By JIM PARKER

The Post and Courier

Here’s a thought: Drive to your Johns Island home from work downtown in the time it takes to grill a steak. Then head to the beach or fly your plane.

That’s the image conjured up for River Road south of Maybank Highway with small new neighborhoods such as Foster’s Glenn.

Lowcountry Residential Builders plans to construct 17 homes in the enclave between Trucklands and Hut roads and within a mile or so of Charleston Executive Airport.

“One of the things out here, it’s an 0.6 acre lot, a gated community, quiet and peaceful,” says Ryan Smith, who heads up the home building outfit with his father and two brothers.

The model home, which sports a design center, opened two weeks ago. “We are getting ready for the grand opening May 9,” says Stacy Williams, on-site broker associate with Carolina One New Homes. Activity at the model has been “real good,” she says. Williams foresees retirees, empty nesters and professionals who work downtown as potential buyers.

Lowcountry Residential Builders offers three designs — each of them two stories — with base prices of $309,000 to $324,000. They are the 2,521-square-foot Ashley, 2,820-square-foot Cooper and the 2,262-square-foot Stono.

The homes sport three to four bedrooms (with an option for five bedrooms in the Ashley plan) and two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half baths. Smith says the builder serves up extras such as screened-in porches, fireplaces and irrigation systems as well as propane stoves and granite countertops as part of the “gourmet” kitchen plans.

“We are giving enough options to give (the homes) a custom feel,” he says. The highest list price with options added is $396,000.

At the same time, the builder provides scores of features in all homes.

Among the always-installed perks are large front porches, fiber-cement siding, Sherwin Williams historic Charleston colors, 30-year architectural shingles and eco-friendly argon-filled windows on the exterior.

Inside, the homes all showcase hardwood floors in the foyer; 9-foot ceilings on the first floor; and maple cabinets, solid surface countertops, dishwasher, refrigerator, stove and microwave in the kitchen.

Some of the always-included energy saving highlights are tankless water heaters and extra-efficient attic and wall insulation.

“We are including a lot of green features standard,” Smith says.

Floor plans promote variety: There are some models with the master suite upstairs and some with it on the first floor. Attached two-car garages are features of two plans while the Stono plan, by contrast, comes with a detached garage.

Other highlights are Jack and Jill baths, laundries and specialty rooms such as libraries and lofts, Smith says.

Homes typically take 180 days to be completed from the time the building permits are obtained, he says.

Another attraction are the extra-large lots of three fifths of an acre and semi-wooded surroundings. Oaks, pecans and other large trees form backdrops for most yards.

The community has one roadway, Foster’s Glenn Drive, that tracks straight from the gate and then hooks around to form a cul de sac. A few custom homes were built in the neighborhood several years ago.

Foster’s Glenn is among a handful of enclaves with a few dozen or more homes that have been built along River Road within five miles or so of the executive airport. The neighborhoods are taking advantage of the semi-rural appeal of Johns Island as well as the comparative lack of vehicle traffic.

Whether heading downtown or to the ocean, “Locating here, it’s only 15 minutes,” Smith says.

To reach Foster’s Glenn and environs from downtown Charleston, head west over the Ashley River Bridge and veer left to Folly Road. Follow Folly over the Wappoo Bridge and turn right on Maybank Highway. Continue on Maybank over the Stono River bridge to Johns Island. At the River Road intersection, turn left. A handful of neighborhoods are along the roadway. Go 4.8 miles and on the right is Foster’s Glenn.

To learn more, call Williams at 843-509-1124 or visit www.lowcountryresidentialbuilders.com.

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

FOSTER’S GLENN & SURROUNDINGS AT A GLANCE:

Location: Johns Island

Number of homes: 23 (Foster’s Glenn)

Square footage: 2,262-2,820 (Foster’s Glenn)

Look & feel: The area along River Road south of Maybank Highway is in some ways remote, a mix of forests, farmland, houses here and there and a few subdivisions. At the same time, the section is 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, a few miles from shopping plazas and 20 minutes from the beach. Charleston Executive Airport is close by off River Road. Newer neighborhoods are typically small, with upscale houses. Some communities such as Foster’s Glenn are gated and boast large lots and wooded surroundings. Homeowners tend to be empty nesters, downsizers, retirees and professionals who work in the city.

Homes on market: 4 (Foster’s Glenn)

List prices: $309,000-$396,000 (Foster’s Glenn)

Schools: Angel Oak Elementary, Haut Gap Middle, St. John’s High, Charleston Collegiate

Fun facts: Foster’s Glenn models from Lowcountry Residential Builders are named for local rivers Ashley, Cooper and Stono; Charleston Executive Airport traces its roots to 1943 when Johns Island Army Airfield opened.