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Introducing Marsh Walk, an Ocean Park

retreat with endless views

Designed to provide a simple, streamlined option to homebuyers who don’t want the complexity of designing and custom-building a home, Marsh Walk’s homes will sit on Kiawah Island's eastern tip among trees bordering marsh, parkland, or both.

The new community’s location within Kiawah’s Ocean Park is a strong point. The strikingly designed homes will flank Marsh House, a gathering place for residents. A microclimate of marsh breezes and a pleasant solar pattern will encourage outdoor living for much of the year, while the homes themselves will blend seamlessly into the natural beauty of the setting.

“The homes will reinvent traditional architecture in a fresh, coastal way that’s connected to the natural environment,” says Mark Permar, an architect and land planning expert who has been involved in the careful development of Kiawah Island for nearly three decades.

Sized up to 3,200 heated square feet, the environmentally low-impact homes will keep living simple. Four distinctive designs by four carefully selected architecture firms—Thomas & Denzinger Architects, Christopher Rose Architects, Cumulus Architecture + Design, and Heather A. Wilson, Architect—will offer a choice between three or four bedrooms plus a swing space.

Described as “updated Southern coastal” in style, each home will feature an open, modern design that takes advantage of the layered views, from parkland to ocean.

Permar notes the designers were careful to strike the right balance between form and function, so that each home is aesthetically beautiful while functioning beautifully. “These homes won’t try to do too much. We won’t just shrink a big house,” says Permar. “Think of an iPod—it’s simple and different, but it performs the same function as a large, complex stereo system.”

Marsh Walk is slated for formal release in February 2016. For more information, contact your Kiawah Island Real Estate sales executive.

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Eco-friendly home sells in

Kiawah Island’s Indigo Park

The five-bedroom home at 127 Halona Lane has sold.

Notable for the green building techniques used to craft it and the other homes available in Kiawah’s Indigo Park community, developer Candace Dyal believes the home is at the vanguard of a long-term trend.

“As more consumers understand and appreciate the philosophy of environmentally sensitive building, communities will benefit from projects like Indigo Park, where patience and commitment to sustainable, high-quality design principles are paramount,” says Dyal, a green building visionary and owner of New York-based Dyal Compass LLC.

“This is a trend that has spread across America and Europe. We are very excited to be gaining momentum on Kiawah.”

This is the second house sold in Indigo Park. The first closed in December 2014; that home also had stunning views of Bass Pond and the marsh.

Dyal Compass takes pride in developing LEED-inspired residential options it calls “luxury living with a conscience.” The firm’s goal is to design, develop, and deliver properties for clients who value green building practices, environmental awareness, and conservation.

Indigo Park site plan

All Indigo Park homes boast maintenance-free design and long-term durability, tucked into a community bordering a marsh rich with beauty and wildlife.

Kiawah Island Real Estate represented the buyer of 127 Halona Lane.

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Set within a three-acre grove of majestic oaks and sable palms, the Maritime luxury villa community enjoys privacy and seclusion—all within walking distance to Kiawah’s 10-mile beach, the Sanctuary Hotel, Roy Barth Tennis Center, and Turtle Point golf course.

One of the Island’s newer communities, residents here revel in exquisite single-story living that provides all the space and comforts of a traditional home, while ensuring a carefree, zero-maintenance lifestyle that is conducive to relaxing and connecting to family, friends, and Kiawah’s natural environment.

Sophisticated, classical interior design elements include expansive windows and glass doors, beamed and coffered ceilings, handsome built-ins and moldings, warm fireplaces, professional grade kitchens, and spacious bedrooms and en suite baths.

Open-air and screened-in porches—accessible from nearly every room—extend the villa's year-round living space to the outdoors.

Modern and light-filled, Maritime’s open floor plans are suited to a variety of families. Each unit includes two private parking spaces, wide exterior stairways, and convenient elevator access.

A superb example: 6005 Green Dolphin Way

Surrounded by lush Island foliage, 6005 Green Dolphin Way offers an expansive 2,700 square foot floor plan that enjoys privacy and seclusion, verandas overlooking the lagoon and pool, and a penthouse observation deck with ocean views.

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The Cottages at Cypress Point is not your typical Kiawah Island neighborhood.

Yes, like other Island enclaves, these luxury cottages enjoy golf course views, serene lagoons, and a central Island location that’s close to the beach. But the essence here is different.

A community of people happily immersed into the environment that flourishes in Kiawah’s grand trees, the development is the embodiment of responsible building—and one that left the landscape “better than we found it,” according to architect and developer Mitch Laplante.

Before breaking ground, Cypress Point’s natural setting included an amazing overstory of treetop canopies filled with birdlife. Yet little was happening in the understory below. A self-confessed tree-hugger, Laplante worked with the Kiawah Island Nature Conservancy to create a residential level that ensured the habitat for native animals was better than what existed pre-development.

The end result: sophisticated, small footprint homes that have turned the dream of living in a tree house into a smart idea. Maintenance-free exteriors include hurricane-rated windows, pressure treated wood trims, and standing seam copper roofs warranted for 200 years. Interior materials include select ipe flooring, hand-scraped Caribbean pine doors, hand hewn wrought iron railings, and sculptural walls that evoke an English cottage feel.

A superb example: 5550 Cypress Cottage Lane

Built around a noble oak, 5550 Cypress Cottage Lane is a remarkable home that celebrates this connection to the trees and to nature from every room, every window, and every outdoor space.

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Kiawah Island Property ReportThe second quarter of 2015 saw a luxury real estate boom, with sales of homes priced $1 million or more up by 14% and homes priced $5 million plus jumping a full 20% over sales in the same quarter last year, according to the CNBC Luxury Real Estate Report.

Most impressively, these boosts were attained following record numbers in 2014. Of course, not all luxury real estate markets kept pace with the trend. Let’s take a deeper look at one that exceeded it.

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This past Thursday at the bar behind the Kiawah Island Club’s Sports Pavillion in the beautiful Cassique community, sixteen event guests gathered for an exciting event called Behind the Bar, a look into the ingredients and preparation of popular cocktails found at the Club’s restaurants and bars.

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The Kiawah Island Property Report is a comprehensive statistical and real estate data analysis incorporating all closed real estate transactions on Kiawah Island. The current edition of this quarterly analysis encompasses the 1st quarter of 2015 sales data, which was accumulated via the waivers submitted to Kiawah Partners and validated through other data sources.

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