Fall event set for Gardens at Tanner

A national builder will combine outdoor fun and food with home tours at a picnic of sorts Nov. 14 in one of its Berkeley County neighborhoods.

KB Home is hosting the “Fall Festival” from noon to 3 p.m. at the Gardens at Tanner Plantation community.

Activities will include a bounce house, kids’ arts and crafts, giveaways and lunch catered by Atlanta Bread Company. Radio station Chuck FM will be broadcasting live.

Home shoppers will be able to walk through new model homes from The Open Series, which is KB Home’s new line of affordable, flexible and energy-efficient houses.

The Gardens at Tanner Plantation is a quiet, conveniently located village in a natural setting, KB Home says. One- and two-story homes are 1,210-3,396 square feet, priced between $158,490 and $224,490. They come with three to six bedrooms, two to four baths and two-car garages.

Marked by open interiors with lots of natural light, The Open Series homes are built to Energy Star standards. Such homes are up to 45 percent more energy-efficient than houses built as recently as 10 years ago, according to KB Home.

To attend the fall festival and see home designs, take exit 19, which is North Rhett Avenue, off Interstate 526. Turn left on Tanner Ford Boulevard into Tanner Plantation. Take the second right into The Gardens and turn left on Lanier Street to the model home at end of the cul-de-sac. For more information, call (843) 553-5316 or visit www.kbhome.com.

Lower prices mark Goose Creek community

Smaller sizes and moderate costs are attractive features of St. Charles Place, a new neighborhood from Lennar near Henry Brown Parkway.

The boutique development with ponds and wetlands will feature 48 homes on its 18 acres when completed, according to the home builder.

Lennar will showcase four designs at St. Charles Place, priced from $119,990 to $141,990. The 1,285- to 1,818-square-foot floor plans offer three to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms and a one or two-car garage.

Meanwhile, every home comes with designer options such as gourmet kitchen with refrigerator and 36-inch cabinets at no additional cost.

“We at Lennar understand that price is paramount when making a decision to purchase a new home. A homebuyer should not have to sacrifice on quality to find what they are looking for,” says Shannon Williams, director of strategic marketing for the company’s Coastal Carolina Division.

St. Charles Place, she says, provides high quality, well-designed homes at affordable prices.

Located in Goose Creek, the community is close to shopping, dining and entertainment. It is also near major transportation thoroughfares such as Interstate 26, U.S. highways 176 and 17A and Henry Brown Parkway.

For more information, visit www.lennarcharleston.com or contact Williams at (843) 388-8989, ext 4438 or shannon.williams@lennar.com.

Realtor adds new client

A noted builder of courtyard-home communities has picked Carolina One New Homes to promote and sell houses in its village off U.S. Highway 176.

The company, Epcon Communities, is considered the top American builder of “lifestyle-rich attached homes,” according to Carolina One. It has been building neighborhoods with one-story attached and detached homes for more than 20 years.

The local community, to showcase its courtyard homes, is called Marrington Villas at Cobblestone. The community is off Highway 176, also called St. James Avenue, near Carnes Crossroads.

Single-story, maintenance-free homes range from 1,100 to more than 1,800 square feet and feature open, flowing designs with expansive two-plus car garages, Carolina One says. Prices are from the mid $100,000s to the $200,000s.

Amenities include walking trails, a private clubhouse, swimming pool, billiards area and fitness center.

The new Ducal model is open. Sales hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m. For more information, contact sales manager Julie Jensen at (843) 670-9431 or via e-mail at jjensen@epconcommunities.com. Visit the builder’s Web site at www.epconcommunitites.com. For any questions regarding Carolina One New Homes, contact Will Jenkinson, broker in charge at (843) 202-2023 or wjenkinson@carolinaone.com.

Park West launches get-together, opening

If you are looking to talk to the new agents at Park West Realty, then Tuesday would be a good time.

The Realtor is welcoming team members Chuck Aydlette, Wanda Johnson and Cloice Janson with a meet and greet drop-in. It will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Park West Realty office. Drinks, light food and desserts will be served.

Meanwhile, the company is opening its model at Mansfield by D.R. Horton on Nov. 14. The grand opening will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The homes are priced in the low $200,000s. Standard home features include cement plank siding, garages, fenced courtyards, and downstairs bedrooms. Refreshments and drinks will be served.

Call (843) 884-8595 for more details about either event.

Beach Co. treasurer named

The financial overseer of a Charleston area real estate company has been tabbed to join the board of the nation’s trade group for Certified Public Accountants.

Pat McDermott is treasurer and controller of The Beach Company. Late last month, he was elected by the board of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants to serve as its elected member to the governing Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. His three-year term began last month.

McDermott is one of only two representatives for the state to serve on the council.

The AIPCA governing council is comprised of 263 representative members from every state and American territory. It represents about 330,000 licensed CPAs. The council provides national leadership for the CPA profession and is responsible for setting policies.

The South Carolina association is a voluntary membership organization of about 3,900 CPAs in South Carolina who work in public accounting, industry, government or as educators.

For more information, visit The Beach Co. at www.TheBeachCompany.com.