Two rounded-edge brick walls flank the entry to Summer Trace. It is the first sign of something special beyond these walls when you visit this neighborhood. Besides the manicured lawns, fresh flowers sprouting in nearly every yard, and even a garden in some cases, there is something else green that separates this home from so many others.
"When you come into Summer Trace you see the trees," says Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate agent Debra Weninger.
Not only is this two-story home on 110 Melanie Lane surrounded by tall trees that provide privacy and natural beauty, there are a fair amount of trees in the protective wetlands area that mark the end of the subdivision, Weninger says, which is good news to anyone who is looking for ways to be more green.
A few turns around Summer Trace will lead to this home located on Melanie Lane in the middle of the block on the right, a short walk from the community pond where homeowners fish, walk their dogs and have picnics under the shade. The home is on the market for $243,500.
If being inside is more one's style, there are plenty of rooms to go around five bedrooms to be exact. All bedrooms are complete with cream-colored carpet and walk-in closets with an overhead shelf.
It is usually assumed that the master bedroom has the best features, but in this home, the upstairs guest bedroom or bonus room may be a close second.
The bedroom area has two windows that let in good light, and there is enough room for a king-size bed. The best part of the room is an additional space connected to the bedroom area, with another large window. Currently, this space is used as an office, though it could easily work as a casual media room or exercise space.
Walk a few steps out of this guest bedroom and into the master and you'll see the same sky-scraping trees through the double window. The adjoining bathroom features double sinks and an egg-shaped, beige tub and five-foot shower with sliding doors.
The upstairs hall bath is large with a double-bowl vanity.
Bar stools easily slide underneath the L-shaped countertop in the kitchen, which boasts tile flooring, 42-inch cabinets, smooth-top stove, built-in microwave and a large double pantry. A laundry room is located off the two-car garage.
Though the storage in this 2447-square-foot home is attractive, Weninger says, it is something else in the electronic field that she notices most.
"The cool thing about this home is the cable jacks and phone jacks are interchangeable. For instance if you want the television on one wall, but the jack for it is on the other, the cable guy has to snap a few cables out really easy to do."
The builder of this home, Steve Hill, had function and aesthetics in mind when he designed this house and it shows in more places than just the cable and phone jacks. At the rear of the house sits a large, screened-in porch with aluminum framing, which Weninger explains is a valuable feature because it involves less maintenance than wood. A sofa, coffee table and two chairs can fit on the porch and still leave enough room to scoot out to the adjoining patio, Weninger says.
Mature grass grows in the backyard and 10 burnt-red concrete squares snake through the forest-like footing to where a small hutch sits at the back of the property. This space could store a lawnmower and other yard equipment.
This home is within five minutes of Publix and BI-LO grocery stores, less than 10 minutes from downtown Summerville and within one mile of Summerville Medical Center. To locate 110 Melanie Lane, take I-26 west to University Boulevard/U.S. 78. Merge onto University Boulevard going west. Turn left at Ladson road, right at Midland Parkway and then right onto Old Trolley Road. Turn left at Summer Trace Drive and then left onto Melanie Lane.
Victoria Hiles is a freelance writer in Charleston.
Agent: Debra Weninger, Realtor
Office: Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate
Phone: (843) 871-5091
Philosophy: "Helping folks meet their real estate goals is my number one priority. Making others happy is what makes me happy. I have chosen to become a part of the national branding of Prudential, and I am associated with many of the strongest and most well-known Realtors in the Charleston area."