By JIM PARKER

The Post and Courier

Places to rent along Charleston area rivers aren’t common, considering private residences and protected marshlands take up much of the space.

Of course, homes, condos and townhomes sometimes are leased out by the owners — giving tenants a chance for waterside living.

That’s what is going on at Ashley River Commons, a townhome neighborhood off Dorchester Road close to the Ashley River in North Charleston.

One such rental is 4638 N. Palm View Circle, a three-story 1,810-square-foot residence. The three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath townhome is priced for rent at for $1,175 a month. There’s a “move-in special” of $200 off the first month with a year’s lease, says Daryl Shorter, broker and Realtor with Doug Shorter Property Management, which is handling the lease.

Shorter says the community showcases a bunch of features, including proximity to employers such as Boeing.

“These are really a stone’s throw away from the plant,” he says. Ashley River Commons, he says, “is nestled along the wooded marsh very near Michaux Parkway.” According to Shorter, the property is not even five minutes from Boeing and Charleston Air Force Base.

The 4638 N. Palm View Circle townhome includes “a serene wooded view” near the river, Shorter says. Across the street are sights of scenic ponds.

The townhome comes with a full bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. Up a flight of stairs is the open second story, which has a combination living-dining room next to the “very generously-roomy kitchen,” Shorter says.

The kitchen boasts upscale appliances such as a full size refrigerator/freezer, electric range with built-in microwave and dishwasher. Two roomy bedrooms with their own full baths make up the top floor, he says.

Upper levels support quiet back decks, while a patio is on the first floor. Shorter says tenants and guests “can enjoy nature, literally right outside the back door.”

Another perk is a long driveway and single-car garage, which he says is ideal for storage or extra parking.

Ashley River Commons provides a few amenities: a swimming pool, tennis courts and a boat landing on the river.

“We have seen an increased demand in available rental homes in recent months and this trend is expected to continue, if not increase. Our availability in Ashley River Commons is no exception,” Shorter says.

The agency has a number of rentals now or coming up in Ashley River Commons. Those include a two bedroom, two-and-a-half-.bath townhome at 4618 N. Palm View Circle. The three-story residence is 1,722 square feet and rents for $1,095 a month. It likewise includes the $200 off move-in special.

The townhome for lease at 4638 N. Palm View is on the northern side of Ashley River Commons.

Heading west and north, take Interstate 26 to exit 213 for West Montague Avenue. Stay left onto West Montague, then turn right at the traffic light for International Boulevard. Follow the boulevard toward Charleston International Airport and make a left on Michaux Parkway. Continue on the parkway to Dorchester Road and turn right. Proceed one-half mile and make a left on Great Oak Drive. Take the first right on N. Palm View Circle Ahead on the right is 4638 N. Palm View Circle.

For more information, visit www.dougshorter.com, call 843-760-5280 or go to the agency office at 4754 Franchise Street in Dorchester Industrial Park.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.