By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
Click on the homeowners association website and it’s right there on the home page.
“What makes Beresford Hall extraordinary?”
The group offers up suggestions: marsh views, undisturbed surroundings, the “feeling of belonging” when meeting friends at the pool, going to the yearly oyster roast or watching children hunt for Easter eggs.
Next, the site provides something of a “top 10” list, pointing out community amenities and highlights about each. Among them:
• “Two playgrounds: Watch as the kids set sail on Beresford Hall’s pirate ship.
• Infinity Zero Entry swimming pool. (A great way to escape from the Lowcountry heat).
• Campfire pit for the cold winter nights.
• 581 ‘elegant grand trees’ are within Beresford Hall settlement.
• Designated green space that will never be developed.
• Outside grills to cook up your fresh catch right after you step off the boat.”
Needless to say, Beresford Hall residents are pleased with their choice to live in the exclusive neighborhood. Property values are appreciating: a dozen homes for sale in Beresford Hall range from $694,900 to $3.7 million.
And real estate agents are sold on the community. Here’s how Matt O’Neill, Realtor at Matt O’Neill Real Estate, describes Beresford Hall in his listing of 771 Bounty Square Drive:
“This highly desirable neighborhood presents the perfect union between nature’s beauty at every turn and luxury amenities which include: walking trails, a play park, a sparkling swimming pool, a crabbing dock, boat ramp and community pavilion all just one block away.”
What’s most “extraordinary” is Beresford Hall is but one of several villages in lower Berkeley County north and east of Daniel Island that’s proving popular with homeowners and buyers.
A variety of communities have sprung up along Clements Ferry Road — which travels in a broad nine-mile loop between St. Thomas Island and Cainhoy.
Interestingly, these lands were largely untapped until a decade or so ago.
That’s when Interstate 526 made it easier to get there and large landowners such as the Guggenheim Foundation sold holdings for new neighborhoods.
Greenwood Development was one of those buyers, purchasing the Beresford Hall site in 1999. The first homes sold in the early to mid 2000s.
Nearby, major homebuilders in 2003 raised The Peninsula, where properties are reselling at or around $200,000; in 2006, crafted Nelliefield Plantation which has list prices today up to the $230,000s and higher; and in the mid 2000s erected townhomes at Beresford Commons currently priced for sale from $93,000 to $119,000.
Launched a decade ago, Beresford Creek Landing touts houses on the market in the $500,000 to $825,000 range. And Cainhoy Landing, which dates to 1989, sports the largest house for sale in the Clements Ferry area at 9,430 square feet.
Just as the residential look of Clements Ferry Road has evolved, the commercial landscape has undergone adjustments.
Light industrial and warehouse sites marked the roadway. While the manufacturers are still there, small upscale shopping plazas and office parks are filling in the gaps and serving the hundreds of residents who live along Clements Ferry.
To reach Beresford Hall and the Clements Ferry Road corridor from downtown Charleston, take Interstate 26 west to I-526. Follow I-526 toward Mount Pleasant for about six miles. Cross the Cooper River and the exit for Clements Ferry Road North is ahead. Turn onto Clements Ferry and proceed about three miles to Beresford Hall on the right. Various neighborhoods are spread out along the road from its intersection at I-526 to its terminus at S.C. Highway 41.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BERESFORD HALL, CLEMENTS FERRY CORRIDOR AT A GLANCE:
Location: Lower Berkeley County
Number of homes: More than 800
Square footage: 1,000-9,430
Look & feel: Beresford Creek plays a prominent role in the recent growth along Clements Ferry Road, with a few subdivisions backing up to or offering views of the tributary. Neighborhoods range from national home builders at Nelliefield Plantation and The Peninsula, townhomes at Beresford Commons and custom and semi-custom homes at gated Beresford Hall as well as Cainhoy Landing and Beresford Creek Landing. Swimming pools and community docks highlight neighborhoods. Families to retirees, working class to executives live in the Clements Ferry neighborhoods. Parents and children congregate at a sports field, playground, swimming pool and clubhouse at Beresford Hall. Lots tend to be sizable. Shops, eateries and offices are cropping up along Clements Ferry Road.
Homes on market: 57
List prices: $93,000-$3.7 million
Schools: Daniel Island (K-8); Cainhoy Elementary and Middle; Hanahan High; Bishop England (private)
Fun facts: Cabinet maker Thomas Elfe and descendents owned the original Beresford Hall — founded in 1706 — from 1761 to 1888; According to historians, the name “Cainhoy” is not documented but is believed to stem from an earlier Native American village.
This children’s pirate ship is in the playground built among the ruins of the 18th century Beresford Hall plantation (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
A draping tree fronts this high-end house in Beresford Hall, located in lower Berkeley County (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
The Beresford Hall insignia is on street signs such as for Hammock Lane (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
A walkway and stairs lead to this colonial-style house off Clements Ferry Road (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Nature jaunts such as Winding Creek Trail are popular (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Quirky metal bird statues seem to be sitting on a wall at the Beresford Hall clubhouse (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Sections of green space in Beresford Hall have been set aside never to be developed (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
The Beresford Hall Spring House has an historic marker (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
The mailboxes at Beresford Hall are under this brick structure (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
This dock leads out to Beresford Creek (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
This imposing home is in Beresford Hall (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
A number of Beresford Hall residences are nestled in the woods (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
A child’s swing showcases the front of this large home near Daniel Island in Berkeley County (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×