising $17 million in private support. To date, it has received more than $9.5 million in confirmed gifts, with many coming from local residents.
“Private support is critical to the long-term success of the MUSC Health Sea Islands Medical Pavilion because of the many financial challenges that come with operating a medical facility in this community,” said Kate Azizi, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “One challenge is the low population density of the Sea Islands. While this is an aging population that needs timely access to medical care – there aren’t enough people living in these communities full time to sustain our operations. Philanthropic support helps fill those gaps, allowing us to deliver the best care possible where and when it’s needed.”
Donors Chris and DeeDee Gibson are giving $2 million to the project. In recognition of their generosity, the physical therapy space will be named in their honor. “My family has been coming to Kiawah for close to 40 years,” Chris Gibson said. “When my wife DeeDee and I built a home here, she had one request: that there was a hospital nearby in case of an emergency. All these years later, we are excited to contribute to the new MUSC Health Sea Islands Medical Pavilion and to help make these vital medical services available to our neighbors on Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands.”
“The construction of a full-fledged medical facility with emergency services is a dream come true for all Johns, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands,” said local resident Pam Harrington, who donated $2 million and will name the emergency department after the Harrington family. “As our population continues to grow and more folks are retiring to our area, the demand for medical services grows with it! Being a Kiawah/Cassique resident for many years, the addition of a medical pavilion fills a real need that has existed over several decades. Prior to my 40-plus years in real estate on the islands I was a practicing ICU nurse. This medical center is near and dear to my heart! As a thank you and show of appreciation to all who have been so supportive of my success, here, on the Sea Islands, it seems befitting to take this opportunity to give back in a meaningful way.”
Construction is expected to conclude in late 2023.
Seabrook Mayor John Gregg – “It is indeed my pleasure to welcome MUSC to Seabrook Island, as our local community will be well served by the capabilities of this facility and the practitioners who will staff it. We look forward to having better availability of care, ranging from emergency room treatment, to advanced diagnostics for the ailments, bumps, pains, scrapes, stings, and strains that come with having an active and diverse population.”
MUSC Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Charles Schulze – “On behalf of the board, I want to acknowledge, commend, and deeply, deeply thank you for your dedication hard work and the public private collaboration that is taking place to get us to where we are today. As an air force veteran of the Vietnam war, I know the importance and necessity of teamwork. When you have a complex mission ahead of you in those situations, your unity as a team is your biggest strength… And it didn't matter where you live, where you were from or what your background was in our military. You learned that persistence, perseverance, collaboration, and expertise are critical to the success of a mission. And it's been no different in this case. When the board began to discuss the feasibility of this project, we knew it wasn't going to happen without teamwork and vision. Not only from everybody at MUSC, but also from the community here in the sea islands.”
MUSC Health System CEO and Executive Vice President of Health Affairs Dr. Pat Cawley – “What makes this project challenging is that it doesn’t fit into normal health constructs. We spent a lot of time with the community, trying to gauge what was needed and it was clear that there was tremendous community support for this project and it was the engagement with the concept of neighbors caring for neighbors and the work of the community to reach out to state officials and regulators that helped make this project a reality. MUSC Health is proud to be a part of this community and its health care provider of choice, and we are humbled by the level of support we are receiving to bring this shared vision to reality.”
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students in six colleges – Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its health system. MUSC brought in more than $327.6 million in research funds in fiscal year 2021, leading the state overall in research funding. MUSC also leads the state in federal and National Institutes of Health funding, with more than $220 million. For information on academic programs, visit web.musc.edu
As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding health care providers and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital locations in development; more than 350 telehealth sites, with connectivity to patients’ homes; and nearly 750 care locations situated in all regions of South Carolina. In 2022, for the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit muschealth.org.
MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets totaling $5.1 billion. The nearly 25,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, affiliates and care team members who deliver and support groundbreaking education, research, and patient care.
SEABROOK ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - Seabrook Island neighbors are petitioning their leaders to cap the number of short-term rentals, stating there is overcrowding due to what they called over-tourism, but the mayor said the town has no plans to do so.Seabrook Island homeowner Ted Flerlage says over 700 of his neighbors want to cap the number of short-term rentals on the island.“What we’re trying to do is cap, not end the process of short-term rentals, cap at roughly the present numbers, evaluate what happens after that,&...
