Think about a locale with strong home sales, and names like Mount Pleasant and West Ashley usually come to mind.

But Summerville is earning some bragging rights too.

The town that sits in Berkeley and Dorchester counties has been inking some high home sales marks so far this year, according to market reports.

For example, the Summerville/Ridgeville area tallied 290 home sales for the first four months of the year, one home more than the Mount Pleasant area north of the Isle of Palms Connector, according to CharlestonRealEstate Stats.com.

By comparison, the Summerville/Ridgeville area's median price for the sold homes was $169,950, which was $130,050 less than the median for the Mount Pleasant area.

Affordability, schools and access to highways has been a major selling point for Summerville, said Candace Pratt of Pratt and Co. at RE/MAX Professional Realty.

She said homebuilders already are aware of Summerville's potential thanks to large-scale developments such as Cane Bay, Carnes Crossroads and Nexton.

Townhouses rising

Ryland Homes is extending its reach in the region, saying it plans to start construction soon on three-story luxury town homes at Six Fifty Six Coleman. The gated community is at 656 Coleman Blvd. across from Moultrie Middle School in Mount Pleasant.

The Westlake Village, Calif.-based builder said the prices will starts around $310,000 for the townhomes, which range from 2,100 to 2,400 square feet. The units will include details such as covered porches, two-car garages, energy-efficient appliances, wood and tile floorings and optional bonus rooms and lofts.

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