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

Dec. 11, 2019

Hilton Head Homes Tour Central - Dec. 11, 2019 on Head Homes Tour North - Nov 20, 2019

Today is December 11th, 2019 and we are in our second to last Realtor Tour for homes on Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head real estate kind of slow down in December. We only have 17 and a lot of these happen to be villas. So, we only really have seven houses to look at, but they’re spread through the central part of Hilton Head Island. Our first stop is in Palmetto Dunes.

Palmetto Dunes

13 Promontory Court is a three-bedroom three bath homes listed at $1,250,000. The curb appeal for this house doesn’t seem that keen and being a three-bedroom, I have to say that when I went inside, I was absolutely mesmerized. First of all, they had a beautiful cherry front door with the trim made of cherry and inside there were five gas burners and the view is spectacular. You have sort of a water view and a long view of the green. There are beautiful trees on the property. It’s a great living space house even though it’s only a three-bedroom. I would say that is the biggest drawback. I loved everything they did inside. I loved that when you came into the master, you had the bathroom that was tastefully done and then you went through to a sitting area and then you took two steps up to the master and you really get to take advantage of the view. All in all, it is a spectacular house. I really, really like it and was pleasantly surprised. Of course, it is staged, and it is 3,200 square feet but I love this address and it looks like flip. It looks like it’s staged but I really liked it. Don’t let the curb appeal keep you from seeing this home. 

The next one on the Inverness side of Palmetto Dunes is 4 Burns Court, a four-bedroom three and a half bath priced at $799,500. This one is closer to the beach. It is not as residential. As you drive up, it’s a very small driveway space. So, you’ll just have to keep that in mind. This home would be a golfer’s view paradise. You watch them tee off and you have a little putting green and you even have another green to the left and a pool. It is basic build quality. They put laminate down on the floor. The cabinets are dark in the kitchen. You walk in and limited in living space but you have four bedrooms. I think it has potential with its proximity to the beach for someone who doesn’t want to spend $1,250,000 like the other one. This one has potential. The curb appeal, I don’t like the round garage they have. The way it’s trimmed out, the doors are for a square one. So, I don’t like that. I don’t like that it has vinyl coming in. I don’t like that it is all wooden steps going up and it’s not very visitor friendly because the way you park and the way you walk to the house isn’t welcoming but the views are spectacular and I would spend the money on a gut. Obviously, inside you have to gut it but I would also spend the money in making the entryway a little more appealing and more welcoming but it is priced well again, for having that many bedrooms but you don’t have as much living space and it is a little less square footage than the other. I think it’s 2,700 square feet. Again, champagne taste on a beer budget. You’ve got almost 2,500 square feet at $799,500 but you need to do a lot of work and then you have one for 3,200 square feet at $1,250,000 which you can certainly renovate the Burns Court one to that level because you have more beds and more baths but you don’t have the living space. So, if you really like living space, Promontory is the way to go. I really like that house, but I know that everyone has different lists of needs. 

Singleton Beach

Next in our repertoire is 10 Collier Beach Road, a five-bedroom five and a half bath listed at $1,450,000. This is ocean front and when you drive up, you can see that the house is somewhat neglected. It really needs a good power wash. It does have a sunken living room. It has a beautiful ocean view. It needs a little TLC on the outside. I know that this one was bank owned. The owners tried to sell it for $2.1 million and then $1.8 million and now it is bank owned at $1,450,000. This one gives me the tingles because as an investor property, you know, the houses are close together, but you come through Singleton Beach and it’s a beautiful drive up and you’re ocean front. So, I get giddy because this could be a tremendous investment property. Put it on the rental market and clean it up some. It even has an elevator. So, while being ocean front at $1,450,000 and having that many bedrooms, which is what people want to rent for, I think it has tremendous opportunity. Wow, I’m pretty excited! The only thing is you may have to gut the house a little bit. I was briefly in there and I have to say that my throat is a little scratchy and I don’t know if it was maybe from mold and stuff in the HVAC system. So, typically with banks you can get 2-3 percent of list. One would have to look at that a little closer but again, it looks like it could be a tremendous opportunity. 

70 Folly Field Road is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $629,000. I’m curious about this one because it is priced pretty well. These folks bought it in 2006 for $600,000. So, I’m very curious about its condition. It is in the Folly Field area and it is a smaller house, but I think it’s worthwhile to look at. Again, 10 Collier Beach is pretty impressive. I would certainly consider this one even though it has been neglected for a bit. For $629,000 you are basically getting 70 Folly Field for lot value. When you walk in, the first thing you see is the HVAC unit and the water system downstairs. You come upstairs and it has a cozy kitchen. It’s choppy. It is an upstairs house which is what the beach bungalows used to be back in the day. It needs to be neutralized a bit and maybe opened up some but it’s cozy. Again, I just don’t like that when you come in, the stairs make me a little nervous. They have some dead space. It’s a beach bungalow no doubt. Also, you are across from Fiddlers Cove and you have a pond and a carport. I’ll have to see when it was built. Again, if that is the budget, it’s the budget but Collier Beach, I think, would be best because you really don’t have a view at Folly Field and the one thing I always tell people is, you know, location and view are what you cannot change and the more unique you can have those, the better it will be if we ever have a down market. I just haven’t experienced that down market. You know, I know 800 of the agents have not done that because they have moved to the business in the last five years, but I remember that location and view at least sold your house. You didn’t get the top price, but you were able to sell it. So, you have to keep that in mind and 70 Folly field is also much closer. There are old tennis courts. This used to be a tennis center and at some point, we’ll have to see what is going to be redeveloped here. It may be great, and it may not be, but you have that risk of what is coming. Now we go to Port Royal.

Port Royal

5 Overlook Place is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $2,295,000. It seems a little high for what you’re getting which is a three-bedroom two and a half bath house and its lot value would be under two, but I think this house has potential, especially for someone that wants a smaller house. It has smooth ceilings and is very well maintained on a nice, big ocean front lot. Many of you already know from my earlier blogs that Port Royal is a completely private beach community. There is no short-term rental in there under six months. So, it is a great opportunity. I must add these poor folks had a squirrel in there the night before and it chewed up all the window casings!!! 

Long Cove

Just as a reminder, Long Cove is a private community and you pay a $20,000 initiation fee to become a member and then I think the POA is about $12,000 and change annually. It’s a great golfing community and I think it is one of the top 100 golf courses is in the nation.

3 Hobnoy Court is a five-bedroom five and a half bath listed at $1,185,000. It is a new build and a low country house. It looks like a spec home. You know, we never used to have that many spec homes. Everyone built custom homes on Hilton Head. So, I have a hard time with this but nevertheless, it is done the way these new houses are. It has kind of flimsy cabinetry, but it looks good for now. The trim around the door is missing. The worst is that when you come up from the asphalt to the driveway, you might puncture your tires. I really don’t care for that at all and it scared me to death. So, if I get punctured tires I’ll know why. It’s a clean house and the way people kind of want them but I know 1 Hobnoy is on the market and that one might be a little more price conscious. I don’t know. If I’m going to spend $1,100,000, I really would like to have better quality even if it’s not five-bedrooms, but that’s just me but again, it is a new house. 

The last one in Long Cove is 353 Long Cove Drive, a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $596,000. It has a nice view. It is not as open as the other one but again, it is at a very different price point. It has a very nice view. I think it has a superior view to the previous one. 

So, that about covers all the houses. I think I would have to say that 10 Collier Beach, the bank owned property, is my favorite even though you are probably going to have to do new duct work and a new HVAC system to keep your lungs intact. I would go ahead and do all that. I also enjoyed 5 Overlook on the ocean. It’s a small house but well maintained with upstairs living on a big lot. 

So, now let’s just go through the villas on today’s tour. 

Villas

B21 Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $185,000. 

Brittany Place #35 is a three-bedroom two bath for $274,900. It is an end unit. They got rid of the carpeting. They made it nice and clean. I really like it. 

In Yacht Cove we also have unit 210 Wyndemere Villas, a three-bedroom three bath for $219,900. 

In Palmetto Dunes we have 7827 Centre Court Villas, a two-bedroom three bath priced at $354,900.

In the Leamington area we have 702 Barrington Park Villas, a three-bedroom three bath for $499,994. 

6304 Hampton Place Villa, a one-bedroom one and a half bath priced at $549,900. 

On the Mariner’s side we have 1 Hickory Cove villa, a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $475,000. 

In Shelter Cove we have 7147 Harborside Two Villa, a two-bedroom two bath for $344,999. 

Lastly, in Shipyard we have the only thing on the market, and these are rare, is 4B Waterford Villas. It’s a two-bedroom two bath for $279,000. 

Again, it is a very short view of homes on the market today in Central Hilton Head. I do want to remind everyone that this island of 12 miles has beaches, tennis, biking, watersports, golf, tennis and kids can go to school and ride their bike if they go to Hilton Head Prep and live in Sea Pines. There is just so much in this small community. We have over 200 restaurants and decent shopping. It’s just a wonder community, especially when it’s not summertime. 

So, again, if anyone needs any help with anything to purchase on Hilton Head Island, let you’re Your Hilton Head Agent take care of you.

Thank you and have a blessed advent season.

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Dec. 4, 2019

Hilton Head Homes Tour South - December 4th, 2019

Today is December 4th, 2019 and we have the South Tour on Hilton Head. On the weather front, it’s a little nippier than we had last week, when we were in the 80’s and now the early mornings are in the high 40’s  but beautiful, crisp weather and a nice breeze and the ocean is just gorgeous every morning.
So, lets begin with Sea Pines

Sea Pines

48 Shell Ring Road in the Club Course area has four bedrooms and three baths and is listed at $730,000. This is a newer house with good curb appeal. It’s a newer house with high ceilings. What’s not to like?  I am not keen on the location way in the back of Carolina Place, but some folks don't seem to mind.

185 Club Course Drive is a four-bedroom three and a half bath priced at $869,000. This house has some open space and it has all been redone. I wanted to say it was a flip but what I really didn’t like is that there is the green and the house just looks like it has nothing of the view but you sit and look at the woods rather than the green that is angled towards the back right. The layout is not great. I mean, it looks great on the computer. It is probably done on CAD, but it doesn’t take advantage of the view and the flow is okay. So, I decided to go back and look, and this house was built in 1982 and they gutted it. Interestingly enough, it looks like they bought it for $200,000 which absolutely the LLC did. I don’t know, I have a hard time with it. It seems way overpriced even though it is a newer house. It doesn’t really appeal to me. If it had been torn down a built new, sure but that doesn’t look like that was the case. 

In the Harbour Town area we have 18 Turnberry Lane, a five-bedroom, five bath, and two half bath home for $1,779,000. I know these folks. What a great party house. It is not brand spanking new, but it has a lot of charm. There are a few things on the outside that I think need to be taken care of but it has a pool and a pool table and it is just a great compound family house with an indoor pool and even a little par 3 on Harbour Town that you get to watch them putt in. So, it’s a fun hole if you’re a golfer and want to take advantage of the Heritage Golf Tournament. It is on the cul-de-sac. The flow of the house is okay. Again, it is a very special house and is a great multifamily party house. 

I did go into 815 Clipper Court. It’s a three-bedroom three bath listed for $414,900. You’ve got a view in the living room of the parking lot and you come in and you go through this narrow hall. It just feels very cramped. You’ve got all these steps to get to the top floor and then your view isn’t that great. So, it’s not cozy. It’s okay possibly as a rental.

19 Mizzenmast Court is a three-bedroom three bath for $1,149,000. It has a spectacular view. The steps are very steep and there is no garage, but you can’t beat the view. It has potential. It is a cozy and kind of tight fitting, but I think it has tremendous potential and is priced okay if you can do without a garage. So it may make my short list.

34 Baynard Cove Road is a six-bedroom eight bath for $1,849,000. This is a newer house. It probably does quite good on the rental market. You don’t really have a view and it just kind of is missing that je ne sais quoi. So, it would not be my ideal. It is a big old house. It does have two master suites and the covered area that people are looking for. It is an okay house and it has been on the market before. What’s interesting is that these folks bought it in 2008 right at the height of the market for $2.5 million and they have brought down the price another $100,000. Again, it is an okay house, but you’ve got to want six bedrooms. It is probably on the rental market and is a newer house, you know, there is not much to say either way on it. 

77 Baynard Cove Road is a six-bedroom, five bath, and two half bath home priced at $1,850,000. Obviously, these guys are going neck and neck. This one does not have a three-car garage, but it has a lot more charm and a long lagoon view. It is not as close to the beach, but I don’t think you would walk from 34 Baynard Cove. It’s not that close to walk.  So, they are comparable. I think I like 77 Baynard Cove a little more because it is a little more unique. The other is just a little too cookie cutter for my taste but it is a newer house. 

25 North Calibogue Cay Road is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $3,500,000. There was a house just down the street, I think it is number 39, that was five bedrooms and it went under contract and it was a gorgeous house. This one is unique, and it is a shame they did not do the dock. So, you are going to spend $85,000 doing the dock. It has carpet upstairs. It is kind of utilitarian. The master is upstairs. It is a great party house and has a wow deep water view but at $3,500,000 you do have a lot of things you need to do. So, I’d like to see a different price because of all that it needs although I like the house. It just needs a little tweaking.

15 North Sea Pines Drive is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $910,000. This one has been on the market before. It is right near the main gate. It is a great rental house. These people bought it a year ago and they are already selling it. I don’t know if they decided that it just wound up being too much but I wouldn’t want it to rent it because the when you are in the back pool area, the people in the neighboring house are staring right at you. So, you have no privacy and you are on the main road. It is a cute house inside but again; you can’t change location and view. You can change everything else. I don’t think I would spend $910,000. I can find you something else if you are looking to buy at that price unless, of course, you want to be on the beach but for a three-bedroom, there are other opportunities I think that are worthwhile to look at. So, I didn’t really care for this one. 

11 Grey Widgeon Road is a five-bedroom five and a half bath listed at $2,850,000. This is a second-row house and I remember this house when it sold before. It sold in 2014 for $1,825,000. They did a nice job renovating it. It is a little more updated, but it just seems a little on the high side for me. Maybe I’m wrong but it is a cool house and I like that it has two masters on the top floor and it’s a very artsy house. I think it is unique enough that I would certainly show it and I think it has tremendous potential on the rental side.

13 Spotted Sandpiper Road is a five-bedroom five bath home listed for $1,795,000. This one too was a second row and I think it is a cooler house than Grey Widgeon. I think the upgrades are nicer. You still actually have a view and I really think that it speaks more than Grey Widgeon and it’s $1,000,000 less too. I think this one needs to be looked at. It is old-school. So, the footprint is not as grand but the other one wasn’t as open of a space either. 

