New neighborhood in the works east of Lockwood Drive to provide home, townhome views of city marina and Ashley River

  • Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:01 a.m., Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 6:56 p.m.
Large home lots, a central courtyard and three-level townhomes with underneath garage highlight Halsey Park, as detailed in this project rendering (Provided).


One Charleston developer claims projects in the West Indies and taps investors from Russia. But its latest neighborhood, at least physically, stands close to home.

As proposed, Halsey Park on the city peninsula fashions 19 lots for homes and townhomes. Prices for the chic neighborhood will run $1.2-$1.7 million for residences sized 2,500-3,200 square feet.

Available will be single-family properties with detached garages situated on large lots. The neighborhood also will showcase two-story townhome designs fitted with underneath parking.

The 2.6-acre community borders Halsey Boulevard and Barre Street north of Mason Prep school.

“This is one of the last places in town to put a legacy stamp,” says Hank Hofford, partner in Bennett Hofford Construction Co. The company’s office sits in the West Point Rice Mill building overlooking the Charleston City Marina and across Lockwood Drive from Halsey Park.

His group over the years counts 25-to-30 high-end communities at Kiawah Island, Wild Dunes and elsewhere. “We are thrilled with this opportunity,” he says.

Elevational townhomes, rising three levels with secured parking on the first floor, will front Halsey Park. “We think it will match the ‘lock and go’ lifestyle,” he says.

Residences are expected to resemble brownstones such as on Smith and Bull streets, accessible from connecting sidewalks. They’ll sport modern, low maintenance floor plans. Bennett Hofford traditionally develops architecturally themed neighborhoods, Hofford says.

Further attractions consist of fountains in a central courtyard, traditional exterior designs and rooftop decks that overlook a large pond and marina in the distance.

Bennett Hofford Construction’s upscale home-townhome concept dates back more than a year. The site’s roots trace to Alfred O. Halsey, who ran a saw mill on the property in the 1800s.

Hofford says the company “had offers from national builders” and could have developed the property with more standard designs. But it wanted to stick with custom appointments, he says.

The property should prove alluring for well-off home buyers. Halsey Park stands close to hospitals including Roper and the MUSC campus. Doctors can walk to work, Hofford says. “It’s easier to get around.”

The Harleston Village community encompasses Halsey Park, and village residents were anxious to see what would become of the property. “The neighborhood is thrilled that something is finally going to happen to (bring) a high-end product,” says Heidi Hoepfner, land development project manager.

Overseeing the project is parent company JHH (Hofford’s initials). Still, Halsey Park remains a collaborative effort. Among the parties involved:

• Glenn Keyes Architects.

• Beau Clowney Design.

• Sheila Wertimer landscape architect.

• Thomas & Hutton Engineering.

• Jan Clouse of Carolina Lanterns, crafting special lanterns to create ambiance with low lighting.

Bennett Hofford is teaming up with local Realtors, including Casey Murphy of Dan Ravenel Sotheby’s and Elliott Huston with Carolina One Real Estate, to market the properties. Sales should launch any time now.

Another marketing tool will be a website at www.halseypark.com to assist possible buyers. Right now, it says, “Coming soon.”

To help bankroll the deal, the Halsey Park backers gained support from Russian investors who had assisted Bennett Hofford’s group with financing for its resort in St. Kitts, West Indies.

Recent upbeat economic reports “really support a project like this,” says Susan L. Ford, design coordinator.

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

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