Chuck and Deb Anderson moved to South Carolina for one very practical reason: to be nearer their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter (now 2). With her parents traveling often, Chuck and Deb wanted to be able to help easily.
And that set in motion the arrival of a 99-year old great-grandfather, the Andersons and the first Domus Collection home in Nexton. They couldn’t be happier with the choice all-around — from the cultural offerings of the greater Charleston-area, to the amenities of their neighborhood, to the features of their new home.
In 2020, Chuck “got COVIDed out” of a 46 year career coaching fast pitch softball. Deb was winding down a teaching career. And their young family beckoned them South. Visiting Nexton in Summerville, they felt at home in the vibrant community and gravitated to the brand new Domus Collection style by New Leaf.
Their choice: an 1,800+ square foot Hortus I floorplan, a 3-bedroom that highlights open living while allowing for the privacy of a tucked-away master suite. Their choice of outbuilding was the simple garden shed, for extra storage. Working with New Leaf, they were able to do a bit of customizing to expand a porch to catch shade any time of the day.
“We bought in when it was still just mud on the lot,” Chuck laughs, settled in for coffee in their shaded courtyard. “We were drawn to this courtyard and to the one-story design, which was important for dad, and for us.”
He also notes that the indoor/outdoor living makes it easy to keep an eye on their 2 year-old granddaughter. “No matter what room we’re in, we can see out in the courtyard. And the fence contains everything.” Adds Deb with a smile: “we’ve also learned this is the perfect place for a two year-old’s birthday party!”
The enclosed courtyard is also the stomping grounds of their golden retriever, Kula (Hawaiian for gold) who can often be seen sunbathing out in the yard.
“The finishes in their standard home are really wonderful,” adds Deb, “So often the model is beautiful and you want those features, only to find that will drive up the price significantly. These were standard here.”
Both enthused about the process of working with New Leaf. As inaugural “Domans,” they were delighted when the builders consulted them in process about adding a closet and making other modifications to the brand new designs. “Their thoughtfulness really impressed us,” said Deb.
Also standard, they found, was a commitment to customer service. The Andersons were impressed by the fact that Adam Baslow, one of the company’s founders, met them at their design meeting and again once they closed. “And Mark Watson, our project manager, is so wonderful we still stay in touch.”
But they don’t keep their enthusiasm to themselves. Deb laughs recounting how often Chuck will stop when he sees someone looking at a New Leaf sign or model. “He tells them about our experience with New Leaf and that they don’t need to look any further.”