The site of a major real estate agency's new office in Berkeley County was little more than a lonely stretch of U.S. Highway 176 a decade ago.

Today, the new Nexton/Cane Bay center for Carolina One Real Estate meshes with an emerging growth corridor outside Summerville and Goose Creek, less than a mile from a prominent new connector to Interstate 26 and adjacent to three master-planned communities that between them cover more than 10,000 acres.

At 8,000 square feet, the retail office is among the largest and more prominent of more than a dozen Carolina One outposts. The modern building sits four miles above U.S. Highway 17A and a few miles below newer neighborhoods in Jedburg and a trailblazing plant set to open in Ridgeville.

"We know what's south of us and what's north," says Hoap C. "Chip" Reeves, a  who's the new office's broker-in-charge. Cane Bay, Carnes Crossroads and Nexton villages down the street expect many hundreds of new homes in the next decades. Volvo, Felder Creek subdivision and Wassamassaw community are up the road. The carmaker looking to employ 3,000-plus workers.

"Our Cane Bay/Nexton office location is within a five-mile radius of over 20,000 home sites which will allow our agents to best serve their customers and clients,” says Reeves, whose father ran a popular barbecue eatery in the Summerville area years ago.

The centrally situated office opened April 30, housing 25 professional Realtors with capacity to house 100 associates specializing in residential and commercial sales, according to Carolina One. The realty has scheduled an agent drop-in May 23.

Carolina One also backed construction of a neighboring retail center, and two tenants — The Rustic Muffin coffee shop and a nail salon — are gearing to open. A grand opening of the Nexton/Cane Bay office will take place within the next 60 days to coincide with the business starts.

GBA Architecture of Charleston was the project architect, with James "Billy" Bishop of GBA the lead architect and designer.

Reeves notes that Highway 176 continues north to North Carolina, passing through Orangeburg County. "Holly Hill is within 30 minutes," said Reeves, who expects the highway to gradually attract more neighborhoods.

A fourth generation Charlestonian who now lives in the Summerville area, Reeves relocated to Nexton/Cane Bay from the Carolina One office on Main Street in Summerville. He and his wife Karen have been married 31 years and have two grown children: Chase Reeves and Ashlyn Gonzalez.

Reeves is looking forward to getting the pioneering new office up to speed. "We're anxious to grow with quality agents," he says.

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