Explore Charleston SC And Its Remarkable Suburban Areas
Explore Charleston SC And Its Remarkable Suburban Areas
When you think of luxury in Charleston, many visitors and even some locals imagine either a spacious historic mansion south of broad, or a sprawling waterfront plantation setting with a traditional “tara-like” feel. While these homes do exist and sell for handsome prices, the reality is that Charleston’s luxury market is much more diverse and offers a plethora of options for the well qualified buyer. From new construction homes in master planned communities to extensive renovations in eclectic neighborhoods, there are many true gems tucked away in some of Charleston’s beautiful suburban communities.
Community Spotlight: The Crescent
The neighborhood known as "The Crescent" is located only a short drive from downtown, but feels like a traditional suburban paradise. A beautifully planned neighborhood with winding streets, beautiful live oaks, shaded pedestrian friendly streets, and two lakes, this community is the epitome of Lowcountry living. Homes range from traditional one story brick structures on interior lots to sprawling estates with fabulous gardens and deep water docks.Lot values alone in The Crescent can start well over $500,000, whereas some of the most high priced real estate is valued in the multi-million dollar ranges.
The neighborhood borders the campus of Porter-Gaud, one of the areas many high quality preparatory schools. Many residents enjoy the walkability of the area, with both the school nearby and a diverse hopping and dining options only afew minutes walk away in South Windermere. The Crescent is located only a short 5 minute drive from downtown and the medical complex on the Peninsula, and offers one of the closest options for suburban living near downtown.
Kiawah Island is a privately owned beach and golf resort located on a barrier island 15 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. The island is lined with 10 miles of pristine beaches and approximately 10,000 acres of natural woodlands. Kiawah Island is truly a paradise not only for beach lovers, but also for golfers, tennis players and nature buffs. Residents and visitors enjoy walking or paddling tours, as well as a canoe ride along the marsh-lined creeks and waterways that surround the island. Play tennis at the two Kiawah Island tennis centers, ranked among the top 50 tennis resorts in the U.S. With a variety of restaurants, shopping at nearby Freshfields Village, and the abundance of outdoor activities, Kiawah Island, SC is the perfect choice for many families for a primary residence or a weekend retreat.
Homes on Kiawah Island are famous for their respect of the environment, often with wooded lots offering privacy and a respite for four legged neighbors. Many homes have been responsibly built, and features such as geo-thermal heat, special cost-saving windows and doors, and various eco-conscious initiatives are found throughout the homes on the island. Of particular note is the exclusive enclave of Indigo Park, which consists of 16 LEED Certified homes outfitted with incredible green features like lifetime warrantied Nu-Ceder shingle, UV reflective roofs, and even low-impact landscaping with indigenous plants to reduce water usage. Most homes offer a spacious deck and dipping pool as well as hurricane proof windows and doors. The cost savings of owning a LEED Certified home are unmistakable when comparing utility bills with those of standard construction, and the low maintenance exteriors offer a true “lock-and-leave” lifestyle for the discerning modern buyer.
This recently built master planned community off the peninsula is located only about 20 minutes from downtown and offers Charleston Real Estate buyers an opportunity for fabulous new construction homes with a true old Charleston feel. A peaceful and harmonious golf and tennis community, Daniel Island affords locals and visitors with a multitude of charming neighborhoods and developments in many various price ranges. Single family homes start in the $500,000 range, and can reach prices north of $3,000,000 for desirable custom built homes on deep water. Smythe Park offers a lake and park which hosts events such as free summer concerts and neighborhood gatherings, and it even boasts a beautiful man made lake bordered by homes, all benefiting from charming views off large porches.
The coveted “Park Side” of Daniel Island offers many amenities such as a lovely club house, golf courses and community pool and tennis courts for members and homeowners. Many homes on this side of the island have golf views or marsh views, and there are also a number of lovely deep water homes offering private and semi-private docks for large boats. With fabulous amenities like a world class tennis center and professional soccer stadium, miles of biking and walking trails throughout the island, as well as shops and restaurants, this area of Charleston affords a lifestyle unlike any other.
