Inside walls at Bridgewater Townhomes are seamless, or so it seems. Actually, they receive a coating that masks the lines between wall sections.
Not a major building feat, for sure, although this is believed to be the first use of the special primer in the Charleston area, says Carroll Loewer, sales consultant for builder Centex.
The effort, however, showcases the focus on detail that Centex and its parent company Pulte Group are taking with the new complex.
Bridgewater Townhomes is part of the planned 2,000-home Carolina Bay development west of the Ashley that Pulte and Centex are framing over the next decade or more.
The townhome community will have 83 dwellings in eight buildings. Base prices for the 1,476- to 1,645-square-foot units are $142,990 to $165,000. There are three models, and each design comes with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. The Chaplain includes a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, the Crawford has a first floor master suite and the Monroe has what’s considered one of the largest main bedrooms among West Ashley townhomes. The floor plans, Loewer says, “make good use of space.”
Showcasing the interiors are 9-foot-ceilings, one-car garages, separate tubs and showers in the master baths, stainless kitchen appliances and maple cabinets. As a convenience, washers and dryers are built into the same floor as the master bedrooms. Screened-in porches, granite countertops and gas stoves are options.
Townhome buyers can alter their properties to some extent such as installing fences, he says.
Bridgewater Townhomes is a second stage for Centex, which completed Tidewater Townhomes at Carolina Bay a couple of years ago and sold all 106 units there.
Townhome residents have access to the master planned community’s amenities center, which includes a swimming pool and clubhouse. Also nearby will be a three-acre park, and a second pool is scheduled to open in the Essex section off S.C. Highway 61. Carolina Bay is close to the West Ashley Greenway and has its own set of walking trails and sidewalks.
Meanwhile, there are three ponds in the neighborhood stocked with fish. “It’s nice to come out in the evening,” Loewer says.
Bridgewater Townhomes has an attraction of its own: a sprawling, grassy dog park complete with mock “fire hydrants,” Loewer says. Across from the complex is a small, landscaped “overflow parking” area.
At the present time, Centex is offering an incentive where the builder will cover the first six months’ interest payments, Loewer says.
Loewer expects various groups to look at Bridgewater Townhomes. “The first person who thinks about a townhome (is someone who wants) a low maintenance lifestyle,” not having to handle exterior repairs or lawn care, he says.
Active professionals such as nurses, doctors, police officers and military would be interested, he says. Retirees would be impressed with the first floor master suite.
The property is centrally situated, a few miles west on Interstate 526, which makes it accessible to people working at SPAWAR and Boeing among other places. And, Loewer says he has sold “two or three” townhomes to families with children.
As a rule, the units have a backyard. “That’s what buyers find appealing,” he says.
To reach Bridgewater Townhomes from downtown Charleston, travel west over the Ashley River Bridge and stay straight on Savannah Highway (U.S. Highway 17 South). Follow the highway past I-526. About two miles from Bees Ferry Road, take a right at the traffic light onto Carolina Bay Drive. Follow Carolina Bay to Cornsilk Drive and make a left. Look for the complex ahead on the left. An alternate route is to take Savannah Highway to Bees Ferry and turn right, make a right on Sanders Road and another right to the rear entrance to Carolina Bay.
Neighborhood: Bridgewater Townhomes at Carolina Bay
Location: Charleston County
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