My Weekly Favorite BLOG

Thank you for visiting my new blog! This weekly blog is not intended to promote my listings or those of my Firm, Sea Pines Real Estate Beach Club. We market those very well. Instead, the purpose of this blog is to give you insight to my one pick of what I think is the “favorite” from the choice of homes on the weekly home tour. I will try and guide you through my process and thoughts to my pick.

The home tour is designed to introduce the real estate agents of the new homes on the market. The tours are broken down to North, Mid-Island and South Island. My “favorite" is not based on any particular criteria. It is simply and usually, my professional choice of the “favorite” in this week’s offerings. However, as I am human, sometimes emotions take over and I just like a house.  I take the community, location, price, size, view, condition and other variables into each evaluation. 

Feel free to contact me, Your Hilton Head Agent or your own agent for information on any homes or villas on the weekly tour.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Ochsner

Your Hilton Head Agent

(843) 816-6388

http://www.YourHiltonHeadAgent.com

June 20, 2018

Realtor Tour North June 20, 2018 for Hilton Head Island

Today the heat index should be at about 103 so I am quite glad that I went early in the morning! Today we had a total of 32 properties, of which 5 were villas and you all know that I don't look at those unless there is something very unique and particular. 

3 were in Windmill Harbor, 3 in Palmetto Hall, four in Indigo Run and 15 in Hilton Head Plantation and 3 Off-Planation, namely 72 Crosswinds Drive at $849,000 6 Creekstone Drive at $328,990 and 16 Sterling Pointe Drive at Oakview for $599,000. Today I went to Windmill Harbor and two of them had been on tour recently or on the market. 41 Harbor Passage used to be over a million and now its empty at $987,000. The floors are the main objection to this one, but boy, what a view! And it has a pool. the next one was 38 Millwright Drive at $1,195,000 - it was on tour just a few weeks ago so not sure why its on again - same agent. Nevertheless, its has a lot of trees in the back but great water/marsh view beyond that. If the road noise to the front is not an issue, this one could be interesting. 10 Old Ferry Point was supposed to be on tour but they cancelled so not sure - $1,800,000 it should be lovely. Stay tuned.

Palmetto Hall had 3 new ones: 223 Fort Howell for $700,000 4/3.5, 19 Clyde Lane $579,000 for 4/3.5 and 6 Oglethorpe Lane at $690,000 4/5.1 which was on before. Airport extension might be hurting the Palmetto Hall market right now.

Indigo Run ha 22 Wilers Creek Way for $699,000 for 4/4.5 which cannot have a marsh view and is off Marshland Road not in Indigo Run. Nice newer neighborhood. 8 Brewton Court is $479,900 for 3/3, 20 Primrose Lane at $821,900 for 4/4.5 and finally 24 Whitney Place for $549,000 for 4/3.5.

Hilton Head Planation had 15 homes on tour ranging from $339,000 to $785,000 on Big Woods Drive which is pricey for that area but its 4/4.5. Its a big house.7 Field Sparrow at $379,000 had nice curb appeal but a bit tight.2 Hermit Crab Court at $565,000 was a bit dark. 6 Chickadee Road at $435,000 had a pool and seemed price to sell for someone that does not need a garage - something in the heat of Summer is quite coveted. 21 Margarita Court at $769,000 for 5/5.5 was a bit much but ok for someone needing lots of bedrooms. 44 Bear Creek Drive was a cool house but a southern style for $549,000. Great price and condition although original. Its a keeper for my FAV. 75 Deerfield Road at $659,900 for a 4/4 seemed like a redo if I remember. I bit high but turnkey. 49 Headlands Drive for $549,00 for a 3/3 was ok. 25 Winding Trail Lane fro $469,000 for a 4/2 I missed seeing due to time constraint. 2 Hermit Crab Court was low curb appeal and not much inside - very dark and very choppy. Scratch that one at $565,000 even if Hickory Forest. 3 King Rail Lane was ok for Patio Lot at $429,000 but could be lower. 79 Oyster Reef Drive at $579,000 for a 3/2.5 was a bit high but nice curb appeal and nice kitchen. 15 Savanna hTrail at $339,000 for 3/25 was for someone wanting a lot of work/project. 28 Pineland Road at $358,000 for a 2/2 was 'ok'. 7 Field Sparrow at $425,000 for 3/2.5 was ok and 8 Sunset Place at $439,000 for 3/2 was great for a dog since it had a fence.

All in all, 8 Sunset, 44 Bear Creek and 6 Chickadee were my favorite - and since I think garages are important and pool nearby, will pick 8 Sunset Place as my FAV this week. Thanks for reading and over and out!

