Airy layout, striking features mark modular lakeside home in removed James Island neighborhood

A wide front porch accentuates the front of 1173 Sea Eagle Watch, located on James Island.

Leroy Burnell

Go figure – five bedrooms, three baths and a powder room, loft office, living and dining rooms, island kitchen: all in 2,614 square feet.

Those aren’t tiny rooms either. Carol Towers, who owns the house with husband Bob Towers, originally had her work area in what is now an ample walk-in closet.

Add a sizable underneath garage, sprawling front porch and wide back deck overlooking a 4.3-acre lake, and you’ve got 1173 Sea Eagle Watch on James Island. The property is on the market for $680,000.

“It’s really laid out well (with) plenty of room for entertaining,” says Andie Weathers, listing agent with Carolina One Real Estate.

Marked by columns in front, the custom-built modular house is on a quarter-acre lot in Seaside Estates, a secluded community not far from Secessionville Road. As modular construction, the home was built in 2007 under controlled conditions in a plant and assembled on site. Weathers says the house is “very sturdy.”

At the same time, high-end accoutrements distinguish the home inside and out. Floors are Australian cypress. Kitchen and bathroom countertops are granite. Bathrooms employ bowl sinks, and two baths showcase jetted tubs.

The Towers built the house so it would be cozy for just the two of them and roomy when their children and grandkids would come to visit.

As a result, the Towers agree that the property would be fitting for a young family or for a couple who have frequent guests. The lake is great for kayaking, Bob Towers says, noting he can put in right at the edge of the backyard.

For boaters, Seaside Estates provides a community landing on nearby Clark Sound, which connects to Charleston Harbor and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean. Homeowners association dues are a reasonable $500 a year.

Built to the couple’s specifications, 1173 Sea Eagle Watch incorporates renewable materials and sprightly touches within an open layout that touts ease of movement.

There are two choices when entering the house: up a short flight of steps into the main living quarters or down stairs to the spacious garage.

Up on the main floor is the family room, which has sufficient space for large and small furniture. A gas fireplace and a big-screen television hug one corner. Doors open to a large porch with bead-board ceiling. The wooden railing is fitted with stylish metal wires so that the view is not obstructed.

On the opposite side of the living area is the kitchen, designed in a L-shape around a sizable island. Stainless refrigerator, oven, microwave and dishwasher and wooden cabinets highlight the kitchen.

The master suite is in a wing of the main floor. A spacious bedroom connects to the luxury bath, complete with whirlpool tub and separate shower. Rounded mirrors surrounded by light are found in the master bath. There’s also a half-bath near the front of the house and a laundry room off the kitchen with a door from the back porch.

Up a second flight of stairs are four more bedrooms and three baths, including one outfitted with a jetted tub and another with a mahogany sink base. At the head of the stairs is a deep loft overlooking the main floor that Carol Towers now uses as her office.

Among the home’s energy-saving features are a tankless water heater and a special film that makes the windows wind-resistant.

The couple enjoy the home’s blend of spaciousness and convenience.

“It’s very easy to take care of,” Carol Towers says.

Seaside Estates is just east of Seaside Plantation. To reach the house, travel south on Folly Road to Bur Claire Drive. Turn left and follow Bur Claire across Secessionville Road and past the Seaside Plantation monument. Continue on Seaside Plantation Drive, which runs into Sea Eagle Watch. On the right is 1173 Sea Eagle Watch.