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Freshfields Village has been updating its offerings and refreshing its look this spring.

Located at the entrance to Kiawah Island, Freshfields Village has grown into a community hub where everyone from year-round residents, off-Island locals, and vacationers enjoy the charm of a bustling neighborhood market, a multitude of dining options, and shopping. As Kiawah residents know, its architecture draws on the Carolinas' rich coastal heritage, appearing to have arisen over time as a collection of charming structures. Vernacular exteriors with traditional rooflines extend a welcoming personality; open sheds with verandas, overhanging roofs, Bermuda shutters, and breezeways are interspersed with intimately scaled buildings set along shaded pedestrian lanes.

This spring, picturesque new road signs and landscaping improvements added to the charm of the Village, and new shops are in the works. Dolittle's, a specialty pet store offering upscale foods and pet products as well as dog washing facilities, will open this summer at 352 Freshfields Drive. Scout & Molly's boutique is scheduled to open this month between Indigo Books and GDC Home. Los Olas opened in February across the street at 455 Freshfields Drive. Started by a Charleston native with a traveling background and a desire to learn, it offers swimwear and lifestyle accessories for men and women. New construction currently underway behind White Hall, too, will provide further offerings.

In addition to other events, the Village's summer farmers market will begin on June 6th and take place on the green from 4 to 8 PM on Mondays throughout the summer; see a PDF list of the vendors here.The Village's free concert series, Music on the Green, will begin on June 3rd and take place from 6 to 9 PM on Fridays through September 2nd. See a list of the bands scheduled to perform here.

A directory of shops, eateries, and services, as well as a list of upcoming events, can be found at freshfieldsvillage.com.

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This March, the editors of Barron’s PENTA magazine ranked Kiawah Island #5 on their annual list of “Top Resort Communities” – a list that Kiawah has been on since the magazine first began such a ranking. Kiawah Island is no stranger to “Best” lists, and with 2016 marking the 40th anniversary of the first real estate sales in the Kiawah Island community (Sparrow Pond debuted in the spring of 1976) – we wanted to look back at two key Kiawah Island honors that are also “celebrating” anniversaries.

With golf’s first major in the record books, the 2016 golf season is upon us, and will culminate in September’s Ryder Cup matches. 2016 is the 25th anniversary of the event that brought Kiawah Island to the international stage, and brought the Ryder Cup back to prominence in the golf world.

While the Ryder Cup has been a highly anticipated event every other year for the past two decades, it was neither highly anticipated nor highly viewed before the 1991 event at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course. “The Ryder Cup had been on USA Cable with a taped version on ABC – it never was a big event,” stated Jon Miller, who in 1991 was president of sports programming for NBC. “We made a deal with the PGA of America for the Ryder Cup. We wanted to create a Masters feel. The plan was to show three hours a day on Saturday and Sunday.”

Miller continued, “We get to Kiawah.The first day’s matches were exciting. Seve and Azinger get into it. Then there was fog on Saturday morning. When we come on the air at 3, the afternoon matches just started. By the time we got to 6 (when the broadcast was scheduled to end), we knew we had an hour to 90 minutes left, and we decided we’d stay on the air. Since we ran all of our commercials, we ran last 90 minutes commercial-free. It was amazing television. On Sunday, it came down to the last putt (Bernhard Langer missed to give the U.S. the victory). The next thing you know, Kiawah became ‘The War by the Shore.’ The Ryder Cup went to another level.” The event – and the Island – would never be the same.

Five years later in 1996, Kiawah Island was one of the first destination communities to win the Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the development industry’s leading organization.  From their website, ULI.org:

ULI began the Awards for Excellence program in 1979 with the objective of recognizing truly superior development efforts. The criteria for the awards include factors that go beyond good design, including leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnership, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial success. Winning projects represent the highest standards of achievement in the development industry.

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On the lush eastern tip of Kiawah Island, the Ocean Park neighborhood already seems to have it all. Filled with parkland, bike trails, and ancient oaks, Ocean Park borders marshes, an internationally renowned golf course, and a nature preserve.

To help enhance the new neighborhood into a true community, a centerpiece was needed: an indoor/outdoor gathering place for neighbors to meet and enjoy conversation, food, and drink while overlooking Kiawah’s vast southeastern marsh. From that vision comes a new amenity: the Marsh House, which opens Memorial weekend 2016.

Featuring an infinity pool, grill, and bar, the new Marsh House will offer a diversity of indoor, outdoor, covered, and uncovered spots for eating, drinking, and relaxing: beside a fireplace, atop a raised deck, by a bar overlooking the marsh.

While the rolling parklands and trails of Ocean Park are open to all Kiawah residents, the Marsh House will exclusively serve both Kiawah Island Club Members and property owners of Ocean Park – with owners in Marsh Walk, a collection of new residences adjacent to the Marsh House, having the most convenient access to this great new facility.

 

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“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 numbers. Whether you attribute the tiny house movement or reducing your carbon footprint, the art of downsizing—living full time in a significantly small space without sacrificing the luxuries and belongings that matter to you most—is fun, and Donna and husband Sam Bromage perfected it by having “right-sized” living in mind from the start of their renovation until the day they brought the last of their belongings from Connecticut.

