Kiawah & Seabrook Islands

It doesn’t take long to fall in love with the islands.

Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island are places steeped in history and Lowcountry legend. Sprawling oaks meld seamlessly with tropical flora. Vast stretches of tidal marsh serve as a buffer between the islands and the world beyond. Whitetail deer, fox, otters and birds of every imaginable feather call the islands home. Sea turtles crawl up their beaches to lay their eggs and return to the sea. Your sense of hearing is soothed and pampered, as the ocean gently breaks on the shore and sea breezes rustle through the pines and palm fronds. These islands are, quite simply, worlds unto themselves. Residents slip free from the bonds of stress that tie them to ordinary life and lie in a hammock of natural beauty, wonder and recreation.

 

KIAWAH ISLAND

The history of Kiawah Island goes back the the beginning of Charleston itself. The island is named for the Kiawah Indians, who led the first English settlers to the site that is now Charles Towne Landing in 1670. After some time as a lumber farm, it began to be developed in the 1970s and ’80s. Today, it is a world-class resort by any standards. It offers a 10-mile stretch of pristine beach, world-renowned golf courses, two exceptional tennis centers, restaurants, shopping, swimming pools, a 21-acre recreation park and over 30 miles of paved bike trails.

Kiawah IslandMany who visit Kiawah declare it the most beautiful place they’ve ever seen. But what makes this island so spectacular? It’s actually quite simple: the island’s beauty spans 360 degrees. There are no “less desirable” views; the flora and fauna teem throughout. No matter which way you look, the island has beauty to spare. From the wide, pristine beach to the diverse and wondrous maze of dunes, from the rich and healthy maritime forest to the creeks and marshes that hold countless fresh seafood dinners, Kiawah is a place that demonstrates the value of master planning for the future.

To a golfer, the sport alone is enough to place Kiawah as a resort without peer. Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Clyde Johnson have all designed Kiawah gold courses. The most famous, The Ocean Course, is only the fourth course to have hosted each of the PGAs major championships. Very few golfers in the world would disagree with a Kiawah resident who bragged, “I don’t go on golf vacations…I live a golf vacation.” For non-golfers, Kiawah Island also boasts one of the Charleston area’s most lauded luxury resorts, The Sanctuary Hotel and Spa.

 

SEABROOK ISLAND

Located just 23 miles from historic Charleston, SC, the gated community of Seabrook Island is close enough for commuting, but far enough to feel like a world all its own. It was named after William Seabrook, who owned it in the early 19th century. The island has a natural beauty that’s second to none. More than 4 miles of unspoiled beaches border the Atlantic surf and the tidal flow of the Edisto River. When you leave the sea oats and sand dunes behind, another side of the island’s character unfolds. Along with miles of beautiful beaches, Seabrook Island has two championship golf courses, a first-class racquet club, a marina complex, shops, restaurants and fishing. Homes are tucked into a lush subtropical forest of live oaks, hickories, magnolias and palmetto trees.

An award-winning environmental plan protects the wildlife habitat. It has helped make Seabrook Island one of America’s premier bird watching centers. Over 80 species, including federally protected birds, make the island their home. Seabrook is also a special retreat for the equestrian. A network of riding trails winds through the island, and beach riding is at its best. The Seabrook Island Equestrian Center is one of the finest in South Carolina, with boarding, lessons and a professional staff.

 

LIVING ON THE ISLANDS

Bohicket MarinaAdditional shopping, dining and activities are available at the entrance to both islands on Betsy Kerrison Parkway at Freshfields Village and Bohicket Marina. Truly, these resort communities offer something for everyone. Some will argue that once a place is discovered as desirable, it loses the things that make it desirable. While that may be true of many beautiful areas in the world, it’s far from true in the cases of Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. To the delight of residents (and consternation of competitors), these islands keep getting better.

Disher, Hamrick & Myers currently has a deep-water estate for sale on Kiawah Island at 23 Cormorant Island Lane. To make one of Charleston’s barrier islands your home, call us at 843.577.4115 today.

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Visit the Edge of America at Folly Beach

Looking for some beach fun close downtown Charleston? Be sure to explore Folly Beach off of James Island. With great surf, fun restaurants and bars, and stunning beaches, Folly has it all. Dubbed “The Edge of the America,” Folly Beach is a barrier island at the western end of Charleston Harbor. It boasts six miles of coastal beach on the Atlantic Ocean plus peaceful river and marsh views along the other side, providing water view property galore.

