4957 Stirrup Cup Lane Open two-story home overlooking pristine marsh boasts dock and its own tiny ‘island’ on Stono River

Stairs lead to the second level porch at 4759 Stirrup Cup Lane, a 12-year-old cottage-style house for sale in Stono Ferry.

The question’s debatable, but not uncommon among home shoppers. At 16 miles out, is Stono Ferry too far from downtown Charleston to live?

No matter their conclusions, people tend to agree that the upper end neighborhood in Hollywood serves up many perks in a quiet, secluded setting. The Links at Stono Ferry golf course, a horse-riding center, steeplechase course, clubhouse, swimming pool and Stono River access are spotlight features of the more than 30-year-old community off S.C. Highway 162.

The neighborhood showcases sprawling homes on extra large lots situated along Timber Race Course, Old York Course and other equestrian-like street names.

“It’s got everything,” says Bill Bladykas, sales partner with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolina Sun Real Estate. “The neighborhood is pretty social.”

Bladykas is listing agent for 4957 Stirrup Cup Lane, a cul-de-sac on the southeast corner of The Plantation at Stono Ferry. The property, which overlooks acres of marsh and includes a 700-foot dock passing through a tiny wooded island and angling left to a deep water pier head, lists for $950,000.

“As you can see, it’s all about the water,” Bladykas says. The 2,586-square-foot house on 0.83 of an acre touts a pair of floors as living space, as well as a ground-level, two-car garage. The owner spent $22,000 on a reinforced piling foundation so that the house avoids the more serious flood levels that require higher coverage. “It’s $400 (a year) flood insurance,” he says.

Bladykas knows the owner from his youth: They rode the bus to grade school together in New York. Through a Facebook connection years later, he learned the Manhattan-based property holder had a second home in South Carolina.

The Realtor believes the house would be ideal for an older couple who want a little less space and an open layout.

“You know what, I think it’s a great home for an empty nester,” he says. The master suite fits on the first floor, so homeowners don’t have to go up and down stairs a lot. At the same time, the house sports two top floor bedrooms and a central bathroom for relatives and guests. He says the property would be alluring for present residents of Stono Ferry looking to relocate in the neighborhood.

Built in 2003, the one-owner home features an open layout on the main floor, 10-foot ceilings, stainless steel kitchen appliances, granite countertops and a twin fireplace that connects to the living quarters and the master bedroom. There’s a screened-in porch in back, as well as long and wide decks in front and looking out on the marsh. A wooden stairway leads to the front door, while a brick set of steps links the screened-in porch on the side. Off the foyer stands a half-bath and a laundry room. Bedrooms show off window seats and bathrooms tout tile floors. The master bedroom boasts an extra-large shower.

Bladykas says the property is attracting house hunters to Hollywood to look.

“Stono (Ferry) will be on the map sooner or later,” he predicts.

Here is Bladykas’ description of 4957 Stirrup Cup Lane in his property listing.

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The one-of-a-kind deep water residence “typifies excellence in design, materials and workmanship,” he says. Located on the Stono River near channel marker 51 on the Intracoastal Waterway, the Lowcountry cottage provides access to an uninhabited island that leads to the boating tie-up with covered pier head and floating dock. “Unsurpassed” views from the house include marsh and the Stono River.

Inside, a great room centers the residence, “connected to a well appointed kitchen with a spacious dining area,” he says. An abundance of windows permits “light to stream through creating a bright and cheery place to live.” A large wooden and granite island accompanies the kitchen, making for a great space to cook and hang out, Bladykas says.

Southern yellow pine floors mark most of the living areas. The multiple porches provide top-notch outdoor living whether “relaxing or entertaining friends and family.” Residents and guests can “enjoy the views of the Stono River.” Porch floors are hardwoods, and all windows are hurricane rated via Kolbe brand wind-resistance standards. The owner updated the heating and air conditioning systems last spring.

The “peaceful” estate, he says, benefits from neighborhood amenities — equestrian center, golf course, polo field, pool house with junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, lighted tennis courts and a playground. Quick access to U.S. Highway 17 South, Interstate 526 and Citadel Mall serves as a convenient feature. The house sports a tin roof, and there’s “plenty of storage under this elevated home.”

The house sits about a mile from the Stono Ferry entry gate, which is open in the daytime. From downtown Charleston, travel west on Savannah Highway past Main Road. Continue about four miles and make a left on Highway 162. Go more than two miles and steer left into The Plantation at Stono Ferry. Go a half-mile on Stono Ferry Course, turning left on Old Washington Course and take a right on Timber Race Course. Continue not quite a mile and negotiate a left onto Stirrup Cup Lane. Ahead on the right is 4957 Stirrup Cup Lane.

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