127 Saluda Drive — Like-new home in Foxbank Plantation showcases expansive layout, extra-bountiful size

This five-year-old home at 127 Saluda Drive in Foxbank Plantation showcases a large front yard and manicured shrubs. (Jim Parker/Staff 4-10-2015).

A mantra in the new home market these days involves the glories of the open layout.

Unshackled from compartmentalized floor plans of the past, modern houses tout such free range features as eat-in kitchens and breakfast nooks flowing into living rooms and dining areas connecting to family spaces without doors.

Leah Rust, for one, isn’t against open designs, but she understands the need for quiet or privacy sometimes. She believes a house for sale in Foxbank Plantation manages to bridge the gap. The house at 127 Saluda Drive stands “open, but you still are separate from everything,” says Rust, associate with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors and listing agent. “Older people like some separation of the rooms.”

The four-bedroom Moncks Corner house, constructed in 2010, is on the market for $289,000. At an ample 3,555 square feet, the price per square foot works out to $81, low even for relatively bargain-priced Berkeley County off U.S. Highway 52.

Rust says the home would be proper for a couple or even an empty nester: It has a bedroom on the first floor and is built for entertaining. But the extra-large footprint and a good sized yard also make it a fitting family home. “Oh yeah, definitely,” she says.

The property brings another benefit to the table, at least for people relocating or otherwise eager to claim the house. “It’s move-in ready,” Rust says.

From the exterior, 127 Saluda Drive adopts a Lowcountry style with beige siding, peaked rooflines and Charleston green shutters around windows. An alcove envelops the front door, flanked by lantern lights.

The house showcases a sizable foyer, opening to a guest room and then to a wainscoting- and crown molding-rich formal dining room. Past the half bath and down the hall on the right stands the broad kitchen. A central island anchors the gourmet cooking area, which also claims stainless steel GE appliances, granite countertops with a built-in sink, cherry cupboards and pendant lighting.

An oversized butler’s pantry fits in behind the kitchen. It includes coat hooks and storage cabinets at one end, as well as a computer nook, which Rust described as “kind of old school.”

The kitchen’s outskirts extend to a rectangular great room with gas fireplace.

Across the hall are stairs to the second floor, with a large storage area underneath, and the broad living room. Ceiling fans and recessed can lighting are found throughout the house. A screened in porch connects off the living room. It opens to the sizable fenced backyard, which includes two rainwater collectors to help irrigate planting areas.

The stairs lead to a balcony at the top, overlooking the living room. The second floor master suite consists of a good-sized bedroom; an attached bathroom with garden tub, separate shower and double vanities; brush nickel fixtures; and his and hers closets. Also on the second floor are two guest bedrooms, two full baths and an oversized bonus room that could be turned into a recreation center.

“This is a great place for the kids to retreat to,” Rust says.

There’s a dual-zone heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with separate thermostats upstairs and down. The laundry room includes a washer and dryer and plenty of shelves.

Another perk: the house includes a two-car garage with built-in storage fixtures.

Rust says she’s adding an incentive with the sale, $3,000 buyer’s closing costs with an acceptable offer.

The property benefits from Foxbank Plantation amenities, comprised of a full sized swimming pool, adjacent lake and kids playground area. A 2,400-square-foot fitness center is in the works. Also, a new K-5 elementary school opens at Foxbank in 2018.

“I think (127 Saluda Drive) stands there with any new construction,” she says.

The house is located close to main routes in Foxbank Plantation. Traveling northwest, take Interstate 26 west to exit 209A, which is U.S. Highway 52. Follow Highway 52 through North Charleston and Goose Creek. From Goose Creek, go another five miles or so. Make a left on Foxbank Plantation Boulevard into the neighborhood. Take the third right to Saluda Drive. Ahead on the left is 127 Saluda Drive.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.

AGENT SPOTLIGHT

Agent: Leah Rust

Office: Coldwell Banker United, Realtor

Phone: 843-709-1211

Philosophy: “Let me, help you, make Charleston, South Carolina your home.

www.coldwellbanker.com