304 Germander Ave — Neighborhood appeal, value prices distinguish sprightly traditional-style Summerville house

This two-story Charleston single house at 304 Germander Ave. in White Gables went on the market recently for close to $230,000. Leroy Burnell/Staff 4/20/2015

An online search will tell you germanders are colorful perennial plants segmented into hundreds of species.

So it’s not out of character for an avenue named Germander to adopt some of these traits. Houses are bright, there are a variety of them, and they stay light and manicured year round.

“Rainbow Row colors of the homes along Germander are refreshing and add to the community’s appeal,” says Brenda Guye, owner of BG Properties.

She’s listing agent for the 1,884-square-foot house at 304 Germander Ave., situated in the cozy White Gables neighborhood in Summerville. The property went on the market recently for $229,999.

Opened a decade or so ago, White Gables grew steadily as a moderate-priced community of Charleston single-style residences. A couple of hundred homes dot the neighborhood off Central Avenue west of Summerville. Somewhat narrow two-story expanses touting white columns and peaked roofs highlight the residences. They boast numerous individual colors: one might be mustard, another burgundy and still others, light blue.

“For BG Properties marketing homes in White Gables — whether for sale or for rent (BG Properties offers both services) is always a pleasure,” Guye says.

The agent says she’s sold two houses in the neighborhood recently, has another under contract, a fourth that’s just listed and a fifth house where she is the buyer’s agent.

“Selling a community with a Charleston Rainbow Row concept convenient to historic Summerville is a satisfying real estate service,” she says.

The 304 Germander Ave. house, which overlooks a neighborhood pond, is considered a Victorian, Charleston single-style home. The house would appeal to smaller families, Guye says, which also fits with the neighborhood’s outdoor youth-oriented attractions.

White Gables, she says, “encourages outdoor activity — pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, clubhouse.”

In her listing write-up, the agent notes, “Double porches add to the appeal of this home and regional lifestyle.” The upper porch, she says, opens from the bedroom in the upstairs master suite. All three bedrooms are upstairs. There are two upper floor bathrooms; a master bath with garden tub and separate shower and a second full bath to serve the two guest rooms.

Hardwood floors cover the roomy downstairs. Highlights include a dining room, breakfast area, gourmet-style kitchen and breakfast bar, which Guye says would be “great for kids to enjoy snacks and do homework.”

According to Guye, the great room “has an open concept feel — great for family gatherings or entertaining.” The first floor also sports a half-bath nearer to the front of the house.

In back, the property includes a decent sized yard and a detached two-car garage with access from a private rear street, she says.

The residence sits a couple of blocks from the White Gables swimming pool and oversized clubhouse. From the southeast, take Interstate 26 West to exit 199A, which is Summerville. Get on Main Street and continue into the central business district. Turn right on Richardson, then in two blocks bear left on Central Avenue. Follow Central out of town, staying left at the fork with Butternut Road. Turn left on White Gables Boulevard. Continue to the community clubhouse, turn left, then make a right past the swimming area. Turn left on Germander Avenue. Ahead on the left is 304 Germander Ave.

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

Agent: Brenda Guye

Office: BG Properties

Phone: 843-568-3755

Philosophy: “We love houses. We know Colonials from Cotswolds, Missions from Bungalows. If it can affect buying or selling — interest rates, market surpluses, appraiser strikes — we’re on top of it. Our years of experience are always at work for you.”