My Weekly "Favorite" BLOG based on Realtor Tours, Central, North & South

Thank you for visiting my 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 or on the island. I look forward to hearing from you!

See you at the beach, bike path, ocean or golf course! :) 

Susan

May 15, 2020

Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide

Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less crime and more civic engagement. Additionally, studies show that homeowners are happier and healthier than renters, and their children do better in school.1 

But one of the biggest perks of homeownership is the opportunity to build wealth over time. Researchers at the Urban Institute found that homeownership is financially beneficial for most families,2 and a recent study showed that the median net worth of homeowners can be up to 80 times greater than that of renters in some areas.3

So how does purchasing a home help you build wealth? And what steps should you take to maximize the potential of your investment? Find out how to harness the power of home equity for a secure financial future.

 

WHAT IS HOME EQUITY?

Home equity is the difference between what your home is worth and the amount you owe on your mortgage. So, for example, if your home would currently sell for $250,000, and the remaining balance on your mortgage is $200,000, then you have $50,000 in home equity.

$250,000 (Home’s Market Value)

-$200,000 (Mortgage Balance)

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$50,000 (Home Equity)

The equity in your home is considered a non-liquid asset. It’s your money; but rather than sitting in a bank account, it’s providing you with a place to live. And when you factor in the potential of appreciation, an investment in real estate will likely offer a better return than any savings account available today.

 

HOW DOES HOME EQUITY BUILD WEALTH?

A mortgage payment is a type of “forced savings” for home buyers. When you make a mortgage payment each month, a portion of the money goes towards interest on your loan, and the remaining part goes towards paying off your principal, or loan balance. That means the amount of money you owe the bank is reduced every month. As your loan balance goes down, your home equity goes up.

Additionally, unlike other assets that you borrow money to purchase, the value of your home generally increases, or appreciates, over time. For example, when you pay off your car loan after five or seven years, you will own it outright. But if you try to sell it, the car will be worth much less than when you bought it. However, when you purchase a home, its value typically rises over time. So when you sell it, not only will you have grown your equity through your monthly mortgage payments, but in most cases, your home’s market value will be higher than what you originally paid. And even if you only put down 10% at the time of purchase—or pay off just a small portion of your mortgage—you get to keep 100% of the property’s appreciated value. That’s the wealth-building power of real estate.

 

WHAT CAN I DO TO GROW MY HOME’S EQUITY FASTER?

Now that you understand the benefits of building equity, you may wonder how you can speed up your rate of growth. There are two basic ways to increase the equity in your home:

  • Pay down your mortgage.

We shared earlier that your home’s equity goes up as your mortgage balance goes down. So paying down your mortgage is one way to increase the equity in your home.

Some homeowners do this by adding a little extra to their payment each month, making one additional mortgage payment per year, or making a lump-sum payment when extra money becomes available—like an annual bonus, gift, or inheritance.

Before making any extra payments, however, be sure to check with your mortgage lender about the specific terms of your loan. Some mortgages have prepayment penalties. And it’s important to ensure that if you do make additional payments, the money will be applied to your loan principal.

Another option to pay off your mortgage faster is to decrease your amortization period. For example, if you can afford the larger monthly payments, you might consider refinancing from a 30-year or 25-year mortgage to a 15-year mortgage. Not only will you grow your home equity faster, but you could also save a bundle in interest over the life of your loan.

  • Raise your home’s market value.

Boosting the market value of your property is another way to grow your home equity. While many factors that contribute to your property’s appreciation are out of your control (e.g. demographic trends or the strength of the economy) there are things you can do to increase what it’s worth.

For example, many homeowners enjoy do-it-yourself projects that can add value at a relatively low cost. Others choose to invest in larger, strategic upgrades. Keep in mind, you won’t necessarily get back every dollar you invest in your home. In fact, according to Remodeling Magazine’slatest Cost vs. Value Report, the remodeling project with the highest return on investment is a garage door replacement, which costs about $3600 and is expected to recoup 97.5% at resale. In contrast, an upscale kitchen remodel—which can cost around $130,000—averages less than a 60% return on investment.4

Of course, keeping up with routine maintenance is the most important thing you can do to protect your property’s value. Neglecting to maintain your home’s structure and systems could have a negative impact on its value—therefore reducing your home equity. So be sure to stay on top of recommended maintenance and repairs.

 

 

HOW DO I ACCESS MY HOME EQUITY IF I NEED IT?

When you put your money into a checking or savings account, it’s easy to make a withdrawal when needed. However, tapping into your home equity is a little more complicated.

The primary way homeowners access their equity is by selling their home. Many sellers will use their equity as a downpayment on a new home. Or some homeowners may choose to downsize and use the equity to supplement their income or retirement savings.

But what if you want to access the equity in your home while you’re still living in it? Maybe you want to finance a home renovation, consolidate debt, or pay for college. To do that, you will need to take out a loan using your home equity as collateral. 

There are several ways to borrow against your home equity, depending on your needs and qualifications:5

  • Second Mortgage - A second mortgage, also known as a home equity loan, is structured similar to a primary mortgage. You borrow a lump-sum amount, which you are responsible for paying back—with interest—over a set period of time. Most second mortgages have a fixed interest rate and provide the borrower with a predictable monthly payment. Keep in mind, if you take out a home equity loan, you will be making monthly payments on bothyour primary and secondary mortgages, so budget accordingly.
  • Cash-Out Refinance - With a cash-out refinance, you refinance your primary mortgage for a higher amount than you currently owe. Then you pay off your original mortgage and keep the difference as cash. This option may be preferable to a second mortgage if you have a high interest rate on your current mortgage or prefer to make just one payment per month.
  • Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) - A home equity line of credit, or HELOC, is a revolving line of credit, similar to a credit card. It allows you to draw out money as you need it instead of taking out a lump sum all at once. A HELOC may come with a checkbook or debit card to enable easy access to funds. You will only need to make payments on the amount of money that has been drawn. Similar to a credit card, the interest rate on a HELOC is variable, so your payment each month could change depending on how much you borrow and how interest rates fluctuate.
  • Reverse Mortgage - A reverse mortgage enables qualifying seniors to borrow against the equity in their home to supplement their retirement funds. In most cases, the loan (plus interest) doesn’t need to be repaid until the homeowners sell, move, or are deceased.6

Tapping into your home equity may be a good option for some homeowners, but it’s important to do your research first. In some cases, another type of loan or financing method may offer a lower interest rate or better terms to fit your needs. And it’s important to remember that defaulting on a home equity loan could result in foreclosure. Ask us for a referral to a lender or financial adviser to find out if a home equity loan is right for you.

 

WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU

Wherever you are in the equity-growing process, we can help. We work with buyers to find the perfect home to begin their wealth-building journey. We also offer free assistance to existing homeowners who want to know their home’s current market value to refinance or secure a home equity loan. And when you’re ready to sell, we can help you get top dollar to maximize your equity stake. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation!

 

The above references an opinion and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be financial advice. Consult a financial professional for advice regarding your individual needs.

 

Sources:

  1. National Association of Realtors -
    https://www.nar.realtor/blogs/economists-outlook/highlights-from-social-benefits-of-homeownership-and-stable-housing
  2. Urban Institute - 
    https://www.urban.org/urban-wire/homeownership-still-financially-better-renting
  3. Census Bureau -
    https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2019/08/gaps-in-wealth-americans-by-household-type.html
  4. Remodeling Magazine -
    https://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2019/
  5. Investopedia -
    https://www.investopedia.com/mortgage/heloc/home-equity/
  6. Bankrate -
    https://www.bankrate.com/mortgage/reverse-mortgage-guide/
March 18, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale-Central Tour-Mar.18,2020

Today is March 18th, 2020 and we have the Central Realtor Tour for homes that are new to the market for sale in Hilton Head. Because of this COVID virus, I think some of them have been deleted and are going to wait. Typically, around this time we have a lot more homes. I only have three homes this time. 

As we all sit and hope and pray that we don’t have a spike in too many of these viruses in our country, I notice that there are a lot of people coming down from New York, Canada, and other places that are coming here and leaving their highly congested areas. So, stay safe everybody and we will get through this. 

What does not change is that Hilton Head is still a lovely place that people are coming down, especially now that the kids are out of school. People just feel like riding bikes and being on the beach in the fresh air. We too now have restaurants that now only offer curb service. So, we too are trying to battle this invisible enemy and keep everyone healthy. 

This will be a very short blog. Let’s start with Port Royal.

Port Royal

In Port Royal I went and saw 15 Audubon Place, a three-bedroom two bath listed at $535,000. This home is in a great location. Many of you already know that Port Royal is a private gated ocean-oriented community with no commercial entities and no short-term rentals allowed. This home sits on a huge lot. I would say it’s almost close to an acre and it has a nice golf view. It’s clean as a whistle and obviously a dated home. It is really almost at lot value. I always see the potential in these older homes. You know, you can clean the popcorn ceilings. It has lots of great natural light. Tile countertops in the kitchen, which isn’t my favorite. The biggest negative I have is that the two-car garage, although it looks like it’s attached to the house, has an awkward access into the house. I would say that’s my biggest objection to this very attractively priced ranch in Port Royal Plantation. 

I did go to a condo to support a friend of mine. In Shelter Cove, we have 7526 Yacht Club Villa. It’s a three-bedroom three bath listed at $495,000. It really has a nice view of the pool and the harbor. It’s somewhat dated but clean and beautifully decorated and under $500,000 for three bedrooms. The furnishings are really pretty which really makes it turnkey and ready to go. 

7142 Harbourside II Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $359,000.  I thought it was absolutely beautiful in its decor. I love that you can sit right in the balcony and stare at the people coming in, in droves at the Neptune statue.  It’s nice and spacious also. 

257 Captains Quarters Villa is a two-bedroom two bath priced at $385,000. It just needs to be updated but boy, what a view. 

In Leamington we have 6108 Hampton Place Villa, a three-bedroom three bath listed for $1,174,000. For someone that wants an ocean-oriented lock and leave, this might be the perfect one for you. 

Lastly, we have Villamare, which was the first high rises in Palmetto Dunes at five stories. 1102 Villamare is a two-bedroom two bath for $669,900. This one is on the first floor and the it’s the furthest from the ocean. So, those seem kind of pricey.

In Folly Field we have 4B Sandcastle Plaza. This is a condo that is a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $449,000. It’s newer and was built in 2007. These are spacious with high ceilings and they are very good for professionals looking for a condo. Very centrally located in the Folly Field area. Carraraba's Italian Restaurant is right there too.

Shipyard

In Shipyard today’s products include 224 Evian Villa. It’s a three-bedroom three bath for $419,900. Evian is very well-liked as it is bike to beach and close to Coligny Beach. This one was naturally light and bright and had more privacy than some of the other ones. I felt like I was in Key West though with the bright colors but again, it’s reasonably priced for an Evian. The last two that recently sold in there were $390,000 and $395,000.

1304 Golfmaster Villa is a three-bedroom three bath for $319,000. These also are part of phase two of Golfmaster. They are the furthest away from the beach but it’s a great entry-level price condo because these are very spacious and even have fireplaces. They were intended to be full-time residences and not vacation rentals. That was the development for those. Have not had a sale in there recently.

53 Forest Cove in Broad Creek Landing is a two-bedroom two bath for $159,700. I remember after the 2008 recession; you could get those in the $80,000 to $90,000’s. So, they definitely had an increase in price in those. I did not see that one. 

