Clearing Skies

The two-story Tradd model is one of seven floor plans in the upscale Cline Homes neighborhood on James Island.

The first homes at Cloudbreak Court went up in 2006, back when the real estate market was in high gear.

Over the next couple of years, the James Island village has focused on neighborhood activities. But there hasn’t been much construction. The community, off Riverland Drive near the James Island County Park, has seven lots left out of 24 planned homes.

Now, with the market showing signs of an upturn, the company’s builder and sales agents have started revving up plans to sell homes — relying on a revised marketing strategy.

“As we got into it, it’s a rebuilding of the community,” says Jeff Cline, owner-builder with locally based Cline Homes. “We have decreased prices to go along with the housing market but we haven’t decreased features.”

Cloudbreak Court is made up of two-story Charleston single homes on fairly large lots. There are currently 15 homes in the neighborhood.

Newly completed houses that are currently available are a three-bedroom 2,408-square-foot home priced at $459,000; four- to five-bedroom, 2,532-square-foot model costing $439,000 and a three-bedroom 2,200-square-foot floor plan for $399,000.

Cline Homes offers seven, open floor plans, all good for entertaining. They are the Tradd, which is also the sales model; Wentworth I; Calhoun; Beaufain; Ashley; Rutledge; and Wentworth II.

Sizes are 2,200 to 2,710 square feet. Prices range from $405,000 to $455,000, although they can be slightly higher or lower if extras are included or if homes have a “value discount package.”

Depending on the plan, the master bedroom can be upstairs or on the ground level. Other selected features are a bonus-game room, butler’s pantry, loft, separate breakfast and dining room and separate his and hers closets.

Standard attractions are plenty. They include fiber-cement siding, landscaped and sodded yards, walk-in closets, hardwood floors; 10 foot ceilings on the first level, crown molding and a garden tub and separate shower in the “owner’s retreat.” Gourmet kitchens provide 42-inch maple cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel wall oven, microwave, natural gas cook top and dishwasher.

As developer and builder, Cline Homes is willing to alter plans to suit the customer. “Basically the floor plans are designed by us; we have the ability to make changes,” Cline says.

“At least half of the folks have done something non-standard,” says Danielle Whitson, Realtor with Akers, Ellis & Co., which is handling sales at Cloudbreak Court. All homes provide two-car detached garages, but adding a mother-in-law suite would be a customized feature, so is installing deluxe windows and doors or adding balconies.

Notable community attractions are sidewalks and a “pond park” near the back of the property. Homeowners association dues run $340 a year.

Cline Homes is also constructing houses at The Retreat at Beresford in Berkeley County, Legend Oaks in Summerville and has plans to build at Carolina Park in Mount Pleasant.

Cloudbreak is the company’s first full neighborhood. Whitson says buyers include “young professionals and families with young kids.” As a group, they are people “who want all the limits and covenants of downtown but on James Island,” she says.

To get to Cloudbreak Court from downtown Charleston, travel west across the Ashley River Bridge. Steer left onto Folly Road, then cross the Wappoo Bridge and turn right on Maybank Highway. Follow Maybank to Riverland Drive and turn left. Turn right on Woodland Shores Road. The neighborhood is on the left.

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

Neighborhood: Cloudbreak Court

Location: Charleston County

Phone: (843) 406-0295

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Web site: www.cline-homes.com