1873 Ellis Creek Landing

Two levels of living space and a large garage highlight 1873 Ellis Creek Landing on James Island.

Leroy Burnell

The time-honored real estate mantra is location, location, location. But what does that mean, exactly?

If it's a house, then residing close to shopping, restaurants, golf courses can be a draw for the convenience. But such a spot can be jammed with traffic. Of course, a waterfront hideaway can be alluring, but it may be miles from civilization.

The best deal, then may be to live near amenities AND an isolated body of water if that were possible. Well, maybe it is. Consider the setting of 1873 Ellis Creek Landing. The three-level house has a dock on deep water yet is less than five minutes from James Island's business district on Folly Road and 15 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.

"It's so quiet," says real estate agent Debbie Edge, who is listing the property with fellow Century 21 Properties Plus agent Theresa DeLong. "You wouldn't know this place is back here."

The 3,309-square-foot home, located in the small, gated Ellis Creek neighborhood, is for sale for $1,299,000. The community has eight lots, with just two lots left for construction. Four of the properties are on Ellis Creek. The homeowners association dues are $600 per year.

An interested buyer is "really somebody who wants to be on the water," DeLong says. "It's really in the middle of nowhere."

Built in 2007, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home has an open layout with Lowcountry style porches. Wooden stairs lead to a long front deck and the home's entrance.

Oak floors are found throughout the interior, and rooms on the second level have 10-foot ceilings. There's a dining room just off the entrance and a laundry with cabinets. Spotlighted by high ceilings, the great room has built-in bookshelves and space for a flat-screen television. An all-window breakfast alcove off the kitchen has creek views.

The kitchen comes well-equipped with central island, shaker panel cabinetry, Jenn Air gas stove and other stainless appliances.

Double-glass and wood doors connect the family room, master bedroom and alcove to a covered rear porch with extra-sturdy Brazilian ironwood floors. A spiral staircase leads from the porch to the ground level, which has a porch as well. The third floor has a loft, storage and a walkout balcony with sweeping views of creek and marsh.

A three-car garage, which has extra room for a fitness area and a small tool shop, occupies the first floor. The roof of the house is metal, Edge says.

Outside, the yard is landscaped with indigenous plants, shrubs and grasses and surrounded by live oaks. There's an irrigation system and night lights. "They put a lot into the yard and all," DeLong says. The short dock carries out to a floater on the tidal creek. Kayakers or jet skiers can follow the creek, which meanders east and west.

Meanwhile, "you are three minutes by car from Folly Road. That you don't hear traffic noise is amazing to me," DeLong says.

To get to the home, take the James Island Connector to Folly Road. Turn right. At the traffic light, turn left on Central Park Road at James Island Cinema. About one-half mile ahead, turn left on Riley Street. Follow Riley to the end. The neighborhood entrance is on the right, and 1873 Ellis Creek Landing is just inside the community on the left.

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

Agents: Debbie Edge, Theresa DeLong

Office: Century 21 Properties Plus

Phone: (843) 830-5599, (843) 696-3408

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