Featured Property Friday: A Touch of Tuscany

Now that we have hit December, the countdown is officially on to Christmas (yay!) and the first day of winter (yikes!) Because of our slightly cooler temperatures as of late in the Lowcountry, I have found myself already dreaming of faraway lands of tropical or Mediterranean conditions. Insert this week’s #FeaturedPropertyFriday blog post: “A Touch of Tuscany.”

 3655 Cobia Court offers a touch of Italian flair, right here on Seabrook! If dark woods, rich stones and balconies with ocean views are your jam, you’ll feel perfectly content in this home’s beautifully decorated spaces.

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Originally designed by renowned Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island architect Christopher Rose in 2012, every inch of this Tuscan-style home was impeccably planned and luxuriously appointed. It is dressed throughout in rich stone and hardwood flooring, handsome trims and moldings, arched doorways and some of the finest finishes. Stroll up the front spiral-esque stairway to an arched front door and doorway. The 2-story foyer is DRAMATIC and the curved staircase is a sight to be seen. It opens into the living room with a fireplace with carved stone mantel, which opens to a covered terrace, and leads into the dining room.

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Fostering an easy-flow throughout, step through the dining room to the stunning kitchen. Here Tuscany is best represented! Just check out the photo below, one of my favorite snapshots that Listings in Motion expertly captured that night.

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Both beautiful and functional, the gourmet kitchen features Thermador appliances, granite countertops, custom cabinetry, a center island with seating and storage, stone tile flooring, a 6-burner gas range, a custom refrigerator in a French armoire, a hand-painted ceiling mural over the island, a pantry and French doors that open to a covered patio for al fresco dining. (PHEW!)

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The terraces are the stars of the show here and truly invoke the dreamy feeling of dining in Tuscany!

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Dressed in Caribbean Pine flooring and featuring a private balcony with breathtaking ocean views, the private master suite has two walk-in closets, a marble bath with a steam shower and a soaking tub.

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Additional spaces include: a sunroom/loggia off of the kitchen, a master sitting room, two en suite guest bedrooms with private balconies and a study with a wet bar.

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Why book a plane ticket to Italy when you can experience Tuscany right here on Seabrook Island instead?

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As a reminder, you can read all of my #FeaturedPropertyFriday posts HERE. Below are the spectacular homes we have toured thus far:

  1. 3143 Seabrook Island Road – SOLD
  2. 3575 Seabrook Island Road – SOLD
  3. 2633 Jenkins Point Road – RECENTLY REDUCED ~ $2,295,000
  4. 2975 Seabrook Island Road – LISTED
  5. 13106 Pelican Watch Villa – LISTED
  6. 3035 Marsh Haven – LISTED
  7. 2412 High Hammock Road – LISTED
  8. 3212 Bohicket Road – RECENLTY REDUCED ~ $2,980,000
  9. Thanksgiving Weekend Tour of Homes Preview

Kelly Butorac
Marketing Coordinator
843.768.7789 • kbutorac@seabrookislandmarketing.com

Holidays on Seabrook Island!

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…”

Festive decor, holiday happenings and warmer temperatures (comparatively to my friends and family in the Midwest) Charleston (and Seabrook Island!) is a great spot to celebrate the holidays. We have decked the halls already here on Seabrook and my December calendar is already chalk full of holiday events. Some may call me a Christmas fanatic, I am even listening to the Josh Groban Pandora station as I write this blog post, but I can’t help it! I love this time of year. So, without further adieu, I present to you my top 5 sights to see and can’t-miss events in December.

1. Festival of Lights
Daily, 5:30 – 10pm, Monday – Friday; 5:30 – 11pm Saturday & Sunday; Now – January 1st, James Island County Park
Admission: 1-15 guests: $20 per vehicle, $15 per vehicle Monday-Thursday with donation to the Lowcountry Food Bank
Before You Go: www.holidayfestivaloflights.com

If you haven’t yet made your way to the Festival of Lights at the James Island County Park, you are missing.out. Dream up the most magnificent Christmas light display you could possibly dream, now triple that. I LOVE the Festival of Lights so much, that the past 2 years I have gone not once, but TWICE. I simply can’t get enough! The tour begins by car (or, for the lucky passengers a pick-up truck with an open bed) through dozens of light displays in a variety of themes, and thousands of bulbs. But, your night isn’t finished yet! Once you are parked, make your way to Santa’s Village for nightly performances, fire pits, a train ride, treats, souvenir shops and the man in the red suit himself. This is a CAN’T MISS event for kids and adults alike!

