A dirt road crunches past lowland woods and the occasional horse field in rural Meggett. Charleston's sounds, and those of U.S. Highway 174, faded miles ago.

In a nondescript spot, an address marker and narrow lane appear on the left. The ride through lowland forest ends. In its place, the landscape opens up to wide, grassy grounds ringed by large trees. Continuing west, the football field-long unimproved driveway bends to the front of a three-tier house, built beside centuries-old oaks casting massive shadows.

The owners erected the house, at 4393 Park Island Road, a dozen years ago. From the back porch, views widen even more to sky's-the-limit scenes of marsh, tidal rivulets and Toogoodoo Creek. Travel the creek, and it connects to the Edisto River. The Intracoastal Waterway flows just 10 minutes away by boat.

"I could live here," says Peggy Ricker, Realtor for Carolina One Real Estate and listing agent for 4393 Park Island Road. "It would make such a wonderful home," says Ricker, who actually resides just a few miles away.

The 2,312-square-foot house, sporting a dock and boat lift and on a 2.32 acres of land, lists for $770,000.

"It's a great piece of property on outstanding deep water," says Peggy's son Gregory Ricker, likewise a Realtor with Carolina One Real Estate.

In their description of the property for sale, Peggy Ricker highlights the residence's upscale insides complementing its pristine location.

The custom built house, according to the listing, boasts "magnificent views on deep water" and sits just 1.5 miles from the Edisto River - which doubles for the ICW in places.

For the boating enthusiast, the property comes well-equipped. There's a floating dock, fixed pier head and 8,000-pound boat lift, she says. Meanwhile, the house touts 177 foot frontage on the body of water just off the back yard, known as Tom Creek. The creek stands six feet at low tide, putting the property on "prime deep water," she says.

Also spotlighting the exterior are oak trees from the 1800s and a more recent edition - a sizable flower garden, Ricker says.

She notes that the "elegant" home comes complete with four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and an office-study.

In a nod to flexibility, the house positions the master suite on the first floor. Perks include a bath with walk-in shower and Italian tile, as well as a bedroom ceiling fan. Three more bedrooms and another bath are on the second level.

Another highlight: the "very large" kitchen, Ricker says. Spiffs consist of Corian countertops and sink; Italian tile flooring; custom cabinets and a host of appliances; all of which convey.

The dining room opens to a screen porch, which offers "breathtaking views of deep water, marsh and 200 year old oak trees," she says.

Nearby stands the living room, noted for a high ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows, a wood burning fireplace and hardwood floors, Ricker points out in the listing.

Another outdoors feature involves extra space to situate a boat under the house "with lots of additional storage," she said. A two-car garage provides storage room and places to park vehicles.

From a safety standpoint, "This home features whole house reverse osmosis water purification system with 1,000 gallon tank and hurricane shutters for all windows and doors," she says.

Although miles from towns, the property stands quite close to area amenities.

These include six "amazing" parks within 20 minutes: Edisto Beach State Park, Botany Bay County Park, ACE Basin Headquarters, Caw Caw County Park, Dungannon County Park and Roxberry Park. A half dozen boat ramps are within 15 minutes. They are Park Island, Toogoodoo Landing, Steamboat Landing, Willtown Bluff Landing, Penny Creek Landing and Dawhoo Landing.

Meanwhile, there are two farmers markets and a seafood market within 15 minutes on Edisto Island.

"If you want water and history that dates back to 1600s, this is the place for you," Ricker says in the listing.

The house resides near the middle of Park Island Road. Heading south, take Savannah Highway out of town. Continue for about 10 miles to S.C. Highway 174 at Adams Run. Turn left on Highway 174 and go for another six miles or so. Veer left on White Point Road. Follow White Point for about two miles. Make a left on Park Island Road. Ahead of the left is 4393 Park Island Road.

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

AGENT SPOTLIGHT

Agents: Peggy Ricker, Greg Ricker

Office: Carolina One Real Estate

Phone: 843-209-1711 (Peggy Ricker); 843-209-8229 (Greg Ricker)

Philosophy: "Our commitment is to serve clients and customers with respect, honesty, and professionalism. Helping people realize their dream of homeownership is very rewarding, and we strive to reach even more people as the Charleston area continues to grow."

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