An Ideal Villa Makeover
“We are 251 steps to the beach,” Donna Porritt says as I step into her Mariner’s Watch villa, “but who’s counting?”
At 625 square feet, there is a lot about the villa that could rely on…
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Boughs of ages-old pines and live oaks perfume the air, in skies filled with orange-beaked oystercatchers, avocets, black-bellied plovers, sanderlings, gulls, and terns. And, outside of wildlife refuges, Kiawah is the region’s most prolific nesting area for loggerhead turtles.
In all, Kiawah is home to:
Thanks to Kiawah’s commitment to environmental stewardship, every corner of the Island serves as a refuge for flora and fauna — and for the Island’s human inhabitants. Kiawah’s natural environment is protected by various entities:
The Kiawah Island Natural Habitat Conservancy, a chartered non-profit, grassroots organization, was established by Island residents in 1997 to preserve the natural habitat of Kiawah Island. The Conservancy has preserved more than 20 properties and more than 320 acres of pristine barrier island habitat, including 150-acre Little Bear Island at the easternmost tip of Kiawah Island.
About half of the Island’s 10,000 acres are undeveloped natural lowlands, and of the high ground, half again has been donated for conservation, parks, or recreational uses.
In addition, Kiawah Partners deeded between 300 and 400 acres of valuable dune land to the Kiawah Island Community Association to provide a permanent buffer to protect the beach and multiple dune rows for all to enjoy.
Homes throughout the Island enjoy unobstructed views of bird-inhabited marshland, verdant forest, sun-sparkled water and rolling golf greens, thanks to Kiawah’s careful planning and respect for the natural environment.