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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Restaurant Review – Mr. Fish

If you find yourself taking the short drive to Myrtle Beach during your next stay with us and find yourself in the mood for seafood in a casual atmosphere, then you might want to try Mr. Fish, located on the corner of 34th Avenue North and Highway 17 Business (just north of the main downtown business district.)

Mr. Fish offers fresh seafood (they offer a seafood market directly next door) daily and sushi nightly for very affordable prices. Entrees generally range from $9-20 and are generous in their food portions. This reviewer is a frequent patron and has yet to come across a bad meal. I would recommend any of the specials as well as their fish or shrimp tacos. They also have some very tempting desserts, many of which are grit based. I know – sounds strange – until you taste them. If you don’t trust me – just check out Southern Living which names them one of the Top 10 Seafood Spots in South Carolina.

Mr. Fish is very active on Facebook and I suggest that you check out their page for an update on the daily specials – the pictures are enough to get you in the car and on your way.

NOTE: By the time you arrive this summer, there's a good chance Mr. Fish will have moved into its new location in the 6800 block of Highway 17 N.; the seafood market will remain at the 34th Avenue location.  The telephone and website will remain the same, so don't miss out!   www.mrfish.com
3401 N. Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-3474
Open 7 days a week starting at 11 AM for lunch

Friday, February 22, 2013

Preventive Maintenance for Appliances in Vacation Rentals

As the owner of a vacation rental property, you may sometimes feel caught in a tug-of-war between making sure your guests have everything they need and ending up in the black at the end of the year.  Sure, a complete remodel every year would be nice, but doesn't fit every homeowner's budget.  Luckily, there are several less-expensive ways to keep renters and your accountant happy.  One of the easiest is to make sure your current equipment stays properly maintained.

Take your dryer, for example.  Beach towels are far and away the most common item thrown into dryers at the beach, and getting all of that moisture out takes a lot of time and energy.  Because your guests want those towels out and back on the beach quickly and you want a small electric bill, making sure your dryer vent is cleaned out each year will go a long way towards making both of you happy.  There's another benefit as well:  it's estimated that clogged dryer vents cause over 9000 home fires a year!  Having them cleaned and checked yearly is highly recommended to keep you and your guests happy and safe.

One of the most common complaints we hear from renters on busy check-in days is that the refrigerator isn't cooling.  Generally this is due to the fact that a fridge full of warm food was just added all at once, but occasionally there are other factors at play.  For example, hidden dust can clog the unit's coils, impeding airflow and causing a strain on the compressor. Worn door gaskets and misaligned doors can also allow cold air to escape and efficiency to drop. If the refrigerator has an ice maker, it's also important to regularly check the filter, water valve and lines to assure they are not getting worn and to assure the proper operation of the unit.

Your electric bill isn't the only utility you've got to pay, but tends to get more attention because it's usually the most expensive.  Let a water supply leak develop, however, and you'll quickly find out what expensive is.  A washing machine, dishwasher or other water source appliance can leak up to 650 gallons of water per hour!  Obviously, such a failure can cause extensive short (and long) term damage, and the leading cause of these failures is faulty water valves, hoses and water lines that are not properly maintained. It is critical to have all of the water lines and connections checked to assure that the possibility of water leakage is minimized.

Luckily, we're here to help.  Call our Property Care team if you would like your appliances to be inspected or if you have any questions about how to maintain your appliances yourselves.  We'll have you on the road to a better season for you and your guests in no time!



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Myrtle Beach Area's Quieter Side


You probably know that the Myrtle Beach area has long been considered one of the country’s top vacation destinations, and with good reason.  The combination of sunny beaches, hundreds of restaurants and thousands of activities give families more choices and more variety than most other beaches… combined!  You may not know, however, that Myrtle Beach has a quieter side… close enough to all of the fabulous activities, but without the crowds and traffic that can take the “relaxing” out of a vacation.

The prospect of quiet relaxation combined with proximity to all of the Grand Strand’s activities has drawn “in-the-know” families to the South Strand communities of Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach for years.  Located just minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach, these closely-knit communities are adjacent to the fishing village of Murrells Inlet, commonly known as the Seafood Capital of South Carolina, and offer vacationers a wide range of accommodations, all with easy access to one of the most beautiful (and uncrowded!) stretches of beach on the Grand Strand.

Back in the early 1970s when Dunes Realty first opened its doors, Surfside Beach was a sleepy little seaside town dotted with beach homes and bungalows, and Garden City Beach still had more vacant lots than houses.  As Myrtle Beach has grown, so has the South Strand; however, the essential character of both has remained the same.  Even though you can still walk down the beach on the Fourth of July without tripping over a fellow vacationer, you can also hop in the car and take the short trip to Wild Water Waterpark, Broadway at the Beach or Market Common.

So, if you're looking for a family vacation with something for ALL members of the family, look no further than Garden City Beach, Surfside Beach and Dunes Realty!

