The owners say they like horses, which explains the mildly western architectural theme of their eight-year-old house overlooking marsh and the Stono River.

River rock accents mark the façade and chimneys; slate floors spotlight the foyer; and heavy duty pine floors, thick doors and exposed beams alongside vaulted ceilings showcase the wood-dominated living room, dining area and elsewhere inside.

Yet the mildly nontraditional look serves to complement thoroughly Lowcountry surroundings. Water oaks and sago palms flank a towering live oak sprouting its distinctive scraggly close-to-the-ground branches; fish and crustacean-rich tidal waters prove ripe for a crabbing dock, real estate agent Greg Ricker says; and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway sits less than a mile off in the distance.

The property stands at 6218 Josie Ridge Road on Wadmalaw Island, tucked within the Martins Point Plantation, an upscale 900-acre conservation community with 43 homesites. A total of 18 homes rise thus far on three- to 15-acre lots.

As a bonus, the 5.25-acre grounds set up for horses at 6218 Josie Ridge Road include a two-bedroom, 1,200-square foot cottage a couple hundred feet from the main house.

Ricker joins his mother and fellow agent Peggy Ricker, both of Carolina One Real Estate, in listing the house for sale at $990,000. According to Peggy Ricker, the house displays “sort of a southwestern theme.”

A big study stands at southern end of the first floor, Greg Ricker says. “It’s a great place to have an office,” he says. Meanwhile, “A two-way fireplace opens (to the living room).”

The gourmet kitchen sits toward the middle of the first floor. Features include stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and double ovens; five burner gas stove; multiple wooden cabinets; brick backsplash; and granite countertops. The kitchen also shows off a built-in farm sink, bronze fixtures and two islands – one with a “prep” sink. A breakfast area opens to the wide screened porch “to enjoy your morning coffee and watching the birds in the marsh,” she says in a pictorial about the house.

Two guest suites can be found at either end of the first floor. The south wing bedroom stands next to the laundry room, complete with washer and dryer. The house touts a mud room and an under-the-stairs storage closet.

A large living room-dining room with towering ceilings and triangular shaped wooden beams dominates the center of the house, showcasing at one end the two way gas fireplace with river rock surround. Sliding glass doors connect to wide screened-in and open porches in back overlooking Wadmalaw Sound.

“It (the house) is great for entertaining,” Peggy Ricker says.

Upstairs, ceilings rise 15-20 feet up to distinguish the “grand master” suite. The suite shows off an oversized bedroom; sitting area; and bathroom with walk-in glass shower, ceramic tile floors and clawfoot tub, double vanities and his and her walk-in closets. A wing of the bedroom is large enough to be closed off as a nursery, Greg Ricker says.

“There is certainly a lot of room,” he says.

The home’s many windows and proximity to the marsh opens up water views all around. The Stono River doubles as the Intracoastal Waterway and continues to the North Edisto River and on to the ocean, Greg Ricker says.

Other spotlight features include:

• Special hurricane glass that doesn’t also require shutters.

• A generator for the southern half of the house that runs electricity and water but no air conditioning.

• Reverse osmosis system tied to well water.

• Elevator shaft that’s now being used as a pantry but can be converted.

Adjacent to the main home, the one-story cottage includes a ramp to all its doors and to the big house. The ramp system was installed for a physically handicapped family member. Boasting two bedrooms and two baths, the cottage also houses a stocked kitchen with a full slate of appliances.

In addition, one bathroom in the main house and one in the cottage provide walk-in showers and other assistance.

“It’s a good property. The water is all around,” Peggy Ricker says.

Martins Point sits off Bears Bluff Road, a quiet neighborhood with estate size lots, a community dock and boat ramp and private 22-acre saltwater lake.

The property is located on the northern side of Martins Point about 30 minutes from downtown Charleston. Heading south, take Folly Road and make a right on Maybank Highway. Follow Maybank across the Stono River bridge to Main-Bohicket roads. Continue on Maybank to Bears Bluff Road and bear right. Take Bear’s Bluff across Liberia Road and turn right at Martins Point Road. Follow the dirt road for about a mile and steer right on Josie Ridge Road, which is also unpaved. On the left is 6218 Josie Ridge Road.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.

AGENT SPOTLIGHT

Agent: Greg Ricker

Office: Carolina One Real Estate

Phone: 843-209-8229

Philosophy: “My commitment is to serve clients and customers with respect, honesty, and professionalism. Helping people realize their dream of homeownership is very rewarding, and I strive to reach even more people as the Charleston area continues to grow.”

www.carolinaone.com