Live oaks flank the oversized home built 11 years ago in a traditional style, sporting a host of porches that overlook a 45-foot-long swimming pool and heated spa with limestone deck.

Meanwhile, a lush back lawn leads to a deep water dock with covered pierhead on the Intracoastal Waterway. The two-story house, spa building, guesthouse, semi-detached garage and manicured nearly two-acre expanse are accessible from a short road passing through entryway gates and bending to an opening through the woods.

Hard to imagine, but a four-lane thoroughfare parallels the site a few hundred yards to the south. Entering the property requires a direct turn off of James Island's well-traveled roadway to and from the sea islands.

The 7,000 square-foot residence, located at 1926 Maybank Highway, is on the market for $6,999,000.

"The entire property is fenced," says Debbie Fisher, broker-in-charge of Handsome Properties and the listing agent. "It's almost like an estate."

She describes the six bedroom custom-built mansion, hidden and noise-free from Maybank Highway, as "very scenic. This is one one of the highest points (in the Charleston area)," she says. Even then, the property offers extra protection from a new seawall. "You don't have to worry about flooding."

Classic in design with meticulous details, 1926 Maybank Highway boasts seven baths and a powder room, 10-11 foot ceilings, cedar shake siding and "as many water views as possible," she says. Despite its timeless appearance, the house feels "much more open, contemporary," Fisher says. Highlights include:

  • A home theater that seats seven people.
  • Flat-screen and wall TVs.
  • Surround sound system.
  • Pocket doors that slide into wall sleeves in several rooms.
  • Outdoor kitchen reachable from the sprawling master suite.

Handsome Properties provides further details in its listing materials, noting that the expanse "offers its residents total privacy."  Its design team includes "award-winning" architects Dufford and Young, Cook Bonner Construction and Landscape Architect Sheila Wertimer.

Features of the main home include "a large dining room, sweeping staircase, coffered family room and state of the art kitchen." The eating area showcases a marble counter and stainless steel appliances including a built-in coffee maker. The first floor also houses the spacious media room, outdoor cooking deck and a kennel for pets.

"Every detail was planned and executed throughout the home," the real estate agency notes. Designers installed Waterworks-style baths and an "enormous master suite and study on the second floor, which take advantage of full panoramic views of the waterway" as it breaks off from the Ashley River.

The grounds show off a "resort-style" spa building touting mosaic tile, sauna, steam room, shower and "wonderfully tranquil water views," according to Handsome Properties. Opposite the spa, the private guesthouse serves up a separate kitchen, bedroom, bath and sitting area. On the ground level stands the garage with four bays.

Other standout points include reclaimed pine floors, bedroom tray ceiling, living room fireplace with marble surround, kitchen island, Laundry room and rare imported "blue marble" in the luxury master bathroom shower.

The property sits four miles from the Charleston peninsula and one mile from the Country Club of Charleston, established in 1786 by Scottish merchants and known as the “Charleston Golfing Society,” according to Handsome Properties.

Sights from 1926 Maybank Highway are "rare and remarkable," Fisher says. “The unobstructed view of the Intracoastal is so calming. Walking into this home offers a feeling of instant relaxation and serenity,” she says.

For more information and photos, go to www.postandcourier.com/business/real_estate/jim-parker.

Reach Jim Parker at 843-937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.


Agent Spotlight

Agent: Debbie Fisher

Office: Handsome Properties

Phone: 843-810-4110

www.handsomeproperties.com