In between breaks for burgers and fries, house seekers inspected pristine two-story models May 12 at the grand opening of Tributary at The Park at Rivers Edge. The new Hunter Quinn Homes townhome community boasts 94 properties in the first construction phase and base prices of $189,900 and up.

"We are eyeing the young professional, young married couple, empty nester," says Jason Harper, sales manager of the Charleston area-based builder.

Hunter Quinn Homes held a Realtor event the previous Thursday. "People are excited," says Will Herring, the company's president and chief executive.

The builder lists four floor plans, each three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. The models are named for the arteries that come together to form the nearby Ashley Rver - the 1,500-square-foot Sawpit Creek, starting at $190,000; 1,660-square-foot Olive Branch priced at $200,000; Church Creek at 1,880 square feet and costing $210,000 and Coosaw Creek, 2,010 square feet and valued at $220,000.

Two townhome buildings are expected to be fully open this month, another row by the end of July and a fourth in the early fall. Townhomes in the new buildings are priced at $204,490 to $240,835.

The bedrooms, including master suites, are upstairs in each of the units. Standard features on the main floors include broad living rooms with space for flat-screen wall TVs, and open kitchens with stainless steel appliances. The townhomes include lofts, sitting areas and other sections that have multiple possible uses. "We call it flex space," Harper says. Buyers can choose a covered back porch or a screened-in porch, he says.

Townhomes all come with 9-foot first-floor ceilings and washer and dryer hookups on the top level — so they're handy to the bedrooms.

Another perk is off-street parking: each townhome has two assigned spaces for vehicles. 

Hunter Quinn Homes launched Tributary in the midst of two other projects. "We're just finishing up townhomes at Oakland (in Mount Pleasant)," Herring says. A community in North Charleston's trendy Park Circle neighborhood is next, he says.

The builder open a sales center at Tributary, designed as a floor plan, next to the model home. Hunter Quinn Homes has a marketing staff in place and secured its first transactions about a month ago.

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Hunter Quinn promotes the neighborhood's looks and convenience. "Running alongside the historic Ashley River in Charleston, Tributary at the Park at Rivers Edge boosts a living experience that flaunts and embraces the natural beauty of Charleston," the builder says in a flyer about the new community

Situated in Charleston County near the Dorchester County line, Tributary winds up close to Charleston Air Force Base, nearly next door to Bosch automotive plant and a short jaunt to Boeing.

"We are on 50 acres back here, toward the historic Ashley River. It's kind of a jewel back here," Herring says.

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