Beaufort Shines as Retirement Destination; New Community Heightens Small-Town Appeal

January 29, 2009

BEAUFORT, SC – January 29, 2009 – The quaint town of Beaufort, S.C., has consistently ranked as one of the best places to retire and who could argue with its charming historic district, popular year-round festivals and rich Southern history. The town even draws the attention of Hollywood’s elite as it has been the backdrop for many Tinseltown blockbusters, including Forrest Gump and The Big Chill.

Adding to the city’s appeal is a new single-family community that is attracting out-of-state residents and drawing attention from locals. Overlook at Battery Creek is set along Battery Creek and features moss-draped oak trees, nature trails and pristine waters. A recent recipient of the national 2007 Best In American Living Award for best master-planned communities 150 homes and under, the community features traditional Low County homes and amenities.

There is perfect synergy between the environment and the homes at Overlook at Battery Creek thanks to Haven Custom Homes, the custom modular home builder in the community. The Orleans and Sumter homes were built in the company’s indoor production facility in Ridgeland, S.C., and transported to the community nearly 80 percent complete. The homes were completed onsite and ready to tour within weeks.

The Orleans, professionally decorated by Ann Parker of Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, was showcased as a 2007 Cottage Living Idea Home and originally built in New Orleans. Designed in modular fashion by Beaufort-based Eric Moser, the 2,466 square foot home is a reflection of the rich architecture seen in historic Southern neighborhoods.

The Sumter, designed by Allison Ramsey Architects of Beaufort, S.C., is a Low Country home featuring a sweeping front porch and 2,262 square feet of living space.

Surrounding the community’s custom homes are the abundant amenities, natural oak trees and scenic walking trails. Residents enjoy The Oyster House social center, swimming pool and 300-foot wooden dock that extends into Battery Creek.

We have purposefully built our homes to blend in with the natural environment – from the exterior elevations to their placement in the community, said Jerry Smalley, CEO and president of Haven Custom Homes. Each home we create at Overlook is customized to the homesite and the homeowners, allowing us to develop a neighborhood that is truly one-of-a-kind.

For more information about the community, visit or call (843) 525-1303.

About Haven Custom Homes

For more than 35 years, Haven Custom Homes has been a leader in the construction of custom modular homes with a commitment to quality design, innovation and craftsmanship that have become their trademark. Haven is headquartered outside of Baltimore, M.D., and currently operates three climate-controlled production facilities, two in Pennsylvania and one in South Carolina. Haven is well known throughout the East Coast for producing custom modular homes in some of the country’s most architecturally discriminating neighborhoods, including Martha’s Vineyard, the Hamptons, Hilton Head and Greenwich, C.T.

For more information about Haven Custom Homes, visit or call (410) 694-0091.