27 Farmfield Ave. — Roomy, elegant Parkwood Heights home in West Ashley boasts stylish interior and towering front-yard oak

The Parkwood Heights house on the market at 27 Farmfield Ave. dates to 1974 (Jim Parker/Staff 9-10-2013).

Showing the house one day last week, June Kemmerlin Matzner made a point to remark about the family quarters. “This is my favorite room,” she says.

Hardwood floors highlight the gathering place, centered by a large wood-burning brick chimney with rectangular opening to stack wood. The oversized family room connects on either end to the kitchen and the foyer, while the two-way fireplace also opens to the dining room.

“There’s a story in every room,” she says.

Matzner, a Realtor with AgentOwned Realty, is listing agent for 27 Farmfield Ave. west of the Ashley. Built in 1974, the 4,200-square-foot home commands a sale price of $568,500.

The two-level brick residence touts plenty of features, notably five bedrooms and four-and-a half baths plus a renovated kitchen. A relatively open layout provides would-be buyers with options to revamp the house.

“The shell is here; they can do what they want to,” says Betty Beckum, the owner.

Outside, the half-acre property showcases a large front yard bordering quiet Farmfield Avenue. A prodigious live oak rises from the lawn, offering ample shade.

Shrubs, plantings and sitting areas distinguish the back yard, which also sports a corner garden.

“You can do a lot with this lot,” Matzner says.

According to Beckum, the 27 Farmfield Ave. property sits in a prime spot. It’s far enough south on Farmfield to be peaceful and traffic-free while close enough to Savannah Highway to easily access the main artery.

“This is a wonderful neighborhood,” she says. “It’s so close to town.”

Decades ago, the property was part of Farmfield Plantation — laid out in the 1850s and once covering 250 acres from Savannah Highway to Folly Road. The original plantation house stands at the foot of Farmfield Avenue, protected by land conservation easements.

A small covered porch ushers people into 27 Farmfield Ave. The modest foyer leads to the stairs or down a hallway marked by brick shelving with wooden top.

The first floor showcases formal living and dining rooms along with the gaping family area. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances accentuate the modern kitchen, which hooks to a “sunny” breakfast room showcasing bay windows, Matzner describes in her listing write-up.

On the west wing, striking features include a spacious wood-floored sunroom, enormous laundry-utility room, outdoor covered patio and a one-and-a-half car garage. The east side of the house incorporates three guest bedrooms, two adjacent bathrooms and a half-bath.

Upstairs, the home showcases an “amazing” four-room master suite, Matzner says in the listing report. Along with a sizable bedroom and attached bath, the suite takes in a sitting room equipped with gas fireplace and a bonus room “suitable for library or study,” she writes.

“This could be a great little getaway,” Matzner said last week.

A fifth bedroom sits apart from the master suite on the second floor. His and her closets, scores of cabinets and an extra 200 square feet of attic storage complete the upper level. “Everywhere you look is storage,” she says.

Considering all the bedrooms, the house should intrigue parents with children, Beckum says. She notes the only family to reside in the house was the original owner who also was the builder.

Recent upgrades include painting throughout and a new roof with architectural shingles. The house supports plenty of windows that keep the interior light and airy, she says.

Matzner agrees that the property is well situated. Nearby attractions include the West Ashley Greenway and the Charleston Tennis Center.

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In her listing, she cites the home as “perfect for family and formal entertaining.” And she dubs it a “must see residence.”

The house sits near the entrance to Parkwood Heights. Heading south, take Savannah Highway past the Avondale business district. Continue for not quite a mile. Turn left at the traffic light on Farmfield Avenue. Travel past a few businesses into the neighborhood. Ahead on the right is 27 Farmfield Ave.

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


Agent: June Kemmerlin Matzner

Office: AgentOwned Realty Co., Mount Pleasant

Phone: 843-224-7308

Philosophy: “I am an active Realtor in the Charleston area with more than 30 years experience, member of the Charleston Trident Area Association of Realtors Million Dollar Club and hold the Certified Residential Specialist and Accredited Buyer Representative designations. I really enjoy the “people” side of real estate, deriving my greatest satisfaction from the joy my clients have experienced through ownership of the right home. The median price of homes in the area have increased more than 500 percent since my early days as a Realtor.”