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

Feb. 27, 2020

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

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

Port Royal

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

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

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

Palmetto Dunes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Long Cove

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

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

Wexford

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

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

Villas

We had some villas in Palmetto Dunes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully Submitted, 
Susan Ochsner 

(843) 816-6388
YourHiltonHeadAgent.com 

Posted in Realtor Tour
Feb. 19, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour South - Feb 19, 2020

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

We have a total of 29 properties to look at.

Sea Pines - South Beach

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

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

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

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

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

Sea Pines - Heritage Woods

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

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

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

Greenwood Forest.

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

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

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

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

Club Course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carolina Place

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

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

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

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

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

Condos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Feb. 13, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour North - Feb 12, 2020

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

Windmill Harbour

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

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

Hilton Head Plantation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indigo Run

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palmetto Hall

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

Spanish Wells

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

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

Off Plantation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner, YourHiltonHeadAgent.

Posted in Realtor Tour
Feb. 5, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour Central - Feb 5,2020

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

Palmetto Dunes

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Folly Field

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

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

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

Long Cove

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


Wexford

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


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

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

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

Shipyard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Jan. 29, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour South - Jan 29,2020

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

Sea Pines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harbour Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Villas

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

The rest of the villas are in South Beach. 

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

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

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

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

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

That wraps it up for Sea Pines. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Jan. 22, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour North - Jan 22, 2020

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

Hilton Head Plantation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Windmill Harbour

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

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

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

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

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

Indigo Run

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

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

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

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

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

Palmetto Hall

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

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

Off Plantation

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

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

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

Now onto the condos.  

Condos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Jan. 15, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour Central - Jan 15, 2020

Today is a balmy, sunny day on Hilton Head, almost 81 degrees! It is January 15th, 2020 and it is the home realtor tour for mid-island. 

Port Royal

31 Barony Lane is a two-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $649,000. It has a pretty view and is clean as a whistle. There were some updates done to it and it has a pool.  It has nice curb appeal and nice landscaping done in the front. I think it’s a little small for a lot of people, but it is a well-maintained home.

94 South Port Royal Drive is a three-bedroom three and a half bath home listed for $975,000. It has nice floors and is close to the beach. There is a smell in there. I love the furniture but don’t know if it’s staged.They have very good bedroom separation with master on left and the rest of bedrooms over the garage. It looks like they added all that space. There is a hollow sound when you walk in the living room and kitchen area. You know, if you have a heavy foot, it feels kind of hollow. The bathrooms are dated, especially in the master bath. The kitchen is okay. It has a funky curb appeal, but it does need a little bit of TLC BUT it is across the street from the beach.

70 Planters Row is a three-bedroom, four bath, and one half bath. I’ve seen it before. It is a funky 80’s floorplan. It’s a tough house to renovate. They kept it at the same price. 

Palmetto Dunes

21 Cartgate Drive is a six-bedroom five bath priced at $929,000. It has a really small closet in the master, and it is kind of choppy. You have to kind of zig zag to make your way to the kitchen. I do like the porch. It is sort of a covered porch with tabby and some rocking chairs. Didn’t do it for me. 

183 Mooring Buoy is a four-bedroom three bath home listed at $1,149,000. This one has a dock but it is deep into the plantation. I don’t like that when you come in, you don’t really have an entryway because as soon as you step into the house you have to go up like four steps. It is on the lagoon and has good bedroom separation. It’s okay. 

Long Cove

10 Delta Lane is a four-bedroom four and a half bath listed for $989,000. It’s a lovely home and is priced well. Nice curb appeal and I like the outside pool area and outdoor living space. Nice inside too. I liked it.

42 Turnbridge Drive is a five-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,175,000. This one has a spectacular view. I love the pool. It has a fence around it. It’s a really nice, unique kitchen cabinets. Upstairs there is an office with its own bathroom. I guess it’s a fifth bedroom that they are using as an office with built ins. It’s a lovely home. I like it a lot. 

2 Turnbridge Drive is a four-bedroom four bath listed for $729,000. For this one, the view is not as nice. They have a killer view on 42 Turnbridge. The house is kind of set back really far but it looks like it’s a great house for entertaining. You can tell they are cooks. It does need some updating but it has good bones but not a good flow. It’s a little on the dark side. It has great potential but the view is not as nice as the other two in Long Cove and its on the corner of two of the busiest streets out there.

Wexford

9 Bridgetown Road is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $579,000. It is a good price as you’re on the dock and on the lock-system harbour. It is a small house. I’m not such a fan of the blue cabinets and it really didn’t flow that well, but I think it has tremendous potential. 

