Urban, sustainable Mixson community gears up to build houses and townhomes

The next step in an upbeat village's evolution involves raising energy-efficient houses and townhomes priced in the $300,000s, promoters say.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey joined developers and commerce supporters April 24 to break ground on the latest phase of Mixson. The stage will include 80 single-family homes and 18 town houses located in North Charleston's trendy Park Circle area.

An earlier construction project lead to framing of the upscale The Flats at Mixson apartment homes.

Present at the launch event were Summey; Paul Miloni, vice president of business development with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce; and Harvey Wadsworth. He is vice president at Jamestown, the Atlanta and Cologne, Germany-based development company behind Mixson.

"We are not targeting a demographic, we are targeting a lifestyle," Wadsworth says. "It's a walkable, sustainable neighborhood where people prefer to spend less time in cars and in their private homes and more time outside, engaging in the community," he says.

Reavis-Comer Development, Seaquest Development and Sabal Homes will frame the first homes at Mixson, which is still finalizing its team of local architects and builders.

The houses are expected to be two-to-three stories and 1,600-2,000 square feet in size. They will have "a modern feel, but will be warm and grounded," according to marketers.

When completed, Mixson will consist of 300 single-family homes, townhouses and condos. Backers say that all the homes will achieve a level of green certification.

"It's not about building what's traditional, it's about building what draws communities together and people together to leave this earth a little bit better than the way we found it," Summey says.

Residents will be within walking distance of the neighborhood's retail district, restaurants and social club. Amenities include Mixson Market, purveyors of artisanal sandwiches, craft beer and boutique wine; Counter Culture coffee, pet supplies and gifts shop; Básico taqueria with local, fresh ingredients and seasonal menu items; and Mixson Bath & Racquet Club private swim and social venue housing a wellness center, bocce and badminton courts.

The community also contains "quiet pocket parks, grand oak trees and an open-air event venue, the Barn," developers say.

For more information, visit www.mixson.com.

Global real estate company's River Landing group earns producer honor

A sales team within Century 21 Properties Plus that's noted for its husband-and-wife real estate combos claimed a prestigious brokerage accolade last month.

Century 21 Real Estate cited River Landing Realty Group for its top-of-the-line sales production in presenting the group with its Double Centurion honor.

The national agency says that River Landing, based on Daniel Island, showcases "an elite cadre" of top Century 21 producers. River Landing's team includes wife-and-husband agents Terry and Tim Haas and Julie and Jim Chalupsky.

"They are consummate professionals who exceed the expectations of their clients providing an unmatched level of service," says Tim Rash, broker with Century 21 Properties Plus.

As one of Charleston's leading real estate teams, the "driven professionals" of River Landing Realty Group are committed to helping the community, according to Century 21. The teammates share a strong connection to the Lowcountry's way of life and take pride in helping others make the most of their own real estate opportunities, the brokerage notes.

Century 21 Properties Plus, based in the Lowcountry, has logged more than 17 years in the real estate industry.

"The support and presence of the Century 21 brand and my colleagues at Century 21 Properties Plus have been crucial to our success and us receiving the Double Centurian producer award," says Julie Chalupsky, agent with the River Landing group.

Century 21 Properties Plus bills itself as a full service brokerage firm specializing in residential and commercial real estate with locations in downtown Summerville at 118 W. Richardson Ave. and in Park West in Mount Pleasant at 3301 Salterbeck St.

The local agency says it offers clients advanced technology, comprehensive resources and brand recognition. For more information, dial 843-856-0021.

The Century 21 system is comprised of 7,100 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 75 countries and territories worldwide, sporting nearly 102,000 sales professionals.

For more, go to www.Century21.com.

NAI Avant discloses top awards in its two markets in S.C.

Dexter Rumsey IV came out on top for 2013 in terms of commercial deals struck for NAI Avant in the Charleston market.

He was chief winner from the Charleston office in the commercial brokerage's 2013 Awards Banquet held in the past month. NAI Avant puts on the banquet every year to recognize the achievements of its top producers in the Columbia and Charleston areas.

