PAWLEYS ISLAND — Observe the back porch, and you can see what Jim and Betty Hall were aiming for when they built their waterside home.
The screened-in expanse at 377 Rossdhu Ave. in Georgetown County is extra wide, stretches the length of the house, is lined with rocking chairs and has straight-on sights of former ricefields and the Waccamaw River. Moreover, it leads to an open deck with built-in bench seats, the grassy lawn and a winding walkway to a floating dock with two covered boat slips.
Jim Hall, an engineer, was one of seven people who partnered to acquire Rossdhu Plantation in the early 1970s. The property was named for the ancestral home of former owner Capt. William Ancrum’s mother in Scotland (Rossdhu is derived from the Scottish Gaelic ros dubh, meaning black highland). After purchasing it, the partners divided the plantation into large lots.
There are seven homes on the water side, including 377 Rossdhu Ave. set on four acres. The couple built their five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home in 1982 as a place to live but also for children, grandkids and guests to enjoy on vacations.
“They really did make this home for the family,” says Andrea Rogers, Realtor with AgentOwned Realty in Mount Pleasant and listing agent.
“The house was designed for casual entertaining — lots of bedrooms and baths, big open plan, living area facing the river,” Rogers says in a promotional write-up on the house and neighborhood.
A yearly highlight was the Fourth of July party, where “a couple of hundred of their close friends and family members gathered at the river house” for barbecued chicken, corn and Hall’s Independence Day speech, she says in the flier.
Heirs of the couple earlier this year put the close-to-4,000-square-foot house on the market for $1,165,500. It “should get a lot of interest,” Rogers says.
As an engineer, Hall was meticulous in overseeing construction of the wood-sided dwelling. “The house is built like a rock,” Rogers says.
The house has an open layout, offering marsh and water scenes. The family room and dining area flow together. An island centers the kitchen, which also has a breakfast bar, nook and plenty of cabinets.
Hardwood floors are found most everywhere, save the vinyl kitchen and carpeted bedrooms. The master bedroom contains a sitting area with striking views of marsh and the property’s live oaks, cypress and azaleas.
An unusual perk is a heated, indoor lap pool, adjoined to a wing of the house that also sports a mother-in-law suite with kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. A driveway and garage are beyond the pool room.
The house is in a burgeoning sector of Georgetown County along the Waccamaw River, which doubles as the Intracoastal Waterway.
“It’s really not that far from civilization,” she says. Still, nothing’s developed across the river so “it’s pitch black at night.”
Rogers sees the property as a popular choice for someone like the Halls, a family who likes to entertain.
“It’s private, quite large and in good shape,” she says.
Within the neighborhood, 377 Rossdhu is one of the closest homes to the entrance. Head north from Charleston on U.S. Highway 17 to Georgetown, which is about a 60-mile drive. Continue through Georgetown and cross the Waccamaw River on Highway 17. Take a left in Pawleys Island on Waverly Road. Continue on Waverly to Rossdhu Avenue and turn left. Ahead on the left is 377 Rossdhu.
Agent: Andrea Rogers
Office: The AgentOwned Realty Co.
Philosophy: “I believe that succeeding in the current real estate market requires the ability to think outside of the box; to analyze and scrutinize all options; and to communicate effectively and consistently with clients, other agents, third party negotiators, and banks. I take representing my clients’ buying and selling needs as seriously as if they were my own.”