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Hibben at Belle Hall, Mount Pleasant

Sweetgrass Village in Mount PleasantWalk down the streets of Hibben at Belle Hall, near Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant, and you’ll notice something different. Is it because unlike many other developments, where houses are cookie cutter copies of each other, every house in Hibben is custom designed and built? Could be.

“The variety of design gives a lot of personality, a lot of charm, a lot of character to the neighborhood,” said Sloan Wright, president and general partner of Plantation Park Partners LP.

But Wright would argue that what makes Hibben feel different is not the houses but the people.

“It’s not just the charm of Southern architecture but the genuine nature of the people who are living there. The families are what make Hibben so receiving, so gracious, so warm,” he said.

Wright recommended that prospective home buyers take a walk around the neighborhood.

“You see such a diverse group of people. You see young newlyweds, people with kids, retired people – and everybody is so nice and friendly. It’s the best way to experience the visceral feeling that you can’t get simply through reading descriptions of the property and its amenities. Hibben evokes emotion in people, of comfort, of safety, of home,” he said.

The community is centrally located, close to Interstate 526 and Belle Hall Shopping Center, just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston and only 10 minutes from the beach. Hibben is in its next phase of development, adding to 250 homes, community parks, dog parks and miles of hiking trails with even more amenities for the community as a whole. This phase is focused on developing a small number of lots for homes while building two docks for boating, fishing and crabbing, even more hiking trails, a clubhouse and a zero-grade entry pool.

By the time development is complete, around 325 families will call Hibben home.

Home buyers select their lot and then work closely with one of the neighborhood’s architects to design a home with the features they want and traditional Lowcountry elements such as welcoming front porches and gracious symmetry. Several houses on Colonial Lake have porches that open out onto stunning views.

“It’s got some spectacular marsh and river views,” said Wright. “It’s heavily wooded, with the streets designed for preservation of existing oak trees as a priority because of the ambience they add.”

Every house in Hibben is custom-built.

“Each lot has its own unique characteristics and attributes,” Wright pointed out. “So the idea is not to force an existing plan upon a homesite but rather to work with the surroundings, the streetscape and the orientation on the street to design a home that best works on that specfic lot.”

Homes, to be built by Allen Coleman or Je Pritchard, range in price from around $775,000 to $1.4 million.

But it all comes back to the people, said Wright. He feels like he’s done something right when he sees people in Hibben sell their home – and then reinvest in another house in the same neighborhood. Retirees downsize or growing families move to a new home with more space, but they still want to stay in Hibben.

“It’s a very genuine place, not pretentious,” said Wright. “Charming but not ostentatious. That’s the feel that buyers are responding to – the warm, receptive personality it conveys.”