It’s been nearly four decades since I decided to make Charleston my home. I’ve witnessed tremendous growth and change in the City but one thing remains the same, the abundance of historic architecture and my love of these old buildings. My passion for finding and renovating rundown properties gives me a unique perspective on the Charleston real estate market.
I bought my first investment property in the early 80’s and have continued to purchase and renovate a variety of buildings in many of the City’s growing neighborhoods including Hampton Park and Byrnes Downs. In addition to buying, renovating and either selling or leasing my own properties, I also manage over 40 million dollars worth of asset’s for clients. Because of my extensive knowledge of building maintenance, with 25+ years running a mechanical contracting business, I’m hands-on when it comes to property management thus ensuring that each property managed by Clement Reinier Properties is a passive income producer.
Clement Reinier Properties is currently located in a renovated 1840’s grist mill in downtown Charleston. Bought as an investment in the early 2000’s, my wife, Melissa, and I converted the historic building to provide for our living and work spaces. My office and Melissa’s art studio are located on the ground floor, and we live in the two bedroom apartment upstairs. When I purchased the building, there were those who thought I was a tad crazy as the Eastside community was known as ‘the hood’ and the property should have been torn down, it was that bad. But not only did I fall in love with the old building, I knew that this area was about to undergo a massive gentrification process. We’re now located a block from the hottest area known as Upper King in downtown Charleston. What were once empty lots and abandoned buildings are now hotels, trendy boutiques and some of the top restaurants in the country – just steps from our front door.
Whether you’re looking for investment opportunities in Charleston or someone to manage existing assets, I’d love to talk with you – assuming I’m not under a house, walking over to the Guillard to enjoy a concert or playing a round of golf on a beautiful Low country afternoon!