Ample acreage, subtle design perks accentuate new homes underway at emerging Summerville area neighborhood

Hidden Hills kicked off in the late 2000s with a handful of homes in the Summerville area and is now getting a new builder in Lowcountry Residential Builders (Jim Parker/Staff 4-7-2014).

Finding your way to Hidden Hills can take a few zigs and zags. Once there, however, the community touts huge lots and counts a few upscale homes.

The wooded, removed layout caught the eye of Ryan Smith and Lowcountry Residential Builders.

"We bought 29 lots," more than half of the total, says Smith, a builder partner.

At least five families live in Hidden Hills, launched in the late 2000s. "We are going to try to bring some more neighbors out here," says Smith, builder partner.

Based in Summerville, the contractor offers seven home styles with brick exteriors and/or columns and base prices from $225,000 to $251,000. The two-story designs span from 2,054 to 2,300 square feet, but Lowcountry Residential Builders also supplies models up to 2,820 square feet. Homes encompass three to four bedrooms and as many as two-and-a-half baths.

Selections include the three-bedroom Hickory floor plan, Wando, Maple, four-bedroom Maple, Cypress with two-car garage, four-bedroom Cypress and Palmetto, according to the company. Other plans consist of the Stono, Cooper and Ashley.

Carolina One New Homes handles sales and marketing at Hidden Hills, which was developed originally by a father and son builder-Realtor team.

Lowcountry Residential Builders this month completed a Maple design that's being used to show to customers and interested parties. The house is among a few spec homes that the builder has framed to boost inventory.

"We try to keep them moving," Smith says.

A big selling point, he says, is the lot sizes, which range from .7 to 4.66 acres. "There's a lot of wetlands." With the multi-acre lots, "They don't have the neighbors right next to them." Home prices include the cost of the lots.

Barry Cunningham, agent with Carolina One New Homes, serves as the community manager but he's not on site all the time and provides showings by appointment.

He says the new residences sport "stainless steel appliances, 9 foot ceilings and 42-inch upper cabinets" in the kitchen.

"We do a lot of energy efficient (extras)," Smith says, such as radiant barrier roofs and ecologically friendly Andersen brand windows. The homes come with two-car garages, in most cases attached but at least one detached version.

Headed for more than 40 homes, Hidden Hills doesn't include amenities. But the property showcases a handful of secluded ponds that will include lot price premiums.

Cunningham foresees purchasers from "across the (demographic) board." That can include families who want room "to spread their wings," he says.

Notes Smith, "It's people who want to get away."

Hidden Hills sits less than a mile from Central Avenue in Dorchester County. Traveling north, take Interstate 26 to exit 209B for Ashley Phosphate Road. Make a left and follow the roadway to Dorchester Road. Steer right on Dorchester and continue for about two miles to Old Orangeburg Road. Angle right and go three miles on Old Orangeburg to the traffic light at Embassy Drive. Make a left on Embassy Drive and go two miles to Central Avenue, hanging a right. Veer left off Central onto Roberts Road, then make a left on Fall Creek Boulevard. Follow signs for Hidden Hills to Sleepy Hollow Court and turn left. Ahead on the left on Sleepy Hollow is the sales spec house.

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