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Playing off the property's liquid roots, Sovereign Still promotes itself as a neighborhood "classically designed for the refined palette."

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Prospective property buyers can drink in the ambiance of a new Fort Johnson Road community, but they can only hear about the spirit-making contraption that inspired the community's name .

The "exclusive and intimate" neighborhood, Sovereign Still, covers 10 acres near Harbor View Road on James Island, local company New Leaf Builders says. The builder intends to put together 10 semi-custom homes in the 2,800- to 3,800-square-foot range. Prices will be from the mid $600,000s to low 800,000s. "Harkening back to the whiskey still discovered on the property, Sovereign Still embodies a spirit of good living, resourcefulness and refined taste," the builder's marketer says.

Large lots highlight the village, to include properties with "ample front and back yards as well as garages," according to New Leaf Builders. The builders specialize in "Old Charleston-style family homes of brick, frame or stucco" that showcase quality construction, fine craftsmanship and modern attractions.

Tucked away from traffic, Sovereign Still provides "convenient access" to Folly Road, the James Island connector and Charleston County schools and parks.

Sovereign Still will be designed to "embrace the welcoming feel of old James Island neighborhoods, with a preserved tree canopy and thoughtful balance between respecting privacy and nurturing community," promoters say. Lot reservations will be available this spring with construction to begin in the summer.

Business partners Grant Zinkon and Adam Baslow formed New Leaf Builders in 2010. The custom and semi-custom home builder creates smaller-sized communities on James Island, Johns Island and West Ashley. The homes tout one-of-a-kind floor plans, sustainable products and fine craftsmanship.

Go to www.newleafsc.com.