By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
In Bryant Pearson’s case, fixing up a modest-sized home can prove as challenging — and rewarding —- as redesigning a sprawling estate.
For sure, a large-scale house offers the chance to remake, overhaul and fine-tune a whole bunch of rooms, fixtures and land. But a small home requires pinpoint precision, whether crafting a new kitchen, updating bedrooms or refurbishing the lawn.
Pearson, a Realtor with Southern Shores Real Estate Group west of the Ashley, can speak with experience about the renovation of economy-sized dwellings. He’s redone numerous cottages, bungalows and tiny brick homes, just completing a one-story 1,087-square-foot house in Goose Creek. The three-bedroom residence at 215 N. Pandora Drive in Greenview Acres is for sale at $109,900.
“It’s definitely a nice look. People seem to like (the style),” says Pearson, who has upfitted dwellings in Summerville, Ladson and Goose Creek and elsewhere in Dorchester, Berkeley and, on occasion, Charleston counties.
“I’ve remodeled owner-occupied properties,” he says, focusing on transferring the improved residences to people who want to live in them as opposed to selling to investors or renting out the homes.
Many of the dwellings are prime choices for first-time homebuyers, he says, offering prices in the $95,000 to $144,000 price range. Purchasers include couples and startup families.
In scouting properties, “I always take into consideration the school systems,” Pearson says. In Greenview Acres off Red Bank Road, the educational choices include Howe Hall Elementary, Sedgefield Middle and Goose Creek High schools. “Some people move for the school systems,” he says.
The Realtor says he tries to give the homes flair. The 215 N. Pandora Drive address, built in 1978, sported a few architectural features but required significant upgrades.
Some improvements were quite simple. For instance, there’s a rectangular, eye-level opening between the front living room and dining room, which connects the cooking-eating area and the entertaining-family gathering spot. He spiffed up the centerpiece by installing a thin granite countertop on the base, a place where guests could set down plates from a party or talk to friends in the other rooms.
Pearson didn’t hold back in filling the house with top-notch features. A standout example is the contemporary kitchen. All-new granite countertops mark the cooking quarters, which also earned new fixtures and a stainless steel sink. Most dramatic: He installed new stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and stove; brightened and refitted white cabinets and designed a travertine backsplash. He also left space within the cabinet rows to fit a microwave.
Even so, the Realtor faced an obstacle — the diminutive kitchen almost couldn’t support the new appliances and leave room to move around. “We had to reconfigure this,” he says.
Another eye-catching move was to pull up carpeting throughout the house and sand and refinish the likely-original wood floors underneath or — as in the dining room and kitchen — replace them with a woodlike laminate.
Pearson also set granite-topped vanities and ceramic tile floors in the full bathroom and a half-bath. He added ceiling lights and fans in all the rooms, while affixing a chandelier in the dining room. Remote control operates the fans; the gadgets slide into wall pockets by the doors.
In an unusual layout, the combination bath-shower can be reached via a door in the master bedroom while also linking to a bathroom that serves guest bedrooms across the hall.
Both the interior and exterior were freshly painted, he says. An attached one-car garage is reachable through the kitchen.
Outside, Pearson crafted front pavers to form a flower bed and a back patio of red brick. He added the back deck to better access the “very large backyard, which creates an ideal setting for entertaining and barbecues,” Pearson says in his listing.
The house is on the upper side of Greenview Acres. Heading north, take Interstate 26 to exit 209A, which is U.S. Highway 52. Turn right at the Highway 52-U.S. Highway 176 traffic light onto Red Bank Road. Take an immediate left on Wisteria, then a right on Belknap Road at a stop sign. At a second stop sign, make a left on North Pandora Drive. On the left is 215 N. Pandora Drive.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agent: Bryant Pearson
Office: Southern Shores Real Estate Group
Philosophy: “Our primary objective is to acquire and renovate a dilapidated property by adding high quality upgrades that will ultimately transform the property into a finished product that a new homeowner is both excited and proud to call home. We always strive to go the extra mile to make the home buying process as simple and smooth as possible for the purchaser.”
The large backyard at 215 N. Pandora Drive includes tall deciduous trees and a newly built red patio (Jim Parker/Staff 12-5-2012).×
A new stainless steel refrigerator, stove and dishwasher are showcased in the cozy kitchen at 215 N. Pandora Drive in the Greenview Acres neighorhood of Berkeley County (Jim Parker/Staff 12-5-2012).×
A new chandelier, hardwood floors and double doors to the patio mark the dining room at 215 N. Pandora Drive, which was built in 1978 (Jim Parker/Staff 12-5-2012).×
The living room of the house off Red Bank Road sports an opening to the dining room, which includes a granite counter (Jim Parker/Staff 12-5-2012).×
This bathroom at one-story 215 N. Pandora Drive has a vanity sink with granite countertop (Jim Parker/Staff 12-5-2012).×
The shower-bath combination in the full bathroom connects two bedrooms (Jim Parker/Staff 12-5-2012).×
A view of the backyard is a main feature of the master bedroom, which also has numerous upgrades including a ceiling fan and light fixture (Jim Parker/Staff 12-5-2012).×
Several of the rooms, including the three bedrooms, have remote control devices for the fan and lights (Jim Parker/Staff 12-5-2012).×
The house at 215 N. Pandora Drive sports an open space between the kitchen and living room, which in turn looks out on a small front porch (Jim Parker/Staff 12-5-2012).×