32 Wexford Club Drive is a five-bedroom, four bath, and two half bath home listed at $2,900,000. This home is on the way to the club, on the righthand side. It is one of these unique houses that every time you drive by, you’re curious about it. Unfortunately, I didn’t see a lock box and I couldn’t get in. I was very late today but it looks like it sits on two lots and right on the harbor. You have Plantation doors and then you go into a huge outdoor space that is very private before entering the main house. Very unique home and really interesting. I wish I could have seen it but maybe one of you reading this blog will decide to come down and look at this house and then we can see it together. :)

Condos


In Folly Field we have a 226 Admirals Row, a two-bedroom two bath listed for $275,000. 

In the Fish Hall area there is 2121 Cotton Hope Villa, a two-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $115,000. Those have gone up. I remember when they were in the 80’s after the crash.

In Leamington we have 121 Abbington Villa. It has been on before. It’s a two-bedroom two bath listed for $569,000. 

685 Queen’s Grant Villa is a three-bedroom two and a half bath at $410,000.

In Shipyard there is 136 The Greens, a three-bedroom three bath priced at $459,000. 

All in all, it was a very short and sweet tour. A lot of people were out today, thanks to the . I guess all of the houses were able to be covered since there were just 10 homes to see. 

So, all in all I think I would pick my favorite to be 42 Turnbridge or 10 Delta Lane in Long Cove. 

That covers it for today. Thank you so much for reading my blog. Remember that we’ve got buyer’s agents ready to help you. All you have to do is contact us and we will help guide you through the labyrinth of home purchasing on Hilton Head and help to find you the perfect place. 

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Jan. 8, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour South -Jan. 8, 2020

Today is January 8th, 2020. Happy New Year! This is the first realtor home tour on Hilton Head Island for 2020. I hope everyone had a really great new year. It’s the South Tour today. There is not a lot as people start gearing up again and, I guess, people haven’t had time to go to listing presentations and so on. 

55 Heritage Road is a five-bedroom five and a half bath listed at $1,925,000. This is a new home built in 2018. It is on par three of Harbour Town, that’s a plus. Heritage Road is a thruway road connecting Plantation Drive and Old Military Road/Greenwood Drive. Does have a pool. It is okay, medium build. It just seems a bit high for Heritage Road. They knocked down the house that was there before and it just seems on the high side, but it is what people like: brand new. It’s contemporary and basic build but new for someone looking for new. 

23 Wildwood Road is a five-bedroom three bath house listed for $649,000. This is in the Greenwood Forest neighborhood and it’s a funky house. I don’t really care for the curb appeal and it just seems a little high. I remember I had a five-bedroom on 43 Forest a year ago that sold for $509,000 and it was closer to the Sea Pines Center and had a private, beautiful lagoon view. This one, they said there is a lagoon in the back, but I didn’t see it. You had to go upstairs for three of the rooms. It was an interesting house; I have to say. I just think buyers nowadays are very demanding. I don’t know what they did to this house other than the furniture is a little different. The smooth ceilings were there before when they bought it. Also, even though the cabinets look very modern,  they are the old-school cabinets, but are painted a beautiful grey. I think there is a lot of old and tired and if you’re going to be old and tired, you need to be aggressive in your price and this isn’t aggressive in the price, but it is in the money so to speak. Time will tell.

14 Baynard Park Road is a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $1,099,000 on a very coveted and upscale street in Sea Pines. This one was listed prior with someone that I respect. I know when they had it, they started a lot higher and that is the last time I saw this house, listed at that time for $1.2 million and that was last Summer. It does have a very big pool to the front of the house behind gates that did not open very easily. The rooms are kind of choppy, but it is on Baynard Park. There is lots of different flooring. The one part that was so funny was, upstairs they have exterior circular stairs that go up to the deck. It’s a beautiful place to watch the Heritage. Anyways,  down the hall upstairs, was a little door that all it did was go out to a little deck where you could even close the door. It was like a smoking room or something and was screened in. Was about 4 feet wide by 3 feet long. Smallest 'deck' I ever saw. Anyways, house is on a great address on a great golf hole on Harbour Town. I think it has potential again, because of location BUT as new listing with new broker I would have pushed for new price.  Remember my old thing that I always tell everybody, “Location and view you cannot change. You are stuck with that, but you can change everything else.” Has potential. 

