By JIM PARKER

The Post and Courier

A new rental village near Glenn McConnell Parkway offers what’s lacking in West Ashley – luxurious digs attracting tenants from all over, its onsite chief says.

Open a month or so, Bees Ferry Apartment Homes is showcasing one-, two- and three-bedroom rentals from 732 to 1,450 square feet and priced at $1,155-$1,505 and up per month.

“So far, we have 26 leases and two (renters) move in. It’s going great,” Michael Silky says. He is property manager of the 292-unit complex for Riverstone Residential Group. The management group oversees Bees Ferry Apartment Homes and handles leases.

Despite construction slowdowns from this summer’s rainy weather, the community opened its swimming pool in the past week, fully landscaped around one of the buildings and all but finished interior work on the pond-side clubhouse.

Silky dubs the neighborhood “a Mount Pleasant (or) Daniel Island property in West Ashley.”

The plush clubhouse, for instance, boasts a slew of amenities. They include a two-level fitness center with spin bicycles and yoga and cardio studios; lounge with kitchen and poker tables; game room sporting a pool table; iMac stations; media-theater room with 110-inch TV and surround sound; and wireless Internet access throughout the building.

An outdoor entertainment cabana fits between the clubhouse and pool, showcasing a gas grill “island,” kitchen, fireplace and surround sound. The salt water heated pool trumpets a fireplace and “sun lounge.”

In addition, the community touts a dog park, nature trails, playground and “car care” center. There’s boat storage, and garages can be secured for $125-$175 a month. Pets are allowed for $400 each.

When deciding on Bees Ferry Apartment Homes, tenants can choose from four floor plans. They include the 732-square-foot Drayton and the 764-square-foot Avondale, both one bedroom and one bath models and leasable for as little as $1,155 and $1,170 a month respectively.

The 1,450-square foot Sweetgrass – the sole three bedroom, two bath dwelling – starts at $1,505. And the two bedroom, two bath Stono design stands at 1,176 square feet and begins in price at $1,300.

Bees Ferry Apartment Homes features 160 of the Stono floor plans, followed by the Avondale and then Sweetgrass and Drayton.

Three-story buildings house the apartments. Rentals on the first floor get private, screened-in patios while second- and third-tier apartments support balconies.

Residences sport keyless entry: Tenants receive electronic cards that they swipe to enter, similar to what’s used in hotels. The community is smoke free.

According to Riverstone, interior features consist of:

• Private, screened-in patios and balconies.

• Hardwood style floors in living quarters and tile floors in bathrooms.

• Gourmet kitchens showing off granite countertops, stainless steel appliances including self-cleaning oven and flat top stove, open islands and 42 inch cabinets.

• King-sized bedrooms.

• Higher than typical 9 foot ceilings.

• Pantries, custom-designed walk-in closets and linen closets.

• General Electric “in home” washers and dryers.

Bees Ferry Apartment Homes provides some personal services, such as dry cleaning pickup and drop-off and package delivery. Service and maintenance workers are on call 24 hours for emergencies.

“Eventually, we will have a CARES program,” Silky says. According to its online website, the resident retention plan encourages staff members to focus on four aspects of tenant experiences in the community – “welcome, connect, renew and care.”

The village is toward the southern edge of Bees Ferry Road. Traveling west, take S.C Highway 61 (St. Andrews Boulevard and Ashley River Road) to Glenn McConnell Parkway. Steer left and follow the parkway to its end point at Bees Ferry Road. Turn left at the traffic light on Bees Ferry and travel one-half mile. Make a right on Proximity Drive. Ahead on the right at 2020 Proximity Drive is Bees Ferry Apartment Homes.

For more information, visit www.beesferryapartments.com or call 843-763-2560.

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