Designed to resemble a firmly established neighborhood, Olde Park takes on its name and certainly has that feel good factor. Located in Mt. Pleasant the designers planned Olde Park to be a collection of custom designed luxury homes on large lots. (114 lots) Olde Park homeowners can share amenities with the neighboring I'On Club which includes pool, tennis courts and country club and boat ramp.
The entrance and extensive landscaping creates an elegant yet laid-back feel of a friendly "old-time friends" kind of place. Homes generally have more than 3500 sq. ft. with many clocking in with 4000-5000 sq.ft. There is a back road through the neighborhood that leads directly to I'On.
NEIGHBORHOOD. Olde Park
DEVELOPERS, MARKETINGJoe Griffith and Joe Rice; Louis E. Griffith, project manager.
TOTAL HOMES PLANNED114 custom-built homes
HOME SIZES2,500 to 10,000 square feet
CUSTOM BUILDERS-- Bayview Properties Inc.-- Rockwood Construction Inc.-- Sheppard Construction Inc.-- Ravenel Custom Homes Inc.-- Max G. Crosby Construction Inc.-- Ed Boring Jr. Construction Co. Inc
Olde Park - Mt. Pleasant
Olde Park has established look
Paraphrased from a 2003 article
by JIM PARKER Of The Post and Courier Staff
When designers drew up plans for Olde Park, they wanted to create a new Mount Pleasant community of impressive, custom-designed houses that reminded people of a firmly rooted neighborhood.
"The original thought was when you come in here, it's something that looks like it's been here for 30 years," said Louis Griffith, developer and project manager.
As it turns out, Olde Park is exactly that and more.
The community has 114 homes among towering Oak trees and sidewalk lined roads. Olde Park broke ground in 2000 and is completely built out. Homeowners include the chief partners in the development, real estate mogul Joe Griffith (Louis' father) and tobacco-busting lawyer Joe Rice.
"We had a unique opportunity to get the property," Louis Griffith said. "We wanted to do a special project."
From the beginning Olde Park strived for a "lived-in" look. Developers preserved much of the pine and oak forests that dominated the strip of land between MathisFerry Road and Hobcaw Creek. They planted grown palmettos, dogwoods and shrubs, because immature plants would take years to mature.
An extensive landscaping effort included constructing walkways to link four ponds that dot the property. The Olde Park's entranceway is lined with colorful flowers and brick-and-stone markers. A gazebo within a block of the creek stands peacefully at the side.
Early on, developers decided not to build amenities, something Griffith believes was a smart move. Instead, Olde Park reached an agreement in which homeowners can join the neighboring I'On Club, which includes a pool, tennis courts and country club, at the lower resident rate.
While homes in Olde Park are custom built, dwellings must be at least 2,500 square feet, and floor plans face architectural review. The development has a list of six "premier" builders that it has worked with before and deems top-notch.
To get to Olde Park from downtown Charleston, take the Silas Pearman (Cooper River) Bridge to Mount Pleasant, continuing in the left lane onto U.S. Highway 17 (Johnnie Dodds Boulevard). Turn left at the second traffic light onto Mathis Ferry Road. Olde Park is the second left past the Mathis Ferry roundabout.