58 Stoney Creek Road is a three-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $799,000. Again, here we have a 3/2 and a half bath. I think it has tremendous potential but the price is steep. It is on the cul-de-sac end of Stoney Creek. The kitchen is sort of open. This house didn’t totally excite me (price), but it didn’t turn me off either. I think based on what is going on in Stoney Creek, this one is light, bright, and open. It does have some things that are very original and very early 80’s but you are close to Harbour Town. 

10 Spotted Sandpiper Road is a six-bedroom six and a half bath listed at $2,999,999. Let’s just say $3 million, people but I get it. This house was absolutely spectacular. There is nothing I did not love about it. You could tell it was a brand-new build. Whatever they did to it, I absolutely loved it, IF you don't need a view, want to be close to gate and Beach Club and easy walk to beach. You’ve got to want six bedrooms though. It was built in 2012, but seemed newer. The colors are beautiful. The only thing is, I don’t understand how people can buy something for $2.2 million, do a few changes and think it’s now worth $2.9 million. Granted, they didn’t use it much and that is why they are selling, but I just scratch my head on that. I don’t understand that and when it was newer and only three years old, I did absolutely love this house and I loved it back then for a third row.  I loved this house on Spotted Sandpiper.

Lastly, as far as homes go, 16 Wood Duck Court is a three-bedroom two bath priced at $542,000. Okay guys, you are going to think I’m horrible, so let me preface that I’m for flippers making money. I think you put in the time and you do the sweat equity so, you should be able to make some money on your home. However, don't be greedy. This one was done, again, medium build. I remember this one as it was under contract before I could even go see it. Seemed like it was a done deal before it came on.  It sold for $270,000 in August 2019. In four months (they couldn’t have spent more than $100,000) in it. They did an HGTV cosmetic renovation but left the original sliders and I just have a problem with that. You know, they got rid of the shrubbery in the front and lowered the tall cement wall a bit. If you were flipping at $490,000, I would say, “You know what? That’s being fair.” You’ll still make a very good amount of money. I’m sorry, I know I’m lecturing and rambling, but I really care about both sides of the people and I just don’t think that one should be overly greedy, but that’s just me. Nevertheless, it’s a nice renovation. It’s the same thing that everybody is doing. I think the main negative on this house is that you do see Greenwood Drive on the other side of the golf course, only a 3/2 AND no garage. So, you have to keep that in mind. 

Villas

Let’s go through the villas. There are five that I do want to talk about. 

2246 Heritage Villa is a three-bedroom three bath listed at $469,000. This one seems to be in the money. There is another that is a three-bedroom for a little less, but it faces the tennis court. So, this one is competitive. There was a three-bedroom that sold for $449,000, one for $480,000, and one for $519,000 since the beginning of 2018. So, again, it is in the money for someone that wants to be in Heritage and people like Heritage Villas because it is a great central location and a popular entry-level as you want to get to explore Sea Pines if you don’t know exactly where you want to be. 

819 Ketch Court Villa is a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $365,000. Someone is in it. It has been on the market for a while. It’s a corner unit and what else can I say? It’s Harbour Town. 

78 Fairway Lane Villas is a three-bedroom three bath listed at $529,000. These are well-liked and have gone up in price. These are situated in a very quiet area and people like them because of their proximity to the beach and you get a pretty serene lagoon view.

1866 Beachside Tennis is a two-bedroom two bath priced at $739,000. This one is also in the money. I think this one is pretty original but again, they rent very well, and people like them. 

1674 Bluff is a three-bedroom two bath listed at $449,000. Bluff is funny. They were hot as cakes for a long time and then it was like everything came to a standstill. What’s nice is, you have three units like this that have sold in Bluff Villas. It does have the popcorn ceiling but has an open kitchen with bar plan and again, it’s very rare that you get a three-bedroom for sale. It was sold in 2017 for $365,000. 

Forest Beach

There were three residences in Forest Beach, but we only went to one which was 66 Dune Lane. It’s a five-bedroom five and a half bath listed at $1,595,000. This is like a southern house and boy, a lot of house. Cute front porch along the entire length of the home. Second row adn in the money price. Believe me, you could not get this in Sea Pines. It is on the tighter side of Dune Lane and not where you have the paddle locks and the house is kind of built back off the road which makes the pool area a bit cramped in the back, but it has a fun and different floor-plan. You sit in the dining room with a skylight and you are in the center of the space. The kitchen was dated but again, I bet you the rental numbers could be very strong. Overall, it was an interesting home. I don’t think it will be my favorite because I still have one in mind for that, but I really liked it.

