It’s almost 2 years since our family made the decision to up and move from Texas to Charleston. At first, many friends asked ….Is this because of a new job….? The answer was no ….. we decided we wanted a complete lifestyle change in a smaller city. It was a difficult and risky decision … we had a good life in Houston. I had moved there for 2 years in 2005 and ended up staying for 12. I met and married my (American) husband and its where my 2 boys were born. After living in a closet size space in London, and taking the tube to work everyday, I really did embrace the “Everything’s Bigger in Texas”, and loved it.

But being from a small Scottish island, I began to crave scenic and natural beauty. Relocating back to Scotland was not on the cards (But that is my retirement dream… raising alpacas and playing my ukulele). I was looking for history and character, my husband wanted to be close to the ocean. Charleston ticked all our boxes and we started packing.

Isle of Palms, a 15 minute drive from our home.

We love it! Within a short few months, we felt very settled and loved the small town feel. My oldest son has great friends in our neighborhood and my younger son with special needs is finally settled at a fantastic school with wonderful teachers. And so now Mummy is ready to get back to work. And Daddy is ready for Mummy to get back to work!

Happy Boys Dabbing at Sunset (mine in the middle!) with Ravenel Bridge in Background.

And Charleston…what’s not to love? The entire historic district is categorized as a National Historic Landmark, making it one of the most celebrated places in the U.S. to explore well-preserved examples of architecture and decorative arts. There are hundreds of buildings of Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian styles. Just wandering around, with no set itinerary, is a visual and sensory overload (in the best sense). Stopping to read all the conservation plaques means walking at a slow pace.

The Battery, Charleston.
The Wentworth Mansion, an example of Victorian architecture, 1887, and now a hotel.
The Pink House, the oldest stone building in Charleston, built between 1694 and 1712.
Shopping on King.
18th Century Georgian Town House style, “Rainbow Row”
The Circular Congregational Church, or “The Round Church” built 1680 to 1685.
The Dock Street Theater in the French Quarter, 1736, thought to be the oldest theater in the country.

In addition to all of this wonderful-ness (sometimes I make up words), the city is at the top of America’s Best Food Cities list and consistently voted Best US City by Conde Nast’s Travel and Leisure. Not surprisingly, this is resulting in a population influx with new housing developments going up all around the city. Locals have mixed feelings about this, perhaps fearing Charleston will lose it’s charm. However, the city’s Board of Architectural Review and Preservation Societies uphold regulations to ensure traditional buildings of historical significance are protected and new construction adheres to strict parameters and height restrictions.

Charleston is truly magical and we look forward to continuing to welcome our family and friends to share in it’s beauty and allure.

Karen-Anne x