Consider the expression, “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.”

It means that some perks are incompatible; there’s no way to wind up with them all. At some point, you have to make a decision: set aside a luscious, frosted cake like a piece of art and forever miss out on the flavor; or cut into the pastry and enjoy its rich, moist taste while losing the visual appeal.

Still, a “have cake-eat cake” scenario seems to be playing out at 1950 Sandy Point Lane, a sprawling residence in a small, gated section of Rivertowne on the Wando.

“This is one of Mount Pleasant’s most exclusive neighborhoods,” says Susan Aviles,who with agent-husband Gil Aviles runs Aviles Real Estate Brokerage and are listing agents for the Sandy Point Lane home.

The property bears the trappings of luxury, an ample 4,687-square-foot dwelling encapsulating six bedrooms and four baths. There’s also “breathtaking” views of neighboring marsh, tidal creeks and the Wando River, she says.

At the same time, the house – which just went under contract – can be reckoned as a good value.

“This was the builder-designer’s personal residence: He is a national award-winning space planner,” she says.

The owners purchased the property in 2008, paying $500,000 cash while supplying a marsh-side home in Rivertowne valued at $750,000, according to Aviles Real Estate. An appraisal in hand estimated the Sandy Point property is worth $1.25 million-$1.35 million, the agency says.

Aviles touts 1950 Sandy Point Lane’s all-around aura. “The feel is totally Kiawah as you head over the private wooden bridge and find the estate straight ahead,” she says. The gated section holds just four residences.

Built in 2000, the residence rests on a .46 acre lot. It’s “dockable” either for a deep or shallow-water creek. Both creeks provide direct access to the Wando River.

Home highlights can be sighted inside and out. The metal roof supports a cupola and a weather vane. There are two driveways and a “drive under” garage, leaving plenty of room to park, Aviles says.

On the interior, the house encompasses a half-dozen versatile bedrooms. “Many of the rooms are perfect for a playroom, office or additional den,” she says. Heart of pine floors connect to most rooms, while imported Dutch tile serves as the foundation to the four bathrooms.

The upstairs master suite possesses an “eagles nest” office with panoramic views of the Wando. Other highlights: The “huge” bedroom boasts a walk in closet, while the bathroom marries a spa shower and claw foot tub. A wet bar with inlaid wood floors “is perfect for entertaining,” she says.

The home’s third level includes a balcony that looks out over the lower floors as well as across to the living room’s beamed ceiling.

As an elevated house, the second story becomes the primary level at 1950 Sandy Point Lane. The main kitchen showcases a center island, granite counters, gas range, refrigerator, dishwasher and trash compactor. Next to the kitchen are breakfast nook and small desk area. The sizable living room opens up to a separate dining room.

The owners finished out the ground floor, which can be used as a mother-in-law suite or a guest retreat, Aviles says. The first level includes two bedrooms, full kitchen and a living area with its own fireplace and bathroom.

In the past year, 1950 Sandy Pointe Lane received new windows — a whopping 87 in all. The house supports “wonderful” storage space, she says. High-tech perks include “smart house” interconnecting wiring; three heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; three hot water heaters; a security system; and central vacuum. Another benefit: “extra insulation between floors and walls for sound protection and energy efficiency,” she says.

According to Aviles, the home can accommodate an elevator off of the entrance foyer.

Large porches protrude into the backyard and decks extend from upstairs bedrooms. The split garage provides space for at least two cars plus an extra-large work shop.

The Rivertowne on the Wando neighborhood supplies amenities such as a neighborhood pool, tennis court, clubhouse, play park and dock. Golf membership can be secured.

“The home could definitely qualify for publication in Architectural Digest and is definitely a must see,” Aviles says.

The house sits toward the south end of Rivertowne on the Wando. Heading north on U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant, travel past the Interstate 526 intersection and the Isle of Palms connector road before reaching S.C. Highway 41. Turn left on Highway 41 and proceed about three miles. Make a left into Rivertowne. Follow Rivertowne Parkway for about two miles to the Rivertowne of the Wando neighborhood. Take the first left on Sandy Point Road. Turn right on Sandy Point Lane and follow it to the security gate. Once inside, 1950 Sandy Point Lane is on on the left.

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Office: Aviles Real Estate Brokerage

Phone: 843-697-2383

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