I haven't written about any of the neighborhoods in the Charleston, SC area so far on this blog, so I thought I'd tell you a little bit about Bayview Farms located on James Island. This is one of the top neighborhoods in all of James Island, and for a number of good reasons. First of all, the homes are of newer construction. Having newer materials and great floor plans makes it a little more modern for the average buyer looking at something other than the typical 60's style brick ranch found on James Island. They have open floor plans, high ceilings, more closet space, larger master bedrooms, and just seem to be more bright with many windows.
Homes for sale in Bayview Farms typically begin in the 250's, and can go up into the 400's. There are two parts to the Bayview Farms community; the larger portion of the neighborhood in back that were constructed in the 90's, and the newer part of the neighborhood in the front that were built in 2000+. All of the residents enjoy the community cabana, 3 swimming pools, and the tennis court and basketball area. A rarity are the swimming pools in the community- I can easily count on one hand how many communities on James Island have neighborhood swimming pools.
Many of the homes in the neighborhood also have either freshwater ponds or saltwater tidal creeks behind them. With the abundant wildlife we have here in the lowcountry, relaxing on the screened-in porch has never been quite so nice. Talk about great backyard views...rabbits, egrets, blue heron, turtles, canadian geese, and ducks on the freshwater ponds. While the tidal creeks along the back of the neighborhood have pelicans, osprey, a bald eagle family that lives next door, and crabbing/fishing/shrimping from your own dock. It's also quite nice to have your boat tied up in your backyard, waiting for you after work.
The schools for Bayview Farms on James Island are some of the best on the island as well. The updated and new Stiles Point Elementary is the elementary school, James Island Middle is the middle school, and neighbors take advantage of having James Island Charter High School within walking distance to the neighborhood (right across the street). All schools within a couple of miles makes for an easy commute.
Most of the families and couples that live here are very active. You will see all ages from newer families, to retirees. It is quite typical to see active community members bicycling, running, swimming, and walking the dog in the evenings. There are a number of times a year where the neighborhood will get together at the cabana for the yearly oyster roasts, or the Mexican-themed fiestas, or for some traditional lowcountry fare like shrimp gumbo. Live music and entertainment (such as a bluegrass band, or even the fire department) will come out for a good time.
So if you're searching homes for sale on James Island, I would highly recommend you check out Bayview Farms if these qualities in a community are important to you. Of course, I am biased since I call this neighborhood home, but if you have any questions about the neighborhood, let us know!
Mike Ciucci specializes in the Charleston SC real estate market. He has been a Charleston realtor for over 15 years, focusing on quality and attention to detail his clients have come to expect.