•New urbanism-style neighborhood debuts at Kiawah Island•

Chatting with neighbors while traipsing past scenic lagoons and formal gardens are focal points of a plush new sea island community.

Voysey Garden is “a walkable, pocket neighborhood that fosters a sense of community among its residents,” according to island developer Kiawah Partners.

The emerging enclave is located in the established Cassique village in Kiawah Island. Based on the “new urbanism” movement, the neighborhood promotes walking throughout the community and connecting with neighbors.

The roughly 2,600-square-foot two-story homes surround a common garden, and each house sports private gardens in back. Homesites showcase four floor plans. Residences are priced from $1,830,000 to $1,985,000.

“Whereas Kiawah Island has been built mostly for the secondary and vacation home markets, we have realized there is a primary and heavily seasonal home market growing on the island,” developer Kevin Flynn says.

“We intend for Voysey Garden to be one small example of providing a place for residents that would like to live within a more permanent, tight community,” says Flynn, owner and partner of Epic Development Group. “And so, we believe this product provides a wonderful opportunity to build a place that is right for Kiawah right now.”

Flynn is teaming up with business partner and builder H.C. “Robby” Robinson; Vero Beach, Fla., architect Scott Merrill; and landscape architect Sheila Wertimer of Charleston to configure the property.

According to Kiawah Partners, homes are situated to capitalize on views of the community and private gardens. “Windows and entrances afford the owners views and access to the gardens, while maintaining their privacy. Instead of fronting on a street, each of the homes will face the common garden.”

Meanwhile, a “sustained” walkway will run through the middle of the block, starting by a small garden and concluding near a lagoon.

Residents will have access to the members-only Kiawah Island Club, which boasts two golf courses and clubhouses apiece, recreational facilities, spa and beach club.

Kiawah Partners is the master developer of 10,000-acre Kiawah Island, set 21 miles south of Charleston. The company’s subsidiaries include Kiawah Island Real Estate, The Kiawah Island Club and Freshfields Village as well as properties in Ireland and St. Kitts.

For more information on Voysey Garden, visit www.KiawahIsland.com or call 843-768-3400.

•Keller Williams names former financial agent•

A long-time health plan staffer who lived for decades just outside the nation’s capital has signed on with a major real estate broker in Charleston.

Peggy Crigger retired from the Special Agents Mutual Benefit Association (SAMBA) last year and moved to the Lowcountry with her husband Jim Crigger. Recently, she joined Keller Williams Realty.

Crigger had resided in the Washington, D.C., area for 40 years, working for several federal health plans. She has three children — Rob, Justin and stepdaughter Lara.

She was born and raised in the Northeast and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. According to Keller Williams, her hobbies include art, music, gardening and travel.

For more information, contact James Marketon, director of marketing and director of marketing and technology for Keller Williams’ Charleston/Mt. Pleasant operations at Officejmarketon@kw.com or 843-416-2000.

•The Ponds opens new Carillon neighborhood for seniors•

Active adults 55 and above are in line for their own hamlet within a Summerville master-planned community.

The gated neighborhood is named Carillon at The Ponds. It will display 56 homesites on the north side of the 1,950-acre development; nine sites are already sold.

According to the developer, residents can use all of The Ponds amenities, including ponds and trails; the YMCA; an historic farmhouse; and the new treehouse.

Carillon will carry its own outdoor pavilion and park: Most of the homesites sit along green space. National builder D.R. Horton is offering eight home plans, starting in price at $263,900 and ranging from 1,460 to 2,991 square feet. Ranch and two-or-three story plans vary from three to five bedrooms.

The neighborhood is designed for “active adults with at least one resident per dwelling 55 years or older,” according to D.R. Horton.

Landholders pay an extra homeowner’s association fee to cover the cost of mowing yards and maintenance of common areas.

“With the number of retirees growing rapidly in South Carolina and that number projected to nearly double by 2030, we think this is an ideal market for our beautiful Lowcountry community,” says John W. Morgan, community manager at The Ponds for Greenwood Communities and Resorts.

Morgan says the splash of amenities at The Ponds and variety of outdoor activities available make the neighborhood a great spot “for older adults looking for an active style of living.”

The new village opens as sales at The Ponds hit a record high for December and January, based on contracts written. The master community is lodged between the town of Summerville and the Ashley River Historic District.

Along with an expansive nature preserve, The Ponds shows off the Summerville Family YMCA, an EMS/Fire Station and community parks along its access road.

Residences start in the $70,000s and homes in the mid $200,000s. Amenities include a pool, outdoor pavilion, 11-acre multipurpose field, tree house designed by artist Wayne Edwards, restored historic farmhouse and an outdoor waterfront amphitheatre. In addition to trails, there will be 38 miles of sidewalks.

For more information, call 843-832-6100 or visit www.discovertheponds.com.

