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The Mounts Make Room for the Whole (Extended) Family at Carnes Crossroads

The Mounts have had quite a winter. Just two months after welcoming their second daughter this past October, Kim and Marc Mounts took the keys to their new home on Marchman Street at Carnes Crossroads. Following months of thoughtfully researching area neighborhoods, the local couple determined that this was the community that would best fit their growing family, which was actually growing in more ways than one.

In fact, baby daughter Riley was not the only newcomer to the Mounts household (which also includes three year-old big sister Zoey): Marc had recently convinced his mother, Susan, to sell her Sangaree, S.C. home and move in with his family of four.

It would take a neighborhood as kid-friendly as it was retiree-kind to accommodate the way their brood had blossomed. At Carnes Crossroads, they found a centrally-located community with amenities and recreation to keep everyone happy, from the grandchildren to the grandparents. It didn’t hurt that the Mounts’ builder, Sabal Homes, offered to outfit an aptly-named mother-in-law suite in the spacious room over their new garage.

For little Zoey, it’s no longer “over the river and through the woods” to grandmother’s house, but just across the backyard and up the stairs. Still, she loves having grandma come visit the main house to play in her favorite new space: the huge upstairs bonus room, which houses her pretend kitchen and teepee as comfortably as it does the sectional sofa and big screen TV.

On weekday mornings, Kim and Marc head in opposite directions – she is a kindergarten teacher at Berkeley Elementary School in Moncks Corner, and he is a service advisor for Hendrick Automotive Group in West Ashley. But they love that the “middle” in which they meet at the end of the day is such a lovely place to reconnect.

“It’s a quiet community where we can take the time to relax with our family but it also allows us to enjoy a sense of community,” shares Kim, adding, “We love sitting by the fountain… it feels like the heart of our beautiful community.”

Though both Marc and Kim are longtime locals, the richness of the Lowcountry is never lost on them. And they feel very fortunate to have found their perfect little pocket of the Charleston region.

“Even though Summerville is growing, it still feels like a small town,” Kim explains. “We love the charm and all of the interesting people we meet.”

From each Carnes Crossroads “First Friday” social to special events like the recent Wells Fargo Stagecoach rides through the neighborhoods, the three-generation Mounts family is finding further kinship among neighbors. It seems they have settled into their sudden changes in the best possible way.

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