Quiet setting draws attention to townhomes

After close to four years of development, Lake Palmetto is in its final construction sales stage. The townhome neighborhood is near Centre Pointe and Tanger Outlets.

The plan was untested five years ago: build a townhome community around a longtime landlocked lake in the center of North Charleston, close to Interstate 26 and the city's coliseum.

But it's worked out for developer Lake Palmetto LLC and its lead partner and marketer, Denny Fortney. The last group of 32 townhomes are being offered at the 117-unit complex, located just south of West Montague Avenue. "It's really taken off," he says.

The townhomes' moderate prices as well as the complex's placement in North Charleston's "new downtown" area are big attractions, Fortney says. "I think the main draw is the location," he says.

The two- and three-story dwellings in four buildings are slightly larger than previous models. Floor plans are a 1,528-square-foot townhome with two to three bedrooms priced at $199,900 and up and a three- or four-bedroom, 2,228-square-foot model with a starting cost of $238,900. Detached garages are available for an extra $7,500.

The final group of townhomes backs up to a pond. "We call it The Sanctuary. It's like a cove back here," Fortney says.

The units are close to the lake, which is used for swimming, fishing and boating. There are two community docks on the lake.

Among the townhome attractions are large kitchens with stainless steel appliances including refrigerators, porcelain tile floors, granite countertops and 42-inch cabinets.

Other standard features are a laundry room with a washer and dryer on the second floor, family room fireplaces and jetted tubs and stall showers in the master bedrooms. All units have two or three exterior decks and patios with private entries. Options include hardwood floors and screened-in porches.

Sales agents are at the site 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.