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Ochsner

http://www.yourhiltonheadagent.com

(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
June 14, 2018

Realtor Tour Central - June 13, 2018 for Hilton Head Island

This was a very short tour and with the Summer heat and humidity that was fine by me. There were only 18 properties, most of them being condos in Palmetto Dunes Resort. Since I only go to homes unless it's a unique condo, I saw three homes in Port Royal Plantation, 27 Fairwinds Place, 63 Outpost Lane and 33 N. Port Royal Drive. Liked 27 Fairwinds Place - close to new beach club, ocean in distance, golf AND lagoon view!!! But then I am a sucker for killer marsh views, evident on 63 Outpost Lane. That one is $899,000 list compared to Fairway Winds at $679,000. Both are great. 33 Wexford Club Drive did not have a pool and was like a huge man cave and listed at $979,500 in Wexford, the only one. Palmetto Dunes had 51 Off Shore Dive for $529,900 which was interesting and made the short list. 20 Port Tack at $875,000 I could not get excited about. The rest were villas like Captains Walk, Hampton Place, Villamare, Windsor Court and Yacht Club Villas in Shelter Cove. 10 Oakman Branch was on the market again in Long Cove. So all in all, I think I have to choose 63 Outpost Lane for $899,000 unless I had a lower budget. Then 51 Off Shore at $529,900 would be my next one and a very tied or close third to 27 Fairway Winds at $679,000.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Ochsner

Your Hilton Head Agent

http://www.YourHiltonHeadagent.com

(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
June 8, 2018

Realtor Tour South June 6, 2018 for Hilton Head Island

So Wednesday was a short one since 19 properties to see in Sea Pines and of those, eight were villas such as 153A Harbourwood Villas, 667 Mariners Way Villa, 2372 and 2368 Racquet Club Villas, 2824 Residents Club and 256 Stoney Creek Villas. Shipyard only had one villa, 301 Golfmaster Villa. 100 Ocean breeze villas was also on the market. All of the above I did NOT go and see.

There were two homes in Ashton Cove. 52 Ashton Cove Drive for $349,000 and 11 Ashton Cove Drive for $360,000 and having one less bedroom but in better condition. I started at a brand new home at 19 Belted Kingfisher for $3,950,000. Hard to follow but a cute traditional Sea Pines home at 1 Piping Plover. Needs a bit of polish but great layout with 3 BR AND a den for $889,000. That one is worth noting. 14 Deer Run Lane was next, a 3/2 for $715,000 but eh. 1 Twin Pines was a very large house for a family but dated somewhat but wow, lots of space and nice kitchen for $1,159,000. 339 Greenwood Drive was a newer house but eh, you're on Greenwood for $1,595,000 - have better options. 10 Mizzenmast at $699,000 furnished and 3/2.5 was cute. 22 Genoa Court was meticulous and move in ready and refined. Miami meets the Lowcountry and what a view!! Lots of garage space etc. all for $1,895,000. Hmmm keeping that in mind for a favorite at this tour.

68 Shell Ring Road at $750,000 was a bit much. 8 Wood Duck Court $489,000 I did not see. 27 Duck Hawk was a wonderful redo oceanfront for $5,450,000. Nice but tight lot but think that one too will be a keeper for a favorite. 42 Sandfiddler was on last tour so they took it off and put back on. Not sure what happened but same listing agent and odd so that one is not one I saw or will have in contention.

So 22 Genoa Court and 27 Duck Hawk. Not much yard at 27 Duck Hawk, unlike fabulous 26 Sandhill Crane so I think the winner for my favorite will be 22 Genoa Court. Call me or your Realtor today to see these or any South Hilton Head properties.

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Ochsner

www.Yourhiltonheadagent.com

843.816.6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
May 25, 2018

Realtor Tour Mid-Island- May 23, 2018 on Hilton Head

Realtor Tour for Mid-Island was a bit small compared to the prior weeks. We had three off plantation including Folly Field, Five homes in Palmetto Dunes, seven villas in PD, two homes in Port Royal and three properties in Shipyard and one in Wexford. As many know, I only focus on homes since villas are the same shell except interior work. So lets start at Palmetto Dunes. 15 Off Shore at $599,900 was very exciting for me and then I was welcomed by a dead mole on the entrance way. Home was priced well. 12 Queens Way in Leamington at $729,000 for a 3 bedroom adn 3 bath was an average and good choice for Leamington but did not have much of Lowcountry, something that I sometimes look for. 81 Port Tack for $735,000 had a great lagoon view and dock with a boat - quite intriguing and made the short list.