5 Black Tern Road is a three-bedroom two bath for $699,000. This one is off of Audubon Pond Road which is my neck of the woods where I grew up. The curb appeal is a little tough because of the way the rooflines are. It is in great condition. It has a nice backyard. It is a cute house. I think not having a half bath, I remember having a house like that. If it had a half bath it would probably be a little better but again, you’ll probably find a buyer for that house.

52 South Sea Pines Drive is a four bedroom three and a half bath for $1,195,000. This one was on the lagoon. It is a dated house. It is dark when you come in. It really is so close to the lagoon and you’ve got big curb appeal which takes you away from the main road. It is not my favorite location, and you know I’m all about location. If I’m going to spend $1.2 million, that wouldn’t be my first choice. 

Just down the street we have 8 Gull Point Road, a four-bedroom three bath for $1,399,000. This one has a spectacular view. You can even see the deep water and there was tons of bird activity while I was here. It has a nice, new lap pool. It is contemporary. With this flip they really put in everything high-end. A lot of times you’ll see it is a Lowes and Home Depot type of finishes.  I don’t think it is ideal as far as the way the lot is and they put new windows, which are gorgeous, but I kind of like sliders so that when you’re having a party you are going to have to everybody kind of shimmy their way through the kitchen to go outside and when you have guests, I don’t think it is a party house in that sense but I can see how people would enjoy the house. It has nice curb appeal. It only has a one-car garage though. So, keep that in mind but Gull Point is a beautiful street with very high-end homes. 

17 Lands End Road is a four-bedroom three bath listed at $1,299,000. This one needs to be updated. It basically looks like it is original everything and in poor condition. Considering I sold 43 at $1,360,000, this one seems to be on the high-end side because you’ve got at least $100,000 and it always winds up being more than that anyway. It needs a lot compared to the other one, which was turnkey and also, the view in the back, when you go out you kind of see all the walkways. So, it’s not like you have just a water view and you can’t change that. That kind of bugged me a little bit. So, again, it is not ideal. I would almost rather have the other side, the four-bedroom, that is turnkey but that’s just me. 

35 Hearthwood Drive is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,525,000. It has a killer marsh view. It would be a great family home. The master is upstairs though, and I didn’t like that the cabinets are the old-school cabinets. So, that is commanding top dollar. So, you know, it was okay, but it didn’t wow me. 

In Greenwood Forest we had 7 Wildwood Road, a three-bedroom two bath for $569,000. You know, you either love or hate the Greenwood Forest area. They bought it in May of 2018, and I can’t tell what they’ve done with it. It is priced okay and they are probably just trying to get out of it. Again, with it being a two-bath house, it makes it kind of hard.

18 Forest Drive is also in Greenwood Forest. It’s a three-bedroom three bath home for $525,000. I like the price better on this one if you can overcome the cat smell. It has nice pavers. It is not as close to the amenities although it is closer to the bike path, I’ll give you that. It has a one-car garage, which is a plus, and a third bathroom, which is a plus. It has potential and again, knowing what 30 Forest Drive went for, if you can get this in the high fours, it could be an interesting house. 

1 Duck Hawk Road is a four-bedroom four bath listed for $1,545,000. It seems kind of high for a four-bedroom being on the main road. I like the pool in the front and the pavers and kind of the outside space. The indoor space has older cabinetry and it’s a little high for what you’re getting. 

Let’s knock out the villas. 

We have 14 Lighthouse Road Villa, a three-bedroom two bath listed at $475,000. 

In Plantation Club we have 483 Plantation Club Villa, a two-bedroom two bath for $362,500. It has no view. 

476 Plantation Club Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $369,900. It also has no view. It’s just okay and nothing to write home about. 

44 Night Herron Lane is a one-bedroom one bath for $240,000. Considering you can get in the South Beach area for $299,000 and you have the beach and all the amenities right there, that speaks more to me. 


Shipyard

In Shipyard we only had one, which was 16 Sail Master Villa. It is a three-bedroom three bath for $389,000. It is priced okay. 

Off Plantation

Off Plantation we have 26 Sea Olive Road, a three-bedroom two bath for $459,000. 

57 Palmetto Bay Villas is a two-bedroom one bath for $119,900. 

11A Shipwatch Point is a two-bedroom two bath for $209,000. 

Forest Beach

Forest Beach area had a lot of properties on tour for this time of year. I went to 2 Osprey Lane, a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $925,000. Even though it is on the main road it is a cool house. It’s beach oriented. You are under a million so that is good. I like that and it is a good rental and a good second home. 

2 Driftwood Lane is a three-bedroom, two bath, and two half bath for $859,000. It is okay. I liked Osprey a little better. 

4 Wanderer Lane is a six-bedroom four and a half bath listed for $1,200,000. 

74 Courtside Villa is a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $410,000. I didn’t go in it but it sure sounds high.

114 Courtside Villa is a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $310,000. These have certainly crept up since the recession. They are not the best quality, but they are close to the beach.

I did show Hilton Head Beach Villa #15. It is a three-bedroom three bath for $767,000. It is on the ocean side of Forest Beach Road. It has been updated but the space is kind of tight. If you have three people in there, you are kind of getting in each other’s space. We were three people and constantly getting out of each other's way. Quite comical.  Again, you’d have to look and see what is out there if you are looking for oceanfront.

103 Ocean Breeze Villa is a two-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $269,500.

132 Seaside Villa is a one-bedroom one bath for $235,000. These are always on the market. Price seems to be in the money.

We had a Seabrook which is an over 55 community . So, don’t get too excited about this one. It’s 1402 The Seabrook, a two-bedroom two bath for $39,000. That is an amazingly good price but please keep in mind that it is a senior living and you have a high POA because you are required to eat in the dining room, and you have to be over 55. So, if you have Grandma or an older parent, this may be of interest. 

That covers everything here. I would have to say that picking my favorite is a tough one, but I think my favorite as far as potential was 13 Spotted Sandpiper. You have a five-bedroom five bath house. It’s old-school but very cool for $1,795,000. It’s second row in Sea Pines. It has an ocean view through the angle. At some point, someone is going to build there. There is a house already there and they aren’t going to knock it down today or tomorrow. I think 13 Spotted Sandpiper will have to be my pick. 

8 Gull Point is another cool house for someone who wants to move right in. 

I forgot to tell you about Beachside Tennis. I did go into two of them.

1838 Beachside Tennis Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $879,000. It is the building to the left closest to the beach. It’s a fourth-floor end unit. I liked that. I like the view and the upgrades.

1882 Beachside Tennis is on the righthand side building. It’s a penthouse on the fifth floor. It’s a two-bedroom two bath for $895,000. I didn’t like it as much because their cabinets in the bathroom weren’t as nicely done but if you want penthouse versus a corner unit, this is it. I personally liked the fourth floor one more, but you can’t be penthouse in it. So, you have to keep that in mind. They are both priced appropriately for what they are and I still say 13 Spotted Sandpiper wins the vote for my favorite. 

I think we only have one or two more tours for this year because of where Christmas and New Year land on the calendar. We are only going to have one or two more of these. We have great inventory, especially for ocean oriented. I think it is really a great opportunity and there are some with great potential. I have a couple of ocean-oriented pocket listings too in Sea Pines. 

So, please keep that in mind and the thing that is changing is that we have great rentals in Hilton Head, but people are starting to realize that this is a great place to live. It is a great place to work. It’s not just a great place to go on vacation. So, as people are realizing that we don’t have a traffic problem, we have what you need on the island, amenities for intergenerational families, active lifestyles they are realizing what a great place Hilton Head is to have a second home or retire. So, all of the sudden, it has become more than just a vacation destination. It has become a place where people want to have a first or second home to eventually come live here full time. 

So, please keep us in mind if you or your friends have something that you want to look at and you want to be on Hilton Head. We serve our clients. That’s what we do. It is not about the sale. It is not just about our listings. We love our listings and we try and sell our listings, but we think it is important to find the right buyer for the right listing. 

So, if you have someone that is looking for something in particular, we are very good about zeroing in on what the best properties are for each need. Please keep us in mind for your friends, family, or yourself if you are looking to buy. We live on a fabulous island. We are so blessed. Also, the volunteerism and the charity work that gets done on this island, there isn’t a 12-mile area that has as much to offer as Hilton Head Island does.

Thank you for reading my blog. Have a blessed Advent Season. Next week we have the Central Tour and then the North Tour and then it won’t be until 2020 until we get to start our tours again. 

Have a blessed day and thank you again for reading.

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Nov. 20, 2019

Hilton Head Homes Tour North - Nov 20, 2019

Today is a lovely day on November 20th, 2019 and we have the North end of Hilton Head. You can see things are slowing down as we get close to the holidays. There were 27 total including villas. So, let’s get started at Hilton Head Plantation.

Remember that you can click on ANY link below to get more detailed information of the property. Then I am a click or phone call away for anything else you may need.

Hilton Head Plantation

I actually did go and start at our meeting at a villa which was 202D Indian Springs Villa. It’s a two-bedroom two bath listed at $625,000. When I first saw this price tag, I thought it was way overpriced, but this unit has been taken down to the studs. It is absolutely gorgeous. The interior décor is just beautiful. It’s turnkey with a water view, really is beautiful. I think if this was a three-bedroom it would be gone lickety split but it is a two-bedroom. For someone who wants turnkey, this is your unit. 

10 Carma Court is a four-bedroom five bath for $735,000. I like this house. It’s in the Skull Creek area which is one of the higher end areas. It’s not Ribaut Island but it is a high-end area. It has Brazilian Cherry wood floors and nice curb appeal with high ceilings. It’s very spacious and a good family home. It has decks on two levels and a fire pit. It’s a really, really nice house and is priced well. 

14 Bayley Point Lane is a five-bedroom five bath for $1,200,000. This one has a beautiful marsh view. I didn’t find the curb appeal to be great. It’s a stucco house. The roof is kind of stained. It has a nice backyard and is light and bright. It has nice architecture and lots of bedrooms with a little more square footage but after being in a house that was $750,000, $1,200,000 just seems kind of high, especially since the cabinets seem to be the original cabinets in this older home. I can’t recall the year the house was built but nevertheless it seems to be a little on the high side. 

8 Sugar Pine Lane is a three-bedroom two and a half bath priced at $369,000. It’s a little bit of an odd house. It has a great address. The washer and dryer are in the garage and it is probably a complete gut, but it has fantastic views. You’ve got a lagoon and a golf view and so, there is potential in this one and you wouldn’t even maybe need to gut the whole thing. I see the potential in it, especially at this price.

3 Oyster Shell Lane is a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $499,000. This is a corner lot and has really nice curb appeal. The roof seems a little old but it’s very spacious and has a great backyard space that is really lovely. Again, I think the biggest thing on these is just doing the upgrades. 

1 Nut Hatch Road is a three-bedroom two bath home priced at $359,000. This is the lowest one in Hilton Head Plantation other than Spring Lake. It has potential. Again, it’s another old-school one. We seem to have a lot of these today in Hilton Head Plantation, but this one really has a cat smell or some smell that is hard to look past even though it’s a less expensive home. Smells go a long way in my book. So, I didn’t care for this one as much.

7 Broomsedge Court is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $239,9999. These are good entry-levels and are right by all the activities in Spring Lake. They are smaller and priced okay. 

7 Bank Swallow Lagoon is a two-bedroom two bath for $389,000. This is in great condition. I was very impressed. It’s old-school but has a wow lagoon view and is on the cul-de-sac. So, I think the biggest challenge is that it’s a two-bedroom two bath, but it’s priced well and has an interesting view. Again, you can’t change the view or location. I bought a two bedroom house and converted to three bedrooms.

2 Wild Laurel Lane is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $575,000. The coolest part about this house is that there is a hanging American flag over the trees when you come into the driveway. It’s a lot of house for the money. It’s kind of tucked in. I like the pavers as you drive in. It is being sold as is. Other than a few colors, it’s ready for a new family and is priced okay. 

97 Headlands is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $489,000. This is a little bit of a darker home right on the edge and all the way in the middle of the Headlands facing the fence. It’s priced well. It is a low country style home and a little darker and choppier. It has an upstairs and is priced okay. It has a smaller kitchen and is a smaller space in general all throughout. 

Lastly in Hilton Head Plantation we have 6 Edgewood Court, a three-bedroom three bath listed at $459,000. This one is in the Crooked Pond neighborhood. It is completely updated and is bright and spacious. It didn’t wow me but it’s nice to see one that has been updated. It could be a good little buy. 

Windmill Harbour

In Windmill Harbour I started at 51 Crosstree Drive. It is a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $629,000. It’s a little choppy and seems a little high but I like the little nook of an office on the first floor and the kitchen is kind of small but again, it’s a lovely one in Windmill Harbour. 

113 Harbour Passage is a five-bedroom four bath for $1,058,000. It has a killer marsh view. The kitchen is decent. I like the finishes in this house. It is priced extremely aggressively. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one gets picked up very soon. 

54 Millwright Drive is a four-bedroom four and a half bath listed at $1,198,000. This is a huge house. I have never been that far into Millwright Drive. It is absolutely the last house on the street. It’s a lot of house on a big piece of land. I didn’t like the drive to it because there is a bend in that road that really scares me and the thing that really got to me is, you know, it’s a big house and of good quality with a nice marsh view but the road noise is a lot. I mean, granted after a while it becomes white noise but I did not care for having 278 not only in the front of the house but I went out on the deck in the back, which was nice, and you hear it even from the side because this part of Windmill Harbour is on Jenkins Island. It just didn’t appeal to me at all. So, if I’m going to spend a million dollars, I’d rather have less house and less noise. That is just me but it’s a beautiful house. So, for someone who doesn’t care, you should keep it under consideration. 

Let me go through the two villas now. We have two side-by-side villas.

71 Spindle Lane Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $245,000 and 73 Spindle Lane Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $274,500. 

There were two villas that weren’t supposed to be on there in Palmetto Dunes. I’m just going to mention them since they might be on the tour next time and they might not.

8105 Windover Dunes Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $599,000.

8107 Windover Dunes Villa is a three-bedroom three bath for $799,000. 

Off Plantation

Lastly, Off Plantation we have one residence in Allenwood. That is the one near the school. It’s an entry-level neighborhood with an automatic gate. 68 Ceasar Place is a four-bedroom three and a half bath listed for $325,000. 

We had four villas.

