HGTV Crowns Best Historic Home of 2018

HGTV’s wildly popular online contest, the Ultimate House Hunt 2018, has come to a close, with the 86 finalists from 13 countries receiving more than 880,000 votes. Houses were divided into several categories, included waterfront homes, amazing kitchens and modern masterpieces.   The winner of the contest overall is an incredible oceanfront villa in Sardinia, but there were several standouts from the other categories. Take the winner of the historic category, for example. The 1834 Robert Smalls House, located in the historic district of Beaufort, South Carolina, has all the quaint charm of the past, with its two-story wide front porches and lush gardens.
The Smalls House is the epitome of a southern plantation home, nestled in a half-acre of land with a long history. Smalls was born a slave in 1839, but in the Civil War, Smalls actually gained his freedom: by impersonating the captain of a Confederate transport ship and sailing straight into the arms of the Union Navy. Though a hero in the North, Smalls was nothing but a traitor in the South, and so Smalls returned to Beaufort post-war. His former home was deemed a National Historic Landmark in 1974.
The Smalls House, surrounded by the Beaufort River, is located next to the city’s business district. The 4,264-square-foot, three-level house includes four bedrooms and three baths. Formal living and dining rooms mirror the traditional feel of the house, with family rooms and chef’s kitchen at the rear of the home. The second level has two bedrooms, as does the first level, which also has an office/music room. A family room with beamed ceilings and French doors opens to the rear garden, with lush plants reflecting detailed design. The 1834 Robert Smalls House was listed for sale at $1.49 million, and is now under contract.

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Located just 30 minutes south of Charleston, the Timbers Kiawah will be the first private residence club on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.


Developers unveiled the first model residence at this exclusive new property, which is slated to open in October. It will feature 21 residences in 3 oceanfront buildings, every room having a panoramic view of the Atlantic.


Each resident will be provided with full access to the club’s many luxury amenities, which will include a private clubhouse with a central lounge area, valet, temperature-controlled wine storage, kids play room and state-of-the-art fitness facility that will serve as the hub of the new resort. The private beach club will offer residents a luxurious oceanfront pool, bar/grill and beach services.


Kiawah Island itself boasts a long list of amenities that residents will be able to explore, including an inland waterway with access to the marina, which offers boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, crabbing and fishing, an optional membership to the Kiawah Island Club, offering private golf, tennis, fitness, dining, spa and sporting club, and wildlife viewing, including bottlenose dolphins, river otters, white-tailed deer and loggerhead sea turtles.


Residents will be 30 minutes from Downtown Charleston, minutes away from Freshfields Village, a boutique shopping and dining center, and 45 minutes from Charleston International Airport. Kiawah Island is also South Carolina’s prime location for sandy beach, a 10-mile long crescent, with 123 acres of parks and 30 miles of biking trails for those who love adventure.


The Ocean Club residences include 18 three-bedroom residences at approximately 2,200 sq. ft., starting at $475,000, and the three penthouse residences, at approximately 3,600 sq. ft., and start at $1,285,000. The architecture and design of the property is by Poss Architecture + Planning.


Kiawah Island is a prime travel spot today for those wishing to enjoy golf, luxury beaches and relaxation. Travel + Leisure named Kiawah Island the #2 Island in America in August of 2016.

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New To The Cliffs Collection is the Creekside Farm with Community Garden And Golf Ridge Cottages With Scenic Views

By Samantha Myers
“It’s an exciting period of growth at The Cliffs, with the ongoing developments in both the Walnut Cove and Mountain Park communities,” says Kent Smith, president of Cliffs Land Partners. “With these distinct new offerings, we are continuing to expand our portfolio of unparalleled lifestyle and real estate opportunities that offer an elevated experience and quality of life to our residents.”
The Cliffs is a collection of seven premier private, luxury residential mountain and lake club communities in the Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains between Greenville, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina, as well as Clemson, South Carolina. Located at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, a 20-minute drive from Asheville, is Creekside Farm, a new property featuring 18 homesites with pastoral views of a 60-acre working farm and Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course.

“We have just launched an organic farm inside the gate. People have a strong interest in farm-to-table and we have been a little challenged in the planned community to fit that into an otherwise country club setting,” says Smith. “We decided to put it inside the community of walnut cove — we have a full-time farm manager, property manager, and people can get their fresh vegetables and produce and take it back to their homes without ever leaving the gate.” Complete with a barn built in 1932, the “agri-hood” will continue to supply members with fresh produce each week.
Also new to The Cliffs is The Golf Ridge Cottages at Mountain Park, which offers 22 home and homesite packages atop a picturesque ridgeline at the southernmost edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“We’ve seen a trend to more modest square footage, we’re seeing more empty-nesters who don’t want 6,000-square-foot homes, they want around 2,800- to 3,200-square-foot properties. Consequently, the properties are under a million, in the $800,000-900,000 range with beautiful views. We’re just breaking ground in that area.” Finish packages on these homes, planned by luxury builder Arthur Rutenberg Homes are available in Mountain Rustic of Craftsman style.
“Most planned communities are architecturally appealing and offer a wellness center and amenities,” says Smith. “The one big difference for us, The Cliffs, is where we’re located. We’re surrounded by 1 million acres of National Forest in a temperate year-round climate.” Besides its seven clubs, seven golf courses, and 6 wellness centers, the suite of amenities offered at The Cliffs include boating, watersports, a marina, beach club, cycling, paddle sports, tennis complexes, an equestrian center, hiking trails, wakeboarding and more.

