By JIM PARKER

The Post and Courier

If renting in a down-home Lowcountry setting is a must, try this: a house where you look over a sound, can use a dock and claim ample grasslands.

The East Cooper property is at 1588 Porcher’s Bluff Road, which is essentially the house at the end of the road.

“It’s a great house,” says Betty Royall, who with her husband William S. Royall are renting out the property for $2,400 a month with a year’s lease. The view, she says, is “absolutely gorgeous” with a clearing in the oaks all the way to the water.

“The sunrise and sunsets are out of this world,” she says.

The three-bedroom, three-bath home is in a gated community with a handful of moderate-sized residences. The neighborhood is on the site of “an old plantation home,” Royall says. Today it stands adjacent to the fifth hole at Charleston National Country Club, which is just to the north.

While the lot is 1/3 of an acre, it seems larger because of the neighborhood’s open layout with just a few homes and dirt roads.

The residence was rebuilt in “1989 or 1990,” she says. Hurricane Hugo struck the coast at and north of metro Charleston in September 1989.

Among the standout exterior features of the 3,000-square-foot home are three decks, a front porch, screened-in porch and glassed-in sunroom.

Inside on the first floor is a spacious dining room, kitchen and living room. A refrigerator and dishwasher mark the kitchen, while the living quarters include a fireplace and a vaulted ceiling. Upstairs are bedrooms as well as a loft that could be a fourth sleeping area, she says.

Pets are allowed, Royall says.

The hamlet has a deepwater community dock on Hamlin Sound but it’s almost like having private access to the water because “very few people use the dock,” she says.

According to Royall, the house would be a good fit for a tenant with younger children. “It’s great for kids,” she says.

The house is an eight-mile drive north on Rifle Range Road and is not far from relatively new retail centers such as The Market at Oakland.

“So much of Mount Pleasant is moving that way,” Royall says.

Traveling north in Mount Pleasant, take Rifle Range Road from Coleman Boulevard and proceed past the Isle of Palms connector. Turn right on Porcher’s Bluff Road and go a mile to the neighborhood. An alternate route is to take U.S. Highway 17 North just beyond S.C. Highway 41 and make a right on Porcher’s Bluff. Follow the road for about two miles to its end point. Ahead is 1588 Porcher’s Bluff Road.

For more information, contact the Royalls at 843-884-7065 or 843-224-9232.

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