The concept's something Richard Anderson has had in the back of his mind for years; design a neighborhood of lower cost homes with upper end spiffs.
Now, his vision seems to be taking shape at the new Creekside Village in Berkeley County.
"Here's the way we looked at this. It is more affordable to buy than to rent," says Anderson, Realtor with The Peninsula Co. in Charleston. The real estate agency's new Project and Development Division handles sales and marketing for Creekside Village.
According to Anderson, the "price point" for the 40-home Ladson community ranges from the $130,000s to the $150,000s. Yet the 1,180- to 1,430-square-foot houses boast 9-foot ceilings, screened-in porches, recessed lighting, double vanities, laundry rooms with stackable washers and dryers and plenty of storage.
How the village is able to offer bargain prices with such perks involves a novel construction move.
Residences are affixed two to a lot. But unlike townhomes, the connection is subtle - formed by two storage units at the back of the house but no side-by-side living areas.
Anderson says the idea for the two-to-a lot construction emerged from viewing similar-styled dwellings in a neighborhood off Bees Ferry Road.
Locally based Port City Homes frames the Creekside Village residences, a departure from its typical custom and semi-custom designs in metro Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
"These are not cookie-cutter houses," Anderson says. At the same time, "The only way to do this to build affordably was put two on a lot. Nothing is remotely in this price."
According to the neighborhood website, there are three floor plans: the Stratford, Berkeley and Marion. The one- and two-story plans sport garages, at least two bathrooms and the option of a first floor master suite.
Anderson says the development has been in the works for awhile but the housing market remained soft. "Obviously, we were waiting for the recession to end."
The first four homes went up recently on University Drive just north of Crowfield Boulevard. The neighborhood will stretch two blocks west to Kentucky Drive. Homes are actively on the market and are immediately available, he says. Potential buyers include first-time homeowners and downsizing couples.
"We are in such a wonderful location," Anderson says. "There's a lot of manufacturing, high-tech businesses. A corporate center's across the street." Meanwhile, "we are five minutes to historic Summerville." And Creekside Village sits in a proximate place for schools: College Park Elementary and Middle schools and Stratford High School are within walking distance.
When entering the community, the first house is the sales model, a two-story Stratford floor plan priced at $152,350.
Spotlight features include the roomy kitchen with range, microwave, dishwasher and pantry. Upgrades such as granite countertops are available.
All homes are pre-wired to handle audio and visual components, and they come with the Home Team Pest Defense built-in treatment.
Homeowners association dues are expected to be $60 a month and include pressure washing once a year and 12 months of lawn maintenance, Anderson says.
"We are ready to start building now. People are just coming by to see them," he says. "I'm really proud and excited to bring an affordable (neighborhood) to this area."
Creekside Village stands on the west side of College Park Road. Traveling west, take Interstate 26 to exit 203. Turn right onto College Park Road and continue two miles, passing the turn to Stratford High. Make a left into University Drive, which cuts back to the south. Ahead on the right is Creekside Village.
For more information, visit www.creeksidevillagehomes.com.
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Doors lead to the backyard and to the screened-in porch from the spacious living room at the two-story Creekside Village residence. Leroy Burnell/Staff 3/26/2014×
The Stratford model dining room rests off the kitchen. Leroy Burnell/Staff 3/26/2014×
Large cabinets, range and microwave highlight the cooking center. Refrigerators are extra in the Creekside Village homes. Leroy Burnell/Staff 3/26/2014×
Double vanity sinks mark this house in Creekside Village. Leroy Burnell/Staff 3/26/2014×
Screen porches are found in most homes in the College Park Road community. Leroy Burnell/Staff 3/26/2014×
Two moderate-sized storage spaces side-by-side connect two homes together on one lot. Leroy Burnell/Staff 3/26/2014×
Stairs lead to the second floor of the sales design. Leroy Burnell/Staff 3/26/2014×