•Scott joins marketing staff at posh Mount Pleasant mid-rise•

A noted player in various types of residential real estate in metro Charleston is helping to sell places at Tides Condominiums.

Patty Scott has 20 years of experience in luxury real estate and development.

Among her sales and marketing haunts were Ginn Real Estate, D.R. Horton and, most recently, at The Ponds of Summerville.

She is a sales executive at Carolina One New Homes and teams with Tides backers East West Partners and Cooper River Realty.

East West Partners is managing the sales and marketing of the remaining residences at the Tides. The company says it is backed by a sales team including Mac Triplett with Cooper River Realty, Scott and Carolina One New Homes.

East West Partners started reintroducing the residences to the real estate market as of March 1. According to the partners, The Tides showcases a premier location, waterfront views, top-notch amenities and one-of-a-kind design.

“The significant level of early interest that we are seeing at the Tides has warranted us to continue to build our sales team,” says Miller Harper, project manager with East West Partners. “We are excited to welcome Patty Scott,” he says, citing her experience and “deep understanding” of the Charleston real estate market.

For more information, visit www.TidesCharleston.com.

•Hilton Head Island beachfront townhome sells at auction•

A Hoosier is the purchaser of a top-end oceanfront residence — photographed by helicopter — in the plush Palmetto Dunes neighborhood.

Located at 120 South Shore Drive in the village’s Leamington section, the townhome yielded eight bidders at an auction March 8.

The price of the six-bedroom house on Hilton Head Island was not publicized but was believed to be the highest in Leamington in more than two years, according to the New York company that oversaw the live auction sale.

The private, gated townhouse includes access to golf, tennis and beach amenities. The sale took place in cooperation with Robbie Bunting of Hilton Head Island. The Indiana buyer was represented by Jim Young of ERA Evergreen Real Estate Co.

“When Concierge Auctions was commissioned to handle the auction, my team and I had no idea what to expect,” Bunting says. “From day one we were impressed with the high level of professionalism and organization each member of Concierge presents,” he says.

The auction company started its work with helicopters above the beach shooting aerial photos during the first few days leading up to the auction, according to Bunting,

The seller, Laurie Paternoster, was pleased with the outcome, Concierge Auctions says.

“After researching a number of auction firms, Concierge was the obvious choice. Their entire team has the utmost professionalism, and their process for activating luxury buyers is precise and systematized,” she says.

Concierge Auctions says its global marketing campaign generated more than 2,700 website visits from 48 states led by South Carolina, New York and Texas and from 21 countries headed by Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

The property is a 4,650-square-foot estate with two master suites on the first and second floors and six-and-a-half bathrooms.

According to Concierge Auctions, the three-level Berkeley floor plan “channels the open, relaxed atmosphere of the Caribbean including high ceilings and a spacious, flowing layout.”

Attractions include an outdoor pool, a four-car garage and an additional separate storage room.

The 120 South Shore residence is “unique, luxurious, and has global appeal, as evidenced by the diverse pool of bidders,” says Laura Brady, president of Concierge Auctions.

For more information, call 888-966-4759 or visit ConciergeAuctions.com.

•Home prices surge in Lowcountry, nation in January•

The cost that people paid for a house in metro Charleston jumped 6.9 percent in January from a year ago, a national analytic group says.

At the same time, prices rose 1.8 percent in Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville in the first month of 2013 compared with the last month of 2012, according to CoreLogic in its monthly Home Price Index.

Rates crept up even faster when foreclosures, short sales and other distressed property deals were excluded. In that case, year-over-year prices in January increased by 10.9 percent from a year earlier. They stayed the same from a month earlier.

CoreLogic says home prices nationwide increased by 9.7 percent in January of this year from the same month in 2012. The change represented the biggest jump since April 2006, the company says.

With distressed sales factored out, home sales rose 9 percent in price nationwide in January from a year ago.

South Carolina was one of a handful of states with sizable growth in non-distressed sale prices, up 9 percent, while costs including all sales increased a less dramatic 7 percent.

The CoreLogic Pending Home Price Index expects February 2013 home prices to increase 9.7 percent from a year earlier and dip 0.3 percent from a month earlier, a sign of the seasonal winter slowdown.

“The HPI showed strong growth during the typically slow winter season,” says Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic.

“With these gains, the housing market is poised to enter the spring selling season on sound footing.”

Anand Nallathambi, president and chief executive of CoreLogic, says. “Home prices continued to gather steam across a broad swath of the country in January, continuing the positive trend we saw during most of 2012. Many states across the western U.S. and along the East Coast saw average price gains of more than 6 percent, which is likely to boost home sale activity into the first half of 2013,” he says.

Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the highest home price appreciation were Nevada, up 17.5 percent; Arizona, up 16.5 percent; California, up 14.5 percent; Hawaii, up 13.9 percent; and Idaho, up 13.2 percent. When all sales were included, no state posted depreciated home prices in January, according to CoreLogic.