Jimmy Brown in 2009 unveiled five new townhomes filled with perks and showcasing a dock and pristine sights of Goose Creek.
The trendy Hanahan-based residences quickly drew buyers, good news for the developer and agent who grew up in the Berkeley County city and lives a few blocks away.
"It is the Lowcountry lifestyle," he says.
Unfortunately in his case, the venture stopped just as quickly as it had caught on. The national real estate market fell into a prolonged slump and wouldn't begin to recover until a year ago.
Brown took a break - a long break - from his ambitious project, Dominion Village.
"We sold these five and then just hunkered down," he says. "We thought it was going to be a year."
At long last, the real estate market's turning, particularly in a strengthening economy such as metro Charleston's. The five Dominion Village townhomes, alone overlooking the deep water creek and marsh for so long, are now joined by a grouping of seven more residences up for sale.
Before long, another seven-unit building will rise next to the community's creekside boat landing.
They're priced at $289,000 to $299,000, a bargain for new waterfront properties these days. "What's amazing about this, to be on the water, with this kind of quality, this kind of view (for less than $300,000), it doesn't exist in Charleston," he says.
"We started marketing these three to four months ago," says Brown of the seven new 2,020-2,030 square-foot townhomes at the entrance to Dominion Village. He's promoting the townhomes in conjunction with Carolina One New Homes.
"All are two to three bedroom options" with two full baths and a powder room, he says. The third floor bonus room can be turned into a bedroom, office or media room. "You put a TV in, set up a home theater," Brown says.
Other features include hardwood floors on the main story, master bedroom and stairs; 9-foot smooth ceilings on the first two levels; granite countertops in the kitchen and bath; stainless steel kitchen appliances with gas stove and refrigerator; 42-inch kitchen cabinets; carpeted bedrooms; tank-less gas water heater; and elevator options.
"They come standard," Brown says, "everything you see."
Meanwhile, the townhomes showcase second floor balconies and lots of windows for breathtaking views of water and marsh.
Plans call for the next phase to be finished by late fall, which will give the community 19 townhomes. Promotional materials cite 37 "custom townhomes" eventually.
"We just built it as we go," Brown says. "I think we'll have it all built out in the next two, two-and-a-half years."
Brown says there are a number of reasons the townhome village has proven attractive in its recent rebirth. The water's a top one.
"For those of us who grew up in the Lowcountry, being on the water is an integral part," he says. "We've got a boat ramp, a huge dock on the property. Take a right (on the creek), you're out to Charleston Harbor in 30 minutes."
Also, Dominion Village Townhomes sits close to major job creators. "We are five minutes either side from Boeing and SPAWAR," the aircraft builder and military operation respectively that are the two largest employers in metro Charleston, he says.
"Hanahan is a real special place to live," Brown says. "It's real comfortable here. We hope more people will join us."
The developer-agent says townhome buyers don't have to worry about him going anywhere.
"This is my backyard. I'm not moving," he says. "They are my neighbors."
Dominion Village townhomes are just north of the Dominion Hills residential neighborhood.
Traveling north and west, get on Interstate 26 to I-526 heading toward Mount Pleasant. Take the first exit, North Rhett Avenue, and turn left. Follow North Rhett to Yeamans Hall Road. Make a left at the traffic light on Yeamans Hall, then go about a mile and turn right on Maple Street. Steer right off Maple to Steward Street. Ahead at 5911 Steward Street is Dominion Village.
For more information, visit www.dominionvillage.net or call Brown at 843-670-5704.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.