Bellmeade at Lawton Station

Combining Old With New in Bluffton

Somerset in Bellmeade by Village Park HomesBluffton, South Carolina, among the oldest towns along the South Carolina coast, clings to its storied history while preparing for a bright future.

For those who long for the solitude of small-town living, Old Town, set atop a bluff overlooking the May River, celebrates Bluffton's link to the past, offering residents and visitors live music, quaint restaurants, independent shops, art galleries, fresh seafood bars and unique boutiques.

Besides the charm of Old Town, Bluffton provides a wide range of activities for visitors and those who like to stay close to home, including the annual Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival in the fall. The highlight of the week-long event is the Streetfest, featuring the work of more than 100 artists, food from the town's top restaurants and caterers and music and entertainment throughout the weekend.

A gourmet kitchen in the Somerset!Conveniently located, Bluffton is not far from the somewhat brighter lights of the Atlantic Coast's larger cities. Hilton Head Island is just 15 minutes away, while you can easily reach stately and historic Savannah, Georgia, in 20 minutes and Beaufort, site of the Marine Corps Air Station, in about five minutes more. Charleston, drenched in history and home to world-renowned restaurants, is a mere 90 minutes away.

But there's more to Bluffton than historic Old Town and its ideal location. Seamlessly combining old with new, Bluffton also is home to Bellmeade, a private enclave of 79 wooded homesites surrounding winding, tree-lined roads. The gated neighborhood, inside the master-planned community of Lawton Station, offers its residents a resort-style swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, a large community park and a clubhouse with a view of a pristine lagoon. Village Park Homes, which has been building homes along the Carolina and Georgia coasts since 1990, has nine distinct one-story and two-story floor plans in Bellmeade, ranging from 2,328 square feet up to 3,314 square feet and starting in the low $230s.

John Cardamone: At Village Park Homes, our goal is not to be a homebuilder, but a builder of communities that have a neighborhood feel...Bellmeade is not unlike Village Park's other neighborhoods, offering high-quality construction for a reasonable price, according to company founder and President John Cardamone.

"As the area's true hometown builder, our rich coastal heritage and deep local roots nurture neighborhoods that offer charm and character without compromise," Cardamone commented, adding that "Bellmeade's winding streets, wide homesites and adjoining wooded wetlands have combined to attract both families and retirees."

Among the most popular home plans in Bellmeade is the Sheldon, a two-story, four-bedroom, 2,817-square-foot home that includes an attached two-car garage, a large kitchen with a separate breakfast area, an optional island and built-in desk and a 232-square-foot bonus room. Starting at $249,900, the Sheldon features an open floor plan, a spacious family room, a downstairs master suite, an area that works well as either a formal dining room or a study and 3.5 bathrooms. The Sheldon even offers the flexibility of allowing homeowners to choose kitchen locations and layouts, the option of adding a fifth bedroom or adding a second master suite upstairs.

Another popular plan in Bellmeade is the Somerset, which includes 3,314 square feet, all on one floor, except for 700 square feet of optional flex space upstairs. With an attached two-car garage, an oversized screened porch, a gourmet kitchen, a breakfast nook, a formal dining room and a large living room, the Somerset is "the epitome of Lowcountry living at its finest," according to Village Park Homes Marketing Manager Leslie Ehlers.

She pointed out that several of the floor plans include spacious screened porches, perfect for enjoying coastal Carolina's year-round mild climate, as well as flex space that gives homeowners the option of adding an extra bedroom, a playroom or a media room.

"People from all walks of life are drawn to Bellmeade at Lawton Station for the distinct sense of community and traditional neighborhood values that have become a signature of every Village Park Homes development," she concluded.

Bluffton offers coastal living at its finest. To experience the South Carolina Lowcountry lifestyle and to learn more about the homes offered at Bellmeade and elsewhere, visit www.villageparkhomes.com or call Village Park Homes at (888) 568-1965.

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