For more than two decades, Daniel Island Real Estate has been the leader for residential real estate sales on Charleston’s Daniel Island, offering an extensive inventory of new and resale homes, homesites, townhomes and condominiums within this award-winning master planned community. Today the company’s sales team uses its experience marketing Charleston as a real estate destination to buyers from around the country to help clients navigate the process of buying or selling a home anywhere in the Lowcountry. The team’s knowledge of the Charleston real estate market extends to all of the region’s submarkets, including historic downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, area beaches and beyond.
Sandy Hall gained an early appreciation for art, architecture and history during his high school years, when he and his parents lived in Brussels and traveled throughout Europe extensively. This appreciation came in handy when he decided to move to Charleston in 1999.
“My brother and his wife had lived here since the early ‘80s on the Isle of Palms and I visited frequently,” says Sandy. “Charleston is the first place I ever moved to that was based purely on my desire to live here, and I’ve honestly never looked back.” After several years on the Isle of Palms and in Mount Pleasant, Sandy found his ideal place – James Island.
For 12 years, he’s been helping others find their perfect fit in the Charleston area, working in general brokerage and in new home sales for several years. “When I work with buyers, I want to find the home that delivers, where they’ll make countless memories with family and friends,” says Sandy. “But I also take great satisfaction in working with clients to list their home. When you work with someone so closely on such a personal goal, it’s almost like you’re a part of the family. And you want to get the best results for “us.”
Sandy has worked with a full spectrum of clients from first time and seasoned buyers to second home and investment buyers. Over the years, he’s learned several lessons from each type of client, all of which have made him a better and more knowledgeable real estate professional, and an expert in Charleston real estate.
When he’s not working, Sandy is an advocate for volunteering for local non-profit organizations, like Habitat for Humanity, and at local events. “I volunteered for the Charleston Tall Ships Festival a couple of years ago and it was such an amazing spectacle, seeing these majestic boats with their lines and spars visible in the air over the “Holy City” … It reinforced just how special it is to live here. You can almost picture yourself walking along the harbor in days gone by.”
Representing Charleston homeowners and future homeowners, Lola is committed to listening to her clients’ needs and utilizing her knowledge to ensure a successful transaction.
Living in Charleston for nine years, Lola understands the numerous intangible benefits of life in the Lowcountry, with its unmatched weather, history and diversity.
Prior to her real estate career, Lola practiced nursing and taught at the college level. She seamlessly transitioned to real estate as she has lived her professional life listening and understanding client and patient needs, being extremely flexible and getting optimal results.
Lola is well-connected and actively involved in the community, volunteering at her church and her children’s schools as well as serving as an advocate for foster children. In her free time, Lola and her children are biking, fishing, crabbing or taking long walks with their dog, Chloe, a rescue Chiweenie.
The Cromarty Coupe Team
For more than a decade, Meryl Cromarty has been selling real estate on Daniel Island and earning her spot continually as one of the top 1% of Charleston area realtors. She has also received the Charleston Realtor of Distinction Award many times over.
“The first time I stepped foot on Daniel Island, I knew this is where I wanted to live,” says Meryl Cromarty. A graduate of Boston College and native of Long Island, Meryl grew up in the Northeast, where her family owned the home featured in the movie “The Amityville Horror”. “That little factoid has sparked many interesting conversations over the years!” says Meryl.
After a successful business career, Meryl moved to Daniel Island in 2000, joined the sales team at Daniel Island Real Estate and built a magnificent custom home in Daniel Island Park overlooking the Beresford Creek course.
“I love Daniel Island and the Lowcountry. Many people dream of living in such a beautiful place. I am so lucky I do!” Meryl sums up her philosophy this way: “My goal is to share my expertise and passion for Daniel Island and all it has to offer with each person as they seek to find their own special place to call home. “
And that’s what Meryl did when she met Edie Coupe and her husband Doug 14 years ago.
“We lived in Los Angeles for years, where my husband was an actor, but decided to step away for a little bit,” says Edie. “We actually moved to Charleston in 1998, I got my real estate license and we had our first child, before ultimately going back to LA.” After realizing they missed the allure of the Lowcountry, the Coupes headed back south a few years later and ultimately landed on Daniel Island.
