Steve Brantley has spent much of his life connected to Wadmalaw Island, a removed expanse known for its majestic oak trees, winding creeks and tucked away farms.
”I’ve owned property on Wadmalaw for 40 years,” he says. In his younger days, the retired pharmacist frequented Cub Scout Camp Ho Nan Wah off Maybank Highway. Brantley hunted and fished “out here,” including on land he bought from Charleston businessman Nathan Addlestone in 1994 in what’s now the 900-acre Martins Point neighborhood.
Eleven years later, Steve and Judi Brantley enlisted noted local architect George Seabrook to design a 4,872-square-foot home at 1168 Pilot Boy Road, overlooking unspoiled marsh and river.
“It’s a real special house,” says Steve Brantley, who also owns a farm about a mile away off Bears Bluff Road. The Pilot Boy Road property, which includes 3.19 acres of high ground and a deepwater boat dock, lists for sale at $1,995,000.
“There is a certain mystique about the history of the land that surrounds Martins Point,” real estate agents Terri Seignious and Sabrina Leigh-Jones of Luxury Simplified Group note in their property listing. “Set back against this backdrop is ‘Dayspring,’” so named for its bright surroundings amid live oaks and camellias.
“This buyer is going to be someone who likes the country, probably a birder or nature lover,” Seignious says. Also, purchasers would be attracted to “the quality of construction,” she says. “There are more than 40 windows in this house,” she points out, noting that each window is fitted for Fabric-Shield hurricane panels.
A 300-foot pier with dock stretches into the Wadmalaw River, which doubles as the Intracoastal Waterway and is at least seven feet deep even at dead low tide. “I could see someone (as a buyer) who’s a true boat fan,” Seignious says.
The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home boasts columned porticos on the main and upper floors facing due east. To the front, an upper tier porch provides unobstructed views of the dirt driveway leading into Dayspring as well as landscaped trees and shrubs. The lot crosses Pilot Boy Road, leaving ample space to build a guest house.
Brantley says he didn’t miss a day on-site during construction of 1168 Pilot Boy Road. He oversaw installation of energy efficient extras such as foam insulation in the ceiling and under the house, resulting in “extremely low bills.” Sound proofing materials deaden noise through the interior walls. A copper roof and gutters support the stucco and cypress foundation and siding. Open stairways and an attic-to-garage elevator transport people from floor to floor.
He calls a main-floor guest bedroom “the camellia room,” because of the views of the colorful flowers he grows. The bedroom, which connects to a screened-in porch, also includes a closet with stackable washer and dryer.
The home’s main floor features 10-foot ceilings; they rise nine feet upstairs. Oak hardwood floors cover nearly all the house including bedrooms. The main floor sports crown molding and wainscoting. Fireplaces in the living, garden and master bedrooms show off marble surrounds and wood mantels.
The house has a finished top floor with “his-and-hers offices, abundant storage and convenient walk-in access to the attic,” the Realtors note. Brantley says plumbing fixtures are close enough to the top level for a buyer to install a bathroom. Three floors down on the ground level, doors open to a two-car garage and side rooms for casual entertaining and storage.
Bedrooms all are suites with their own bathrooms. There’s also a main-level powder room. The upstairs opens to a central entertainment area that can be closed off with double doors. An additional bedroom features a private bath and media room with surround sound system.
The upper-floor master suite spanning the width of the house commands attention. A sprawling bedroom with elegant fireplace opens to a balcony with wide vistas and a side “private terrace.” The luxurious bathroom boasts a claw-foot tub, oversized shower, dual vanities and twin closets.
Another standout feature is a “superb” chef’s kitchen, the agents say. The kitchen includes mahogany-rich woodwork surrounding a downdraft system over the six-burner Dacor range, distinctive cabinets, silverware drawers, artist Julie Sweda’s signed backsplash, central island, double convection ovens, microwave, stainless steel refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher.
The culinary center stands beyond the foyer with harlequin-style marble floor. The formal dining room flanks the front entrance.
According to Leigh-Jones and Seignious, the Lowcountry-style home enjoys Wadmalaw Island’s unspoiled vistas while offering “loads of privacy and dramatic water views.”
Flooded with natural light, the house caters to entertaining, “but the party inevitably begs to spill out onto the rear porches and lush lawn beyond,” they say.
Structural and utility spotlights include three heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, reverse osmosis water system with 1,000-gallon tank and Permacoast protective exterior paint.
The agents cite Martins Point as a treasured neighborhood of just 19 homes. “Discover a retreat filled with wildlife and nature trails” as well as boat ramp and 37-acre fishing lake, they say.
The 12-year-old house sits near the end of the road. Heading south, take Folly Road, turning right on Maybank Highway on James Island. Cross the Stono River bridge to Johns Island and continue on Maybank seven miles to the Main-Bohicket roads intersection. Stay on Maybank for three more miles and veer right onto Bears Bluff Road. Follow Bears Bluff Road for six miles and turn right on Martins Point Road. Proceed on the dirt road for about a mile and make a sharp left on Pilot Boy Road. Ahead on the right is 1168 Pilot Boy Road.
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