This walkable community puts an emphasis on neighborly. With a number of Nexton-sponsored events and clubs, there are tons of opportunities for you to meet your fellow neighbors! Nexton is designed to live like a small town with homes, schools, shops, parks, restaurants, and businesses all close enough to walk or bike to anywhere you need to be. Almost half of the community is dedicated to parks, natural open space, and paved paths/trails. The pool at Nexton’s Brighton Park Village is much more than just a 25-meter competition pool! There is also an interactive splash pad for young kids, a huge deck with shady areas, a covered pavilion, and green space that can accommodate a volleyball game, a family picnic or just spending time with a good book. The Swim Club is designed for year-round fun, complete with a cozy fire-pit for chilly evenings. The highly praised Nexton Elementary opened back in 2015 and is the area’s only Common Sense Digital Leadership School. Walking your kids to school has never been easier!
The Nexton community is much more than just homes. Its is South Carolina’s first gigabit community providing the fastest, highest-capacity broadband internet connections. Nexton is also well on its way to becoming the region’s third major job center in its town center. The 17-acre site will feature 140,000 square-feet full of shops, restaurants, and services all within a walking/biking distance and centered around the town lake. Hall’s Chophouse, Taco Boy, and Fuji Sushi are just a few local favorites that will be calling Nexton Square home. A Harris Teeter will soon be in the center of the retail district. For beers and brews, there already is Starbucks and Carolina Ale House for you to enjoy.
Nexton is located right in the heart of the lowcountry in Summerville, SC. It is conveniently positioned at the crossroads of I-26 and 17A and less than 30 miles from Historic Downtown Charleston. Enjoy the small town charm of Hutchinson Square in Downtown Summerville where a number of family-friendly festivals are hosted each year. You will find that everything need is just minutes away, including a variety of boutique shops and vintage stores.
You can find residences ranging from apartments to single-family homes. All are exclusively designed for Nexton, starting in the mid $200,000 and go up to the low $600,000’s. Builders for the community understand that an authentic lowcountry home isn’t a historic replica, but rather a home carefully designed for a modern lifestyle while maintaining southern charm. All of the homes meet a high standard of design and craftsmanship and are setting a new bar for the entire region. Currently, the homes are being completed by three developers: Saussy Burbank, Pulte, and Del Webb.
I have a friend coming to visit this weekend from the cold, snowy trenches of Minneapolis, MN. We’ve been compiling a list of things to do while she’s in town. This is no easy feat- this list is now three pages long and really it’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg . We’ve only got three days! She lived in Charleston for several years so we were able to cut out the obvious.
There is our local Firefly Vodka (tastes just like sweet tea) distillery that does tastings and tours of their home on Wadmalaw Island. We’d love to do a tasting there. The place to grab the best burger (and veggie burger) in town- The Village Tavern (newly reopened w/consulting Chef Daniel Nurick) in Mt. Pleasant. Another new jewel in Mt. Pleasant must be visited- Yes Umay Cookies because, well, cookies are the new cupcake and these won’t make you feel too bad indulging after a workout. Ashley’s cookies which contain the best ingredients- rich chocolates, sea salt, curry and goji berries.
And we would not be true to ourselves if we didn’t hit some great shopping. Mary Mojo in Mt. Pleasant offers some swanky boutique brands and we will pay a visit to neighboring The Shoe Fairy. Great sales and fun places to try things on. There’s also the Tanger Outlet Mall that keeps getting great, new stores. We must also do some downtown shopping. Antiquing for a bargain (and if we’re lucky there may be an auction) at Page’s Thieves Market is always a good time even if you leave empty handed. If we’re lucky, Leigh Magar may be in her downtown studio/shop Magar Hatworks– she is not just a milliner but a true artist whose hats are about to be in a Vogue fashion spread.
We plan on visiting historic downtown Summerville and just taking in the cozy little town and burning some calories walking. Where locals used to summer. And of course wander about aimlessly downtown. You never know what you’ll discover. Sometimes it’s just nice to look up at the buildings you see every other day and notice something new. The architecture in Charleston is amazing. You can walk around and just look at buildings and homes appreciating them or you can walk around and discover shops you never knew were there.
So we’re going to eat and shop our way around town. My friend will surely have to check a bag and don an elastic waistband for the trip home.
Builder magazine released its list of the top 20 housing markets on the mend and Charleston is #5! They say we are steeped in history but are not resting on our laurels.
Home prices, which fell only 4.2% last year, are expected to climb in 2010 as the region begins to add jobs again (of course you’ve heard about Boeing coming here).
We’re on the mend. For the Charleston region, the magazine specifically noted that a 2% population growth each year for the past five years puts the area among the largest housing markets in the country.
A popular question I am asked by out-of-town clients, is “What communities outside of the City of Charleston should we consider?”. Well, as a native of Summerville, I have good reason to recommend my hometown!
Summerville, South Carolina is just 24 miles outside of Charleston, making it the perfect day trip to add to your itinerary. Great shopping and dining establishments add to Summerville’s character, and you’ll be pleased with the variety of accommodations, including many quaint B&Bs and the five-star rated Woodlands Resort & Inn. Those of us who live here believe it’s our Southern charm and historic flavor that makes Summerville and Dorchester County a ‘must-see’ destination.
Summerville began as Pineland Village around 1785 when plantation owners came here to escape the swamp fevers and insects. In 1899, a world congress of medical specialists in the field of respiratory disease gathered in Paris. The group, known as “the Tuberculosis Congress,” named Summerville one of the two best areas in the world for the cure of lung and throat disorders. One reason was because of its situation on a dry, sandy ridge, amidst pine trees that charge the air with derivatives of turpentine. Their findings were widely publicized and a golden era began for the lower part of Dorchester County. One inn after another sprang up as the town quickly became a favorite winter resort for Northern visitors who came to enjoy the mild climate and hunting season. The most famous, The Pine Forest Inn, sometimes served as the Winter White House for Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt.
In 1976 a portion of the town, including 700 homes and buildings were listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Some residents may still come to Summerville for pulmonary relief, but most come for its mild climate, excellent schools and healthcare, a vibrant downtown, a variety of housing options, small-town friendliness and the proximity to historic Charleston and the beaches. Summerville participates in Main Street, USA with a Downtown Restoration Enhancement and Management Corporation (DREAM) and has thriving fine arts, sports, museum and preservation organizations. Ever mindful of her environmental heritage, a “Tree City USA” flag adorns the pole in front of Town Hall along with Old Glory.
Summerville is host to several unique events, like Sculpture in the South, The Flowertown Festival, and Taste of the Town – all held in beautiful Azalea Park, a 12-acre oasis in the heart of town with peaceful ponds, paths, fountains, tennis courts, and an amazing collection of permanent sculpture.
The Dorchester II School District serving Summerville is recognized for having some of the best schools in the state. With a population exceeding 33,000, it is the home of football’s winningest coach, Summerville High School’s John McKissick – with 530 wins, 127 losses, and 13 tie games. .
Summerville is growing and ever-changing, but it still holds on to its important role in history and the small-town values that make it a truly charming place to visit.
-Lewis L. Lanier