Modern townhome on Summerville golf course attracts renters

The family room at 102 Candlelite Path has a bricked-in fireplace.

Heritage, antiquity and tradition spotlight architectural designs in the Charleston area. After all, settlers landed here in 1670. Classic styles clearly are popular.

But there are folks who would prefer a change of pace, maybe something 21st century-like, even a bit futuristic.

While not necessarily easy, it is possible to find dwellings locally that are more on the architectural fringes. One place is in Summerville, one block from Miler Country Club. Moreover, the unit is for rent, so people can try it out without making a binding commitment.

The property, a townhome at 102 Candlelite Path, is one of four two-story residences grouped together.

"It's sort of the Frank Lloyd Wright design," says Michaele Dean Rogers, owner-broker of Doris Dean Realty in Summerville. She says the townhomes were constructed in the early 1960s, and are "extremely modern" in appearance.

The 1,600-square-foot townhome for lease is priced at $975 a month.

According to Doris Dean Realty, builder James Dean constructed the four townhomes in 1964. He based the style on an article in Life Magazine on a Frank Lloyd Wright design.

"Very modern for its time the Deans always had a waiting list for an occupancy as there were no other rental properties similar to these in Summerville," Rogers says.

The front of the rental townhouse, as well as the other three, faces Country Club Boulevard but is hidden from view. The view from the floor to ceiling living room windows is of a garden and fishpond with fountains.

The townhome has open and covered. There is a driveway for a one-car carport.

Interior features include a kitchen with built-in appliances including refrigerator, a fireplace in the living room and formal dining area. One bedroom and a bath are downstairs. The second level has two bedrooms and a bath, another small room with a closet and a mezzanine with a view from the two-story window. The upstairs bedrooms have balcony walls looking down into the living room.

"We are certainly open to anyone," Rogers says. Typically families with small children shy away because of the upstairs balconies. The unit attracts renters like "retirees, young professionals," Rogers says.

The location is fitting for golfers, as well as being close to shops, medical centers and to Interstate 26.

The up-and-down residence is in the Country Club Estates neighborhood, not far from downtown Summerville. Take Interstate 26 to exit 199, turn left and follow Main Street into town. Continue through the center of the city. Main Street terminates at Boonehill Road (U.S. Highway 17A). Bear right onto Boonehill Road and continue for about one mile. Turn left on Country Club Boulevard then an immediate left on Pinehurst Avenue. Candlelite Path is ahead on the right.

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