SEABROOK ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - Seabrook Island neighbors are petitioning their leaders to cap the number of short-term rentals, stating there is overcrowding due to what they called over-tourism, but the mayor said the town has no plans to do so.
Seabrook Island homeowner Ted Flerlage says over 700 of his neighbors want to cap the number of short-term rentals on the island.
“What we’re trying to do is cap, not end the process of short-term rentals, cap at roughly the present numbers, evaluate what happens after that,” Flerlage said, “and then, determine whether or not we should lower the number of short-term rentals.”
As of June 19, there are 484 of these properties on the island, which residents said has led to overcrowding on the island’s streets and amenities.
Mayor John Gregg said for this year, data gathered over the past few months suggest otherwise.
“We’re not going to be looking at imposing limitations on the number of short-term rental units,” Gregg said.
Coastal Getaways owner Nancy Buck said more people are starting to call the island home, and good rentals are full for around 40% of the year.
She says all of her clients are property owners who rent to help offset the costs of the amenities, taxes and insurance.
“We’ve also gone from 35% permanent residents to 60% residents in the last two years,” Buck said. “Twenty-five percent of the properties have turned over since 2019.”
Buck also adds the majority of the amenities are mostly used by members and not rental guests.
However, the homeowners want the town’s government to hear them out.
“I’d like him to reconsider,” Flerlage said. “I’d like him to look at the reality and listen to the people who are property owners here, the residents on the island. You know, 700 people is a big number.”
“Let’s wait and see how this year goes,” Buck said. “They instituted the short-term rental ordinance couple of years ago, or actually, last year, so let’s give it a full year to see how it goes.”
Both Buck and the homeowners said they want to work out their differences over the next several months to come up with a solution that works for everyone.
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The United States has plenty of ocean-side states to visit for a beach vacation, but South Carolina easily has some of the best tourist spots on the east coast! From resort options to RV camp sides and everything in between, there's not a shortage of vacation spots for this summer. Trying to evade crowded beaches or looking for the perfect place to paddle-board? There's a South Carolina beach town for everyone! Whether searching for something with ...
The United States has plenty of ocean-side states to visit for a beach vacation, but South Carolina easily has some of the best tourist spots on the east coast! From resort options to RV camp sides and everything in between, there's not a shortage of vacation spots for this summer. Trying to evade crowded beaches or looking for the perfect place to paddle-board? There's a South Carolina beach town for everyone! Whether searching for something with a hip city-like shopping district or if parasailing and paragliding are more the vibe for this vacation, one of these ten beach towns can provide the ideal oasis for families, lovers, and adventurers of all sorts.
Located halfway between Hilton Head and Savannah, Bluffton is a great destination for beach lovers looking to relax and soak in the sun this summer. Start the morning here at The Corner Perk Cafe before taking in all the joy the coast has to offer. After tanning on the beach, kayaking, shopping, or exploring the art gallery, get dinner at Southern Barrel Brewing Co. or The Roasting Room. For dessert, check out Joe's Ice Cream & Beverage Company.
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Isle of Palms is one of South Carolina's best towns, with its beach always featuring volleyball, live music, and picnics. This island has incredible ocean-facing golf courses to offer those who visit, as well as two shopping centers to meet everybody's souvenir-needs. In between shopping, tanning, and water-sporting, get a meal at the Caribbean-themed Coconut Joe's Beach Grill. Be sure to explore some of the nightlife this town has to offer!
Seabrook Island is known for its uncrowded beaches and deep blue water. Some of its more unique attractions include the full-service Equestrian Center and 36-hole golf course. Who doesn't want to horseback ride on the beach? Other fun activities include booking a tour through Captain Jack's Kiawah Sailing and Dolphin Watching or giving paddleboarding a try with Water Dog Paddle Co. Plus; there are plenty of options for places to eat while guests enjoy their stay.
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Beach at sunset
Surfside Beach has a lot of fun amenities that make it the perfect vacation destination for families. From mini-golf to a fishing pier, this town has something fun for every child (and child at heart!) not to mention the shops this beach town has to offer visitors! While there are lots of local options for antiquing or thrifting, the open-air Hudson's Flea Market is easily the most unique. After a day of exploration and relaxation, get dinner at Surfside Jenny's or Bubba's Fish Shack.
