A Dream Within Reach

February 15, 2011

Kristen and Jay Odell are no strangers to Daniel Island.  After living in Pittsburgh for several years, and with family in Texas, the couple really wanted to move south. They relocated here with their two young sons in 2004 so Jay could take advantage of a job opportunity at Blackbaud, a software development company located on Daniel Island.

“Daniel Island was the most obvious place for us to live because of the close proximity to work,” says Jay.  “However, we also looked at a few other communities in neighboring Mt. Pleasant. Daniel Island really stood out, though, because of the close-knit community that it had to offer.”

That was seven years ago.  Since then, the couple has been enjoying their home in the Codner’s Ferry Park neighborhood, along with the Daniel Island lifestyle.

“We have two boys, ages 9 and 11, and we can’t think of a better place for them to grow-up,” says Kristen. “They love to play all types of sports, particularly flag football and soccer. There’s plenty of opportunity for that through Charleston’s Recreation Department (which operates programs in Daniel Island’s parks), and it’s really nice being so close to the Daniel Island School.”

The Odells' 5,000 sq. ft. home is being built by Carson Homes.

Not too long ago, the Odells received a brochure in the mail that mentioned the deepwater homesites being offered at Mitchell Wharf in Daniel Island’s Smythe Park neighborhood.

“Jay and I have always wanted a home with a water view,” explains Kristen.  “A few years ago, we looked at deepwater homesites on Ralston Creek and Beresford Creek, but they were out of our price range.”

“But after looking at Mitchell Wharf, we kept thinking, what are we waiting for? The deepwater lots at Mitchell Wharf were within our budget.  Plus, we have a lot of friends that live in Smythe Park and I really like the neighborhood’s close proximity to the school.”

With the help of the Daniel Island sales team, the Odells chose a homesite that offered sweeping views of the Wando River.  The next step was to choose a builder and design a home that would take advantage of the water views while meeting the needs of their family’s lifestyle.

“The building process can be overwhelming at first,” says Jay.  “However, Carson Homes has been doing a great job and everything has gone very smoothly.  There are a million questions that need to be answered when you build on the water, and the entire sales team has been extremely helpful in helping us navigate the process.”

At one point, Jay was concerned that the backyard was not going to be big enough to play baseball with his two sons.

“Then, one day I came out to look at the house and I noticed that a pitcher’s mound and base plate had been taped-out in the backyard!  Proof that the yard was plenty big enough to throw a ball and play a real game of catch,” he said.


The Odells' property overlooks the Wando River and will include a private dock.

The Odells’ new home will be ready to move into this September.  There will be a study boasting panoramic water views for Jay and a second floor recreation room will be the perfect retreat for the boys.  With five bedrooms and more than 5,000 square feet of living space, there will surely be plenty of room for everyone.

“The one thing that I’m really looking forward to is sitting on the dock and watching the dolphins play and the pelicans dive for fish.  Who knows, there might even be a boat in our future.  It just can’t get any better than that,” said Jay.