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 2. Homegrown Holiday Bazaar
10am – 4pm, December 2nd, Johns Island County Park
Admission: Free
Before You Go: www.seaislandschamber.org/holiday-bazaar

The Homegrown Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by the Johns Island Farmers Market and the Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce, returns for its 4th year this weekend, this time at the Johns Island County Park. Over 100 vendors will be in attendance – it’s the perfect time and place to get your holiday shopping finished! (Because, if you are like me, you may or may not have spent far too much money on yourself over Black Friday weekend.) Come for the shopping, but stay for the live music from the V-Tones, holiday carriage and hay rides, an antique tractor show, horse meet & greets, Santa and food truck fare. + if you are in the mood to shop local this holiday season, be sure to stop by our neighbors Freshfields Village. And fun fact – although officially “closed” for the season, The Charleston Farmers Market  hosts its holiday market from 9am – 3pm on December 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th and 16th & 17th.

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 3. City of Charleston Parade
3pm, December 3rd, Broad Street – King Street – Calhoun Street & Meeting Street
Before You Go: www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=1510

Last year I attended the City of Charleston Christmas parade with my favorite 2 year-old bestie in tow, and we had the best time! If boat parades aren’t your jam, head down to King Street for a festive and fun holiday spectacular this Sunday. Local organizations, companies and famous faces will stroll the streets of downtown blaring Christmas tunes. Before you go, be sure to click the link above for the parade route, a list of road closures and parking ramp suggestions. Fa la la la la!

 4. Bohicket Christmas Parade of Boats
6-9pm, December 9th, Bohicket Marina & Market
Admission: Free
Before You Go: www.bohicket.com/events

You may have heard of the downtown Charleston Holiday Parade of Boats, but we also have a boat parade right here on Seabrook! Does it get more Lowcountry than that? Returning only for its second year, the Bohicket Christmas Parade of Boats not only showcases stunning light displays, the Charleston Coastal Choir will also be on island singing Christmas carols, and there will be s’mores and hot chocolate by the fire. Plus, The Ice Cream Boat  is sponsoring an ugly Christmas sweater contest and the winner receives FREE ICE CREAM FOR A YEAR. That should be enticing enough, right?

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5. Check out the Christmas Tree at the Lake House + Holiday Decor at the Club! 

Although the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Seabrook Island Lake House has come and gone, the festive atmosphere on Seabrook will continue throughout the month. As mentioned above, Seabrook Island’s halls have officially been decked, including a nearly 12 ft Christmas tree right here in the Seabrook Island Real Estate front lobby! From the life-size toy soldiers facing the golf course to several indoor Christmas trees throughout the Island, be sure to soak it all in this holiday season.

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+ don’t forget to stop by Marion Square downtown to see a seriously cool Christmas tree!

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Christmas in Charleston is too is magical, too spectacular – it would be nearly impossible to list all of the events and recommendations here. So, be sure to check out the Charleston CVB for its tips and tricks on how to spend Christmas in the Lowcountry. It offers everything from a holiday event schedule, to gift ideas, to restaurant recommendations for tasty holiday feasts. + be sure to read the CVB’s “12 Reasons Why There’s No Place Like Charleston for the Holidays,” and tune into its advent calendar in December! Beginning on the 1st, it will be sharing gifts, recipes and traditions daily to celebrate #ChristmasinCharleston. AND for all events, happenings and news here on Seabrook, be sure to follow and subscribe to Tidelines Blog.

Happy Holidays, y’all!

Kelly Butorac
Marketing Coordinator
843.768.7789 • kbutorac@seabrookislandmarketing.com

Featured Property Friday: A Nautical Themed Renovation

The Pelican Watch Villas = Vacation. They showcase spectacular ocean views and are just steps from the ocean and the Seabrook Island Beach Club. Generally speaking, they feature 1 bedroom and 2 baths, making them perfect units for renters! And 13106 specifically? Well, its renovation is a can’t miss.

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Trek up on to the upper level, pop open the door, and you are immediately transported to Nantucket. But with its coastal style, the unit fits right in on Seabrook Island too. This gem’s living room features a wood ceiling, stunning gray wainscoting paneling and has access to the deck – making for a spectacular view, and the perfect spot to watch the sun go down!

