Featured Property Friday: Charleston Charm on Seabrook Island

We all know the house – the buttery yellow house nestled on Seabrook Island Road with the oh so charming front window boxes and black shutters shutters. (Making 2975 Seabrook Island Road an easy fit both here on the Island and in downtown Charleston.) So when I was given the task of photographing this gem a few weeks back, I was thrilled to see that its interior spaces fit its exterior.

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2975 Seabrook Island Road‘s charm continues on up its ivy-covered front steps. Its glass-paneled front door opens to a great room – large enough for both a dining table and living space. With its trayed ceiling, crown moldings, fireplace and darling rear windows, it’s the architectural details in this home that make it stand out above the rest.

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The great room opens to a screened porch and rear deck. And BONUS. This home overlooks a lagoon. Swoon!

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To the left of the great room is the eat-in kitchen with white cabinetry and appliances and the laundry room. Its windows at the far end make for a perfect breakfast nook. The hardwood floors continue in here too, and the entire home was just freshly painted.

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The master suite, with access to the deck, is to the right. Its bathroom features beautiful tiled floors, dual sinks, a walk-in shower and a walk-in closet. Two guest bedrooms and an additional bath complete the first floor. Upstairs is an additional surprise – a massive FROG, with a full bath to boot!

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If charm is your goal this Fall when house hunting, you can’t do better than the yellow house.

2975 SEABROOK ISLAND ROAD BY THE NUMBERS:
2,383 square feet 
3 bedrooms • 3 baths
Built in 1998
Listed at $599,000
*Listed by Seabrook Island Real Estate Sales Executives Pat Polychron & Tom Peck

Kelly Butorac
Marketing Coordinator
843.768.7789 • kbutorac@seabrookislandmarketing.com

Featured Property Friday: A Coffee Lover’s Oasis

Customization is the name of the game at 2633 Jenkins Point Road. In fact, it “houses” the first aluminum roof on Seabrook! With a wink of Lowcountry charm, this spacious, breathtaking home over in Jenkins Point Plantation is the one to beat.

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When we originally snapped photos of this marshfront oasis on Jenkins Point Road, it was the DETAILS that I fell in love with. The view may be the first thing you spot when you enter the grand foyer, but it’s the charming Lowcountry murals flanking the living room walls that add one-of-a-kind character. This is something that can’t be found in any other home on the Island!

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To the door to the right is the kitchen, and no expense was spared in this chef’s delight. More cabinet and countertop space than even Giada de Laurentiis would know what to do with! Add to that a center island, gas range, prep area, coffee machine, butler’s pantry, double ovens and multiple sinks, and you won’t want to spend holidays anyplace else.

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To the right of the kitchen is my favorite. room. in this house. A quaint little sunroom – perfect for a morning cup of coffee! (If you haven’t caught on, coffee is my beverage of choice. Especially today, it’s #NationalCoffeeDay!) Wildlife murals are also the star here, and feature just a few of the creatures you will find on our Island – a turtle, a heron, a bobcat and an alligator to name a few.

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Additional first floor features include a formal dining room, a divine master suite and a laundry room that even the novice college freshman fending for him or herself would be thrilled to do their laundry in. Upstairs is ideal for guests with a loft-like family room and two ensuite guest bedrooms, each with their own private decks.

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While the interior spaces at 2633 Jenkins Point Road are spectacular, it’s the exterior spaces that make this one stand out above the rest. Stunning sunsets are the star of the show here, and with a deck like this why would you want to spend your time anyplace else?

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This outdoor kitchen includes a bar top area with grill and small refrigerator, perfect for happy hour! Speaking of happy hour, a hidden gem of this home is its 1,000 bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar.