6 Topside at $605,000 for 3 bedroom 3 bath was priced ok and decent location for PD. I think 8 Man O War at $4,695,000 is a very decent consideration. At the end of Mooring Buoy and oceanfront, this 6 bedroom home had two bedrooms on main floor, had elevator and was nicely appointed and had a close but very pretty ocean view. Stay tuned. Now two favorites in PD - both with water views. That is the uniqueness on the area.

So then Port Royal, one of my favorite gated communities on Hilton Head Island had 36 Fairway Winds Place. At $689,000 it was "OK". I have more expectations. 8 Heyward Place was an oceanfront contender at $2,295,000 but driveway, curb appeal and mostly the inexpensive kitchen cabinets really turned me off. Sticking with 8 Man O war. 19 Bridgeport Lane at $389,000 in Shipyard was intriguing and worth a pursuit. I went ahead and called two clients on it! :) 61 Kingston Dunes was choppy and needed work and corner pool is not my favorite. for 5 bedrooms at $699,000 would be great for a family that wanted South End. Did not go to 226 Evian Villas but it was at $324,000 so worth a look another day. I totally missed 54 Wicklow Drive but at $1,700,000 it better be awesome.

So all in all, I think 81 Port Tack at $735,000 was the winner winner, chicken dinner. If I had to pick oceanfront of the two, 8 Man O war is a perfect option.

Respectfully submitted, 

Susan Ochsner

www.yourhiltonheadagent.com

(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
May 16, 2018

Realtor Tour South - May 16, 2018 Hilton Head Island

So today we had quite a few homes to see in south beach area. Two South Beach Club Villas - a 3bedroom with wide open views for $1,175,000 and a four bedroom elegant one for $1,899,000. 1598 Port Villa had a great dock and water view at $689,000 but needed work and paint was coming off ceiling. I don't usually look at villas but these 3 were curiosity for me. So we had two homes on Brown Pelican. Number 1 is a 4/3.5 at $1,740,000 and 8 Brown Pelican is a 4/4.5 at $4,299,000 - Oceanfront and gorgeous! This one might be my favorite one but lets keep looking. Then there was 20 Black Skimmer and 9 Black Skimmer both 4/4.5 homes but one was $1,200,000 (waay too much I think) and one was $2,950,000 but new construction and closer to the beach. #9 would be a project and at least all on one level which some buyers do want. 7 South Beach Lane is a 5/5.5 home at $1,595,000 - priced ok but did nothing for me. I learned how to ride my bike on that street so I have a love for it. 6 Belted Kingfisher was also newer at $2,550,000 but just a big home. No coziness. 34 Baynard Cove Road was a well built home but no view and at 6 bedrooms and 8 baths at $1,959,000 it was lovely but did not stand out for me. Then we went Sea Pines Central. 259 Greenwood Drive was a 3/2 at $599,000 - hard to renovate, I think a tear down. 337 Greenwood Drive was intriguing at 3/2.5 for $639,999 and a better location. Lets hold that one as a favorite possibility for now. 28 Willow Oak West was at $589,000 very very interesting price. Private location, right between harbour Town and Beach Club but it only had 2 bedrooms. Bring a visionary builder and THIS one has potential. Hmmmmm, make garage a room and expand to front......yes  - this one is also on the radar. Then 11 Ridgewood Lane - great address nice gold view and pool and updated home ready to move but the price: $887,500 AND across the street a house burned down and building next door. Bad timing on that one. 50 N. Calibogue Cay is a dramatic home that has been raised about 8 feet from the ground. Was fun to watch and has indoor pool that greets you when you come in. Large spacious kitchen and open feel to the left. Nicely redone but floorpan a bit funky for a mere $2,600,000 BUT you get one of the prettiest views the Lowcountry has to offer. 23 Stoney Creek also had a pretty view and was 'cozy' meaning a bit small. I could only live there alone. 3/3 $579,000 and small redone kitchen was well priced. No garage, tight lot and going to build to the left of it...  again timing. Hmmmmm9 Willow Oak Road was cute and lovely and totally redone and move in ready but at $1,150,000 its a bit much for a 3/3 BUT its all done and ready and CUTE CUTE CUTE! Maybe taht one is also on the final list. OK so lastly we went to Club Course. 2 Possum Lane $449,000 and well priced with garage and cute deck. A bit dark but paint can fix. 47 Oak Court as newer but tight also and a bit high at $779,000 for area. These paid in the 500s for same house a few years back. Anyways, then 42 Sandfiddler Road at 4/4 for $795,000 was interesting. Dramatic entry, nice marsh view, HUGE back yard and great family home. But dated. Asphalt driveway with tree in middle - a pine tree. Intriguing and might make it because of view and back yard but needs work and high end of that area on price before redo. Hmmmm. And lastly I went to 38  Pine Island Road. A redo by a friend - great family home 5 bedrooms and 4/5 baths at $1,395,000 with hot tub, golf view, marsh view, lots of space. The ONLY drawback to this one is the sunken living room with side area. Great home.

