National builder Hovnanian treks into metro Charleston market with outdoorsy, active adult village in Cane Bay

This cottage shows the design style from New Jersey-based Hovnanian, which recently announced it would build K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at the Lakes at Cane Bay (Provided).

Tennis, bird watching, trail walks and swimming are what awaits go-go seniors who choose a newly unveiled, lakeside enclave ready to rise near Summerville.

Oh, and don't forget bocce and pickle ball.

Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. in early August unveiled plans to craft an 800-home gated village in the burgeoning Cane Bay Plantation master-planned community. The name boasts one of the builder's signature brands: K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay. One of the first structures to greet potential buyers will be a "welcome center," expected to open this fall, the builder says.

"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to build a K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons community in South Carolina," says Ara Hovnanian, board chairman, president and chief executive of the Red Bank, N.J.-based venture. "Given the strong demographic trends, we have talked about expanding our active adult offering into new markets," he says.

Hovnanian Enterprises already builds in South Carolina, having framed hundreds of homes in the Hilton Head Island market. Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay will be the builder's first foray into the Charleston area, its initial active adult neighborhood in the state and a "complementary presence" to its operations further down the coast.

Judging from its Aug. 6 public comments, the builder showed it did its homework in tapping the Berkeley County locale. Cane Bay Plantation counts as the 19th best-selling community in the U.S., while greater Charleston ranks as the country's 32nd largest housing market based on 2013 new home starts, the company says.

"We believe we found a great location that will allow us to take advantage of the growth opportunities that are present in Charleston," Hovnanian says.

The Four Seasons neighborhood, to boast a more-than-250-acre lake and 10 miles of nature pathways, will be the newest village in Cane Bay Plantation.

"We are thrilled to have K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Cane Bay," says Ben Gramling III, president of Gramling Brothers Real Estate & Development Inc. The developers launched Cane Bay Plantation, located 30 minutes north of downtown Charleston, about a decade ago.

Hovnanian Enterprises sticks out as "one of most respected builders in the industry" with a commitment to quality and innovation and an attention to detail in design and construction, Gramling says.

Combined with Cane Bay's existing developments, residents will be rewarded with an "unsurpassed quality of life," he says.

Hovnanian Enterprises says the new community will feature energy efficient homes and "countless amenities that will bring new excitement to the historic Summerville and Charleston area while retaining the beautiful heritage of Cane Bay Plantation."

The company says its new subdivision will give homeowners the chance "to enjoy lakefront and wooded preserve home sites with access to (more than) seven miles of navigable waterways," the sprawling lake and extensive nature trails.

"Fishing, kayaking, boating and bird watching from countless vantage points will punctuate the (village's) lifestyle," according to Hovnanian Enterprises.

The Four Seasons' numerous amenities will include "a lakefront clubhouse with fitness center, indoor and outdoor pool complexes, pickle ball, bocce ball courts (and) tennis courts," the builder says.

On its website, the builder doesn't list expected home prices for the Cane Bay neighborhood.

Residential prices in its seven communities in Bluffton, Beaufort and Hilton Head Island range from the $100,000s to the $500,000s and up. Villages include Barton's Run, Liberty Point, The Abby, Jarvis Creek Club, Shell Hall and The Paddocks at Jarvis Creek. The company completed its build-out of the St. James Place neighborhood. And Coosaw Point, on Lady's Island, is "coming soon."

According to a company profile, Kevork S. Hovnanian founded Hovnanian Enterprises in 1959. The company cites itself as one of the nation's largest homebuilders with operations in 16 states - Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia - as well as Washington, D.C.

The company sells and markets houses under five trade names: K. Hovnanian Homes, Brighton Homes, Parkwood Builders, Town & Country Homes and Oster Homes.

As the developer of K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons communities, the company says it's also one of the largest builders of active adult homes nationwide.

For more information, visit Hovnanian Enterprises' website at www.khov.com.

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