The 20,000-square-foot lakefront clubhouse will feature saltwater indoor and outdoor pools, as well as bocce ball, pickleball
and tennis courts. The fitness center includes a yoga/dance studio and adjacent rooms for art classes, card games and billiards.
Uniquely, the clubhouse will have a demonstration kitchen where
chefs for leading Charleston restaurants will be invited to share
their secrets with community members.
The K. Hovnanian development in Cane Bay “is the right
place at the right time,” Abruzzo said. “It is great to see the steady
growth of the Summerville area. With growth come services and
supporting businesses that increase the quality and convenience
of everyday living.”
“Nexton is a game-changer for our town and the Charleston
region,” said Mayor Collins. Located just five minutes from downtown Summerville, at the crossroads of I- 26 and U.S. Highway
17A, Nexton joins homes, offices, shopping and dining with parks
and schools to create an energized walkable town environment.
Nexton Design Director Joe Barnes said, “I’ve found that very
often communities look back at what’s been done in the past and
try to recreate it. At Nexton, we’re learning from what’s worked
best in the past and combining it with what we have heard people
express they are looking for in communities today. We’re using
the past as a stepping stone and pulling in what’s appropriate for
today to build a place that’s comfortable and innovative.
“Another thing that sets Nexton apart is that Mead Westvaco
(the developer) … is known for doing the right things in the
right way. With each step we are taking our time and bringing in
the right people with the right expertise to implement the plan.
It’s been great to push the envelope and try some new and dif-
According to Dereck Harris, Senior Manager of Construction,
“Nexton stands out through our extraordinary commitment to
the design side of things. We built a to-scale model to see what
Nexton would look like before we ever moved a tree, and then
tweaked it until we knew we had something spectacular. And we
go out of our way to do things like keep trees and preserve the
resources we already have…. We’re also big on sustainable de-
sign. Every street light in this community is LED. The Nexton
Office building is LEED gold certified and nearly everyone in our
department is LEED accredited. The MWV office has a Green
Globes for Sustainable Interiors rating system certification. We
also use Evotherm, a low-temperature, low emission asphalt, that
is much more environmentally-friendly than the standard.”
The 4,500-acres Nexton will have over 10,000 homes (includ-
ing 2,000 apartments), six million square feet of commercial
space, 2,000 acres of parks and nature and over 50 miles of trails.
It’s also the first gigabit broadband community in South Carolina.
Harris also said, “It’s a project I can bring my children back
to and be proud of what we put on the ground. It’s a real community.”
Located about five miles west of historic downtown Summerville is The Ponds, a 2,000-acre master-planned community that
has been welcoming new residents since 2009. Once the site of a
sprawling antebellum plantation, The Ponds and its homeowners
have a genuine appreciation for the natural Lowcountry lifestyle.
More than half of the acreage is part of a dedicated Conservation
Area and The Ponds Conservancy, a not-for-profit community organization and earned a prestigious Historic Preservation Award
in 2015 from the Palmetto Trust for its environmental efforts.
In addition to its well-established neighborhoods, developer
Kolter Homes has announced the new Cresswind at The Ponds
for active adults ages 55 and over. The first eight decorator-de-signed model homes are now open and The Club at Cresswind
is under construction with a spring of 2016 opening. A complete
fitness center with a full-time activities director will ensure that
The Club at Cresswind will be the focal point of healthy-lifestyle
events in the Cresswind community.
Cresswind residents will also enjoy all of the other amenities at
The Ponds, including an on-site YMCA, walking trails that connect community neighborhoods and an outdoor amphitheatre
for music concerts and other activities, plus two ponds and a
lake for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. A Village Center with
offices and shops is taking shape near the community entrance.
With its strategic location, thriving business climate and new
neighborhoods coming online at Carnes Crossroads, the Lakes
of Cane Bay, The Ponds and Nexton, the Summerville area is
poised to redefine itself in the years ahead. While current residents are certainly proud of their area’s history and protective
of its environmental assets, they also welcome the high-quality
developments that are the foundation of regional growth. Because
they know that the working families and active retirees who are
moving to the Summerville area will help to define the character
of “Charleston’s New Frontier.” I-L
“It’s a project I can bring
my children back to and be proud
of what we put on the ground.
It’s a real community.”
Derek Harris of Nexton