Pawleys Island, SC, USA
Pawley's Island is the perfect beach destination for a more laid-back traveler. One of the coast's oldest beach towns, Pawley's Island has everything a classic Carolina town has to offer: boutiques, beaches, and water sports. It is known for its quiet calmness and massive sand dunes, and is ideal for those looking to evade large crowds. Specific attractions include the Brookgreen Gardens, which hosts the best post-dinner activity on the island each summer: an extravagant light show!
Ranked as the #1Island in the Continental United States by Travel & Leisure Magazine's World Best Awards, Hilton Head is a great family beach town with plenty of guided and unguided outdoor activities to explore. Why not give zip-lining a try? Or try some low-country cuisine? Or pedal around the island? While summer may be the obvious choice, visiting in the fall allows for fewer crowds while still having all the best accommodations available.
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Ruins of the Sheldon Church in northern Beaufort County, South Carolina
Located on Port Royal Island, Beaufort is best associated with its downtown historic district. Lined with mossy oak trees and just moments away from the water, downtown Beaufort offers historical landmarks like the National Cemetery, the Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve, and the Saint Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins. In between sightseeing and beach-laying, guests can get luxury treatment at one of the nearby spas! This is the perfect destination for travelers looking for more cultural experiences and educational opportunities than some of the other beach towns have to offer.
Sunset near Kiawah Island, South Carolina, on the marsh.
An island just 25 miles southwest of Charleston, Kiawah Island is associated with its many adventurous activities. Take photos of the water at Beachwalker Park, go fishing at Mingo Point, or explore the Rockville Historic District before getting dinner at Jasmine Porch or The Ryder Cup Bar. No matter what itinerary a guest is following, no one should miss the wild-life at Marsh Island Park, which is only accessible via boat!
Known as the seafood capital of South Carolina, Murrells Inlet is a great beach town for foodies and fishermen alike. While there, consider taking the local Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk or Banana Boat Ride before chowing down at Drunken Jack's or Russell's Seafood Grill and Raw Bar. Want to take some of the ocean food back home? Make a souvenir stop at Harrelson's Seafood Market before heading out of town.
Pier 14 Myrtle Beach South Carolina
Whether searching for a luxurious resort or an affordable hotel, Myrtle Beach is the oceanfront town to unwind in. Throughout the summer, Myrtle Beach has a concert series, light show, and amateur golf tournament. All this on top of other staple amenities like boutiques, boardwalks, and beach views for visitors to soak up the sun near! And don't forget to dine and drink like royalty to make the most of the trip!
Matthew Doyle of Summerville and partner Garrett Risner of Holly Springs, N.C., earned one of two available qualifying spots at the Country Club of Lexington on Oct. 3 for the 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.The Four-Ball Championship will be played May 20-24 at Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique and River Course.John Eades of Charlotte and Matt Schall of Matthews, N.C., were the qualifying medalists with a 62. Doyle and Risner posted a 9-under-par 63. Stuart Moore of Gainesville, Ga., and David Denham of Athens, Ga.,...
Matthew Doyle of Summerville and partner Garrett Risner of Holly Springs, N.C., earned one of two available qualifying spots at the Country Club of Lexington on Oct. 3 for the 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
The Four-Ball Championship will be played May 20-24 at Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique and River Course.
John Eades of Charlotte and Matt Schall of Matthews, N.C., were the qualifying medalists with a 62. Doyle and Risner posted a 9-under-par 63. Stuart Moore of Gainesville, Ga., and David Denham of Athens, Ga., were the first alternates, and Jordan Sease of Columbia and Kyle Bearden of Barnwell are second alternates following a one-hole playoff after the teams tied with 64s.
The 2022 Cuthbert Classic Golf Tournament will be held Oct. 16 at Summerville Country Club.
The tournament is a two-person captain’s choice and celebrates the golfing legacies of the late Grange S. Cuthbert Jr. and his son Tommy Cuthbert, the former director of golf at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Proceeds will benefit the Tommy Cuthbert Memorial Scholarship Fund sponsored by the historic Dorchester Free School Board.
For Cuthbert Cup registration details, call 843-873-2210.
The Seabrook Island Club and the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club will hold the 11th annual Seabrook Island Veteran’s Day Charitable Golf Outing on Nov. 7.