“We met Meryl when we walked into the Daniel Island Real Estate office to start our home search. To this day – 14 years later – I can’t imagine living anywhere else!”
Meryl and Edie share the same work ethic and core values that are important to any buyer or seller: honesty, integrity and passion. Both are very involved in the Daniel Island community and enjoy sharing it with clients and potential islanders.
“This place brought Edie and I together, first as friends and now as partners,” says Meryl. “I’m excited to have her on my team!”
Growing up in South Carolina’s “Garden City” of Orangeburg, Rick Horger developed a life-long affinity for trees and landscaping. Although his dad was the town’s busy obstetrician, he always found time for golf. As soon as Rick was old enough, Dr. Horger cut down a set of old Wilson Staffs and introduced his son to the game that would later play an important role in his life. …Read More
After obtaining a degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of South Carolina, Rick secured his license for real estate in the state of South Carolina. But his interest in landscaping soon led him to the University of Georgia’s prestigious School of Environmental Design. There, he studied landscape architecture and eventually landed what Rick terms “a dream job;” to work with Tom Fazio and his design team.
Fazio is one of today’s most celebrated golf course designers, and was named the “Best Modern Day Golf Course Architect” by Golf Digest. Rick worked with the company for 13 years, and refers to Fazio as his mentor. “He’s an awesome guy who gave me my big break. I learned, loved and appreciated every minute of it.”
While working with Fazio, Rick first learned about Daniel Island. “We were designing the Beresford Creek course. I remember continuously walking the layout, trying to route the course through this beautiful landscape, tweaking the design so we could incorporate as many of the spectacular oak trees and marsh views as possible.”
It was Daniel Island that brought Rick back to the real estate field, a transition he knew he would one day make when the right opportunity presented itself. “I’m very attached to Daniel Island,” Rick notes. “I’ve watched it evolve from its infancy.” When asked why potential buyers or sellers should utilize Daniel Island Real Estate, Rick references his father, saying, “As Daniel Island specialists, we know the island. Why ask a cardiologist to deliver a baby?”
Originally from the Washington DC area, Jordy Schaffner discovered the appeal of the Lowcountry as a student at the College of Charleston, where he fell in love with a lifestyle that allowed him to pursue interests like golf, tennis, running and paddleboarding year-round. His Charleston real estate experience began in 2001 at a well-established boutique residential and commercial brokerage firm located in downtown Charleston. He then broadened his experience by joining a Fortune 500 homebuilder where he was soon recognized as the company’s top producer within South Carolina.
His eagerness to grow and learn all facets of the real estate business led him to pursue opportunities in real estate development. He joined Daniel Island Real Estate as a sales associate for a number of years, where he was recognized as a Realtor of Distinction and East Cooper Top Producer.
Jordy’s well-rounded background has given him broad knowledge of the local market and its diverse offerings. He resides in downtown Charleston and on Daniel Island. He is actively involved in organizations like First Tee of Charleston, the Charleston School of Business, Charleston Digital Corridor, Gonzaga College High School Alumni Association, and various other College of Charleston alumni organizations.
Brian Connolly has lived, worked and played on Daniel Island for 18 years. Originally from Quincy, MA, he moved to South Carolina to attend the College of Charleston and discovered Daniel Island while working at The Country Club of Charleston. “When I moved here initially, Daniel Island was a relatively young community; and I was younger too!” says Brian. …Read More
“Now, the Island has everything you could ever need. I have a beautiful wife and two incredible children. The Island and I have matured together.”
Living on Daniel Island with his family has given Brian further appreciation for the Island’s schools, parks and lifestyle. “My neighbors are my friends. It makes my wife and me feel very secure knowing our children are surrounded by caring people in such a close-knit community.”
As a member of the Daniel Island Real Estate team, Brian works exceptionally hard to help his clients accomplish their dreams of finding the perfect home or property. “It’s incredibly easy to be a part of this team as we work very well together and are all committed to the legacy of this community. We know every blade of grass, from Smythe Park to Captain’s Island, and in-between. I’m proud new and returning clients continue to choose Daniel Island Real Estate.”