Wexford Plantation

In Wexford we had two homes this time. 28 Wexford Drive is as five-bedroom five and a half bath for $1,275,000. I love the circular driveway. It’s a southern low country-style home with an extended front porch. I can just imagine two rocking chairs in the front and just watching the world go by. I kind of took a break today since there wasn’t a lot and really could imagine that. It was nice and peaceful there despite being on the main road coming into Wexford. Nicely decorated inside. They had surround sound playing but there was a distinct smell inside. Again, it’s probably nothing to worry about. I’m just noting my observations. The wooden service yard did not look like it was well tended too, not like the inside of the house. One of the unique things I saw was that there was a shoe closet on the master side of the bathroom. The closet had the clothes and then when you went past the toilet, there was a place where they had all their shoes and they were all neat and tidy in there. That was an interesting little feature. It could have been designed better to not be in front of the toilet, but nevertheless, to get a five-bedroom house in the $1.2 million range is pretty good. Don’t forget that Wexford has the $20,000 initiation fee and the POAs that are around $18,000. So, the carrying costs in there, require deep pockets. 

9 Cambridge Circle is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,399,000. This one doesn’t have a turnaround driveway. It’s a similar house. It does have stone going up instead of wood like the first one that I saw. It has a lot more square footage it seemed. I like that you can put your boat to the back because it’s right on the harbor. The thing that bothers me, personally, is that the bedroom and the living space, the house across the harbor is maybe 200 to 300 yards away, if that. Maybe not even that. I might even say 100 yards away and so, you really don’t have much privacy. I guess at night you really have to make sure your window shades are down so that they can’t just look inside but it’s a very beautiful home. I love the kitchen. The pool as a bit more dated that the other home but nicer finishes and place for the boat in the back yard. Less privacy. 

Like I said, there really wasn’t a lot on the market today to look at. I wish there was something else I was prepared to talk about. There are some really great deals out there. I have noticed that the small one and two bedrooms are going under contract quickly. So, our inventory on the condos are very, very low. 

If you need some guidance as to which direction to go to when purchasing on Hilton Head, please have one of our advisors sit with you and we’ll be glad to talk about the different areas and the pros and cons of each area, the amenities offered, the types of homes/condos and so forth,  to help you find out what is important to you so that we can put you in the right place. Thank you so much for your consideration!

Respectfully Submitted, 
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Have a blessed day!

Posted in Realtor Tour
March 12, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale-South Tour-Mar.11,2020

Today is March 11th, 2020 and it is an absolutely spectacular day on Hilton Head Island. This is the weather that we dream about. Actually, we have a lot of it but there is low humidity, a nice little breeze from the ocean, and a great temperature. It’s a very bright and fabulous day. 

Sea Pines

Today is the South End Tour and I’m kind of all over the map in Sea Pines, having to take breaks on negotiations and so forth, so forgive me. Let’s get started with 16 Audubon Pond Road, a five-bedroom four and a half bath home listed at $1,649,000. You’ve got a gorgeous marsh view. . It has a nice, cozy screened in porch among other wonderful spaces including an office. I really like it. It’s a lovely home. 

20 Audubon Pond Road is a five-bedroom four bath home listed for $949,500. This one has been on the market for quite a while. It started at $1,275,000 in 2018 and then they lowered it to $999,000 in November of 2019. Now there is a new broker with it. The house hasn’t changed but they have gone down $50,000. That helps a little bit, but the reality is, it’s very choppy. When you walk in, there are stairs, not an expansive entryway. It does have a gorgeous beautiful marsh view. The curb appeal isn’t that great. Audubon Pond is a beautiful street. It’s a very private residential area. 

44 Lands End Road is a four-bedroom four bath for $1,385,000. I sold 43 Lands End Road for $1,360,000 and it had been completely updated. What makes this one unique though is, it is the one that the developer used as a model home when Lands End was first developed in the 80’s. You have a view going into the South Beach Marina. You even see the water tower but then, when you sit out in the back, you have a marsh view. Then, when you look to the left you actually see Harbour Town lighthouse. It’s a spectacular view and it is a little wider than your typical Lands End home. There are two bedrooms downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs. The kitchen has been redone as far as cabinets go and not the original kitchen. They didn’t blow it out. 43 Lands End was a nicer layout and had nicer wooden floors, although these floors were nice. The bathrooms have not been updated and the kitchen, again, wasn’t updated to its need but, you cannot duplicate this view. It’s absolutely spectacular. 

36 South Beach Lane is a three-bedroom three bath for $1,479,000. They’ve lowered the price on this one. I remember when they were at $1.7 million back in June of 2018. Then they went down over time to $1,490,000 and then in February, they were down to $1,479,000. I did go into it again. It still has a beautiful lagoon view and a pool. You are walking distance from the beach since the beach path is right across the street. South Beach Lane is a beautiful street. You have a newer house across the lagoon. I think what makes this one tough is that it has three bedrooms but it’s a lovely home and they finally painted all the walls a neutral color. They had green in one room and blue in another.  Looks a lot better and cleaner. It’s nice proximity to the beach and all on one level with a two-car garage and nice curb appeal.

We have three streets that were added into Sea Pines after the heyday which are Gadwall, Red Cardinal, and Duck Hawk. So, this is almost on the sound side. 8 Gadwall Road is a seven-bedroom seven and a half bath listed at $5,495,00. It’s oceanfront and gorgeous! They bought this in 2013 for $2 million, tore the house down, and built a brand-new house. Close to South Beach. So, for someone who is looking for a newer home, a lot of the higher-end newer homes are in the eights now. So, I guess this is almost a bargain, right?

7 Gadwall is a five-bedroom four and a half bath priced at $3,399,000, say $3.4 million. This one has been on the market before. They have lowered it some, $600,000 to be exact. They started at $3.9 million. They have had this price since May of 2019. The condition is just kind of eh, and you are on Gadwall but it’s $3.4 million. So, they are getting closer to being in the money and will hopefully find a buyer soon. 

Let’s keep going oceanfront with 25 Duck Hawk Road. It’s a five-bedroom four and a half bath house for $4,200,000. Duck Hawk are smaller and tighter lots on the ocean because they stuck them in there after the master plan was made. It’s tight driving up. You go upstairs from the outside but when you walk in, even though it was built in the 80’s and you can tell, boy, it has a beautiful, open feel. A WOD upon entering. It’s contemporary now and the view is absolutely gorgeous. The pool is too close to the house and kind of small. The living space upstairs is awesome. Everything else is very dated. So, that needs to be updated. It has old cabinets in the kitchen, but it does have and open floorplan and is contemporary. I love the colors in it. It has a cool factor to it, but it has a high sticker price.

37 Ruddy Turnstone, I think this was my favorite of all the ocean-fronts on tour today, just because of the price and condition. It's a six-bedroom six and a half bath listed at $3,750,000, close to the ocean gate, which I think is important because people don’t want to just stay in Sea Pines. There is so much more to do on Hilton Head. This just gives you that allowance and this one, when you walk in, you don’t have that wow factor but when you go upstairs there is a beautiful view. You have some trees, but you’re set back. It has an open kitchen and is in great condition and it’s listed at a great price. I think this would have to be my favorite of all the oceanfront homes although I did like them all. :)

We have a second row at 10 Royal Tern Road. It’s an eight-bedroom seven bath house listed for $2,295,000. I don’t think people are as excited about McMansions anymore. This one has been on the market for at least a couple of years. I do know that they have ratcheted the price down. It’s probably a rental machine. It’s built okay, medium grade. Did not go this time since I've seen it twice before on tour.

109 North Sea Pines Drive is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed for $729,000 with pool in the front. It has a great view of the 18th of Atlantic Dunes. A fantastic location. You are almost as close as Beach Lagoon to get to the beach club and you can walk to the Plantation Club. It does need updating and when you walk in, there is kind of a space right when you walk in that is kind of weird, but it has tremendous potential and I get excited about houses with tremendous potential. 

12 Woodbine Place is a three-bedroom four and a half bath listed at $750,000. Not as close to the beach as 109 N. Sea Pines, but it’s a nice neighborhood area. My mom knew this woman. The house is empty and did have a smell in it. Lovely view of the golf course to the other side. It also needs to be updated. It’s probably a tougher renovation because of the way the kitchen is tucked in but again, it has tremendous potential.

I don’t usually go in villas but this is a fee simple one now, and they show up as residences even though it is a villa. So, sorry about the confusion. 557 Ocean Course Villa is a two-bedroom two bath listed for $639,000.  These are no garages but people love them and this one is done to the nines. It has a gorgeous view and is really nicely updated with nice finishes. 

30 Plantation Drive is a five-bedroom four bath for $789,000. This guy bought it in the sixes about six or seven months ago. I don’t know why it’s priced this high now. The homesite that sold down the street, number eight I believe, sold in the threes. 


28 Plantation Drive is a six-bedroom four and a half bath for $999,000, a very modern house. I remember this one. Current owners bought it in 2017 for $925,000. It looks like they are just wanting to get out of it. I don’t know why they are selling but it’s a large estate lot and open concept. 

18 Battery Road is a four-bedroom five bath listed at $749,000. It’s an old-school house which has a pool. It’s in a great location in Heritage Woods and nice proximity to the beach. Privacy with the pool area in the back. It’s neat as a pin and priced well. 

11 Pine Island Road in Club Course is a three-bedroom, three bath, and two half bath listed for $1,300,000. The curb appeal is a little tough because of its long metal roof. It doesn’t break up and I think people have trouble with that BUT when you go inside, they have painted all that dark wood. It has a beautiful kitchen and a beautiful outdoor space. This is a low country home and it’s worthwhile to see. It shows a lot nicer now. 

66 Governors Road is a three-bedroom three bath for $799,000. It’s a lovely home and it has been updated with a nice golf view. What I don’t like about the house is that the garage is on the wrong side. You have to go in the garage, out the door, in the steps, and across the house to get to the kitchen. So, buying your groceries could be a little tough. You almost don’t want to use the garage and then go and park your car instead. I think it was added on. It’s a lovely home though.

20 Evergreen Lane is a three-bedroom two bath listed for $399,900, a great price. It’s on a corner lot. You have to like wood since a lot of interior trim and walls are pine, but you can paint the wood. It has a little indoor courtyard and is cute as a button. 

Last, we have 23 Shell Ring Road, a four-bedroom four and a half bath priced at $775,000. Has a nice southern porch the entire length of the home and is elevated. I liked this home. That whole Carolina Place area is growing. 

Condo-wise we have 472 Plantation Club Villa, a two-bedroom two bath for $320,000. It’s in the money. 

111 Lawton Villa is a three-bedroom three bath for $427,500. It’s a little on the dark side but good location.

333 Greenwood Garden Villa is a three-bedroom three bath for $425,000. This one is the concept with the two bedrooms outside. They started back at $550,000. So, they’ve really come down in the price. 

395 Briarwood is a two-bedroom two bath for $495,000. It has a great golf view and no short-term rentals are allowed. 

1807 Bluff is an efficiency for $215,000. It’s a great entry-level but I have a one-bedroom for $289,000 if that is affordable for someone. 

1618 Port Villa is a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $649,000. You are very close to South Beach.

There is one lot which is 25 Deer Run Lane for $399,000.

In Forest Beach, 23 Bittern Street, a six-bedroom five bath for $2,495,000. Bittern is a great rental area and it’s very close to Coligny. 

11 Hickory Lane is a three-bedroom two bath for $689,000, a cute little cottage and it’s really in excellent condition with pavers and everything done. Has a cool pool and would be nice for someone that wants to live ocean oriented. 

290 Seaside is a one-bedroom one bath for $219,000. It’s a great price. 

For our retirement community, for over 55, there is 3509 the Seabrook, a one-bedroom one bath for $35,000. 

In Point Comfort we have two condos I’m going to mention which are 1 Shipwatch Point, a three-bedroom two bath for $245,000 and 27 Anchorage Point, a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $344,900. 