K13 Marshside Villa is a two-bedroom one bath for $174,500. These are very close to the school. I know teachers and elderly single people that live in these. 

2111 The Preserve at Indigo Run is a two-bedroom two bath listed at $272,500. These have a lot of professionals that live in them. Some of them have garages. 

In the Broad Creek area, these were built right before the recession and are in a decent location. We have two this time. 

2205 The Residences at Edgewater is a four-bedroom three bath for $399,000. L

2103 Edgewater is a three-bedroom three bath for $349,000.

Again, these are nice entry-level condos. One of the home managers at Sea Pines lives here and he is extremely meticulous. So, it just goes to show that it is a good price point and you get a lot of newer amenities in this complex. The only drawback is that you have an old building that you look at. They look like Greek ruins. So, if one can overlook that, there is a price point that is very attractive. 

That about wraps it up for the North Tour on November 20th for Hilton Head Island. If I had to pick a house, I would probably pick 10 Carma. It’s the middle of the road in the sevens but it’s a big family house. It has a pool and is in the Skull Creek area which is a lovely area. 

Actually, it would be 202D Indian Spring Villa. That was just a gorgeous villa and is just turnkey and ready to move in. 

So, if there is anything that we can help you with regarding homes or amenities or just general questions you have about Hilton Head or the real estate market, we have all kinds of market reports. We can analyze data and put you in the right direction. So, please reach out to us if we can be of any assistance.

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Nov. 14, 2019

Hilton Head Homes Tour Central - Nov. 13, 2019

Today is a very chilly and windy day even in the South here on Hilton Head Island. It’s November 13th, 2019 and we have a Central Tour. We have 25 properties and, of course, many of these are villas. 

Palmetto Dunes

28 Heath Drive is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $995,000. This house was built in 1999. So, it is a little elevated and it’s a stucco house with a nice patio in the front. It’s light, bright, airy, and open. It has a pool and everything. It has good rentals and a big bonus room. So, it’s a lot of square footage. 

11 Armada Street is a six-bedroom six and a half bath priced at $4,295,000. This is an ocean-front house right when you come into the mariner’s side of Palmetto Dunes. It has great views of the ocean. This house was built in 1998. Right when you come in you see the ocean right there and it is a sort of casual sitting area with a wet bar area and then, when you go the left you come around to see the kitchen. It has a master suite in the first room. There is a lot of selection though for ocean front. So, it’s a nice house. I love the views. They took advantage of the ocean views on this house unlike some of the other ones you’ll see. 

10 Armada Street is a five-bedroom five and a half bath listed at $1,695,000. This one was built in 1981. It’s a cool house but it is old-school, and it has been on the market. I thought I saw it before. It’s a great family style house. I remember it being on the market, but the history isn’t showing it that way. It’s a second-bedroom house. Even though it is older it has a very big cool factor and it’s worthwhile for the money. 

169 Mooring Buoy is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $799,000. This house is elevated. It is very close to the beach. It has its own pool and has a lagoon view. It does have granite and stainless steel. It’s priced well. I just found the condition and the love of it to be a little eh because even though it was built in ’91, it is kind of a very choppy floorplan and it has a little see-through for the kitchen but you have to go down this dark hallway. It just is very choppy, and the half bath is in the middle of the entry/foyer and it feels really tight. It just didn’t have anything to speak of other than its close quarters to the ocean but again, I think there are others that one could also take into consideration.

40 Full Sweep is a four-bedroom four and a half bath listed at $865,000. This one I have also seen. It was listed in March for $895,000. They did bring the house down $30,000 in mid-October and it is being sold furnished. I kind of like this house. It has a really great curb appeal. It’s close to the ocean. It is spacious and it looks like the pool might have been refurbished. I like this house. I like the setting on the lagoon. It’s probably one of the nicer ones I have seen because I also went to 12 Full Sweep.

12 Full Sweep is a five-bedroom, four bath, and two half bath home listed at $1,495,000. Now, the good thing about Full Sweep is, because it’s not that close to the beach, you do have a lot of neighbors that use it as a second home. It does have a sweeping lagoon view, but I did not go into the house because I have seen it before. It is in nice condition and it is a big house, but they have been trying to sell it for almost 10 years and the good news is, it expired in October and they did bring it down another $100,000. So, they may be getting a little more realistic. At some point it will sell. It is on the 11-mile lagoon system that Palmetto Dunes offers which is a big plus. 

26 Off Shore is a three-bedroom three and a half bath house for $599,000. This house is really cute. The kitchen has been updated. It’s an older home. I think the biggest downside to the house, and it has also been on the market for a while, is that it overlooks 278. It has a pool and a golf course view. It really has everything one needs. They started in April at $619,000. They have brought it down now to $599,000 at the end of October. It just needs some planting. If you could put some landscaping up, I think it has really good potential. I kind of like this one for its potential because it is a 3/3 and a half. You just need vegetation to block 278. I would almost call this a best buy in Palmetto Dunes. 

5 Down Wind is a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $700,000. This one has been on the market since February of 2018 so, over a year and a half. They lowered it from $725,000 to $700,000. It has some nice features but the curb appeal, I just don’t feel the love. It does have a pool though and the colors are nice, but it just didn’t do anything for me. I’m happy to show it to anyone interested. Again, I think if it was a 3/3 and a half, then I could see the $700,000 price.

Lastly, we have 45 Mooring Buoy which is a three-bedroom three bath priced at $999,000. I saw this house and I remember it. I had to look it up. It was actually sold in 2016 for $952,000. One of the reasons to live in these gated communities isn’t just to have a house but all the amenities that afford these homes. The location at 45 Mooring Buoy has you right on the 11-mile lagoon. You can walk to the beach. It has a nice deck and you can look at and see a golf view. So, if you can handle the three-bedroom house and the fact that it’s elevated it’s great. I don’t care for the dark color of the house but that is something that is easily changed. It really is in a great location and is a worthwhile short list home to keep in mind. 

The Villas in Palmetto Dunes

1776 Saint Andrews Common is a two-bedroom two bath for $399,000. These are right when you come in and people usually love them, or they hate them because they are elevated and in clusters of four, but they are in a decent location and listed at a good price point. 

In Leamington we have 302 Windsor Place. It’s a one-bedroom two bath for $479,000. It’s on the third floor and these are newer buildings right on the ocean front. They are great rental units or a great place to be on the ocean.

On the mariner’s side we had 36B Hickory Cove Villa. It’s a three-bedroom four bath for $448,500. 

In the Shelter Cove area, we have 253 Captains Quarters Villa, a one-bedroom one bath for $325,000. 

Folly Field

In Folly Field we have 30 Moonshell Road, a four-bedroom three bath for $784,900. Why not just make it $785,000? They took $100 off and I have to laugh. This house is an intriguing house. It’s cute as a button. You can see it’s on the rental market. Even thought it was built in 1981 it’s elevated and they did something in 2014 when they bought the house for $560,000. The pool is nice. It has as two-car garage and a nice deck in the front. It looks like all they did was change the furnishings because the flooring, I believe, was the same. So, it seems like they are asking a lot, but I think it is something to consider for someone that wants to be beach-oriented and doesn’t really care about being in a gated community that affords more amenities. 

We had one villa in the Folly Field area. 16G Fiddlers Cove Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $179,000. 

Port Royal

26 Royal Crest Drive is a three-bedroom three bath for $599,000. This one is in a cul-de-sac. They added a two-car garage. It is connected to the house but only in the corner. So, you have to kind of go outside to go back in. You feel like granny lives in this house. It’s really nice because it’s on the cul-de-sac and has a nice, long golf view. It’s kind of small. The three bedrooms are all pretty separated, but the third bedroom is more like a den. It has pocket doors that open up to the living room. The master bath to the back is a little small and then you dip down to get into a nice little porch. So, it has potential, especially since Royal Crest Drive is a nice address in Port Royal, and you are on the cul-de-sac. So, if someone doesn’t need a really large house, this would be one to consider. 

5 Royal Crest Drive is a four-bedroom four bath for $710,000. This one intrigued me a little more because they added to the original house a two-car garage and two bedrooms that are above the garage. It is a little choppy, but it has a pool. It has a view and you are somewhat close to the beach. So, that one could be intriguing for a family that is wanting something in Port Royal which is the only truly private beach-oriented gated community on the island. 

Lastly, we have 55 South Port Royal Drive, a three-bedroom three bath at $1,155,000. You know, it’s funny because when I saw it, I thought it was $1,555,000 and said it was grossly overpriced. So, I made a big mistake in my assessment. Somebody bought it for $900,000 in 2017. They held onto it for a couple of years. I do like that they added new window treatments. They really updated the landscaping, which is lovely. It has a nice lagoon view. It’s kind of a tight parking situation there and it is a little more on the contemporary side. So, it is kind of a tough sell but it’s nice and interesting. It was updated by the previous owner. So, I do believe it’s a little on the high side at almost $250,000 more than the previous owner had it for. That seems a little high and like a little too much. 

Long Cove

1 Hobnoy Court is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $529,000. This used to be a builder’s personal house and even though the garage is detached there is a backdoor to get to the house. What I think makes this house interesting is, not only are you in Long Cove but it’s an elevated house and has a lot of trim work. So, you have to price that in, and a lot of houses don’t have the amount of trim work and newer cabinetry that this house has. So, if you have an appreciation for those types of things, this house needs to be on your short list. This one has been on the market for a while and, unfortunately, I think it started really kind of high when they listed it in April of 2018. It was at $575,000. They finally, last year, withdrew it to $549,900. Now they have it at $529,000 and like I said, this one has a lot of trim work. I have shown it before. It is worthwhile to look at because there are a lot of finishes in this house that make it a best buy 

398 Long Cove Drive is a four-bedroom four and a half bath listed at $499,000. This is a newer house. It was built in 1994 and the biggest objection to this house is that it faces 278 and so, there is not really much curb appeal. They have been trying to sell it since January 2018 at $550,000. They have come down to $499,000 in July. They put in a new roof and new HVAC and there are approvals for a pool. So, this could be a best buy for someone wanting something newer with lots of potential as long as being on the main highway to the front of your house doesn’t bother you. 

277 Long Cove Drive is a five-bedroom four and a half bath listed at $995,000. I was not able to go into this house. It is a country house and it looks beautiful. It seems a bit high but there was only a two-hour window from 10:30 to 12:30 because of young babies and I was not able to go see it, but I would be happy to show it to anyone that is interested. 

Lastly, we have 288 Long Cove Drive, a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $679,000. This one I found to be intriguing. It has a two-car garage and it is connected to the house. I didn’t care for the driveway. Unfortunately, these folks bought it at the height of the market in 2007 but they are willing to take a bite out of it. It’s at $679,000. It really is a nice lot with a nice golf view and lagoon view. It was more the driveway and the entryway. They sort of had two different entryways to the front of the house, but I love the Savannah brick in the entry. I love that it has a little deck to the front with some rocking chairs but again, there is a lot of competition in Long Cove. I would have to say that 1 Hobnoy Court has a little more appeal for me as far as value goes. 

Wexford Plantation

We only have one home in Wexford which is 12 Wexford on the Green, a four-bedroom four bath listed at $1,098,000. The one next door is also for sale, but it needs a lot of work. I think it is number 10 Wexford on the Green. It has the same view. This one is beautifully done from what I understand. They have updated the kitchen and everything. They have owned it for three and a half years. They are just not spending as much time as they had hoped and are spending more time in North Carolina. It has an elevator and is beautifully finished. It has a nice kitchen. Everything about it is really lovely and you might be able to get it under a million. 

Shipyard 

Shipyard has two condos. I did go in both of them because I have a buyer looking in Shipyard.

20 Sailmaster Villa is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $365,000. This is a nice corner unit. The floorplans are all the same. The living space is on the bottom and it has a nice kitchen. Being an end unit, it’s very private. The three bedrooms are upstairs. They are leaving the furniture. So, that could be a turnkey condo that is ready to go. So, that one would make my short list and I’m glad I’m going to show it this weekend.

1401 Shipmaster Villa is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $425,000. This one is on the other side of the circle. So, it’s closer to the beach and it is very intriguing because one bedroom is on the first floor. The kitchen is dated but, you know, she has lived in it for 15 years bless her heart and I think this one is definitely a potential for someone that wants something beach oriented. It too has made my short list. 

Last but not least – well, it is kind of least – is 3301 Hilton Head Resort. It’s Off Plantation on highway 278. They are what we used to call “stack-a-shacks” but they are prefabs and four buildings close to the beach. They are lots of fun and it feels like you are on vacation. It’s a two-bedroom two bath for $169,900, which is a decent price. 

So, that wraps it up for this Central Tour of Hilton Head. Even though it is a chilly day today, it is relative, and I know there are a lot of colder places with snow and sleet and all kinds of stuff. So, if we can help you find your piece of paradise on Hilton Head Island, please give Your Hilton Head Agent a call. Myself or one of my associates would be pleased to help you find your property on our great island. The reason that people like Hilton Head is the activities and the lifestyle. It’s all about lifestyle on the island. Thank you for reading my blog. Have a blessed day!

Respectfully Submitted, 
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Nov. 11, 2019

hilton Head Homes Tour South - November 6,2019

Today is November 6th, 2019 and we have quite a vast tour of South properties on Hilton Head Island. Our realtor tour actually has 43 properties. We have 23 homes in Sea Pines, 10 condos, six villas, and three homes in Forest Beach and then a little condo in Point Comfort. So, let’s get started.

Sea Pines

8 Marsh Drive is a five-bedroom four and a half bath home listed at $1,349,000. This is a redo. I had friends that lived in this house for many many years. Lagoon view in the back, no pool, and you have a marsh view for right now but at some point, that is going to go away since it looks like they are soon building a house across the street, which will block the view. Essentially, a lagoon view home on a very nice street. So, they did a nice job on the remodel. It’s medium grade but nicely done. They took out one wall and opened the kitchen up to the living space. So, that is a lovely home to consider and it’s priced quite well. 

145 Harbourwood Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $375,000. I would say this one needs a lot of redoing but it’s on the Harbour Town golf course and a lot of stuff is still original, but it has a lot of potential and is priced accordingly.

8 Muirfield Road is a three-bedroom three bath home priced at $675,000. This one has been on the market before. It’s a townhouse on the 10th of Harbour Town and not the first like Harbourwood villa. It has a fireplace. It’s nice. They came down on the price $20,000 and it’s a new brokerage but, you know, still considering that number four went for five something, this one still seems kind of high. 