These days, when he’s not working, you can find Brian enjoying an occasional round of golf, playing with his children at the Center Park playground or enjoying a glass of wine with his wife, Melissa, on their back porch. “Of course, the best part of my day is when I return home to my family and enjoy this incredible life we’ve created at the “GPOE” (Greatest Place On Earth)! There’s simply nothing else like it and I feel truly blessed to be raising my family here.”
Remembering their first visit to the Lowcountry, Rosie describes that fateful trip with her husband Doug that began as a snowy day in Cincinnati, Ohio and ended with a sunny and 70-degree day in Charleston.“The weather was certainly a positive influence, but Daniel Island is what sold us on the move. …Read More
“The weather was certainly a positive influence, but Daniel Island is what sold us on the move. Even back then, we could see what a special place we had found and knew immediately we wanted to be part of it. It’s amazing to think we have lived here for two decades now.”
From the early years, Rosie enjoyed being involved in the community. She’s served on the Daniel Island Social Committee, the Neighborhood Association, and the Daniel Island Swim Team.
“I love the community lifestyle we have here. My children have grown up riding their bikes and playing in the parks with friends. All three were active in the Swim Team. It was a great way for all of us to make lifelong friends. Now, with our kids grown, you’ll see us more often out walking our dog, Maya. We love the trails and being able to walk to restaurants on the island.”
Joining the Daniel Island Real Estate team over a dozen years ago, Rosie first began as a sales assistant before becoming a full-time sales associate. Her caring attitude, dedication and attention-to-detail have helped her achieve ‘East Cooper Top Producer’ and ‘Realtor of Distinction’ each year.
“It’s such an honor to serve my clients. I can remember the mix of emotions as we moved here from Ohio, so I understand the feelings they are experiencing. Twenty years later, I am still as confident and excited in our decision to make Daniel Island our home. Now, my goal is to help others achieve that same level of confidence and excitement in their decision.”
Rosie has long been an ambassador for Daniel Island, which made her the perfect choice to represent the island as its very first Grand Marshal in 2018. “I was honored and excited to serve as Grand Marshal! I helped organize several of our first community events when my kids were young, like the 4th of July Parade and annual Easter Egg hunt. So it was fun to be involved in those events again, this time as Grand Marshal.”
Rosie and Doug are proud parents of two sons (Doug Jr. and Kurt), both graduates of Bishop England High School and Clemson University. Their daughter, Kelsey, is a student athlete at Bishop England High School and was recently named as the AAA volleyball ‘Player of the Year’. Kelsey will also be attending Clemson.
Rosie is very dedicated and passionate about both Daniel Island and Charleston. “I have such pride in our island – the master plan, quality of life – that I want to share it with others. And working at Daniel Island Real Estate, I enjoy being among the first to know about upcoming stages of development and I can provide that information to my clients.”
Rick Vale began his career with Daniel Island Real Estate when he first joined the team as a Sales Associate in 2001. He quickly rose to become one of the team’s top performers and remained in that role until 2007, when he was named Vice President of Sales and Broker-in-charge. For eleven years he oversaw a team of as many as 19 Sales Associates and 15 support staff, growing the company’s resale business and maintaining its reputation as the market leader for residential real estate sales on Daniel Island.
In early 2019 Rick decided to make an initial move towards retirement by stepping down from his management role. But he wasn’t ready to hang up his hat just yet! He’s enjoying selling real estate again on Daniel Island and in Charleston as part of the Daniel Island Real Estate sales team.
A Rhode Island native, Vale spent more than twenty years in the consumer electronics business before making the decision to change careers and relocate to Charleston in 1999 with his wife, Lorraine. He and Lorraine reside on Daniel Island and when not busy with work (she’s a Daniel Island-based interior designer), they enjoy traveling, visiting with family, and spending time with their beloved dog Jo Jo.
