Top-5 Friday: Life is Slower and Sweeter on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island

Not every second home location is a hot spot for starlets and the uber wealthy. Take Kiawah Island, S.C., for instance. This coastal hideaway has everything you want in a retreat — a secluded location, gorgeous views, and plenty of fantastic homes. This area is the perfect place to daydream about your next vacation home. Here’s a quick-hit list of a few of our favorite listings in this charming Southern getaway:

1) 1 Captain Maynard Island

This home has pretty much everything. In fact, I would consider it the quintessential South Carolina coastal home. You’ve got cedar shake shingles, coastal views, proximity to the beach, privacy, and luxury like no other. It’s listed for $14.95 million and worth every penny. (Kiawah Island Real Estate)

2) 109 Flyway Drive

Not only is this home easy on the eyes, but it’s easy on the earth, too. This incredible eight-bedroom, 10-bath home is rated LEED Silver by the US Green Building Council. This house is on a two-acre double homesite in the sought-after Vanderhorst Plantation. It’s yours if you’ve got $10.85 million to spare. (Daniel Ravenel, Sotheby’s)

3) 36 Ocean Course

With this amazing home, you’ll want to live by one of its many windows to soak in the views of the surrounding waters. You can gaze at most of the island’s scenery from the wrap-around porches and gorgeous gazebo of this 8,000-square-foot home. Even more amazing are the interiors of this $6.9 million mansion, but you won’t really notice them too much. (Kiawah Island Real Estate)

4) 25 Surfsong Road

Ever wanted to feel like you’re the only home around with amazing 360-degree-views of the surrounding waters — the Atlantic Ocean, even? This home has them, and it’s stucco exterior provides a pleasant Mediterranean change of pace from the clapboard and cedar shake that’s prevalent on Kiawah Island. Flush with Corinthian style, this gorgeous stow-shopper is priced at just under $5.5 million. Those view are worth at least as much. (Kiawah Island Real Estate)

5) 96 Rhetts Bluff

I love this home because it has the most amazing marsh views and plenty of room for a family. This home is a bird-watcher’s paradise. The huge deck makes an outstanding spot from which you can try to get a gander at a rare wood stork, or perhaps snatch a glimpse of a painted bunting. At $4.5 million, you can get your fill of birds and maybe a little champagne, too. Not together, of course. (Kiawah Island Real Estate)

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  • I've been visiting Charleston for the last several years as a benefactor to one of the city's most popular events, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition held every February. This year I decided to take in Kiawah Island for an overnight stay before the expo got started. Kiawah IS an exceptional high end luxury destination, and it hits on all cylinders. However, you will have the option of either staying in the Sanctuary Hotel, or one of the many golf villas located around the entrance to the island, and my suggestion is to stay, most definitively, in the Sanctuary Hotel. The hotel is a 5 star property, and the service is beyond compare, but the golf villas are nothing more than older and smaller personal condos, and you might get lucky and find a nice one, or you might not. If you wish to experience the best that Kiawah has to offer, look no further than the Sanctuary as your base of operations to review the local real estate listings. And don't forget to go play golf out on the Ocean course, or at least have dinner in the clubhouse, for an unforgettable view!

  • I've been visiting Charleston for the last several years as a benefactor to one of the city's most popular events, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition held every February. This year I decided to take in Kiawah Island for an overnight stay before the expo got started. Kiawah IS an exceptional high end luxury destination, and it hits on all cylinders. However, you will have the option of either staying in the Sanctuary Hotel, or one of the many golf villas located around the entrance to the island, and my suggestion is to stay, most definitively, in the Sanctuary Hotel. The hotel is a 5 star property, and the service is beyond compare, but the golf villas are nothing more than older and smaller personal condos, and you might get lucky and find a nice one, or you might not. If you wish to experience the best that Kiawah has to offer, look no further than the Sanctuary as your base of operations to review the local real estate listings. And don't forget to go play golf out on the Ocean course, or at least have dinner in the clubhouse, for an unforgettable view!