William Means Real Estate closes 2021 as top firm in Charleston and kicks off 2022 with sale of $7.5M private island

January 19, 2022

William Means Real Estate announced that 2021 was the best in the company’s 88-year history with nearly $420M in overall sales, a 35% increase over 2020. The firm recorded a $1.1M average sales price, out-ranking 18 other Charleston companies for this first-place title for any company with $325M or more in sales. William Means also kicked off the new year with the $7.5M sale of Hoopstick Island on Johns Island. The 55-acre private island offers the opportunity for ten luxury homes on deep-water estate lots and is situated just 25 minutes from downtown Charleston.

“The real estate market in the Charleston area flourished in 2021 and William Means certainly experienced a tremendous rate of growth,” said Lyles Geer, President and Broker-in-Charge of William Means Real Estate. “We worked with sellers and buyers from all over the area as well as those that were located out-of-state. Our work over the past two years highlights our firm’s knowledge of the Lowcountry and our ability to work with integrity and creativity. I am proud to work alongside the best REALTORS® in the business.”

Some of the William Means 2021 accolades include: Number one firm in the I’On community of Mount Pleasant with $47.7M in sales. Number one boutique firm in sales and sides for Belle Hall in Mount Pleasant. Number one boutique firm downtown, outside the Crosstown with $17.5M in sales. The firm recorded more than $128M in south Mount Pleasant, $37M in West Ashley and $22M on Sullivan’s Island. They also achieved $125M in sales downtown inside of the Crosstown, $66M of which was South of Broad.

With these record sales numbers, William Means represented buyers and sellers all around the Charleston area from South of Broad, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island, Mount Pleasant and more. As a small boutique firm, they managed to achieve top rankings among all Charleston area real estate companies: Fourth ranked company in south Mount Pleasant and downtown outside of the Crosstown, fifth ranked company in West Ashley inside I-526 and downtown inside of the Crosstown, sixth for Sullivan’s Island and seventh for James Island.

The firm’s agent designations for specific area sales include: Michelle McQuillan as the top agent in I’On with $22.7 million in sales and 17 sides, additionally ranking as the third highest agent in south Mount Pleasant. Helen Geer was ranked as the third top agent for South of Broad sales in downtown Charleston and achieved the highest average sales price of $2.9M. Jane Dowd and Harrison Gilchrist were ranked as the second and third top agents for sales in the luxury West Ashley neighborhood, The Crescent.

In addition, nine of the firm’s agents achieved more than $10 million in sales, including Helen Butler, Etta Connolly, Mary des. Cutler, Will Dammeyer, Martha Freshley, Leize Gaillard, Bonnie Geer, Grace Perry Huddleston and Brian Walsh.

Five of the firm’s agents achieved more than $20 million in sales, including Alex Brener, Beverly Burris, Jane Dowd, Harrison Gilchrist and Michelle McQuillan. Three agents achieved more than $30 million in sales: Helen Geer, Lyles Geer and Kalyn Smythe.

William Means Real Estate recently moved into its new Mount Pleasant headquarters and will be opening its second office at 25 Broad Street when construction is completed in early 2022. Learn more about William Means Real Estate or call 843-577-6651.

Hoopstick Island on Johns Island


About William Means Real Estate

Founded in 1933, William Means Real Estate is one of Charleston’s oldest real estate companies and an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Established in 1995, Christie’s International Real Estate is the world’s leading expert on high-end real estate with a network of 900 offices in 49 countries and territories worldwide. Lyles Geer was named President and Broker-in-Charge in 2021 after his mother, Helen Geer, spent more than 20 years leading the company. The firm has continued to evolve with the latest innovations to remain at the forefront of the area’s real estate market. William Means Real Estate has an office on Broad Street in downtown Charleston and another in Mount Pleasant to assist clients in the East Cooper area. For more information, visit charlestonrealestate.com.