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Julian V. Brandt III

Broker in Charge

Julian V. Brandt, III ('Vic' Brandt) carries on the family legacy serving the greater Charleston area's real estate market and community. Vic's grandfather Julian V. Brandt  was the first real estate agent in Charleston in 1912 when all one had to do was hang a sign on their door offering assistance to those seeking to buy or sell their home of business space. Vic carries on the family legacy following his father and grandfather in the Charleston Real Estate community with a vast career of over 45 years specializing in the sale and leasing of residential, retail, and commercial properties. He is well practiced in zone adherence, rezoning, regime development, as well as property and regime management.  His experience also includes a number of unique 1031 exchanges and new neighborhood developments in historic jurisdictions to include navigating the ever changing short and long term rental requirements. Vic has restored and managed the permit and approval process for over thirty historic buildings in Charleston most of which are located in the coveted South of Broad neighborhood and many of which qualified for and exercised Historic Tax Credits following the Secretary of The Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation subject to Conservation Easements. His most highly notable restoration was The Longroom; McCrady’s Tavern and Restaurant that swiftly and successfully navigated interior and exterior easements held by the Preservation Society.  Mr. Brandt consults on Real Estate: zoning, highest and best use, development, project design review and planning, and has a talent for working with neighbors and navigating the public processes that are a part of the Charleston building, development, and renovation timeline. He also served as the president of the BAR in Charleston for 20+ years.


  • City of Charleston, Board of Architectural Review member and Chairman.

  • The College Preparatory School, board member and Chairman.

  • The Preservation Society of Charleston, board member and officer.

  • Served as Treasurer of the Easement Committee.

  • Charlestowne Neighborhood Association, representing all property owners South of Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina. 2005‐2009.

  • Represented the BAR at the Department of the Interior on design issues.

  • Testified at Congressional Hearings for the Department of the Interior, for funding The National Trust appropriation and Certified Local Government Program, measuring the economic effects of historic rehabilitation and historic tax credits.

  • Lectures to The National Trust For Historic Preservation, National Association of Realtors and Maryland Trust on the benefits of Historic District Zoning Administration and Management through Zoning.

  • The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, Founding Member 1982. An organization funded by the Department of The Interior representing over 1,000 historic districts across the country to provide training for Historic District Zoning Administration.

  • Appointed by the South Carolina State Legislature to the Old Exchange Building Commission; served as Secretary and Chairman.

  • Authored articles for Real Estate Trade Magazines on Community Revitalization, and preservation issues, Charleston Magazine, Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition Magazine. Various articles for the Charleston Mercury, other publications and books.

  • Served on many committees forming city preservation policy and procedures.

  • The Order of St. John, Priory Chapter (Board of Governors) and Regional Committee Chairman; co‐ordinates fundraising efforts, to maintain the St. John’s Eye Hospital, in Jerusalem.

John McC. Shannon

Sales Associate

John was licensed by the State of South Carolina as a realtor in 2017 since when he has been associated with Julian V. Brandt Real Estate.  Although he has roots going back to the earliest days of the Carolina Colony, he first came to the Lowcountry in 2010 and settled here permanently in 2015.  Prior to that he lived and worked in New York City as a banker, public relations executive, orchestra marketing director and finally – for 20 years – as executive director of a non-profit organization.  He was born in Washington, DC, and grew up there before moving to Paris for six years, then Tokyo for five years, and finally New York City.  He holds a BA in History from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.


Upon first visiting Charleston, John was immediately taken by its beauty, history and friendliness.  After their marriage, his parents bought and restored a Federal period townhouse in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood; and taught him about Flemish bond, architectural details, and period furnishings.  In later years, John became interested in European baroque and neo-classical architecture.  All of this was great preparation to appreciate the unique architectural heritage of Charleston.  He loves showing visitors the city’s beautiful houses and surrounding area.


Since moving to Charleston, John has served a term on the Wadmalaw Island Land Planning Commission; and on the vestry of St. Stephen’s Church on Anson Street.  Other local involvements include serving as a vice president of the Society of First Families of South Carolina, 1670-1700; treasurer of the Society of St. Thomas & St. Denis, 1706; and treasurer of the local chapter of the English-Speaking Union. 

Julie Wheat

Sales Associate

Julie Wheat has 20+ years of combined experience in a variety of disciplines including public building projects, state and federal long range planning, budgeting, procurement, contract development and administration, brand and product development, art direction, interior design, photography, painting, drawing, graphic design, web, communication, data technologies, curriculum development, policy development, restoration, renovation, preservation, curating, and museum installation. Ms. Wheat has worked as a professor in the Arts, in public, private, non-profit, and military sectors as well as in fashion, film, television, print, hospitality, and retail industries.  Her most notable local building projects include the Dewberry Hotel, Charleston County School of the Arts, and The Dog Wash.  She has degrees in Fine Art, Education, Educational Technology, and Finance. Julie is permanently certified as a Superintendent of Schools and Fine Art educator; both a Wendell Foundation and Getty Scholar, and former Fulbright candidate. She has lobbied in Washington DC before the FCC on behalf of public educational entities and her work impacted the maintenance of consistent access to communication technology and subsequent required infrastructure. She was a pioneer in both distance learning and itinerant work methods helping to brand and develop working standards and budgets for implementing them nationwide through the public education sector working with New York and Nevada States and Princeton University.  Her unique talents, educational background, and work experience combined with her Western New York upbringing in a family practicing renovation and restoration make her a unique addition to JVBRE.

Curtis Estes

Architectual and Interior Design Consultant, AIA
Sales Associate

Curtis M. Estes, AIA, a New England native, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Virginia School of Architecture.  After leaving UVA, he served six years with the US Navy Civil Engineering Corps in Panama and Philadelphia.  He moved on to Fidelity Investments where he worked for six years as Manager of Corporate Interiors in Boston.  After operating his own business and teaching interior design at three colleges, in 2000 he joined Citibank’s Corporate Realty Services in New York as a Senior Vice President and Project Director.  In that capacity he managed design and construction for the bank’s facilities in the North America, involving at any one time 100 projects worth about $200 million.  He relocated to Charleston in 2015 while continuing to work for Citi until 2017, when he started his own architectural consulting firm.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a Certified Interior Designer with National Council of Interior Design Qualification.  He has given talks on architectural topics at The Merchant House Museum in New York and to private groups such as the Order of St. John.  In Charleston, he teaches courses in interior design at the American College of Building Arts.  He lives on Wadmalaw Island.