The rich, fertile soil around Summerville provides the lush background of magnolias, dogwoods, azaleas, and camellias for one of the most breathtaking cities in South Carolina. Known as Pineland Village after the Revolutionary War, the neighborhood became a retreat from the heat, insects and humidity of summer for Charleston’s elite. In 1847, the area was incorporated and the name was officially changed to Summerville (a nod to the seasonal exodus from Charleston?).
The town’s reputation got a further boost in 1899 when the Congress of Physicians (aka the Tuberculosis Congress) designated Summerville as one of the best places in the world for the treatment of tuberculosis. The dry air and the amount of curative turpentine naturally occurring in the air due to the number of pine trees in the area made the area a naturally healthy enviornment. The town’s official seal proclaims “Sacra Pinus Esto” or “The Pine Is Scared” and one of the first laws to protect trees was enacted here, imposing the, then, large sum of $25 fine for cutting down a tree without getting official permission. Known as Charleston’s “Garden City” Summerville has hosted an annual festival, “Flowertown in the Pines” since 1941, with more than 100,000 peeople in attendance each year.
This is where you will see historic old homes on streets lined with moss-laden oaks blended with upscale condos and planned communities blended in aesthetically pleasing mix. As with many of the Charleston area’s communities, many of the older buildings can be found on the National Register of historic buildings, especially the downtown area.
Summerville is growing by leaps and bounds and new neighborhoods are being developed all the time. Here are some of the established communities.
The Arbor is a condominium community featuring 2 bedroom floor plans with 1,200 sq. ft. of living space, fireplaces, private patios and a community pool for around $100,000.
Ashborough East is a stylish, quality Westvaco planned neighborhood with a community clubhouse, pool, tennis courts and playground/park. Homes are priced from $200,000 to $400,000.
Bridges of Summerville is a family friendly neighborhood offering over 30 floor plans and options to fit any lifestyle such as oversized master bedrooms, bathrooms with double sinks and garden tubs, vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchens and more. The community center offers a pavilion and entertainment area, pool, sundecks, and playground. Prices run $160,000 to $300,000.
Cobblestone Ridge features affordable 3-4 bedroom homes with things like wood burning stoves and master suites with oversized tubs for $160,000 to $250,000.
Legend Oaks Plantation is a new community of single family homes and condominiums offering a country club life style. There is a swimming pool, tennis and golf memberships available. Prices range from $150s to $160s.
Marsh Hall features traditional 3-4 bedroom homes for upper $100,000s to $225,000.
Scott’s Mill offers reasonably priced quality 3-4-5 bedroom homes with eat in kitchens, formal dining rooms, large master suites with luxury baths, vaulted ceilings and walk-in closets for $150,000 to $200,000.
St. Phillips Place is a sidewalk community of Charleston-style homes with spacious floor plans and an abundance of custom choices for $130,000-$250,000.
Summer Glen offer new homes with open floor plans featuring extras like pantries, cathedral ceilings, patios and more. Most plans are 1,300 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a 2 car garage for $138,000-$190,000.
Summer Trace features homes with3-5 bedrooms and 2-3 baths, luxury master suites, walk in closets, French doors and more. This community has natural wetlands and a 3 ½ acre pond. Homes are priced at $200,000-$250,000.
Sunburst Lake is a quiet, neighborhood of ranch and Charleston style homes amid a natural setting of woods and ponds. 3-4 bedroom/2-2.5 baths range in size from 1,300 to 2,200 sq. ft. with a 1.5-2 car garage and features like fireplaces and screened in porches. There is a community clubhouse, pool and playground/park. Houses sell for $155,000 to $200,000.
Wescott Plantation is a community of townhouses and single family homes with 3 bed/2 bath to 5 bed/3.5 bath. A relatively new neighborhood established in 2000. There is a community pool, clubhouse, playground and golf course with memberships available. Prices range from $135,000 to $325,000.
White Gables is built by Saussy Burbank and features traditional, Lowcountry homes. There is a neighborhood clubhouse, pool, tennis court, and playpark. Homes sell for $185,000 to $260,000.
With so much to offer this city should be on your list to check out. So call us today and let us show you beautiful Summerville real estate.