Oldtimers might remember "Clam Farm Road," a street on Folly Beach's west side that bordered an operation harvesting tasty mollusks.
The aquaculture pasture faded years ago, as did neighboring shrimp boats, Steve "Hoot" Gibson says. Somewhere along the line, the street got retitled as Red Sunset Lane.
"The name's appropriate. We get the best sunsets," his wife Becky Gibson says.
The couple live at 4 Red Sunset Lane, a two-story sea island-style home with an open, well thought out floor plan and a 1,000-square foot first level covered space with large workshop and room for a few cars. They've put the 15-year-old house on the market for $695,000.
"This is a destination home," says Don Campbell, Realtor with Prudential Carolina Sun Real Estate. Campbell and fellow Prudential Carolina Sun agent Sheryl Bidwell are listing the rustic beach home.
The Gibsons bought the 1,856-square-foot residence in 2005 and remodeled the interior while adding an elevator for convenience.
Features abound: there's three bedrooms and two baths, hardwood floors, wet bar, double pane windows and walk-in attic with 700 square feet of storage area that can be finished to expand living space. Conveyance of the top-loading Fisher & Paykel washer and dryer in the laundry room is negotiable, Bidwell says.
The residence boasts a chef's kitchen, complete with granite countertops, easy close drawers, Brazilian cherry cabinets and newly upgraded GE Monogram stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and multi-burner gas cook top.
Marking the outside are a natural gas grill, sprawling backyard with sprinkler system and a screened-in porch. In all, there's 1,300 square feet of decking "for entertaining or quiet dinner to watch the gorgeous sunset from the comfort of your home," the agents say in the listing.
The property encompasses .6 of an acre; the total includes some woods and "a good bit of marsh," Steve Gibson says. A few minutes away by foot are the Atlantic Ocean to the south and the Folly River and marina to the north. "Visitors go to the (Folly Beach) washout. Our beaches are not very crowded," Becky Gibson says.
The owners protected 4 Red Sunset Lane in case of storms. "We have hurricane covers over every window," she says.
When built, the house was "very traditional looking," Steve Gibson says. The couple opened up the residence, spending close to $90,000 on additions. A TV is secured above the fireplace in the family room, which is brightened by canister lighting. Meanwhile, the master bedroom sports marble countertops and cabinets built into the corners.
Located on the edge of marsh and woods, 4 Red Sunset Lane sits among wildlife such as deer and red raccoon, Becky Gibson says.
"This is definitely the best part of the island," Campbell says, adding in the listing that it's the most private part of Folly Beach.
The house is the Gibsons' full-time residence, and they don't rent it out. But as a leased property, 4 Red Sunset Lane could bring in $50,000 a year, Bidwell estimates. "It would be a great second home," she says.
Other possibilities? "I would think someone looking to retire, or (eying) investment property," Bidwell says.
Citing the gourmet kitchen, Steve Gibson says the house would sell to "someone who likes to cook."
The property has its whimsical touches. Steve Gibson designs bird houses built with cowboy boots; a few hang in the yard. He displays two old wooden street markers in the backyard. And there's this from the listing: "Wow! Seller will provide Golf Cart for your beach adventures with acceptable offer." Sounds tempting, although the golf cart - stored on the first floor - is a pull cart not a drivable electric one.
"I think it's a real flexible home," Campbell says.
The house is one of the few on Red Sunset Lane. Heading south, follow the James Island connector to Folly Road and turn left. Take Folly Road for six miles, crossing the bridge onto Folly Beach. Continue on Center Street and turn right on Ashley Avenue. Follow Ashley Avenue to West 9th Street and make a right. Turn right on Red Sunset. On the right is 4 Red Sunset Lane.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or email@example.com.
Agents: Don Campbell, Sheryl Bidwell
Office: Prudential Carolina Sun Real Estate
Phone: (Bidwell) 843-452-5778; (Campbell) 843-471-1085
Philosophy: "Through integrity, knowledge and dedication, we provide the absolute best real estate service in the Charleston area market. Our team is your team - the Bidwell-Campbell team will help you sell or buy your home faster, at the best price, and with less stress."