Real Estate News - Ashton Woods Homes swoops into Summerville master community; local Catholic diocese brings in consultant on real estate plans

Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark Lennar's grand opening of Royal Palms townhomes. Present (from left) were Jason Byham, Lennar Charleston director of sales and marketing; Walker Gregory, new home consultant at Royal Palms; Amy Dooley, marketing manager; Page; and Todd Devries, Universal American Mortgage Co. loan officer (Provided).

The burgeoning village that sprung up two years ago along U.S. highways 17A and 176 has landed a new builder.

Atlanta-based Ashton Woods Homes officially becomes the fourth home framer in 2,300-acre Carnes Crossroads - a project of Daniel Island's development team.

Ashton Woods Homes launched its first homes in the community's developing St. Thomas Park neighborhood while opening a furnished model on Carnes Crossroads' row of builder-styled homes.

The company offers four home plans in Carnes Crossroads, ranging size-wise from 1,900- to 3,000-square-feet and starting in price at the low $300,000s.

"With construction activity and sales at Carnes Crossroads increasing, the timing is right for the addition of a fourth builder to our team," Chuck Buck says. He ranks as broker-in-charge at Carnes Crossroads Real Estate, which is representing sales for all the neighborhood builders.

"Ashton Woods has an excellent reputation for both quality craftsmanship and customer service, which makes them a perfect fit for our community," Buck says.

The Georgia contractor touts a more than 25-year history building new homes and sits as one of the one of the nation's largest private homebuilding companies, according to Carnes Crossroads.

Along with the Charleston area, Ashton Woods boasts home building operations in Atlanta; Raleigh; Phoenix; Orlando, Sarasota and Tampa in Florida; and Austin, Dallas, Houston, Killeen/Ft. Hood and San Antonio, all in Texas.

Lifestory Research highlighted Ashton Woods in its 2014 Most Trusted Builder in America Study, naming the company the number one most trusted homebuilder in the U.S. for the second year in a row.

The company fosters its industry reputation for building inspiring designs and for offering homebuyers a high level of personalized options, according to Carnes Crossroads.

Ashton Woods proclaims it's the only homebuilder to nationally use the Environments for Living Platinum Program, which certifies homes' energy efficient status.

"We are excited about the opportunity to be part of the Carnes Crossroads team, our second partnership with the Daniel Island Co.," says Ryan Lewis, division president at Ashton Woods Homes.

The community offers a distinctive architectural style and an "ideal Lowcountry lifestyle," he says. "With our authentic designs, crafted around livability and an unmatched opportunity for personalization, we look forward to working with future Carnes Crossroads homeowners to realize their vision."

Ashton Woods joins Texas builder David Weekley Homes, Eastwood Homes from North Carolina and Mount Pleasant-based Sabal Homes at Carnes Crossroads.

Each builder has raised a furnished design on the neighborhood's Model Row.

As a group, Carnes Crossroads' builders "offer a variety of home plans that reflect traditional architectural styles and modern lifestyles," the developer notes.

Carnes Crossroads has evolved into a meaningful residential and commercial center in the Goose Creek and Summerville area of Berkeley County.

According to the ownership team, Carnes Crossroads comprises "traditional residential neighborhoods, southern architecture, parks, trails and lakes." Developers carefully align those attractions with commercial properties such as corporate offices, medical centers, schools and churches "to create a small-town community where people live, work and play."

For additional information about Carnes Crossroads, visit

The head of a Chicago firm versed in property strategies intends to advise the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston on its real estate holdings.

Kathleen Rose, president and chief executive of Rose & Associates Southeast Inc., volunteered her expertise in market analysis, real estate strategy and development and planning strategy to the local diocese.

She will try to help the diocese manage its properties and develop short- and long-term strategies for expansion.

According to The Counselors of Real Estate, Rose joined a five-member team of experts via the CRE Consulting Corps - the organization's public service program.

The Charleston diocese asked the CRE Consulting Corps to establish a strategic framework for managing its real estate holdings; provide an action plan; develop expansion strategies; and provide a "best practices" road map to accomplish the goals.

After interviewing the diocesan staff, including the Bishop, the team provided a report to the diocese in March. The findings included "a framework of broad goals and strategies and an 'action plan' for future implementation," the counselers group says.

Founded in 1997, the CRE Consulting Corps program has been offering real estate consulting advise to non-profit groups, municipalities and government entities. Its teams are comprised of CRE members, considered the most experienced real estate advisors worldwide. Project team panels are selected for specialties tailored to the needs of the particular assignment and are typically from outside the local area where the project is located.

The Corps program is one of several activities involving The Counselors of Real Estate. The international counselors group, established in 1953, contains "high profile professionals including members of prominent real estate, financial, legal and accounting firms, as well as leaders of government and academia."

They provide objective advice on complex real property situations and land-related matters, according to the organization.

The organization grants its CRE credential to all members "in recognition of superior problem solving ability" in real estate counseling. Just 1,100 people worldwide hold the title.

For more information, visit The Counselors of Real Estate's website at

A long-time Midlands real estate agent selected Century 21 Properties Plus to work with after moving to East Cooper, citing its global reach and leadership role.

Brenda Bryant will be stationed in the agency's Mount Pleasant Office. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the field and most recently worked for Russell and Jeffcoat Real Estate in Columbia.

