By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
If any two people were instrumental in launching Royal Harbor, it’s Billy and Mary Alice Hunt.
The couple were searching for property when Mary Alice located a lot on a vacant, overgrown tract of land edging the Stono River. The land was in what was going to be a subdivision but didn’t get off the ground.
They bought the lot at 5644 Barbary Coast at a bargain price. Sixteen years ago, Billy Hunt built a three-bedroom, 3,800-square-foot house on the property, located on the outskirts of Hollywood.
“We enjoy it,” he says.
Hunt, a contractor, went on to construct five more homes and hammered out six docks to the river including the couple’s 1,000-foot structure over marsh with a lift and floater. The Hunts wound up with 14 lots all told and helped form a homeowners association. Today, Royal Harbor has 26 houses situated along streets with piratenames — Barbary Coast, Jean Lafitte and Captain Kidd.
The statuesque fiber-cement and stucco sided house on two acres is for sale for $1,225,000.
“It’s a family (home),” says Behren Kittrell, Realtor and owner of Charleston Flat Fee Real Estate who is the property’s listing agent. “It’s really homey.”
What differentiates the two story-residence from most places is the host of special features applied by the owners.
They’re noticeable right from the entrance, which opens to a great room with arched columns, oak floors and a fireplace. Brightly painted on the upper walls are murals with Lowcountry theme, one of several designs around the house by a Summerville artist. Mary Alice Hunt designed two stained glass pieces of art that are hanging in the living room and lent her artist’s touch to an end table.
Large windows look out on the dock and river — which is also the Intracoastal Waterway and attracts yachts sailing up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
Accessible from the front or back of the living room is the kitchen, marked by pickled maple cabinets; granite topped island; black on black appliances; and oak floors. A formal dining room is at one end of the kitchen and a breakfast area at the other end.
Across the hall is a half-bath with porcelain sink on a wooden-cabinet base. Also off the kitchen is a laundry room large enough for cabinets, sink and washer and dryer.
The couple upgraded their home a dozen years ago, adding a large eight-sided den on the back west corner. The oversized den sports a big-screen television and sizable windows with fan-shaped transoms. Also in the den is a mural of bluebirds and other natural features.
Stairs are on the home’s western wing. They lead up a half-flight to an office and an adjoining billiards room. Around a bend and up another few steps are a large bedroom that could serve as a second master suite and a guest room at the end of the hall.
On the opposite wing of the house is the ground floor master suite, complete with carpeted bedroom overlooking the backyard; his and her closets; and a sizable bathroom sporting ceramic tile floors, whirlpool tub and separate shower.
Located on the west wing, the two car garage can be accessed from the hallway. A smooth epoxy floor keeps the garage tidy. Off the parking area is a heated and air conditioned room that Mary Alice Hunt has made into her art studio. Beyond is a screened-in room that houses plants. There’s also a side door off the garage.
Outside, the Hunts have provided interesting landscaping and features. The back lawn leads to a wide and long slatted floor with a shed at one extreme and a covered outdoor kitchen with stove at the other. A narrow gravel trail leads from the shed to the front of the house: that’s where Hunt drives his ATV to maneuver about the property. Under the den floor is a workroom that’s just 6 feet tall — Hunt, fortunately is somewhat stockier than that.
Kittrell foresees the buyer of 5644 Barbary Coast as a fan of the water and boating. The home is also well-designed for people who like to entertain.
If it’s a family, “I think possibly (the family would have) mature children, being a split floor plan,” she says.
The house is on the southern tip of the neighborhood. Traveling south, take Savannah Highway through town. Pass the Main Road intersection and go about three miles to S.C. Highway 162. Bear left toward Hollywood. Take the first left across the railroad tracks on Chaplins Landing Road. Make the first left on Royal Harbor Road. Follow Royal Harbor for about a mile. Turn right on Barbary Coast, which is a dirt road. Ahead is 5644 Barbary Coast.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agent: Behren Kittrell, Realtor/owner
Office: Charleston Flat Fee Real Estate
Philosophy: “Whether I am working with a first time buyer or a seller wanting to downsize, my clients all have something in common: achieving a goal. It is always a pleasure to help people realize their goals.”