So now I have to pick my favorite. Oh wait, also went and saw well priced cute 6 Sailmaster in Shipyard. But not going to make the cut as its a villa So for me, I liked 38 Pine Island. Had lots of great views, redone and lots of space. Tough one thsi time as I liked a few.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Ochsner

http://www.yourhiltonheadagent.com

 

Posted in Realtor Tour
May 9, 2018

Realtor North Tour - May 9, 2018

Today's tour had ten homes in Hilton Head Plantation, one in Indigo Run, One in Palmetto Hall and three in Windmill Harbor as well as nine in off-plantation areas such as Chinaberry, Jarvis Creek, Victoria Square, Middleton Place and fuller Pointe. 

I did not go see the villas of I-27 Marshside Villa, Summer House, 205 Berwick Green Villas or Spindle Lane in Windmill Harbour

So I really liked 38 Millwright at $1,195,000 but for that kind of money, I don't want to hear Highway 278 in my front yard. 91 Harbour Passage was lovely and needed updating but fabulous view with 4 bedrooms at $1,100,000. The bet value was 3/2.5 on 77 Harbour Passage for $895,000.But lets keep looking. Palmetto Hall only had 7 Hatteras Court for $759,000. Ho hum. 652 Colonial Drive in Indigo Run for $629,000. Also ho hum. So now to HHP. Two on Cottonwood Lane in the $300s but eh, lets move on. 4 Manor Court at $525,000, 3 and 13 Bobcat Lane, 55 Cypress Marsh Drive and 32 Hickory Forest Drive. 19 Oyster Bay Place seemed quite high at $799,000.So after all the homes, I think I will pick 19 Oyster Rake Lane. It ws a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with pool and awesome curb appeal and backyard for $575,000. My second 'favorite' was 32 Hickory Drive at $597,000 and thirdly the 77 Harbour Passage in Windmill Harbour. You know I don't just go for the fanciest house but also think LOCATION is key. SO there you go - my favorite from today. 
Respectfully submitted,
Susan Ochsner
http://www.yourhiltonheadagent.com
Posted in Realtor Tour
May 6, 2018

Realtor Tour Mid Hilton Head - May 2, 2018

So this week we had two homes in Folly Field: 28 Moonshell 3/3 for $850,000 and 130 Sandcastle Court 4/3.5 for $799,950. One is the difference of walking to beach or having nicer home. Location or condition. Pick one. :)

91 Singleton Road 4/4 for $1,250,000 finished off our non-gated homes on tour. we had three in Long Cove, Seven in Palmetto Dunes/Leamington, six in Port Royal and two in Wexford. Shipyard was incorrect with a 15 Sailmaster  - both wrong tour and a villa.

I think 49 Outpost Lane 4/3.5 at $895,000 was my favorite. I am a sucker for killer marsh view, open and spacious homes and this one fit that bill. Additionally, its in Port Royal, a quiet treasured secret for beachgoers and islanders that want to have social contact but not have too much hustle and bustle. Additionally, Port Royal is building a new beach house very soon. :)

