Long-time Realtor to head sales at upscale Summerville village

The new chief of the Ponds is a multifaceted veteran of real estate and business with more than 35 years experience.

Denise Montplaisir recently joined Carolina One New Homes as the sales manager for the master planned community in Dorchester County.

The Manchester, N.H., native began her career as a registered nurse and hospital administrator, reaching executive levels in Los Angeles and the Cayman Islands.

Montplaisir alternated work between healthcare and real estate, building up her real estate resume as a business owner, manager and mortgage loan originator. She also worked on high-end real estate projects in Lake Tahoe, Hawaii and the Grand Caymans.

“Denise’s success in real estate can be measured by her accomplishments in residential, commercial, project development and condominium sales. There’s not much this talented woman has not accomplished,” says Will Jenkinson, broker-in-charge of Carolina One New Homes.

A Greenwood Development neighborhood, the Ponds spans 1,950 acres between the town of Summerville and the Ashley River Historic District.

Carolina One New Homes, based in Charleston, is involved in marketing and sales for new home communities in the metro area.

For more information, visit www.discovertheponds.com, call Jenkinson at 843-202-2023 or email him at wjenkinson@carolinaone.com.

The Preserve, Johns Island businesses back school kayak club

To further an education program at Charleston Collegiate School, a Johns Island neighborhood is giving students’ access to adjacent Penny Creek.

The Preserve at Fenwick Plantation and local businesses are partnering with the school to start a “history and science-based, after school kayak club,” the community says. The club would expand on the school’s existing Outdoor Education Program.

The Preserve granted the school access to the property and its community docks on the deep water creek. The docks would serve as a launch point for the “ultimate outdoor classroom,” according to The Preserve.

The program would help educate students on South Carolina’s history and its marsh, river and harbor ecology, “all from the front row seat of a kayak,” the community says. The Preserve at Fenwick was the site of colonial settlements and Revolutionary and Civil war battles.

“The opportunity for students to learn on the actual site where much of our local history took place is an incredible tool,” according to The Preserve.

Charleston Collegiate approached local businesses in a bid to secure a fleet of kayaks. The school has come up with 15 boats in less than a month.

Contributors include Glover Fence, Buck Lumber, EPIC Development Group, The Preserve at Fenwick Plantation, Bohicket Creek Boat rentals, Wheeler Industries and the owners of Jim & Nicks and Tzatzikis.

To recognize the sponsors, each donor’s company logo has been placed on a designated kayak.

A team of students, faculty and parents will meet at The Preserve, 1635 John Fenwick Lane on Johns Island today at 10 a.m. to build kayak storage racks that will help keep the fleet organized and in good shape.

For more, visit www.thepreserveatfenwickplantation.com or www.charlestoncollegiate.org.

Real estate veteran joins Carriage Properties

A local agency that specializes in luxury home sales has brought on long-time broker Lindsay Malanos.

Carriage Properties LLC says Malanos started Dec. 29.

Prior to affiliating with Carriage Properties, she spent 20 years as a broker with The Beach Co. primarily in sales of the company’s signature residential developments.

In 1991, Malanos established The Beach Co.’s residential division, which at that time sold oceanfront lots on the Isle of Palms.

Malanos, a Charleston native, became a selling agent for the company’s new Longborough neighborhood in 2003. The community is in the Wagener Terrace area of peninsula Charleston.

She continued to sell properties throughout the area, from the historic district to barrier islands.

In Oct. 2010, the Beach Co. Residential Division became Better Homes and Gardens The Beach Co. as part of a new franchise structure.

Carriage Properties is a locally owned 22-agent firm founded in 2002. Specializing in high-end and historic properties, the company has closed on more than 450 Charleston area individual home sales valued at $1 million or more.

Malanos joins a team of professional agents with a combined 400 years of experience.

A Certified International Property Specialist, Malanos has been awarded Realtor of Distinction and is a past president of the Million Dollar Club. She can be reached at lindsaymalanos@carriageprop.com.

