Love at First Sight on Daniel Island
In any good love story, there’s always a happy ending. And that’s exactly what Shannon and Lisa Shogren were hoping for when they moved to Daniel Island from Texas in 2009.
The pair actually had their first date in Charleston nearly 20 years ago, when Shannon took Lisa to a Citadel-Wofford football game. The festivities helped to kick-start their relationship, and Shannon proposed to his sweetheart the following year on The Battery in downtown Charleston.
Work soon took the duo first to Atlanta and then to Texas, where they started their family. It wasn’t long, however, before they felt the pull of Charleston once again.
“We knew that we wanted to move back to the Southeast,” said Lisa, who has family in Florida and Pittsburgh. “We were just unsure of where.”
Lisa came across an advertisement for Daniel Island in a magazine and was immediately intrigued. She did some online research and discovered that Charleston’s island town had much to offer her family.
“I just knew right away!” she exclaimed. “When we learned about the quality of life Daniel Island had to offer, that kind of closed the deal for us. So we planned a trip just to explore and we fell in love with it instantly!”
The area’s romantic ties for the couple brought their relationship back to the special place it started, providing a “sweet ending,” said Lisa. In 2006, they purchased a lot across from a grove of majestic live oak trees overlooking Smythe Lake. It was also steps away from “Pirate Park,” a place they knew their sons Jackson and Wyatt would have many exciting adventures. A couple of years later, they contracted with JacksonBuilt Homes to construct their new Daniel Island dream home.
“We love it!” said Lisa of their coastal, Lowcountry-style property. “They were fabulous to work with. I can’t say enough good things about them.”
The island has been all they hoped for and more.
“I think Daniel Island is really a unique community, there is no other place in Charleston that comes close in my opinion,” said Shannon. “You’re bordered by rivers and marshland, the green space, walking trails and recreational areas seem to be right around every corner, what’s not to like?”
“I feel almost like we are living in a vacation area,” added Lisa. “Our friends who visited last weekend said ‘if we lived here, we would never leave!’ There is really no reason to leave. You’ve got everything you could want right here.”
The Shogren boys, now aged 13 and 10, attend nearby Palmetto Christian Academy, which is just a few miles away in Mount Pleasant. Both have been heavily engaged in island sports, such as flag football and lacrosse, as well as other recreational activities.
“They’re playing on the same teams as their friends, with people they that see at school and around the neighborhood,” added Lisa.
Jackson and Wyatt are also huge fans of their island town’s kid-friendly features.
“There are open fields where you can go to pass a football or to play Lacrosse,” said Wyatt.
“And you can jump off the docks…or bike down to a friend’s house!” “There’s lots of stuff to do,” added Jackson. “You can meet your friends and ride down to Orlando’s for pizza or to DI Yogurt.”
For Lisa and Shannon, the island provides the perfect atmosphere for a growing family.
“As parents, we feel that it’s a relatively safe environment for them to have some independence,” said Lisa.
The family has also come to love Daniel Island’s annual traditions, such as the Fourth of July celebration and parade, Park Day, the “Pork & Pearls” charity benefit, and the “Sundown on the Wando” concert series. They also enjoy attending events at the Family Circle Tennis Stadium. But one of their favorite things to do is just savor the beauty that surrounds them. Whether it’s taking their boat out for a spin around the island, or enjoying a golf cart ride in the neighborhood, there is much to soak in.
“Yesterday, we were just walking around trying to count how many blue crabs we could spot!” said Lisa. “Just going to watch nature, as crazy as that sounds, is gorgeous! We couldn’t be more pleased with our decision to move here. We always say how blessed we are to be able to call this place home.”