The region’s next great place

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What exactly is it that makes a great place great? What are the vital ingredients that make communities like Daniel Island, I’On, historic Summerville and the Charleston peninsula such desirable places to live?

Great places, you’ll notice, have a unique authenticity about them. Like they belong there. The homes are rooted in the architectural tradition of the Lowcountry.

They share a kind of wisdom, too. A close connection to nature, whether it’s in the form of an iconic city park, a traditional flower garden, or a footpath winding through the woods. And, of course, they tend to be close to the things we need, like good schools and good coffee. Preferably within walking distance.

But here’s the big question: where is the next great place going to be? The one that brings these time-tested principles to life in a new and inspiring way?

The place is called Summers Corner, and it’s located in that ideal spot between town and country in Summerville. Guided by some of the area’s finest planners, architects and horticulturalists, it’s a community that offers local residents a new choice based on deep-rooted Lowcountry precedents.

It’s called “a community in the garden” because it’s a place where the parks, woods, greenways and public spaces define the character of the neighborhood. (Rather than the other way around.) And the homes have front row seats to it all.

Before the first foundation was poured, the investment was made to create a sense of place. A variety of street scenes, colors, and architectural styles—combined with the organic placement of home sites—presents a striking difference from the typical suburban model.

“We’ve looked closely at some of the best communities in the country—including the enduring beauty of Habersham in Beaufort, South Carolina. The many parks and gardens of Celebration in Orlando. And the innovative thinking that helped shape the plan for Daybreak in Salt Lake City,” says Joe Barnes, Director of Real Estate Development and Design for WestRock Land and Development. “And here at Summers Corner we’ve learned some valuable lessons from them all.”

Those lessons inspired lively gathering places like the Corner House Café, serving seasonal and local fare. Demonstration gardens, home to the Clemson Master Gardeners. A variety of parks, paths, trails and natural lakes. And a pool house ready for the first splash of the season.

“In researching these communities, we discovered people walk more if they have somewhere to walk to,” says Barnes. “Residents of Summers Corner will be able to walk to outdoor markets, to planned shops and restaurants, and to parks and wide open spaces. All within five minutes.” The day’s agenda could include a jog along a wooded trail, a paddle around the meandering 95-acre Buffalo Lake, a stroll through
gardens ready for spring blooms, meeting friends for lunch. Or a walk to school.

Speaking of which … Sand Hill Elementary, a new K-5 school, will open this August, and the acclaimed Rollings Middle School of the Arts is relocating to Summers Corner in 2017. Both are part of the top-rated Dorchester District Two school system. Joining them on the same campus in 2017 will be the 1,200-seat Summers Corner Performing Arts Center designed for festivals and concerts.

It’s these remarkable features that have the first homebuyers at Summers Corner packing their boxes, eager to be a part of this ambitious plan taking shape. “This is a great opportunity for people looking for more value and a greater sense of community spirit,” says Barnes. “More character and thoughtful design in their home and neighborhood—at prices that are within reach.”

If you’re near Highway 61 and Summers Drive, stop in for a cup of coffee at Corner House Café + Information Center to learn about the community. Six decorated models are open daily Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm; Sun 1 – 5pm.

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