Then there was a home, 2 Row Boat Road that excited this Lowcountry girl. It’s a four-bedroom three bath for $1,190,000. If you want something spectacular, I became giddy in this house. Granted it’s a ranch and dated, but it has specimen live oaks, a marsh view to the front and a water view to the back, a dock and a pool. For simple low country living, this is what you want. I was mesmerized by it. Granted, it’s an old-school house but it’s so quiet, peaceful, and serene there. I loved everything about it. I would sell and move in there in a heartbeat if I could. That is what Hilton Head living is all about, especially if you’re a fisherman, kayaker or paddle boarder. Loved it.

So, all in all it was a great tour today. There are lots of fabulous properties, but the one I can’t get out of my mind is 2 Row Boat Road. I just think it’s a spectacular home because I love the unique, almost secret location. 


So, if you are ready for the island lifestyle, Hilton Head is the place to be. Contact us so that we can help you find your piece of paradise.

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
March 5, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale-North Tour-Mar. 4,2020

Today is Wednesday March 4th, 2020 and we have the North Tour for Hilton Head homes that are new on the market and for sale. It’s a very rainy day, which means we can see where the puddles and water flow is designed on these homes, something you cannot see on a sunny day.


Hilton Head Plantation

14 Wild Laurel Lane is a four-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $689,000. It is a beautiful home. I love this cozy and updated home. Has a new roof and water heaters with three heat pumps, a lovely master bedroom and lots of birds in the backyard. You can actually see from the master bed the tee on the golf course. It’s lovely and has a beautiful kitchen. I enjoyed this house very, very much. 

51 Rookery Way is a three-bedroom two and a half bath priced at $545,000. This one is in the Rookery neighborhood. Mexican tile all in the front and hallway, but it has old-school curb appeal. It’s clean as a whistle. It has a pool and is elevated plus a two-car garage. It just maybe needs a little updating but it’s nice and clean and priced okay.

1 Bridle Court is a three-bedroom two bath home listed at $450,900 in the Big Woods neighborhood.  I’m not a fan of those half moon glass windows , though. It’s light and bright. They used the third bedroom as an office and then they also had a sun porch. So, it’s small but cute and priced well. 

11 Clearwater Lane is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $619,000. I found this house to be a little choppy. I do like that it has as mother in law suite which is something unique for certain buyers. It has a lot of moldings and ornateness. It feels tight in there and doesn’t really have a good flow but it’s nice to have a mother in law suite. So, again, for a specific buyer, this one would be okay. The house didn’t wow me, personally, at all. 

In Ribaut Island we have 26 Ribaut Drive, a four-bedroom five bath listed at $1,100,000. Ribaut is a very majestic neighborhood with its own electronic gate within HHP and surrounded by water and marsh.  So, even though you have a three-car garage and the features are pretty good, there is no cover there. I love the pretty flowers as you drive up to it. They have beautiful Spring flowers. You do have a marsh view and features that you would expect but again, I really didn’t like that there isn’t much coverage over the front door and I was getting wet as I was trying to open up the lock box key. So, it’s not my favorite on Ribaut Island. 

In Elliot Point we have 34 Bayley Point Lane, a three-bedroom three bath home listed at $785,000. I thought this price was high until I drove up to it. It looks like it’s only a one-car garage and it has steps going up but you’re at the end of the cul-de-sac and you have this tidal creek on your backyard and nice outdoor spaces. The house is contemporary but dated. I think the potential in the house is phenomenal. So, again, I don’t know if it’s going to sit for a while but even downstairs in the garage, you could easily make it into a two-car garage without any problem. It is such a cool area. That’s what the low country was all about and in the living room you had glass everywhere. It’s fabulous. I see the potential in this house, but it does need some updating but it has the features that you need. I think the kitchen is in decent shape. It’s in decent condition. Again, flooring would be the big start to changing things out. 

In the same neighborhood we have 17 Bayley Point Lane, a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $865,000. This one doesn’t have as amazing of a view. I also don’t like that you get that hollow feel when you walk in houses that are elevated. This one was contemporary like the last one but it’s for a lot more money with less view. I don’t care for the curb appeal of this home as much. So, why spend $80,000 more? I would go for 34 Bayley Point. Again, I always tell folks, “You can change anything inside. What you can’t change is the location and the view,” and that 34 Bayley Point was about as fabulous of a location as you can get if you like low country views and locations.

In Dolphin Head we had a few. 11 Sparrow Hawk Court is a three-bedroom three and a half bath home listed at $499,000. I also saw a lot of potential in this one. It’s kind of a chopped-up house. It would be really hard for people to like it. It has a garage, but it looks like they made a workout room out of it and they had all kinds of different flooring and the bedrooms actually have tile. So, I don’t know if the people have allergies or what, but you have wood in the living areas and then tile, which is so cold. I really don’t care for that. So, the flooring needs to go but again, it has a beautiful view. It would probably be easy to convert the one-car garage back. It sits on a patio lot and is a nice price. 

35 Field Sparrow Road is a three-bedroom two bath for $435,000. It’s in good condition and is a good price. You really don’t have a view and you have kind of a small backyard but it’s clean and a decent house at a decent price.

23 Sugar Pine Lane is a three-bedroom two bath priced at $449,000. This is even a better price. I love that name Sugar Pine Lane, don’t you? It’s turnkey and has nice curb appeal. You have the two-car garage. It does face the main road but it’s neat as a pin and priced well. So, for somebody who cares more about the inside of a house, this one is probably ready to go.

6 Elmwood Court is a three-bedroom two bath for $519,000. This has a nice golf view. I like the pretty floors. It’s on the cul-de-sac. It has popcorn ceilings. It was just eh. I’m kind of neutral on this house. 

27 Honey Locust Circle is a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $449,000. I’d give this one a B plus. The curb appeal is neat. I like the open living space. What I didn’t like is that you have to go down this long crunched up hallway to get to the master and I found the master area to be very small. So, just keep that in mind but it has nice living spaces.

17 Palm View Drive is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $695,000. This is a very light and bright street. There are almost no trees on it, which in the Summer can probably be very harrowing, but some people seem to like it. This is a nice, clean single level home. Everything looks freshly painted. The carpet looks very new. So, this one is turnkey. It’s stucco and it’s a nice home. 

30 Glenmore Place is a three-bedroom four bath home listed at $725,000. This one I didn’t really care for. It has a two-car garage. The stairs were just eh. I’m not a fan of rounded windows. So, maybe that’s what it is. You’ve got a rectangular garage and I find the price to be kind of on the high side but, you know, you are near the country club and you do have a pool. It’s a great location. You’re on the first fairway of the country club and you’ve got a lot of square footage and a lot of built-ins too. So, it’s a newer house but already it’s up at $725,000 which seems a little on the high side for a three-bedroom. 

37 Santa Maria Drive is a three-bedroom two and a half bath house listed at $568,750. This one has lots of different flooring and a lot of black surfaces. It has really good architecture and a nice view. It’s at a decent price in a great neighborhood.

8 Old Fort Lane is a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed for $545,000. I sold 10 Old Fort Lane and that one had been completely done. This one, the view isn’t as pretty but it’s a great family home. You’ve got two bedrooms upstairs. The master is on the first floor, but it needs to be completely updated. So, it’s a decent house.

2 Tall Pines Road is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed for $529,900. It’s an elevated house with stucco. It has a basic floorplan. It’s well-priced and ready to go. It’s a good house is a great area.

Again, the ones that stay in my mind – because I go into so many houses – for Hilton Head Plantation are 34 Bayley Point Lane. That corner lot is just fabulous and then 11 Sparrow Hawk. So, those would be the two with great potential and views if somebody wants to make upgrades. If you want turnkey, 14 Wild Laurel Lane was gorgeous. I’d say it would be my next favorite. 

We did have one condo, and I actually know this one in Hilton Head Plantation. It’s 301A Indian Springs Villa, a three-bedroom two bath for $639,000. You’re on the water. You have the elevator. Everything has been done in these condos – the siding, the roof, the elevator has been refurbished. So, it’s ready to go. 

Off Plantation

I went and looked at two houses in the Old House Creek neighborhood. 

29 Old House Creek Drive is a four-bedroom three bath listed for $479,000. This one has a peekaboo sound view. It is dated but it’s in great condition. I like this house. 

14 Old House Creek Drive is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $439,900. What I didn’t care for about this one is that as you drive up to the house, you actually have track homes over the fence because you are right on the fence and you see all these homes from your front yard. So, I didn’t care for that at all and I know that will be tough but, you know, it’s also $40,000 less. So, if you want to be in the Spanish Wells area, that might be something to consider. 

In Jonesville we have 212 Jonesville Road, a six-bedroom five and a half bath for $899,999. So, let’s just say $900,000. Again, it’s a big house with lots of room for a big family.

In Carolina Isles we have 27 Sullivan’s Lane, a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $425,000. It’s an okay home. 

Let’s run through the villas that are Off Plantation

Off Plantation Villas

In Broad Creek we have The Residences at Edgewater #2301. It’s a four-bedroom three bath for $375,000.

3F Summerfield Villas is a three-bedroom three bath for $269,000.

1D Summerfield Villas is a two-bedroom two bath priced at $194,900. 

505 Mariners Cove Villas is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $269,000. These are right when you come on the island.

The Preserve at Indigo Run #2321 is a two-bedroom two bath for $306,000. A lot of professionals live in the Preserve and I know at one point we had 20 last year but there are not many on the market. So, this one will probably go soon also.

Indigo Run 

In Indigo Run we have 16 Branford Lane, a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $599,000. It’s an okay house.

5 Balmoral Place is a four-bedroom five and a half bath priced at $849,000. It seems a little high.

51 Cotesworth Place is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $819,000. I like this house. Again, it’s $30,000 less but I like it much better. 

Palmetto Hall

314 Fort Howell Drive is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $529,900. It’s a nice home.

26 Wild Bird Lane is a four-bedroom four bath home priced at $499,000. 

1 Sabal Court is a three-bedroom three and a half bath home for $499,900. They are all okay.

Spanish Wells

In Spanish Wells we had a home which is 62 Widewater Road. It’s a four-bedroom four bath priced at $1,550,000. This guy just bought this house less than a year ago. So, I don’t know what’s going on. So, that might be something to consider for someone that wants to be in the Spanish Wells area. These guys bought it a year ago for $1.3 million and it was listed for $1,450,000. You are waterfront. It looks like they redid the hardwood floors. It’s a cool home. It’s very southern. You feel like you’re really in the low country with a house like this and there is nothing like being on the water.

Windmill Harbour


We only have one in Windmill Harbour which is 107 Harbour Passage. It’s a four-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $1,395,000. Wow, I love this townhouse! It has solid wooden doors and high ceilings. The only reason they are selling this is because they are hardly ever using it. These are Swiss folks - I happen to know that. It has a spectacular view. I’m telling you; I have a lot for sale, but this house is magnificent. It has an elevator with four stops. It has a spacious garage downstairs. The kitchen is modern, but it has clean lines. I love all the spaces in this house. It’s absolutely lovely. So, this one makes my short list also. I don’t usually get excited about homes in Windmill Harbour but this one is a definite beauty. 

So, that covers it for the North Tour on this very rainy day. I saw some great potential homes that need updating and for turnkey, 107 Harbour Passage and 14 Wild Laurel would be my go-to homes. They are at different price points, but they are different products. It was a great tour today. 

Remember that we have buyer’s agents that are long time islanders and ready to work for you at no cost to you. We know the market very well in Hilton Head and would love to help you find your piece of paradise on this lovely island. Even in the rain, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It’s great to be on island time. Please contact us if you have any questions and if we can be of any assistance to you. Thank you so much. 

