The dwellings framed in new-home villages are typically ready for occupancy when they're completed. Depending on the buyer, they can also include extras.

Not only did the owners of 7031 Lanier St. in Hanahan go for all the options, they installed a few custom features of their own once purchasing the property. In her listing, Lisa Dunahoe, Realtor with AgentOwned Realty, calls the Lanier Street house an "immaculate home with stunning garden and multiple upgrades." That's made the three-bedroom, 2,682-square-foot house in Tanner Plantation desirable but also for awhile a little bit more expensive. But the cost has come down as of late.

"We're at a really good price range now," Dunahoe says. The two-story house, built in July 2008, lists for $299,000.

"We upgraded everything you could," says Sarah Rickrode, who owns the six-year-old house with her husband. "It's got a lot of living space," Dunahoe adds.

Once moved in, the couple set to work on a host of extras including a super-organized two-car garage; extra insulation upstairs; and a surround-sound system.

They designed a top-of-the-line patio sporting a fire pit and grilling area, she says. There's a $10,000 retaining wall with landscaped gardens including palms. Meanwhile, the owners built a fence around the well-appointed backyard.

The property, Rickrode says, "is good for entertaining." The couple can fit a lot of people downstairs and have had as many as 150 guests for a party.

A radiant barrier roof and 30 year "architectural" shingles, considered an attractive design, hold down power costs. Sliding glass doors lead from the patio to the "gourmet chef's" kitchen showcasing stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a multitude of customized raised panel cabinets and four inch backsplash with "Verde Butterfly" color. The kitchen also contains a bar "providing the perfect place for serving drinks and your favorite food," Dunahoe says in her listing.

Further interior perks on the main floor include a combination living room-dining room and an ample family room with fireplace touting a marble surround and wooden mantel. They really "maximize the living space," Dunahoe says. A buyer "can create their own space with it, too."

Wood floors mark much of the main floor, while tile spotlights bathrooms. The oversized master suite stands out, highlighted by a walk-in closet as large as a room. It has "coated wire shelving which allows you to slide and access your clothes from one end of the closet to the other," Dunahoe says. The bathroom possesses a jetted tub and separate shower and there's a tray ceiling in the bedroom. The upstairs also has two guest bedrooms - one turned into an office - and an upstairs "bonus TV-lounge" area, she says.

The reworked garage is the "envy of the neighborhood," Dunahoe notes in her listing. FastTrack brand rails can hold up 1,000 pounds for storage, and the owner installed an easy-to-clean epoxy floor.

Ponds dot The Gardens at Tanner Plantation neighborhood, one of the first off Tanner Ford Road from Henry Brown Boulevard. The community sits a half-mile or less from a Bi-Lo supermarket.

"They like to ride a golf cart (to get places)," Dunahoe says. "It's a really tight community."

The house stands near the entrance to Tanner Plantation. From Interstate 526, take exit 19 for North Rhett Avenue. Turn toward the north and follow North Rhett for close to three miles. Make a left at the traffic light at Tanner Plantation onto Tanner Ford Road. Turn right on Woodsage Drive, then take the first left on Lanier Street. Ahead on the right is 7031 Lanier St.

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

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