Worth Preserving: Builder’s Cane Bay enclave protects ecology, plans amenities, touts next gen home
By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
Four months into development, a new Berkeley County neighborhood is attracting buyers and is in line for a slew of first-time and brand new perks.
The community is Lindera Preserve at Cane Bay, a Lennar village that will have 471 homes when completed.
“It’s for everybody,” says Jason Byham, director of sales and marketing for Lennar Charleston. “We have homes for first-time home buyers, small families. We have a couple of models that are ideal for empty nesters, someone who wants to come down from a bigger home,” he says.
Lindera Preserve, launched in September, has posted 17 home closings thus far. “We are still in the process of opening the community,” says Byham, noting that a grand opening is planned for March. “We have sales in there. The model is under construction.”
For now, the Cane Bay schools just south off U.S. Highway 176 are primary draws for most buyers. Also close by is a Publix supermarket.
Yet judging from Lennar’s plans, Lindera Preserve will be a multifaceted, somewhat self-contained expanse to include home styles, green space and attractions for young and senior, large families and couples.
• Homes will be available from three Lennar collections — Sandpiper, Arbor and Coastal. Already buyers can choose from each of the styles. Models include the Sycamore, Palmetto, Dogwood, Crepe Myrtle, Bradford II, Bradford, Tanager II, Tanager, Kingfisher, Osprey, Meadowlark and Starling.
• Properties are priced from the low $100,000s to more than $300,000 and are sized from less-than-1,500 to close-to-3,300 square feet.
• Houses are framed with Lennar’s “Everything’s Included” built-in perks that the builder claims can be expensive options on dwellings from other contractors. “They are like solid surface countertops, hardwoods,” Byham says. Typically, the “included” features can be worth $8,000 to $15,000. The program is “a great value,” he says.
• Lindera Preserve will be the first community in the Charleston area with the builder’s NextGen homes. “Our tagline is “a home within a home,” Byham says. The living space is anywhere from 600 to 800 square feet and is set off from the main house with separate entrances. They’re designed to be like bonus areas or mother-in-law suites within the home’s footprint.
• Work should begin soon on a sprawling amenities center to include a large pool, gazebo, dog park and in the middle, a large pond with dock and pavilion.
• Cane Bay has designated 68 acres next to Lindera Preserve for a new YMCA. Residents can reach the facility via a walking path.
• Lennar discovered that a special type of plant is on the property, and it is preserving the flora. The Lindera bush — also known as the spicebush — is “a plant we found where we first started building back there,” Lennar marketing manager Amy Dooley says. The Lindera bush, she says, “is kind of rare. We’ve tried to conserve it as much as possible.”
Lindera Preserve is the newest community within Cane Bay Plantation, a master planned development kicked off in the early 2000s. There are at least four adjacent neighborhoods including Del Webb Cane Bay, which is PulteGroup subsidiary Del Webb’s first age 55-and-up community in the Charleston area. Homes are $149,990 to $253,990 and sized from 1,244-2,722 square feet.
Also in Cane Bay are Sanctuary Cove, a Landmark 24 Homes-Sabal Homes community with houses from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet and residences from the $100,000 to $150,000s and up; Magnolia from Dan Ryan Builders with 1,453-2,535-square-foot homes priced $149,990 to $189,990 and Old Rice Retreat, which has four phases built by Centex with homes from 1,634 to 3,545 square feet and costing $145,990 to $262,040.
For more information, visit www.cane-bay.com.
To reach Lindera Preserve from downtown Charleston, head west on Interstate 26 to exit 209A, which is U.S. Highway 52. Follow Highway 52 to the intersection with St. James Avenue in Goose Creek. Turn left onto St. James Avenue (U.S. Highway 176) and proceed out of Goose Creek. Cross U.S. Highway 17A and go about three miles. On the right is the entrance to Cane Bay. Ahead on the left is Lindera Preserve.
For more information and photos, visit www.postandcourier.com/realestate.
• LINDERA PRESERVE AT A GLANCE •
Location: Summerville (Berkeley County)
Number of homes: 471 (when built out)
Square footage: 1,493-3,712
Look & feel: The community from Lennar is designed to provide various styles, types and prices for almost any buyer. Close to 20 homes have been purchased in the first three months of sales. Residences range from ranches and cottages to large two-story houses with two-car garages. With Cane Bay schools nearby, Lindera Preserve is expected to attract families and well as empty nesters and downsizers. The first residents moved in during the past couple of months. The community now is a mix of houses under construction and completed; in the next couple of years, a large amenities center should be in the works with swimming pools, lake and clubhouse.
Homes on market: 13 (46 throughout Cane Bay)
List prices: $110,000s-$300,000s
Schools: Cane Bay Elementary, Middle, High
Fun facts: The neighborhood is named for the rare Lindera bush, which is being preserved; the community is the fifth built or underway in Cane Bay.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or email@example.com.