“Life is too short, let’s just do it. Let’s just pull the trigger and move here!” Meg excitedly said to her husband as they drove off Daniel Island following their initial visit in 2004. Originally coming to Daniel Island to look at an investment property, Meg and her husband Steve soon realized the magic of the location and decided to swap their Washington, DC style of living for the comforts and the rhythms of the Lowcountry. …Read More
This somewhat impulsive decision provided Meg with a unique philosophy about showcasing the Daniel Island community. “It’s not just about selling homes. You must first introduce Daniel Island as a small town, as a lifestyle, before helping people select the right home.” She attributes the town’s success and sound evolution to its award-winning master plan, which remains as relevant today as when it was first developed.
Asked to define the “Daniel Island lifestyle,” Meg says it is difficult to summarize in a few words. For her, its living minutes from her work, the spontaneous cookouts and friendly neighbors as well as the proximity of world-class restaurants, golf and tennis. Daniel Island offers a number of activities for the entire family to enjoy year-round, but is also close to the beaches and the airport. The island has a breadth of beauty that is easily explored via the extensive trail system that winds throughout.
Originally from Kingston, NY, Meg is a graduate of the University of Richmond and has experience in real estate development with the Marriott Corporation, as well as being a realtor in the DC/VA/MD market. Meg joined the Daniel Island Real Estate team in 2005 and has been consistently recognized as a Top Producer and Realtor of Distinction. She is very involved within the Charleston community through her volunteer work with the Carolina Youth Development Center, Women Making a Difference, and Mayor Riley’s leadership committee.
Her initial approach with clients is to let Daniel Island speak for itself, as this award-winning community does not need much trumpeting. She also realizes that buying real estate can be stressful, so she tries to lighten the mood and make it both pleasurable and rewarding. Her personality combined with her real estate skills makes it easy to work with her. Quick to smile and an intent listener, she enjoys the challenge of meeting her clients’ needs. Her affable yet business-like philosophy: “Different clients have different needs and outlooks. It’s my task to listen to what they want and then guide them seamlessly throughout the process.”
In short, Meg wants her clients to be as delighted with their decision to move to Daniel Island as she has been. “I love talking with a client about a year after moving to Daniel Island and see them smile and chuckle when I ask: ‘Aren’t you glad you pulled the trigger to move here?’ Their smile alone invigorates me to go out and do it all over again for another family.” Visit Meg’s Daniel Island Blog to learn more!
The Drake Dollason Team
Angela Black Drake is a seasoned real estate professional with strong personal and professional ties in Charleston. Residing in historic downtown Charleston with her husband Lucas Drake (an original Charlestonian), her knowledge and connections in the region have led her to specialize in luxury properties in downtown Charleston, the award-winning planned community of Daniel Island and the beach community of Sullivan’s Island.
Prior to gaining experience working for some of the leading real estate firms in the Charleston, SC area, Angela attended the University of South Carolina where she graduated with honors and received a B.S. in International Business with a minor in Real Estate Studies.
Active in the community, Angela has served on the Board of The Gibbes Museum, Charleston Chamber of Commerce, the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors and the Daniel Island Rotary Club. She is also a past President of the Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood Association and is currently a member of the Charleston Junior League, The Historic Charleston Foundation and The Preservation Society of Charleston.
Jane Harper brings fresh energy to the Charleston real estate market. For the better part of two decades she managed a family art gallery and the 19th century building in which it was housed in Charleston’s historic South of Broad neighborhood. Here, amidst the hand-carved period woodwork of this historic building, she developed a deep appreciation for old houses and high quality craftsmanship. Later, as she bought and sold various properties of her own, her passion for real estate was born. It was an easy decision and natural transition for her to pursue a career in real estate following the sale of the gallery. While her intention is to specialize in the historic properties of Charleston, what excites her the most is helping people find their perfect spot here in the Lowcountry.
After a serendipitous meeting with Angela Drake, the two women realized that together they would make a strong team. Angela’s vast experience in real estate combined with Jane Harper’s eagerness to dive deep into the industry and help others make them an ideal pair to serve clients with a wide variety of real estate endeavors. And with Daniel Island Real Estate’s new downtown office at 43 Broad Street, the pair have a convenient and central location to meet with clients throughout the greater Charleston area.
