4862 Marshwood Drive — Traditional brick house in Stono Ferry blossoms with bright interior, views of golf course and waterway

Built in 1992, this brick house at 4862 Marshwood Drive in The Plantation at Stono Ferry is on the market for $639,000 (Jim Parker/Staff 3-30-2015).

On the left front of the 23-year-old residence stands a snug room with fireplace, which opens to the foyer on one side and a broad kitchen on another.

An entire wall shows stacks of hardbacks, new editions and older volumes. Owners John and Diane Kidd O’Brien hold a soft spot for the cozy alcove, considered a study or library.

“This is probably the room that convinced us to buy the home. We’re book fanatics,” says Diane O’Brien, who with her husband bought the two-story 3,200 square foot home at 4862 Marshwood Drive close to 10 years ago. “We built a fire this morning,” she says, referencing a cold sunrise Monday that saw conditions warm up as the day went on.

The couple recently put their brick house, in The Plantation at Stono Ferry neighborhood in Hollywood, on the market for $639,000.

The O’Briens faithfully preserved the home, built in 1992. They installed a non-obtrusive retractable awning to protect the back deck from heat and rain, designed a finished room over the garage and landscaped the extra-large half acre yard. The residence, noted for its hardwood floors, also includes paintings from artist and friend Bill Jameson.

“We have done a lot of updates,” she says.

“Stono Ferry is one of the best kept secrets in West Ashley, maybe the Lowcountry,” says John L. Stewart, listing agent with Carolina One Real Estate.

“It is a beautiful, serene and quiet setting that offers many neighborhood activities such as the Charleston Cup (steeplechase) and golfing. It is just minutes to shopping, airport, major highways, beaches and downtown.” Recently, Stono Ferry opened “a beautiful new pavilion,” he says.

Stewart describes the house in a recent listing write-up.

“This is southern living … with Spanish moss hanging from several trees surrounding this property to the double porches on the front of the house, with double French doors from the formal dining room and TV room to a very large deck.”

The newly painted four-bedroom residence touts three full baths and a powder room. The finished room over the garage, Stewart says, can be “a fifth bedroom with a full bath, a man cave or great get away for a teenager.” It also comprises a full bath and “lots of storage space.”

Among other highlights are 10 foot ceilings on the first floor and 9 footers upstairs. Both the library and formal dining room sport fireplaces. The oversized kitchen unveils plenty of cabinets, granite countertops, an eat-in area and an open TV room.

Located on the top floor, the master suite boasts a sizable bedroom that opens to a balcony and a bathroom showcasing whirlpool tub, large shower, dual marble sinks and a walk-in closet.

The downstairs heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit is new, and thermal windows and doors surround the large deck. Another perk is the two-car garage, which offers ample room for lawn implements and other equipment.

Stewart says the home includes new “Gerber comfort height” toilets, faucets in bathrooms, lighting fixtures throughout and two water heaters.

A hidden treat are the views. “You can see the Intracoastal Waterway from the guest room (upstairs),” Diane O’Brien says. It also stands out from the front deck.

The Links at Stono Ferry golf course can be seen through woods in back, and a small stream runs just behind the home’s rear fence.

“This is a very livable house, not intimidating,” she says.

The house stands toward the end of Marshwood Drive in Stono Ferry. Heading west, take Savannah Highway through West Ashley. Continue past the Main Road intersection. Three miles ahead, steer left at the traffic light onto S.C. Highway 162. Proceed about two miles, and Stono Ferry is on the left. Turn onto Stono Ferry Course, make a right on Forest Oaks Drive, then take an immediate right on Marshwood Drive. Ahead on the left is 4862 Marshwood Drive.

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

Agent: John L. Stewart

Office: Carolina One Real Estate

Phone: 843-345-9542

Philosophy: “(I strive to) treat everyone as I would like to be treated, with dignity, respect and professionally. I enjoy helping all my clients in the process of selling or buying their dream home and becoming their friend and trusted real estate agent.”