Then we had 13 Pelican Street, a three-bedroom two bath for $539,900. It’s a cute little ranch. It is priced at land value as is expected nowadays. I glanced at the photos and I think they brightened it up a bit. In the money for a ranch in Forest Beach.

13 Sandpiper Street is a three-bedroom two bath for $769,900. I hate to say it, but it’s a very high price. considering its past. I know these folks tried to sell it in 2015 for $659,000. They got the price all the way down a year later at $599,000 and it still didn’t sell. Now why they think between 2016 and November of 2019 that people would want to spend another $170,000 more when nothing really has been done? I suppose because it has a pool, they think that they might be able to get it. There may be a buyer that says, “You know, the inventories are low and there is not a lot on North Forest Beach. So, if I can make the rental numbers work, why not?” I bet maybe you can make the rental numbers work but it’s a three-bedroom TWO bath and not a four-bedroom four bath. I think if it was a four bedroom, I would be more inclined to accept that it has a pool and so on. 

Condos in Forest Beach

Obviously, these are in South Forest Beach. I’m just going to run through them. I did not see any of them. If you want me to make a private tour and video on them, just give me a shout. I’d be happy to do so. 

21 Beach Arbor Villa is a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $269,000. 

109 Ocean Walk Villa is a two-bedroom two bath for $255,000.

405 Tanglewood Villa is a two-bedroom one bath one and a half bath for $239,000. 

H7 The Hedges is a two-bedroom one and a half bath for $120,000. 


Shipyard

In Shipyard we had one condo which was 189 Beach Walk Villa. It’s a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $425,000. That one seems to be in the money. It has been renovated and it is deeper in there. 

So, that concludes the first Hilton Head Homes Realtor Tour of 2020. There are some great homes out there.  I love to analyze the market. I always give people a good inventory of what has sold before they are even making an offer because you guys can only see what is ON the market. I love to advise and guide. Most importantly, I love to represent my folks to the best of my ability. So, please reach out if there is anything I can help you with regarding real estate or anything Hilton Head. 

My favorite has to be 10 Spotted Sandpiper. I just love the terrazzo island and everything that it has going for it. I wish the price was a little different but again, everything is under negotiation. So, don’t let that stop you from making an offer. :)

Thank you for reading. Have a blessed day and we’ll be in touch next week. 

Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Dec. 20, 2019

Hilton Head Homes Tour North. December 18, 2019

Today is December 18th, 2019 and we have reached the last Hilton Head Homes Realtor Tour for the decade actually. So, this tour is for the North, which encompasses Windmill Harbour, Palmetto Hall, Indigo Run, and Hilton Head Plantation and some newer smaller communities off of Spanish Wells Road and Beach City Road.

Windmill Harbour

9 Crosstree Drive is a four-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $665,000. I really like this home. It’s cozy and has a two-car garage. It’s Charleston style and has an elevator for the two floors. I also love the outside space. It’s very cozy and well-constructed. It’s spacious but not too large. I really liked it. The only thing I didn’t care for – it doesn’t really bother me but I just want to make a note that you do hear the outside traffic from 278 when you’re sitting outside but I’m sure after a while it’s just white noise and you don’t hear it but for someone who is sensitive, I do want to point that out. 

51 Crosstree Drive is a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $629,000. This one was on tour three weeks ago. So, I’m not going to say much about it. You can just look at the North Tour from last time. The one thing I do want to point out that I remember about it is that someone is building next door. So, you are going to have a year of a lot of noise and disruption. So, just keep that in mind but I like it. It’s a different construct. It is a nice house and an okay house. I liked 9 Crosstree better. 

7 Reef Club is a five-bedroom five and a half bath listed at $2,995,000. I have been to this home several times and it is ironic because after the recession, there wasn’t much in real estate. So, I took a receptionist job at a highly regarded construction company, Highsmith Construction, and they were building this home. It was built in 2009 and the attention to detail is exquisite. So, it’s for that extremely discerning buyer. It has a beautiful view. Indian Hill, Reef Club, and Ferry Point are the three premier areas of Windmill Harbour. So, this is a very special one that will take a special buyer. 

There was a villa in Windmill Harbour. I didn’t go see it, but it is Spindle Lane #15, a two-bedroom two and a half bath listed at $299,000. It seems to be in the money and for someone that wants entry-level or something smaller, this could be a fit. 