"I chose Century 21 Properties Plus because of their global and national presence, but more importantly their leadership in the local marketplace," Bryant says. "Because of their attention to customer satisfaction, they always stay abreast of market changes and trends that will affect buyers and sellers. Having the latest and greatest to offer my customers is of paramount importance to me," she says.

Bryant studied accounting and marketing at the University of South Carolina. She lives in Park West in Mount Pleasant. Her two sons, Patrick and Todd live in Mount Pleasant and China respectively.

"We are so pleased to announce that Brenda will be joining our team," says Tim Rash, broker-in-charge of Century 21 Properties Plus. "We believe her experience will greatly enhance the services we provide to our customers in the Mt. Pleasant community," he says.

Century 21 Properties Plus notes that its sales professionals are qualified to help consumers "navigate the opportunities that exist in the local real estate market" and provide sellers the chance to boost their properties' exposure.

An affiliate of worldwide real estate company Century 21, the local operation boasts 17 years of experience in the real estate industry. Century 21 Properties Plus offers a hard-to-beat combination of advanced technology, resources and brand recognition, it says.

The full service brokerage firm specializing in residential and commercial real estate claims locations in downtown Summerville at 118 W. Richardson Ave. and in Park West in Mount Pleasant at 3301 Salterbeck Court.

For more information, call 843-856-0021.

Owen Tyler, who served as president of the region's main Realtor trade group, transferred to The Cassina Group LLC effective April 1.

He's managing broker with Cassina Group, which sports offices in Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston.

"I have had great success during my time at Carolina One Real Estate Services and am so appreciative of the support they have provided me," Tyler says.

He adds, "The opportunity to be part of The Cassina Group was one that I could not let pass me by. The chance to work in a quickly growing, boutique real estate firm atmosphere with a strong technology base is fantastic and to be part of a team of full-time, highly successful, professional real estate agents is the icing on the cake," he says.

Last year, The Cassina Group "received statewide accolades" as one of the fastest-growing companies in the state by SCBiz News' Roaring Twenties. The company places in the top 10 local firms at $152.8 million in sales closings spread among its 19 agents.

"While my moniker and contact information will change, my dedication to superior customer and client services and the practice of the best real estate possible will not change," Tyler says. For more, visit the company web site, at, call Tyler at 843-224-5398 or contact him at or

An Upstate rental home community fits in among 38 commercial properties sold by an online auction house in February for $147 million. LLC, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., says it facilitated the property closings.

"As the national economy gains momentum, each real estate sector is experiencing recovery at a different rate," says Eric Paulsen, executive vice president and general manager of's commercial division.

"We pride ourselves on providing both buyers and sellers access to analysis of the properties and each market, allowing them to make informed investment decisions," he says.

The online platform offers complete transparency to the large pool of bidders it attracts from around the world. In turn, the competition among qualified buyers ensures that sellers' assets are transacted at fair market value.

Notable closings, according to, include the University Place Apartments, a 120,400-square-foot multifamily complex located in Rock Hill. Marcus & Millichap listed the property, which was auctioned Dec. 11, 2013. The sale closed on Feb. 11.

The Fairfield Lakes Apartments, a 277,756-square-foot multifamily complex located in Pensacola, Fla., was listed by Marcus & Millichap and auctioned on Dec. 11. The sale closed on Feb. 14.

Somersville Towne Center, a 283,284-square-foot retail center located in Antioch, Calif., was the largest property auctioned. LLC calls itself the nation's leading online real estate marketplace. Founded in 2008, the company has sold nearly $20 billion in assets since 2010. has over 900 employees and offices in Irvine and Silicon Valley, Calif., and in Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Miami and Newport Beach. For more information, visit

Lennar commemorated its new Royal Palms townhome neighborhood March 22 with hot air balloon rides and fun and games for kids.

The new-homes builder hosted a grand opening at the community on Dingle Road in the town's "in-demand" U.S. Highway 17 North residential corridor at Highway 17 and S.C. Highway 41.

According to Lennar, the community will feature more than 50 townhomes sized at 1,700-2,200 square feet and priced in the high $200,000s.

Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.

The community stands close to shopping, beaches and key roadways, Lennar notes.

As with all Lennar's communities, Royal Palms homebuyers will benefit from the builder's signature Everything's Included program. It offers desirable luxury features included in the base price, the company says.

Lennar Corp., founded in 1954 and headquartered in Miami, ranks among the nation's leading builders. To learn more, visit

Sporting convenient settings and sprawling lots, Hidden Hills in Dorchester County manages to keep prices as low as $225,000.

The "beautiful" new-home neighborhood minutes from Summerville's historic downtown offers eight floor plans and home sites from 0.7 to more than 4 acres, according to Carolina One New Homes.

Lowcountry Residential Builders frames the homes, while Carolina One New Homes teams as exclusive marketing agent.

"Hidden Hills is a tranquil, quiet neighborhood surrounded by the beauties of nature," new homes community manager Barry Cunningham says.

Homes can be purchased for as little as $225,000. The energy efficient floor plans include models up to 5 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths.

After choosing plans the buyers can select from many options offered by Lowcountry Residential Builders. They include hardwood floors, custom trim work and granite countertops.

For more information, contact Cunningham at 843-530-0755 or via email at, or visit

A division of Carolina One Real Estate market leader locally, Carolina One New Homes represents more than 30 new-homes communities.