Respectfully Yours,
Susan Ochsner

(843) 816-6388
YourHiltonHeadAgent.com

Posted in Realtor Tour
Feb. 27, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale Central Tour-Feb.26,2020

Today is February 26th, 2020 and we have the Central Tour of Homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. As some of you already know, we do Central, South, and North tours and they are rotated on an even basis. So, this time we are going to begin with homes on the realtor tour for Central beginning with Port Royal. 

Port Royal

14 Bertram Place is two-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $565,000. This is a cute home. I like it. It’s near the gate and on the cul-de-sac. and all on one level. It has a cute lagoon view and is clean as a whistle inside. You even have a den with a fireplace that technically could become a third bedroom. It’s nice and cozy and well-priced. The siding looks like it needs a little bit of TLC, but the inside is really nice.

29 Fairway Winds Place is a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $799,000. This one kind of smells like curry. You have a two-car garage and is really close to the beach club. They put all new decking all the way up so, the decking looks new. When you come in, you’ve got a beautiful view sort of the lagoon and when you’re inside the house, you actually can almost see the beach beyond and to the beach club. So, you can’t see the ocean, but you can see how light it is towards the ocean nearby. Maybe one can even hear the waves. This house is light and bright with the master is on the first floor. It’s in really good condition. I love the high ceilings. The kitchen is sort of an open style kitchen. I love the view. I think it’s really, really nice and I guess if I had to pick one thing that was inferior, I wasn’t that keen on the master bath, but they also even had a hot tub outside. 

34 Ocean Point South is a four-bedroom five and a half bath listed at $2,595,000. It is oceanfront. They have a whole area on the bottom that is for a garage and things.  The folks built this house and they really built it well. You know, when you have sort of a standard and when it’s your personal residence, you take it up a notch and this was certainly done on this house. The master bath is a little dated. They did redo the shower. It has a nice, open kitchen and to be oceanfront on Hilton Head in a private beach community like Port Royal, I really like this price. They also own the lot next door and would sell if someone wants even more privacy. This one is great for a discerning buyer.

Palmetto Dunes

31 Saint George Road is a four-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $975,000. When I first drove up to the house, I wasn’t that keen on its curb appeal BUT I have to say that I really like the inside and the backyard. It’s one of these houses that the curb appeal might be average but you get wowed coming inside. What I also loved is that it's the last house before you get to the bridge that crosses over to Omni Hotel and the beach. You have a really cool deck on the outside, private dock and close to the beach. You’re on the lagoon of Palmetto Dunes, that 11-mile lagoon system. I was pleasantly surprised and really liked this house. The outdoor deck area is really cool and the location is excellent. Everything else inside you can change, but it’s all okay. I did enjoy this listing. It might make my short list. 

10 End Court is a five-bedroom four and a half bath home priced at $1,375,000 in Leamington. I thought it to be a little high but not sure. I got there early and the owners were there, and the tour isn’t supposed to happen until 12. So, I just went into the front area and the kitchen and put my card down and left. It has a nice view. It has rounded rocks in the entryway which did not appeal to me. I felt like I was out west in Vail. It really had nothing beachy or low country about it. Again, I didn’t see too much of the house so you call me and let's go see it in more detail.  :)

195 Mooring Buoy is a five-bedroom six bath house priced at $2,350,000. This house is a little pricey for its location, but it really is a cool house. It has southern charm to the nth degree. It sits on the 11-mile lagoon and has a really nice veranda on the back. I really enjoyed the entryway as you came up into the house.  It has as chef’s kitchen and is a newer house. It was all on the end of Mooring Buoy, so it was a very unique placement of the home and I like it. It’s really a lovely, lovely southern charm home. It seems a little on the pricey side but if it’s a newer home, then maybe not. I also love the circular driveway. When you come up, you’re greeted by a lovely fountain with birds. It’s a very unique location at the end of the cul-de-sac.

21 Starboard Tack is a five-bedroom five and a half bath listed for $1,895,000. This is a cool house. I feel like it is priced high. These folks bought it in 2005 for $1.5 million. It is really nicely decorated though; I have to say. This person has very nice and exquisite taste. The master is upstairs, though. I didn’t really care for that. It has a really cool main floor. It's a nice cozy home.

29 Sea Lane is a five-bedroom five and a half bath house listed at $1,195,000. I think it was built in the 90’s.  I love this cool house concept. You are on the main drag, but everything is on one level and it’s very well spread out. It has a good view and it’s close to the beach. I like this house. It’s cool. I think the only thing I didn’t care for is, they had black tile all over the master and that needs to be taken care of. I didn’t care for that at all. 

60 Full Sweep is a four-bedroom three bath listed at $699,000. These people bought it in 2010 for $555,000. It does have a smell. I don’t know if it was closed up. It’s kind of small. You come in and you see the kitchen. It’s okay. 

If I had to pick one on the short list for the Palmetto Dunes area, I would say 195 Mooring Buoy is a cool house, but I like the location of 29 Sea Lane better and it was $1.2 million less. So, those two would make my short list but I also liked Saint George and that was under a million and also pretty close to the beach. So, I guess those three. 

Long Cove

29 Oakman Branch is a five-bedroom five and a half bath for $950,000. I like this house in it’s setting. Even though it looked like a wooded view, if you thin the vegetation down a little bit you actually have a marsh view. I love being on the marsh. That is what the low country is all about. This is a newer home and is well-priced on a very nice street. 

38 Combahee Road is a three-bedroom, four bath, and two half bath home. This one has been on the market and was on tour about 6 months ago. It’s listed at $1,399,000. I didn’t go in it this time, but I do remember that it has gorgeous views and is a higher grade build. I do remember that. 

Wexford

18 Bridgetown Road is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $499,000. This house made a wow pause for me. I love the curb appeal. It has a circular driveway when you come up and it’s a two-story elevated home. I don’t care for the yellow color but nevertheless, it looks like it has a lot of charm. You went in and it had Savannah brick on the floor and a golf view. The kitchen is to the left. It’s a little on the small side but very quaint. Downstairs they actually added a bonus area. Cute house and just to put this into perspective, in 2006 these folks bought it for $732,500. The previous owner had it in 2005 for $664,500 and the previous owner to that was in 2002 and they paid $619,000 for it then. Granted it’s 18 years older now, but I think it’s a great house and under $500,000. So, it’s definitely a wow factor for me. Please do remember though, that the initiation fee of $20,000 and about $18,000 annual POA.

34 Bridgetown Road is a four-bedroom five and a half bath for $669,000. They tried to sell this in 2019. I remember going into this house. They have reduced it another $20,000. It has a three-car garage. It’s a little dark and the kitchen is very dated. Again, if you can get this other house for almost $180,000, unless you need a three-car garage, I like the other one better. 

Villas

We had some villas in Palmetto Dunes.

449 Captains Walk Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $699,000. Boy, those are certainly going up in price. My assumption is that this one has been redone.

Then on the Mariner’s side we have Dunes House 15 Beach Villa, a three-bedroom three bath for $635,000. My guess is that it needs to be redone. 

We have 573 Queens Grant Villa, a two-bedroom two bath for $345,000 and 681 Queens Grant Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $344,900.

There was one piece of land and that is 24 Heath Drive for $349,000. I have piece of land on Sea Lane in the $700,000’s that is a pocket listing if one wants to have something a little closer to the ocean. Heath Drive is a nice residential area. 

In Yacht Cove we have a villa which is 213 Wyndemere Villa. It’s a three-bedroom three bath for $223,999. You might as well say $224,000. Again, it is a good entry-level and a lot of young families start in Yacht Cove.

In Folly Field we have 52 Stones Throw Villas. These are very rarely on the market. They are close to the beach. It’s a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $342,000. 

So, that wraps it up for our Central Tour on February 26th. That 18 Bridgetown, I think, just stays in my mind because it was just so inexpensive. I think I would pick it to be my favorite. All of the houses were great. A couple of them had the steps up and down and I’m not really a fan of that but nevertheless there are some good listings out there.

Because we have 14 different gated communities, all with their own personalities, property types, covenants and restrictions as well as annual POA fees and initiation fees, you need a seasoned veteran agent that can guide you through and help you meet your real estate goals without having it be a bumpy process. I have a BUYER' GUIDE that lists all the amenities and fees in each gated community on the island and would be happy to send any prospective buyer this 18 page booklet. Just contact me.

We’re here to make this a smooth and fun process for you. So, if you are ready to start looking, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you start your journey on becoming a Hilton Head islander. It’s one of the best places to live. We have so much nature and it is an absolutely awesome community. We’d love to have you join us.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Susan Ochsner 

(843) 816-6388
YourHiltonHeadAgent.com 

Posted in Realtor Tour
Feb. 19, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour South - Feb 19, 2020

Today is February 19th, 2020. It’s a balmy 63 degrees on Hilton Head, an extraordinary fabulous day for February. Today is the South End Realtor tour for homes for sale on Hilton Head. There is nothing in Shipyard and only one condo in Forest Beach and a couple of condos in the Point Comfort area. The rest is all Sea Pines. 

We have a total of 29 properties to look at.

Sea Pines - South Beach

We had our meeting at 9 Bald Eagle Road, a four-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $1,199,000. This on started at this particular price back in November of 2018 but the difficulty was that it was very dark, and it had a lot of stuff in it. Now they have put new floors in, a nice luxury vinyl. They painted everything white. It is still an upside-down older home that was built in the 70’s but it has been freshly painted and is right there on the beach walk. So, it certainly shows a lot better than it did prior.

2 Gadwall Road is a four-bedroom four and a half bath listed for $1,395,000. I remember this home. It was sold in August of 2017 for $1,195,000. They have really great rentals. It smelled a little musty, but it might have been closed up for a while. It’s a little choppy but has been redone. There is a view of the South Beach marina area and, fortunately, it does have an elevator. So, if you are looking for great rental numbers, they had $111,000 worth of rentals. That could make it promising, and it is in a great location close to South Beach. 

2 Black Duck Road is a five-bedroom five and a half bath home priced at $2,195,000. I love the tabby walls on this house. It is newer and the cabinetry is soft close and has a gas range. I think the only negative is that there is not a lot of working counter space in the kitchen, but it really doesn’t seem to matter if you’re on vacation. This is a second row home because Black Duck is a short street. It is a nicely done house and is well-priced. 

3 Painted Bunting Road is a five-bedroom five and a half bath for $3,295,000. This home was actually under contract as it was being built. I heard the buyer backed out and that is why it’s on the market. It is absolutely gorgeous. Yes, it’s on the main road but it has the most amazing butler’s pantry and a six-burner gas range. I love the gorgeous antique reclaimed barn floor. It is absolutely stunning. It’s an open kitchen concept and the mudroom has brick flooring. Every attention to detail in this home has been observed and it is absolutely spectacular. I really, really like this house especially for someone looking for something new. You’d definitely have to consider this one.

9 Seaside Sparrow Road is a six-bedroom seven and a half bath for $3,099,000. It came on the market in May of 2019 at $3,699,000 and every month they ratchet down the price $100,000. They withdrew it at the end of the month at $3,150,000 and now they come in at $3,099,000. If I had been the new lister, I would have just gone right under $3 million because it is a tough house. It was built in 2009 and you come in and you’ve got some steps and it is kind of choppy. It has great rental projections. It has features that are looked for this day in age, but it’s a tough house to show. They might do well at $3,099,000. I’m just trying to speak honestly and that is what I would do. I would be a little more aggressive, but bottom line is that they started way too high on this home. It has only been on the market for six months. I think too that people aren’t looking for these big McMansions anymore with six, seven, eight, nine bedrooms anymore. I think those are really tougher sales. So, that’s it for the South Beach area. 