At 2633 Jenkins Point Road, come for the stunning features and highlights, stay for a glass of wine and this view:

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2633 JENKINS POINT ROAD BY THE NUMBERS:
4,591 square feet 
3 bedrooms • 3.5 baths
Built in 2008
Listed at $2,495,000
*Listed by Seabrook Island Real Estate Sales Executive Emery Macpherson

Kelly Butorac
Marketing Coordinator
843.768.7789 • kbutorac@seabrookislandmarketing.com

 

Featured Property Friday: A Can’t Miss Renovation

I have a confession to make: HGTV is my favorite channel on TV, and it’s not just because I work at a real estate office. Jillian Harris is my idol (always, always, “love it,”) watching House Hunters International always gives me the itch to travel, and I screeched with delight when Chip and Joanna recently announced they were launching a line at Target. So when SIRE Sales Executive Stuart Spisak gave me the renovation background of his new listing 3575 Seabrook Island Road, I instantly thought: “This should have been on a TV show.”

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While the home underwent a total exterior renovation in the fall of 2008 (think: new roof, siding, trim, front deck, railing, landscaping and entry steps,) it was the details of the INTERIOR renovation in fall of 2011 that blew me away. The homeowners, along with Tom Martin & Son, took on a total gut and renovation of their home and made the most of their inverted floor plan design. They tore down walls, opened up the stairwell with new railings, laid new flooring, updated the kitchen and renovated the bathrooms – the list goes on and on. See at the end of this post for a full renovation timeline!

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Now? The star of the home is the 17×43 foot great room. With vaulted ceilings, a fireplace and three sets of beautiful windows, + its close proximity to the kitchen, this room is an entertainer’s DREAM! Outdoor spaces include a back patio with a peek of the golf course, a grilling deck off the kitchen and a large front sundeck. (Did I also mention that I’ve always wanted to be a party planner?)

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Additional features include a screened porch with spectacular ceiling detail, a sneakily hidden laundry closet, an 11×27 foot family room that could be converted into a 5th bedroom, a 3-stop elevator and copious amounts of storage. To top it all off, 3575 Seabrook Island Road is just a short walk to North Beach and a quick bike ride to the Seabrook Island Club amenities.

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Renovation Timeline:

Fall 2008 – Total Exterior Renovation: new roof, new hardi-plank siding, new trim, new front deck & entry steps, new railings, outdoor shower and new landscaping

Summer 2010 – New concrete driveway

Summer 2011 – New appliances + new washer in 2015

Fall 2011 – Total gut & renovation of interior of home: new bathrooms, kitchen, flooring, new layout of master suite, new interior doors & new trim

Summer 2016 – New screening on upstairs porch

Spring 2016 – New first-level family room addition, including a walk-in storage room

Spring 2016 – New lower level HVAC system

Spring 2016 – New tankless water heater

Spring 2017 – Exterior of home fully painted

Summer 2017 – New wood on front deck & entry steps

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Chip & Joanna would be proud.

3575 SEABROOK ISLAND ROAD BY THE NUMBERS:
3,057 square feet 
4 bedrooms • 3 baths
Built in 1977 • Renovated Fall 2008 – Summer 2017
Listed at $899,000
*Listed by Seabrook Island Real Estate Sales Executive Stuart Spisak

Kelly Butorac
Marketing Coordinator
843.768.7789 • kbutorac@seabrookislandmarketing.com

Featured Property Friday: A Renovated Residence with a Contemporary Flair

Three words that come to mind once stepping foot inside 3143 Seabrook Island Road: serene, peaceful and contemporary. Wait, what? Homes with a contemporary flair aren’t easy to come by on Seabrook Island; one is more apt to find a cozy beach cottage or a single-level family home with a coastal flair. But this, dare I say, idyllic home tucked on Seabrook Island Road could certainly fit in just as easily on Seabrook as it would on a lake in the Midwest.

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Away from the hustle and bustle of the Beach Club and the constant activity of the Lake House, 3143 is set on a high dune and against an ever-changing backdrop of the tidal marsh. From deer and bobcats to herons and bald eagles, Seabrook is home to some of the most unique and stunning wildlife in the Lowcountry. (#SeabrookIslandWildlife exists on social media for a reason.) The views out the kitchen, living room and screened porch are perfect for both a morning cup of coffee or an evening dinner party. Plus the porch’s grand square footage and proximity to the kitchen screams “ENTERTAIN HERE.”