Our featured listing on Daniel Island has wonderful features: French Caribbean meets old Charleston charm in this custom newly built home on deep water. Framed by live oaks and magnificent landscaping, this Lowcountry coastal home exudes elegance with exquisite finishes and top of the line construction.
Community Spotlight: Wadmalaw and Martin’s Point Plantation
Wadmalaw Island is a unique and rare community south of Charleston. With a special zoning overlay, homes on Wadmalaw are built on much larger lots than other parts of Charleston county (deep water lots may be no smaller than 3 acres, and other lots required to be at least 10 acres each), the rural character of Wadmalaw is palpable. Its peaceful waterfront communities and multiple small family farms coexist in harmony to create a bucolic oasis of calm only 20-30 minutes from downtown. The areas farm-to-table movement practically began here, with local farmers providing fresh produce and supplies to local restaurants. Many farms open their doors to the public, including the Charleston Tea Plantation and Irvin House Vineyards and distillery, which creates a sought after destination to delight visitors and locals alike.
Martins Point Plantation on Wadmalaw is a tranquil oasis with about 42 homes and homesites. A 900 acre community located along the deep waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, Martins Point offers homeowners a unique and tranquil oasis with an historic cemetery, several miles of trails and roads for riding and walking, and ponds and islands for homeowner use. Protected by a conservation easement with the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, Martins Point Plantation will remain as pristine as it is today for generations to come. Our featured Martins Point Listing is located on the wide waters of the ICW at 1168 Pilot Boy Road. An expansive 3 acre lot is home to mature landscaping, long water views, short deep water dock, and a magnificent 4000+ square foot home with multiple porches. Find out more about Martins Point Plantation here: http://martinspointplantation.com/
New to the market next week on Wadmalaw Island is an incredible vineyard offered for sale on over 50 acres of beautiful land. Stay tuned for more on this next week!
About Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
For more than 30 years, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty has been marketing, representing, and selling luxury homes in Charleston, South Carolina and the surrounding areas. We specialize in luxury homes both on and off the downtown peninsula. From historic pre-Revolutionary mansions, to well located urban pied-a-terres, to stunning beachfront retreats, we specialize in finding the lifestyle that is right for every client. Since 1983, we have been able to oversee nearly one billion dollars in real estate transactions, all without litigation. Additionally, because we are a locally owned company, all of our agents are either native to Charleston or a well-established resident of the Charleston area—and it is for this reason that we are completely in tune with every subtle aspect of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
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"Laurie and I began looking for a home in Charleston in October of 2013. We were convinced it was the right city but we were not very familiar with the real estate market. Anne Edson was assigned to help us with our search. As a lifetime local, Anne was very insightful and patient as we searched every area in the Charleston region. While some of the beach communities were very enticing, we became convinced that we would be much happier in the heart of the city. During our three day visit, we did not find a home that met our needs but Anne did find us a terrific downtown waterfront rental for the winter/spring of 2013. This would provide a great opportunity to learn more about Charleston and continue our search.
We returned in February 2014 for our 3 month rental which further convinced us that this was the place to be and helped us understand why a more serious financial commitment was in our best interest. Anne continued to identify buying opportunities during our stay and was able to get us early access to a 15 year old house South of Broad which was constructed to fit the historical pattern on the community. We were sold immediately. Made an offer in a couple of days and closed in May 2014.
It is two seasons later and we continue to be extremely happy with our purchase and the life it has provided us in the heart of beautiful Charleston. We look forward to the many more years to come. We also feel that our investment is very sound at a time when it is difficult to find good investments. We have also remained in close contact with Anne and her husband Fred who have helped to acclimate to the community in many ways.
We would strongly recommend Anne as your realtor. She is enthusiastic, qualified, patient and a lot of fun to be around. We could not ask for anything more in a realtor. Please reach out if you have any questions."