"Our firm was able to capitalize on an improving economy by leveraging the expertise of our market-leading brokerage group to deliver superior results for our clients during 2013," says Bruce Harper, president and broker-in-charge of NAI Avant.

Rumsey took home the Top Overall Producer award in the Charleston market. Macon Lovelace won the same honor for the Columbia market.

"Macon and Dexter completed an exceptional year of performance by providing unrivalled service to their clients, as did our entire brokerage group," Harper says.

Also Paul Hartley, SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors), won for Top Leasing Agent in the Columbia office; and Dail Longaker earned the Top Sales Agent honor.

The brokerage chose Nancy Hoffman to receive its 2013 President's Award in recognition of her dedication to the firm and commitment to excellence.

"We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to assist our valued clients in 2013 and look forward to building on those relationships in 2014," Harper says.

"The firm's strong year is a testament to our talented brokerage group and to the expertise and commitment of our entire staff," he points out.

NAI Avant's commercial real estate business, which has more than 65 professionals, is one of the largest in the Southeast. The firm deals with brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.

As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with more than 400 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries across the globe. Formed in 1966, NAI Avant maintains its headquarters in Columbia and has an office in Charleston.

For more, visit www.naiavant.com.

Carolina Park expands beyond expectations, opens new phases

Continuing its surging growth pattern, a large new neighborhood in northern Mount Pleasant reported that first quarter sales bested forecasts.

The Carolina Park master planned community counted more than 40 new home sales from January through March, says Brian Keels, marketing director of Carolina Park Development LLC.

"We had a terrific year in 2013 and are hoping we can sustain the momentum we built," Keels says. "If these first few months are any indication, 2014 is going to be even more successful for Carolina Park."

The marketing chief cites a couple of reasons for the strong sales pace: "the successful pre-selling of two new phases featuring semi-custom homes, as well as the positive increase of sales in Riverside, the community's custom home neighborhood."

Keels says many sales this year took place in the development's third and fourth construction stages, as builders Ryland Homes, David Weekley Homes and Saussy Burbank raised houses.

The sales total includes 14 new custom homes changing hands in Riverside - pushing overall deals there to close to 50. The neighborhood opened a year ago with home prices starting in the $500,000s.

"What we're offering in terms of home styles, features and options; build quality; amenities; and, of course, our location have really set us apart," Keels says. New homes in Carolina Park start in the mid $300,000s.

"Homebuyers appreciate that our diverse range of floor plans appeal to everyone from young families looking for room to grow to empty-nesters interested in primarily first-floor living," Keels says. "They love the homes and feel of this community, and they want to be part of that."

Carolina Park works with seven leading homebuilders. They are Ryland and David Weekley in the semi-custom sections; Sabal Homes, Cline Homes, Structures Building Co. and The Burton Co. in Riverside; and Saussy Burbank in both sectors.

"With seven builders, we are able to appeal to a much broader audience than another community with only a single builder," Keels says. "We find that the high level of customization and quality a buyer expects is more evident with each completed home."

West Ashley real estate office holds 'male fashion show' for charity

In a fun way to raise funds for a worthy cause, five men at Carolina One's Orleans Road office dressed up as ladies to sashay down a runway and past the "judges."

The first "April Fools Pageant" brought out dozens of staff, management and agents to view the mock fashion show and contribute money based on their favorites.

The funds collected went to the March of Dimes Walk for Babies April 26 at Cannon Park in downtown Charleston.

Making appearances in drag were the office manager, two agents, an attorney and a Carolina One mortgage loan originator. Sporting designer dresses, hats, hose, handbags and fashionable shoes, "the stylish group paraded on a makeshift runway to secure votes in the form of monetary contributions," according to Carolina One.

There were three male judges, comprised of two office managers and an attorney.

"We were delighted with how much money we raised and we may make this an annual event," says Millie Martin, chairperson of the event. "Our 'Pageant Ladies' were all great sports and I can't thank them enough," Martin adds.