What counts as a luxury home tends to be up to the beholder. But sometimes, the list of perks offers such overwhelming evidence that's no doubt of a posh pedigree.

Take 1954 Sandy Point Lane. The three-story, 8,000-square-foot property comprises six bedrooms, eight baths, swimming pool, cabana, marble foyer, gourmet kitchen, four-car garage, .74 acre lot, sprawling dock and 11-ton boat lift.

If that's not enough, the property's priced for sale at $3,875,000.

Located in Mount Pleasant's Rivertowne neighborhood, 1954 Sandy Point Lane serves up yet a few more bits of information to clinch its swanky status. The house rises on the "private island of Sandy Point," which is accessible by a low bridge, says Susan Aviles, Realtor with Aviles Real Estate Brokerage. It's also behind a gate and borders the Wando River.

"I think the big thing is the island," says Aviles, listing agent for 1954 Sandy Point Lane. There are just four homes on the tiny island, each very large or mansion size with sizable lots.

"We thought this was unique real estate," she says, noting that Aviles Real Estate wants to specialize in luxury homes.

Luxury-house hunters seem to agree that 1954 Sandy Point Lane stands out. "We are getting five inquiries a week," Aviles says, adding that the agency's now working with three people looking to purchase.

The property attracts interest from clientele who "need a second home here," she says. But it's also "a family home (for) people with a lot of money." The island's developer built the house 14 years ago and has lived there with his family since then.

In her listing, Aviles offers copious details about the residence. "Few properties enjoy such a privileged position," she says.

Among the interior spiffs:

- Mahogany double-front doors with transom and sidelights guide the way to a 20-foot-high foyer fitted with Travertine marble floors. There's a grand staircase that curves to the second floor and an "exquisite" chandelier, Aviles says.

- The oversized kitchen displays high-end granite countertops, rows and rows of cabinets, stainless steel appliances, six-burner gas and electric stove, double wall oven, two dishwashers and a breakfast bar with room for eight people.

- There's a gathering room with marble fireplace, formal dining room spacious enough for an extra-long table and chairs and "large rotund-like" breakfast nook that overlooks a "serene" creek flowing from the Wando, she says.

- Hand crafted features such as art niches; custom molding and cornices; designer lighting; imported beams, marble and tiles; inlaid Bavarian cherry wood flooring; and mahogany archways mark the house.

- The living room touts a 20-foot "open beamed" ceiling. There's also a bank of windows across the back of the home overlooking the river.

- The first floor master suite showcases hand carved mahogany sculptures set within built-in book shelves. There's also a fireplace, sitting area, private entrances to terraces and pool, two "hers" closets and another clothing room that's 80 square feet in size.

- Four upper-tier suites showcase bedrooms, full baths and private balconies. There's also a "handsome" library that overlooks the river.

- A nanny-housekeeper suite on the third floor incorporates a sizable bedroom and full bath.

- Upgraded appliances include three heating, ventilation and air conditioning units; year old water heater; central vacuum; and top-notch security system including video cameras. According to Aviles, the refrigerator, washer and dryer and furniture convey with the right offer.

Outside, the property showcases:

- A back deck offering "tranquility" with its cozy pool, abundant waterside seating and barbecue pavilion that can handle a dozen people around the granite bar. Surrounding the deck are custom designed gates and decorative ironwork, Aviles says.

- A brick parkway flanked by two "majestic" lion statues leads to a 1,000-square-foot heated and cooled garage with three wooden bays.

- Private dock, two covered pier heads, and 22,000 pound boat lift lip the river, which by the shore is 6 feet deep at low tide. A 32-foot Jupiter outboard boat and two personal watercraft convey "with an acceptable offer," Aviles says, noting that the owner estimates that the dock can hold up to a 50-footer.

"Savor the breath-taking views from most every room," the Realtor says in her listing. "Experience exquisite waterfront living in this awe-inspiring estate."

The house stands second from right on Sandy Point Island. Heading north, take U.S. Highway 17 past the Interstate 526 on-ramp to S.C. Highway 41 in Mount Pleasant. Turn left on highway 41 and proceed three miles to the traffic light at Rivertowne. Make a left and follow Rivertowne Parkway for about a mile. Turn left on Sandy Point Lane and stay on it through the community gate. Ahead is 1954 Sandy Point Lane.

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


Agent: Susan Aviles

Office: Aviles Real Estate Brokerage

Phone: 843-697-2383

Philosophy: "Our mission is to consistently and professionally exceed clients' expectations."