What Can I Get For $1 Million In … Kiawah Island, South Carolina?

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Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences, Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Starting from $475,000 to $1.285 million a fraction. Photo credit: Shawn O’Connor.

A lot actually. We are so excited to share the newly unveiled model residence at the Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences – the only private residence club with fractional ownership on Kiawah Island and the newest oceanfront offering in over 30 years!

Nestled in an intimate, gated community of 21 residences along the Southern Carolina coast, this Kiawah Island retreat is set to open in October, offering both a penthouse, starting at $1,285,000; and beachfront residences from $475,000.

Gracing the top floor in each of the three residential buildings, the penthouse comes with unique privileges, including four oversized bedrooms, an open, airy 3,773-square-foot floor plan, and over 1,600 square feet of picturesque outdoor living space. With floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass walls, you can swing open the doors to enjoy refreshing ocean breezes, seamlessly blending coastal panoramas inside and out. The views that span the blue horizon will take your breath away!

For about half the price of the penthouse, you can purchase one of the exquisite beachfront residences and live in complete harmony with the seascape. Ocean views, expansive windows, spacious decks, and thoughtful layouts with premium finishes and furnishings are but a few of the hallmarks – and yet, they’re practical, too – designed to accommodate modern family life.

Timbers Kiawah is a place where the rich architectural heritage of the Lowcountry, meets the contemporary demands of today’s buyer, achieving one-of-a-kind waterfront living that is nothing short of extraordinary. The signature interiors are brought to you by none other than J. Banks Design, a Hilton Head Island-based international interior design firm specializing in residential and commercial design within high-end resort communities.

Here, “a quiet, sheltered setting, and private boardwalk and Beach Club, let your day flow from home to beach to ocean and back again.” Starting prices range from $475,000 to $1.285 million a fraction, for a property that is unlike any other on the island, well-known for its amazing golf courses and celebrity clientele.

Managing Director of Development at Timbers Resorts, Chris Burden, was kind enough to give us an inside look at the lifestyle, and reveals who it’s perfect for and why. Could Timbers Kiawah have the second shelter for you? Read on to find out.

What are the top selling points?

“Oceanfront experience and effortless ownership,” says Burden. “Buyers are drawn to the turnkey luxury lifestyle at Timbers Kiawah. Everything is taken care of, there is no headache of year-round maintenance, the residences are fully furnished and the experience includes high-end services like pre-arrival grocery shopping and personalized concierge service. When the project opens in October, owners can begin their vacation from the moment that they arrive and enjoy the gorgeous interiors envisioned by J. Banks Design.”

“The perfect complement to effortless ownership is the property’s oceanfront location on Kiawah Island. Widely regarded as having the best beach on the entire eastern seaboard, the island has long been a highly sought-after vacation destination, and our owners love the fact that this brand-new construction is front row on Kiawah’s pristine ten-mile long beach with its own Timbers Kiawah private beach club. Being the first new oceanfront development on Kiawah in 30 years separates Timbers Kiawah from other offerings in the market.”

Who is it perfect for?

Burden says, the property is perfect for a discerning clientele that wants convenience without the pretense. “Our owners are looking for a beachfront vacation home with a fresh design, dedicated luxury amenities, and exclusive access to the best activities on Kiawah. A place where they can recharge and set aside time to make memories with family and friends.”

Why is it a great location?

“Kiawah Island is renowned for its award-winning ten-mile beach, 30 miles of bike trails, pristine nature, and wildlife,” says Burden. “As a private resort community, the island offers seven world-class golf courses, tennis facilities, spa, pools and more, and it’s only 40 minutes from downtown Charleston, which was just voted the No. 1 city in America by Travel + Leisure for the sixth year in a row. Timbers Kiawah has a prime oceanfront location, and every residence offers panoramic ocean views.”

How does it compare to other offerings on the market?

“Timbers Kiawah stands out because it is the only private residence club on the island,” he adds. “No other property gives owners this level of combined flexibility and luxury. It’s also the newest oceanfront development on Kiawah Island in 30 years. Additionally, Timbers Kiawah owners are members of the Timbers Collection, offering a host of perks and privileges from some of the most recognized travel and lifestyle partners in the world, with the opportunity to trade vacation time with other owners and experience destinations throughout the portfolio.”

These perks include expanded benefits through a host of travel and lifestyle partners such as Sentient Jet, Hertz, BMW, Priority Pass and many more, as well as access to the Timbers Reciprocity Program, and the ability to trade vacation time with other destinations in the portfolio, which can be found in Aspen, Beaver Creek, Cabo San Lucas, Jupiter, Kaua‘i, Kiawah Island, Maui, Napa, Scottsdale, Snowmass, Sonoma, Southern California, Steamboat, Tuscany, and Vail.

Owner amenities include concierge services; a private clubhouse featuring a central lounge area, owner services team, temperature-controlled owners’ wine storage, kids play room, and state-of-the-art fitness facility; a private beach club, including oceanfront pool, hot tub, bar and grill and beach services; valet; and a bike fleet for owners and guests. And the Island amenities at Timbers Kiawah can’t be beat!

Residents enjoy unprecedented, oceanfront beach access to Kiawah Island’s 10-mile crescent shaped private beach; Kiawah Island Resort’s world class golf, tennis, spa, pools and Kamp Kiawah; 30 miles of paved biking trails; an inland waterway with access to the marina and river entry with boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, crabbing and fishing; plus the opportunity for optional membership to the Kiawah Island Club offering private golf, tennis, fitness, dining, spa, and sporting club.

According to Samantha Franco, account director and marketing guru at Nike Communications representing the resort, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the property’s design. She described that from a design perspective, this residence is propelling Lowcountry coastal vernacular into the future. The interiors seamlessly blend the region’s traditional aesthetic with today’s modern sensibilities. This is achieved by custom designing furniture that marries the two styles; mixing marble with concrete; applying oyster shell tabby in new ways; and by painting the ceilings blue – a twist on Southern folklore. More background on that here.

As for the Timbers Resorts brand, they maintain a reputation that is second to none. Timbers Resorts is the developer and operator of a collection of properties in over 15 of the world’s most diverse high-end destinations. The Timbers Collection includes boutique private resorts, hotels, and residence clubs in some of the world’s most sought-after ski, golf, leisure, and beach locations. Since 1999, Timbers Resorts has been committed to being authentic, unique and respectful of the destination, focusing on family and experiences, and never compromising with regard to quality and service.

Looking for a fresh new way to vacation, retire, or simply work remote? Timbers Kiawah puts you mere steps from surf and sand, with all of the luxurious amenities you’ve come to expect from a five-star resort, but with a few surprises along the way. At Timbers Kiawah they have a motto, “New is the ultimate luxury.” So far, they have us convinced.