Bud Poston beams when explaining how four houses were sold in Stono Ferry in the first quarter, including three new homes and a townhome.
The numbers don’t sound dramatic, but the Hollywood community went entire years since the late 2000s housing slump with such modest sales figures.
“Stono Ferry has turned the corner,” says Poston, broker with Century 21 Properties Plus who specializes in the upscale neighborhood off S.C. Highway 162.
The Realtor expects upward trends to continue. Through mid April, he held listings for a half-dozen homes in Stono Ferry. At the end of the month, a large home backing up to the steeplechase track, with “lots of upgrades,” went on the market.
What excites Poston is the properties’ diversity, ranging from 1,733 to 3,075 square feet, one- and two-story designs, built as early as 2004 and as recent as last year, from a 0.1 acre townhome to a 1.15 acre lot for the horse track property. The listed homes are priced from $254,900 to $599,000 and up.
Actually, Stono Ferry’s struggles for the past several years stem from its resort-like layout complete with a golf course, equestrian center, tennis courts and community pool. Vacation and second homes have been some of the last to bounce back because the residences are considered disposable income that buyers lacked until recently.
Poston cites another drawback. “I think people were discounting Stono Ferry as very removed (from downtown Charleston), classified as ‘too far out.’” Realtors have “had to fight that for years,” he says.
The community’s rebound in part has to do with the housing market’s rally in the 2010s. “The real estate industry as a whole is recovering,” Poston says.
The agent recently showcased two listings, the 2,866-square-foot, 12-year-old house at 4717 Tattersall Lane priced at $549,000 and a year-old ranch resale on the 10th green of The Links at Stono Ferry.
The two-story home on Tattersall Lane sports high ceilings and intricate design work. “They did a great job on the crown molding,” he says. The master bathroom touts a whirlpool tub, double vanities and walk-in closet.
The owners have children and built a jungle gym with zipline in the backyard. “I think it would be ideal for a family,” Poston says. A second-floor deck looks out on the Stono River as well as docks from neighboring houses. The oversized garage provides space enough for two cars and a boat within either of two bays.
Speakers highlight the great room and kitchen, and a wet bar and TV area connect to the living room.
“There a lot of things you can do with this,” he says. “We’ve had a couple of offers on it; we have a lot of showings.”
Meanwhile, the Oak Cove Lane house covers 3,075 square feet on one level. The owners aren’t leaving Stono Ferry: they are moving to a new section near the entrance to the neighborhood.
The contractor is New Leaf Builders, which has constructed a half-dozen or so houses in Stono Ferry in the last couple of years.
“There are a lot of custom details,” Poston says. Pocket doors block off one wing of the house for privacy; a screened in porch wraps around the residence. Owners planted hundreds of plants, flowers and shrubs. “This house is totally wired: Internet, TV, phone,” he says.
“I like the quietness,” says Jim Yatsco, who owns the house with wife, Kathy. They’ve lived in Alaska, Wyoming and New Mexico but are smitten with the South Carolina Lowcountry and in particular Stono Ferry. “It’s wonderful,” he says.
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