FrontDoor Changes Hands, But Strong Local Focus Remains

Mixson | Park Circle
Mixson | Park Circle
Carolina Park | Mount Pleasant
Carolina Park | Mount Pleasant

Stanley Martin Homes found a kindred spirit in semi-custom builder FrontDoor Communities, which has been developing several communities around the Lowcountry. Virginia-based Stanley Martin Homes recently purchased FrontDoor Communities.

There was a strong alignment between our values and philosophies,” says Mark Lipsmeyer, President of the Charleston Division.

For 50 years Stanley Martin has designed and built homes with a focus on the way homeowners live and their lifestyle needs – whether it’s a home office or extra storage. The company builds homes in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

Other homebuilders may use the same floor plans for years, but Stanley Martin Homes updates plans regularly to stay on top of trends, such as the growing need for home offices and the desire for open floor plans.

More people are working from home, kids need their own space, and everyone needs more storage space. That doesn’t mean a larger home, but using the floor plan the right way for how homeowners live.” Lipsmeyer says.

Since entering the Charleston market in 2011, FrontDoor Communities has taken a similar approach to home design, while also respecting the environment and natural beauty of the surrounding landscape – as evident in the communities FrontDoor is developing here.

Growing families and couples seeking a waterfront lifestyle with marsh views and a dock will love the Estuary community in Hanahan. Homeowners eager for unspoiled views and waterfront amenities will be drawn to Stonoview on Johns Island. Mixson, located in the Park Circle area of North Charleston, has beautiful streetscapes and green spaces, all close to Park Circle with its shops, restaurants and activities.

We have a neighborhood that fits anyone in Charleston,” Lipsmeyer says. “There are a lot of great choices.”

Even though the signage might be changing from FrontDoor to Stanley Martin, the local team will stay in place and continue to offer its expertise of the Charleston market.

It’s the same FrontDoor faces, but under the Stanley Martin roof,” Lipsmeyer adds.

Keeping a local feel is incredibly important to Stanley Martin, which prides itself on being focused on innovation based on customer local desires.

We are excited about joining this team,” Lipsmeyer says. “We really do put our heart and soul into this business. So much of that was in the FrontDoor culture and I know it is the same at Stanley Martin. We’re building homes people want to live in. We’re making sure when they move in that they are happy with their choice.”

Together, Stanley Martin and FrontDoor are helping homeowners find a just-right home that fits their lifestyle. To find the perfect Charleston community for you, visit online at or call 843-286-5520 to schedule a personal tour.