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Luxury townhomes to debut in Kiawah’s RiverView neighborhood

Kiawah abounds in the most delightful residential properties. Stunning single-family homes? Check. Airy, sun-filled villas close to the beach? Check. New-construction, luxury townhomes? Well… not so much, until now.

Perfect for the homebuyer who wants the feeling and space of a luxury home without the maintenance, townhomes can offer a true “lock it and leave it” experience. And the new RiverView townhomes, some with multi-level views of the Kiawah River, will feel even more like single-family luxury homes than usual. 

Each townhome will be only partially attached to its neighbor on the first-floor living level, nestled in a lush landscape designed by John Tarkany Associates in this highly walkable, gated neighborhood. A private neighborhood dock, kayak launch, gathering pavilion, and saltwater pool are just a stroll away down a brick path. 

And the nearby walking and bike trail makes a quick dash to nearby Freshfields Village, the beach, or the rest of Kiawah Island a cinch.

RiverView townhomes on Kiawah Island

Carefree living on the Kiawah River

Three townhome plans, with five elevations, will offer spacious living areas filled with natural light, first- or second-floor master suites, three bedrooms, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens, metal roofs, covered porches, and optional three-stop elevators. Floor plans for the three townhomes can be previewed online here.

Residents will enter private, two-car garages via a rear alleyway.

Fifteen townhomes will be built in total, starting at under $1.1 million. The townhomes will range in size from 2,100 to 2,500 heated square feet. 

Contact your Kiawah Island Real Estate sales executive for more information, including limited-time homebuyer incentives, and to arrange a personal tour. RiverView is located at Kiawah Island Parkway and Beachwalker Drive, just outside the main gate.

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A new “royal” home plan joins the highly livable options at Cassique Clubhouse Village

Cassique Clubhouse Village is already known for its prime location. Just down a lush walkway from the Cassique clubhouse with its world-class golf and Tom Colicchio-inspired cuisine, the neighborhood’s homes are elevated to take advantage of marsh and creek views. 

A better-kept secret is the livability of the homes.

Every Cassique Clubhouse Village home was designed by renowned Kiawah architects to be highly usable and livable from the inside out, notes Amanda Mole, director of architecture for Kiawah Partners.  “Just as an example, the Muirfield has a loggia on the ground floor rather than simple storage space,” she says. “Residents can wander the pathway to the clubhouse for an event or a shared meal.”

The neighborhood is also close to Freshfields Village, an appreciated convenience with its shops, eateries, medical offices, and services. 

All Cassique Clubhouse Village homes will feature coastal architecture paired with an English Arts and Crafts sensibility, in keeping with the manor-inspired Cassique Clubhouse… as does a new home plan.

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As the only five-star hotel on an island that has been named the #1 Island in North America by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, The Sanctuary is the perfect spot for your visiting guests… or for your own getaway!

To celebrate the spring, The Sanctuary is offering 25% off accommodations on the select dates listed below.



Snapshot of The Sanctuary special

Select March dates: March 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20
Select April dates: April 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 26, 27
Special: 25% off accommodations on the dates above
Reservations: 800.654.2924

 



Like Kiawah, The Sanctuary has been the recipient of numerous awards.  In 2015 alone, Travel + Leisure named it one of the top three Best Beach Resorts in the World, the Forbes Travel Guide endowed the hotel and its spa with its Five Star Award, and AAA awarded it Five Diamonds. In the same year, The Sanctuary’s Ocean Room was named one of only five Forbes four-star and AAA four-diamond steakhouses in the US.

“Though it’s only a short trip from downtown Charleston, this small barrier island on the Atlantic coast can feel like it’s a world away—whether you’re planning a day on the links or a day at the beach,” write the editors of Condé Nast Traveler about Kiawah.

Right they are.

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While April 15th has become a day to dread for many US taxpayers, this year could be different… at least for car buffs.

That’s because April 15th is the day the Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat will roll into Ocean Park on Kiawah’s eastern edge. Turning the date’s traditional dread on its head, the event will celebrate a different kind of heritage: that of fine vintage automobiles.

One of the most exclusive events on the Concours calendar, the event will let participants do good while feasting their eyes on the cars’ gleaming contours and painstakingly restored interiors: proceeds will benefit three Lowcountry charities.



The motoring retreat will benefit the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, the Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding Program at Brickhouse Equestrian Center, and the Kiawah Conservancy.



Collectors and automobile enthusiasts will enjoy viewing, close up, 200 classic and antique automobiles from across the globe, and attending automotive seminars. One hundred rare cars will compete for Best in Show, to be awarded on the closing day of the event: Sunday, April 17th.

Family members and friends of avid collectors need not despair; the weekend will also feature several thoroughly pleasant distractions, including a reception at The Ocean Course, a traditional Lowcountry oyster roast, a motoring tour through the coastal Lowcountry, an open house of stunning Kiawah homes, and a Taste of Charleston event with taste-bud-tantalizing delights from local celebrity chefs.

Click here to view a photo gallery of past motoring retreats, and click here to reserve your tickets. For local recommendations, too, feel free to contact a member of the Kiawah Island Real Estate team.

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