Sea Pines - Heritage Woods

36 Baynard Cove Road, a four-bedroom three bath house for $799,000. This one has been shut up for a while. It has a musty, but not moldy, smell. It has lots of good natural light. It could be a teardown although it’s a little higher than lot price for Baynard Cove. It is not on the deep-water side, otherwise I would say it is lot price. The bathrooms are small, and you’ve got popcorn ceilings but it has great rental potential as a redo, especially for someone who just wants a ranch in a very nice address because Baynard Cove is a very distinguished address in Sea Pines. It sits on a large lot and has tremendous potential by opening up wall from dining to kitchen. What remains are small master baths though. 

52 Baynard Cove Road is a five-bedroom four and a half bath listed at $1,275,000. This has an old-school curb appeal, but I was absolutely wowed inside. What was not to like about this house? It is really beautifully updated. I like everything about this house. I love the floors. They redid the kitchen. It is open. It’s furnished. It’s at a great address and not too big. It has a nice pool. I really, really like this home a lot. It was nicely redone. 

39 Heritage Road is a five-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,549,000. I remember this house. This used to be the house of this cute lovely elderly couple that attended my church. They listed at $945,000 and they wound up moving it at $840,000 from a professional flipper. They added a bedroom over the garage. You have a beautiful golf view. It has been totally redone and is medium build.  You’re on the Heritage Golf Course and a pool was added. There is a lagoon and then you have the Heritage Golf Course behind you. So, it’s a beautiful setting. It is beautifully redone for somebody that wants a house that has been completely updated. 

Greenwood Forest.

In Greenwood Forest we have 23 Hollyberry Lane, a three-bedroom two bath for $569,000. I didn’t like that the third bedroom is right off the kitchen. It is really a two-bedroom two bath house. It does have a one-car garage with lovely pavers. It’s on the cul-de-sac and very private. Again, that was the only part that I didn’t like, that the bedroom was off the kitchen. It’s kind of small but it’s cute and I think having a one-car garage and being on the cul-de-sac are definitely bonuses for the home. 

16 Dewberry Lane is a three-bedroom two and a half bath priced at $500,000. This is a harder house to work. It is kind of tired. I also saw it as a two-bedroom. You’ve got a stepdown living room off the kitchen plus another living space but there was a bath in that area. So, that could be your third bedroom. There is no garage, is also on the cul-de-sac. It’s kind of a funky house and it does have a spiral staircase inside and green carpeting and popcorn ceilings. So, you’re going to spend some good money in there. It is old and tired though. A great project for someone?

Next, near Harbour Town we have 6 Sylvan Lane. It’s a four-bedroom, four bath, and two half bath listed at $1,649,000. This is a very pretty home. The windows are kind of high off the ground, limiting the natural light inside but does give privacy. It’s very cozy and a beautifully done newer home. It has pavers and is on the cul-de-sac. You can walk to Harbour Town and it’s priced well. So, for someone looking for a newer home, this one is definite one to consider. 

We did not go into 5 Jessamine Place, but I can tell you about it because we had the brokerage on this home before. It’s a four-bedroom four bath priced at $850,000. It has a wooded view. The folks have it on the rental market. It is now under a new brokerage and priced a little higher. We had it down at $829,000. It’s a great rental and it’s surrounded by large homes that are second homes but it’s a tough sale because it is old and tired.

Club Course

23 Pine Island Court is a three-bedroom three and a half bath home for $1,195,000. Now, someone might say this is high for the neighborhood, but you need to go into this townhouse. Pine Island Club is very unique and does NOT allow short term rentals. I had a listing there and I had a tough time selling it because a lot of people didn’t know where it was, and this was only a two-bedroom. This one is a three-bedroom but the attention to detail on this house is great. It’s tastefully done. It does have an elevator. It has beautiful natural light and is beautifully done. Anyone looking for something that is turnkey definitely has to keep this one under consideration. I think it’s gorgeous in every way. 

38 Pine Island Road is a five-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,199,000. This was a friend’s house and it sold not too long ago. So, I was very stunned to see it back on the market. They, obviously, sold it and what I can’t understand is why it’s on the market again so quickly. They bought it in June of 2019 for $1,175,000. So, I’m very stunned by it but it’s a great family house with lots of great areas and spaces. You do feel a little claustrophobic because the kitchen in on the bottom floor and it has low ceilings. It has a sunken living space right when you come in. So, it’s a little choppy but it’s a great family house and because it just sold, it’s in the money. Again, it’s going to take a particular buyer for this house. 

52 Club Course Drive is a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $719,900. This one has been on the market before. They got it at $729,000. So, they just lowered it another $10,000. They tried to sell it all last year. It is cutely redone. I think the hard part about this house is that the wet bar area and this little space that’s off. It’s a little high for the area and the type of renovation that was done because the rooms are kind of small, but it has been redone. I can see that the biggest drawback is that sort of family sitting area that is neither here nor there and has that wet bar area that is a little on the odd side. 

142 Otter Road is a four-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $559,000. I like this house. It’s light and bright. It has a good feel and a nice view of the golf course. Kitchen was nice also. It was used as a second home apparently and you can kind of tell because it is in great condition. So, I doubt this one will last long but that is just my guess. What do I know? 

6 Governors Road is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $685,000. This one has a beautiful golf view and has bedrooms all to one side. Older kitchen. I feel like my sweet grandma lives in here. It is very close to the club and priced at market. 

27 Governors Road is as four-bedroom four bath for $829,000. This was a newly built house. It only had one owner. It is newer and large and has lots of space. It’s a good house with good bones. It overlooks wood duck road and the lagoon I drive by every day. Bet this was a spec house build back in the day.

31 Governors Road is a three-bedroom three bath for $680,000. This one has been on the market before. It backs up to Wood Duck Road on that lagoon i just mentioned. It’s very spacious, light and bright and good spaces. I think at $680,000 you really can’t beat that. My folks that were looking at that before wound up buying in Hilton Head Plantation or they might have reconsidered it. 

Carolina Place

23 Shell Ring Road is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $775,000. We were going to go in this house but there was a moving truck in it and I just didn’t want to get involved with the moving. So, obviously, it’s going to be empty soon. It is in the interior side of Shell Ring and has that long porch alongside the entire second floor of the home. I always did want to see this house.

98 Shell Ring Road is a three-bedroom two bath home for $449,000. This is a cute, adorable house. It has been on the market before and was very cluttered at the time. They have decluttered it. Looks toward the tennis and the pool. It’s really a cute, cozy home. I love the entryway because it’s brick and not wooden. I really like this one for the price and condition.

92 Shell Ring Road is a three-bedroom three bath listed at $429,000. This one has been on the market before with a different brokerage and I think they just basically changed the brokerage. It’s a tough sale. They did bring the price down $5,000. It has a garage, but it needs a lot of work. It’s very hollow when you walk in it and the kitchen is  in the center of the house with very steep steps from the garage below.

I think of the ones in Carolina Place I really like 98 Shell Ring the best. 

That covers Sea Pines homes. Let’s look at some of the condos.

Condos

63 Fairway Lane Villas is a two-bedroom two bath for $399,900. These condos do very well. People love to rent them. It is really awesome. It probably won’t last long.

379 Briarwood is a two-bedroom two bath listed at $535,000. It’s in the money. It doesn’t really have a view. We could not see this one as it was taken off the tour. I have #395 coming on the market at $495,000 and it has a spectacular long golf view. So, keep that one in mind if you are reading this and liking Briarwood Villas.

Turtle Lane Club unit #39 is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $1,375,000. It seems a little on the high side, but I didn’t go see it. 

Lastly, we have 1651 Bluff Villa, a one-bedroom one bath for $292,000. I have seen this one. It’s a ground floor unit on the building that kind of looks toward the woods and looks toward the Atlantic Ocean. 1691, mine that is one the third floor, has a peekaboo view of the sound, but this one has been beautifully done. They use the owner’s closet for the stackable washer and dryer. It’s in the money and is a nice garden unit for someone that doesn’t mind being on the main floor. This one also makes the short list.

Outside of Sea Pines we have 64 Forest Cove. It’s a two-bedroom two bath for $177,000. 

6A Shipwatch Point is a three-bedroom two bath for $219,000. These are wooden structures. 

In the Forest Beach area, we had 322 Forest Seascape Villa, a one-bedroom one bath for $189,000. Seascape Villas are those round buildings right across from the grand ocean. They are kind of funky and you either love them or you hate them but for someone looking for a one-bedroom, if you don’t have to be in Sea Pines this is obviously something that is in the money.

So, all in all we have some great homes today on the market. Looking at brand-new, I would have to say 3 Painted Bunting was absolutely gorgeous but, you know, you’re at a $3.3 million dollar price tag. 

If you are looking for value and sort of a family home that is large and spacious, I liked 52 Baynard Cove Road. I love the way it was redone inside. 

If you are looking for turnkey with every attention to detail, 23 Pine Island Court with three bedrooms and three and a half baths for $1,195,000. It also makes my short list.

So, all in all we have some fabulous homes. We’re seeing people either upgrade, which is why some of these are on the market or downgrading and downsizing but we’re starting to see a lot of people wanting to bring theirs on the market now so that they can upgrade into something larger. 

So, no matter what your choice is, especially in Sea Pines, whether you want a one-bedroom condo in the $300,000 range or a seven-million-dollar oceanfront house, Sea Pines has a varied number of properties and we would be happy to help you secure the best property for your needs. 

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Feb. 13, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour North - Feb 12, 2020

Today is Wednesday February 12th, 2020 and we have the tour on the North end of the island. It’s a balmy 62 degrees and a little on the foggy side but it’s a great day to look and see the Hilton Head homes that are for sale, also known as The Realtor Tour.

Windmill Harbour

58 Crosstree Drive is a three-bedroom three bath listed for $525,000. I like the curb appeal of this house. These are the original owners which I always like. They added the carport. They are going to a retirement home. It has a beautiful view and is kind of set back on Crosstree Drive. She enclosed the little porch to make a little paining room and that is a lovely area to sit in. One of the bedrooms even has a view of the marsh. When you sit outside in the terrace off the master, you do hear a little bit of the road noise from 278 but the setting is lovely. It is very cute and cozy for a couple. It’s not a large, spacious house but it is very quaint. I don’t care for all of the ivy when you walk up. I felt very compressed, but the house is in great shape and it is a fantastic price, I think, for having such a fabulous view.

There is also a villa which is 53 Spindle Lane Villa. It’s a two-bedroom two bath for $329,900. It is an end unit and it is beautifully remodeled. It’s very easy for folks to live in. I think being on the main floor, if you have a pup or something this one is great. This one won’t last long. It’s at that price point that people are looking for that want to downsize. I think the biggest difficulty is that a lot of people that want to downsize want to have a garage and you won’t have those in Spindle Lane, but you will be in Windmill Harbour and you’re covered. 

Hilton Head Plantation

The first two homes I went to in Hilton Head Plantation are in the very high-end district. Ribaut Island is the highest rent district in Hilton Head Plantation. The first home is 20 Ribaut Drive, a four-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $1,385,000. If you have been following my blog for a while (or maybe you haven’t, it can be hard to look at all the details) this home was on the market a couple of years ago at $1.2 million and it had some really odd things. These people did a beautiful job on the renovation. I love the bathrooms. I love what they did with the center island. I love the paint colors. Everything is just really, really nice. The did keep the original back countertops in the kitchen but everything else is beautifully done. I liked it. To be in Ribaut Island with a turnkey home at that price is great. There may be some things or small details that people can still change but it’s lovely and priced well. I liked it very much.

