The starter home market can be a big part of national builders’ inventory as they seek to offer dwellings at an inexpensive price.

But new home constructors also design higher end residences, as well as houses for shoppers who have outgrown their first locale and want something more spacious or with a few more baubles.

That’s where a neighborhood such as Charleston Oaks fits in. One group of buyers in the new Hanahan community are “move ups from the local area,” says Tammie Phillips, sales counselor with the builder, Ryland Homes. Other purchaser types include middle management and professionals such as “Boeing people (and staff at) the Naval Weapons Station,” she says.

The more affluent shoppers are eying larger, decked out houses that are still at reasonable prices. That makes Charleston Oaks a niche for the builder. Ryland Homes took over the property, located near the end of Song Sparrow Way, from KB Home.

For Charleston Oaks, the company rolled out its “estate series.” Phillips says, “We are the only (national) builder for that quality of home.” The neighborhood will have 30 houses when completed.

Floor plans stretch from 1,700 to 3,400 square feet. Prices start at $197,000 and top out at $243,000 for base styles. High-end costs with all the fixings are about $300,000.

Floor plans are the Springfield, Winchester, Richmond, Portland, Virginian, Williamsburg and Manchester. The four bedroom, three bath Manchester is the largest design at just more than 3,000 square feet but can expand with the addition of an optional fifth bedroom.

Two of the plans are ranch style, while models also are available with the master bedroom downstairs. Each model can be fitted with three different elevations, or tweaks to the design such as a bonus room, brick accents, front porch or a different paint scheme. All homes come with garages.

Perks include gas heat and a laminate floor that resembles hardwoods. “We’ve had a lot of good, positive feedback about it,” Phillips says.

Corian countertops and General Electric stove, microwave and dishwasher are standard. Yards are sizable, ranging up to 1/3 acre. Most homes have wooded views.

Options are numerous. “Pretty much anything you want to do, we can do it for you,” Phillips says. Various kitchen layouts, such as with stainless steel appliances, are available. A few of the extras depend on the plan such as sunrooms, family room fireplaces, screened-in porches, and in the Virginian model, two extra bedrooms to give it six in all.

Charleston Oaks is an extension of the Eagle Bluff neighborhood, which cuddles up to Foster Creek Road. The new community is using Eagle Bluff’s Virginian sales model since it is close to well-traveled Foster Creek. To reach Charleston Oaks, people continue on Song Sparrow Way through Eagle Bluff.

Community amenities include a swimming pool and a clubhouse. Homeowners association dues are $375 a year.

Home perusers have shown interest in Charleston Oaks since the neighborhood launch in the late fall. “Six homes have sold,” Phillips says.

The neighborhood’s big draws, according to Phillips, are two-fold. There’s the educational offerings, with youths attending nearby Hanahan schools in the Berkeley County school district.

Also, the community is close to major thoroughfares such as Interstate 526. “Location,” she says, “is number one.”

To get to Charleston Oaks from downtown Charleston, travel west on Interstate 26 to Remount Road, exit 212. Take Remount across Rivers Avenue, then bear left on Yeaman’s Hall Road. Continue on Yeaman’s Hall to North Rhett Avenue. Take a left on North Rhett and proceed a couple of miles to Tanner Ford Boulevard. Turn left and follow Tanner Ford to Foster Creek Road. Make a right off Foster Creek. Less than a mile ahead is the Eagle Bluff entrance, where the model is located. Follow the road to the back, and Charleston Oaks is ahead.