55 Stoney Creek Road is four-bedroom three and a half bath priced at $870,000. This is a two-story house and I found it to be very choppy. The kitchen has been redone and is quite nice. It has a lot of fogged windows which is a shame, given the killer marsh view. It has a nice pool in the back but the house, when you come in you have a sunken down living room to the left and then you have a foyer. All of the bedrooms are upstairs. Everything needs to be redone. It will cost at least $300,000. It will put you at over a million. You still have an older house. Granted there is a new house that went under contract in Stoney Creek, but it just seems like this is a big project and not for the weary that’s for sure. Structurally, too, you can’t change the way it is configured unless maybe you put the master down where the sunken living room is but again, I think you are dealing with plumbing and so on. It could be too big of a project. It has potential but someone with a lot of skill and imagination and not weary of blowing out walls.

I was excited about 1 Mizzenmast Lane, a four-bedroom four bath home listed at $999,000. I like the tabby walls but there isn’t much of a view. It has a circular stairway and I found it to be dark inside. It is choppy. You can tell it’s a rental and it just doesn’t have any je ne sais quoi. It doesn’t have any appeal to me at all. 

26 Gunnery Lane is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $629,000. This one is priced okay. It has a more open feel than one that I will talk about on Greenwood Forest. I like the pavers on the driveway and that it has an open feel, but the inside really doesn’t do it for me. There is no pool and no garage, but you’ve got three bedrooms and three and a half baths if that is what you need.

14 Forest Drive in Greenwood Forest is a three-bedroom two bath home priced at $614,900. It has nice pavers. I don’t like the wooden steps going up and then there is tile. It could be an intriguing project. With a pool and a one-car garage and I think it has potential. I kind of like this one better than Gunnery and I also like the location better because Greenwood Forest has its own playground, tennis courts, and pool even though this one has a private pool also. So, they did $51,000 in rentals from what I hear. So, it could have very good cash flow on this house. 

In the Lawton Woods area, we have 6 Indigo Lane, a two-bedroom two bath for $465,000. This looks like it was almost a flip and they left he outside just as it is. The curb appeal is not that great. I was unimpressed because it should have a lot of potential. It looks better in the pictures than it really is. Apparently, they are going to put a new roof in soon which would certainly help but it just seems to me that they bought it for $315,000 in November of 2017 and they certainly haven’t put in $150,000 worth of work. So, I’m all for people making some money but that seems a little on the high side but again, maybe they will hold onto it.

18 Woodbine Place is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,249,000. It has a really nice golf view. I don’t care for the curb appeal, it’s sort of average. The inside, too, I know that someone in our brokerage had 22 or 24 and it went for less than that and it was a better house than this one. This one just doesn’t flow well at all. So far, I still haven’t found anything that I really care for. 

Now we’re going to hit some of the beach homes. Let’s start at 5 Brown Pelican Road. It has five bedrooms and three and a half baths and is listed for $3,295,000. I was curious about this one because this one, I think, had been bought later at some point. I have to say though, I was somewhat disappointed because the potential of this house is amazing. I think it has a great view. Someone bought it for $2,850,000 from this lovely couple that has owned it for quite some time. I think they were the original owners. It is an upside-down house. The kitchen is upstairs, but it is still very cool. They bought it for $2,850,000 and they painted some walls, put some new furniture in there and now think they want $400,000 more. I have a hard time with that. Everything else is exactly the same. So, they have owned it for almost two years. They do have some rental history, but I don’t know, it is a shame because it could be a great house for someone that wants to have an ocean-front house with not a lot of space. The potential is great on this house, but I was not impressed with the redo that they put into it. Sorry.

Beachside II #19 is a four-bedroom four bath for $949,000. All of these are in the South Beach area right next to the tennis courts. Priced okay. They are kind of smaller and do very well on the rental market. 

Then we had a couple of retreads. 84 South Sea Pines Drive, I think it’s on the second or third broker. It’s a three-bedroom three and a half bath and is listed at $759,000. They had it on the market for $40,000 more. They started at $874,990. They kept ratcheting it down. In June, it ran out at $799,000. There is just no love in this house but at least they brought the price down $40,000. So, I think they are a little closer to being in the money for this listing. 

Then we had 80 South Sea Pines Drive, which is two doors down. It has three bedrooms and two baths and is priced at $749,000. This one is priced a little better. It’s the same thing. It’s two houses down. I think this one has a little more potential. I like the garage a little better and the flow. It’s lighter. It’s just a more spacious old-school house but well-maintained. So, I actually, for $10,000 less and one bathroom less, I kind of like it and see more potential on this one but they are both on the main road and are seventh row ocean. You just have to cross the street to get to the ocean.

43 South Sea Pines Drive is a five-bedroom five bath listed at $1,775,000. People aren’t holding on to houses as much as they used to. This one also, I think, was sold just a couple of years ago. It is a newer build, but it is right on the curb. The house is amazing. I like the house and priced well. It has a nice pool and is a great rental. It’s an updated house. For whatever reason, they are moving on which is a shame. 

10 Seaside Sparrow Road is a seven-bedroom eight bath home for $3,995,000. This is a second-row new house. I like the architecture, but I don’t like North Carolina spec home builders that come in and build a house and try to make it a rental machine. Paying $4 million for second or third row. I think there are other houses that one has to look at to compare but it is a nice, new house. Obviously built to be an investment property. Not many families have 6 children these days. 

13 Royal Tern Road is a five-bedroom five and a half bath for $3,895,000. This was not a newer home, but it really intrigued me. Royal Turn is a short road, but it has oversized lots in it and some of the older-school houses are in it. This house is a little timeliness. I love the you have a view from the kitchen sink. You have two bedrooms, including the master, that have a view of the ocean and you are second row. So, if I was going to buy a family house, I think this one is intriguing. So, I’ll keep it on my short list. 

10 Laughing Gull Road is a five-bedroom six bath for $3,195,000. Again, it’s a spec home from a builder. It’s new. It has no love but for someone that wants new, you’d probably have to look at this one.

6 Green Herron Road is a five-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,950,000. I thought this one would be competition for 3 Sandhill Crane. I think 3 Sandhill Crane has two living spaces and this one only has one. The pool is just as nice because this one if very cramped. So, even though this is a newer house, 3 Sandhill Crane has better space and larger rooms and, I think, is a better home. Sorry. This is a new home though, but I just didn’t like that it only has one living space and the kitchen is very small. 

14 Canvasback Road is a five-bedroom four bath home for $1,199,000. This one too has been on the market before. I think we have gone through a couple of realtors on this one. I have seen this house many times. Actually, these folks bought it for $950,000 and they think they can sell it now for $1,199,000. I didn’t see anything that was done to this house. So, if you could get it for $950,000 or close to that, then we’re talking. 

In the Club Course area, we have 37 Oyster Landing Lane, a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $739,000. I was really excited about this price because it has a killer marsh view. It doesn’t have a garage, but it has room for one. It is an end unit. Inside you really have to like that your kitchen is not open. You are kind of tucked away in the front. It would be an expensive redo to have a view from the kitchen but again, for the right buyer and someone who wants to downsize, this could be very interesting. So, I see the potential for someone wanting to downsize.

15 Sand Fiddler Road is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $635,000. I do have to say that I love the curb appeal on this one. As you drive in it has really nice curb appeal. You’ve got a two-car garage. It is charming. I like the curb appeal that it has. The people bought it for a great price, and it is sort of market price. It has a pretty lagoon view and it is a nice house. I think this one has a lot of appeal. I think it will make my short list. 

8 Club Course Lane is a three-bedroom two bath for $450,000. It needs work. It’s priced well. It’s on the deep end of Sea Pines. It’s not my favorite because if you want to ride bikes or do anything, you are kind of off the beaten path all together. So, you are a little far from everything that Sea Pines has to offer but the price point is one that could make it attractive to some buyers. 

67 Shell Ring Road is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $699,000. It seems a little high for the Carolina Place area but remember that this one has a two-car garage, everything has been done, it is an open floorplan, and everything was beautifully done. It has a nice lagoon view. It’s turnkey in a great neighborhood. It might have some wiggle room. It is being sold unfurnished but I’m sure that the furniture would be great to go with it and that is how I would make an offer. I like the house. It is turnkey and not a lot of the houses are in the 600’s. 

And in Carolina Place, which used to be a villa, but 3420 Carolina Place is now listed as a home. This one has been on the market before. It’s cute as a button and a three-bedroom three bath for $399,000. It’s a great price point. So, all of the sudden being that it is not a villa, it might get a little more action. It is close to the water but very private. You almost feel like you are on an island or something that is all on its own. 

Now to the Villas

1023 Caravel Court is a two-bedroom two bath for $569,000. It has a really nice view and has great rental numbers. So, that is something for someone that is looking for a rental property and wants to be in Harbour Town. You really have to look at that one.

1270 Harbour Town Club Villa is a four-bedroom four bath for $575,000. I know the resort loves these for their golfers. If you could get it, I’m sure the rentals would be fabulous on that unit. 

2351 Racquet Club Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $379,900. Again, this could be a very interesting one for some folks. 

725 Schooner Court Villa is a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $619,000. It’s okay. It has the beam and is dated and dark. I saw it after I saw 741 Schooner Court which was a wow.

741 Schooner Court is a two-bedroom two and a half bath at $769,000. Now, you are going to say, “Well, that’s $150,000 more,” but they got rid of the beam and it has marble floors and a gorgeous view. The 619 unit actually looked at the buildings across from it and you have an angled view of the water from it. 741 was really gorgeous. They did everything to the nines and gutted the place and it is beautiful.


251 Stoney Creek Villa is a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $399,000. This one doesn’t have much of a view and it has a second broker now. We’ve had it in our brokerage office before. It’s a tough sell.

360 Briarwood Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $539,000. The sliders are old in this house. So, you’ve got to figure that you’ll spend about $30,000 in sliders. Then you are at $569,000. The view is spectacular and if you don’t mind a lagoon/sand trap golf/marsh view, this a corner unit. The floors are nice. The kitchen has been redone. It is a good competitor to 395 Briarwood which has a really nice long golf view but this one is priced very well.

540 Plantation Club Villa is a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $499,000. This one seems a little on the high side. I think they tried to sell it before. These folks bought it for $442,000 in December of 2016. They have owned it almost three years. It is a cute one. I don’t understand why it is still on the market, but they have lowered the price now. I think in July it was at $518,000 and now they are at $499,000. So, they might have a better chance at selling it. It’s a three-bedroom. It’s an interesting one. 

Lastly, we have 1931 South Beach Club Villa. It is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,449,000. It has been on the market. It is almost 4,000 square feet and has a different broker now but is at the same price that it was decreased to. It hasn’t been on the market in four months but again, it does need some updating but it is on the fourth floor and is not the penthouse. It’s not on the fifth floor. There are a few of those on the market but it is probably right for someone. 

So, that is it for Sea Pines. As you see, we flew by everything. There is a lot. I didn’t go see these homes, but I’ll be happy to show them for you or preview them or Facetime you and even do a professional video if you would like.

North Forest Beach

In North Forest Beach we had 1 Roadrunner Street, a six-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,325,000. It is funny how now the investors are starting to sell the properties. 

In North Forest Beach we also have one villa which is 222 Breakers Villa. It’s a one-bedroom one bath for $279,900. These are the prefab ones right in Coligny. It is priced okay.

South Forest Beach

Now in South Forest Beach we have 3 Dogwood Lane, a four-bedroom three bath for $799,000. It is an old-school house. I love this one. This one, I think, has potential but for a different price.

Then 215 Cordillo Parkway is a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $625,000. These are townhouses that are newer. I don’t like Cordillo. You basically have a house in the middle of nowhere with no amenities. You can’t go outside and walk around. What is good about these though is that Hilton Head Prep is nearby, and they have golfer students. So, if you don’t mind housing some students and getting some long-term rental money, that could be a good place to park your money and get some rental income. 

On the villa side we have 114 Courtside Villa, a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $310,000.

74 Courtside Villa is a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $410,000.

15 Hilton Head Beach Villa is a three-bedroom three bath for $767,000. 

508 Shorewood Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $599,000.

5602 Treetops Villa is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $279,000.

So, as you can see, it was a big tour. I’m exhausted. I have a headache but nevertheless, I’m always here to serve. So, if these properties or anything else meets your fancy, please feel free to contact me or a colleague. 

This was a big one. If I had to pick, for a turnkey home I would say 67 Shell Ring Road was my favorite and for updating with upside potential, I would say 13 Royal Tern Road. That one would be my favorite as a potential build although it is a big house and you will put some money in it but it is in good condition and very well built and high quality even though it’s dated.

So, that wraps it up. Thank you so much for reading my blog. Please feel free to reach out to me any time. I’m here to serve you.
Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Oct. 23, 2019

Hilton Head Homes Tour Central - Oct. 23, 2019

Today is October 23rd, 2019 and we FINALLY have a chill in the air. We’ve had quite warm days and a couple of rainy days, but we needed the rain. Now we can say Fall is really in the air.

So, for the Hilton Head Tour of Realtors today we have the Central Tour. There were a lot of properties, 34 to be exact, but a lot of these are condos which I will not be going into. Let’s start at Port Royal.

Port Royal Plantation 

Port Royal has a couple of interesting homes. 35 Outpost Lane is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $449,000. It’s a really good price. I don’t like the dipping deck and the front rail that really kind of scares you unless you are a builder. There are popcorn ceilings, but I like the flow of it. It has stainless steel appliances and boy, there is a magnificent tree in the backyard that really gives it some great potential, but it does need a little TLC. With the right person, that could definitely be accomplished. 

75 Fort Walker Drive is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,075,000. This one has been on tour before. I vaguely remember it, a low country house which are rare in Port Royal. I like that it has hard-i-plank siding. I also like the trek decking and a large green space in the back and then you see the tennis courts. It is a bit choppy and the master is upstairs, but it does have many rooms. The color scheme is, obviously, easy to change. I think the choppiness and just that top area by the master where you go through double doors and you can see down to the bottom of the entryway. I don’t know, it didn’t really appeal to me and I found it at $1,075,000 to be a little bit high for what you have. 

70 Fort Walker Drive is a six-bedroom, six bath, and two half bath listed for $1,599,000. It’s also in the Robbers Row Golf Course. Boy, this has a lovely setting with a three-car garage and a really open floorplan. It has high ceilings. The pool and the view of the green is just amazing. It has a really nice feel. Obviously, you know, you’re spending $600,000 more but boy, what a difference between that and 75 Fort Walker. They are very different houses and very different price points. The only thing I didn’t care for, and again, it’s an easy fix is that the kitchen has traditional doors that don’t go with the contemporary feel of 70 Fort Walker but it’s a very lovely home. 

