One marshside Awendaw street boasts an alligator – if in name only. It’s also home to a three-tier dwelling with brilliant views in aptly-named Paradise Island.

The removed .74 acre property, at 1461 Alligator Creek Court, is on the market for $695,000.

“It is actually the least expensive total dollar and per square foot (price) in Paradise Island,” says Judy Pardue, a Realtor with Carolina One Real Estate and listing agent.

Built in 2007, the 3,368-square-foot residence cradles four bedrooms and four and a half baths. “One of the things that I think is appealing is it’s a family home,” she says.

Open lots flank the home, situated at the head of the Alligator Creek Court cul de sac. Even if homes go up on either side, “The view will be unobstructed, private and permanent,” Pardue says in her listing report.

The house showcases pitched metal roofs, and rear porches face west-southwest toward the sunset. A propane tank supplies gas, and a re-circulation pump ensures “quick distribution of hot water,” she says.

“There is plenty of space on this lot for a luxurious pool or play house,” Pardue points out.

From the sprawling front lawn, elegant stairs lead to the wide front porch, marked by columns that flank the front door.

Inside, 1461 Alligator Creek Court highlights 10-foot ceilings, “gorgeous” crown molding and five-inch-wide red oak floors on both living levels, she says.

Vaulted ceilings mark the great room. The livng space stands next to the gourmet kitchen, which comes complete with gas cooktop and high-end appliances. Also adjacent is the formal dining room with chandelier.

A half-bath and two guest bedrooms – including a suite with full bath and private porch – complete the main level.

The top floor displays a master retreat, consisting of two walk-in closets, private marsh-front deck, master bath with dual vanities, marble-tiled walk-in shower and large soaking tub. The laundry room sits off the master bath.

Meanwhile, the residence’s top floor fashions two bedrooms, one with private bath and closet.

The owner’s family stems from Italy, and he invites a good many guests to events and to visit. “The home is perfect for entertaining,” says Pardue, who is showing the house with Syd Powell. They are partners in Coastal Charleston Realty Group, a team of agents within Carolina One Real Estate.

The bricked-in ground level supports a large garage with lots of space for boat storage plus an unfinished 632-square-foot section that sports a completed full bath and electrical and plumbing fixtures. The unfinished space could be turned into an au pair or mother-in-law suite with screen porch and private entrance, she says in the listing report.

The Paradise Island neighborhood takes in 360 acres while showcasing three miles of deep water frontage. There’s a community dock that includes a private boat ramp on the upper Wando River.

Scores of home shoppers have expressed interest in 1461 Alligator Creek Court. On the best days, “We’ve had six different groups of people come through,” she says.

Pardue says the property would be entrancing as a main home or vacation dwelling. “You will become one with the soft, peaceful sounds of nature,” she says.

Heading north in Mount Pleasant, follow U.S. Highway 17 through town. Continue about five miles past Wando High School and turn left on Guerins Bridge Road. Go one-and-a-half miles and make a left on Woodville Road. Stay on Woodville to Paradise Island Road and take a right. Follow Paradise Island Road to Cape Island Drive and turn right. Take a right on Alligator Creek Court. Ahead on the left is 1461 Alligator Creek Court.

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Agents: Judy Pardue, Syd Powell

Office: Carolina One Real Estate

Phone: Pardue, 843-860-6004; Powell, 843-303-5503

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