The Post and Courier

The fit, 73-year-old Mount Pleasant homeowner aimed his power leaf blower to clear off the driveway, which already seemed pretty well swept.

“I was a Marine,” says Retired Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, a Medal of Honor recipient. “Marines are big on keeping things in ship shape.”

Organized and spit-polished is an apt description of the waterside house at 3146 Pignatelli Crescent. Livingston and his wife Sara, who moved in nine years ago, are selling the house.

Situated on an acre lot, the property in gated Dunes West is on the market for $1,050,000. Included in the purchase price are a saline swimming pool, hot tub, cabana, private pier with floating dock on Wagner Creek — even the general’s 18-foot boat, says Terry Hamlin, Realtor with Carolina One Real Estate and listing agent.

The house would be a good choice for a family or a couple who likes to entertain.

“I see a middle-aged buyer, perhaps relocating to the area,” says Hamlin, noting that he’s shown the house a number of times.

Built in 2000, the open residence showcases an early 20th century Lowcountry design that allows cool breezes to flow across large decks, porches and other indoor-outdoor areas, he says.

The house, at 4,387 square feet, boasts four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a powder room. Lush landscaping, notably with a host of palmettos next to the pool, gives the property an estate-like ambience, Hamlin says.

The sights are standout. “Enjoy the awesome views of the creek while sitting on the private screened porch or deck off the master suite,” Hamlin says in his color pamphlet about the house. The second-floor deck sports a hammock, offering a place to relax while taking in the scenery. The suite, in turn, shows off his and hers California closets and a stone tile master bath with granite countertops, he says. Three more upstairs bedrooms are all sizable.

Hamlin cites a slew of spotlight features, such as:

• A vaulted ceiling, wide window expanse and fireplace in the “spacious family room designed for informal gatherings.”

• Cherry hardwood floors through much of the house.

• Bright kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and Italian tile floors with colorful inserts.

• Central vacuum system.

Another perk is a finished room over the garage, which has a large recreation room and additional storage. It’s designed for a separate entrance to be used as an in-laws suite, for instance.

Setting off the lush backyard is the swimming pool and deck, hot tub and cabana — now used for pool storage but that could be converted to a “party house,” Hamlin says.

Fitness equipment can also convey with the house: Livingston works out daily at the gym.

The general says he doesn’t think much about the heroic events in spring 1968 that earned him the Medal of Honor. But he’s reminded when he reunites with fellow Marines from the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade Echo company. As captain and commanding officer, he lead them on an assault on the heavily fortified village of Dai Do, Viet Nam.

According to a 2007 article in The Post and Courier, Livingston’s story is told in “Medal of Honor, Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty.”

Just a few of the descriptions of Livingston’s bravery: “Wounded twice by grenade blasts but refusing to leave the battlefield. Blowing up bunkers behind enemy lines to kill 14 North Vietnamese. Wounded by machine gun fire but firing back while lying on the ground.”

Livingston is now involved in the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, a more than $100 million project envisioned at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant.

“The General is a national treasure,” Hamlin says.

The Livingston house is toward the northern edge of Pignatelli Crescent. Heading north and east, follow U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant through town. Pass the Isle of Palms connector and go about three miles, turning left on S.C. Highway 41. Take Highway 41 for four miles and make a right into Dunes West. Travel a little more than a mile on Dunes West Boulevard and turn left at the security gate. Once through, continue for a mile on Wando Plantation Way and steer left on Pignatelli Crescent. Wind around for about a mile. On the left is 3146 Pignatelli Crescent.

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Agent: Terry Hamlin

Office: Carolina One Real Estate

Phone: 843-830-3946

Philosophy: “I see my role as Realtor as the professional my clients have chosen to protect, in most cases, their largest asset. I do not take that responsibility lightly.”