Comfortable, 22-home neighborhood on James Island the latest from steadily-growing Southwind Homes

Pemberton Farms is a new neighborhood of 22 homes off Fort Johnson Road on James Island.

A few miles south of Charleston Harbor, Pemberton Farms boasts less than two dozen houses, yet the new village brings an oversized distinction to its builder.

Locally based Southwind Homes opened the community off Fort Johnson Road this spring, the builder’s first village outside of the Goose Creek-Moncks Corner area. The upscale homes, priced from $369,000 to $395,000, showcase open layouts and high-end touches such as granite countertops and crown molding.

“This is the fourth subdivision for Southwind,” says John C. Vance, broker-in-charge and sales manager for Southwind Realty. “The location is one of the biggest attractions. To downtown from here is five minutes (subject to traffic). It’s 15 minutes to the beach.” James Island County Park also stands nearby, Vance says. “You don’t have to worry about traffic congestion.”

The builder describes Pemberton Farms as a new single-family residential community on James Island in the city of Charleston. The company dubs Pemberton Farms’ location near James Island Charter High School as quite convenient.

“With pricing starting in the high $300,000s, Pemberton Farms is a 22-lot community that provides home buyers with an intimate living environment while still being within immediate proximity to great schools, shopping, dining and countless other interests and amenities,” Southwind Realty says.

Vance notes that families “absolutely” are potential buyers. “The people we have looking at these homes already are on James Island and are looking to move up,” he says.

Property highlights include nine-foot ceilings on the first floor and vaulted ceilings in the owner’s suite, depending on the plan. Engineered hardwoods are found throughout the house, wainscoting in selected formal areas and 36-inch solid maple wood cabinets in the kitchen. Rear concrete patios are standard.

Southwind Homes markets 17 home sites and has framed five houses at Pemberton Farms, with one purchased thus far. Floor plans include the four-bedroom, 2,431-square foot Ashton with a base price of $395,000; four-bedroom, 2,294-square-foot Croyden at $375,000; four-bedroom, 2,369-square-foot Kingston at $385,000; and three-bedroom, 2,207-square-foot Parkwood — available with loft — at $369,000.

Each home counts a range of attractions, including:

• Self-cleaning smooth top range, microwave and dishwasher in the kitchen.

• Ceiling fans in every room.

• Two-and-a-half baths.

• Garden tub in the master bathroom.

• Carpet in the second-floor living areas.

• Low-maintenance cement plank siding.

• Ceramic tile in the upper floor bathrooms and laundry.

• Insulated, energy-efficient tilt-out windows for easy cleaning.

• Pedestal sink in the powder room.

• Two-car garage.

The builder offers upgrades such as a lawn irrigation system and screened-in porch at an extra cost.

Even so, Southwind Homes tends to include scores of features and just a few options. Stainless appliances, gas stove, tankless water heater and granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms are all standard perks. “They put everything in there,” Vance says.

According to its model home listings, Southwind Homes notes its focus is “all about simplifying your life so you can enjoy your days off from work.” The company started in Charlotte before moving to Mount Pleasant in 2009. The custom builder converted to volume contractor a couple of years ago.

Southwind Homes’ earlier neighborhoods in the Charleston area include townhomes at Lakeview Commons in Goose Creek. The company just launched townhouse construction at nearby Cokers Commons off Montague Plantation Road. And Southwind Homes began raising single-family homes in Cypress Grove in Moncks Corner late last year.

The builder and its realty will hold a grand opening at Pemberton Farms this weekend.

Reach Jim Parker at 843-937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.