4004 Gift Blvd. Casually elegant house on Johns Island peninsula adds dock to reel in river, marsh’s ambiance

The 3,968-square-foot house at 4004 Gift Blvd. on Johns Island rises three stories while offering views of marsh and the Stono River-Intracoastal Waterway.

Call it a gift from nature, a peninsula poking out like a wand within an upscale neighborhood overlooking the Stono River and Intracoastal Waterway.

The sliver of land in Gift Plantation boasts an uncommon residence, 3,968 square feet on two living area levels and underneath garage. The house sports double porches and sprawling side and back yards.

For a time, 9-year-old 4004 Gift Blvd. lacked direct contact with a channel and marsh heading to the meandering river. The owners recently built a wooden dock, emerging from under two large oak trees and terminating at a boat lift. The construction project opens up the property and provides a directional beacon to the shimmering water.

Recently, the property went on the market for $1,179,000. Samantha Ensign, listing agent with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors, calls 4004 Gift Blvd. “a true peninsula lot. There’s water on three sides at high tide,” she says.

Tim DeMars, who with wife Ann Marie owns and designed the home, says the couple want house hunters to appreciate the subtle attractions of their home turf. “We are trying to explain the attributes of Johns Island,” he says.

DeMars recently wrote out a list of property features, including its “setback Charleston style home,” and about Gift Plantation. They include:

- Water surrounding the property at high tide.

- The dock is “right out the back door” and leads to a wooden platform to launch kayaks or take a boat out for up to five hours between tides. The 9,000 pound boat lift can accommodate a power boat.

- The owners designed the home “with the view being the key feature.” The peninsula, meanwhile, offers “privacy amidst a riverfront casual community.”

- An inverted floor plan showcases the master suite, kitchen and living area on the upper floor, providing a “birds-eye view of the Stono.”

- A wide angle view provides “year-round sunsets in the living areas and bedrooms.” Each of the bedrooms pairs with a screened-in porch while offering sights of the Stono River and wetlands.

- An elevator reaches all three floors; a generator ensures that the power will stay on.

- A climate-controlled wood-working shop distinguishes the ground level, which also sports a three-car garage.

- The 1.4 acre property shows off a rich lawn, live oaks and a walkway along the marsh.

- Natural scenes of egrets in the marsh and waterfowl feasting on crabs are not unusual. Deer and raccoons occasionally cross the lot.

- Neighborhood amenities include a clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts and renovated, deep-water community dock connected to two of Gift Plantation’s four islands, both of which feature benches and fire pits.

- Downtown Charleston stands 16 minutes away.

Other features of the large home are top-end appliances in the kitchen, open layout on the top floor; and large office on the lower tier.

Ensign envisions at least two types of potential buyers, “empty nester” couples whose children have moved out but need extra space for family visits and holiday gatherings, and residents from up North who are “looking for a Southern, Lowcountry home.” Citing the home’s three-level elevator, she quips, “You can enjoy a sunset in your sunset years.”

The house sits on the northern edge of Gift Plantation. Travel south on Savannah Highway through West Ashley. Make a left on Main Road and pass over the Stono River bridge. Take a right at the light onto Chisolm Road. Continue a mile and steer right onto Plantation Lakes Drive into Gift Plantation. Take Plantation Lakes Drive to the end and turn left on Gift Boulevard. Ahead on the right is 4004 Gift Blvd.

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