In These Communities, the Natural Surroundings are the Star

FrontDoor Communities builds homes of classic distinction in master planned communities and other neighborhoods in Charleston as well as Atlanta, Georgia, and Naples, Florida.

In just a few years, the company has established a reputation for superior workmanship using only the highest-quality materials and latest in architectural designs. Plus, its customer service is unmatched in the industry.

That might be a description applied to several builders in the Charleston area and elsewhere, but FrontDoor Communities takes its motivation for excellence a step further, designing each home to perfectly fit its natural surroundings.

"The FrontDoor difference is the land-planning side of our company," says Division Vice President Mark Lipsmeyer. "Each home is designed for the special characteristics of each home site. For instance, we build homes that take advantage of the coastal breezes, and we determine if a porch or possibly a two-story porch captures the essence of the Lowcountry lifestyle - creating added value for the customer."

"We always consider how the family will live in the house, and we take advantage of the natural characteristics of the land," he adds.



Lipsmeyer points to some examples at Freeman’s Point, a James Island neighborhood developed by FrontDoor Communities. In homes that are near the creek that runs through one side of the community, the master bedrooms were configured to provide views of marsh or water from large windows or, in some cases, second-story porches. In another part of Freeman’s Point, a home was built around two large oaks. The living area of the house faces one of the trees, while the other overhangs a two-story porch.

And while the amenities in many communities are on the least valuable land, at Freeman’s Point, just the opposite is true.

For instance, homes were purposely not built on the water. That way, developers could provide everyone in the neighborhood with 1,000 feet of waterfront greenway, and all residents can enjoy docks, parks, a pool, an outdoor pavilion with a fireplace, walking trails and a dog park.

“The amenities are in the most desirable area so everyone can take advantage of the beauty of Freeman’s Point,” Lipsmeyer says. “We build communities for everyone to enjoy in the community.”

FrontDoor also has released new plans for Carolina Park, a 1,700-acre master-planned community in the northern part of Mount Pleasant. Homes in this community range from the low $500,000s to the high $700,000s.

FrontDoor currently has Lowcountry-inspired homes available at Summers Corner in Summerville. Designed as a community within a garden, each neighborhood has a park, public garden or pond as its centerpiece. And every home is positioned to take advantage of its natural surroundings.

Situated on the Stono River is a new waterfront community Stonoview on Johns Island. This master planned community highlights its natural setting with moss-draped oak trees, a community dock and amenities that make it easy to get on the water by boat or kayak. The model home is now open and homes prices start around $400,000.



FrontDoor Communities’ homes in the Charleston area range from 1,500 square feet to about 3,300 square feet, although Lipsmeyer pointed out that because the homes are built to take advantage of every square inch of space, they seem a lot bigger.

“Customers and agents comment, ‘This is 1,800 square feet? It feels like 2,500,’” Lipsmeyer says.

FrontDoor’s focus on incorporating the natural landscape and Lowcountry views into its designs is an important part of its strategy – and success.

“It starts with our overall commitment to land planning and home building design,” Lipsmeyer says. “The customer picks up on that right away. When you walk into one of our homes, you can see the difference immediately with the exceptional workmanship, the quality of materials and the trim details. For instance, 10-foot ceilings are standard on the first floor.”


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