Dunes West is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Charleston, SC. It is located off Hwy 41 in the northern side of Mount Pleasant. Its sister neighborhood, Park West, connects Dunes West to Hwy 17 North also. These two access options help to cut down on commute time and make it easier to drive around Mount Pleasant. Dunes West is one of the only gated golf course communities in Charleston currently offering new construction homes. It is known for its wonderful amenities, its prestige, and its high quality new homes.
Charleston new construction homes have gotten a little harder to find over the past year, making John Wieland Homes one of the only builders offering new homes in Dunes West. John Wieland often offers to pay for a buyer’s first year of membership to the Club, which is a great incentive. You will find new homes in The Harbour subsection, which starts in the $400K range and goes up to over $1 million.
Dunes West homeowners pay approximately $1,200 per year to be part of the Home Owner’s Association (HOA) for Dunes West. There is also an additional fee for each subsection of Dunes West, and then The Club and The Dunes West Golf Club are separate costs as well.
The Club consists of the workout facility, swimming pools, tennis, and community boat ramp. There are aerobic classes taught daily in the gym area along with free weights and updated machines. There are two pools – one for families, and the other is strictly a lap pool. There is a pro at the tennis courts, in case you want to improve on your backhand. The pools, workout room, and tennis courts are located toward the front of the neighborhood inside the gates. Most folks don’t realize that there is a boat storage option, along with the community dock. Access to these amenities requires a separate charge, and there is a waiting list. The storage is located by the back gate and the deep water dock is located on Yachtsman Drive in the back of the subdivision, inside The Harbour subsection. The Dunes West Golf Club is a public course, which means anyone can pay to play on it. The packages vary extensively, so speaking with the Golf Club’s membership coordinator is the best way to get pricing information on becoming a member.
Below you’ll see approximate costs for living in Dunes West. Your real estate agent will be able to confirm prices before you close on your new home since these costs are subject to change. However, this should give you an estimate for how much you can expect to pay. This example is for a family living in The Harbour section of Dunes West with a family membership for the Club: the HOA fee to Dunes West would be about $1,200 per year; HOA fee to The Harbour is about $1,432 per year; the Club membership for a family runs roughly $900 per year. So, the total cost annually comes to about $3,532. (Remember that golf packages are a separate fee and are available at the Dunes West Golf Club House.)