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Fun fact: it is also one of Coastal Getaway’s top-grossing Pelican Watch Villas! (And brought in $52,000 in 2015 alone.) #FunFactFriday

The fully updated kitchen is open to the living room and has rich cream cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, unique light fixtures and a taupe gray backsplash.

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Both baths have also been fully updated with granite countertops, tile floors, cream cabinets and new fixtures.

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Fully renovated and fully furnished with hardwood floors throughout, 13106 Pelican Watch is unlike any other Pelican – nay any other villa – on Seabrook.

13106 PELICAN WATCH VILLA BY THE NUMBERS:
906 square feet 
1 bedroom • 2 baths
Built in 1982
Listed at $439,000
*Listed by Seabrook Island Real Estate Sales Executives Mary Ann Lloyd & Kathy Rigtrup

Kelly Butorac
Marketing Coordinator
843.768.7789 • kbutorac@seabrookislandmarketing.com

Transition vs. Transaction – Part II

When we left you in late spring, the real estate market was all “Seashells and Balloons.” I’m happy to say that, as far as “dog days” of summer are concerned, we were having none of it. The positive rhythms of the market have continued through the summer.

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Seabrook Island and your real estate company enter the autumn season having the best year since the 2008 recession, with Island wide sales some 40% ahead of last year. Average sales prices and profit are both up substantially.

Thank you to all those who have trusted in Seabrook Island Real Estate and our agents’ overwhelming knowledge and experience about our amazing island! It reflects well on the partnership our company has created with the island as a whole and shows your total support for The Club, SIPOA, the Town and the numerous private organizations that make this a great community. Beyond the financial contribution Seabrook Island Real Estate provides, we continue to get positive responses to the quality service we provide in helping buyers with their transition to their new life on Seabrook and sellers in preparation for sale of their home after many years as Seabrook residents.

Examples of this service include:

1. The owners of a large home who are ready to downsize into a townhome and needed help with repairs, as well as quick and convenient sources for paring down their precious possessions.

2. The family needing help to transition their elderly parents to a new life near grandchildren.

3. The new Seabrookers, just retired, and looking to meeting neighbors and learn about the best ways to leap headfirst into their active, Seabrook lifestyle.

4. The client leaving Seabrook after many years to start a new life and career in the big city and needing help setting the price and conditions for a quick, but fair sale.

Seabrook Island Real Estate agents do not just sell real estate and close transactions! Doing business here is far different than the anonymous transactions performed by large companies in suburban locations. We want to be your partner as your transition to a new stage of your life, be it with the purchase of a new property on the island or the sale of an existing property. Thanks for all of your year after year support in continuing to make us the preeminent real estate company on Seabrook Island.

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Joe Salvo
Broker-In-Charge
843.768.7796 • jsalvo@seabrookislandclub.com

Spring = Hot Real Estate Market

If you have been putting off listing your property on Seabrook Island, now could be the right time to call your favorite Seabrook Island Real Estate agent! Many of our recent clients, depending on their stage in life, have been considering either upsizing from a villa to a home, or downsizing from the home they have lived in for years to a townhome, cottage home or villa.

Rising interest rates, a rising stock market, the euphoria that only spring weather can bring, and no election in the immediate future have made activity and interest in Seabrook real estate extremely high right now. After just two and one half months, Seabrook Island already has 65 properties closed or under contract waiting to close. Seabrook Island Real Estate’s first quarter closings are expected to be 44% of what we considered a very good first quarter in 2016.

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Listing inventory continues to be stable, as the number of sales has been pretty much matching the number of new listings coming on the market. Certain segments of the market are actually short of inventory. Competitively priced, well-conditioned homes and villas are selling. Our agents can help you with both of those areas, determining the appropriate value for your home by looking at recent sales and providing resources to prepare your property for sale.

Real estate decisions are very personal and at times very emotional, especially when they involve a wonderful place like Seabrook. So please feel free to call me anytime to discuss your plans for buying or selling. Thanks again, and have a great spring!

Joe Salvo
Broker-In-Charge
843.768.7796 • jsalvo@seabrookislandclub.com

Out With the OLD, in With the NEW

There has been a lot of progress in the past year on providing options for “newer” or “new” construction Real Estate products on Seabrook. With the market becoming stronger almost daily, those options are growing as well.