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In addition to its supreme location, 3143 was also recently renovated, top to bottom, by Tom Martin & Sons. A complete overhaul! If it were up to me, I would spend all day, every day on the screened porch. But if the #porchlife isn’t always for you, the kitchen is a chef’s dream with new tile floors, new stainless steel appliances including a gas cooktop, double ovens, plenty of counter space and a charming breakfast nook. Bon appétit!

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It also leads into the home’s most impressive space: the great room. With it’s vaulted ceilings with cypress trim, rich hardwoods and brick fireplace with floor-to-ceiling wood details, this spacious living/dining space hints at a cozy North Woods charm.

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And don’t even get me started on the master suite. That walk-in shower alone is to die for. While the 2 additional guest rooms and spacious laundry room are practical, the upstairs loft space (perfect for an at-home office!) is a surprise, and the extra spacious storage is a bonus. Additional improvements include:

1. New tile floors in entrance, laundry room, bathrooms and the side room off the kitchen + new hardwood floors in master bedroom. All hardwood floors throughout were professionally sanded and stained.

2. Professionally installed foam insulation in all attics; all walls and ceiling professionally prepped and painted.

3. New roof on house and garage and outside chimney repair.

4. New HVAC and 250 gallon propane tank (installed underground in front of garage with lines installed to house.)

5. All new wooden decking, wooden trim and wooden railing on decks.

6. New sidewalk with metal hand railing, landscaping lights and concrete steps.

7. Fully remodeled kitchen, all bathrooms, laundry room and closets in the bedrooms.

8. New appliances include dishwasher, sink, oven, gas stove, washer/dryer and refrigerator.

9. New interior doors, cabinets, ceiling lights and ceiling fans and window blinds throughout.

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So, I urge you, tomorrow when you brew your morning cup of coffee, picture yourself here instead:

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3143 SEABROOK ISLAND ROAD BY THE NUMBERS:
2,398 square feet 
3 bedrooms • 2.5 baths
Built in 1981
Listed at $749,000
*Listed by Seabrook Island Real Estate Sales Executive Stuart Spisak

Kelly Butorac
Marketing Coordinator
843.768.7789 • kbutorac@seabrookislandmarketing.com

Summer Days… Or is it Daze?

From Memorial Day through July 4th, the summer seems new and fresh and long lasting. But from July 4th, it is a blink until back-to-school ads, Labor Day and all of the harbingers of Fall are on the horizon.

We feel this especially in our summer visitors. They are riding their bikes, while looking all around at Seabrook Island: the homes, the vegetation and just enjoying being away from their normal (and likely ver different!) day-to-day life. We, who live on the island, are quick to recognize that these dewy eyed visitors give us real benefits… they pay lots for their rentals, they add to that with activities like golf, tennis and horse rides, and they support restaurants and services which we could not support without them.

eblast size_Seabrook_Biking under Oaks_SI Club D5 C1 0019_f1What do the owners of their rental properties get? First, done well, a stream of income, tax benefits and best of all, the use of their own property to create family memories! But, the rental world is a different place from even 5 years ago. Internet pictures garner the first rentals by enticing vacationers with their redone kitchens, spacious decks, well-appointed sleeping accommodations and more. Many rentals are  the favorite of this or that renter, and they return year after year. Gone are the days when you unlock the door to your rental and find a musty, dusty and dated property. Now, what you see if what you get.

Rentals of all types are on the internet. From the old line Wyndham models to VRBO (vacation rental by owner), Air BnB and Homeaway to name just a few. As a rental property owner, you can choose the traditional set-up that covers everything, to go it alone rental plans that rely on different local vendors to provide the array of services. Which is right for you? We will help you weigh the pros and cons and get you started on your first year as an investment beach property owner.

So, with all the beach communities, how do you narrow your focus to Seabrook Island? First, Seabrook Island is owned by the property owners. No developer can change our course or get us into financial trouble. Second, our proximity to Charleston gives us tourist, medical, airport and entertainment choices not dreamed of in out-of-the-way beach communities. Last, but should most importantly, you will make friends will become like (maybe better than) your family. In good times and bad, this community will be there for you!

Featured Property!

2113 Bay Pointe Villa

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Purchase a property and join us as we enjoy every day here! We are here to help you buy, sell, rent or transition into larger or smaller properties. Call or email us for more information!