6 Heyward Place is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $739,000. This one has been on the market for a while. They bought it for $639,000 and then they tried to sell it for $1,149,000 and then they went down to $1,129,000 then $999,000. Then they went to $795,000. In February of this year they tried to sell it at $800,000 and now they have the third or fourth realtor at $739,000. It is a second row but really a teardown. There is no reason to put more dollars into that house. So, what I would do is just go ahead and put it on the long-term rental market until you get your plans and can build your dream house. If you could get that in the high sixes or low sevens, you’ve got yourself a fantastic second row water property. So, it is finally getting to where it is a realistic price. Great value for location.

20 Sovereign Drive has been on the market before. I didn’t go in there. I know these folks. It’s in a lovely setting and also on a very nice street. There’s not much I can say. It’s a five-bedroom three and a half bath. They lowered the price a bit. It’s at $1,157,500. It’s a really odd number but okay, whatever. So, there you go. It’s a nice family home.

4 Sherman Drive is a three-bedroom three bath listed at $885,000. They bought it in 2011 for $700,000. So, it’s $185,000 more. Granted, it’s a different market than 2011. It’s a mission-style architecture house with a really cool layout. They really did some nice things to it. Light and bright. I like the honed countertops. Upstairs is a master suite with an open office looking down into the living space. There’s no view out of the master bedroom but it has high windows, a his and her vanity and shower and closet. That whole master area upstairs is all open with no doors.  They small tiles ceiling to floor in tiny half inch squares were a little dark and much for me. I really enjoyed the house, the view and the location, and it has been updated. What I didn’t care for is that they have a brick wall in the front, and it adds nothing to it. It looks like they filled the pool in because there is a lot of cement in the back. So, it’s a European-style house but intriguing and would make my short list. 

3 Catesby Lane is a five-bedroom, five bath, and two half bath listed for $1,449,000. This one has been on the market before. They have been trying to sell it since March of 2018. I know these owners, they are a lovely couple. It’s a beautiful home with lovely architecture and it’s richly appointed. High ceilings and the lovely wood floors. I love the outdoor fireplace, the patio, and the bar. It is just a nice outdoor space that you can use here in our warm climate. Three-car garage and I love the lovely crushed shell siding. It’s private yet it has a golf view. So, it’s a lovely home and I think they have come down on the price since it was last listed.

Last in Port Royal we have 27 Audubon Place, a four-bedroom two bath for $599,000. This is at the end of a cul-de-sac. It is really a four-bedroom ranch with a sunken living room and a tiny little kitchen. The driveway is a little cracked up and it almost looks like a flip. It has an okay setting. With a little imagination you could do a lot, but at $599,000 I would almost prefer the other one at 35 Outpost for $449,000 that had that dramatic tree in the backyard. It just seems more intriguing and to have more potential in the space and so on. So, that is my two cents on Port Royal. 

 Folly Field 

30 Oleander Street,  a three-bedroom two bath for $379,000. I think when it came on the market, they were at $399,000, already come down $20,000. It is cute as a button. I think it’s something good to look at and it could be a great entry-level. Beach oriented and in a nice, quirky neighborhood and really cutely furnished. I don’t know if it’s going to be sold furnished, but you could put a long-term renter in there. You’ve got it for the dirt. It’s a fun neighborhood and then build your dream home as things go up in price. 

Yacht Cove 

37 Cobblestone Court, a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $319,900. It’s really well priced. What a nice entry-level home it is. It’s cute and clean if you don’t mind the steps. It has a little outdoor space in the front. I think it would be really cute for a young family or a couple. It has a nice little terrace in the back. Very clean and up to date and at a great price in a family friendly neighborhood.

Palmetto Dunes

6 Sutherland Court, a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $829,000. When I first drove up to it, I thought it was kind of an okay house but then it had a beat up walkway to the front door. There is a smell inside, a really tiny pool that is down far below that you cannot really see it from the living space. Also, the floor dips. The driveway is asphalt and it’s sort of a split level home. At $829,000, I just don’t feel the love and it’s a rental house. If the numbers are good could be a great home for an investor or someone wanting to move down later.

84 Mooring Buoy is a five-bedroom five bath for $1,295,000. I scratched my head and I don’t usually say this, but I have to say that, to me, this house is overpriced. I have a colleague that has a better house in Sea Pines with same distance to beach but at under $1.1 now. These folks bought it for $952,000 in 2014. I honestly could not tell you what they did to this house because it looks very similar to the way it did a few years ago. So, it really didn’t make a great impression on me at all. This one doesn’t cut the mustard either. 

6 Slack Tide is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $819,000. I expected something close to Sutherland Court although this one is on the mariner’s side which has more homes than on the Inverness side. I like the mariner’s side a little better. I really liked this house with its pavers, the curb appeal is really nice, and it’s priced well. I love the walkway. You have a wow factor when you walk in because it’s an open floorplan and you kind of look down into the lagoon and the water. It has cathedral ceilings and is really cool and updated. I don’t know if it is sold furnished but it’s just a cool house and not your typical cookie cutter home. An older home, nicely done and a good price. So, I would say that if I had to pick one to make my short list in Palmetto Dunes, it would this one. 

Long Cove 

17 Lavington Road is a five-bedroom five and a half bath for $849,000. They bought it in 2008 and remodeled the home. A low country home from the outside and formal inside, very traditional. The house is very close to the lagoon in the back. There isn’t much backyard space but it’s neat, tidy, and clean and it was cozy. 

4 Otranto Court is a five-bedroom, six bath, and one half bath home. It’s priced at $1,499,000 and this house is perfection. Wow! You open the door to a courtyard to a pool and fountain. You come into open space. There is a nice sitting area in the back with a long lagoon view with the putting green to the left of it. A beautiful kitchen and is beautifully appointed. I love that when you go to the master’s side, which is on the right, you have this whole very spacious his and her closet area. Then, the lady of the house has a little sitting/resting area and that actually had an area to the outside to get to the front courtyard where there were two seats where you could just sit and relax. So, it is a very unique home with every attention to detail. Just lovely.

Wexford 

42 Bridgetown Road is a five-bedroom, four bath, and two half bath for $974,000. I like that it is under a million. It was on last year but I am not sure why they took it off and put it back on. It has a nice setting. You forget that the higher numbers in Bridgetown, the closer you are to using that little bridge to get to the club, so you don’t have to go all the way around, making it a quiet and a nice location. I told the listing agent that they should take the lattices off the window. It breaks up the windows and dates the house. It has angled rooms just FYI.

Last in Wexford was 40 Wexford Club Drive with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two half baths for $1,195,000. It’s an older home. It was at $665,000 in October of 2018. Then they did a remodel and now they have increased the price. There is a pool and it’s on the canal that leads to the harbor, a great plus for boaters wanting their yacht in their back yard. I can think of a couple of better homes to show anyone interested in this price point in Wexford. Obviously, I would show it to someone just for comparisons sake and buyers know what they want better than I do. You’re just hearing my humble opinion. So, I found it a little high for what you’re getting and for being on the main road and not really having the updates. It has a big master area, but I just didn’t feel it. The update wasn’t what I expected. 

Shipyard 

50 Kingston Dunes Road, a three-bedroom two bath for $429,000. I thought it was $419,000 and it had a little bit of updating. The rooms are small, has a carport and would be great for just a single person or a couple. It is all overgrown in the back yard but if you chopped that up, you would have a beautiful golf view. I see tremendous potential and you just have a little bit of imagination and have a budget. I think this one has tremendous potential because you’re close to the beach and in Shipyard. So, again, that one could make the short list for value

Villas 


10I Fiddlers Cove Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $159,900. Those have certainly crept up.

In the Hilton Head Beach and Tennis we have a few ocean villas. The first one is A338 which is a one-bedroom one bath for $183,000. 

C348 Ocean Villa is a one-bedroom one bath for $232,000. Obviously, one has been renovated and one has not. 

A309 is a one-bedroom one bath for $229,000. 

Lastly, A137 is a one-bedroom one bath for $209,000. Keep in mind too that the higher up ones are closer to the beach. 

Then in Sandcastle Plaza, we have unit 3B with two bedrooms and two and a half baths listed at $459,000. That was in the Folly Field area. 

2121 Cotton Hope Villas is in the Fish Hall subdivision off of Dillon Road. It’s a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $119,500. It’s a prefab condo. 

The Hilton Head Resort Four Seasons unit 4423, which is the building furthest from the beach and closest to the gate and 278, is a two-bedroom two bath for $185,000. 

In Palmetto Dunes in the Shelter Cove area we have 7406 Anchorage Villa, a two-bedroom two bath for $319,000. 

Unit 7428 Anchorage Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $289,900. So, you have two good options there. 

7169 Harborside Villa is also in Shelter Cove. It’s a three-bedroom three bath for $509,000. 

In the Leamington area of Palmetto Dunes we have 7623 Huntington Villas, a four-bedroom four bath for $795,000. 

Then 955 Inverness Village Villa, which is up on the Inverness side, is a two-bedroom two bath for $409,000. It’s great for golfers and kind of off the beaten path. 

Another great entry-level is 778 Queens Grant, a two-bedroom one bath for $263,333. 

Lastly on the Inverness side near Inverness Village we have 284 Turnberry Village, a two-bedroom two bath for $439,900. That one sounds familiar and might have been on the market before. 

The only other thing that I did not mention is that there is a piece of property in Wexford for sale. It’s 18 Wexford on the Green. It’s a home site listed at $249,900. Again, we have limited home sites. So, that might be something but don’t forget that you’ve got very high dues in there. So, I just want to mention that. 

We had wonderful houses this time. I was very excited that I got to see all of them, and I think in Palmetto Dunes I was intrigued by 4 Sherman Drive. It was in the high eights, but it was an intriguing and different house. In Palmetto Dunes I liked 6 Slack Tide for $819,000. I kind of wish Sherman was in the same realm. In Long Cove, 4 Otranto was just perfection for the discerning buyer. I suppose for the value wanting to maybe do a flip or something in a gated community, 50 Kingston Dunes Road. However, for a young family, if they came in, I would want to show them 37 Cobblestone Court. 

So, there are lots of great things plus we have inventories in other areas of Hilton Head. So, if you are ready to buy, our town is working diligently to keep the airport full of flights coming in. We are working on our amenities and working on our land management ordinances and no matter what, Hilton Head Island is a great place to live, work, and play. We have a nice cross section of children, and families, and retirees, volunteers, workers – everything. So, please keep Hilton Head in mind. I think that there is no place that balances nature and humanity with as many amenities we have on this island in such a lovely way. 

Thank you for considering Hilton Head Island. If you need a realtor that shows you around and educates you on the lay of the land, please feel free to reach out to us. We would be delighted to hear from you.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Susan Ochsner

(843) 816-6388
YourHiltonHeadAgent@mac.com

Posted in Realtor Tour
Oct. 16, 2019

Hilton Head Homes Tour South- October 16,2019

Today is October 16th, 2019 and we have the South Tour of homes for Hilton Head Island. The South Tour is comprised mainly of Sea Pines and then Forest Beach and Off Plantation. It has been pouring down rain all day, but the sun did come out in the afternoon after I had finished touring all the homes. It was a great day to be a duck. So, let’s go ahead and get started in the South Beach area of Sea Pines.

South Beach Area of Sea Pines

We started in a lovely South Beach Club villa which was #1934. It’s a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,695,000. This South Beach Club Villa is one of only four penthouses, two in each building. There is an extra code on the elevator to get on the fifth floor. Gorgeous views of the sound and the water. It has high ceilings and has good bedroom separation with an open floorplan. It’s a little bit dated but not too bad. It is a lovely, lovely unit. 

In Lands End we have 24 Lands End Court, a four-bedroom three bath listed at $1,299,999. It has been updated. I have seen it before. It has a marsh view and is gorgeous with nice floors, a midrange renovation. So, for me, not being on the sound side and being on the marsh side, it seems like it’s a bit on the high side. We’ve got one that faces the Harbour Town Lighthouse that is at $1,095,000. Granted, it’s a three-bedroom but I don’t think $200,000 is the worth of a bedroom.  

16 Lands End Court is a three-bedroom three bath for $999,000. It is well priced and has nice decking outside. People love these Lands End units. The quality of construction is cottage like, but some of the finishes inside have been done nicely. For this one they brought the wall down in the kitchen. So, it’s open and you’ve got the nice view for the small kitchen. The bathrooms have been redone and it has smooth ceilings and it’s under a million. So, again, a nice and interesting property. 

1419 South Beach Villa is a four-bedroom four bath for $1,255,000. The cool thing is, these are some of the oldest villas in Sea Pines, but a limited number of them are the ones facing the water that were rebuilt in 2008 because of a fire. So, it does have a little bit more of an open floorplan than some of the other units in here. The one next door sold, I think, last year. So, again, these are nice units and spacious but pretty lock and leave. 

To round out the South Beach area we have 38 Gull Point Road, a four-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $1,725,000. It has nice finishes and nice curb appeal. It’s in a great neighborhood. There is its own little POA. So, it is very elegant and exclusive. Lots of young families live there and so, it’s a great street and it’s nicely updated. It has a gorgeous marsh view. So, not much more to say there. I love the location and view.

29 South Beach Lane is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,469,000. Our brokerage had this listing before. It is as nice rental place with a split level floor plan. It’s priced well. It’s a little older than 3 Sandhill Crane, which again, I think this one is a great value, but we’ve also got 3 Sandhill Crane which is a five-bedroom five bath at $1,595,000. So, please keep that one in mind if you happen to be reading this and are an ocean-oriented buyer. 

That covers it for South Beach. From there I went to Club Course. 

Club Course in Sea Pines

147 Otter Road is a three-bedroom two bath for $424,000. I think this guy is just trying to break even on it. He bought it not too long ago from what I could see and, you know, furnished it a little more but if you were in it before, you really can’t tell a difference. So, Zillow folks might kind of scratch their heads on that one but nevertheless, it is what it is. Someone is trying to break even. It’s small but it’s cute and turnkey. 

87 Club Course Drive is a three-bedroom four bath for $510,000. This was an interesting property and again, nothing has really been done to it, but I love these houses that have only had one owner. They have a really cool golf view, but they are private enough and they are past marsh view. So, you have a lot of privacy. The curb appeal, it’s a little overgrown in the front. So, you kind of need to chop all that up because the curb appeal is just 'eh'. It has an indoor pool that was added on, a covered indoor pool which is either kind of cool or kind of funky but if you take that out of the equation, the floorspace, you know, you’d have to put new flooring in but it could be a very interesting house considering I sold 71 Club Course that was kind of a cool house. I think this one has tremendous potential and, I think, is priced pretty well. So, call me if you are interested in this one or any other one. 

