Kiawah Island, South Carolina is a beach, golf and luxury resort playground, currently basking in summer tourism. An unspoiled sanctuary, the island’s landscape of maritime forests, sand dunes, and upland marshes is equally amenable to wildlife such as deer, bobcats, sea birds, sea turtles, even alligators, according to the Charleston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Fewer than 2,000 residents call the island home (retired NBA star Ray Allen, NASCAR’s Joe Gibbs, and syndicated columnist George Will among them). Two new oceanfront listings from Kiawah Island Real Estate, open the door for a few more people (and pets) to become registered residents in this coveted enclave.
Even the name is tranquil. This renovated Hamptons-style home on Flyaway Drive spans 2.46 acres along the Atlantic Ocean. The four-story property was overhauled by Bevan & Liberatos and Kiawah builder Buffington Homes. It’s listed for nearly $10 million by Patrick O’Brien of Kiawah Island Real Estate.
The six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom oceanfront home offers airy interiors, unobstructed views, three-levels of outdoor entertaining space, and easy beach access. Convenient amenities include a tennis court, putting green, and in-ground pool with covered pavilion and outdoor grill. Exteriors are beautified by a meticulous Charleston-style garden and a landscaped private boardwalk leading directly to the pristine beach through a charming gate with southern hospitality ironwork view ports.
“The original architect (Jim Gibson of Charleston Georgian Design) was inspired by the Charleston single homes commonly found in historic downtown Charleston which are one room deep, all rooms on the view and, in this case, facing south to the beach to capture the prevailing spring, summer and fall breezes,” says listing agent Gordon Hillock of Kiawah Island Real Estate.
Through a mahogany front door and beyond its foyer grand staircase, there’s a discreet half-bath, elevator and floor-to-ceiling windows which invite light and ocean views. Sunlight and walls of glass (windows and doors) illuminate the exquisite detailing throughout the airy home—custom shiplap wainscoting, white oak hardwood floors, handcrafted Chippendale rails, ipe decking, beadboard ceilings, etc.
The living room’s white built-in shelves frame the fireplace mantel with its sea pearl quartzite surround. The family room accesses a 47-foot-wide seaside porch while the open gourmet kitchen and dining area open to a side balcony with stairs to the pool and grill. The kitchen boasts an island, premium appliances, white custom cabinets, quartz counters, stainless steel basin sink, and a paneled ceiling.
The first-floor master includes French doors, his-and-her closets, a spa bath, dual vanities, pedestal tub and a multi-head walk-in rain shower. The second-floor master suite also has French doors with an elegant fireplace, covered balcony, windowed walk-in closet and built-in dresser. The bath includes a herringbone-laid tile floor while the shower has a mosaic floor and a build-in marble bench. The third floor features two more guest suites with walk-in closets, and dormer windows overlooking the water and the front yard.
The ground level catches coastal breezes from the covered terrace, sundeck, pool patio and adjacent indoor summer room with shiplap walls and porcelain tile floors. There’s also a gated entrance, two-car garage, and private boardwalk to the beach. A Kiawah Island Club membership comes with the property. The Club includes two golf courses—River Course designed by Tom Fazio, and Cassique designed by Tom Watson.
Ocean Palms Court
Kiawah Island Real Estate lists another oceanfront property at 130 Ocean Palms Court for $9 million. Covering 1.87 acres of Atlantic Ocean frontage, it features 5,000 square feet of outdoor living space, shade-covered loggias, private bedroom balconies, pool and spa, and an expansive poolside lanai with a stone fireplace. There’s also an elevator, library, four-car garage and a membership to Kiawah Island Club.
Designed by Christopher Rose appointed rich walnut with Jerusalem gold stone flooring, Venetian plaster, arched entries and alcoves, Roman Tuscan columns, beamed and coffered ceilings, and wrought iron against a backdrop of tropical palmettos, magnolias and seaside vistas.
A two-story circular foyer and elegant curved staircase welcomes guests beneath a soaring painted medallion ceiling and chandelier. Framed by panoramic glass French doors, the great room opens to the gourmet kitchen with a large wooden island, granite counters, and a hammered copper cooking hearth and sink.
A mix of private balconies, oceanfront terraces, and loggias (open-air and covered) overlook the limestone patio, pool and spa. One loggia has a stone fireplace and shade for relaxing, entertaining or dining. The expansive home has a theater room with wet bar, and a guest suite on the first floor.
Upstairs is a club and game room for socializing, boasting a full wet bar, flat screen TVs, and a 600-bottle wine cellar. “The club room on the second floor with an expansive veranda blows everyone away,” says Tricia Flanagan, Kiawah Island Real Estate’s listing agent for 130 Ocean Palms Court.
“Ocean Palms offers its residents the full spectrum of options when it comes to lifestyle—relaxing, active, and everything in between,” says listing agent Tricia Flanagan of Kiawah Island Real Estate. “This home offers an easy, luxurious lifestyle and stunning sea views from nearly every room.”
“This is one of the most unique properties on Kiawah as it is 125 feet wide with 10-foot setbacks—therefore the home has 105 feet of rooms with a view of the ocean,” adds Flanagan.