Molly Burkart & Marc Chafe
Sales Executives, Seabrook Island Real Estate
843.768.7819/843.768.7248 • mollyburkart@gmail.com/marc.chafe@comcast.net

Seize the Day, Buy Today!

“Today is the oldest you have ever been;
yet, it is the youngest you’ll ever be… so enjoy this day. “

-Anonymous

This also describes the piece of paradise we call Seabrook Island. We live here, have grabbed the lifestyle and are enjoying it daily. We see lots of folks looking, thinking and still saying, “We will buy in a few years.” In our minds, this is not a good long term plan.

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Baby boomers, of all the generational name tags, think they have forever left in their lives. There is a stark parallel in real estate. Today is always the best time to buy! The reason is very simple…these are the best of times (in a long time!) Since the 2008 depression, we have been rebuilding in the real estate sector. For three good reasons, it has ramped up in the last several months: More boomers are buying, interest rates are poised to rise and prices are still very low relative to the 2006 peak. Current prices are really closer to 2002, before the huge run up.

We have been very active at Seabrook Island Real Estate for the last 6 or so months. Most buyers are younger than the leading edge of the boomers. They are still working, but planning for their life after retirement. Many will be part-time for a while and gradually will become full-time Seabrookers.

Interest rates are going to go up. Free money cannot last forever! The rates are still historically low, but will creep upwards as the economy strengthens. As interest rates go up, what you can buy will increase in price as well, and your buying power will decrease.

Prices are still good but rising! Perhaps the best way to compare prices is to look at Seabrook Village homes. Two years ago, prices were hovering around $400,000. Many of these homes were purchased above $600,000 at the 2006 peak. Today, most are selling and closing closer to the $500,000 mark, with a few into the $600,000s. New construction in the Village will be in the $575,000+ range. Village homes are the easiest to compare, since they are somewhat new, similar and are all on comparable lots in size. All of this points to some great days in your life as a Seabrook Island real estate owner. If you live here and need to move, please call us to help with your transition. If you are thinking of joining us in paradise, don’t wait – call us now!

Featured Property! 2625 Jenkins Point Road

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Attention to detail second to none in this wonderful north/south oriented marsh front island home! A stunning marshfront, Seabrook Island oasis with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, stunning gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, large living room with fireplace and custom built-ins and screened porch. Offered at $1,799,000. Home details + additional photos.

Molly Burkart & Marc Chafe
Sales Executives, Seabrook Island Real Estate
843.768.7819/843.768.7248 • mollyburkart@gmail.com/marc.chafe@comcast.net

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

New Marketing Projects: “How I spent my Summer Vacation” Part I

Since it’s “back to school” time, I decided to treat this issue as my initial essay project of the new school year – “how I spent my summer vacation.”

First, much of the time was spent implementing new marketing ideas for spreading the word about real estate opportunities on Seabrook. You’ll notice new kiosk stands housing real estate guides at both the Beach Club and the Island House. The good news is that these have been flying off the shelves into the hands of potential prospects.

I also spent Wednesday mornings over the summer hosting breakfast “meet and greet” sessions in the Island House for Seabrook guests looking to buy property. The attendees ran the gamut of our normal prospect pipeline – from first-time visitors to a couple from the Southwest who have been visiting Seabrook for 6 years. All the meetings were extremely positive and usually the longtime visitors were gushing to the new guys about what a great place Seabrook is!

Stay tuned later this month for “how I spent my summer vacation” – part II! Welcome back to those who have been traveling, and here’s to a great end of the year real estate market!

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

Construction Update – Atrium Villas

Wow! Congratulations to the Atrium Villas for taking on the total redesign of their strategically located villa community. From everything I hear they are doing it right! Those in charge say they are creating an exterior look that is timeless in appearance and a structure that is all but maintenance-free and designed to last for decades to come.

DCIM100MEDIAWhen completed, the water-tight building envelope will be covered with an all new stucco exterior and brand new decks and walkways. In an effort to tie in the design with the nearby Island House, the new and improved Atrium will have railings similar to those used on the Club facility.