Hilton Head Plantation

3 Old Fort Way is a three-bedroom two and a half bath home priced at $550,000. When you walk in, you see a bunch of walls. There is a golf view, but you see walls first and then a wall for dining room and a wall that breaks up the kitchen. There is a wall sort of in the center for the living room that divides the kitchen and then when you look to the right, you have stairs. So, I don’t particularly care for it at all. You’d have to knock down some walls. It is priced well but it is going to take someone with creativity to make that right but again, it does have a nice view and is in a great neighborhood. 

68 Santa Maria Drive is a four-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $1,400,000. This house is almost across the street from the Country Club and it shares sort of an entryway with three houses and then you go down a long, very private, driveway and get into this house that has a dramatic curb appeal and spectacular views. It is beautiful and everything in there is done very high-end and is very well thought out with every attention to detail paid but most people would probably want the wallpaper taken down and so on. So, there is some cosmetic work that this home would need but it has beautiful wooden floors and a nice floorplan and interior spaces, and everything is of excellent quality. So, one just has to overlook wallpaper and maybe do something different there but it’s a beautiful space and I think it’s a great buy because again, I always say, you can’t change location and view but you can change everything else and I love the location and the view. 

311 Seabrook Drive is a four-bedroom three bath home priced at $669,000. I really like the price of this one. It has a smell when I went in. So, that didn’t quite agree with me but, you know, it is priced well and has a nice view. I don’t like that the master is upstairs. So, one just needs to keep that in mind. 

7 Seabrook Landing Drive is a four-bedroom five and a half bath listed at $1,193,000. This home was done with every attention to detail. It has really beautiful curb appeal and when you walk in you feel the elegance of it. I love the spaces. It is very unique. I also love that you have the pool outside with a bathroom and shower with a drain in the center of the floor. It’s just a beautiful home for the discerning buyer and it’s priced well.

I do want to mention that Hilton Head Plantation is a very hot market right now. If we take everything we’ve seen so far, some of them have been in the market 23 days and they just didn’t make the tour date or whatnot, but from houses that have been on the market less than three weeks we have 14 homes that are already under contract and they were on the market less than three weeks. So, just keep in mind that Hilton Head Plantation is well-liked and pricing well and having a good product always helps. 

27 Pineland Road is a three-bedroom three bath listed at $498,999. This one was a flip and I remember that they bought it for like, $215,000 according to the records. It was probably the worst house. They needed mold remediation. There were people who wouldn’t even go in the house. It was very disgusting, and they did a nice job on this renovation. You still have the sunken living room though and they did take one wall down. It’s a good house, it’s just not for me. 

21 Cottonwood Lane is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $569,000. Now, 35 Cottonwood Lane went under contract in one day and this one here is asking $120,000 more. I have to say that even though this one is a nice house and is on the lagoon I still just feel that, to me, it doesn’t seem it should be $120,000 more than the other Cottonwood that went under contract. It seems priced high. You still need to do the popcorn ceilings and so on. I’m not excited about the price but it has a pretty view.

5 Oyster Shell Lane is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $789,900. I remember this house from before. They did put a metal roof on it. The curb appeal is okay. It’s not necessarily my cup of tea. I think it would make a good family home and you really have to love wood for this home. There is wood everywhere and then in the bathroom they kind of have it white. I didn’t feel it but everything is done nicely. It’s going to take a unique buyer for the house. It is very special. 

We’ve just completed the Dolphin Head area. We are now going to go to the Hickory Forest neighborhood. 

We have one home which is 20 Herring Gull Lane, a four-bedroom four and a half bath for $975,000. I remember that this house has also been on the market for almost a year. It’s now empty. It did have furniture in it. It has a spectacular view but there is a lot of work involved there and I think when they started in March of this year, they were at $1,175,000. So, they brought it down $200,000. So, it’s priced a little better, but it still needs a lot of work. It does have a spectacular view and it’s a lot of house. So, you just have to keep that in mind. 

20 Savannah Trail is a three-bedroom two bath home. It’s in the Oyster Reef neighborhood. This one is probably for one person or it would be an okay house for a couple. It has a cute view. It’s on a patio lot. It has popcorn ceilings. I’m not a fan of the sunken living rooms and there is nothing you can do to change those. So, it’s not my cup of tea but it’s in that price range that is tough to get right now in Hilton Head Plantation. 

In Oyster Reef we also had 9 Persimmon Place, a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $465,000. I liked this one a little more. Again, you are asking for a little more money and this was a model house. It just seems like it needs a lot less changes and I like the high ceilings and it would be a little more workable, but it is a little higher at $465,000 but I like it better than Savannah Trail. 

