In the 1950s, builders raised a one-story brick house in the scenic Bayview Acres neighborhood, one block from Charleston Harbor.

The owners added a second floor with vinyl siding 30 years later. While practical, the work wasn’t so aesthetically pleasing, says Caroline deVlaming, agent with Places LLC in Mount Pleasant. “It was an eyesore,” she says.

Eventually, 316 Bayview underwent a facelift. Sturdy fiber cement siding replaced the previous facades. Mahogany front doors set off the entrance.

The makeover reinvigorated the property, which sports a large front yard, tall oaks and a glimpse of the Intracoastal Waterway and Charleston Harbor. “You can see the shrimp boats go by,” deVlaming says.

The 2,663-square-foot house with oversized lot went on the market about a month ago for $749,000. “We’ve had many showings,” she says.

She promotes the property’s location, which is in the first neighborhood in Mount Pleasant once crossing the Ravenel Bridge on Coleman Boulevard.

“The convenience is the No. 1 thing,” deVlaming says. The five bedroom, two bath home falls within the zoning district for popular Mount Pleasant Academy public elementary school.

“With waterway views and mature oaks, this ½ acre lot gives an idyllic backdrop to this fabulous home,” deVlaming says in a flyer for the listing.

As seen from the yard, the house boasts a multitude of windows with Charleston green shutters. Hardwood floors, wainscoting and crown molding provide the house with an upscale, polished air. The up-to-date kitchen showcases a full complement of white on white appliances.

An unusual feature of the property concerns the garage. The owners raised the garage to accommodate a larger than normal fishing boat with T-top, she says. They left a basketball goal at the pinnacle of the garage, which rises a prodigious 12 feet or so.

“It’s great for storage and a boat,” she says. Although the home isn’t right on the water, the residence stands six houses from the Bayview Acres boat ramp. The neighborhood also comprises a playground and tennis courts.

The homeowners are a couple with two children, showing that the residence is suitable for a family, deVlaming says. A drawback would be that the house contains just two bathrooms. The master suite encloses the downstairs bathroom, and one upstairs bath serves four bedrooms. She says extra bathrooms could be installed without much of a problem, for instance in out-of-the-way loft space upstairs or by enclosing portions of the extra-large bedrooms. At least one of the second floor bedrooms, meanwhile, could be converted to a playroom.

“Situated across the street from Charleston Harbor, seconds away from the Ravenel Bridge and minutes from downtown and the beaches, this five bedroom home in the well-established Bayview Acres is not to be missed,” she says in a listing flyer.

The residence sits at the eastern expanse of Bayview Acres, a row back from the houses fronting the ICW. Heading north, take the Ravenel Bridge to Mount Pleasant. Stay to the right and exit on Coleman Boulevard. Pass the turnoff to Patriot’s Point. At the second traffic light, turn right on Garland Road into the neighborhood. Continue on Garland to the last street, which is Bayview Drive. Turn left, and ahead on the left is 316 Bayview Drive.

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Agent: Caroline deVlaming

Office: Places Real Estate LLC

Phone: 843-270-5200

Philosophy: “I offer a unique and valuable niche to my real estate clients. With a degree in Interior Design and more than 18 years of experience in and around the Lowcountry, I can relay a vision and educated eye to those buying or selling. Places LLC has been my family and workplace since receiving my license eight years ago.”