Our last post on neighborhood favorites is already a big hit, so we thought we’d give you some more. One of our goals is to highlight the importance of picking the right neighborhood, especially if you want to maximize how much your primary residence helps you get ahead financially. Bridges of Summerville is another favorite in Dorchester County. The location, between roads Ladson and Old Trolley provide quick access to I26, and to the Air Base. Dorchester II schools, of course. A Summerville address just has a nice ring to it. Centex and Beazer are the builders, all other things being equal, I’d rather have a Centex built home. The neighborhood is finished out so, while there are quite a few listings for sale, there is pretty decent movement and there’s no new construction competition inside the subdivision. There really isn’t anything nearby that compares, especially if neighborhood asthetics are important to you. There are several green spaces and preserved wetlands that make the community feel less “stripped out” than it’s Wescott neighbors.
Kings Grant is looking better. Prices were stuck around $90 sq/ft while the golf course controversy was being resolved. Homes are going to take longer to sell, because of the style, and they’re older, about 30 years mostly. It looks now like the new owners of the golf course are going to be able to follow through on developing the defunked golf course. The pool and clubhouse areas are being worked on right now. We don’t have any solid information at this point on the new home development.
Summer Trace stands apart from it’s neighbors off of Old Trolley Rd. Developed by two local builders, Steve Hill and Landura Homes, the construction quality and floor plan variety makes for a nicer feel driving through the community. It’s right across the street almost from Publix and restaurants. Prices are mostly in the 200’s. It’s a pretty quick shot to I26, either cutting through Bridges of Summerville, or thru Miles Jamison Rd over to Ladson and then 78.
Some neighborhoods I don’t recommend: the front part of Wescott is nice, I have two satisfied clients there, and I’d certainly live there. BUT They two new areas currently under construction, The Farm by DR Horton , and Woodlands by Centex I think are going to be dogs for resale. Woodlands, mostly because of the location, and the way the homes are laid out along with the elevations of the homes don’t make very good curb appeal. The Farm is all packaging. Quality isn’t that great, and if you haven’t read about the thruway from Ashley Phosphate thru to Ladson road, check the archives. Also, The Retreat, and Eagle Run, anything built down Parlor Rd. The approach up Parlor Rd is not very appealing, and the traffic turning in from Dorchester is a mess. Also, a reminder about KB homes. Just don’t do it. If you’re considering one of these homes, I suggest taking a week or two and think about your decision carefully. The model homes are very appealing, and the design centers are the icing on the cake that make them seem nearly irresistable.
I’d stick with the subdivisions off Ladson Rd if you want new construction closer to town. You just have to watch out for the county lines, which run right through Ladson. Berkeley and Dorchester Schools are fine. North Charleston/Charleston County schools have very poor performance numbers. There are several builders working off Miles Jamison and also Lincolnville rd., both cross streets of Ladson. If you really want brand new construction in the low 200’s, I recommend Highwood Plantation by Brentwood Homes or Paddock Point by Harbor. These regional builders offer good or better quality than Centex in my opinion. Brentwood has some homes in Windsor Hill, but they are a more expensive series starting in the high 200’s. Also, slightly off topic, but many of you have told me commute times are important, Centex and Harbor Homes both have communities in Liberty Hall, also worth looking at.
Stay tuned for more, it’s a fast changing picture out there.