The community sits out in the country, a few miles through Berkeley County pines and oaks to and from the closest subdivisions and thoroughfares.

Yet Pimlico - launched close to 50 years ago - continues to attract new buyers, including two recent purchasers on adjacent streets who both work at Boeing.

Among the neighborhood's attractions are a stocked lake and frontage on the Cooper River, which leads boaters on scenic journeys north to the Santee Cooper lakes and south to Charleston Harbor.

"They've kept it serene, real calm and relaxing," says Margaux Kilgallen, a Realtor with Beresford Realty and listing agent for 1809 Perch Road in Pimlico. The 2,000-square foot brick home, which backs up to a narrow canal leading to the river, is on the market for $365,000.

The three-bedroom, two-bath residence dates to 1965 but has been well maintained with original wood floors, slate entryway and "great old wood beams," she says.

The property includes an addition - accessible from the back porch or from outside via French doors - that can be a guest area or fourth bedroom.

"I see this as a retirement place or a stepping stone (from a more moderate home to a riverside property)," Kilgallen says. "Let's face it, if you can get on the water" at a reasonable price, that's a good deal, she says.

Another perk involves the landscaped lot, one-third of an acre with oversized backyard. "You've got a (wide) lot. You don't have people hovering over you," she says.

The property isn't isolated, though. There are houses on either side and across the canal, which holds three feet of water at low tide. The property touts a boardwalk and dock slip on the channel, enabling an owner to park a boat behind the property and enjoy easy access to the Cooper River's west branch. "It's a beautiful ride," she says, noting that Mepkin Abbey stands across the river. When not in use, the boat can stay in the slip, since the basin is freshwater, she says.

Inside, the house benefits from a reasonably open layout and upgraded features. The foyer leads to a sizable family room, marked by custom shelves and a gas fireplace along the far wall. Off the family area resides the kitchen, complete with upscale countertops and refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and microwave. There's also a formal dining room near the front of the house.

The good-sized bedrooms are at one end of the house, and all have ample windows bringing in plenty of light. The kitchen and family room open to the covered back porch, which sports a hot tub. Stairs, meanwhile, rise to an oversized attic with a built-in window and space enough to frame a room or so, Kilgallen says.

There's no garage but a short driveway provides space to park a car off the street.

While removed, Pimlico isn't more than 10 minutes from Moncks Corner and about 15 minutes from Summerville via U.S. Highway 52 and Cypress Gardens Road. Downtown Charleston is about a half-hour drive. "You are still close to town," she says.

All in all, the waterside locale stands out as the residence's prime feature. "Enjoy a short boat ride to Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion through the locks," Kilgallen says in her listing. "Have dinner along the way. You'll be the envy or all your friends."

Perch Road sits toward the northern end of Pimlico. Heading north, take Interstate 26 to exit 209A for Highway 52. Follow Highway 52 into Goose Creek and proceed 10 miles to Cypress Gardens Road. Steer right onto Cypress Gardens and make a right at the first intersection. Continue to a fork in the road and veer left onto Pimlico Boulevard. After two miles, make a left on Albert Storm Avenue into the neighborhood. Go a mile and turn right on Perch Road. Ahead on the left is 1809 Perch Road.

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Agent: Margaux Kilgallen

Office: Beresford Realty

Phone: 843-670-4035

Philosophy: "As a Realtor you are welcomed in to a home to help sell the memories attached to that home, or help buyers find the right place to create new memories. In this way real estate is a very personal business. As the broker-in-charge at Beresford Realty, my goal is to help my clients successfully navigate the personal and business side of real estate ... and to go the extra mile to help find the best place to call home."