By JIM PARKER

The Post and Courier

Designers of start-up neighborhood Pinopolis Park at the Lake assume that people will know what body of water is being referenced.

But if house hunters aren’t sure, they can drive, bike or even walk — it’s plenty close enough — to the “lake” called Moultrie.

Lake Moultrie and its sister Lake Marion are byproducts of the 1930s Santee Cooper rediversion project to bring power to rural areas. Today they are among the larger water systems in the Southeast. They’re scenic, home to top-notch fishing and open to marine sports such as water skiing.

Most convenient for Pinopolis Park at the Lake is there’s a public deepwater boat landing on Lake Moultrie just a block away.

The Berkeley County enclave is in Pinopolis, a quaint community on a finger-shaped spit of land that juts out just north of downtown Moncks Corner. The neighborhood boasts a handful of properties, including three residences built via Charleston area business Ecovest Development LLC and listed with Aviles Real Estate Brokerage.

The traditional two-story homes, on estate-sized lots of close to an acre, are priced in the lower $200,000s. They are part of a building spurt in the area, according to agent Susan Aviles.

“As you know, Moncks Corner is really growing,” says Aviles, who is broker-in-charge of Aviles Real Estate.

Pinopolis Park at the Lake can tap into the region’s expansion, offering mid-priced homes in a convenient locale. “Lake Moultrie is within walking distance.” Meanwhile, a planned subdivision nearby, Waters Edge, intends to showcase “million dollar homes,” she says.

“The whole area is starting to take off,” Aviles says.

This isn’t the first time Aviles Real Estate has teamed with Ecovest Development. The developer specializes in buying distressed or undervalued properties and revamping them. “We are known with taking subdivisions and putting them on the map,” she says.

The houses and land are priced to sell, Aviles says. Home costs are slightly more than $100 a square foot. “This is a really good price,” she says. Lot values are $39,900 — down from a high of $125,000. “I think this is a huge bargain.”

A completed four-bedroom 2,260-square-foot house with two-and-a-half baths is for sale for $232,500. The residence has a “very efficient floor plan,” she says. “There’s no wasted space.”

The upscale kitchen features black appliances, granite countertops, 42-inch maple cabinets and a pantry, she says in the listing. The master bathroom consists of an oversized soaking tub, separate shower, custom tile and double vanities, she says.

Other highlights are high ceilings, hardwood floors, a loft for entertaining, washer and dryer connections, scenic views from upstairs bedrooms and a two-car garage. There’s also a wide front porch and large rear deck.

As set by the community’s Architectural Review Board, minimum home sizes are 1,600 square feet. “The ARB requirements are very sensible,” Aviles says.

The new neighborhood is toward the southern edge of Pinopolis. Traveling west, take Interstate 26 to exit 209A, which is U.S. Highway 52. Follow Highway 52 through Goose Creek and to Moncks Corner. Turn left on Main Street, which is S.C. Highway 6. Follow Highway 6 through the town, veering right on Pinopolis Road shortly after Berkeley High School. Turn left on Sugar Hill Drive and then a quick right on West Dike Road. Make a left on Pinopolis Park Drive into Pinopolis Park at the Lake.

For more information, contact Aviles Real Estate Brokerage at 843-697-2383 or visit www.aviles-realestate.com.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.