319 Ayers Circle Quaint brick home with detached ‘flex’ space in Summerville attractive for families, young professionals

An attention to detail can be found throughout this two-story home at 319 Ayers Circle in Summerville’s Salisbury Acres neighborhood.

Sure, there’s four-plus bedrooms, 3,407-square-foot size, backyard outbuilding and shed and close to half-acre lot.

Those are the types of perks that would lure many a house shopper with youngsters. But the prime appeal, the listing agent and owners say, is the cluster of houses next door and nearby.

“A family (would buy in) this neighborhood, because of its configuration,” says Candace Pratt, Realtor with Re/Max Pro Realty and listing agent for 319 Ayers Circle in Summerville. “It’s a big circle. They all know each other on the circle,” she says, citing how residents get together for Fourth of July parades and a Halloween maze.

The owners since 1999 recently put the house on the market for $374,900.

Located off Bacon’s Bridge Road, the 39-year-old house alternately refers to itself as part of Salisbury Acres or the even smaller Ayers Circle, which has about 20 homes. The enclaves are next to more sizable Newington Plantation.

Clay and Sandy Thornton own the home and raised their children there.

They enjoy the residence’s seclusion, tucked among a winding set of streets. “That’s one of the things we love about it,” that the home’s hard to get to, Clay Thornton says.

The Thorntons spent the past year or so renovating the house, which sports a cathedral ceiling in the den and doors to the outside that can withstand winds up to 170 mph. Noted local remodeler Jordy Tupper was the contractor.

Also downstairs are a sizable kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, separate dining room, living room, full bath and a sun room facing the backyard.

Upstairs, the home features a master suite with an extra-large bedroom, plush bathroom with double vanity sinks and a balcony with metal railings that looks over the front yard and neighborhood. There are two more second-floor bedrooms with adjoining bath and a furnished room over the two-car garage. The house also touts twin attic eaves for storage, which aren’t included in the square footage.

Another highlight of the property is a detached brick building out back. The 625-square-foot structure with high ceilings and open floor plan offers a number of possible uses.

“We thought this could be made into a mother-in-law’s suite, even as rental property,” Pratt says, noting the extra building isn’t included in the home’s square footage, either. The yard also has a 152-square-foot shed for lawn equipment and a small workshop. Years ago, the house had a swimming pool, which has been replaced by additional lawn.

Another advantage to the property is it sits up, and isn’t close to creeks running through the area. “As the crow flies, it’s six blocks to the Sawmill Branch,” Pratt says.

In her listing description, the agent speaks of 319 Ayers Circle as a “gorgeous family home.” She says the house proves comfortable to live in and set up for entertaining.

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“All downstairs rooms flow one to the other,” Pratt says. She highlights the formal living and dining rooms, spacious kitchen and breakfast room and a den with “soaring ceiling and wet bar.” Custom plantation shutters and sunscreen blinds were just installed, she says.

The house counts five bedrooms, although the finished room over the garage is now adapted into an upstairs family room. The kitchen, breakfast room and sun room have title floors. The living quarters feature wood floors, while bedrooms are carpeted. There’s a large foyer and cedar hall closet. Pratt points out the “huge” master bedroom and spread-out bath.

In describing the outbuilding, Pratt noted it’s a good place for hobbies or a “man room;” has its own electrical service; and sports a separate heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

“Looking for a big kitchen, and fabulous space for living, this is the perfect house,” Pratt says.

And, Thornton notes, don’t forget the neighborhood. “It’s a great circle, a little small community.”

The house sits close to a bend on Ayers Circle. Heading northwest, take Interstate 26 West to exit 209B, which is Ashley Phosphate Road. Make a left on Ashley Phosphate and proceed to Dorchester Road. Turn right on Dorchester Road and continue to Bacon’s Bridge Road. Make a right on Bacon’s Bridge and go more than one mile, steering left on Edisto Drive. Veer left onto Wannamaker Avenue, which bends right and runs into Ayers Circle. Ahead on the right is 319 Ayers Circle.

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