D.R. Horton unveils Oyster Point neighborhood, adjacent city park in Mount Pleasant

A large walk-in swimming pool sits adjacent to the clubhouse at Oyster Point, a new D.R. Horton neighborhood in Mount Pleasant.

The builder of a new East Cooper community slated for 535 upscale homes overlooking ponds, woodlands and pristine marshfront held a grand opening Aug. 14 that included golf cart tours of the property and the unveiling of a swanky clubhouse and outdoor attractions.

A year or two ago, D.R. Horton was clearing land for Oyster Point, officially established in 2013 off Rifle Range Road a mile north of the Isle of Palms Connector. The first homes are rising next to the subdivison’s Brigade Park and the Oyster Point Amenity Center, which touts an oversized swimming pool, playground and four tennis courts.

D.R. Horton’s sales team moved in four months ago, and residential construction has been ongoing. Seven homeowners have moved in, while 105 of the lots are sold. Plans call for about 50 townhomes or condos at some point.

Eventually. D.R. Horton and its sister high-end builder Emerald Homes will erect houses from the mid $300,000s and up throughout the property, including with views of Hamlin Sound and Gray Bay. A second set of tennis courts also will be constructed not far from a 960-foot community dock to a tidal creek.

The builder notes that many trees were protected, notably large live oaks that form natural breaks in the various sections of Oyster Point.

While much of the work has taken place this decade, the village’s roots date to 1999 when D.R. Horton’s regional chief first spied the unspoiled land next to historic Fort Palmetto. Developers would buy the site and turn over 30 acres for the city of Mount Pleasant to craft into Fort Palmetto Park, complete with a newly built tower, three miles of walking trails and more than 150-year-old earthenworks that Confederates under Gen. Robert E. Lee had slaves construct to ward off Union attacks from Charleston’s northern flank in the Civil War.

Dozens of buyers, potential homeowners and real estate agents enjoyed the late afternoon Aug. 14 festivities, which were comprised of live music, food, awards, giveaways and even a dunking booth with D.R. Horton managers and salespeople. The amenities center sits at 1500 Pearl Tabby Drive, a main route in the community. The clubhouse and sales center anchor the amenities complex, which includes a fitness wing and an interactive map of Oyster Point. Next to the swimming pool is a covered pavilion.

D.R. Horton sales agents provided regularly running golf cart tours of the wide-ranging property, and attendees could walk through the two-story clubhouse and around the lush grounds.

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