Across the water from Johnnie Baxley’s house stands Mepkin Abbey, the monastery on the west branch of the Cooper River.
He’s close enough to hear the bells peal. Once while visiting the cloister, the homeowner asked why the bells tend to sound once or twice at a time but on occasion will ring out a series of chimes.
He says he learned that the monks are in charge of the bells after vespers, the early evening worship service. According to one of the order, the active ringing seems to take place when a monk is duly inspired by a service.
Baxley’s house, which stands less than a mile by boat and 20 miles by car from the Abbey, is at 1817 Fishing Lane in the Pimlico neighborhood near Moncks Corner.
Debra Whitfield, agent with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors, lists the two-story riverfront home for $449,872.
“It’s great for hunting and fishing,” Whitfield says. Lake Moultrie is 11 miles north by water.
Whitfield specializes in assisting homeowners aged 55 and older with their real estate needs.
“These folks came to me to help them with the solution of downsizing — my niche market,” she says.
The three-bedroom, three-bath residence built in 1979 covers 2,576 square feet and includes a riverside pier, floating dock, boat ramp, outdoor kitchen, covered storage area and heated pool with a cover so that it can be enjoyed in the winter.
She says the home will attract buyers who enjoy the outside and are intrigued by its modernistic architecture.
“An artist originally built it,” she says of the home.
There’s a financial perk as well: “You don’t pay flood insurance,” Whitfield says.
Baxley and family bought 1817 Fishing Lane 14 years ago. “There was no pollution. You couldn’t smell the paper mill,” he says.
They moved from Hanahan. “We saw stars for the first time (in Pimlico),” he recalls. Closer to Charleston, “you didn’t see stars,” he says.
The area is teeming with life. Baxley says they’ve seen deer on the road and alligators in the river.
Even though it’s a longer drive to the city, “We said, ‘Hey, it’s worth it,’” Baxley says.
The owner says 1817 Fishing Lane would appeal to “someone who loves the outdoors.” You can fish year round. Whereas Lake Moultrie picks up 3-4 foot waves during windy weather, the Cooper River gets 7-8 inch ripples.
In her listing, Whitfield calls the Berkeley County property an “unbelievable value for a home these days situated with 100 feet on the water with (pier and floating dock).”
“This custom-built cypress wood home brings the entire outdoors in,” the Realtor says.
Prominent features include a natural stone-cork floor, river stone wall, gas log fireplace and large windows that offer “expansive views of the Cooper River across the whole back of the home.” Hurricane panels fit the rear of house.
Upstairs is the master suite, which has a bedroom opening to the deck and a sprawling bathroom that includes an extra-large garden tub. There’s a large guest room, too.
“This home also features a bedroom and full bath downstairs for future flexibility if you need to bring Mom or Dad to live with you,” Whitfield says.
The residence sports balconies front and back. The outdoor fireplace doubles as a barbecue grill, while the salt water swimming pool can be heated and fitted with a pool enclosure for the winter months. A boathouse hooked up to electricity includes a half-bath and sink for boat and pool storage.
“Stop by. You will be impressed,” Whitfield says. She will host open houses 1-4 p.m. today and Sunday at 1817 Fishing Lane.
The property is situated toward the front of Fishing Lane, a short private road in the northeast corner of Pimlico.
Traveling north and west, take Interstate 26 west to exit 209 for U.S. Highway 52. Proceed through Goose Creek to Old Highway 52 and veer right. Go about three miles and turn right on Cypress Gardens Road. Travel two miles and steer left onto Pimlico Boulevard. After two miles, turn left into the neighborhood on Albert Storm Road. Go about a mile, and make a right on Fishing Lane. Ahead on the left is 1817 Fishing Lane.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or email@example.com.
Agent: Debra Whitfield
Office: Coldwell Banker United, Realtors
Philosophy: “I am committed to supporting the 55-plus community in making key life decisions in the real estate market. I have a passion to help clients who are searching for life solutions to their next stage in life challenges.”