The outing is to honor veterans who have served the country, and to raise money to support the Ralph Johnson Veteran’s Hospital and the Friends of Fisher House. The event will be a captain’s choice scramble format. Wounded Warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan will be participating as guests. Non-member Lowcountry residents are invited to participate.
The entry fee for Seabrook Island Club members is $95 plus applicable golf fees. For non-club members, the fee is $175; $75 of the entry fee will be set aside as a charitable contribution to the Ralph Johnson Veteran’s Hospital and Fisher House. Call the Seabrook Island Golf Shop at 843-768-2529, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations also can be made by sending a check to Alan Armstrong, 2427 Golf Oak Park, Seabrook Island SC 29455. Checks should be made payable to the Friends of Fisher House or the Ralph H. Johnson Veteran’s Hospital. For further information, email email@example.com.
The Charleston Area Ladies Golf Association played the opening round of its CALGA Classic on Sept. 19 at Crowfield Golf Club, with Wescott taking the lead. The final round is scheduled Oct. 19 at Rivertowne.
Standings after the first round are: Wescott, 284; Dunes West, 292; Shadowmoss, 294; Crowfield, 299; Rivertowne, 300; Seabrook, 306; Charleston Municipal, 306; Coosaw Creek, 309.
Gerry Purvis, Sept. 20, Black Robin-Wescott Golf Club, No. 4, 115 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: George Howard, John Lineau.
Robert Sparrow, Sept. 22, Links Course-Wild Dunes Resort, No. 11, 130 yards. Witness: Robert Schneider, David Keane, Rodney Johnson.
John Weeks, Sept. 23, Charleston Municipal Golf Course, No. 4, 155 yards, 6-iron. Witnesses: Bob Mullen, Bubber Ulmer.
Matt Heine, Sept. 26, Charleston National Golf Club, No. 2, 130 yards, pitching wedge. Witness: Hunter Epperson.
A hole-in-one should be reported by the golf course. Please email aces to firstname.lastname@example.org and to email@example.com.
A prominent coastal retail center in the Charleston area is now under new ownership for the third time in its 17-year history.Columbia-based Edens, a national retail real estate owner, operator and developer, announced June 15 it has acquired Freshfields Village between Kiawah and Seabrook islands at the south end of Betsy Kerrison Parkway.The new owner paid just under $125 million for the retail center, according to Charleston County land records.The 191,850-square-foot shopping center, anchored by Harris Teeter superma...
A prominent coastal retail center in the Charleston area is now under new ownership for the third time in its 17-year history.
Columbia-based Edens, a national retail real estate owner, operator and developer, announced June 15 it has acquired Freshfields Village between Kiawah and Seabrook islands at the south end of Betsy Kerrison Parkway.
The new owner paid just under $125 million for the retail center, according to Charleston County land records.
The 191,850-square-foot shopping center, anchored by Harris Teeter supermarket, last changed hands for $59.8 million in 2013, when Northwood Investors of New York City acquired the roughly 23-acre property from Kiawah Partners.
“We are honored and excited to become the stewards of Freshfields Village,” said Edens’ CEO Jodie W. McLean. “Through its thoughtful curation of programming and public space activation, this iconic property has earned its reputation as a place where lasting memories and connections are made — an ethos that very much aligns with our mission to enrich community.”
She called Freshfields a “pillar of the Lowcountry” and noted her bullishness about the shopping center business.
“I’ve never been more optimistic about brick-and-mortar retail than I am today,” McLean said. “I think we will still have some rightsizing of retail in this country, but our foot traffic is way up since pre-Covid numbers. ... Stores that are embedded in neighborhoods that are designed where people come together are in high demand. We think Freshfields fits that model to a tee.”
The shopping center, with 99 percent occupancy, is home to more than 70 retailers, restaurants and service-oriented businesses. It also is the site of more than 80 public events throughout the year.
The merchant mix at Freshfields includes national, regional and Lowcountry businesses such as Lululemon, Faherty, Bluemercury, Johnny Was, Vineyard Vines, Las Olas, GDC Home and The Co-Op. Several big banks also operate branches at the property.
Edens was founded in the Palmetto State capital in 1966 and now has a portfolio of 110 properties through the U.S. in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Almost all of the company’s retail centers are open-air shopping destinations.
In South Carolina, Edens’ holdings include Trenholm Plaza, Crosshill Shopping Center and Columbiana Station, all in Columbia.