AgentOwned Realty will market Hunley Waters

A green neighborhood near Park Circle in North Charleston has a new group handling its sales and promotions.

Cobalt Developments LTD, a British-based real estate developer with properties in South Carolina, has hired AgentOwned Realty as agent-in-charge for Hunley Waters. The Park Circle office will be handling the sales and marketing.

“This is a good move for Hunley Waters, as AgentOwned Realty understands the appeal of our development in the context of Park Circle’s growing importance in local residential growth,” Colbalt president Chris Swan says.

“Agents Gary Bissett and Teresa Kennedy are go-getters,” he says.

Hunley Waters is a gated, waterfront sustainable community. The neighborhood features private front porches, a community dock on Noisette Creek and low-energy appliances.

Meanwhile, two new Ashepoo models were set in place as part of the modular construction of the neighborhood homes.

The designs each feature three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. Prices start at $199,000.

For more information, contact Bissett at 843-425-4901.

Prudential affiliate expands staff

Two Upstate residents with diverse backgrounds have joined Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate in Summerville.

Kim Hoang is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a dual degree in Investment Finance and Real Estate. She moved from the Greenville area to Charleston two years ago.

Before coming to Prudential Southern Coast, she worked at the Lowcountry Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Hoang assisted with fund management and special events. She co-chaired Suzy’s Garden, which is part of the Race for the Cure, in 2010 and 2011. She likes to explore the historic Charleston area and enjoys discovering its hidden charms and top-notch restaurants.

She can be reached at 864-363-0847 or via email at khoang.pscre@gmail.com.

Jordan Pace, who grew up outside of Spartanburg, is a graduate of Charleston Southern University.

He is an avid reader and likes politics, learning foreign languages and traveling. He spent a summer in Istanbul, Turkey where he was an intern coach for a professional American Football team.

Pace can be reached at 843-300-7193 or via email at jpace.pscre@gmail.com.

Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate “is pleased Kim and Jordan have joined our great team,” says Linda Collins, agency owner.

Beazer kicks off promotional event

For two weeks at least, a national builder is offering incentives to buyers who want to personalize their homes.

Beazer Homes is sponsoring its Make Your Move sales event Feb. 1-15 across the country, including in the Charleston area.

Special incentives are on quick move-in and to-be-built EnergyStar homes. The company says it has been building energy efficient homes since 2006. The houses meet EnergyStar benchmarks, which mean homeowners see lower costs for utilities and for the overall cost of ownership.

Homebuyers can add personal touches to their homes, including design upgrades such as flooring, lighting and cabinetry.

“Today’s homebuyers want to get more out of their home,” says Janice Adler, general sales manager of Beazer’s Charleston Division.

With the personalized, energy-efficient homes, buyers can do that, she says.

Beazer is offering the incentives in a variety of their single-family, townhome and condominium communities in 22 metro areas nationwide.

For more information, visit www.beazer.com.

Annual Goose Creek golf outing helps out local schools

After raising close to $5,000 in 2011 with its golf tourney for schools, a Carolina One Real Estate office has already set the date for this year’s event.

The North Metro office in Goose Creek sponsors the Schools Benefit Golf Tournament at Crowfield Golf & Country Club. Last year’s event was the fourth annual.

Each team supported a local school of its choice. From the collections, checks were presented directly to teachers to be used as needed for class support. This year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 18.

Sponsors last year were Carolina One Real Estate, Carolina One Mortgage, Weeks & Irvine Law Firm, Homeland Protection, First National Bank of South Carolina, Beazer Homes, Lennar Homes, Crescent Homes, Centex Homes, Ryland Homes, Sabal Homes, C.T. Lowndes & Co. Insurance, Prime Lending, Charleston Property Services (Pest Control), Accu-Check Home Inspections, Super Carpets, Harbor Homes, Chick-fil-A, H.H. Hunt Homes, Capitol City Homes, Sing Heating, Charlestowne Montessori School, Dan Ryan Builders, A Community Lock & Safe and Rex Thompson Homes.