32 Isle of Pines Drive is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed for $455,000. It’s funny, I walked into this one and I liked it. I said, you know, “Nice pavers. New windows. I like that. Nice foyer.” It has wood and stone sort of inlayed which looked great. It has great curb appeal, but it doesn’t have a garage and I’m like, “Okay. Well, it’s still at $455,000 and is very nice on the cul-de-sac.” Then when you get inside, the stairs are kind of up there. So, it’s not completely open but what really bothered me was there is this parking lot view of the Sea Pines Country Club and it is sort of the back end of it and the air went out of my sails so to speak because I was getting really excited about it. So, that is kind of a tough sell and a tough objection, but it is priced well and for someone looking for value that can be created with doing landscaping back there, that could be a very interesting one. And for someone that wants to really make it their own and has some vision, I really like it. 

27 Pine Island Road is a four-bedroom four bath for $1,100,000. It is priced very well and has an infinity pool and a marsh view. You know, it’s kind of midline. It is a basic house. The curb appeal is okay. It’s a nice house with those views. So, there’s nothing wrong with that. 

39 Governors Lane is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $975,000. This one has really nice curb appeal. It’s on a beautiful lot and is a very different view. You have an approach of the green and then you have a golf view. It’s kind of set in the corner with a lot of easement and a beautiful garden in the front. It’s a really lovely home. I actually think I like the inside of the house than I did in 27 Pine Island. So, Pine Island has a marsh view and this one has a double golf view. 

Next, I’m going to move from the ocean gate back up through Sea Pines starting at 216 Cordillo Parkway. That is really outside of the gates of Sea Pines even though they have it listed as Sea Pines. It’s not. So, again, the input is only as good as somebody that puts it in there that way. It is ocean oriented. I think this is one that a lot of the prep kids use. It’s on the main drag. It is kind of tight, but it is a newer build. These folks bought it in January 2018, and they paid $640,000. They have owned it a little more than a year and a half. So, it’s almost like they are just trying to break even from there. I think someone must have told them they could rent those pretty well but they problem with those is, they don’t really rent that great. 

31 Baynard Park Road is a five-bedroom, five bath, and two half bath priced at $4,750,000. I didn’t go see this one because this one has been on the market before. These folks already bought somewhere else and I guess now they are sitting on this house. It’s a unique house. The curb appeal is okay. I know they put a lot of money into the house but it’s very unique. You’ve got to really find the buyer for that house. 

In Greenwood Forest we had two. 11 Fern Court is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $999,500. It has a beautiful golf view and is really nice inside with an open concept the way that people like right now. A lot of buyers don’t understand our island and, you know, it is very expensive for the Greenwood Forest area however, for someone that is looking for a newer house under a million, this is definitely one you would want to consider although I would tell buyers differently but it is what it is. It will probably go under because that is what people want. They don’t care about location as much as they do that it’s a new house and they won’t have to do a lot.

11 Saint Andrews Place is a four-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $949,000. It has a lagoon view. It is a nice cul-de-sac address and has been on the market before also and it is a nice home with a two-car garage. 

I forgot that we have one more on Wildwood Court because now people put different things on subareas. 11 Wildwood Court is a three-bedroom three bath for $479,900. It’s a little high but not too bad. It would be great if it could be under $450,000. It has popcorn ceilings, but it does have new floors and it’s in a central location with a lot of upside.

26 Red Maple Road is a four-bedroom four and a half bath listed at $697,900. This was the Borders family’s original house back in the 60’s. They are a great family that had four kids. Two of them are still alive and I went to school with all of them. It’s a lovely home but has had about three owners. It is purely on the rental market. It is an extremely dated house. I don’t know if I would put more money in that one but it’s a great lot. I don’t know about it. A friend of mine actually had that listing. So, they have been trying to sell it for a couple of years at least. So, at some point, you know, make an offer. 

Let me talk about the villas in Sea Pines first. 

Villas in Sea Pines

3363 Lake Forest is a two-bedroom two and a half bath villa. Talk about going back to the original. It is an original one for $299,000. You can put your own cosmetic changes to that one. That could be a really fun project. 

2225 Heritage Villas is a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $429,000. It is the only one with a golf view. 

2404 Lighthouse Tennis Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $290,000. 

B714 Schooner Court Villa is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $949,000. I went and looked at it and what I liked about it is that it is kind of tucked away and hidden. It’s a corner unit. Right to the left of it is a huge garden area to play and you are right on the water. So, it is in a unique setting. I’m always a believer that you can’t change your location or your view but everything else can be changed. So, I really put a premium on something like this that is unique, and Schooner Court seems quite unique to me because it also has privacy and a big greenspace with the location being right there in Harbour Town which makes it second to none. It doesn’t have a garage though. So, keep that in mind. 

184 Twin Oak Villas has been on before too. It’s a three-bedroom three bath for $695,000. I’m not going to say much about this one. 

528 Plantation Club Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $374,000. It looks like they came down on the price. They started at $389,000. I sold #513. It is under contract already. That one doesn’t have as great of a view but it’s cute. 

We also have a piece of land which is 18 Deer Run Lane. It’s listed for $459,000. I just want to remind you that I have a four-bedroom four bath on Deer Run that is at $769,000 and it just needs a little bit of tweaking.

So, outside in the Forest Beach areas we had 7 Lark Street, a six-bedroom, seven bath, and one half bath for $1,779,000. It looks like a good rental property in the Forest Beach area. There is not much more to say. 

2 Robin Street is deep down into Forest Beach and almost close to Shipyard. It has four bedrooms and three baths and is listed at $895,000. 

These are unique. There are only 15 of them and if you have a family, this might be something to consider. 106 Oceanwood Trace is a five-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,347,000. They have a little bathroom area for families. It is probably the closest one to the beach. So, it’s very family oriented. 

We also have a Seabrook. Seabrook is a retirement community for people that are over 55 on the South End of Hilton Head Island. I will mention 4108 Seabrook because it is a colleague of mine that has the listing. It’s a two-bedroom two bath for $30,000. Again, it is in a retirement community. 

In the Point Comfort area, which is off plantation, we have 5 Ashton Cove Drive, a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $395,000. It’s a cute little house that I think has been on the market before. It was withdrawn. They started in May with another broker at $412,000. They just brought it down another $4,000. So, it’s a great entry-level. Point Comfort is a very family-oriented place. 

That about wraps it up for the South Tour today. Give me a call and I will be glad to share what my favorite is. Thanks so much for reading my blog. Until next time, have a great day and enjoy the sunshine that we finally had this afternoon. 

If you need any help with homes in Hilton Head, particularly Sea Pines, please contact me or one of my buyers agents at (843) 816-6388 or shoot us an email.

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

www.YourHiltonHeadAgent.com

Posted in Realtor Tour
Oct. 2, 2019

Hilton Head Homes Tour Central/North - Oct. 2,2019

Today is October 2nd, 2019 and we have a Central and North Tour. Boy, I don’t know about you guys, but it certainly doesn’t feel like Fall yet, even though we’re in October. It’s still warm and balmy in Hilton Head with sunshine every day. I’m still taking my walks on the beach and taking my sunrise photos and sharing them with the Facebook world. So, feel free to friend me on Facebook. 

Because we have a symposium next week, we are not going to have a tour. So, this week they combined the North Tour and the Central tour but there is not a lot on the North Tour to speak about. I

Palmetto Dunes

I started at 15 Heath Drive, a five-bedroom five bath home for $799,000. It has high ceilings and nice curb appeal and a quite spacious home. It has a big back yard and is only eight minutes from the beach. I believe it’s priced well. A really nice listing. I enjoyed it very much.

21 Saint George Road is also on the Inverness side of Palmetto Dunes. It’s a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $750,000. This one is okay. It’s cute but I don’t like it when houses have the old cabinets even when they faux paint them. It has a choppy and small kitchen that was kind of put on the side. It has a nice pool area and is priced well. The large wooden deck by the pool will require maintenance.

5 Saint George Road is also on the market. It has five bedrooms and five baths and is listed for $899,000. I kind of feel like this one seems a little high however, especially having a circular stairway which totally dates the place and is not liked by many buyers. Maybe the price is high because it is close to the gate and tennis. 

I would say of those three on the Inverness side, I seem to like 15 Heath Drive and 21 Saint George better. I just didn’t like the condition I saw as I approached 5 Saint George. I found it to be in poor condition. 

On the Mariner’s side we have 5 East Wind, a six-bedroom six and a half bath for $2,995,000. I went to East Wind two or three weeks ago and there was one that was ALSO second row for one something. So, I felt like this is a stretch. However, when I got there, boy it’s a new car smell house. Upstairs you get peekaboo from two rooms where you get to see the ocean and they are not teardowns to later block that view. It’s a beautiful new home. I also love that the garage isn’t to the front of the house. It has an alcove and then comes the garage door. So, if you wanted to just run in the house and it’s pouring down rain, you could just put your car in there without opening the garage door. I kind of liked that because, you know, a lot of times people are in and out and I love that you don’t see the garage door staring at you and that you see mostly brick. So, it’s a beautiful new build and it has that new car smell. So, I was very excited about this one. 

181 Mooring Buoy is a five-bedroom four bath listed for $1,185,000. It smells very musty. It didn’t really do it for me, I hate to say. Granted it has five bedrooms but then I’d rathe go to Heath Drive instead, but that’s just me. This side is getting very, very expensive. 

41 Off Shore is a three-bedroom three bath home listed at $565,000. It has a sunken living room. It’s priced well and being sold 'as-is'. Just be sure to have a great inspector. My office keeps a list of those.

36 Haul Away is a three-bedroom two bath for $739,000. This one is in a great location and the curb appeal is kind of odd. You have the asphalt driveway. It’s an old-school home and was built in 1969 but they did a really cute remodel but, in the end, you are still a 3/2. It has a nice pool in the back and is really low country simple living. It even has a backyard dock. Seems to be priced well but it is less than 2,000 square feet. I like it. I don’t dislike it. The curb appeal isn’t that great but when you walk inside it is very, very surprising. I really liked the inside of it. 

24 Haul Away I liked that it’s an elevated house and I see potential on this one. You can just tell it’s an old-school house. The turf green and the porch, I mean, you can tell it was someone’s home for many, many years and most likely well maintained. It’s very easy to fix up but again, you have to find someone that wants to. What I like about it is that it’s $789,000 but has a lot more square footage and has three bedrooms and three and a half baths. So, I think it has more curb appeal and is closer to the beach than 36 Haul Away. It has a smell but as a redo and a gut job and obviously the smell will go away, but just be prepared upon seeing it. What I like about it is that you are on the lagoon. So, that is a really cool factor. 

Those were the Palmetto Dunes homes. Let’s just fly through the villas.

256 Captains Quarters Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $499,900. Again, people want to get all the rental income and then the Fall comes in and they put it on the market. This one is in Shelter Cove.

54 Fazio Villa is a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $389,000. That’s a good price. 

7617 Huntington Villas is a two-bedroom two bath listed at $589,000. Across the street from beach with lovely lagoon view.

212 Main Sail Villas is a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $629,900. 

785 Queens Grant Villas has three bedrooms and two and a half baths and is listed at $425,000.

Lastly, 1764 Saint Andrews Common is a two-bedroom two bath for $262,500. These are right there off 278 on the right as you turn and pass the welcome center. They have a very good low density, funky, but if you don’t mind steps, some of them have great golf views. They are great entry level as are Queen's Grant.


Shipyard 
135 Evian Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $349,500. It’s okay. 

604 Harbor Master Villa is a two-bedroom and two and a half bath for $269,000. I’ve seen this one. It faces New Orleans Road. So, even though it is really cute inside, you are facing a fence and a parking lot. So, the location is not that great. 

Then, 206 Harbor Master Villa is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $219,000. This one is okay. For a three-bedroom it’s a great price.

Windmill Harbour

Here we have 95 Harbour Passage, a three-bedroom three bath for $925,000. Boy, it’s a million-dollar view. The house is a little dated, but it has really good bones. It even has an old-school elevator. The master is upstairs overlooks the deep water. One bedroom downstairs that shares the guest bath. It has a garage underneath and a killer view. The kitchen is a little off to the side, but it has really high ceilings and is a very dramatic space that just needs to be updated and at $950,000 I think it’s really priced well and someone could just put a new canvas on it and really make it cool. It’s a Charleston-style home with a door that you come into that leads you into a breezeway. Really cool home. I enjoyed it and I’m not always a fan of those. It felt airy and light and again, I loved the really high ceilings. 

Hilton Head Plantation 

We started at 41 Deerfield Road. It’s a four-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $559,000. I really thought it was cute. It has high ceilings. I really liked it and I like the price. It is good to go and it’s close to Dolphin Head.

In the Headlands area we have 17 Winding Trail Lane, a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $549,900. I don’t like the flow of this one as much as I do Deerfield. It is kind of a choppy house. I wasn’t excited about this house, especially only being $10,000 less than the other one but, it is in the Headlands area which is very popular, and it has privacy. This one didn’t really do it for me but I will show it if you are interested.  :-)

In the Crooked Pond neighborhood of Hilton Head Plantation, we have 1 Stillwater Lane. It’s on the edge of Hilton Head Plantation but it is so cute. Four-bedroom two and a half bath for $449,000. It is cute as a button. You come into an open floorplan. It’s only 1,700 square feet but has two different areas of outdoor spaces with three bedrooms upstairs and they share a bath. The master is downstairs and cute as a button. I surprisingly liked this house. 


 Long Cove -  another gated community with one of the best (and renowned) private golf courses. 

8 Strawberry Hill – first of all, I love the name of that street. Who doesn’t want to live on 8 Strawberry Hill Road? It makes me hungry thinking about it. It has four bedrooms and four baths and is listed at $750,000. Has a really good flow, a newer home. It just was a bit sterile, no furnishings either.

3 Gracefield Road is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $819,000. It’s neat as a pin. This person bought it three years ago at $785,000. I think they paid a little too much. There is nothing not to like about this house. I think it had more love than the other house at $750,000. I would take it because it has a lot more appointments and finishes. The other one just looked builder-grade at 8 Strawberry Hill Road. So, I really, really like, 3 Gracefield Road. 

