In the Neighborhood 

Mike Courtney in Shadowmoss

“Shadowmoss is a quiet, safe neighborhood; a great place to jog, bicycle, or walk your dog. My house sits next to one of the lakes that serve as water hazards for the golf course and it’s not unusual to see ducks, geese, egrets, herons, ibises, and wood storks in my yard during the day. “I moved to Shadowmoss shortly after I retired — I’ve been a college professor, a research scientist, a nurseryman, and an editor — because I was looking for a small bachelor-sized house near a golf course. I wound up buying one that backs up on the 15th fairway. My living room windows look out on the course, not someone else’s backyard. “Four years ago most of my neighbors were empty nesters like me. The youngest kid on the street was 18. Now young couples, some with kids in strollers, come to our block parties. “When I moved here many of the golf course fairways were bordered on one side by thick woods. Unfortunately the housing boom over the last few years encouraged developers to buy many of the wooded areas, cut down most of the trees, and build houses and condominiums in their place. I used to watch the deer that lived in those woods graze in my backyard at dawn. Now the deer are gone. “The same thing is happening farther down Bees Ferry Road as wooded areas are being replaced with new developments. I’m fortunate in that I’m retired and don’t have to fight the rush-hour traffic that clogs Bees Ferry and Glenn McConnell every morning and evening. “West Ashley has changed a lot over the last four years. In 2003 I had to drive to North Charleston or Mt. Pleasant to shop at big-box stores. Now they are a short drive away. “I’m still waiting for the West Ashley restaurant scene, other than fast food joints, to catch up with the ones downtown or in Mt. Pleasant. It’s slowly getting there.” —as told to Jason A. Zwiker About the neighborhood: With a premier championship course, pro shop, swimming pool, club house, and tennis courts, Shadowmoss Plantation is a highly attractive neighborhood for golfers and other sports enthusiasts. What’s the story on your neighborhood? E-mail jason@zwiker.com for a chance to give your ‘hood its due.

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