The houses take cues from Charleston single homes, shooting up multi-stories and showcasing porches with broad views.

Situated among live oaks and magnolias, the properties supply a sea islands touch.

Yet the residences are in Mount Pleasant, set down in a fortuitously secluded site between Ben Sawyer and Chuck Dawley boulevards.

They are homes in Village Park -- a hamlet of less than 20 residences when completed, split between two builders.

In its first move east of the Cooper, James Island-based New Leaf Builders started constructing homes in the past year. The company, which gives a custom flair to its designs, has raised five houses thus far. The 1,974-2,243 square foot properties, which include up to four bedrooms, two baths and a half-bath, resemble city living with three stories. They are for sale from $585,000 to $615,000.

Interior features include high-end fixtures and accoutrements such as Bosch kitchen appliances.

"It is a really niche market," says Darlene Tanenbaum, community manager with Carolina One New Homes, which is marketing the New Leaf Builder-designed homes off Schirmer Street.

"First of all, the concept of the community (includes) young professionals," says Will Jenkinson, the new homes group's broker-in-charge. Second home-buyers are possible purchasers, too.

"Also, working folks (would be a good fit) in here," Tanenbaum says.

The block sized community sits near "all new restaurants popping up," Jenkinson says. An outdoor square wraps around the park-like communal area in the middle of the community. It hasn't been completed but plans call for mature landscaping and a fire pit. Tall oaks provide a natural feel as well as neighborhood shade.

A few more homes are in line to be constructed, as well as at least two duplexes on the square. The construction is gradually moving toward the neighborhood center, according to Jenkinson.

Carolina One New Homes held a Realtor open house in late April, which had an ample turnout, Tanenbaum says.

Agents were able to walk through a sales model. Spotlight attractions include 10 foot ceiling on the ground floor, an extra large screened in porch and two flex rooms that could be an office or a den, Jenkinson says.

"There's lots of windows, and surround sound," Tanenbaum points out.

Meanwhile, the house boasts a bathroom and outdoor space such as a deck on every floor. Engineered hardwood floors can be found throughout the living quarters.

The owner's retreat sits on the second level. The bedroom touts a walk-in closet with custom wood shelving, and the bathroom showcases tile floors, quartz counters and a shower with seat and rain shower head, Tanenbaum says. Near the master bedroom and bath is a laundry room. A second room could be a bedroom, nursery or home office, Jenkinson says.

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Amenities in the third floor include a loft, or "active area" at the head of the stairs. "College kids come here," she says. A bedroom and separate bath with tub-shower combination is also on the top floor.

In her listing of the completed house at 129 Bratton Circle, Tanenbaum notes a number of standout features, including:

  • Glass and wood entry door
  • Ship lap and crown molding
  • Upgraded lighting and ceiling fans
  • Soft-close drawers
  • Subway tile back splash
  • Granite kitchen counters

"New Leaf welcomes you to an open, flexible floor plan in an intimate setting in the heart of Mount Pleasant," she says.

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