From the top deck of a three-tier James Island property, natural views of woods and water distract people from noticing the house next door. The same is true in reverse.
There’s a clear explanation. “We staggered the lots,” says Jack Daniels, professional engineer and owner of custom builder Middle Street Residential.
Rear porches accessible from living rooms and bedrooms look out on oak trees, marsh and the Stono River beyond the terminus of Woodland Shores Road.
“We like to say, ‘It’s a million dollar view and the house comes with it,’ ” says Michael Connell, with the Custom Homes Group of Carolina One New Homes.
“The back of these homes are magical,” says Jason Ray, also with the Custom Homes Group.
Middle Street Residential intends to build at least six homes at The Pointe at Stono Shores, an enclave not far from Riverland Drive on James Island. A seventh lot with marsh views from three sides costs $600,000 and likely will wind up with a custom home costing $2 million or so.
In the past five months, the Charleston area builder raised two homes, including 609 Stono Shores Point. The 3,355-square-foot house boasts double piazzas extending from two upper levels and an underneath garage with double-bay door. The property is priced at $999,000.
Possible buyers would include professionals such as doctors. After a full work day, physicians want “to be in the oasis, to relax,” says Michael Connell, who teams with Ray in promoting the new neighborhood.
A 3,035-square-foot Lowcountry cottage next door, also built by Middle Street, costs $895,000.
They are the only two houses built in the new community to date. Middle Street expects its four future homes to be priced around $1 million.
Although the homes will differ, they share a few features.
“Because they have elevator shafts, they can accommodate retirees,” Connell says, citing one example.
The home at 609 Stono Shores Point sits on pilings for earthquake protection, includes a pop-down sprinkler system to guard against fires and showcases upgrades that make the residence hurricane-resistant, Daniels says. He helped launch Middle Street Residential in 2013. The new custom builder specializes in homes priced in the high six figures and lower seven figures.
Carolina One New Homes, a division of Carolina One Real Estate, serves as the exclusive sales and marketing agent for The Pointe at Stono Shores.
“What excites me the most about The Pointe at Stono Shores is the setting in which these Lowcountry homes sit; summer Southern breezes, porches shaded by live oaks covered in Spanish moss and deep lots extending to the edges of the marsh,” Ray says.
In their listing writeup of 609 Stono Shores Point, Ray and Connell focused on the dwelling’s distinctive design and unusual trait as a new James Island luxury house.
Completed in late fall, the property represents “a rare opportunity to own a newly-built, custom home on the shores of the Stono River,” according to Carolina One New Homes.
The four-bedroom, three-bath house “is nestled in a private, tranquil setting,” the sales reps note. Owners or visitors can enjoy views of oaks, marsh and river “from the double piazzas spanning the right side of the house, as well as the kitchen, dining room, living room and master suite,” the Carolina One duo note.
According to Connell and Ray, “only the naked eye can appreciate the panoramic view over the Stono River.”
They note, “Once you have pulled yourself away from the covered back porch you will enter spacious living on the first floor.”
Inside, the home sports 10-foot ceilings, 8-foot solid core doors, two-piece crown molding and site-finished new heart pine hardwood floors with matching over-sized pine tread stairways.
The living room features a Bavarian 42-inch natural gas fireplace “accented with a herringbone ivory brick liner and charred frontier oak logs.” Electronic ignition and remote control run the hearth.
The Carolina One sales team point to the home’s thoughtful details, notably in an open kitchen with “Eudora Maple cabinets, shaker- and slab-style door and full extension, wood dove-tail soft close drawers.” The laundry room and bathrooms meet the same exacting standards.
To highlight the home’s tranquil setting, the sales pair note that owners can look out the “kitchen window while standing over the 30-inch farm sink with Moen antique-style faucet and White Carrara marble accent (on) the kitchen island where the gas range-top sits.” The culinary area is well stocked with stainless steel appliances including a self-cleaning convection oven, microwave-wall oven combination and 36-inch counter-depth French door refrigerator with ice maker.
Still, views are 609 Stono Shores Point’s overriding feature. “When you are looking at the Stono, that’s the western sky, when the sun’s setting,” Ray says. “It literally backlights the river.”
The Charleston single-house sits on the southern edge of Woodland Shores Road. Traveling west from peninsula Charleston, exit the Crosstown to Lockwood Drive. Follow Lockwood to the James Island Connector and drive to the second exit at Folly Road. Turn right on Folly, then a quick left to Central Park Road. Proceed about one-half mile and bear right on Riverland Drive. Make a left on Woodland Shores Road and follow it nearly to its tip. On the left is Stono Shores Point cul-de-sac, and 609 Stono Shores Point is the second house on the right.
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