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Going, Going, Gone: Riverside's Newest Waterfront Neighborhood Sells in Record Time

Posted August 20, 2021 in News


Charleston, SC - Post & Courier 8.20.21 - When the Sawyer’s Island release was scheduled earlier this year, there was little doubt the 25-homesite enclave would generate strong demand. After all, Sawyer’s Island was set to be the first custom homes neighborhood in Riverside to offer dockable lots overlooking the Wando River. Homebuyers would be able to choose from 4 award-winning builders to craft their home. And residents would have access to their own private island – Sawyer’s Island – with amenities including a walking trail, picnic areas, and a dock where they could crab, catch shrimp or launch a kayak. So, the surprise wasn’t that interest was high; it was that the entire offering sold out in a matter of weeks.

“We knew this was a special offering, and that the market was eager for this kind of opportunity,” said Haley Cuzzell, Community Sales Manager in Riverside. “With everything Riverside has to offer and all of the master-planned amenities of Carolina Park, the chance to build a custom home on the Wando River with access to a private island was impossible to resist.”

Before the launch, interest built quickly with buyers both local and long-distance expressing a desire to become part of the Riverside community, and the Sawyer’s Island neighborhood.

“There’s no denying that the strong real estate market helped us,” said Cuzzell. “We were receiving inquiries from the moment the release was announced from people as close as our own community and as far away as the west coast.”

The fact that so many people who already call Riverside home were considering moving within the community is testimony to the quality and caliber of the community itself.

“We think it’s a very positive sign that many of our existing residents are choosing to stay in the community and purchase a newer home – hopefully that’s a signal we’re doing some things right,” said Brian Keels, COO of Carolina Park Development. “Our goal is to create an exceptional community where people want to live, raise their families, and enjoy a lifestyle they simply can’t find anywhere else.”

That lifestyle includes access to an unparalleled collection of amenities that range from 5 award-winning schools, a new 40,000 square foot public library, a police/fire station, and a full-service hospital, to walking trails, stocked fishing ponds, a 20-acre lake, and two swimming pools, including the recently opened Lake Club in Riverside.

We’ve tried to be very thoughtful in choosing the right location for this very special amenity,” said Keels. “The Lake Club was built on the north end of Bolden Lake and positioned so guests can take in beautiful long views across the water, and also enjoy the cooling breezes the lake produces all summer long.”

With the recent success of Sawyer’s Island, the question asked most often is, what’s next? While no specific release date has been set, it appears likely the next offering in Riverside will take place sometime this fall. People who wish to learn more and have their names added to the interest list should call the Information Center at 843.654.5083. To learn more about Riverside, visit

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