By JIM PARKER

The Post and Courier

Jerry Martin remembers as a youngster visiting the family homestead west of Charleston, then so far removed that seeing a car at night was a big deal.

Today the area around the property in Hollywood is still rural but hardly isolated. It is no more than a mile south of the established upscale Stono Ferry Plantation neighborhood.

Martin and his wife Kathy five years ago completed construction of a two-story 3,352-square-foot home on the site at 5045 S.C. Highway 162. His mother, who has since died, lived in a two-bedroom house next door that dates back 48 years.

The property, which includes the two houses and a combined 3.75 acres, is for sale for $795,000, says Wilson “Bud” Poston, Realtor with Wilkinson & Associates Real Estate powered by ERA on James Island and the property’s listing agent.

The Martins enjoy the four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home for its attractions, peaceful setting and location but want to be closer to town. “If you love the country, this is the place to come to,” he says.

Jerry Martin, an electrical contractor, and his wife oversaw the work on the house. “We started building six years ago, and moved in in 2008,” he says.

The couple intends to sell the property as one parcel. A new buyer would have options, Poston says.

“They can combine it, rent one parcel or tear down (the cottage) and build another house,” he says. The land provides ample space for horses, he says. Meanwhile, the small house could be revamped as a guest house or a mother-in-law suite.

In framing the newer custom home, the Martins relied on a floor plan calling for “raised construction” with the main floor on the second level, accessible by stairs, and the first floor sporting a garage and recreation area.

They tweaked the design to suit their particular likes and dislikes. For instance, Kathy Martin scrapped plans for a connecting door in the kitchen, instead installing a pantry.

Custom details show up throughout the house, including:

• A built-in microwave in the kitchen that slides out at a push of a button. The kitchen also incorporates a gas cooktop, double oven and wine cooler. Pull-out spigots feed a farm sink. The eat-in kitchen sports granite countertops and tall modernistic chairs with cup-shaped seats.

• A sizable bedroom, granite countertops, his and her closets, large glass shower and separate whirlpool bath highlighting the master suite. Washer, dryer and lots of cabinets are in in the laundry room off the kitchen. A screened-in deck with shiny wood floors runs along the back of the house and is accessible via doors in two bedrooms and the living quarters.

• Oak floors, heavy crown molding, elevator, central vacuum system, custom cabinets and surround sound, Poston says. Plantation shutters guard windows, and built-in nooks hold vases and other fixtures. Ceilings sprout 11 feet in the living room, 10 feet elsewhere. There’s a coffered ceiling in the living room and tray ceilings in the dining room and bedrooms.

• Custom bar with icemaker, sink and specially-made cabinets; exercise room that could be turned into a fourth bedroom; and recreation room with big screen TV downstairs. The rooms link to the three car garage with painted floor and workshop space. “There’s a lot of storage in this house,” Kathy Martin says.

• Outside features such as a columned front porch running almost the length of the house, and ground floor arches. The front yard is close to an acre. The first-floor covered porch in back sports a hot tub, while the ceiling touts a water drip system to keep hanging plants thriving. A landscaped backyard features lighting up to the privacy fence. A standout attraction is a saltwater pool no deeper than five feet: “Great for small children,” Jerry Martin says. To be self-sufficient in a power outage, the house boasts a 17 kilowatt generator and two tankless water heaters filled by a 500 gallon tank.

The cottage, meanwhile, is a one-story 944-square-foot Jim Walter home. The national company specialized in the construction of solid, affordable home exteriors on landowner’s properties, with the owner completing the interior. The manufactured home has two bedrooms and one bath, eat-in kitchen, laundry, sun room, carport, fenced yard, patio and a new roof. The Martins also are tidying up the place, and, according to Poston’s listing brochure, have “new carpet going in soon.”

The house stands just north of the Dixie Plantation turnoff on Highway 162. Traveling south and west, take Savannah Highway through West Ashley. Continue past Main Road and steer left three miles ahead on Highway 162. Stay on the highway for close to three miles. On the left is 5045 Highway 162.

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

AGENT SPOTLIGHT:

Agent: Bud Poston

Office: Wilkinson & Associates Real Estate, ERA Powered

Phone: 843-697-3786

Philosophy: “Based on my experience over the last 13 years of different market conditions, I am able to offer valuable assistance to my buyers and sellers. I have spent the last three years serving as a director on the board of the local real estate association, which has allowed me to be at the forefront of new information concerning the real estate market. My goal is to use my experience to help my clients achieve their goals, whether buying or selling.”

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