8 Gracefield Road was also on the market, but I have seen it before. It’s a four-bedroom, five bath, one half bath for $1,995,000. It has a killer view and is gorgeous. The flow didn’t really do it for me back in the day. I did not go see it this time, but I take it that it’s the same house and I think it’s priced a little high for Long Cove, but it is newer and nicer. 

38 Combahee Road is three-bedroom, four bath, and two half bath for $1,500,000. It has a killer view. I could not get the lock to open. So, I did not go see this house. It looks like it needs a little bit of updating but is gorgeous in every way. It has a million-dollar view. That key just would not open the lock up so I’m sorry I couldn’t get in. 

12 Rice Mill Lane is four-bedroom four and a half bath for $739,000. It’s a new house and looks like it’s a spec. Again, not a lot of love in it. It’s facing the highway, but it is new. I just didn’t care for it because you can just see it’s all investor related. It needs a lot of love but someone that has imagination and heart could really make it something special. 

I would have to say that if I had someone go to Long Cove, I would show them all of these obviously, but the one that I personally like is 3 Gracefield Road.  

Wexford 

16 Yorkshire Drive is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $629,000. I love this house. Another broker had it six months ago at $650,000. I thought it would sell by then, but it didn’t. I’m surprised it’s still on the market. It’s cute as a button and at a great price point. It has a gorgeous view. What’s not to like? I’m surprised it’s still on but now it’s at $629,000. Great buy in Wexford.

31 Yorkshire Drive is also on the market. It’s a four-bedroom four and a half bath at $895,000. It has a nice view and is a nice redo. They did the kitchen and they did the bathrooms, but it just isn’t as cozy as 16. It has a lovely view. 

I then went to 10 Bridgetown Road which is a five-bedroom five and a half bath for $1,350,000. I wonder what the situation is on this house because I thought I recognized this house. They bought it in May of 2018 so, barely over a year ago – a year and three months – at $975,000 and they did do a very nice job on the inside. It has great furniture. They are not selling it furnished. I would think they should sell it furnished. They really didn’t do anything with the curb appeal outside. Someone is going to see the beauty and pay, because they won’t have to do anything. I would include the furniture in the price. It looks good. 

Lastly in Wexford I have 9 Wicklow Drive, a four-bedroom five bath for $895,000. This one didn’t do anything for me. It’s on a great lot. I did go see it before when the price was at $929,000 and now they are at $895,000. So, six months later they did lower it and I feel for them because they bought it for $1,250,000 in 2005.  The market was that way in 2005 and it just hasn’t recovered yet.  I feel bad for people that need to sell. It just didn’t do it for me, but I’d be happy to show it to anybody that would like to see it. 

Then in Folly Field we have three homes.

In the Burkes Beach area we have 3 Sandy Beach Trail with six bedrooms and five and a half baths for $1,199,000. 

1 Sandy Beach Trail is a six-bedroom five and a half bath for $1,500,000. Again, that whole area is very touristy for me. So, I don’t really do it because I work with people also that want to downsize, upsize, have a second home, rent it with eventually wanting to live here. These are purely beach houses to rent. So, I apologize but I’ll be glad to show those to you.

Then we had two condos. One was in the Folly Field area. 16F Fiddlers Cove is a two-bedroom two bath for $179,000. It’s priced aggressively but again; those seem to be going. 

Then one that also has low density, which I love, and I know a lot of nurses and teachers that live in these, D18 Marshside Villa. It has two-bedroom and two and a half baths for $169,000. 

That covers everything that we’ve seen for Central and North Tour. There are great listings out there and something for everybody. The other thing I want to mention is, the Chamber of Commerce had the State of the Region Luncheon yesterday where over 500 business leaders and community leaders come together and talk about our region. There are great things going on, both in Hilton Head Island and beyond. Bluffton is growing and Ridgeland is growing, and we even had the Hardeeville Mayor speak. There is a port expansion in Savannah that will greatly impact our region.

I have to say that the Chamber and marketers are not presenting the uniqueness of Hilton Head. It is part of the region, but Hilton Head has everything because of the planning that was done 50, 40, 30 years ago. This place is now in a refurbishing season and I think it’s a great time to come in where you get lifestyle, vacation, and there is just no better place than living on the beach and living a lifestyle where your children can ride their bikes to school and everything is within a short drive. 

That’s what my children did, and people will sometimes see that there is value in that. You are not living in your car as you do when you are living in Bluffton or somewhere else on the mainland. There is a special uniqueness of lifestyle on Hilton Head Island and it’s something to consider. Yes, you do pay a premium but once you come over that bridge, you just feel like, “Welcome Home.” Your blood pressure goes down another 20 points. 

So, please consider Hilton Head Island as your destination. We would love to help you. Please reach out to us any time. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Sept. 28, 2019

Hilton Head Homes Tour South - Sept. 25, 2019

Good Morning,

Today is September 25th, 2019. It’s hard to believe we’re in the last Wednesday of the month and we’re off to October in the Fall. We still have very good weather on Hilton Head. I went to Colorado this past weekend to visit my sons and flew into Hilton Head. It was a Delta jet bigger than what you used to have – the little puddle jumpers – and the flight was absolutely booked. It has been a game changer. All the flights that we have coming into Hilton Head has certainly made the higher end market more attractive as people can conveniently come to Hilton Head without the hassles of our interstate highway system that gets bottlenecked very easily as does the bridge. 

So, let’s go forth. We have 33 properties including villas on the market today. A lot of them are in Sea Pines. We have four in Forest Beach and two Off Plantation. I may not get to those but we have great listings in Sea Pines that I want to talk about and I actually even went into some villas if you can believe it. So, let’s get started.

Sea Pines

The first one is a condo in Harbour Town in the heart of it. 959 Cutter Court is one of the townhouses. It’s not on the high rise building but it’s a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $499,000. It is updated with smooth ceilings and a nice kitchen. It’s very cozy in there. So, if you are looking for a three-bedroom, I think we can say that it’s a decent one. It really is. I like it very much. 

2295 Heritage Villa is also in the Harbour Town area. It’s a two-bedroom two and a half bath listed for $369,000. It faces the tennis court but it’s light and bright and it’s in that affordable 300 range that a lot of the buyers seem to like.

6990 Muirfield is a four-bedroom three bath listed at $739,000. This one is on the Harbour Town Golf Course. It’s really nicely done. I love the stairs. It is four bedrooms so, you know, I’m not surprised it’s $739,000. In Muirfield I would almost expect the sixes, but it is nice and turnkey and very tasteful and clean.

726 Schooner Court Villas is a four-bedroom four and a half bath listed at $737,000. At that price, I would take it over Muirfield. You just have a killer water view. It has some potential. It has a smaller kitchen than Muirfield but again, it’s a whole different animal. You are right in the heart of Harbour Town in that instance and it’s priced well. 

There is also a Residence Club that I have already seen, 2864 Residence Club. It’s a two-bedroom two bath for $425,000. It has a pool view. It is nicely done. It has an outdoor seating deck in the front. The kitchen has been beautifully redone. There is one that is an end unit on the other side of Residence Club that is at $469,000 and the kitchen is not as nice, but it does have a golf view. So, this is priced very aggressively and is a nice unit. I think the palms should be chopped down because they have overpowered the little terrace int hat back and that is what kind of blocks the entire view, but they might have liked that privacy away from the pool.

So, those are all the condos in Sea Pines. Now, let’s go look at some homes.

The first is 1 Belted Kingfisher. I remember when this one was on the market. These folks didn’t own it but a couple of years – two to three years. It is a five-bedroom five and a half bath priced at $2,050,000. It is on the main road, but it has the little pool bar in the back. It doesn’t really have a view and privacy, but it is done to the nines. I love that in the master closet they have a his and hers. They put bunk beds in there that really look cute. It was a great idea if you have grandkids to kind of have them live in there. So, it’s priced well. 

8 Baynard Cove Road, I was intrigued by this one. I really like it. It’s that low country understated elegance. It’s clean and neat as a pin and a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,190,000. It has a garage. It is really priced well and is really close to the beach with a little more privacy. It is kind of tucked off Baynard Cove. I like this one very much. 

1 Deer Run Lane is a four-bedroom four bath for $769,000. It is a nice rental and needs a little love if you’re going to make it your own. It has great potential and is really close to the beach. It might be a little on the high side but let’s see what happens in the market. 

In Harbour Town we have 18 Spinnaker Court, a three-bedroom three bath for $699,000. I like this one. It’s clean and tidy. It has a little water view right there in Harbour Town. I think it is priced to sell. I like this one also and this is going to be a hard one this time to pick a favorite. 

39 North Calibogue Cay Road is a five-bedroom, seven bath, and one half bath for $4,995,000. Don’t forget that at the end of Calibogue, that one that was slab on grade went on the market in the five millions. So, this one is priced aggressively. This house was built in 2007. I absolutely fell in love with this house. I don’t know if it was just the time of day or me. I love everything about this house. I hope that it is being sold furnished because the carpets are a part of that house so to speak. Well, it’s not being sold furnished. I would certainly want the carpets because you could tell that they were custom made carpets. It’s very understated. The curb appeal is elegant but not too much and you go inside and it’s just open and lovely in every aspect. I truly, truly enjoyed seeing this house. It’s very warm and there was attention to detail but it’s a high-priced ticket item.

Speaking of high-priced ticket items, let’s go oceanfront to 25 Sandhill Crane Road. It’s a seven-bedroom, eight bath, one half bath home for $8,495,000. This is a guy that is building spec homes. He obviously has a ton of money. It’s beautiful and impeccable. I know this is being sold furnished. The outdoor space is lovely. Seven bedrooms, we really don’t want to see too many rentals. We think it’s a nice balance. Sea Pines is such a great place to rent but it is also a wonderful place to live. Many agents, whether they work for Sea Pines or another broker, live in Sea Pines because it’s just wonderful. So, we don’t want to lose that by having it becoming just McMansions with rental machines. However, having said that, this 25 Sandhill Crane for a large family or multigenerational family, is gorgeous. 

Right next door is a listing I had. It has five bedrooms and five and a half baths for $4,850,000. It’s 26 Sandhill Crane. It has a state-of-the-art media room. You are on three floors. It does have some up and down but again, people don’t understand that the footprint of the house is grandfathered into the front. So, you have a much bigger back yard in square footage than a lot of the other places. So, you have to keep that in mind. Again, it is a beautiful, beautiful home.

17 South Live Oak. Oh, my gosh, this is my favorite street. I just love South Live Oak. It’s a six-bedroom, five bath, two half bath for $1,995,000. It is a little on the old-school side. You have this gate with birds on it that is really cool. You come in and it’s all stone. It has the pool in the front, and it has a clear garage style door in the garage where you can play ping pong, but you can open it up and be part of the pool area. If you go to the back you’ve got the golf view. It’s not brand spanking new, but it’s very tastefully done. I love Live Oak. So, this one will probably make my short list too. It’s going to be a tough one this time. There are really great, great listings out there this time. 

I did go to a third row which is 17 Wood Ibis Road. It has seven bedrooms and eight baths and is listed at $2,795,000. It is a lovely home. It’s more of a rental and very big. You do have a peekaboo view of the ocean and, you know, that was lovely and a nice surprise. I’m glad they didn’t put it in the listing notes. So, I really like this one but again, if I’m going to spend $2.8 million, do I need seven bedrooms? There are other ones out there but again, it’s a good listing. It’s nice as can be. 

12 Red Maple Road is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,350,000. This is gorgeous. The attention to detail is impeccable. The furniture is great, and it has great cabinetry and a beautiful view of the 17th fairway of Herron Point. I can just imagine sitting out there and having coffee in the morning and watching the golfers go by. It has great sunsets I’m sure and a lot of people don’t know this but, Red Maple has an easement on the back that can walk you to Plantation Club and the Beach Club. So, it’s a nice residential street. It has some short-term rentals but not really many. This house is set so far back. It’s very private but a beautiful view. It really is remarkable. 

There is one more I have not yet seen which is 25 Willow Oak Road, a four-bedroom, five bath, one half bath priced at $1,799,000. I definitely want to go see this one to see how it compares to 12 Red Maple because they share a fairway. So, I will get back to you on that one in just a little bit. 
That covers everything except the Club Course area of Sea Pines which I will begin now and continue during the second part. 

31 Oyster Landing Lane is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $929,000. Again, being a 3/2 and a half, it is dated. It needs upgrading. It’s a pretty basic house. I’d rather see it with an eight in front of it. It seems priced a little high if you don’t mind my saying, but it has a spectacular view and tremendous potential and is in a nice little neighborhood.

On Oyster Landing Road we have 26 Oyster Landing Road. These ladies were friends of my mom’s – this couple. It’s a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $1,395,000. The bathrooms, kitchens, everything needs to be redone. It is a 3/2 and a half. So, again, it has a marsh view and you see Calibogue and the Calibogue sound. It’s a spectacular lot for someone that money is not object for, but I think it does need to be reconfigured at that price level. It seems a little high. 

Afterward I went to see 2 Pine Island Road which is a listing of mine. It has four bedrooms and three and a half baths. It is listed for $1,495,000 and it has a sound view and a golf view, and it has been done to the nines. It’s absolutely gorgeous. They really have taken great advantage of the space. It is light and bright and just beautiful. You really can’t beat it. I really like it.  

39 Wood Duck Road is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $719,000. It is under that 800 sweet spot and it has a pretty golf view. The bathroom in the master has been redone. It is a basic house though and to be at $700,000, you know, it needs some updating but again, it’s in that price point that people are looking for. 

44 Water Oak Drive is a four-bedroom three bath for $535,000. The smell in there just hit me. I have a headache from coming out of that house still. It is on the end of a cul-de-sac. It does have a two-car garage and a nice view. It’s a pretty basic house with no updating being done. Again, I don’t know if there was a smoker in there and they are trying to fake the smell, but the smell of the Lampe Berger made it worse, I think. I had a headache in there. That one will not make my short list, but it will probably sell because it is aggressively priced at $535,000. So, keep that in mind that it is a great price. 

In Carolina Place we had two. 14 Shell Ring Road is a three-bedroom three bath for $584,500. It is beautifully decorated. This lady is a designer and it has a pretty lagoon view. The setting is phenomenal. The decorating is top notch. Again, the quality, you know, when you’re coming up the steps in there you just need to be aware of that. Some people don’t care about that and that’s fine. It’s just a very pretty house. The construction is what it is but again, it is priced well. 

We also had 46 Shell Ring Road that is on the other side of the circle. It’s a five-bedroom five bath newer home for $899,000. It has sort of a wooded view. It’s private and newer. It’s kind of tucked in. It didn’t do it for me but again, for somebody I’m sure it will, especially if they could get it under eight but I doubt that will happen because it is a newer house.

