Home closings increase in 2020 along coastal SC counties despite COVID pandemic | Myrtle Beach Business

Myrtle Beach Realtor Travis Muir put a condo up for sale in September at Blue Water Resort on Ocean Boulevard and within an hour, it was sold.

Not an every day occurrence, the realtor for The Hoffman Group admits. But, after all, it’s 2020 and anything can happen.

“The biggest thing is pricing it within realistic market price,” Muir said, adding 2020 has been his best year for sales, pushing nearly triple what he normally does.

“With this one being an investment property, the price point for the rate of return… I think one of the biggest things, too, is the interest rates are lower than they have been in a very long time. That gives people more incentive to go ahead and make that jump. They were thinking of buying in a two- or three-year window, but now with the interest rates so low, people are moving faster.”


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Laguna Beach Pumps Nearly Half a Million Dollars Into Homeless Shelter RenovationVoice of OC

Laguna Beach will spend $479,837 in grant money to make improvements to the city’s homeless shelter with work expected to start in November.

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The Alternative Sleeping Location, a city-run emergency shelter, at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road, has been operating year-round since 2009 to provide meals, showers, laundry, and help guests find housing and health care. The facility has worked with over 10,000 people since its opening to help prevent homelessness and serves an average of 160 people every night, according

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Towradgi Beach Hotel is unrecognisable after new renovation and will reopen in October | Illawarra Mercury

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The sounds of laughter, music and clinking glasses have been missing from Towradgi Beach Hotel since lockdown swept the nation back in March. Finally, the beloved watering hole and live music venue will reopen its doors on Wednesday October 21, but it will be almost unrecognisable aside from a couple of iconic items. Expect a “a combination of contemporary coastal-inspired interiors of today, with a chic and sophisticated Hamptons beach style”. Read more: Push to waive fees for Wollongong bars and eateries struggling to keep the lights on Everything from the colour paint and carpets, furniture, new booth seating, marble bar tops, wood cedar French provisional windows, a wood fire pizza kitchen and a rotisserie are new, according to Oscars Hotels General Manager for the pub portfolio Carlie Carroll. “For sporting lovers the TBH sports bar has been given

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Miami Beach Convention Center renovation and expansion completes

The expansion and renovation of the 1,435,000-sf Miami Beach Convention Center has recently completed. 

The project was designed with the goal of making Miami Beach Convention Center the most technologically-advanced center in the U.S. and to provide upgraded show needs and increase the potential for the city to market the center on an international basis. Achieving this goal involved complex renovations and replacements of virtually all the building’s electrical and mechanical operating systems. 


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The project includes a new 60,000-sf ballroom and 127,000 sf of new meeting spaces. The completed project will accommodate 500,000 sf of exhibit hall space with increased power and improved IT connectivity capacities, increased ballroom and meeting areas, and renovated back-of-house spaces. Additionally, over six acres of parking lot space has been transformed into space for a public park and landscaping and infrastructure improvements, including a tropical garden, game lawn, shaded areas, veterans plaza,

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Pizza Bar restaurant opens new location in Miami Beach FL

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Guess who’s coming to West Avenue?

Pizza Bar, which opened its first location next to the Loews Miami Beach and Ritz Carlton South Beach in 2009, has opened a new location, right next to Bodega Taqueria y Tequila.

The menu at the new spot, which boasts a rustic but modern vibe, isn’t exactly the same as the menu at the Collins Avenue restaurant, which says it sells the biggest slice on South Beach.

At the new restaurant, it’s not so much about the slices. You can order the 30-inch pizzas with your favorite toppings or try a special pizza like the Proscuitto, with garlic sauce, mozzarella, truffle oil, Proscuitto, arugula, grated Parmesan and basil.

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The interior of the new Pizza Bar in South Beach. Pizza Bar & Lalani Productions

But you won’t get bored, because there are new items, too, including a Sicilian pie that’s

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Beluga Whale Spotted Off San Diego Washes up on Baja Beach, Thousands of Miles From Home

A dead beluga whale has washed up on a beach in Baja California Sur, Mexico, just months after an extremely rare sighting off the coast of San Diego.

a close up of a fish: Stock image of a belgua whale. The whale sighted off San Diego in July appears to have washed up dead on a beach in Mexico.

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Stock image of a belgua whale. The whale sighted off San Diego in July appears to have washed up dead on a beach in Mexico.

Images of the beluga were shared to Facebook by Mario’s Tours, a whale watching tour operator. “Yes, it’s sad, the journey of this arctic beluga that travels thousands of miles and ends in Laguna Ojo de Hiere,” the company wrote in a post. “Still an extraordinary story. Many questions are in the air.”

It was found on the shores of the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon, around 400 miles from San Diego. The cause of death is unclear. The images do not show any sign of injuries and, according to Robert Brownell, a senior scientist with

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Bathtub Refinishing Saved Us $700 on Our Redondo Beach Home Renovation

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In Renovator’s Notebook, homeowners open up about the nitty-gritty of their remodels: How long it really took; how much it actually cost; what went horribly wrong; and what went wonderfully, serendipitously, it’s-all-worth-it-in-the-end right. For more tips to nail your next project, follow @reno_notebook.

Size: 1,800 square feet • Location: Redondo Beach, California • Budget: $150,000

Top priority: Creating a sophisticated but livable space for a future family. 

Architect Niharika Hablani has designed offices for a few companies you may have heard of: Google, LinkedIn, and Tinder are all on her roster. So when she and her husband bought a light-filled, ’90s-style home in Redondo Beach, California, in January, she wasn’t scared to give it a facelift—but the couple wasn’t exactly working with a Silicon Valley startup budget. 

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To make the most of the $150,000 they allotted themselves, the Hablanis found crafty ways to

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