By JIM PARKER

The Post and Courier

During the housing downturn, developers sometimes had to get creative to line up land for neighborhoods.

Take Bramson Court. The curved street off Belle Hall Parkway was planned for commercial buildings. Some offices were built but not on the whole site.

As it turned out, a vacant rectangular parcel seemed a snug fit for residences. The outcome: Moultrie Park, a 16-home community going up behind a tree-lined buffer to the parkway.

“We’ve sold 10,” says John S. Popelka with JSP Realty who is involved in the development and is handling sales and marketing. Four home sales have closed and another six are under contract, he says.

Charleston area-based Dobson Homes LLC, headed by builder Richard Dobson, is framing the semi-custom homes. “There’s six left, and he’s building it out right now,” Popelka says.

Plans call for speculative homes to be raised on as many as five lots. One lot is open.

Popelka says the neighborhood, launched late in the fall, has proven popular in part because of moderate prices in relation to much of upscale Mount Pleasant. Sized from 1,781 to 1,968 square feet, the three- and four-bedroom houses cost $395,000 to $418,000, he says.

Available models are two of the 1,968-square-foot Egret floor plans, one with a 144-square-foot shed and one with a one-car garage; an 1,824-square-foot Blue Heron design with 12 by 12 foot shed; 1,912-square-foot Sandpiper model with one-car garage; and a 1,781-square-foot Curlew floor plan with one-car garage.

At various times, Moultrie Park also offered the 1,540-square-foot Pelican and the 1,716-square-foot Ibis styles.

According to an informational sheet from JSP Realty, buyers are “carefully guided through the construction and selections process” to make sure they receive what they want. Choices for prospective purchasers include the exterior siding color, deck stain, color of the beadboard porch ceiling paint or stain, interior paint colors, hardwood floor stain, carpet hue, ceramic tile, granite countertops, cabinets including knobs and lighting fixtures,

JSP and Dobson Homes have teamed up before to build a few homes at Phillips Park off Rifle Range Road and a number of houses scattered about East Cooper.

Along with the 16 single-family homes, the Moultrie Park developers are also launching a couple of multifamily buildings closer to Belle Hall Parkway.

“We’re doing eight townhomes,” Popelka says. There will be two buildings of four townhomes apiece. He says the multistory residences will act as a transition from the single-family homes to commercial development nearby.

Moultrie Park is less than a mile from Long Point Road off Bramson Court. Heading north on U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant, turn left on Mathis Ferry Road, left on Whipple Road and then left on Long Point Road. Proceed about two miles on Long Point Road and make a right on Belle Hall Parkway. Take the first right off the parkway, which is Ellingson Parkway. Turn right off Ellingson to Bramson Court. Ahead is Moultrie Park.

For more information, contact Popelka at 843-270-7600.

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