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Palmetto Place

Majestic live oaks, warm marsh breezes, picturesque beaches, and abundant wildlife are all part of the Lowcountry experience. Palmetto Place is a traditional walking community nestled in the heart of Lady’s Island, minutes from historic downtown Beaufort. This classic Charleston style neighborhood offers all the finer aspects of Lowcountry living devoid of the high price tag.

Established in 2015, Palmetto Place is the brainchild of builder/developer and local family man, Benji Gecy whose vision for a unique, moderately priced community is coming to fruition. Initially started several years ago by another developer, the project stalled for several years during the unstable real estate downturn. Ben saw the potential for a unique community.

“As a builder and developer you look for well-priced land with great locations, Palmetto Place scored very high with its central location to everything Beaufort has to offer. The quality of life on Lady’s Island is attractive to a lot of families.”

With an ideal location in close proximity to downtown amenities, Palmetto Place allows easy access to festivals, restaurants, shopping, and Waterfront Park by way of bike paths and sidewalks. A lifestyle worthy of the Lowcountry, this charming neighborhood is amenable to people of all walks of life, whether a young couple just starting out, a family with children and pets, or those embarking on their retirement years. Boating, kayaking and golfing are all within minutes.

Palmetto Place’s prime location provides a unique opportunity to live, work and play in harmony with all of Beaufort’s natural resources and historical significance.

“It’s unlike anything else in the price range of northern Beaufort County. Palmetto Place allows families an affordable walking neighborhood with old Charleston style ideas and a spirit that serves the coastal vibe.” This focus is directed around outdoor living, as all floor plans have double porches, open decks and a variety of other options that blend indoor living into outdoor spaces.

Ben is familiar with the distinctive qualities of Beaufort, being a lifelong resident with a passion for the hometown in which he was raised. A scratch golfer, surfer and former minor league baseball player, Benji resides with his wife, Christina, and daughters, Gracie, Caylin and Blakely amongst the natural beauty of Cat island, one of Beaufort’s many island treasures. “It’s great having a family that supports your ideas and vision. I have worked hard to develop the Palmetto Place product and design which has created a tremendous amount of interest from my 13 year old.” Gracie, a rising 8th grader at Riverview Charter School has developed a real sense of design while helping with the first few homes in Palmetto Place. “ I am so impressed with her maturity and natural design qualities. Interior design work is definitely in her DNA.”

Benji’s business pursuits have been highly successful including ownership of a mortgage brokerage for 20 years. The breadth of mortgage knowledge combined with development expertise make Palmetto Place an optimal choice where buying and financing can be met in one place.

Always up for a challenge, Benji’s creativity saw the potential for Palmetto Place when many others passed on the opportunity. “Quality living doesn’t have to be at a high price, there should be an alternative to the cookie cutter neighborhoods. Lady’s Island has been dying for a different option for years. I am proud to say we have delivered that variety.”

Home selections offer a variety of floor plans ranging from 1300 square feet to 2500 square feet with three, four, and five bedroom options. Residents can create their own coastal dream home with oversized porches, balconies and other outdoor living areas while maintaining the necessary finished and heated space to be comfortable.

Low maintenance choices for exterior materials create a beautiful look without the burden of constant maintenance allowing residents to relax and enjoy the natural paradise around them.  “We’ve got a design for every taste. It’s been fun creating a versatile and affordable option for people in need of the outdoor experience.”

Enjoy a higher standard of living amidst the gracious coastal atmosphere of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Palmetto Place provides a sanctuary for the soul. It’s more than a housing development, it’s a lifestyle.

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Ben Gecy at: 843.441.0668  ben@palmettoplace.com

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