“The person that comes here tends to be really immersed in the outdoor recreation and setting for themselves and their families,” says Smith. “Here you get all four seasons without too much of any in particular. Because of that, what we’ve come to see is a really active inbound population. We’ve got lots of people that like to hike and bike. The director of cycling for The Cliffs has ridden in 17 Tour de Frances. So much of the riding in the Blue Ridge Mountains is not unlike riding through the countryside in France.”

By Alyssa Apuzzio
Palmetto Bluff, the largest remaining waterfront property on the East Coast, has debuted its second residential community, Moreland Village. Surrounded by rich history dating back 12,000 years, the architecture is designed to create seamless transitions between the indoors and outdoors.

Crescent Communities at Palmetto Bluff has committed to the recent expansion of the Crescent-managed forest area by an additional 90 acres, protecting this land from development and allowing the organization to study and maintain the land. This increases Palmetto Bluff’s protected acres to 12,631.

“The needs and interests of the land and wildlife lead everything we do here at Palmetto Bluff, and we’re in great hands with the Conservancy team helping to ensure that the Bluff’s original inhabitants, its wildlife, prosper,” said David O’Donoghue, Crescent Communities executive vice president, resort and second home.

Amenities include The Boundary, which features a bowling alley, restaurant, smokehouse, two pools, a fitness center and an art loft. Palmetto Bluff is also home to the newly expanded AAA Five Diamond
Montage Palmetto Bluff with fantastic golf, spa, canoe club, and culinary offerings — all surrounded by 32 miles of riverfront and extensive nature trails.

Palmetto Bluff is currently home to 466 families, with the long-term plan of developing another 3,500 homes.

Photo courtesy Crescent Communities

This story originally appeared in Unique Homes Ultimate ’17. Click here to see the digital version.

Ownership opportunities are now available at Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences, a premier private residence club in one of the country’s most sought-after destinations.

Timbers Resorts, developer and operator of private boutique resorts and residence clubs, recently announced the first public offering of ownership opportunities at Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
The oceanfront development offers 21 residences, all embracing light, airy and natural design elements that complement the island’s atmosphere, across three buildings just minutes from Charleston. With floor plans ranging from three to four bedrooms, Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences offers two shared ownership categories. Owners have the option of selecting a 1/9th fractional interest in the property’s 2,200-square-foot three-bedroom residences, or a 1/6th fractional interest in the 3,600-square-foot four-bedroom penthouse residences. Pricing for the shared residential ownership interests ranges from $500,000 to $1.25 million.
Amenities at Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences include a private clubhouse with a lounge area, concierge services, valet, a fitness facility and a temperature-controlled owner’s wine wall. The private beach club will include an oceanfront pool, grill and specialty beach activities. Activities available to owners include 30 miles of paved biking trails, an inland waterway with access to the marina and river entry, and water sport activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, crabbing and fishing. The destination also offers more than 90 holes of championship golf and world-class tennis including the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which will host the 2021 PGA Championship, also previously hosted at the course in 2012.
“Kiawah Island is a remarkably special destination that we have followed for many years knowing that our Timbers Collection Owners place tremendous value on oceanfront living in this region of the country,” said Greg Spencer, Timbers Resorts Chief Executive Officer. “The launch of sales at Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences is momentous for the Timbers Resorts brand and represents years of hard work and collective focus on delivering a truly unique resort club experience that feeds off the energy and storied history of the island.”
Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences will be conveniently located oceanfront on Kiawah Island’s Beachwalker Drive, minutes from Freshfields Village, the community’s boutique shopping and dining center, and 45 minutes to Charleston International Airport. Construction is underway and the project is set to be completed in summer 2018.
Images courtesy Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences. 

Timbers Resorts, recently announced that it is expanding into one of the country’s most sought-after destinations, Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences will be the first Private Residence Club on Kiawah Island offering 21 thoughtfully designed residences across three oceanfront buildings, along with a first-of-its kind collection of dedicated amenities on the island.
Kiawah Island was recently named Travel & Leisure’s #2 island in America and is just 30 minutes from Charleston, which was just named Travel & Leisure’s “Best City in the World” – the first American city to ever win the award.
Timbers Kiawah will include a private clubhouse offering a central lounge area, owner services team, valet, temperature-controlled owners’ wine wall, bar and state-of-the art fitness facility will serve as the hub of the new resort.  There will be a private beach club, offering Timbers Kiawah Owners an oceanfront pool, bar and grill and beach services and more.

Kiawah Island is South Carolina’s premier beachfront resort community that boasts the area’s most well-known wide sandy beach, 123 acres of parks, 30 miles of biking trails, and the Kiawah River, offering boating, kayaking and fishing. Kiawah is also home to world-class tennis and golf, including the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which will host the 2021 PGA Championship, previously hosted at the course in 2012.

Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences will be located in the West Beach area of Kiawah Island on Southern Pines Lane, conveniently located minutes from Freshfields Village, the community’s boutique shopping and dining center, 30 minutes to downtown Charleston and 45 minutes to Charleston International Airport.

Photo credit to Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences.

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