4420 Wando Farms Road Architecturally rustic Awendaw home boasts removed surroundings near river in bucolic neighborhood

This two-story house with three-car garage at 4420 Wando Farms Road lists for $2.85 million. It’s located on a creek in Awendaw.

Not so many years ago, kiwi fruit grew on a plantation north of Mount Pleasant hugging creeks tied to the Wando River. The fruit didn’t quite catch on as a broadly marketable feature on Charleston restaurant dinner plates, but groves still rise. So do rows of corn, an isolated pond stocked with fish, lands for hunting and skeet shooting, a modest equestrian center and acreage set aside as a nursery for the South Carolina Aquarium.

The preserve, protected by covenants, stands at Wando Farms. The less-than-two-decade-old neighborhood of 14 home sites, built just above U.S. Highway 17 North on what was the original Kings Highway from Boston to Charleston 1650 to 1735, sits at the southern reaches of Awendaw. Seven custom homes are raised on multi acre lots, a few with docks on a river tributary.

One alluring home for sale is 4420 Wando Farms Road. The 5,567 square foot estate, including a private guest cottage, sports five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths in the elegant, main house dominated by Australian cypress floors and cedar walls.

While the compound proves eminently attractive, its added bonus is “having a 600-acre paradise oasis,” says Mary Shannon Swanson, broker-in-charge of Luxury Simplified Real Estate and co-listing agent with Terri Seignious of Sea Islands Real Estate.

“There are a lot of properties on the water, but to get this type of (neighborhood), it’s definitely so much a part” of the home’s value, Swanson says. The 4420 Wando Farms Road estate prices at $2,850,000.

In her write-up on the property, Seignious describes the site as “stunning.” Situated along a Wando River tributary, 4420 Wando Farms Road “offers all the amenities of a true Southern, sporting lifestyle.”

The “exclusive” Wando Farms, she says, sits just a short drive from Mount Pleasant and Charleston. “This plantation style retreat includes equestrian facilities, stocked lakes, skeet shooting range and a hunt club,” Seignious says. She also notes how you “enter the gates of this sanctuary and wind your way past lakes through centuries of oaks, heavy with moss.”

Seignious says the “spectacular” Lowcountry home serves up dramatic water views from nearly 1,000 square feet of outdoor porches and a private boat dock with 10,000 pound lift. “From here you can enjoy shrimping and crabbing,” she says.

In a separate account, Swanson goes into intricate detail of 4420 Wando Farms Road and perks of the home, featuring separate wings.

A local custom homebuilder, Charlie Price, constructed the Lowcountry style home in 2009. According to Swanson, people enter through eight-foot mahogany front doors to the foyer and instantly notice “marsh and tidal creek views.”

Spotlight features include:

- A great room with coffered ceiling topped with bead board and a stone fireplace flanked by walnut cabinets. Custom sliding doors lead to a 360-square-foot covered porch built with ipe (Brazilian ironwood) flooring and “spanning the width of the rear of the home.”

- Modern open kitchen with “massive” center island, sporting farm and copper sinks and finished with rich wood stain. Painted cabinets boast solid and bead board glass-front doors. There’s granite countertops, Dacor gas cooktop, Sub-Zero refrigerator, oven with separate warmer, Bosch dishwasher, walk-in pantry and separate beverage areas with icemaker and wine fridge. The kitchen flows into a sitting room that connects to a 240-square-foot screened-in porch.

- A vaulted master suite on one wing of the residence looks out at the creek and dock and “steps out” to a covered deck. Built in shelves mark the oversized his and her closets. Meanwhile, the high-end master bath offers slate tiled floors, walk-in shower with three showerheads and large soaking tub. There’s also a coat closet and utility room on the master wing.

- On the guest wing are an office, bedrooms, powder room, second-floor bedrooms and access to a three-car garage with wood-paneled bay doors. The office shares a Jack and Jill bathroom with a first-floor bedroom. A staircase leads to private living quarters, including two more bedrooms over the garage. The bedrooms hold custom chests of drawers and walk-in closets, and a spacious bathroom touts double sinks. Stairs lead to a second entrance on the ground level. There’s also a wine closet and door to the garage.

- High-tech features consist of surround sound, automatic backup generator, two tank-less water heaters and a reverse osmosis filtration system.

“This is an outdoor lifestyle you can only dream of,” Swanson says.

The house stands toward the northern edge of Wando Farms. From Mount Pleasant, take Highway 17 North. Travel past Wando High School and continue for another few miles. Just across the highway from Bulls Bay Golf Course sits the entrance to Wando Farms. Once past the gate, go a half mile, then bear right at a fork. Ahead on the right is 4420 Wando Farms Road.

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