The benefiting schools were C.E. Williams Middle, Howe Hall AIMS, Marrington Elementary, Bonner Elementary, Givhans Alternative, Westview Primary, Westview Elementary, James Simons Elementary, Stratford High, Dunston Elementary, Berkeley High, Boulder Bluff Elementary, Northside Christian, Porter-Gaud School, Stiles Point Elementary, University School of the Lowcountry, Devon Forest Elementary, St. Andrews Elementary, Meeting Street Academy, Cathedral Academy and Charlestowne Montessori School.

Harbor opens new Johns Island neighborhood

Charleston-style “row houses” that proved so popular a few miles away will be a prime feature of the new Brownswood Farms community

Harbor Homes is building the neighborhood off Maybank Highway. Nearby on Johns Island, the company framed fast-selling The Cottages, which offered the row houses.

Brownswood Farms is now open for new home sales. The row houses start in the $150,000s, according to Carolina One New Homes, which is marketing the community.

Sizes of the two-story plans are 1,300 to 2,600-plus square feet. They feature open kitchens, sizable master suites — some on the first floor— and a third floor bonus room option on most plans.

The new homes come with hauSmart technology from Harbor’s parent The Mungo Cos. in Columbia. The technology “ensures that each new home is healthier, more affordable to operate and with comfort features designed in response to homeowner requests to make their busy lives easier,” Carolina One New Homes says.

Sales are managed by Neil Shepard with Carolina One New Homes. He can be reached at 843-737-4414 or nshepard@carolinaoneplus.com.

Home, Design show goes on at Galliard

From free designer tips to scores of custom items, the Charleston Home + Design Show offers lots of choices this weekend.

The show runs through Sunday at the Gaillard Auditorium in downtown Charleston.

Highlights include:

• A $26,000 “fam-cave” makeover given away for the home.

• Four idea rooms designed by local interior designers to reflect the image and personality of celebrity sports figures with ties to the Lowcountry.

• Free design consultations with American Society Interior Designer experts.

• Silent auction.

• An Evening of Kitchens, Baths + all that Jazz with live jazz from the Frank Duvall Jazz Trio, free drinks, catered food and cash bar.

• Speed dating with builders and remodelers, where participants can talk one-on-one with a professional for 5-7 minutes at a time.

• The Charleston Architect Symposium (for architects only) featuring a free catered lunch and the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

• Thousands of custom home products.

The show hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The jazz evening is 7-10 p.m. today.

Admission is $7 for regular show hours and $15 for Kitchens, Baths + All That Jazz.

For more information, visit www.charlestonhomeanddesignshow.com.

Upstate resort hires Livingston for second go-around in sales

The new director of sales at The Reserve at Lake Keowee is a familiar face around the foothills community.

He’s Rutledge Livingston, who had served in the same position from 2000 to 2008.

“The company is thrilled to have him rejoin its senior management team,” The Reserve at Lake Keowee says.

Livingston, a Hendersonville, N.C., native, has been a top residential real estate agent for more than 25 years.

Prior to his hiring, he worked as a consultant for two years and served as sales director for The Cliffs at High Carolina in Asheville.

At The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Livingston will be responsible for selling homes and homesites and recruiting, hiring, and leading the sales team. He will also be involved in new real estate designs and offerings within the community. And he will be an advocate for owners and club members who are reselling their home or homesite.

“He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of The Reserve, and his enthusiasm and passion for our community is infectious and will undoubtedly excite our team,” says Chuck Pigg, vice president of Greenwood Communities and Resorts and community manager of The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

Greenwood Communities and Resorts developed The Reserve at Lake Keowee in 2000. Attractions include a 200-slip marina, village center, Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and more than 1,400 acres of parks, preserves, trails and green spaces. The Reserve has about 650 members from 30 states.

Homesites at The Reserve start in the $100,000s and homes are less than $500,000.

To learn more, call 877-922-LAKE (5253) or visit www.ReserveAtLakeKeowee.com.