[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at SecondShelters.com and CandysDirt.com!]

Amy: Now that 2018 is coming to a close, we decided to sift through dozens of our What Can I Get For…? posts to find our favorites. One place came out on top. Enter Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club. We wrote about it back in July of 2018 and are still swooning over its blue and white interiors. If you don’t know, now you know. And yes, it’s that good. Enjoy, and Happy New Year to all!

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

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.

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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)