Respectfully submitted, 

Susan Ochsner

http://yourhiltonheadagent.com

Posted in Realtor Tour
May 6, 2018

Realtor Tour South Hilton Head - April 25, 2018

A bit late in posting but still need to get you my favorite! Thirty seven homes and villas. Subtract eight villas in Forest Beach ranging in price from $215,000 to $1,100,000. Two homes in Forest Beach - 105 Dune Lane and 3 Bayberry  Lane, both over $1,5 million. One cute home at 52 Ashton Cove for $359,500. One Golfmaster Villa for $429,000 and the rest are Sea Pines. Seven were villas ranging from 1660 Bluff Villa for $397,500 up to a Sound Villa #1456 for $1,199,000. That leaves us with 18 homes to whittle down a favorite. The oceanfront market still seems to be vibrant, at least for listings. We have two more new listings since the closing of Whistling Swan at $8,800,000. That is a record for last 5 years. So now we have three new ones, of which two were on tour: 43 S. Beach Lagoon at $8,900,000 and 24 Belted Kingfisher for $5,800,000. Although both boast a high price tag, I did not care for either one of them. Sad to see that 43 S. Beach Lagoon had a master without a view to the ocean!!! Kitchen cabinets were average quality. Doors and door frames on main part of house were a beautiful grain wood. Those were my favorite feature. Everything else was ok. Did not care for entryway and layout of 24 Belted Kingfisher. OH and I forgot!! Another oceanfront was also on tour: 26 Wood Ibis. Back on the market at much lower price and has elevator. The floor plan is upside down and not everyone's favorite but I like it. With new kitchen this one is in contention this week. 15 Old Military at $799,000 was intriguing but way too much work and its a busy through street. 4 Cotton Lane $419,900 was claustrophobic as a floor plan and location. 2 Oyster Catcher ($1,149,000) is back on and "OK". 25 Oyster Landing at $1,150,000 was my favorite but did not like it stated marsh view. That happens to be in the front of the house and only as long as divided lot is not sold and then built upon. 58 Planters Wood at $879,000 was a bit much for location and being 3 bedrooms. 14 seaside Sparrow at $3,599,000 was ok. 26 Surf Scoter at $2,249,000 was also intriguing. 35 St. Andrews Place is back on the market again at $1,099,000 and makes for a great rental. 1 Sprunt Pond had a fabulous view and although 'original' and a step down living room, the view is amazing and close to beach yet private. Hmmm , we could be approaching a favorite. Considering 137 Club Course Dive $869,000 brand new was nice), 24 Wood Duck Court ($459,000) was ok and 21 Water Oak ($389,500) smelled bad and needed a lot of work, 50 Shell Ring Road $699,000 is a patio lot, I would have to say 1 Sprunt Pond is the winner this week! My favorite is 1 Sprunt Pond - $3 bedroom, 2.5 bath for $1,199,000.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Ochsner

http://yourhiltonheadagent.com

Posted in Realtor Tour
April 19, 2018

Realtor Tour North - April 18, 2018

Did you notice there was no blog last week? We were getting ready for the RBC Heritage tournament, a local tradition for 50 years! My family and I believe in volunteering for events such as this one, Family Circle was another one that I enjoyed helping with.

OK back to the Realtor Tour: This week we had 38 properties to see, three which were villas. Those of you that diligently read this (who does such a thing?), will know that I do not put villas as a preview nor will it be my favorite. Ever. Except when there is an exception. Probably never.

So we had 21 in Hilton Head Plantation, 4 in Indigo Run, 5 in Palmetto Hall and one in Windmill Harbour. The other 7 were off-Plantation, namely Beach City Place, Carolina Isles, Crosswinds, Shearwater Plantation, Tabby Walk Villas, Victoria Square and Woodlake Villas. 

The 21 homes in Hilton Head Plantation were mostly in Skull Creek area, two in Stonegate, two in Oyster Reef, 3 in Headlands and two in Crooked Pond. One was brand new, some great redo and one home was great but so much clutter you could not see the beauty of the home! No favorites but many good ones. Indigo Run had a rare and popular Berwick Green Villa and Palmetto hall had some homes with a higher range than usual: $449,000 to $1,199,999!

3 Post Mill Road in Windmill Harbor was a good one but needed lots of updating for the price. I will cut to the chase. This week, 19 Shear water Drive was my favorite. Driving down Jonesville Road and seeing the water, dock and new home, made it a perfect island getaway! I am a fan of community and this was not in a gated secured community but the view and feel were perfect! That is all - until next week. Call me if you wish more information or just to chat.

Sincerely, 

Susan Ochnser

http://www.Yourhiltonheadagent.com

(843) 816-6388

 

Posted in Realtor Tour
April 8, 2018

Realtor Tour Mid-Island, April 4th, 2018

I must confess. I only went and saw one property: 7426 Anchorage Villas. 2BR/2BA at $279,000. Tour Day for Mid-island was my birthday. I had all intentions to go see the 24 properties, most of which were villas (harder to motivate after so many years and they used to not be on tour anyway). Wexford had 2 Coventry Lane for $725,000, Shipyard had two villas, Port Royal had 7 homes landing from $499,000 (1 Donax Road is back again) through $1,950,000 for 4 Planters Row, a fabulous ocean oriented residential street. Palmetto Dunes and Leamington had mostly villas and two homes, Long Cove had two homes and one Fiddlers Cove at $175,000 (21E).

So my apologies. I will be happy to preview any of them or video them for you. Just contact me anytime. In the meantime, happy birthday to me and to fun with my cousins visiting from Brazil. One had not been here to visit in 39 years. WOW.

Here's to Happy Heritage 2018 and a great week for all!

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Ochsner

http://www.yourhiltonheadagent.com

(843) 816-6388

 

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