The golf course undulates within feet of the back lawn. Long Point Road stands a few hundred yards away. There’s a cul de sac with neighbors on either side.

Yet with all the activity, this is how listing agent Marty Byrd describes the setting at 529 W. Rice Planters Lane.

“It’s so quiet,” says Byrd, a Realtor with Carriage Properties. “You don’t see a (neighboring) house. It’s really private.”

Custom built in 1996, the 3,902-square-foot brick house and lot lists for $745,000.

Indeed, natural buffers insulate the two-story home in Rice Planters Pointe east of the Cooper. Palmettos, live oaks, pines, sago palms and moderately tall bushes guard the landscaped half-acre yard, which also borders wetlands along the golf course.

“I think the marsh is gorgeous,” Byrd says.

According to the Realtor, 529 W. Rice Planters Lane provides the rare combination of a neighborhood home that’s close to attractions such as shopping plazas, parks and historic sites while removed enough that the property owner could set up a home office without being disturbed.

“It’s a great, livable floor plan,” she says. The five bedroom, three-and-a-half bath layout, which includes sets of stairs to the elevated main floor and full length porches, proves sufficently large for a family. But in the month the property’s been up for sale, a host of lookers have included senior couples who enjoy the natural, open layout.

The 17-year-old residence showcases a first floor master suite, complete with a bedroom that opens to the back deck and a bathroom sporting a whirlpool tub and separate shower.

The main level also includes a high-end kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and built-in cook stove. There’s a formal dining room toward the front of the house.

“For a couple, you can live on the first floor,” Byrd says.

In a promotional brochure, she highlights various standout features:

• Solid brick construction.

• Large eaves and dormer windows.

• Coffered ceilings and crown moldings with detailed millwork.

• Arched openings, in particular an extra-large set of windows and door connecting the living room to the back porch.

• Living room fireplace with wooden mantel and dental carvings.

• Walk-in closets, large laundry room with work space and extra storage.

• Library with built-in bookshelves.

• A “huge” media playroom upstairs.

• Adjacent study.

• Oversized ground-level garage boasting boat and golf-cart storage, gardening room and a workshop.

• Also on the ground floor: “a delightful studio-office with a separate, private entrance,” she says.

Representative of its proximate setting, 529 W. Rice Planters Lane resides a short walk from Snee Farm Country Club. Membership is available in the club, which consists of a swimming pool, tennis, golf and the clubhouse.

While bordering amenities of Snee Farm proper, the house is actually within Rice Planters Pointe – a two-street enclave that connects to Long Point Road. The Long Point access means short excursions to Boone Hall Plantation and Pinckney National Historic Site, chic Belle Hall plaza to the west and Towne Centre shopping center to the southeast. Palmetto Islands County Park sits a mile or so north.

Byrd says the stately brick house has a lot to offer.

“The view, the scale, the space, the estate-like privacy and feel ... it is spectacular,” the Carriage Properties agent says in the flyer.

The house sits on the northwest side of Rice Planters Pointe. Heading north, take U.S. Highway 17 to Mathis Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant and turn left. Follow Mathis Ferry through four roundabouts and make a left on Whipple Road. Stay on Whipple for about two miles and turn right onto Long Point Road. Proceed just more than a mile to Rice Planters Drive on the right. Turn on the drive and make the first right on West Rice Planters Lane. Ahead is 529 W. Rice Planters Lane.

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Agent: Marty Byrd

Office: Carriage Properties

Phone: 843-509-8789

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