Judging from the pair of outdoor showers and multitude of rooms with a view, this three-tier home leaves hints that it's near a big body of water.

Darlene Smith, broker associate with Carolina One Real Estate, describes the residence as "beachy."

Sure enough, 3001 Palm Blvd. overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, which is a block away. The 3,072-square-foot house on the Isle of Palms offers vacation-like attractions such as a ritzy heated pool, retractable cover, spa, chic outdoor kitchen with Jenn-Air and Viking appliances, screened-in porch and Charleston gas lights. The yard encompasses one-third of an acre, one of the largest on the island.

Inside, the residence's kitchen and powder room boast Yemassee-based "Vetrostone" countertops made of quartz, sea glass and flecks of oyster shell.

Yet the 19-year-old residence sporting four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths isn't a beach house in the classical sense.

While graced with hardwood floors including "ipe" (Brazilian walnut) stairs and deck, the homeowners fashioned lush carpeting in the upstairs bedrooms. "It's great (walking) barefoot," says Edith Szafranski, who with husband Richard owns the house.

The living room and den show off interior appointments such as a fireplace, columns and Edith's paintings of area homes, buildings and landscaped scenes. Tray ceilings and dental moldings add to the home's style. As an added convenience, an oversized elevator connects the top floor, main level and a three-car underneath garage sporting a large utility room.

In brief, the dwelling blends the elegance of an estate home with the casual appeal of a house by the shore. Smith calls the residence, on the market for $1,590,000, "a beautiful house in perfect condition."

Noted for its up-to-14 foot ceilings, 3001 Palm Blvd. would be suitable for a slew of buyer types, according to the Realtor.

"I think it's potentially someone looking for a second home, or primary. But it could be a (vacation) rental." Smith says it's in a "great location," with public beach access just across Palm Boulevard.

The property is storm-protected, with a new roof that withstands winds up to 130 mph and Andersen sliding doors and Marvin windows safe up to 140 mph. A Rennai tankless water heater adds to the energy efficiency.

Peaceful surroundings and inspiring sunrises mark the residence's tranquil appeal, Szafranski says. In his experience, only Mepkin Abbey has been a more "spiritually nourishing place."

In her listing, Smith introduces 3001 Palm Blvd. as a "fabulous coastal home. Enjoy ocean breezes and views from the gracious porches on the first and second levels," she says.

Smith spotlights a host of features, including:

-Professionally landscaped lawn and plantings, with built-in irrigation and well.

-Mahogany double doors at the home's entrance.

-Gourmet kitchen with high-end Thermador and Dacor stainless steel appliances including double ovens, warming drawer and wine cooler; and a central island with gas cooktop.

-Spacious dining room and a great room boasting built-in shelves and a gas fireplace.

-A large master suite consisting of a spacious bedroom with ocean views and covered-porch access and a luxurious bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower.

-Plantation shutters and custom window treatments.

"Imagine having such a home with a spa-like setting in the backyard and all the benefits of two grills for all those island parties and enjoyment," Smith says.

The property stands about halfway between the center of town and the turnoff to Wild Dunes. Heading north, get on U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant. Follow the highway for about six miles to the Isle of Palms Connector. Turn right on the connector and proceed about five miles over the bridge to the Isle of Palms. Once on the island, turn left onto Palm Boulevard. Follow the boulevard to 30th Avenue. On the northeast corner is 3001 Palm Blvd.

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


Agent: Darlene Smith

Office: Carolina One Real Estate

Phone: 843-696-7824

Philosophy: "The Darlene Smith Team utilizes the latest technologies, market research and business strategies to exceed your expectations. More importantly, we listen and that means we find solutions that are tailored for you."