There was 2 Water Orchid Court that I marked down. It has four bedrooms and four baths at $569,000 that was also in the Oyster Reef neighborhood, but it went under contract quite quickly. So, I wasn’t able to see it and I really did want to see it but unfortunately, we couldn’t see that one. 

Now let’s go to the Headlands subdivision. 78 Cypress Marsh Drive is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $589,000. It’s funny because there are three houses for sale and we have one in the threes, one in the sixes, and this one is right in the middle. It seems a little high but what I like about it is that it’s all the way on the end. So, it’s very private for a family because you won’t get a lot of traffic going that deep into the Headlands neighborhood. You are about as far as you can get and on the cusp of Hilton Head Plantation. It is an okay house. I don’t have much to say about it. It felt okay and is nice and well-detailed but it’s just a little too cookie cutter for me but it’s a nice home. 

10 Winding Trail Lane is a four-bedroom three bath listed at $475,000. This home has been tastefully done. It has been updated. It is small and cozy. There is another house somewhere that it reminds me so much of. It is priced okay and they gave us salad for lunch. So, that was a plus. It’s a good little home. I’m still amazed at how the prices have really inched up into Hilton Head Plantation. 

And lastly, we have 10 Oyster Rake Lane, a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $499,900. I really like the feel of this house. It’s priced well. I love the backyard space. It needs some touchups, but I enjoy the flow of the house and I like its location in the Headlands. It is very conveniently located so you’re not that deep into it. I would say of all the ones in the Headlands, this one would be my favorite.

Let me mention two condos that we had in the Plantation. 

Grandview #223 is a three-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $1,250,000. My first gut instinct was that it seems kind of high. So, I looked it up and these folks bought it in 2012 for $850,000. Granted it has been almost seven years, but I don’t think the market has gone up that high. I mean, I guess you can ask anything you want but it just seems like it’s listed high, but they might take any offer. So, you can still keep it in mind. 

Village of Skull Creek unit 65 is a four-bedroom four bath for $995,000. These have killer views and this one, I think, has been updated. 

I didn’t have time to see homes in Palmetto Hall or Indigo Run or Off Planation, but I do want to round them up and talk about them quickly.

Palmetto Hall

18 Clyde Lane is a four-bedroom four bath for $595,000. It’s probably a decent Palmetto Hall house. We have one listed that is new and there is just not a lot of movement going on there right now. 

20 Club Manor is the other one. It’s a four-bedroom four bath for $659,000. 

Indigo Run

576 Colonial Drive is a three-bedroom five bath for $759,000. It is in the second gated neighborhood of Indigo run. So, you are close to Marshland Road and it is a different neighborhood with a little higher-end homes in there. 

On the Spanish Wells row, we have 25 Jarvis Creek Way, a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $449,000. It seems to be priced accordingly.

In the Old House neighborhood off of Spanish Wells we have 10 Ansley Court, a three-bedroom two bath for $319,900. 

In Timbercrest we have 34 Timbercrest Circle, a four-bedroom three bath for $335,000. 

There are also two new Spa on Port Royal Sound. It’s so funny, I remember after the recession that these were in the range of $100,000 and now you can get them for $184,500.

So, in the Spa on Port Royal Sound we have unit 1123, a two-bedroom two bath for $184,500 and unit 3213, a two-bedroom two bath for $174,900. It’s funny that really in the lower end stuff since the recession, those things have really doubled. I think I’ve learned that if we ever have another massive recession, buy the low-end stuff because those are the ones that are going to recover more. You’re almost better off buying three low-end things than one mid-range. 

So, that wraps up our last home tour of the decade. It has been fun sharing my thought with you through all of these home tours. Sometimes I have to run in and run out. So, I don’t look at them that closely, but you just get a sense of the smells or whatever we’re getting and how it feels. 

So, there are a lot of great things out there. The ones that are priced well seem to go under contract very quickly. So, we have a lot of buyers still wanting to come to Hilton Head. It’s a great place to live, work, and play. The amenities are second to none. Everything is within 15 minutes of each other and it’s just a great active community of islanders. 

So, if you or anyone you know is wanting to purchase real estate on Hilton Head Island, that is what we specialize in. We don’t take Buyers to the mainland. Some people will go all over. I refer out on the mainland to buyers because I don’t know that market very well, but when it comes to Hilton Head, I and my agents can certainly be of assistance to you.

So, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and hopefully I will continue this next year. We’ll just have to see how it goes. God bless you and God bless the United States of America.

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Dec. 11, 2019

Hilton Head Homes Tour Central - Dec. 11

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

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