Alright, I have a few more to show you. Comin up in Part 2.

Part 2

Okay. So, outside in the Forest Beach area we have 40 North Forest Beach Drive with seven bedrooms and six baths and two half baths for $1,750,000. This one was designed as a rental house. It is a Buckeye property. So, a lot of Ohioans must rent this house out. It is a newer house and a rental. So, again, if you can make the numbers work that could be an interesting property. It’s newer on the main drag and close enough to Coligny.

18 Sand Piper Street is a three-bedroom two bath for $695,000. This one has been on the market before and it’s a cottage. It is tucked away. Right in front of it is a gorgeous new house which is number 20. This house has a nice back yard and it could be cleaned up and really become something really cute for the right buyer. I think having only two bathrooms doesn’t really help but they did get it under 700 and that didn’t sell it. They have been trying to sell now since 2016. They were at $699,000 and then they came down to $675,000. They kept it out for six months and got a new guy at $700,000. It expired and went back on and now the third agent has it at $695,000. Again, it’s priced okay but it is an older cottage and people just need to realize that it does need some updating but if you want the Hilton Head lifestyle and you don’t have a million bucks in your pocket, this is a great way to get in there. But there are lots of great ones. This is if you are wanting to become beach oriented. I always like to talk to my buyers to see really where they are really at so that we can find the place that you will be happy with and not that you will sell it in two to three years because we sold you the wrong thing. 

5 Bayberry Lane is a five-bedroom four and a half bath listed at $1,449,000. This one is in the South Forest Beach area. So, it’s close to where I went to elementary school right across the street which is now the First Baptist Church. This home also was done as a rental. It’s a little old-school but in decent condition. It’s closer to the beach but not as new. I like this one. They are repairing some doors and I think it is a good house and at a decent price. So, for something beach oriented, elevated, and with good open and bright spaces with a nice little pool area you can’t complain. 

I might as well mention Sea Crest Villa. There is one on the market which is 2213 Sea Crest Villa. It is a two-bedroom two bath for $529,000. It’s on the second floor. These are rental machines. People love to be at the Sea Crest because they are solidly built. They have two pools. You are on the ocean. You are right across from Coligny Plaza. These do very well as rentals. People actually used to live in them and some still do although I don’t know anyone right now. These seem to do very, very well. 

Let me go back to Sea Pines because I did miss some houses in Club Course that I went to after lunch. 

The first is 23 Club Course Drive, a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $640,000. This is on the corner of Club Course Drive and Isla Pines. My parent’s friends, the Kennedys, used to own it way back in the day. It is a great cottage-type house. It has a pool and a great layout. I think these folks had it as a rental and Club Course just does not do well with rentals. It’s a residential area. So, hopefully this would be someone that will buy to just have the Sea Pines resort lifestyle. Maybe they will just rent it to friends. It’s really that type of home. It’s priced reasonably. 

8 Evergreen Lane is three-bedroom two bath for $469,900. I cannot remember this house so I can’t say much about it. I’m sorry. I waited a couple of days to comment on the tour and I might have missed this house.

12 Otter Road is a three-bedroom two bath for $469,000. This was a family home. It is not as in great condition as it is shown to be in the photos. It seems a little high for a 3/2. If it was a 3/3 or a 4/3, I think we’d be more in the money but again, the inventories are low in stuff under $600,000. So, they are probably going to let it sit at that for a while and see what happens. It’s an okay family home. You have the upstairs. I don’t like you walk through and the stairs are very closed. So, you feel like you’re going up to be in time out. The stairs need to be opened a little bit to make it a little friendlier but it’s reasonably priced. 

Lastly, we have 25 Willow Oak Road, a four-bedroom, five bath, and one half bath for $1,799,000. I’ve been in this house before. It’s a nice home. It sort of has a southern Charleston-style. It has good living space with a family bonus room over the garage. So, it’s spacious. I don’t think it’s as cozy as 12 Red Maple which is $400,000 less in price. So, I thin one would have to look at that seriously also. 

That about wraps it up. As I told you, there are so many beautiful houses that I have a hard time just picking one in Sea Pines. 2 Pine Island Road was phenomenal. 12 Red Maple Road was Cozy. 1 Belted Kingfisher was a newer ocean-oriented house. 17 South Live Oak was just a cool house. I wish it didn’t have six bedrooms. I’d love for someone to go and live in that house. It’s a very cool low country-style house. 

There are a lot of great homes on the market and again, there is something for everyone in Hilton Head and I would love to be your Hilton Head agent and help you zone in on the perfect property for you. So, give me a call and I would love to help you find your dream home on Hilton Head. 

Thanks for reading this. Have a wonderful rest of your week. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Susan Ochsner

www.YourHiltonHeadAgent.com

(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Sept. 19, 2019

Hilton Head Homes Tour North - Sept. 18, 2019

Today is September 18th, 2019 and we are back to a North Tour of Hilton Head Island. It’s a rainy day today so there aren’t many golfers out. So, a lot of people on the streets. It looks like it will clear up and again, on the southern part of the island things are looking pretty well. 

We were having a conversation today at our sales meeting about how the Chamber of Commerce is doing such a tremendous job of marketing tourism for our island and we would wish that the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce and the town of Hilton Head Island would spend some effort into sending the message out there of what a wonderful place Hilton Head is to live, work, and play. There are so many things to do for retired, semi-retired and working people to do and experience, such as volunteerism and, of course, the outdoors. We have bike paths, walking paths, tons of beaches, many golf courses, boating, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, tennis, pickleball, bridge, you name it. 

And there are so many volunteer opportunities to help local grassroots organizations like Volunteers in Medicine and The Hilton Head Humane Association to name just two. You’ve got hundreds of volunteer opportunities and with all of the consignment shops that we have on the island. So, Hilton Head Island really IS a great place to live, work, and play. So, don’t let the tourism aspect of it shy you away from considering Hilton Head for a lifestyle community which is really what it was designed to be and still continues to be. 

Okay. So, now to our tour. We did not do all of the houses because of the rain and some of these we know anyway. So, let’s start at Hilton Head Plantation.

Hilton Head Plantation

In Hilton Head Plantation the first neighborhood we hit was Crooked Pond.  

10 Crooked Pond Drive is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $479,000. It’s a cute little home. It is an artist. It has a nice view in the back. It’s light and bright. The flooring is really nice, and it has granite throughout. It has a little tile. It really is a nice and cozy house. I think it has a lot of competition, however. 

In Crooked Pond we also have 9 Sweetwater Lane. It is a three-bedroom two bath priced at $450,000. This one too was nice. It wasn’t a wow factor, but it has great curb appeal, is on a large lot, and is well kept. I love the brick around it. Nice floors and really is a cute, cute home. You almost have a master suite over there because they are using the third bedroom as an office suite. That office is a Jack and Jill so the second bedroom could be closed off to the master bath and have its own privacy. I really like it. It is a good little home.

In the Rookery we have 52 Rookery Way, a three-bedroom three bath at $452,500. I liked this one of all the ones we saw the best so far. I love the curb appeal. It has a cute little view over the gardens. You know, it’s nicely done. I love that there is a fireplace in the master. You could exercise in the master bath. It’s huge as is the bedroom. So, there is a lot of space and it is well-priced at $452,000 again, being in the Rookery and with that extra bathroom. 

24 Redstart Path is a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $449,800. This is the one that feels like a spaceship when you come in. It has a really nice view and again, I tell folks, you know, don’t let this sway you because it has an interesting architecture. It’s that round one. It has been on the market with three other brokers and they lowered the price somewhat. They bought it 2014 for $318,000. I think it’s as flip and they just have a new broker that they changed to and brought it down another $10,000. Again, it has potential. The view is amazing. You can’t change that, and it’s priced at $449,800. It’s getting competitive. You just need to have some imagination over there. 

Then we have 37 Deerfield Road, a three-bedroom two bath listed for $475,000. This one has really nice curb appeal. I think the pictures were nicer than the house. It was one of the model homes in Hilton Head Plantation and it is priced okay. 

In the Oyster Reef neighborhood, we have 27 Pearl Reef Lane. This house has security. It’s a larger home at almost 3,000 square feet. It is a low country-type home. It is really nicely landscaped. It has high ceilings. It was built in 2002 and I think Bryan Homes built it. The home is in a neighborhood where you have a lot of social events and they have their own little HOA of $250 a year. It is a nice, newer home in a decent neighborhood, and it is sort of a newer house that people seem to like. It will probably be in the fives, but we are seeing Hilton Head Plantation be quite attractive and it is a newer home. So, we’ll see what it brings. 

11 Stonegate Court is a three-bedroom three bath for $549,000. Stonegate is one of the last developed neighborhoods in Hilton Head Planation and most are stucco and newer looking homes. This one has a two-car garage and is the type of newer that people like with the high ceilings. It kind of has all of it’s original features and is tastefully decorated. It is being sold as is but it is a decent house and priced okay, especially for a newer home in the Stonegate area. 

17 Country Club Court is a three-bedroom three bath priced at $536,000. I like this house. It’s very light and bright with no trees around. It’s stucco and in great shape. I love the view and the openness of it. Again, it is a three-bedroom and three bath for $536,000. It’s in the area of the Country Club of Hilton Head. 

Additionally, in Seabrook Landing we had 42 Seabrook Landing Drive, a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $1,049,000. Charleston style sitting on a large tract of land. It found it to be a little dark but it’s an interesting nice home. It needs a little bit of updating. It’s very big for Hilton Head Plantation and if you like that style, it really has a nice view. 


What is impressive to me is how the prices in Hilton Head Plantation have really crept up. If I have the time, I may wind up doing a price analysis of the annual average change in certain price points comparing Sea Pines to Hilton Head Plantation. 

I did go see the one villa in Hilton Head Plantation. We have 303C Indian Springs Villa. It is a three-bedroom two bath for $565,000. It has the luxury vinyl and nice bedroom separation and what a gorgeous water view on the third floor. It’s a lovely condo and those seem to be going fast because people are starting to downside and this type fits the bill. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if this one goes soon. 

That is all I got to see in the tour but I do want to let you know what else is available out there and again, any of our buyers agents are accredited buyer agents for Hilton Head and we know the areas very well and if you give us an idea of which type of house you like, we can also find other ones that you might have missed or that the photos aren’t good of, or have been on the market for a long time but have value because ultimately, we know that new is nice but they are not always on the best lots and you can change everything except for the view and location. So, we do tend to help and educate people in the aspect of it. 

Off Plantation

So, Off Plantation we have 6 Terra Belle Trace. It’s a six-bedroom eight bath home priced at $3,950,000. That is just a rental machine. It’s the rental company that is listing it. There is not much to say about that. 

In the Crosswinds neighborhood we have 8 Mossy Oaks Lane. It is a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $499,000. It seems a little on the high side but again, I did not see the house. 

In Singleton Beach, we have 14 Collier Beach Road, a six-bedroom six bath for $2,395,000. The Singleton Beach area is a total summer area and after the summer they start coming on the market. 

In Indigo Run we only had one - that is surprising. In the Golden Bear neighborhood of Indigo Run we have 3 Shaftsbury Lane, a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $849,900. I’ll have to see a little bit about that house. It is a four-bedroom and four and a half bath home with over 4,000 square feet. It is a newer home. I’m just surprised. It’s an elegantly done home. They did try and sell it. These poor folks bought it in 2006 for $1,240,000 as a new house and they tried to sell it for $1,095,000 back in 2009 and ten years later they now seem to be in the money. So, again, if somebody wants a more landlocked nicer home, this might be something for you to consider. 

Leamington has really gone up in price since they put in the traffic light in the intersection of 278 with its entrance. It used to be you could only go right and had to do a U-Turn or go through Palmetto Dunes if you wanted to go the South End. The light has been a game changer for this private community. We have two in there. 

86 South Shore Drive is a four-bedroom four and a half bath house for $1,295,000. It is a beautiful home and is deep in there close to the beach. Leamington is a very private community with no short-term rentals allowed. It’s a beautiful home.

11 Brassie Court is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $929,000. On Arthur Hills golf course with 2,000 square feet. So, it seems very pricey for what you are getting but again, I did not see these houses. So, forgive me. They now only allow you to see them from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and I always go in the morning. So, I apologize that I missed those. 

In Palmetto Hall there were four. 

370 Fort Howell Drive is a three-bedroom two and a half bath at $699,000. 

2 Caladium Court is a four-bedroom three and a half bath home for $629,000.

5 Oglethorpe Lane has three bedrooms and three and a half baths for $695,000.

18 Tucker Ridge Court is a three-bedroom three bath priced at $529,000. 

I did not get to see this one in Spanish Wells, but I have to tell ya’ll that in Spanish Wells we had 32 Widewater Road. It is a six-bedroom seven and a half bath for $4,350,000. Here is my problem, these folks bought it in February of 2019. It was a bank-owned property. They paid $1,500,000 and now at $4,350,000 it just seems that in six months what could you have done in that house in six months to make it worth another nearly three million dollars? I’m a little baffled. So, I may actually go out there and comment on this one again later but I do want to let you know what was on our Realtor Tour today.

Lastly, I did not go to Windmill Harbor. I usually do but it was a villa. 63 Spindle Lane Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $284,000 which is in the money. Again, I didn’t see it but it looks clean and probably fine. We find that sellers are becoming more savvy as far as smells and presentation and so on. So, it is a good thing. Going through Spindle Lane Villas is a great way to get into Windmill Harbor.

That about wraps it up. Again, because I only went and saw the ones on Hilton Head Plantation, I think I would have to pick 52 Rookery Way. I like that it is a three-bedroom three bath. I love the spaciousness of it. The little view was unique. So, that would be my favorite as the realtor this time. 

Don’t forget that you can’t tell everything online. We agents can help you find value and find what you’re looking for with small changes that can be quite price effective and have value going forward. Sometimes it is worthwhile to redo a bath or do some renovations because remember, we’re a fifty-year-old community and some of the older homes are on the better lots. So, never forget that. However, newer homes are selling. 

Thank you for reading my blog. There are a lot of great things in Hilton Head. Lifestyle is our main added value. We love it when September rolls around because you only see locals or repeat visitors and all the restaurants are glad to see you back and they are not overrun. The roads are clearer, and our beaches are emptier. So, Hilton Head continues to be a popular and great place to live. If we can ever help you in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you.

Thank you. Have a great day.

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

www.YourHiltonHeadAgent.com

(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour