Sanctuary in Murrells Inlet

Pelicans in Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet has long been adored for it’s natural beauty and locals are now working to protect our jewel on the South Carolina coast by designating the Inlet as a bird sanctuary.  The idea is not new to the Inlet but with thousands of new residents calling Murrells Inlet home adding some protections make sense now more than ever.

Imagine finding dead birds floating in the marsh as you meander thru the creek which is exactly what has happened due to hunters missing their target of game birds which can be legally hunted in the creek.  With new homes surrounding the Inlet and the protected areas at Huntington Beach there is new enthusiasm to change state law.

Hearing shots fire out over the Inlet is unsettling when hunting season rolls around and the Inlet surrounded by homes isn’t the wild place of years gone by.  There are much better options when it comes to duck hunting nearby and the move to protect the estuary for the birds will ensure we take care of some of our most beautiful residents.

Sign the online petition and add your name to the growing list of groups and individuals supporting this effort.

 

135 acres with loads of potential ~ General Development

Marlboro County acreage located minutes from Bennettsville Wal Mart, Marlboro Park Hospital and Downtown Bennettsville this parcel offers plenty of road frontage and has many potential uses. Currently under farm lease 2 parcels front on Beauty Spot Road and have access to city water and gas. Additional acreage on Hickory Grove Road with 20 acre site surveyed for residential subdivision.

Protecting the Murrells Inlet Watershed begins with You

Closed Oyster Harvesting Sign in Murrells Inlet

When I grew up with the creek as my playground there was only a handful of families that called Murrells Inlet home.  Collecting fiddler crabs to sell to the few fishermen that fished off the old government pier, crabbing and fishing with the neighborhood kids and watching the Capt. Alex and other boats unload their catches at the end of the day provided much joy and entertainment back in the day.   Our small population has grown into a thriving community welcoming new familes and vistors alike to appreciate and enjoy our slice of a creekside town but beneath the beauty of Murrells Inlet lies troubled waters that must be protected.

Today Horry County Officials will be presented with a resolution to adopt a Watershed Management Plan to help protect the creeks of Murrells Inlet that are in danger due to high bacteria levels and in doing so will become part of this vital project that will pave the way for a healthier Murrells Inlet Watershed for our future.  Georgetown County will also follow suit and with the help of all community stakeholders a plan will be formulated to identify the cause of high bacteria levels in Murrells Inlet and the steps we need to take to ensure the levels decrease for years to come.

Community input and involvement is essential to not only creating but following this critical mission and in leading the effort Murrells Inlet 2020 needs to hear from you.  When the Murrells Inlet Watershed Management Plan is completed it will serve as a guide to help reduce high bacteria levels in our waters the ultimate responsibility lies with us all as we must be mindful of how each of us affects the land that surrounds the watershed since we are after all the reason our creeks are in danger.   Contact MI2020 Executive Director Sue Sledz @843-357-2007 for more information. Copyright©2012 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc.  Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.

How you can help ~  Click here to report potential pollution sources in the Murrells Inlet Watershed.

 

New book on Murrells Inlet History ~ Release Date July 5th

For the past year longtime Murrells Inlet residents have pulled out their photo’s and stories for the soon to be published book “Murrells Inlet” that is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series.   Steve Strickland has spent the last year soaking in both facts and likely many fish tale’s to complete the book that chronicles our little slice of South Carolina.

I for one can’t wait to see how the eyes of many who have lived in and love Murrells Inlet will be protrayed on the pages as I am sure this will be a wonderful tribute to this place many now call home.  Look for Steve on the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk to get copy in July.

Alex's Bait & Tackle Murrells Inlet, SC

Alex's Bait & Tackle circa 1950

Murrells Inlet Home Sales fall in January

Murrells Inlet home sales for January 2012 indicate a 26.5% drop for single family home sales when compared to January 2011 as the median sale price slid 20% over sale prices 1 year ago to $177,900.  While sale prices and number of unit sales showed decline the average number of days to sell homes showed some improvement over last year down to 182 days on market.  Distressed sales made up 36% of single family sales in Murrells Inlet last month increasing 6.6% compared to January 2011.

The MSP of $177,900 last month is also lower than January 2010 sale prices for Murrells Inlet while 2011 showed some improvements.  The averge sale price for homes in Murrells Inlet has indicated a steady decline in the last 5 years while median sale prices indicated more fluctations for January home sales during the period.

Statistics released today provided in the graph differ slightly from the Murrells Inlet data as this also includes Garden City homes in the compilation but does follow a similar trend.

Change in Median Sale Price in Murrells Inlet and Garden City

Please contact us for more information about your Murrells Inlet home value. Copyright©2012 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc.  Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.

 

Who do you know that can use help avoiding foreclosure?

Foreclosure is not the only option

Since obtaining my real estate license in 2001 I have had my share of REO listings and knocked on doors informing the occupants mostly homeowners the news they didn’t want to hear.  I have seen abandoned and destroyed properties that the homeowner could no longer afford and left in the middle of the night months before the sale at the courthouse steps instead of staying to protect their property.  I also understand the reasons why some people leave rather than stay in the home they know they will lose because they cannot pay the mortgage.

In 2008 I started on a journey to reach out to troubled homeowners to explain what options might be available to help them stay in their home and opened communications with their lenders.  This week while I was completing my CDPE classes I came to realize the only way to truely help homeowners and the housing recovery in Murrells Inlet and along the Grand Strand is to ask everyone who they know that I can help avoid foreclosure?

The sad fact is many people that could use my help might never get it before it is too late but it won’t be because I am not looking for my friends and neighbors in Myrtle Beach to help me raise awareness of the programs that can keep homes out of foreclosure and in turn help all our property values.  Horry County boasts sunny beaches, golf courses and numerous other attractions but it also ranks 3rd in South Carolina in foreclosures and it is hurting all of us as long as we turn a blind eye to the problem by way of declining property values.

None of us are immune from job loss, medical emergencies, divorce or death that could potentially wreck our personal finances and ability to pay our home mortgage.    If it happens to you or someone you know remember foreclosure is not the only option and there are programs and resources available that might be able to help. Copyright©2011 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc.  Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.

 

As a CDPE – certified distressed property expert –  I have received additional training in the avenues available to troubled homeowners and provide my services at no cost to the homeowner.  Contact me for a confidential consulation on possible options to avoid foreclosure.  If you would like to learn more visit our online resources website.

Know your options

 

 

Former Murrells Inlet Marina Site for Sale

Alex's Bait & Tackle Circa 1960

What once served as a hub for the Murrells Inlet fishing fleet back in the 60′s & 70′s is now put up for sale by its current owners.  The 1.02 acre parcel on the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk is surely to attract attention for its prime location on the waterfront and has great potential for enhancing the fishing village located just south of Myrtle Beach.  A site of this size and location is rare in the Murrells Inlet area but with the $2.2 million dollar price tag it could prove difficult for the average investor.

Fishermen & Spectators at Capt. Alex’s Marina circa 1967

The former marina site holds many precious memories for long time residents and fishermen far and wide and used to draw large crowds when the Capt. Alex Gulf Stream trips hit the dock as spectators watched the fish being unloaded every evening at 6:00 pm.  The site was also used to host an annual Labor Day event that featured an assortment of fish stews and chowders prepared by a variety of ‘home’ chefs served up for free to all the attendees.  In later years the spot was home to H&C Fisheries.

In 1967 the Capt. Alex was the newest and fastest modern head boat of its size on the East Coast topping out at 34 MPH making it possible to get fishermen out in the gulf stream in 2.5 hours from the dock in Murrells Inlet.  The loran coordinates of the former marina are still noted on loran maps marking this important site in the history of the east coast fishing industry.  Copyright©2011 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge,  B&P, Inc.  Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.

For more information on purchasing Murrells Inlet real estate contact Sandra Bundy at 843-902-7615.

 

 

10 things you need to know about Murrells Inlet

Growing up in Murrells Inlet has provided me with a lifetime of insight into this wonderful place so many new families now call home and some recent events around the Inlet started me thinking that there were are least 10 things new arrivals would find of interest or should know about their new hometown.   While the list of 10 may grow into many more over time I hope you will find “Things you need to know about Murrells Inlet” useful as you begin your new chapter living in Murrells Inlet neighborhoods and enjoying all the natural beauty and amenities our area has to offer to both homeowners and visitors alike.

1.  Murrells Inlet is an unincorporated area in Georgetown County that runs from the Horry County line south to Huntington Beach State Park and stretches from the creek to the river but due to developers wanting to attach themselves to the popular fishing village the lines are blurred and now include areas from Burgess to Garden City.  The Inlet boundary for the purpose of this blog will remain as they were so you have an idea of the unique character of the area.  The Murrells Inlet natives love the creek and the trees especially the live oaks so please don’t take cutting them lightly and help us preserve the very reasons we all like to call it home.

2.  Murrells Inlet is one of the few creeks that have high salt consentrations and is home to some of the best oyster’s anywhere in the world.  Ok so I might be biased but with the Atlantic Ocean at our doorstep and tide changes every 6 hours our creek does have higher salinity than most inlets due to its size.  You might notice the Murrells Inlet Watershed sign along Highway 17 near Huntington Beach State Park where the inlet begins at the south and runs up to Garden City to the north.  Our creek is especially sensitive to runoff as pollutants can damage our Inlet so make sure to use safe practices when walking pets and don’t litter because it really does make us crabby.

3.  Once upon a time Murrells Inlet was all about fishing where pioneers in the industry ran head boats carrying passengers in sleek modern boats to the Gulf Stream.  Crowds would flock to Capt. Alex’s Marina in the afternoon when the boat docked at 6 PM to see the tremendous catch and were rarely dissapointed.  Back then there were few boat’s that ran such trips that served to attract both new and old to the sport of fishing in Murrells Inlet without having to own a boat or the equipment necessary to fish in the stream.  The Thunderbird, Sea Gypsy, Flying Fisher, Miss South Carolina, Capt Bill, Inlet Princess and New Inlet Princess were at one time part of the head boat fleet in Murrells Inlet and only a few remain today.  Regulation has made it more difficult for the commercial fishing industry along the east coast too and many of the fleets are gone but you can still get a glimpse of the fish hitting the dock in Murrells Inlet.

4.  Murrells Inlet aka ”The Seafood Capital of South Carolina” earned the title by having some of the best fresh seafood restaurants in SC.  Hundreds of thousands of visitors to Murrells Inlet have enjoyed our fresh local seafood over the years and have witnessed the evolution of the establishments that catered to them.  Many of the mainstays like Morse’s Oyster Roast, Oliver’s Lodge, Bay Harbor, Anchor Inn, Inlet View, Wayside & Sunnyside have been lost over the years and with the exception of Drunken Jacks, Dockside, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen & Nance’s been replaced by new restaurants serving up fresh seafood every day.  If you want a true glimpse into Old Murrells Inlet stopping by for dinner at Russell’s Seafood Grill will give you a good taste of what Murrells Inlet is famous for and some of the people that helped to make it that way.

5.  Murrells Inlet 2020 is responsible for creating the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk and many other worthy projects to help preserve, protect and promote infrastructure improvements in the Murrells Inlet area while enhancing environmental education.  The new ‘Jetty View’ project will add another destination for residents and visitors to access the Murrells Inlet waterfront.  This group puts on several fundraising events throughout the year in order to carry out their mission and you should make it your mission to support these efforts.

6.  The new Veteran’s Pier is the site of the former government pier and used to house crash boats before it was abandoned by the military and made a great fishing spot for many years before being destroyed by Hurricane Hugo.  This new pier was made possible by Murrells Inlet 2020 efforts and also is home to the “Captain’s Walk” that houses the names of many former Inlet boat captains.  The only thing missing is somebody selling fiddler crabs for bait so you’ll have to go to Perry’s or Capt. Dicks to get some other kind of bait.  You’ll notice many plaques along the pier and marshwalk and by getting one for your family you also help support MI2020 efforts.

7.  Spring Tide is a Day for the Inlet is held every year in April and this volunteer effort first began in 1990 after Hurricane Hugo left the creek littered with debris.  Area resident Chip Smith came up with the idea after observing the problem in addition to starting the Plus One Boating campaign to go beyond the one day event.  There is a chowder cook-off after the streets and creek are cleaned up and it is a great event to help you become involved by helping your new community.

8.  Murrells Inlet has Talent.  In addition to many musical groups that preform along the Grand Strand the Murrells Inlet Community Theatre puts on some really good shows!  The community center which once housed the Murrells Inlet Elemetary School and is home to the Murrells Inlet Magistrate also is the place to enjoy a good play that are held several times a year.  Talented local artists in every medium also call Murrells Inlet home.  You can check some of them out at The Ebb & Flow Gallery on Hwy 17 Bypass or look around our local shops and you are bound to see a few examples if you don’t miss the signs.

9.  Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet is offically named after famed mystery writer Mickey Spillane.  Now known as the Mickey Spillane Waterfront 17 Highway this new name doesn’t begin to describe what you will find once you drive in but you will likely not forget it once you arrive.  If you look to the left at the boat storage you might even spot Mickey’s boat ’817′ and while not much to look at it could raise the mackerel as I remember with trash cans full in a few hours.

10.  With her book “Heaven is A Beautiful Place” Genevieve ‘Sister’ Peterkin provided us with yet another glimpse of life in Murrells Inlet along with the struggles many face that weren’t lucky enough to have been here back in the day when things were much slower paced but just as complicated as things have become today.   Sister passed away in September of this year and with her passing Murrells Inlet lost a treasure but we are fortunate to have her writings and stories that will last forever and the memories of those that knew her.

So now you know 10 things you need to know about Murrells Inlet and as always let me know if you have any questions and we can add to the list.  Copyright©2011 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc.  Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a great time for fishing in Murrells Inlet

North Jetty in Murrells Inlet SC

North Jetty in Murrells Inlet SC

One of the great things about living in Murrells Inlet is being able to put your boat in the creek at the Murrells Inlet public boat landing and going out for a great day of fishing especially now that the yellow butterflies are floating in the air signaling the perfect fishing weather and influx of the yearly spot migration.  From the recent number of boats filling the the creek and updates on area fishing reports it is no mystery now is a great time for fishing in Murrells Inlet.

Even if you don’t have a boat you can still access the good fishing available in Murrells Inlet by hitting Huntington Beach State Park and fishing off the north jetty or better yet hit the pier off the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk.  Make sure to take plenty of bait!

 

Are Murrells Inlet Home Prices Stabilizing?

Murrells Inlet home sale prices appear to be holding with a median sale price of  $240,175 for single family homes sold in September up slightly over the same month in 2010 when the median sale price was $238,416.  Along with the upward price trend the number of homes sold also increased in September with 40 single family homes sold in Murrells Inlet.  August Inlet home sales also showed an increase in median sale price so are Murrells Inlet home sale prices stabilizing?

The answer is they appear to be swinging upward but there is more to the picture than home sale prices since Murrells Inlet homes for sale also play a factor in where home sale prices might be headed for the remainder of 2011 and into 2012.  Currently there are 459 single family homes listed in the Murrells Inlet zip code and 85 with contracts but only 8 pending cash sales.  The active listings represent at least 1 years inventory and if listings continue to climb into the winter months when the number of sales typically falls we could see a less stable market going forward but for now Murrells Inlet home sale prices appear to be stable.

If you are thinking of buying a Murrells Inlet home start your search today! Copyright©2011 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc.  Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.