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Old 04-21-2008, 12:04 PM
 
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Hi,

Our family is considering relocating to Summerville in '09. I'd like to live in a newer subdivision, but my wife wants a lot big enough to plant a small-to-medium-sized garden in the backyard with room left over for the kids to play (I'm guessing we need .33 acre or more). I've heard good things about Centex homes and am interested in their Cane Bay neighborhoods. How roomy are those lots? Any other suggestions?

To give you an idea of other factors . . .

1. Our price range is $200K to $275K. If this is too low, how much more do you think we would be looking at?
2. We have children who will be in 1st and 3rd grades, so a good school district is important. Also, we'd prefer a neighborhood with plenty of other families with younger kids.
3. I don't have a specific job lined up yet, so the commute is an unknown. We're not looking strictly at Summerville proper, but we'd prefer to be in that general area. (We both went to Charleston Southern and have friends in S'ville).
4. We'd rather be in a newer community (homes built in the last 5 years) but would consider an older neighborhood if it fit our other criteria.
5. As for the house itself, something with a garage, 3+ br, 21/2+ ba.

Sorry if this is too much info, but I didn't want to be too vague. Thanks for any input!
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Cane-Bay Plantation
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I've heard good things about Centex homes and am interested in their Cane Bay neighborhoods. How roomy are those lots?
We live in Cane-Bay @ their lots are good size, HOWEVER, the homes are good size as well. With that said, our home takes up "MOST" of our lot

Our lot is just under 1/4 acre, coming it a 9100 sq ft...But we do have room enuf for a small garden...

If you're looking for a larger lot, I suggest a corner one...As long as you don't mind it being pie shaped...

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Old 04-21-2008, 01:13 PM
 
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We are also getting ready to move to the area. We found some larger lots in the Myers Mill subdivision. They had a few that were 1/3 to 1/4 assuming you want new construction. However, we are staying away from Centex homes.
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Hi Palmetto Guy...Hope to get you back in the area! My daughter just graduated from CSU last December. Great school.
I looked at your criteria and a few areas came to mind that would work for you. They have homes under 300K, with larger lots (larger than 1/4 acre), in Dorchester II school district, and homes under 10 years old (I expanded this a bit as you indicated you would be open to older if it fit the bill.) Pine Forest Country Club, Legend Oaks, and Myers Mills are three areas I would start to look in. After that, some of the older neighborhoods...perhaps Ashborough, Newington, downtown Summerville. It's hard to know what will be on the market when you are looking in '09, but these areas should have some very promising prospects for you. Let us know as you have any other questions or need anything.
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:52 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies so far!

Yes, SCDweller, CSU is a great school; we loved the university and the Charleston area generally. We would definitely love to make it back there. I'll keep those neighborhoods in mind. I'm thinking the older subdivisions would have more homes with all-brick construction and unique designs, so that would be a plus.

scrapydiva, I looked at some MLS listings in Myers Mill, and those homes looked nice. I'm curious though; why are you staying away from Centex? From other things I've read in this forum, the homeowners seemed pleased, particulary with post-sale service. Have you heard otherwise?

pokrplr, sounds like the Cane Bay lots might be tight, but I don't think my wife wants a huge garden . . . just something to tinker with. At any rate, there is so much to choose from in Summerville that we are going to have a tough time when we finally have to decide!
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:42 AM
 
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I will PM you.
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:18 PM
 
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You are right Palmetto Guy. Many of the older subdivisions have brick homes that were built with different styles, but similar square footage. Asborough has quite a few brick homes as well as Pine Forest.
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:57 AM
 
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Scrapydiva, I have been looking at some of the Centex homes in Cane Bay, too. If you don't mind could you also pm me and tell me why you are avoiding them. Thanks!
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Cane-Bay Plantation
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Scrapydiva, I have been looking at some of the Centex homes in Cane Bay, too. If you don't mind could you also pm me and tell me why you are avoiding them. Thanks!
You know its to each their own, I can only share our experience and of course everyone's will differ.

What I would suggest MEHM is look at overall satisfaction.

Ours to date, perfect pre-sale, perfect post-sale...And that goes for both my neighbors on either side of us too...
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:38 AM
 
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Would Quail Arbor (I think that's the name) fit this general category? A few years back, I spent a couple days with a family in this subdivision off Old Trolley. I remember really liking the neighborhood overall. I realize this subdivision is a bit older.
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