By JIM PARKER

The Post and Courier

Small families can get left out of the loop if they’re eyeing a home to lease.

Beach houses encompass far too many bedrooms and are usually quite expensive. Neighborhood homes can be sprawling mini-mansions or quaint cottages set up for retirees, young couples or empty nesters.

But parents with a child or two can get squeezed out, seeming to find only small residences best suited to seniors or newlyweds and larger houses that cost too much rentwise. The lower cost home for lease with two or three bedrooms doesn’t come along that often.

Still, look hard enough and such rentals are out there. One case is 1060 Oakcrest Drive on James Island. The one-story, 1,600-square-foot home is just off Fort Johnson Road where it loops around to tie into Folly Road.

Built in 1988, the residence is available for $1,400 a month with a one year’s lease.

“It’s one of the bigger houses in the neighborhood,” says Lance Peeples, who is handling the rental.

The property touts a fenced-in backyard, a small shed in the yard, a second attached storage facility and a driveway. There’s also a sizable, landscaped front lawn.

As for possible tenants, “I would say if anything a small family would be best,” he says.

The residence hosts a master bedroom and guest room. Meanwhile, the garage has been converted into a third room that could be a bedroom although there is no closet.

Elsewhere, 1060 Oakcrest Drive showcases a screened-in porch off the master bedroom, two full baths, living room with wood-burning fireplace, washer and dryer hookup and a refrigerator, stove and dishwasher in the kitchen. The appliances have all been changed out with new models in the past couple of years, Peeples says.

The rental residence is in the Willow Walk neighborhood just west of Secessionville Road on James Island. Oakcrest Drive forms a perimeter around the community. Heading south, take the James Island connector to Folly Road. Turn left on Folly and continue close to three miles. Make a left on Fort Johnson Road. Shortly after, take the first left on Silverleaf Circle. The first right is Oakcrest, as is the terminus of Silverleaf Circle, which requires a left on Oakcrest. Ahead is 1060 Oakcrest Drive.

For more information, contact Peeples at 843-323-2684.

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