Time to Build

August 18, 2010

Longtime residents of Columbia, Maryland, Michael and Anne Compton took their time and did their homework when they began looking for a place to retire. Using the internet and a list of requirements that included a warmer climate and amenities like good restaurants, art galleries, biking and tennis, the couple spent several years visiting contending cities and communities throughout the south before narrowing their focus to Charleston and, ultimately, Daniel Island.  But that was just the beginning…

“We did not have any intention of building,” says Anne. “We did our research and had an idea of the type of house we wanted, and were prepared to spend the time to find the perfect house on the perfect lot.”

Not in any rush to move, the Comptons spent four years working with their Daniel Island Real Estate sales agent, Brian Connolly, and waiting for the right property to surface. But when they listed their home in Maryland earlier this year – and it sold in just two days, with a requirement to close in six weeks – a new sense of urgency emerged.

The couple booked a three-day trip to Daniel Island for another look.  They were dismayed to find that the right house/lot combination was still not available, but then Brian took them to the newly-released homesites at Mitchell Wharf on the banks of the Wando River.

“From there everything just started to fall into place,” says Anne. “We found a marsh-oriented site with spectacular views, and before we knew it, we were talking with Adam Johnson of John Wieland Homes about the changes that could be made to one of their plans to make it work on the lot and meet our needs. It was all much easier than we had imagined it would be.”

Three days later, the Comptons left Charleston with a contract on a lot, a contract with Wieland to build, a lease to rent a Daniel Island townhome where they could live during construction, and even a brand new SUV. “Brian even helped us find a great option for financing,” says Anne. They expect to move into their new home in time for the holidays.

Comptons home
Built by John Wieland Homes, the Comptons’ marsh-oriented home sits on a beautiful marsh-oriented lot in the newly developed Mitchell Wharf area of Smythe Park.

“It took us several years to get to where we are now,” says Anne, “but in the end, the timing really all came together. We feel like we are getting more for our money than we would if we had purchased a completed home. And, best of all, we’re getting exactly what we want. We couldn’t be happier!”

NOTE: John Wieland Homes is one of several builders who are offering architectural plans for Daniel Island Real Estate’s “Build on Your Lot” program. Because many of these plans have been pre-approved by Daniel Island’s Architectural Review Board, and plans and options have been priced, the initial stages of the building process are streamlined. Other currently participating builders include Structures Building Company, Dolphin Architects & Builders, Max Crosby Construction and Winsor Custom Homes. Contact a Daniel Island sales associate for details.