Anyone who's spent much time around Moncks Corner likely has heard the Law name at least in passing.
James Law served a mayor in the late 1980s and 1990s and later would be a state representative.
More recently, his son Jay Law and Jay's wife Mandy Law bought and renovated a 1920s house on Main Street in Moncks Corner and moved with their children into the home and office.
Located next to the school the couple attended, the house offers wide open spaces. "I've got a baseball and football field in my backyard," Jay Law quipped.
What's interesting about the Law couple is they went to school together in the Berkeley County seat, parted ways in college, rekindled a relationship afterwards, got married and lived across the Lowcountry from Mount Pleasant to James Island and Johns Island before returning to their home town in the past year.
"It's a great community," says Jay Law, a Realtor for The Beach Co. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.
"I'm getting good (volume of) showings," he says, noting that he's "amazed with the traffic on waterfront property." One property he's listing on Catfish Landing sports a 120 foot water frontage with a dock, Law says.
The Laws aren't the only people returning to their roots, or finding Moncks Corner for the first time.
The combined Goose Creek-Moncks Corner area ranked fourth highest in the Lowcountry last year in terms of its new homes' share at 32.8 percent of all residences, according to Charleston Trident Association of Realtors figures. Close to 400 houses are now on the market in Moncks Corner and environs.
Law credits the town's versatile, alluring real estate market. Lake Moultrie stands a couple of miles away: lakefront Pinopolis sports houses for sale in the upper six figures. Outyling estates top the million dollar barrier. And homes on the Cooper River near the Santee Cooper headquarters can be purchased at $500,000 or less.
Meanwhile, new homes communities south on U.S. Highway 52 and annexed into town attract hundreds of buyers to residences priced from the $150,000s to the $300,000s.
Law says he noticed the 218 Main Street house built in 1926 next to St. Johns school but the $750,000 price tag was high. Then the price dropped, and the couple scooped it up.
For all the moving around, the Laws believed "once the kids were ready for school, we need to go back to Moncks Corner," he says.
Their daughter Addison is 6; son Drayton is 3.
Moncks Corner's "Mayberry" like influence is already showing up. In their former homes, the children spent a lot of time indoors on tablets and video games. "When I got them on this property - we have been here three to four weeks - they've not asked about (video and electronic toys) one time," Law says. "They run to the open field."
Greater Moncks Corner can be reached from downtown Charleston a number of ways. The most direct involves heading west on Interstate 26 to exit 209A for U.S Highway 52. Take the exit and continue through upper North Charleston to Goose Creek. Stay on Highway 52 for about nine miles past Goose Creek to downtown Moncks Corner. New home neighborhoods such as Foxbank Plantation and Spring Grove are along the highway or accessible from side roads.
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MONCKS CORNER AT A GLANCE
Location: Berkeley County
Number of homes: Close to 5,000 including surrounding area
Square footage: 768-6,480
Look & feel: For a reasonably small town, Moncks Corner provides a slew of looks more typical to a larger city. The downtown sports the county courthouse and tree-lined streets. Tail Race Canal sits just north and east of town. Fancy homes and river docks with boats can be found in the Santee canal area. South on U.S. Highway 52 are new-homes neighborhoods with children riding bikes and playing in community parks. Greater Moncks Corner stretches as far as Cypress Gardens to the southeast and Bushy Park along the Cooper River due east of town. North of the village is Lake Moultrie, the fishing and watersports haven surrounded by moderate to upscale houses at Pinopolis and Bonneau.
Homes on market: 378
List prices: $29,990-$2.3 million
Schools: Berkeley, H.E. Bonner, Whitesville elementary; Berkeley Intermediate, Berkeley, Macedonia middle; Berkeley, Berkeley Alternative and Berkeley Middle College high.
Fun facts: While Mepkin Abbey isn't far away, historians typically credit landowner Thomas Monck as Moncks Corner's namesake; a then-new train depot became the center of the new town when it was chartered in 1885, according to S.C. Sciway.
Homes are being framed in the newer Fairmont neighborhood in the past couple of years. The greater Moncks Corner area is seeing a host of new-homes communities go up (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Stony Landing’s entrance is off U.S. Highway 52 bypass (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
This two-story home at Fairmont is an example of the new houses popping up around the Berkeley County seat (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
A red tin roof sets off this two-story house in Pinopolis near Moncks Corner (File/Jim Parker/Staff).×
High-end features mark the homes in Fairmont (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Docks can be large in Fairlawn Barony, which edges the Cooper River (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
This two-story house at 211 W. Main St. in Moncks Corner used to be a schoolhouse (File/Leroy Burnell/Staff).×
A gazebo casts a reflection at this Stony Landing property on the west branch of the Cooper River. Waterfront sites are attracting buyers to Moncks Corner and surroundings (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
This playground stands in the Fairmont neighborhood, one of numerous new-homes communities springing up around Moncks Corner (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Wildflowers grow in woods near the banks of the Cooper River in upscale Fairlawn Barony (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Bracken Fern and Fetterbush roads intersect in the new-homes Fairmont community (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
The west branch of the Cooper River widens just past Fairlawn Barony (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Sizable homes spotlight Stony Landing and other neighborhoods near the Santee Cooper headquarters in Moncks Corner (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Back porch stairs lead to a brick patio and then Pinopolis Cove from this house near Lake Moultrie (File/Jim Parker/Staff).×
An elegant living room marks this house in Fairmont near Moncks Corner in Berkeley County (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
The living room of this Main Street house includes hardwood floors and a built-in window seat (File/Leroy Burnell/Staff).×
Fairlawn Barony traces its roots to 1687, one of the earlier settlements in the Charleston area (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Brilliant blue colors distinguish this bedroom in a new home at Fairmont (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
A variety of home styles showcase Fairmont (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Near-mansion-sized residences spotlight Fairlawn Barony (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×