Rental properties are in short supply on upper Dorchester Road, where crews continue to work on finishing a four-lane expansion.

Yet the semi-rural area has considerable advantages as multifamily property. It's minutes from traffic crossroads and fairly close to a few neighborhoods, towns and a city or two. That's one reason why a developer selected the spot for the Arbor Village luxury apartment community.

"It's not too far here to Walterboro and anywhere in Summerville," says Mike Silky, regional manager of Drucker & Falk Real Estate, which runs the new 240-unit village.

Builders broke ground on Arbor Village in November. Construction continues on the three-tier apartment buildings: there will be 10 in all. The first renters moved in this month. At the same time, the community's comfortably sized clubhouse and resort-style swimming pool opened May 1.

Leasing's been "good," Silky says. "It's been busy."

Arbor Village offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments, with 20 of the one-bedroom and four of the three-bedroom models touting attached garages. "It's a really cool feature," he says. All units sport two baths except for the one-bedroom models with one bath apiece.

Rentals range in size from 703 to 1,443 square feet, and base rates run from $820-$1,475 a month. Renters can choose from nine floor plans: the Orchid, Pine, Azalea, Cypress, Camellia, Rosebud, Oak, Magnolia and Dorchester.

Arbor Village's first furnished model, a three-bedroom "Oak" layout, opened last week. It's one of a number of apartment homes with close-up views of the swimming pool.

Silky says the apartment community has attracted, "oh, everybody," in terms of demographic types. "We've got a great response," he says.

Depending on rental styles, units include either outside patios or enclosed sunrooms. Interiors consist of fiberglass plank floors that are like wood; 9-foot ceilings; and stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave in the "chef inspired" kitchens. Two- and three-bedroom apartments offer stand up showers and garden tubs.

Apartment homes can include custom cabinets, oversized closets, double-vanity sinks and private balconies on upstairs units.

Washer and dryer connections are provided but those appliances aren't supplied. "We do have an on-site laundry," says Phil Brangers, leasing consultant at Arbor Village.

The clubhouse and sales office at the front of the neighborhood boasts a business center, TV lounge, computer niche and 24-hour fitness gym offering weights, treadmills and yoga room. An outdoor kitchen spotlights the pool deck.

According to the community's website, other planned or completed features consist of a "tot-lot" playground, doggy retreat and walking trails.

Arbor Village provides rentable perks, such as private 242-square-foot garages at $100 a month, motorcycle garages for $50 and storage rooms and reserved parking at $35. There's also fenced boat parking.

Applegate & Co. is the developer of Arbor Village. A grand opening is planned for fall.

While just a few tenants live in Arbor Village as of yet, Silky foresees the community gaining popularity with "people who don't want to live in a city, (preferring things) a little less congested."

The apartment complex is south of Walnut Farms on Dorchester Road. Traveling west and north, take Interstate 26 to exit 209B for Ashley Phosphate Road. Turn left on Ashley Phosphate and go to Dorchester Road. Steer right onto Dorchester and proceed for about 10 miles, passing Bacon's Bridge Road. On the left at 10825 Dorchester Road is Arbor Village.

For more information, visit Arbor Village online at www.arborvillagesummerville.com or call 843-486-2233.

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