ISLAND HISTORY

The history of Folly goes back to Colonial times. In 1696, King William III granted the land to an Englishman, even though it was mainly inhabited by the Bohicket Indian tribe. Its name comes from the Old English term describing the dense foliage on the island. During the Civil War, US troops occupied and developed Folly as a supply depot. During the 20th century, Folly grew into a beachside tourist destination with a boardwalk, amusement rides, hotels and the famous Folly Pier – which hosted many of the biggest bands of the day. George Gershwin even composed Porgy and Bess while renting on Folly Beach. He immortalized his time there with the lyrics “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.”

Folly amusement postcard

FOLLY BEACH ACTIVITIES

Today, the town of Folly Beach delights residents and visitors alike. Although the original pier and a replacement burned down, now the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier stretches into the Atlantic Ocean just as the famous piers of Folly’s heyday did. On the weekends, it once again comes alive with the sound of live music and shag dancing. If you enjoy the outdoors, you will find plenty to do. Try out water sports or charter a fishing excursion. Visit the Folly Beach County Park and let the kids break out the boogie boards and enjoy the surf. For the more experienced surfers, the Washout provides the best waves in town. Folly has something for the whole family.

If you are hungry for a good meal in Folly Beach, there are plenty of choices. Some delicious and lively hangout spots are:

Locals enjoy relatively quiet and tranquil winters with fewer vacationers, but be prepared for those summer months when this part of the region comes to life as arguably the best beach near Charleston. Every summer you can catch fishing events, surfing contests, family-friendly festivals and more. Annual events include the Taste of Folly, Folly Gras, Follypalooza and the New Year’s Eve Flip-Flop Drop. The island community consists of a mix of eclectic local residents, vacationers and day-trippers tossed with plenty of Southern hospitality, all wrapped up in a fun, small beach town atmosphere.

HOMES FOR SALE ON FOLLY BEACH

Real estate in Folly Beach is valuable and ranges from vacation houses on the ocean, to single family homes, to condos, townhouses and more. If you are looking for a home for sale on Folly Beach, please contact us at at 843.577.4115.

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Kiawah River Estates: the Kiawah Lifestyle Without the Price

Want the Kiawah Island lifestyle — including membership to the exclusive Governor’s Club at Kiawah Island Resort — without the Kiawah Island price tag?

You’ll definitely want to discover Kiawah River Estates. Single family homes are available starting at a very accessible $200,000 and go up to several million dollars.

LOCATION

This gated golf course community is located on the southern tip of John’s Island, less than 2 miles across the marsh from Kiawah Island. It’s conveniently near the shopping and dining destination of Freshfields Village. Originally a cotton and indigo plantation, the neighborhood was developed in the early 1990s as Hope Plantation. In late 2005 it was rebranded as Kiawah River Estates. The land is a nature-lover’s paradise with lush landscapes punctuated by picturesque native wildlife. Outdoor activities abound with beaches, Bohicket Marina and the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center all within a short drive. Downtown Charleston is approximately 35 minutes away by car.

AMENITIES

Kiawah River Estates entranceKiawah River Estates amenities include a clubhouse, tennis courts, swimming pool, exercise room and community dock. Many homes back up to the semi-private Oak Point Golf Course, owned by Kiawah Island Resort. This Clyde Johnston-designed, Scottish-American par 72 has been rated among “America’s Best” golf courses by Golfweek magazine.

Residents also have access to four public golf courses on Kiawah Island: the Ocean Course, Cougar Point, Osprey Point and Turtle Point. You may join the nearby Seabrook Island Club for access to two golf courses, tennis, an equestrian center, fitness center, swimming pools and restaurants.

GOVERNOR’S CLUB AT KIAWAH ISLAND RESORT

In addition to its own amenities, Kiawah River Estates residents have access to the exclusive Governor’s Club at Kiawah Island Resort. This is the only opportunity to join the Governor’s Club without living behind the gates of Kiawah. Membership includes golf, tennis, pool and/or social categories. All levels include access to each of four Kiawah Island Golf Resort pools and optional access to The Sanctuary indoor pool. In addition to guest allowances, you may also add non-resident family members to pool membership. There is no initiation fee to join the Governor’s Club and annual membership starts at just $2500. Members also enjoy shopping and dining discounts and private beach access.

Kiawah Island Resort has received numerous accolades including:

  • #1 Golf Resort in the US – Golf World magazine
  • Most Excellent Golf Resort – Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence
  • #1 Island in North American and #2 Island in the World – Condé Nast Traveler

OPENING EVERY DOOR

Disher, Hamrick & Myers’ Real Estate agents are happy to help you navigate this wonderful community. If you are interested in buying or selling a home here, contact us at 843.577.4115.

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