For anyone who likes the water, landing a house that fronts the Old Village side of Shem Creek would be something of an exclusive.

There are five such homes in The Boatyard community in Mount Pleasant. Just one, 220 Haddrell St., is for sale right now. The list price is $2,295,000.

“It’s one of those unique properties,” says Clay Cunningham, agent with Carolina One Real Estate.

The site has a 44-foot dock, and it’s getting a new wooden floater as part of a neighborhood upgrade.

“The (potential) buyer is someone who’s a boating enthusiast,” Cunningham says. “You are five minutes from the Harbor. It’s eight foot at low tide, too,” so even someone with a large boat or sailboat would be able to negotiate the creek without trouble any time of day.

To the east, “it’s three blocks from Pitt Street” – the Old Village of Mount Pleasant’s central business district. “You can walk to Shem Creek (restaurants) for dinner or get local seafood,” he says.

Cunningham sees the property as a good bet for families and “even empty nesters.”

The 4,900-square-foot house, completed in 1995, has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.

Traditional architecture marks the exterior of the fiber-cement-sided house. Grounds are landscaped, and a small fountain is built into steps that lead up to the front door.

Inside, the two-story home designed by architect John Gardner has an uncommon appeal. The open layout includes a sunken family room with gas fireplace and media center and a raised dining room. Flooring is hardwood in some rooms, carpeting in others. Large cabinets, wine cooler, two microwaves, stainless built-in refrigerator, stove and dishwasher, and outside Bahama shutters spotlight the kitchen.

The first floor master suite offers views of the creek. It also has a huge master bath with spa tub, steam shower, exercise area and walk-in closet.

A curving stucco-like stairwell shields the back of the house. Stairs lead to a second floor anchored by a balcony overlooking the foyer. Two of the bedrooms, connected by an elegant Jack and Jill bathroom with separate shower and whirlpool tub, each have doors leading onto a rear deck with unencumbered views of creek and marsh. A smaller upstairs room now being used as a bedroom could be converted into an office.

Off the family room is an outside covered deck. “With the breezes, you don’t need a screened porch,” Cunningham says. It connects to an open deck and “infinity” swimming pool where water cascades over the far edge into a holding bay and is recirculated. Linked to the pool is a soaking tub that can be heated and cooled.

Metal steps from the deck, as well as carpeted stairs inside, lead to a large garage on the ground level. The garage has space to park cars, with room left over for play and storage areas cleared out among the pilings.

Safety features are built in, including a security and alarm system and a generator that has enough fuel to power the downstairs for up to two weeks, Cunningham says. An entry gate was constructed by homeowner Charlie Salmonsen. It provides access to 220 Haddrell, a neighboring house and a vacant parcel of land.

Charlie and his wife Amanda have four children ranging in age from seven months to 13 years old. They’re moving because they need more space for the kids.

Launched in 1994, 220 Haddrell St. was one of the first houses built in The Boatyard, which has a dozen high-end dwellings. Homeowners association dues are $1,900 a year.

With shrimp boat slips to the south and marsh to the north, it’s unlikely that any more residences will be constructed on the creek’s east bank.

This is a real opportunity, Cunnningham says, “if you want to buy one of five (homes) on this side of Shem Creek.”

To see the house, cross the Ravenel Bridge in the right lanes to Coleman Boulevard. Veer right on Royall Avenue and take an immediate right on Live Oak Drive. Steer right on Haddrell Street, and 220 Haddrell is on the right.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or

Agent: Clay Cunningham

Office: Carolina One Real Estate

Phone: (843) 345-4647

Philosophy: “I am a lifelong resident of the Lowcountry with over 20 years experience in the resort business and residential real estate. My priorities are meeting and exceeding the expectations of my clients and customers.”,