Local builder Sabal Homes opened its model home last month and looks to frame a slew of houses in the new Johnston Point neighborhood on Johns Island.

Johnston Point is in the established Whitney Lake community, nine miles from downtown Charleston and developed around a 25-acre lake. Sabal is building there for the first time.

The company held a grand opening open house weekend May 19-21. The sale model is open daily at 2993 Sweetleaf Lane.

Neighborhood home prices run from the $270,000s to just more than $300,000. The new Sabal Homes village will include lakeside trails, a broad grassy park and waterfront fire pit complete with seating, the builder says. According to Sabal Homes, home buyers can pick from "high-quality, locally inspired homes and floor plans." The company specializes in custom fixtures such as chef’s kitchens with spacious center islands.

The builder promotes five floor plans, including:

• Three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom Ellis model. The 1,831-square-foot floor plan comes with an impressive entryway and flexible family space with a fluid, first-floor great room. A full master bedroom, two finished bedrooms and a loft space are upstairs. The front porch stretches across the house facade. The "stunning" home showcases a detached garage and plenty of storage.

• The 1,974-square-foot Anderson. It contains three or four bedrooms and two-and-a-half to three baths, depending on the plan choices. Outdoor living features include a generous front porch and expansive covered back porch. A full master bedroom and loft space are upstairs. The easy-to-customize home includes a dedicated "drop zone" -- similar to a mud room with a fixture in the entryway. There's also storage and detached garage.

• The Hayward with 2,135-square-foot floor plan. Ample front and rear porches frame the house hosting three to four bedrooms and two-and-a-half to three baths. The floor plan comprises a central loft space on the second floor and the well-appointed master suite. "The generous kitchen pantry space combined with an optional chef's kitchen upgrade will win over discerning foodies," according to Sabal.

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• Parker model, a 2,058 square foot floor plan with first-floor master suite. Notable for an open downstairs look, the Parker design "can grow upstairs to fit each buyer's specific needs," the builder says. The standard version of the second floor is a half story featuring two additional bedrooms and loft space. Buyers optionally can extend the second floor into a full second story by adding a bonus room or additional guest suite.

• Four-bedroom Wilson model. The 2,428-square-foot floor plans features the "official" master suite on the first floor. The second floor showcases two standard bedrooms and another suite that could double as a second master option or luxury guest suite. Other perks are open concept kitchen, living and dining areas that invite conversation and spacious upstairs loft that would make "the perfect escape or kids play area," Sabal notes.

Carolina natives Matt Jones, Jason Simpson and Todd Ussery formed Sabal Homes a dozen years ago east of the Cooper. The company calls itself "one of South Carolina’s premier home builders" offering custom to move-in ready homes. Sabal Homes builds in 14 communities in greater Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Greenville.

Call 844-MYSABAL or visit www.SabalHomesSC.com.