Seabrook Landing is the second largest area and here is the difference. Ribaut Island has water on both sides. The lots aren’t as big, but the homes are, and it is the gold coast of Hilton Head Plantation. Seabrook landing is the second most popular followed then bay Dolphin Head. Seabrook Landing has huge lots, and most are wooded but there are a select few that have water views. This particular home that I’m going to talk to you about now is 9 Seabrook Landing Drive, is a four-bedroom five and a half bath for $2,990,000. This one has been on the market before. I have also talked about it. The harder part about it is that it’s going to take a unique buyer because it is very custom done. It’s very old European style with lots of intricate details. It’s really lovely but it has to be for that particular buyer because most people don’t want to spend that kind of money and then have to make a lot of changes. I happen to know these folks too and they have had it on the market now for a couple of years. 

4 Lenora Drive is a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed for $539,000. It’s a decent price for the Skull Creek area. I don’t care for the curb appeal. I have to say, when I first drove up to it, there was the asphalt driveway. It’s a funny yellow color and it didn’t really appeal to me but as soon as you open the door and you see the pool and a really wide-open concept; I was actually pleasantly surprised. I had a wow moment when I entered 4 Lenora Drive and it’s in the money. 

2 Persimmon Place is a four-bedroom three bath listed at $528,900. I know our brokerage has a couple in Persimmon down a little further in number, and I like those homes better and they are a lower price. So, this one seems to be a little high. I don’t care for the inexpensive floor vinyl. It’s like the lowest grade of vinyl floors. It’s on a smaller lot with an older kitchen. It was okay. 

3 Stonegate Drive is a three-bedroom two and a half bath priced at $514,900. This is a really good price. You’ve got the high ceilings that people seem to like. This house didn’t do anything for me. I also don’t like that over the transept that there is a lot of cracks and stuff and they just need to fill those in a little bit I think but it is well-priced. I really like the high ceilings, but it just feels really tight. The main thing I don’t like is that you are right up on the lagoon. You really don’t have much of a back deck. It steeps down really low and when you sit inside, it’s not that great. I didn’t really care for that at all but again, it’s a decent price and maybe you can do something with some plantings. 

60 Hickory Forrest Drive is a four-bedroom four and a half bath home listed for $669,750. It has a beautiful lagoon view. Hickory Forrest is one of the other nice addresses in Hilton Head Plantation. This house does have a small master and it does need updating. It has only had a couple of owners. It’s a little choppy but it has great potential and I think the price is reflective of the neighborhood because you have some much higher-end houses in there in the 8’s and 9’s. So, there is a lot of wiggle room to upgrade the house.

6 Brown Thrasher Road is a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $328,900. This one had a distinct smell when I came in. Two-bedroom houses are tough, but it is priced very well. It is clean as a whistle, dated, and small but I think for a person wanting to downsize it could be great. It has great curb appeal. It’s kind of set back on a spacious lot in the Pineland area somewhat close to Dolphin Head. It’s in the money and priced very well. It has a sunken living room and den. That is, I think, it’s biggest opposition but it’s priced accordingly.

Lastly in the High Bluff area we have 23 China Cockle Way. It’s a four-bedroom four and a half bath listed for $1,300,000. It needs a little updating. It has a killer view and a nice garden in the back. I thought it was on before, but it was the one next door. I don’t really care for the curb appeal, but it has a really nice pool. The kitchen is in really decent shape. I like this house and again, it’s one of the better addresses. All the “shell streets” are very sought after addresses in Hilton Head Plantation.

Indigo Run

In Indigo Run there is a new build which is 6 Mead Lane. It’s a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $899,000. It was built by Tom Peeples. I don’t care for the area but it’s a nice build. 

113 Wedgefield Drive is a four-bedroom four bath for $829,000. It seems a bit high. I found the house to be a little dark. I do like that backyard lanai grill area. The pool is an older school pool. It has a nice golf view. It was okay but it seems a bit high. It’s a little on the dark side. It didn’t do anything for me.

19 Heather Lane is a four-bedroom three and a half bath priced at $819,000. This one has a distinct smell when you come in and there is a sunken living room. The master does have lots of drawers. It’s very ornate. It has flow and if it was empty it would probably show a little better. I do like the room right off of the kitchen that is like a family room and it is rounded, and you feel like you’re in a fishbowl. It’s kind of cool looking. I don’t know if I’d want to sit there at night in the dark. The people happened to be there. They were lovely. 

11 Pond Drive is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $839,000. This is also a newer home. I just found the finishings to be sort of average and the other thing is, the house faces Marshland Road. I’m always uneasy about being on the end of a gated community but those are the last lots. It is a new house. It has a nice view. It’s done okay. It’s okay. That’s all I can say about that.

21 Pond Drive is a four-bedroom four bath priced at $785,000. I think of all the ones in Indigo Run, this one, to me, seems the best even though you have the same issue being close to Marshland Road. It kind of had a bend on it so, it wasn’t as obvious, I think. It is large and spacious with a great lagoon view. I love the space even in the master. The only thing I didn’t care for in the master was the tiled shower. This one is under 800. It’s not new but of all of them, it’s the one I like the best, especially for the price.

Broad Point is kind of part of Indigo Run on the water side (the other side of Marshland Road). The houses there are usually in the million-dollar range. 52 Wilers Creek Way is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $899,000. This is an Artisan home. I loved this home. If I’m going to spend $899,000, I’d take this one of the Mead Lane one. They are building next door and that is going to kind of effect that little peekaboo marsh view, but it is a beautiful home. You have a butler’s pantry. The tiles and other choices made were fabulous. The garage is huge and because it’s 13 feet you could actually raise two cars and put six cars in there it seems. There was also a mud room. What I also love is that you have two entrances to the master. So, if your wife is having all the girl’s over in the kitchen and having a good time, the husband can sneak in from the garage and not have to be seen but there is also an entry from the kitchen area. So, if it’s just the two of you, you can use that entrance. It’s a very well thought out home and plan. I like what Artisan home is doing. So, for someone that wants a newer home, I also have a townhouse lot and they would love to build for you. This one would be my first choice because I like the Broad Point area and 21 Pond Drive would be my second favorite in Indigo Run.

Palmetto Hall

We only have one house in Palmetto Hall, which is unusual, and it is 29 Timber Marsh Lane. It’s a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $905,000. I would have put this house under 900. I mean, why do $6,000 more and miss people that are searching a certain amount when people search under $900,000. Even before the internet, we as agents always put in over what people were saying but I think they might miss some people there. It is a beautiful home. I love the curb appeal and that it’s on a corner lot. It’s very detailed with a nice pool and nice view. It just seems a little pricey for Palmetto Hall and I would probably even go for the Indigo Run home over this one, but that’s just me. 

Spanish Wells

80 Brams Point Road is a six-bedroom six and a half bath for $3,850,000. This was on the market before. They started really high with another broker at $4.3 million around January of 2018. It is a very unique property on a unique piece of peninsula on Hilton Head. In the Spanish Wells area, Brams Point is very coveted street and quite an active market right now. That house in Spanish Pointe that my friends lived in went under contract in 7 days!

I didn’t go to see this one, but 32 Widewater Road is going to have a soiree from 4 to 7 tonight. I’m not going to make that one. It’s a six-bedroom seven and a half bath listed for $4,299,000. It seems a bit high. They have renovated this house and again, here is someone doing a flip. They bought it in February of 2019 for $1,500,000. It needed a lot of work and they did all the work. I bet they did put $500,000 in it but you’re at $2 million cost. You got it for a steal, and I think it will sit there for a while. That is just my gut feeling, but you never know. 

Off Plantation

These are homes that aren’t in gated communities although the Paddocks does have an automatic gate but no 24/7 human security. 

In the Jonesville neighborhood we have 18 Graham Lane, a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $450,000. It is priced well and a somewhat newer home. 

Also, in the Paddocks we have 29 Percheron Lane, a four-bedroom four bath listed at $650,000. 

In Victoria Square neighborhood we have 54 Victoria Square Drive, a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $335,000. It is priced okay. Newer homes, these are kind of up and down. So, lots of steps for these homes. There are a lot of young families and they are smaller homes in this area.

32 Hammock Oaks Circle is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $469,000. This is in the Spanish Wells area.

4 Sheer Water Court is a four-bedroom three bath for $599,000. Not necessarily in the money, but you get a newer home without having to break the bank. I think what makes these homes is having a view and a newer home. You have a garage. You have everything. You’re in the Spanish Wells area which puts you more on the North end of the island. 

We did have one villa, which is Marsh Side Villa unit G16. It’s a one-bedroom one bath for $147,000. These are very close to the high school and I know many of teachers and assistants that live in them. They are very spacious, low density, and at a great price point for someone wanting to enter the Hilton Head market. 

So, that wraps it up for our North End Tour. I mentioned some of my favorites. Hilton Head continues to be a great place to live, work, and play. I think that we have a very good selection of newer homes and older homes that can be renovated and even some lots that people are considering that you can build a nice custom home on. 

If you need any assistance, we’re here to help you. Just call us at (843) 816-6388.

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner, YourHiltonHeadAgent.

Posted in Realtor Tour
Feb. 5, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour Central - Feb 5,2020

Today is February 5th, 2020 and we have the Central Tour of Hilton Head Homes for sale. This is the realtor tour that we have every week for all agents to see what condos and homes are for sale on Hilton Head. I only go in the homes but every once in a while I will go in the condos, or villas as we call them down here. CLICK on any address to see more detail of the property I am talking about.

Palmetto Dunes

6 Troon Drive is a five-bedroom four and a half bath for $899,000. This is a newer home. It’s a little on the dark side. You can tell it is being used for a rental. It is really close to the beach but also residential. It’s a big house at an okay price.

On the Mariner’s side we have 62 Mooring Buoy. It’s a three-bedroom three bath house listed at $899,000. This was a funky house but it’s third row from the beach. It even has an area over the porch that you can walk to and it even has a door but there is really no access to it as well as a light switch way up there. So, it was really funky but again, the proximity to the beach was incredible. It needs updating and the curb appeal is blah. It’s just an old asphalt driveway. 

31 Starboard Tack is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $650,000. This house is medium-grade build. Everything needs to be done to it. You are far from the beach. The roof really looks old and looks like they have never painted the exterior of the house. My guess is original owners and nothing has ever been done to it. So, you’re going to spend a good $100,000 to $200,000 and still have an older house far from the beach. It has these types of windows that I don’t care for anyway, the round half moon windows. 

The rest are villas. So, I’ll go through those really quickly. 


266 Turnberry Village Villa is two-bedroom two bath listed at $382,000. These are nice for golf-oriented folks. 

6 Beach Villa is a three bedroom three and a half bath listed at $1,129,000. It is priced well for oceanfront.

1 Hickory Cove Villa is a two-bedroom three bath priced at $465,000. It seems a little on the high side, but I don’t know its condition.

529 Queens Grant Villa is a two-bedroom two bath listed at $329,000. It’s priced okay.

In Shelter Cove we have 7114 Harbourside I, a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $329,500 and 7139 Harbourside II Villa, a two-bedroom two bath at $349,000.

I usually don’t mention these but there were a lot and at a price of $429,000 I am today. In Leamington there is 50 Leamington Lane, which is a lot, for $429,000. I have a lot in Windmill Harbor for $499,000 that has a deep-water view and a marsh view. It’s a spectacular townhouse lot for someone who is looking for this type of lot. Please consider Windmill Harbor because it is one of the best lots I’ve seen on the island. 

