837 Tupelo Bay Drive — Upscale interior, lush surroundings set apart East Cooper 'single' house

The Charleston single house at 837 Tupelo Bay Drive in Belle Hall offers curb appeal.

The single house is one of Charleston’s best known architectural styles, touting double porches and multiple levels.

Yet single homes downtown can be confined by relatively small yards.

Now, consider one of those mid-rise dwellings framed by mature oak trees, patios, flowering bushes, a trellis and a large lawn — say, on a quarter-acre lot in Mount Pleasant.

That would be an apt rendering of 837 Tupelo Bay Drive. Built in 2001, the 2,870-square-foot home with twin piazzas was modeled on the Charleston single look. The house, in the posh Hibben section of Belle Hall, is for sale for $569,000.

A key feature is its three level design.

“The master (bedroom is) on the first floor, making it an ideal layout for a family with older children who want to retreat to the third floor media room,” says Michelle Whitbeck, broker with Keller Williams Realty and the listing agent. “It’s great for couples as well.”

Whitbeck says the house has “extensive curb appeal” not only for its Charleston single appearance but well-manicured yard. “The homeowners are avid gardeners and have created a charming courtyard feel to a large space,” she says. There are extensive plantings, vegetable boxes and a pavered patio in back, which Whitbeck says is a great spot for barbecuing.

The double porches offer “peaceful” views of oak trees and the garden below, she says. The property has a detached two-car garage with storage loft: It can be accessed from an alley behind the house.

Inside the house are dramatic features. Hardwood floors and 10-foot ceilings dominate much of the ground level.

The house has an open floor plan, and windows routinely sport scenic views, she says.

Also on the first floor are the high-end kitchen with newly upgraded stainless appliances, granite countertops, breakfast bar and an eat-in nook by a bay window. Off the kitchen is a dining room. There’s also a laundry-mudroom with storage cabinets, sink and a separate door that leads from the yard.

The master suite has a sizable bedroom and master bath with garden tub and separate shower built of ceramic tile.

Stairs near the entryway lead to the second floor. There are three more bedrooms and two full baths. One of the baths is off the hallway and the other attached to a bedroom sporting a bay window. The hallway provides access to the top porch, which is at eye level with tree tops.

The top floor has a large upstairs room with built-in storage and a smaller space that would make a good set-up for a TV room, she says.

While in a quiet part of the neighborhood, the home is hardly isolated. It is down the street from a shaded fenced-in playground at Hibben.

Meanwhile, the Belle Hall community has a clubhouse, two neighborhood pools, three play parks and basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. Homeowners association dues are $530 a year.

Hibben is distinct even within Belle Hall, possessing its own website at www.HibbenatBelleHall.com.

Citing the website, Whitbeck notes that marshes and creeks border Hibben’s 130 acres. It has more than two miles of walking trails and special areas protected by The Nature Conservancy. Residents have access to two docks along Rat Hall Creek.

An open house will be held Sunday 1-3 p.m. at 837 Tupelo Bay Drive.

Whitbeck says there has been some interest shown by house hunters. “It takes a certain kind of buyer who likes three stories and the space,” she says.

The house is on the northwest edge of Belle Hall. Turn onto Long Point Road heading west either at U.S. Highway 17 North or from Whipple-Mathis Ferry roads. Or head east off the Interstate 526 exit.

Turn onto Belle Hall Parkway heading north. Go about a mile and take a left on Hibbens Grant Boulevard. Turn left at the traffic circle. Take a left on Tupelo Bay Drive. Ahead on the left is 837 Tupelo Bay.

Agent: Michelle Whitbeck

Office: Keller Williams Realty

Phone: 843-270-6057

Philosophy: "I focus my energy on keeping my clients well informed during the selling and buying process, always trying to anticipate questions they may have and providing them with information that they may not have known was there to consider. Buying and selling a house is stressful as it is, so taking some burden off of them helps.”