By JIM PARKER The Post and Courier
Call them spacious, roomy, airy. Some houses project an openness that goes beyond square footage, lot size and expansive views.
Based on the prevailing tides of opinion, 2525 Ballast Point would fit the description.
The two-level house with underneath garage, located on a distant cul de sac in Rivertowne east of the Cooper, is priced for sale at $799,000.
Given its open floor plan, 4,400-square-foot size, four bedrooms and .41 acre lot, the custom home is well-designed for families. Parents and children account for “a lot of people who come through here,” says Patrick Mahaney, Realtor with Prudential Carolina Sun Real Estate who is listing the home.
Yet Mahaney says he’s seen a mix of shopper types look at the house in the past months. Older couples could enjoy the layout, thanks to panoramic views of pristine marsh and the flowing Wando River, a top-to-bottom elevator and areas to entertain as well as to get away.
He says the house would work for grandparents from colder climes who recently moved to the Charleston area and need the space because “people come visit you all the time.”
Built five years ago, 2525 Ballast Point has an attention to design and construction details that’s visible in crown molding and other intricate work, he says.
From the outside, the house stands out for its broad shape, ample front yard and two rounded windows framing the front door that resemble ship’s portals. Across the street are woods. A side driveway leads to the three-car garage, which has two entry doors.
The front set of stairs tie to a 10-foot covered porch that runs the length of the house and touts tongue and groove floors, bead board ceilings and two sitting areas.
In his listing report, Mahaney describes the image when walking in the front door. “A large entryway with dramatic curved staircase welcomes you and your guests.”
Inside are Brazilian cherry floors, 10 foot ceilings and eight foot doors on the first floor and nine foot ceilings on the top level. The house has a bedroom on the main floor and three more upstairs as well as three full baths and two powder rooms.
Centering the main level is what’s now set up as a dining room. A cast stone fireplace is at one end. Opposite the fireplace is the gourmet kitchen, noted for rows of cabinets, center island and a large walk in pantry. A gas cooktop built into the island is part of the upgraded appliance package, which also sports a stainless steel refrigerator, Thermador oven, microwave and Bosch dishwasher with wooden front that’s built among counter drawers. A breakfast area opens to the covered side porch, which wraps around to the back.
Next to the kitchen is a great room, considered a gathering place for family and friends, Mahaney says. Off the living quarters is an open air deck and adjacent screened-in porch. Steps lead to the backyard.
The main floor guest suite, complete with bedroom and full bath, provides marsh views and is accessible to the screened porch. Also on the main level is a library-study and a laundry room with cabinets and space for washer and dryer.
Upstairs is a master suite that Mahaney calls “a true retreat.” Highlighting the bedroom is a coffered ceiling and a huge walk-in closet. There’s private access to a porch that overlooks the Wando River. And the luxurious bath consists of a soaking tub, glass and tile shower and dual vanities.
A Jack and Jill bathroom connects two more upstairs bedrooms. A large media room with wet bar is in the middle of the top floor and opens to the balcony.
The house boasts high-tech features: surround sound, security and computer systems and energy-saving foam insulation. A special home lighting system provides up to three choices on a switch, such as dimmed for TV watching or mood lit for parties. Custom landscaped with an irrigation system, the property also has a gas generator for emergencies.
Rivertowne, he says, offers community attractions including swimming pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, walking and biking trails and top-notch golf course.
Someone buying 2525 Ballast Point wouldn’t be shortchanged for places to play, he says, “with all the amenities of Rivertowne.”
The house will be open Sunday 2-5 p.m. as part of The Post and Courier’s Spring Tour of Homes (see the main story in the Real Estate section for more details).
It is toward the western edge of the neighborhood. Take S.C. Highway 41 north to the Rivertowne entrance. Turn left and follow Rivertowne Parkway to Rivertowne Country Club Drive. Make a left, then turn right on Brick Kiln Parkway. Follow the parkway through a traffic circle, and turn right on Ballast Point. On the right is 2525 Ballast Point.
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Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGENT SPOTLIGHT Agent: Patrick Mahaney, Realtor of Distinction and Certified Distressed Property Expert
Office: Prudential Carolina Sun Real Estate
Phone: 843-725-8003 Philosophy: “Helping buyers and sellers to achieve their goals in this challenging real estate market by providing solid market knowledge, accurate price trending and experience.”