Carey & Sean Tipple
It only took Carey and Sean Tipple one visit to Charleston to determine that they wanted to make their home here. Sean, a graduate of the College of Charleston, took Carey (a University of Kentucky grad) on a road trip from their Ohio home to participate in the popular Cooper River Bridge Run several years ago. “We came back to Charleston the following weekend, and ended up moving here a month and a half later,” says Carey. …Read More
It was thanks to Daniel Island Real Estate that the Tipples were able to find a home that they adored.
“The Daniel Island Real Estate team made the entire purchasing process very easy,” Carey says. “The level of customer service that we received, and the wonderful people that we dealt with during the process left me wanting to become a part of this team and this community.”
Once they moved in, the Tipples found the Daniel Island community to be especially supportive.
“We are not originally from this area, so it was comforting to be in a community where we could meet others through neighborhood events and activities in the parks and at the pools,” says Sean. “We found that because so many residents move here from other areas of the country, everyone is open to meeting new neighbors – it was easy to quickly make friends.”
Soon after they settled in, Carey’s wish to become a member of the Daniel Island Real Estate team became a reality. She took a job as an assistant to one of the sales associates in 2004. In 2007 she became an agent and began selling property for Daniel Island Real Estate on her own.
In 2012, Sean decided to leave his successful 15-year career in mortgage banking to team up with his wife to sell property on Daniel Island. As a team, Sean and Carey bring a strong work ethic and dedication to excellent service to their clients. Working together, the pair can ensure that someone will always be available to handle their clients’ needs.
“We have tremendous respect for each other’s strengths in business,” says Sean. “And we are both so passionate about Daniel Island. We love to show off our island town and we are proud to be a part of such an amazing community.”
The Tipples started their family on Daniel Island and are now proud parents of three beautiful daughters who spend their days exploring the island’s parks, attending classes at island schools and visiting favorite shops and restaurants in town.
Born and raised in southern California, Bob Welsh attended San Jose State University before serving in the Navy for ten years as a naval aviator. Finding one of his passions in flying, he worked for Delta for 25 years before retiring in 2003.
“I was always interested in the real estate industry, and when I retired from Delta, I knew I wanted to get involved in some way,” recalls Bob. He connected with a friend in California and together they formed several real estate investment and construction enterprises in California, gaining years of experience buying and selling real estate.
Bob and his wife Mary decided to move to the Lowcountry to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. “My son-in-law introduced us to Daniel Island,” says Bob. “We knew we wanted to be in Charleston, and we started looking at Kiawah and Seabrook but we wanted more than a part-time community. We wanted a place where we could really get involved.”
Since joining the Daniel Island Real Estate team, he has been a consistent multimillion dollar performer and is well versed in all the real estate opportunities on the island: resale properties, new construction and homesites. “If you are going to sell real estate in Charleston, Daniel Island is the premier place,” says Bob. “And Daniel Island Real Estate is the premier company selling it!”
Bob is also an active member of the Daniel Island community, an avid golfer and past president of the Daniel Island Rotary.
Rick Adams initially became aware of Daniel Island when he was working with a similar community in Chapel Hill, N.C. “When I first heard about Daniel Island, I instinctively knew it was going to be a great project. But when I first saw Daniel Island, I knew that I definitely wanted to be part of it.” …Read More
Rick is a big fan of Daniel Island’s waterways, whether cruising by boat around the island’s many tidal creeks or heading to some of Charleston’s waterfront restaurants. He is also an avid cyclist and thinks nothing of knocking off a 20-mile ride…20 miles each way! He and an informal group of like-minded cyclists get together as often as twice a week and average between 20 – 70 miles per ride. “We’re pretty serious, but we always welcome more riders,” he says.
When asked what he enjoys most about representing the community, Rick smiles. “You never know who will walk through the Daniel Island Real Estate doors,” he says. “People come from all over the country to see and experience this great community. They fit just about every demographic from singles to young families to retired executives, and all are reflected in the community’s
comfortable mix of homes. Daniel Island’s layout eliminates any sense of exclusivity, reinforcing its charming small town atmosphere and encouraging a friendly atmosphere.”