Of course, the Salt Marsh at Seabrook townhomes have been a big hit, particularly with the introduction of the new 2,500 square foot duplex model. It’s worth taking a drive through their gate to see the mini-“building boom” that is going on.

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A new player in the new construction game has arrived. Seabrook Island Real Estate has just begun to market four new construction, single family, 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath homes in the $575,000 – $625,000 price range. These homes are being built by Loan Oaks Development Company on prime sites in Seabrook Village. Loan Oaks is a luxury builder with local roots, as well as on Martha’s Vineyard.

Of course, there is the recently completed, magnificent renovation of the Atrium Villas. The Atrium is essentially now a NEW building! From a marketing standpoint, Seabrook Island Real Estate is developing marketing materials to treat Atriums that way, when and if resale opportunities come along. We recently arranged for the Charleston Post & Courier to tour the new Atriums and they will be publishing a cover page article of this amazing project in their real estate section. (Stay tuned…)

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Seabrook Island Real Estate, along with a quality local builder, is also exploring the idea of marketing “pre-approved” house plans to our prospects. These plans would be available to be built on the homesite chosen and purchased by our prospects. More on this as the year progresses.

2017 is off to a terrific start along with the stock market. If you are thinking about listing your property, the time is excellent! Contact your favorite Seabrook Island Real Estate agent today.

Joe Salvo
Broker-In-Charge
843.768.7796 • jsalvo@seabrookislandclub.com

Annual Tour of Homes!

You are cordially invited to the Seabrook Island Real Estate Annual Tour of Homes event! This time around, we have 16 homes and 12 lots on the list. Please stop by the Seabrook Island Real Estate office, located just before the Seabrook gate, to pick up a map, brochures and to arrange gate access.We hope to see you on Saturday, February 18th!

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Congratulations Atrium Villas!

Spoiler alert: I have always loved the Atrium Villas. Just mere steps to the Island House + outstanding views of both the ocean and the golf course make this 44-unit community a can’t miss for renters and prospective buyers. Last year, the Atrium homeowners spearheaded a total overhaul of the Atriums’ exterior. (Think: new stucco walls, railings, windows, elevator and doors.) Our office was lucky enough to take a grand tour, plus peek in a few spectacular units (thank you Carl, Tom and Bill!), two weeks ago at our weekly Sales Meeting. And we were BLOWN away by the improvements!

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In addition to our tour and hearing the new list of improvements first-hand, which are listed below, I returned to the Atriums the following week to take photos and fell in love all over again. (Because, did I mention? Those. views.) Carl and Bill were gracious enough to let me snap photos of both their ocean and golf views and the spectacular, updated interiors of their villas. I spent the majority of the morning wandering around with a camera in hand. Plus it didn’t hurt that the sun decided to stay out and give me a stunning blue sky backdrop – in January no less!

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Atrium Villas Renovation Rundown:

1. New exterior stucco walls, exterior windows, patio sliding doors, insulated front doors and sidelights, patio/walkways, stair treads and walkway decking

2. White powder coated aluminum railings throughout

3. 2 new fiberglass trellis’ on plaza level w/ benches

4. 9 new fiberglass trellis’ on upper level walkways

5. New exterior LED lighting on patios, front doors, stairs, walkways and EXIT signs

6. New exterior wood trim details, window stucco surround, elevator

+ Pre-approved owner options include: screened porches and 3 pre-wired ceiling fans on plaza level patios; privacy screen panels on plaza and upper level units’ stairs and walkways; Polycarbonate panels coverings or shade fabric coverings on upper level patio pergolas. For additional details, view an Atrium Villas photo slide show.

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From all of us here at Seabrook Island Real Estate and Seabrook Island Club, congratulations to the Atrium Homeowners on the completion of their spectacular renovation! Your tireless efforts on improving the Atrium Villas, the Island House’s next door neighbors, are a triumphant success. There’s a bright future ahead!

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Kelly Butorac
Marketing Coordinator
843.768.7789 • kbutorac@seabrookislandmarketing.com

Congratulations Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winner and runners-up of the Club’s Fall 2016 #MakeitUniquelyYours Photo Contest: Linda Warner, Allison McCleary and Glen Cox. The Winer 2017 contest is now LIVE! Click here to enter. While there, you can see past photo contest winners and entries, receive further information on the current contest and vote! Happy snapping!

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