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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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Don’t miss your chance to walk through some of Kiawah’s most beautiful homes during Kiawah Island Real Estate’s annual Spring Tour of Homes from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24th.

Eleven spectacular homes representing a wide range of architectural styles and Kiawah Island vistas—ocean, river, creek, marsh, and golf course views—will be featured.

Local artists and design experts will be stationed at select homes to enhance the tour experience, offer inspired decorating and design ideas, and lend their professional insights into the remarkable qualities and appointments of tour homes.

2016 Spring Tour of Homes snapshot

Date: Thursday, March 24th
Tour time: 1-5 p.m.
Reception time: 5-7 p.m.*
Reception location: On the lawn at Watson Cottage behind the Cassique Clubhouse*


In addition, seasoned Kiawah Island Real Estate experts will be on hand to help guests explore the floor plans and answer questions regarding Kiawah Island’s distinctive properties, world-class amenities, and inimitable lifestyle.

Following the tour, Kiawah Island property owners are invited to gather on the lawn at Cassique's Watson Cottage for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the chance to win a beautiful 40” x 30” framed photograph entitled "View from Bass Creek" taken by Kiawah Island’s award-winning photographer Patrick O’Brien, who will also be our featured artist at the March 2016 Charleston Gallery Association Artwalk in historic downtown Charleston.

To enter the raffle, property owners must visit six homes on the tour. 

* Please note that the reception is open to Kiawah property owners only, and an RSVP is required since space will be limited. Interested prospects, please contact a Kiawah Island Sales Executive.

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Ocean Park's first built-for-you neighborhood, Marsh Walk, will make its official debut on March 3rd.

The neighborhood will offer its homeowners a simple, streamlined way to enjoy the natural beauty, parkland, and shoreline views of Ocean Park: the only place on Kiawah where residents can enjoy a view of the marsh, rivers, creeks, beach, ocean, and golf.

A park inspired by golf course living… and other insider details

Marsh Walk video with community designer Mark Permar

The designers who created Marsh Walk weren’t afraid to innovate. From planning a central park based on the way non-golfers use golf courses to incorporating the latest international trends in the design of its home plans, there’s more to Marsh Walk than meets the eye. Learn more from a true insider—Mark Permar, one of Kiawah’s most respected community designers—in this video.

With a Marsh Walk selection, homebuyers can enjoy a personalized version of one of four distinctive, modern home plans in a fraction of the time required to close on a homesite and custom-build a home independently.

A majority of Marsh Walk’s homesites overlook broad marshland and the front nine holes of The Ocean Course; the remainder border parkland. All will enjoy coastal breezes influenced by the Stono Inlet, and all are located near Ocean Park’s new gathering spot, The Marsh House, enhancing a warm sense of community.

Learn more about Marsh Walk here, including an insider’s video, an interactive exploration, home plan renderings, and floor plans… or for the greatest level of detail, contact a member of the Kiawah Island Real Estate team.

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