Leize Gaillard

Born and raised in historic downtown Charleston, Leize Gaillard is a twelve-generation native to the city, with French Huguenot roots dating back to 1680's Charleston. Leize's first piece of "real estate" was a replica Charleston single house built for her by her grandfather, former Charleston Mayor, J. Palmer Gaillard, for her third Christmas.

Leize has a passion for Charleston architecture and historic preservation and appreciates the role of a real estate agent to encourage a spirit of stewardship among would-be buyers of Charleston property. Leize enthusiastically shares life-long knowledge and experience of the Lowcountry with clients and customers so that all who come here feel a sense of welcome as they consider making Charleston their home.

Leize attended Charleston Day School and Porter-Gaud School before earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Davidson College in Davidson, NC and a Masters of Education in Counselor Education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Prior to pursuing a career with William Means, Leize worked in higher education administration at the College of Charleston.

Joining her experience helping people with her love and appreciation for place, Leize joined William Means to launch her real estate career in 2014. She has quickly become a Realtor to watch, joining the ranks as a Realtor of Distinction within her first two years in the business. Leize's client-focus and attention to detail is a hallmark of her style as a Realtor.

Leize is active in the Charleston community, having actively served on the Board of Directors of Society 1858, an auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum of Art and of Enough Pie, a start-up non-profit founded in 2012 aimed at promoting arts-based community engagement in Charleston's upper peninsula. Leize has been a contributor to South of Broad Living neighborhood magazine and has a dedicated audience that enjoys her monthly e-newsletters which feature real estate and community news and happenings.

Leize is an avid hobbyist, making time for passions including sewing and design. Leize is also a lover of the outdoors, having hiked from Georgia to New York on the Appalachian Trail in 2006. While she feels at home in the mountains, Leize's heart is in the Lowcountry, spending time at her family's home on Edisto Island when possible.

Leize resides in Charleston's upper peninsula with her husband, a General Contractor, and they welcomed a son in 2018.

To learn more, follow Leize on Instagram @leizegaillard.


  • I cannot say enough to highlight all of Leize's strengths as a real estate agent! She is always one step ahead of the questions, thoroughly researched and knowledgable in all the geographical areas of the region, eager to jump on whatever task is asked of her, and a complete joy to work with. Leize is extremely organized, professional, and the epitome of a well rounded agent!
    - Buyer

  • Leize was our agent during our recent home search, and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a real estate agent. She is truly a professional who cares for her clients, and we quickly developed a great working relationship. She guided us through the home buying process in a truly professional manner, making our home purchase a extraordinarily easy. She found excellent properties quickly, was very accessible for showings and worked very hard to accommodate our busy schedules. Once under contract, she was exceptionally organized. She seamlessly coordinated the home inspection, worked with our lender, attorney, and ensured all the pieces were in place for a no-hassle closing. There is absolutely no question that the next time we enter the real estate market, Leize Gaillard will be our agent.
    - Buyer

  • We would wholeheartedly recommend Leize to anyone searching for a buyers or a sellers agent. She is knowledgeable, personable, organized, unflappable, and genuinely delightful to work with. As a true native Charlestonian, Leize’s knowledge of the whole Charleston area is encyclopedic and her passion for Charleston’s architecture and aesthetic is infectious. As two working professionals, we really appreciated Leize’s efficiency. At the same time, she never made us feel rushed, and was willing to look at as many houses as it took to find the perfect needle in the haystack that’s become our home. We couldn’t be happier with our home!
    - Buyer

  • I wanted to let you know we had a great experience with William Means! We are repeat clients and have used Leize Gaillard twice. She is excellent and we would recommend her to any friend or family member! We only have positive things to say about the company and would definitely reach out again in the future should we have any real estate needs!
    - Jeff and Molly

  • We worked with Leize on the purchase of a home in Charleston. I can't say enough about her dedication and effort in helping us with the acquisition of the home in the current crazy market in Charleston. Her insight and experience was priceless. I highly recommend her and William Means for anyone looking to purchase the sell or their home.
    - Brinda Chokshi

  • Leize helped us buy our first home and it was a great experience! We plan to use her for any future purchase.
    - Ashley Peele

  • Leize Gaillard was wonderful to work with. When we were ready to look seriously, and gave her our "wish list," within 5 minutes she texted us a listing for a house in an area that we were unfamiliar with that checked all of our boxes. We are new to Charleston, so many of the closing procedures are different than what we were familiar with. She guided us through all the necessary steps to a prompt and seamless closing. We highly recommend her and will definitely work with her again if the need arises. Thanks Leize!
    - Shawn Rudy

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What is your favorite part about Charleston?

When it comes to blending the old and the new, Charleston gets it right. Few places with the history and tradition of Charleston that also offer the fresh opportunities for culture, dining, and business that we have here in the Lowcountry. This blending of old and new is also reflected in people here in Charleston. Whether you’ve lived here for decades or just a few months—if you love this place, you are welcome.

When you have friends or family visit Charleston what do you tell them is a must see?

Spoleto Festival USA is a highlight of my year, and I would encourage any friend planning a visit to come during this time. Charleston during Spoleto is especially lively, light, and brewing with culture and creativity. For an enjoyable Spoleto evening, try walking (or riding bikes!) to dinner and a show under the oaks in the Cistern Yard.

What are your favorite features of homes and why?

I love a home that is both timeless and manages to reflect the era during which it was built. One of my favorite parts of Charleston’s old homes are the intricate and sometimes subtle architectural motifs that give a glimpse into the styles and fashions of the time during which the home was constructed. By contrast, in newer homes, I love the clean lines and minimalist details of a modern design. Old or new, intentional design choices are part of what make a home special.



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