2278 Portside Way Three-story home with river views in West Ashley boasts pool, pier and other spiffs that boost appeal

This 5,631-square-foot brick house at 2278 Portside Way in Ashley Harbor is for sale for $1,450,000.

From first impressions, a certain brick house in a gated enclave off S.C. Highway 61 offers such perks as a thick lawn, swimming pool and dock on Bulls Creek.

Pretty nice to say the least.

Now look closer. The three-story, 5,631-square-foot home also sports an extra-large 0.56 acre lot, three-car garage, multiple fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, top floor “man cave” and a master bedroom closet so deep that it could field a ballet company performing lifts and jumps. Palatial is more like it.

The 2278 Portside Way residence overlooking the Ashley River lists for sale at $1,450,000.

“When you spend $1 million (or more), you expect a little something extra,” says Joyce Tyler, listing agent with Read & Read Realtors in Charleston.

Custom builder Larry Faulkenberry crafted the house in Ashley Harbor in 1996.

“This is a really nice home to showcase,” Tyler says. “It’s a great place for children.” They can ride bikes around the secured neighborhood, which also shows off a small lake and tennis courts. Posting five bedrooms, the house “takes someone who needs this much” space, she says.

Tyler spells out scores of standout attractions and hidden gems in the sturdy house, constructed and lived in by the same owners for 19 years.

“There’s a lot of good features and privacy as well,” Tyler says, noting that Ashley Harbor is one of the few gated villages west of the Ashley.

Among the prizes and surprises:

Covered dock and boat-lift on a creek that carries out to the Ashley River not far from Interstate 526.

Curvy backyard pool with arched shape on the eastward edge.

Vast front yard. “They keep it manicured and shaped,” she says.

Inside, the rooms are “generous sized,” Tyler says. Ceilings rimmed by crown and dental moldings are a comfortable 10 feet. “The kitchen would be every chef’s dream.” Oak hardwood floors run throughout the house, while carpet highlights upper bedrooms.

“This is a well-maintained home,” Tyler says.

A voluminous dining room designed for entertaining sits to the left of the open foyer and attaches to the kitchen via a side door.

Heading down a wide hall from the entrance, there’s a half-bath on the right. The hall continues to steps that lead to a fashionable sunken great room showcasing a piano, furniture and clear views of marsh and river.

Built-in white appliances distinguish the cooking center, which also houses granite countertops and a breakfast corner. Wedged between the kitchen and dining room is a laundry with washer and dryer and numerous shelves.

Past the kitchen, which opens to the great room, stands a sunroom with scores of windows and with doors to the swimming pool. “They really capitalized on the views,” she says.

Bridging casual and formal, the sunroom possesses a marble floor as well as a wet bar with counter, sink and liquor cabinet.

On the south side of the house stands a formal living room, accessible from the great room. Both spaces incorporate fireplaces with chic marble surrounds.

The master suite sits separate on the second floor, reachable by its own set of steps. A wide bedroom with vaulted ceiling offers charming views of oaks, marsh and river; the elongated closet provides overwhelming space for shoes and clothes and the master bathroom touts brass fixtures on the vanity sinks, shower and jetted tub.

A garage is on the the ground level, providing space for two cars and a workshop.

Up front, the main set of stairs faces the foyer. Steps proceed to four additional bedrooms, two with sights of the river and two in the front overlooking a semi-circled wooden balcony painted white and above the front porch.

All quite large, the bedrooms match with two bathrooms — a Jack-and-Jill linking the two back bedrooms and another teamed with the front bedrooms.

A third flight of stairs climbs to the top floor, set aside for an oversized recreational and exercise room.

“This is where the teenagers would hang out,” she says, nodding to the pool table, big screen TV and window seats. The space also could be designed for the husband as a getaway, the so-called “man cave,” Tyler says.

Plumbing infrastructure is in place to install a third-floor bathroom, she says.

The house, meanwhile, benefits from its quiet surroundings. While the I-526 overpass is visible from the back yard, “We are far enough away that you don’t hear the noise,” Tyler says.

The Realtor believes 2278 Portside Way offers real value, even with a seven-figures cost. “When you look at it with the amenities on the water, square footage, it’s a good price,” she says.

The house sits near the end of Portside Way. Heading west, cross the Ashley River Bridge to Highway 61. Go through the Sam Rittenberg Boulevard intersection and continue on the highway. Proceed a few miles and turn right on Ashley Hall Plantation Road. Go about one mile and the Ashley Harbor neighborhood security building is on the left. Once through the entry gate, stay right on Portside Way. Ahead on the right is 2278 Portside Way.

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