Restaurant Review – Mr. Fish

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

If you find yourself taking the short drive to Myrtle Beach during your next stay with us and find yourself in the mood for seafood in a casual atmosphere, then you might want to try Mr. Fish, located on the corner of 34th Avenue North and Highway 17 Business (just north of the main downtown business district.)

Mr. Fish offers fresh seafood (they offer a seafood market directly next door) daily and sushi nightly for very affordable prices. Entrees generally range from $9-20 and are generous in their food portions. This reviewer is a frequent patron and has yet to come across a bad meal. I would recommend any of the specials as well as their fish or shrimp tacos. They also have some very tempting desserts, many of which are grit based. I know – sounds strange – until you taste them. If you don’t trust me – just check out Southern Living which names them one of the Top 10 Seafood Spots in South Carolina.

Mr. Fish is very active on Facebook and I suggest that you check out their page for an update on the daily specials – the pictures are enough to get you in the car and on your way.

NOTE: By the time you arrive this summer, there's a good chance Mr. Fish will have moved into its new location in the 6800 block of Highway 17 N.; the seafood market will remain at the 34th Avenue location.  The telephone and website will remain the same, so don't miss out!   www.mrfish.com
3401 N. Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-3474
Open 7 days a week starting at 11 AM for lunch

Preventive Maintenance for Appliances in Vacation Rentals

Friday, February 22, 2013

As the owner of a vacation rental property, you may sometimes feel caught in a tug-of-war between making sure your guests have everything they need and ending up in the black at the end of the year.  Sure, a complete remodel every year would be nice, but doesn't fit every homeowner's budget.  Luckily, there are several less-expensive ways to keep renters and your accountant happy.  One of the easiest is to make sure your current equipment stays properly maintained.

Take your dryer, for example.  Beach towels are far and away the most common item thrown into dryers at the beach, and getting all of that moisture out takes a lot of time and energy.  Because your guests want those towels out and back on the beach quickly and you want a small electric bill, making sure your dryer vent is cleaned out each year will go a long way towards making both of you happy.  There's another benefit as well:  it's estimated that clogged dryer vents cause over 9000 home fires a year!  Having them cleaned and checked yearly is highly recommended to keep you and your guests happy and safe.

One of the most common complaints we hear from renters on busy check-in days is that the refrigerator isn't cooling.  Generally this is due to the fact that a fridge full of warm food was just added all at once, but occasionally there are other factors at play.  For example, hidden dust can clog the unit's coils, impeding airflow and causing a strain on the compressor. Worn door gaskets and misaligned doors can also allow cold air to escape and efficiency to drop. If the refrigerator has an ice maker, it's also important to regularly check the filter, water valve and lines to assure they are not getting worn and to assure the proper operation of the unit.

Your electric bill isn't the only utility you've got to pay, but tends to get more attention because it's usually the most expensive.  Let a water supply leak develop, however, and you'll quickly find out what expensive is.  A washing machine, dishwasher or other water source appliance can leak up to 650 gallons of water per hour!  Obviously, such a failure can cause extensive short (and long) term damage, and the leading cause of these failures is faulty water valves, hoses and water lines that are not properly maintained. It is critical to have all of the water lines and connections checked to assure that the possibility of water leakage is minimized.

Luckily, we're here to help.  Call our Property Care team if you would like your appliances to be inspected or if you have any questions about how to maintain your appliances yourselves.  We'll have you on the road to a better season for you and your guests in no time!



The Myrtle Beach Area's Quieter Side

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


You probably know that the Myrtle Beach area has long been considered one of the country’s top vacation destinations, and with good reason.  The combination of sunny beaches, hundreds of restaurants and thousands of activities give families more choices and more variety than most other beaches… combined!  You may not know, however, that Myrtle Beach has a quieter side… close enough to all of the fabulous activities, but without the crowds and traffic that can take the “relaxing” out of a vacation.

The prospect of quiet relaxation combined with proximity to all of the Grand Strand’s activities has drawn “in-the-know” families to the South Strand communities of Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach for years.  Located just minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach, these closely-knit communities are adjacent to the fishing village of Murrells Inlet, commonly known as the Seafood Capital of South Carolina, and offer vacationers a wide range of accommodations, all with easy access to one of the most beautiful (and uncrowded!) stretches of beach on the Grand Strand.

Back in the early 1970s when Dunes Realty first opened its doors, Surfside Beach was a sleepy little seaside town dotted with beach homes and bungalows, and Garden City Beach still had more vacant lots than houses.  As Myrtle Beach has grown, so has the South Strand; however, the essential character of both has remained the same.  Even though you can still walk down the beach on the Fourth of July without tripping over a fellow vacationer, you can also hop in the car and take the short trip to Wild Water Waterpark, Broadway at the Beach or Market Common.

So, if you're looking for a family vacation with something for ALL members of the family, look no further than Garden City Beach, Surfside Beach and Dunes Realty!