Folly Field

1 Azalea Street is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $699,000. I was excited about this house because it is a new build. It is on the corner and you’re surrounded by old 50’s-style ranches. The quality of this build was really medium. I was disappointed. I was really excited about this one being new, but was disappointed.

We also have a villa in Folly Field which is 14J Fiddlers Cove. It’s a two-bedroom two bath for $189,000. 

We also have 1311 Hilton Head Resort Villa, a two-bedroom two bath for $227,900. These have really come up in price.

Long Cove

We only had one in Long Cove today and it is 7 Long Brow Road. It’s a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $450,000. I really like this house. It has a spectacular view. It has a beautiful view. The house needs to be updated but it has a good flow and lots of natural light. I really like this house and think someone that wants to downsize would really like it.  


Wexford

48 Bridgetown Road is a four-bedroom five and a half bath for $799,000. I remember this house. It was with another broker. This person bought it before the correction and before Wexford started coming out of the recession. They bought it in 2015 for $375,000. I really can’t tell that they’ve done anything to it. They tried to sell it two years later for $979,500 and then they decreased the price at the end of the year. Then they decreased it in 2018 at $874,000 and now they came back a year and a few months later and have it priced better at $799,000. The house is a little dark, but it has very nice views and a large master. It is kind of a French country-style home for the right person. I like that it has a three-car garage and it’s kind of on a cul-de-sac. 


18 Castlebridge Court is a four-bedroom four bath for $1,450,000. With this one, you really have to kind of overlook the very unique art that they have. I love that it has a boat dock in the back. You are right on the harbor front and put a boat up to 65 feet, which is amazing. It has a nice flow and some nice features in the house with some very cool art. It is a dated house, but I do like this one much more with it being harbor front than Bridgetown. Besides, Castlebridge is a really nice address.

19 Wicklow Drive is a four-bedroom, five bath, and two half bath house for $1,490,000. I like the finishes in this one a little better and I love that they have a little spa on the top level in the back yard and down low the pool. This one has a golf view with a three-car garage. One would probably have to look at both. It depends on what buyers are looking for regarding their top priorities. 

Last was 4 Wexford Drive, a five-bedroom six and a half bath home listed at $1,395,000. This one has a British West Indies feel and it is a custom-built home. Everything is just really dark. It also has a sunken living room and a bar to one side and a kitchen to the other. I do like the master suite, but the living space is kind of odd. There is a huge office, obviously, the gentleman liked to work out of his home. So, you’ve really got to like that West Indies darker look which is not my favorite. 

Shipyard

In Shipyard we have a bunch of villas. 115 Beach Walk Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $335,000. 

183 Evian Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $369,500.

16 Sailmaster is a three-bedroom three bath for $389,000. 

141 The Greens is a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $324,900.

125 The Greens is a three-bedroom three bath for $419,000.

That about wraps it up for this tour today. The one that sticks out for me, believe it or not, is 7 Long Brow Road in Long Cove. I know I’m always a little hesitant with Long Cove and Wexford because of the high initiation fee and their POA fees being in the $12,000 to $16,000 range annually but this Long Brow just has a really killer view and I know you can change everything else other than the view. So, I would have to say that it is my favorite. Also a great price.

However, there are beautiful houses in Wexford for the right buyer. Hilton Head continues to be a wonderful community. The town is doing great things like our new island rec center, a sailing center and lots of water, golf, beach. There are many things to do. People love to live here. People love to work here and, of course, play here. 

So, if you need someone to help you sort through the many options, we’d love to be the devil’s advocate and guide you through what works best for you. So, please give one of our agents a call. We’d be happy to help you.

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Jan. 29, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour South - Jan 29,2020

Today is January 29th, 2020 and we have the tour of homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. This is the Realtor Tour and it is for the South End.

Sea Pines

11 Cedar Waxwing is a five-bedroom six bath home listed at $2,295,000. This is an older home. It was on the market last year for six months at $300,000 higher. You do have ocean views, but it is an older home. So, a lot of bedrooms are downstairs, and I don’t know for floods, they must be grandfathered in on the insurance plan. It is second row with ocean views. It is a nice redo. It was totally redone in 2002. I’m glad they brought the price down. It’s a little more realistic now.

11 Whistling Swan is a six-bedroom five and a half bath for $2,650,000. It is also a nicely built custom home. It was built in 2000. It also has a peek-a-boo ocean view to one side for sure. On the right-hand side, there is an older home that at some point will be a tear down and that will be built upon. It has nice upgrades and a cozy kitchen with a butler’s pantry and nice sitting areas. It has a good pool. It’s a beautiful second row. 

16 Oyster Catcher is a four-bedroom four bath home priced at $1,369,000. This one also is a redo and nicely done. The kitchen is still tucked in the corner. Being sold furnished. It is a nice redo. I like the way they did the oyster shells. It’s a third row and is a nice old-school house. 

26 Canvasback is a four-bedroom three bath for $1,275,000. This one is also a third row. I like this one better than 16 Oyster Catcher. I think the way it’s kind of tucked away in a corner makes it a little more private. It is light and bright but has a very small kitchen with not a lot of cabinets or storage space. So, it is not for those who like to cook all the time. I like the way they have the stucco and it’s a nice redo. It’s really cute. Old-school. It was built in 1965 and was redone in 2002. VanGeison did a fantastic job. You almost can’t tell that it was built in 1965 whereas with 16 Oyster Catcher you can tell. It’s a cute redo.

36 Canvasback is a four-bedroom four and a half bath listed at $4,100,000. It has a nice garden area. You come to the back through an iron gate and it has old Savannah brick and a nice pool area. It is not open, but it’s very cozy and quaint. It is an old-school house and it’s a little beat up. It seems a bit house just because it is an old-school house. A lot of love and memories were made in this house, though. You can certainly tell.

40 Canvasback is a five-bedroom, five bath, and two half bath home for $4,500,000. This one, just like 36 Canvasback, is ocean front. It is not as choppy, and it is a little newer and has an open kitchen. It has more space and the view is much nicer. Just the feel of it is a lot better than 36 Canvasback. It is also an old-school house. 

5 Pender Lane is a two-bedroom two bath for $439,000. This is in the Lawton Wood neighborhood and I have to say that it is absolutely adorable as a redo. They have a new water heater and even have new sliders. Really did a nice job on this redo. I think this one will not stay on the market long. I think its biggest drawback is that it is a true two-bedroom and there is nothing you can really do to make a third bedroom, but they have really done a nice job. I was truly delighted at this cute little house.

64 Lawton Road is a four-bedroom three bath house for $799,000. This is a newer house and elevated. It has a nice view of the lagoon, nice pavers in the driveway. It is okay. I just wouldn’t pay $800,000 in Lawton Woods but that’s just me but again, for a family this would be a great house because it is close to Hilton Head Preparatory School (where I and my sons went to school) and is a nice little house.

Harbour Town

We started with 12 Genoa Court, a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $1,325,000. This is where I have a problem. I’m all for people that flip houses making income. I think you take the risk and you tie up a lot of capital and so, I think it is only right that you make some money. The issue that I have on this one is that this guy bought it in 2018 (not even a year and a half ago) for $800,000 and he basically painted, took down one wall in the kitchen, put new inexpensive cabinets in the bathrooms, and got rid of the metal gate in the front. This is what he did and yet he expects to make $400,000. Now, it is furnished but it just seems to me that we are stretching it there. So, people that do their homework will kind of look at that and scratch their head. Yeah, they put smooth ceilings in and put a nice coat of paint, but the stairs are the same. They put in new floors, but I’m just amazed at what people do. Oh well. Someone might pay them.

38 Windjammer is a five-bedroom, four bath, and two half bath listed at $1,795,000. This one is absolutely in a primo golf location, a great party house. If you go to the Heritage Golf Tournament, it is the house that sits out the most. You do, I think, get golf balls from the driving range every once in a while, but it is beautifully done with a nice, open kitchen and two masters. The view is mostly of the golf course but it you sit on that round side you can actually see the deep water, which I think is beautiful and you are right there by Marsh Drive in a very nice part of Harbour Town. It is a beautiful, custom townhome. 

 401 Baynard Cove Club. It has three bedrooms and three baths and is listed at $945,000. This one sits in the front and faces 15 of Harbour Town. You’ve got a beautiful back garden and lots of outdoor entertaining. There isn’t really a view but large outdoor space and privacy. It’s beautiful and tasteful. Just lovely.

405 Baynard Club is a three-bedroom three bath for $769,900. That one is right on the creek. You could take your kayaks and go right out but what makes Baynard Cove Club as unique is, they are fee simple villas and they have their own kayak and dock for the entire complex. They also have parties next door all the time. Every week they have a gathering. So, it’s a very nice way to get social if you want to get into a neighborhood. So, those two are of interest and lovely. 

4 West Garrison Place, in Heritage Woods neighborhood, is a four-bedroom four and a half bath listed at $1,329,000. It is a lovely custom older home. It has a nice pool. It is an old-school floorplan, but it is ocean oriented and I would love for people to move here and be part of this community. That is my hope anyway. So, it’s a love custom home.  

In Club Course we have 41 Governors Road, a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $718,500. This one is another great example of asking too much after a renovation. I have talked about this house before. It has been on for a while and has been on the tour at least a couple of times. A friend of my owned the house and it was sold in May of 2018 for $572,000. They put in an inexpensive kitchen and blew out one little wall and painted and put in a new floor – that’s it. They then put it on the market six months later at $799,000 in November of 2018. They’ve reduced it to $789,000, $788,000, $787,000, $786,000, $729,00, $719,000. It went under contract at $719,000 and then came back on and now it as $718,500. Again, if you get too greedy and try to flip quick, people will show you that they aren’t that stupid. Most people can really see that if someone can buy it for that much and put that into it, why is it now worth so much more? This is a great example of what I was talking about before. So, it is in the money now at $718,500. 

66 Shell Ring Road is a three-bedroom two bath for $525,000 located in Carolina Place neighborhood. It is on the other side facing the forest preserve but it does have its own tennis court and pool. This is a well-priced home at $525,000. It is, obviously, older and needs some work. 

That wraps it up for the homes. Now to the villas.

Villas

In Harbour Town we have 1087 Lighthouse One Villa, a three-bedroom three bath for $1,180,000. This one has been on the market before with two different brokers. My brokerage even had it. It was a little higher on the price then. It does have low ceilings. I think that is what the objection has been on this place. It has a beautiful deep-water view. It is choppy and it’s almost like being in a maze, but it is getting closer to being in the money. 

The rest of the villas are in South Beach. 

1654 Bluff Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $419,900. 

1662 Bluff Villa is in the same building. It has two bedrooms and two baths for $399,000. 

1670 Bluff Villa, which is in the same building, is a two-bedroom two bath for $399,000. 

1588 Lagoon Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $425,000. Lagoon Villas rarely come on the market. Again, I would rather see someone consider 5 Pender Lane because it is cute as a button.

Last is 12 Portside Drive, a four-bedroom four bath listed at $1,550,000. It is a little on the high side but again, people seem to love that area. 

That wraps it up for Sea Pines. 

In South Forest Beach we did go to one house which was 1 Bayberry Lane. It’s a five-bedroom four bath for $1,000,000. It is outside the gates. It is close to the Marriott Grand Ocean. It looks almost like third row because when you park, you can actually see the ocean from there. It does have circular exterior stairs. We weren’t able to go inside because we couldn’t find the lock box and get the code but when I went around the house, the service yard is all wooded rot. All the boards on the bottom have been cut and redone. It really looked like a hack job even though I hate to say that. You know, $1,000,000 is $1,000,000 and I just wish they would fix those things a little better.

523 Ocean One Villa is a four-bedroom four bath for $980,000. It is a little on the high side, but it is under a million and Ocean Ones tend to do very, very well on rentals.

