Hide Away: Builder’s new homes in Hanahan enclave showcase upscale features close to creek

David Weekley Homes is building as many as 30 or so houses in Tanner Hall, located off North Rhett Avenue in Hanahan.

Leroy Burnell

An upscale builder to begin with, David Weekley Homes is bringing its stylish home designs at less-than-extravagant prices to lower Berkeley County.

The Houston-based builder has framed a few houses at Tanner Hall, off Henry Brown Parkway in Hanahan, and intends to construct about 30 homes in all.

The builder offers six floor plans, the Shadywood, Jameson, Cedardale, Silveroak, Glenville and Thornsberry. The designs are two stories expect for the one-level Jameson, which is available with a second-floor bonus room.

The floor plans are a new style. “They are designed for Tanner Hall; not anywhere else,” says Georgia Ribeiro, sales associate.

The sales model is the Thornsberry, which opened at the end of August. “This is one of the larger floor plans,” Ribeiro says. Homes are priced from $323,990 to $375,900 and are 2,177-2,860 square feet in size.

“There are a lot of standard features,” she says. For instance, kitchens include granite countertops as well as cabinet shelves that can be pulled out for easy access to cooking items.

Other standards are 10-foot ceilings and extra tall eight-foot doors on the first floor, gas fireplaces and two-car garages (three-car garages are an option). French doors separate family and dining rooms, and the foyer and dining areas tout hardwood floors.

The three-to-four bedroom Tanner Hall homes offer green savings such as low-energy windows, tankless water heaters, extra-sturdy wall construction and separate thermostats for main and upper floors, says Sarah Kemp, regional marketing manager for David Weekley Homes.

Yards are landscaped, with 80 percent of the area centipede grass. A four-zone irrigation system keeps the lawn watered. The roofs are 30-year architectural shingles.

Parks differ by floor plan, too. For instance, the Thornsberry model has a balcony. Some models include tray ceilings in the bedrooms. Buyers can add up to two more baths in the Jameson plan, a first floor “owner’s retreat” and covered porch in the Cedardale among other plans, media room in the Silveroak and sunroom in the Glenville. Most plans offer screened-in porches and cooktop kitchen as options. Stainless steel kitchen appliances are also extra.

Lot sizes vary. A recently-built Shadywood design is on a nearly ¼ acre expanse, Kemp says. Priced at $368,000, the floor plan showcases large closets and a light blue bead-board ceiling under the front porch. The master bathroom possesses a garden tub and separate shower. All of the bedrooms are upstairs.

Meanwhile, buyers can make use of Tanner Hall’s community dock and boat access, Kemp says. The village, which also has custom-built houses, sports a barn-shaped clubhouse, pool and tennis courts.

Buyers thus far come from a mix of backgrounds, including Boeing employees, younger families and empty nesters, Ribeiro says.

“The location is very convenient to anyone in Charleston,” Ribeiro says. Park Circle to the south and Northwood’s Mall to the north are each 10 minutes away. Yet many home shoppers aren’t aware of Tanner Hall, which is separate from the adjacent, more visible Tanner Plantation. She calls Tanner Hall “a diamond in the rough.”

The expansion into Hanahan is just one of the projects that David Weekley Homes is tackling in the Charleston area.

Separately, the builder has launched “Build on Your Lot.” Starting in Park West in Mount Pleasant, the company is gearing up to construct houses from its own designs on landowners' properties. With this program, David Weekley is acting something like a custom home contractor, Kemp says.

“It’s kind of been a work in progress,” she says.

To reach the David Weekley Homes at Tanner Hall from downtown Charleston, travel west on Interstate 26 to Remount Road exit 212. Turn right on Remount and follow it to North Rhett Avenue. Turn left on North Rhett, which becomes Henry Brown Parkway. Make a left at Tanner Ford Road by the Bi-Lo supermarket. Turn left onto Tanner Hall Boulevard. The model home is ahead.

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

Neighborhood: Tanner Hall (David Weekley Homes)

Location: Berkeley County

Phone: 843-654-5575

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday and Monday

Website: www.DavidWeekleyHomes.com