Michele Stevens’ real estate career has spanned over 20 years in the Northern Virginia-Washington DC area. For ten years, she was a top producing listing and selling agent, followed by ten years as an award-winning managing broker for three of Christie’s International affiliate sales offices, managing over 40 agents and $150 million in annual sales. …Read More
Originally from New England, Michele graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Communications. She started her career in the technology sector, which took her from Boston, MA to New York City and Connecticut, and then to Washington, DC, where she began her real estate career.
Michele and her family had been visiting family in Charleston for 35 years when they decided to move south permanently in 2015. “Charleston had always been our favorite small city. We finally decided it was time to live near the water and below the snow line!”
As a frequent visitor to the Holy City and now a local herself, Michele is familiar with historic restoration, resort and beach investment properties, land sales and development, and new construction in growing communities. Her local knowledge and extensive professional network allow her the ability to provide excellent attention to detail and service to her clients and customers.
Michele was familiar with the Daniel Island Real Estate team prior to moving here. “I helped several clients from Virginia move to the area, and referred friends and family from other parts of the Northeast,” says Michele. “I knew the Daniel Island Real Estate agents were the most knowledgeable and professional agents on the island. Plus, I live in Daniel Island Park! The theory ‘live where you work, work where you live’ definitely applies to me.”
Being involved in her community has always been a priority for Michele. She’s currently an active sustaining member of the Junior League of Charleston and past president of the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk. She is a fundraiser and previous event coordinator for Best Buddies International, as well as past president and now advisory board member of Buchanan Hall of Upperville, VA. She is also currently a referral agent in Virginia.
The Castengera Cassidy Team
Sally Castengera has been with Daniel Island Real Estate since the island’s development first began 20 years ago and has consistently been a top selling agent.
Sally is familiar with every home, building and business within the community. Her clients are constantly impressed with her energy and enthusiasm for this island, and she truly cares about her clients and always goes the extra mile to do the right thing for her buyers and sellers. In fact, Sally’s strong referral base of happy homeowners has resulted in her being recognized as a Charleston Top Producer for 16 of the 20 years she’s been working in real estate in the area.
Sally is a leader of the East Cooper Top Producers as well as an active member of the Daniel Island Rotary Club. She and her husband enjoy life as “empty nesters,” although they love when their children and grandchildren come for a visit. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Sally’s southern charm and warm personality will make you feel right at home on Daniel Island.
“I want to do all I can to help people have the confidence that they are making the right decision to live on Daniel Island,” Sally explains. “It is so important to make a connection.”
“My approach to working with buyers and sellers is to LISTEN,” says Sharon Cassidy. “Everyone has a story and a reason behind what they are doing and why they are making a move. I want to help people make that journey a little easier.”
Sharon’s story began in Pennsylvania, where she worked as a sales agent for Toll Brothers, a well-known national luxury home builder, for many years. After raising a family with her husband, Michael, they decided to move to Charleston to be closer to one of their sons and his wife — and their soon-to-be first grandchild.
It was while she was searching for a place to live in Charleston that Sharon discovered Daniel Island. She loved the “live, work, play” concept of the community and the beauty of the parks and neighborhoods. They initially found a FROG to rent while Michael settled into his job and Sharon began looking for one. Eventually she took a position with a local homebuilder and they purchased and settled into a home on nearby Clements Ferry Road.
Among Sharon’s responsibilities at her new job was to network with local Realtors.
“From the start, my husband and I spent a lot of time on Daniel Island, attending many events, participating in island fundraising activities and networking with groups like the Daniel Island Women’s Network,” says Sharon. “I found the people to be unbelievably friendly and helpful.”
During her time networking she met veteran Daniel Island Real Estate sales associate Sally Castengera. They hit it off, and Sally eventually asked her to come on board to help sell island real estate. Sharon’s experience working for a national builder, selling in new home communities and managing five Coldwell Banker offices in the Lehigh Valley, Pa. area made her a well-qualified addition to the Castengera team.
“I was thrilled when Sally asked me to join her team,” says Sharon. “Since I relocated here just a few short years ago myself, I feel like I am in a unique position to help buyers find their way and help them make Daniel Island and the Charleston area their new home.”