308 Seaside Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $399,950. It seems a little on the high side, but I haven’t seen the inside. 

At the Seabrook, which is an over 55 community, we have 2205 The Seabrook. It’s a one-bedroom one bath for $35,000 but your meal plan is in that. So, you have to take into consideration what the regime fees are quarterly.

18D Xanadu Villa is a one-bedroom one bath for $189,000. 

205 Breakers Villa is a one-bedroom one bath for $195,000. Those aren’t built that great.

Then, for people in the service industry, Broad Creek Landing is a great area and Anchorage Point has a condo there which is 1 Anchorage Point. It’s a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $339,950. That could be an interesting one for someone that wants to move here. The Point Comfort area is really a nice little secret area. 

That about covers it for the South Tour of Homes and Condos in Hilton Head. So, remember we have buyers agents that want to represent and serve you and find what is best for you. WE know this market very well. I have lived here 49 years, other than the time I was in Switzerland, and we love nothing more than helping people find their piece of paradise on Hilton Head. 

So, if you see any of these homes or anything else online that you want to see, drop us an email, text, or call. We’ll be happy to get you more information and find other similar properties so that you can make an educated decision when finding your piece of paradise. There is really no better place to live, work, and play than Hilton Head Island. It is even known as a great vacation destination. So, come on down and live at the beach and let life begin anew. 

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Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
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Jan. 22, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour North - Jan 22, 2020

Today is January 22nd, 2020 and we have the Realtor Tour for the North part of Hilton Head Island. Boy, it’s a chilly day. These last couple of days we’ve had winter, especially after having warm balmy days. So, I did have my winter coat with me but I took it off by the afternoon.

Hilton Head Plantation

Let’s start in Hilton Head Plantation with 31 Persimmon Place. It’s a three-bedroom two bath for $459,000. This house has a lovely view and they did put in new floors. The curb appeal is nice because it’s in a cul-de-sac. The only issue I have is that I know the house next door at 33 is Under Contract at list price of  $465,000 and it has a beautiful back yard with pavers and a lot more trim work. The master was in better shape. The kitchen was as little more open and large. So, just because I intimately know this, I think the price should be more in the $435,000 to $439,000 range but it’s a cute home with great potential. 

35 Old Fort Drive is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $925,000. This is, obviously, a newer home with high ceilings. What makes it extra-special is that it is on the intracoastal waterway. The first floor has the master. The kitchen is okay. What I really like is that it has a covered patio in the back and then an uncovered deck Lots of outside spaces. I think the only thing I didn’t care for is that the master bath area seems a little inadequate for a master bath, but it’s priced well.

8 Manor Court Lane is a three-bedroom three bath for $547,500. This is also a newer stucco-style home. It doesn’t really have a view. It’s a wooded view and it faces the main road of the back gate. It is a nice, elegant, open house. It is close to the club and it does have three full bathrooms and good bedroom separation. It is priced well. It is just on that main road and I know you are close to Cypress retirement home. So, you’re going to hear a lot of ambulances and things, but it is a lovely home and it’s priced well. I like this one. 

14 Flying King Court is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed for $454,000. This one is $100,000 less than Manor Court, but you need about $100,000 in it. It is in a great location with nice curb appeal. It is also close to the club and on a nice horseshoe street. An older home that does need a bit of updating. 

11 Annabella Lane is a three-bedroom two and a half bath at $509,900. I love the airy feel that this house has. The back porch kind of blocks the view when you come in. I could see how that could bother some folks. The countertop isn’t Corian even though it looks like it. It’s a lovely home and is nice and airy and well-maintained. This one also made my short list. It sounds like I’m liking all of them so far. So far, I would have to say, since they are all in the fives except for Old Fort Drive, 11 Annabella is my favorite. 

Let’s go next to 41 Ribaut Drive. I tried to go in this one, but they didn’t have to gate code. It is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $2,920,000. It’s in Ribaut. What else can I say?

29 Seabrook Landing Drive is a four-bedroom five and a half bath for $2,990,000. It has a beautiful view. It’s a nice house and is well-maintained. The owners go to my church and have been trying to sell since October of 2017. They are using the same brokerage. 

21 Teal Lane is a three-bedroom two bath listed at $419,000. This house is dark. The kitchen is cramped. Even though it has a skylight, it’s a very small hole. It should have been a lot larger. The opening is huge. I didn’t really care for it. It has a nice view and whoever the architect was back in the day certainly did the most for the setting. I did not really care for this at all. It needs a lot of work, but it is priced well but will be difficult to make light and bright. 

14 Fernwood Trail is a two-bedroom two bath for $315,000. These in Fernwood don’t have garages. They put new flooring in. What I don’t like about the vinyl floors they put in is it almost seems like they were cupping on every end which is kind of weird. I don’t know if they didn’t climatize them or if that’s just the way they were but that really bothered me. 

16 Field Sparrow Road is a three-bedroom three bath for $465,000. Here is another example of a flip. First of all, it is very dark. It does have a carport. The curb appeal isn’t that great. When you walk in, the view is nice. The kitchen was redone. There is something going on with the floors. I don’t know if they just refinished them, but on the back by the fireplace on the corner in the dining room area, they didn’t do any of the sliders but here is the part that gets to me ya’ll. They bought this in April of 2018. So, it has not even been two years. They bought it for $313,405. Now they want $150,000 more and believe me, they did not put $150,000 into the house and actually, I thought it had a little more charm back then. They did redo the kitchen and it did need to be redone but they didn’t even redo the floors. I get upset when I see that kind of stuff, but ya’ll know that by now. Again, it is not my cup of tea. For that kind of money I can find you better options.

65 Myrtle Bank Road is a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $619,000. It’s a lovely home owned by an older couple. I didn’t like the smell that was in there. The folks were there, and they were lovely as could be. It has a nice view and is a nice home, but I don’t know if $619,000 is the right price though. It is a two and a half bath and I think it needs to be under 6 and I didn’t care for the smell. It does need to be updated. So, onward and forward. 

5 Angel Wing Drive is a five-bedroom five and a half bath for $1,395,000. I like this house. What’s not to like? It is a little on the dated side, but it is a lot of house for the money and you’ve got that killer deep water view. If you compare that to Old Fort Drive, that’s a tough one because this one obviously has more bedrooms if you need them but if bedrooms aren’t an issue, I kind of like Old Fort Drive. You are quicker in and out of the Plantation. You are close to the Country Club. You’ve got a spectacular view and you are not that deep into it but you might need five bedrooms, this is the house. So, again, that is one of the higher-end ones. 

3 Centella Court is a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $579,500. You can tell it was a custom home. They kind of have angled walls and so on. So, I think that is very cool. It isn’t cookie cutter at all. The walls are a little on the dark side, but it is very well-maintained. It has nice flooring and a nice golf view. I like this one. It may be a little on the high side but not much. I thought I had been in this house before, but I was wrong. I like the way the master is. It’s just a very clean house. 

22 Oyster Reef Drive is a four-bedroom, three bath, and two half bath for $835,000. It is a nice house. They bought it, of course, at the same amount back in the heyday. It is a beautiful house and shows beautifully. It has a lot of nice trim work. They are right on the car path, but they have really done a great job of having that pool in there and fenced bushes. So, it is private, yet you are on the golf course. Priced well and is a nice and elegant home. 

26 Edgewood Drive is a three-bedroom two bath listed at $349,000. This house is okay. It didn’t make an impression one way or another. It does have a sort of a musty smell to it that one would have to inquire a little bit about. 

Windmill Harbour

It seems like everything in Windmill Harbor this time, other than one home, is a repeat. They have all been on the market before. 

51 Crosstree Drive is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $629,000. I like this house. It just seems a little high, but it is lovely. 

9 Sparwheel Lane is three-bedroom two and a half bath listed for $529,900. This one is a Charleston-style, which I love. You come in the one door and then you have this area that you walk through, a breezeway, until you get to the home, but this is a tighter house. I do like the other one more even though it was $100,000 more. I think the biggest negative with this one would be the road noise and it is kind of choppy. Oh and it is not that well maintained. Also, when you walk in, you have a set of stairs right there in your face. 

50 Harbour Passage is a four-bedroom, four bath, and two half bath for $1,695,000. This one has been on too. It’s very elegantly and nicely appointed. It is a beautiful home on the harbor. It just seems a bit on the high side for being on the harbor. 

39 Harbour Passage is the only new one to see this time and is on the marsh/deep water side. It has three bedrooms and three and a half baths and is priced at $849,000. It is beautifully maintained and is a nice home. It has steps going down and it does kind of feel a little cramped. Granted, the old-school townhouses do feel that way. It has a spectacular view though. 

Indigo Run

In the Golden Bear neighborhood we have 10 Legacy Court, a three-bedroom three bath listed at $684,900. It is a nice home and is priced okay. 

10 Chantilly Lane is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $569,000. It is a nice home.

27 Balmoral Place is a four-bedroom four bath listed for $719,000. This one had nicer trim work but you’re paying a lot more. It really depends on whether you need the extra bedroom or not. 

29 Cotesworth Place is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $650,000. It is priced okay. Those are builder-grade homes.

In the River Club we have 62 River Club Drive,  a four-bedroom and four and a half bath for $995,000. This home is elegant, and I love it and it seems to be priced very well. 

Palmetto Hall

We have two homes in Palmetto Hall. The first is 228 Fort Howell Drive, a five-bedroom five and a half bath for $799,000. I remember this home. They put new floors in it and it is on a large piece of property. They are not really wanting to sell is my guess. I think that it’s a situation where if they sell, they will move. That is the impression I get based on the pricing but it’s a lovely home nevertheless.

32 Lenox Lane is a four-bedroom three bath for $499,000. This is a nice, okay home and it is priced well. It’s great for someone wanting to be in the Palmetto Hall neighborhood.

Off Plantation

I did not go into these, but let me tell you about them nevertheless.

18 Victoria Square Crossing is a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $360,000. It seems to be priced okay. 

In the Squire Pope area, we had in Carolina Isles 4 Dewees Lane, a three-bedroom three bath for $329,000.

Now onto the condos.  

Condos

In Windmill Harbour we have 57 Spindle Lane Villas, a two-bedroom two bath for $289,000.

In Hilton Head Plantation we had 3B Courtyard Common #15, a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $449,000. 

201 Indian Springs Villa is a three-bedroom two bath for $750,000. 

In Beach City we have 3128 The Spa on Port Royal Sound, a two-bedroom two bath for $149,000. 

In Broad Creek we have 30 Forest Cove, a two-bedroom two bath for $169,000. Those have really gotten high. 

In Edgewater we have unit 2105 at The Residences at Edgewater. It’s a four-bedroom three bath for $364,900 and 2102 The Residences at Edgewater, a three-bedroom three bath for $389,000.

In the Fish Hall neighborhood we have 2121 Cotton Hope Villas, a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $115,000 and 2524 Cotton Hope Villas, a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $119,000. 

Marshland Road B27 Summer House is a two-bedroom two bath for $223,000. I love these. They are in the Squire Pope area. Marshside villas have always been popular with teachers because they are entry-level and close to the schools and it is really low density in there. 

C14 Marsh Side Villas is a one-bedroom one bath for $134,900.

Lastly, we have 406 Mariner’s Cove Villa, a three-bedroom two bath for $345,000 at the entrance tip of the island with killer marsh views. 

This was over 47 properties. So, I don’t know, we are starting the new year with a lot of properties. As I always say, if they are priced well and in good condition, they go pretty fast. If anyone wants to see any of these, we would be happy to show them to you. Feel free to call, text, or email me. 

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

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