Charleston Style and Design

SUM 2013

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Illustrations courtesy of Bennett Hofford still weak in 2012, Hank Hofford sensed that it might be the right time to get started on a project that's unique in downtown Charleston. "The light went on," said Hofford, who is president of the 30-year-old company. "We saw that the market was brightening up and that there was renewed interest. It looked like people were coming out of their foxholes and moving forward with various projects." Bennett Hofford will kick off construction with a row of six connected town homes on the Ashley River side of the complex. Beyond that, the decision on whether to build single-family homes or additional town homes will be based on trends in the real estate market. "There might be another row of town homes, or maybe the rest will be singlefamily detached homes," Bennett Hofford Land Development Project Manager Heidi Hoepfner commented. "Whatever the market brings." "We're tapping into people we trust to give us the right information about the market," she added. "Real estate agents tell us they are losing many buyers who want to be in downtown Charleston because the only 218 CHARLESTON STYLE & DESIGN | SUMMER 13 houses available were built 200 years ago." Hofford, whose company has built almost 400 homes along the Carolina coast, went to great pains to assure Halsey Park's success, keeping in mind that a previous developer had already abandoned plans to build there. Hofford worked with the Harleston Village Neighborhood Association and the City of Charleston Planning Department to make certain Halsey Park would be a good ft for the peninsula. He also collaborated with local architects Glenn Keyes and Julie O'Connor, as well as landscape architect Sheila Wertimer, who will design the 350-foot walking path and gardens. "The architects are classic in their style, and Halsey Park certainly will ft into the Charleston genre," Hofford said. "But we're not trying to copy anything. This will be the 2013 version of classic styling." He pointed out that the Preservation Society of Charleston and the Historic Charleston Foundation are supportive of the frst set of plans. The frst six town homes, each a more than ample 35 feet wide, should be ready for occupancy during the summer of 2014. Three open, airy foor plans, all between 2,200 and 2,300 square feet, will be offered with two or three bedrooms and two-anda-half or three-and-a-half baths. All will feature elevators and huge rooftop patios with outdoor freplaces, providing residents with views of the lake and the river. Two of the plans will have spacious double back porches overlooking the garden. Secure parking is to be provided underneath the frst foor of each home. Homes in Halsey Park will cost between $900,000 and $1.4 million, and the entire project is expected to take three years to complete. "We are excited to have this really neat project in downtown Charleston," Hofford said. "It's a unique opportunity. But we have only one chance to do it right." 2 F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N Bennett Hofford Construction Company The Historic Rice Mill Building 17 Lockwood Drive Charleston, SC 843-722-8169 Brian Sherman is a freelance writer, editor and graphic designer.

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