The renovation is bringing new life to the Atrium community and, given the highly prized Ocean and Golf view location, along with the quickly improving real estate market; it should add tremendous value going forward. I’m sure we all can’t wait to see the final product.

Preparing for Sale

I’m sure you have noticed the large number of new homes being built on Seabrook over the past two years. That trend is continuing and it shows a high level of confidence in Seabrook’s future and in the general economic picture. For the first time in years we are even seeing a sprinkling of “spec” homes being built on Seabrook Island.

We have also tested the market by placing builder’s plans on certain unsold homesites and offering a package to prospective buyers. We have seen some success with this strategy.

While this is all good news, it also clearly places an even higher focus on the importance of “condition” as a selling point for older homes. A very high percentage of homes and villas currently for sale on Seabrook were built in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Many of these are on highly desirable homesites with magnificent views, since they were the earliest home sites chosen as Seabrook was developed. Many need varying amounts of upgrade to compete with newer properties.

As a full service company, Seabrook Island Real Estate is gearing up to help owners of these properties prepare for sale in hopes of reducing the length of time a home is on the market while increasing the final sales price. Having a comprehensive plan to prepare and update your property, in advance of offering it for sale, is crucial to lowering your stress level. It also gives you the best chance of selling it for the most money, in the least amount of time, and helps you to better compete with newer homes on the market.

If you are thinking of listing you property in the near (or even distant future), and are interested in learning more about the building a plan and team for preparing you property, feel free to call me or your favorite Seabrook Island Real Estate Sales Executive. We are also in the process of planning a Property Preparation Expo at the Club. The Expo will be an open forum showcasing a wide variety of experts in this field to help Seabrook property owners plan for the future.

Thanks as always for your continued support and business,
Joe Salvo

Announcing our #MakeItUniquelyYours Photo Contest!

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Proud to announce our #MakeItUniquelyYours photo contest!

This is your chance to show us how you make Seabrook Island Uniquely YOURS!

Enter on our Facebook pages, or visit our website www.discoverseabrook.com/news-and-media.php and add your pictures! You can also enter on Instagram or Twitter by simply hashtagging #MakeItUniquelyYours

Deadline to enter is October 15th. Winners will receive a Seabrook Island Gift Bag filled with goodies! Make sure to hashtag #MakeItUniquelyYours and VOTE for your favorite pictures!

End of Summer Update

Except for a weird two week period in early July, the Seabrook Island Real Estate market continued to be quite active over the summer. Right now there are 101 properties either closed or waiting to close in 2014, with almost four full selling months remaining in the year.

The most improved portion of the market is single family homes. In 2013, a total of 46 single family homes were sold, while in 2014 that number is already 44 and is on a track to be about 60 by year end. Villas are on track with 2013’s numbers, when 61 were sold. So far there are 46 villas either closed or waiting to close, again with four sales months remaining. Continuing on this track would mean an increase in residential sales of about 10% by year end. At the writing of this article, there were 91 single family homes on the market and 96 villas. This translates to about a year and a half supply, well down from the highs.

Sales of homesites are lower than last year with 13 sites closed or waiting to close. There were 30 closed homesite sales in 2013 and now 105 homesites on the market.

In the meantime, our marketing efforts and those of our Sales Executives continue to bear fruit, and your real estate company has generated the highest market share of sold properties in the history of the company. Real Estate produced a healthy profit for the first half of the year and helped to generate a significant increase in Club membership. We expect that to continue in the 2nd half based on the number of sales already waiting to close at this time.

A detailed comparison of the first half of the year shows that the Seabrook Island Real Estate market was in line with or better than our main competitor communities in the Charleston area and significantly better than competitors South of us in the Hilton Head/Bluffton markets. Inventory backlogs are also in line or better than in those markets.

As an added service to our current and future clients, Seabrook Island Real Estate is looking into programs to help owners of older properties, those built in the 1980s and 90s, to find ways to efficiently upgrade features of their homes in order to generate a higher return when they are ready to sell and to get their homes sold quicker. You will hear more about this in the near future!

Hope y’all had a great summer and as always, please feel free to call me to talk about the Seabrook Real Estate market.