If you haven’t ventured to park West lately, you’re missing out. This thriving Mount Pleasant community sold 43 homes in the last six months and has another 21 under contract. Masonborough, one of its key subdivisions, is leading the pack for custom-built homes.
“It’s certainly an advantage of Masonborough that folks can purchase a homesite and build the home of their choosing,” said Clay Cunningham, a broker associate at Carolina One Real Estate. “Most of the home sites in Masonborough offer plenty of space –a third of an acre or more. Several home sites have terrific marsh and water views. Most of the houses back up to the natural marshes and wetlands, rather than to another house. Some even offer waterfront with dock and boating in your backyard.”
The aesthetic in Masonborough is reminiscent of Lowcountry leisure, as many of the homes are elevated with large porches and plenty of green space. Darrell Creek and the Wando River surround the neighborhood.
“These are larger homes, a minimum of 2,500 square feet, with newer construction, something that people really seem to like,” said Cunningham.
Custom construction is the norm in Masonborough, which has more than 250 home sites. Since the advent of the subdivision, about 190 families have built there – including what is currently under construction – while approximately 65 sites remain vacant.
“Several of the sites have recently been purchased by various builders,” said Cunningham.
Price-wise, Masonborough homes are currently ranging from $500,000 to around $1.5 million, including the waterfront homes in the subdivision.
“A lot of the building companies are building again and finding a great opportunity here after the downturn that took place for a few years,” said Cunningham. “We expect this upward trend to continue.”
Of course, Masonborough is just a part of the Park West community, which has more than 16 neighborhoods.
“Mount Pleasant is growing, and Park West is part of that growth,” said Cunningham.
When it comes to that small-town feeling, Park West is attractive to home buyers. It offers retail shopping, plenty of restaurants and nearby schools, plus medical services and facilities. “My family and I moved out here when our children were still of school age, and the kids could reach school – from kindergarten to middle – without even bothering with Highway 17,” Cunningham remarked. “I think that’s a big draw. Wando High School is just a short drive. There’s also a huge recreational facility within the neighborhood, complete with a swimming pool, and the new Mount Pleasant Roper Hospital is accessible without getting on the highway.”
Cunningham feels that newcomers to the area seek out Park West in search of community, space and value. “You can get a lot more house for less here,” he said.