From Seattle to Daniel Island

January 27, 2011

A cross-country move from Seattle to Charleston can be daunting, especially if you’ve never spent time in the southeast or visited the Charleston area. But for Ken and Timi Rawls, the experience has been a pleasure. The couple is looking forward to moving into their new Daniel Island home this summer.

Ken is a production manager for The Boeing Company and has worked for the company for 27 years. He has been relocated several times, so it was no surprise when he found out that he was being transferred to Charleston.

“Ironically, we always dreamed of retiring to the Carolinas because of the mild weather,” says Timi. “The move to the Charleston area came as a natural decision for us.”

Empty nesters, the Rawls have two grown daughters who are living on their own; one in Italy, and one in California.

“The girls will be far away, but I keep reminding them that Charleston will be a wonderful place to visit,” said Timi.

As soon as Ken found out about his transfer to Charleston, Timi started researching the area on the Internet and was contacted by a local real estate agent referred by Boeing.

“When we visited Charleston for the first time, we looked at homes in numerous areas,” says Timi. “We toured communities in Mt. Pleasant, James Island and Johns Island. But when our real estate agent brought us to Daniel Island, I was immediately sold. We fell in love with the charming neighborhoods and all the amenities. And we really liked the coastal feeling that that the community offers.”

“What appealed to me were all of the hiking trails and outdoor activities,” says Ken.  “I love to go boating and fishing and Daniel Island certainly offers plenty of opportunity for that!”

The couple was initially attracted to Center Park because of the mature trees and its convenient location to the grocery store and downtown restaurants. But they just couldn’t seem to find a home that met all of their needs.

“I wanted a one-story home with an open floor plan that I could easily customize. That’s when our agent suggested we build a home and began to show us some homesites in Smythe Park,” commented Timi.

The couple decided to build a David Weekley home on a homesite located just two blocks from the water.

“We were familiar with David Weekley, and they were very accommodating and helped us choose a floor plan that met our needs,” says Timi. “They had a lot of layout and design choices to offer. Now all we have to do is decide on an exterior paint color. We are very happy with our decision and can’t wait to move in this summer!”

“We’ve been so impressed by how helpful and friendly everyone has been throughout this entire process,” commented the couple. “It really is true that southern hospitality exists. And Charleston’s weather isn’t so bad, either.”

“I’m originally from Columbus, Ohio, and after living in Seattle for many years, you’d think I’d get used to the freezing rain and snowy days,” says Timi.  “But as I keep telling Ken, I’m tired of the cold winters and am looking forward to spending my days on Daniel Island with warmer temperatures and sunny skies!”