Today is Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020. And we have the most fabulous weather on Hilton Head. I hope wherever you're at that your temperatures are also wonderful. Fall is in the air, and the humidity is gone. It looks like we will have a little warmer weather soon, which is warmly welcomed. 

We had a very small South Tour of nine homes. Let's get started in Sea Pines.

Sea Pines

First, I went to an ocean front home at 23 Black Skimmer Road. This is a regal home with six-bedroom, six-bath, and two half-bath home listed for $7,900,000. A Superior Build home, but I found it had quite a small backyard and was a little bit on the dark side. I love the wood staircase going up when you first enter. Most of the living space was downstairs. It seemed that it was designed for two people, not families. When you're in the pool and you need to go use the restroom, you have to go through the entire house and kitchen and living space, or you have to go through the master because they're the only ones that have a door to the outside.  

47 Deer Run Lane has five bedrooms, five baths, and two half-baths, and it's listed for $2,195,000. This is a lovely newer home. I've shown it several times. It has a partial lagoon view and is angled so you can really enjoy the outdoor space the way homes are being built nowadays. It's a new home, impeccably maintained and very nicely appointed, and like I said, a very decent outdoor area for homeowners. In fact, I'm surprised it's still on the market. 

35 Red Oak Road has five bedrooms, five baths, and TWO half-baths. This home is listed for $1,740,000. I always laugh how there are things that are always repetitive in certain tours. And this time, it seems to be homes that have two half-baths. Usually, they only have one half bath, not two. Nevertheless, this is a nicely built home. You enter to a round space that you can tell obviously showcases the pool. There are close bushes to the back area, because there's not a lot of space back there. And you can see a peek-a-boo view of the house on the other side. So, I would say the lack of privacy is probably the biggest objection to it. There is some open space, and it's really nicely appointed. I also didn't understand the free-standing Frigidaire that was between the dining spaces and the kitchen. I felt that that was not a place. It needed to be in the garage or in a service area, but certainly not in this open-flow space. It looked really out of place. And if someone's interested in the Red Oak area, I know that one of my clients that lives very close to that house and has a better view would like to sell their home. So, let me know.

21 Genoa Court has three bedrooms and three and a half baths and is listed for $1,300,000. This is a townhome. When you walk up, it's full of brick, cozy old school. You feel that Charleston vibe.  It has a pool in the front. It needs to be gutted inside, but the view is absolutely spectacular. So, someone with a lot of vision could really bring this to the next level. It's a beautiful, beautiful address. There's no garage though. So, keep that in mind. 

22 Genoa Court next door is also for sale. It was not on tour. But I do know that that one does have a garage - for three cars, as a matter of fact. But it doesn't have a pool. 

12 Twin Pines Road has four bedrooms, four and half baths and is listed for $1,395,000. It's a nice home. It's on a nice address, has a good golf view and a pool. It was an okay house. It was a well-built and a lovely home. I really didn't find anything that stood out in the way of total impression or total objection. So, it's an average home. 

12 Oyster Landing Lane had three bedrooms and three and a half baths. This house is listed for $839,000. The pictures don't do it justice. This is obviously an artsy person that owns it. Oyster Landing can be kind of tight in the entryway. This one, when you came in, you had a beautiful garden that flowed and had an open feel. You walked in. It was split level. It had a cozy little kitchen. But it had a long golf view that was fabulous. And I think with a little tweaking, this house could be quite good.

17 Oyster Catcher Road is a four-bedroom and four-bath home listed for $2,849,500. Now, we're back to ocean oriented. I kind of made a circle loop on this tour. There was a distinct smell in this house - almost like there was a dead animal or something. But it's in good condition, second row, nicely updated, light and bright. And considering it's a second-row home, this one got a thumbs up from me. Just that smell, we need to figure out what that smell was that wasn't that appealing. But it's a lovely home and a fantastic location, no doubt. 

20 Ruddy Turnstone Road is a three-bedroom, two-bath house listed for $1,085,000. I'm going to make a comment here. It's a well-priced home. It's an old ranch, a very old-school beach house, fifth row. Very private with a wooded area towards the back. The pool is in the front. A lot of these ocean-oriented homes are getting so large that they're made for multi-families and people to rent them out for Thanksgiving, for 20 people, 30 people, whatever. It's a breath of fresh air when places like Ruddy Turnstone, where you have a really cool ranch beach house, that you could make your own for a young family or a small family or for just a couple or one person to use. Not everybody wants a monster. So, this one could be nicely updated and become a really lovely home. 

There was one villa in Sea Pines. 1762 Bluff Villa has three bedrooms and two baths. It's listed for $521,500. There are not a lot of three-bedroom homes, and it's okay appointed. 

Forest Beach

In Forest Beach, we had 311 Forest Beach Villa. It's an efficiency with one bathroom for $220,000. It's in a great building and a great location. The prices are creeping up. You've got to remember that not too long ago, I was writing about one of these that was in the $189,000/$190,000 area. So, there certainly is a creeping up of prices. 

And then, in 802 Tanglewood Villas, there is a two-bedroom, two-bath villa listed for $289,000. Also, these are well liked. They've all been redone on the outside, and they're in the money. We're starting to see more villas come on in Forest Beach now that the rental season is over. 

Hilton Head Non-Gated

10 Roma Court has four bedrooms and five baths. This home is listed for $1,195,000. This had a killer marsh view. It's in the best part of Ashton Cove, which is Roma Court and Diexler Lane. Those are the two that have marsh views.  This home is on the cul-de-sac, so you have a narrow driveway going up, which might be shared. They're going to build on the left of that home at some point. It had an asphalt driveway. I found the garage to be very tight on the 90-degree angle with two doors, which confused me a little bit. When you come into the home, it's an older home in Ashton Cove. It's a little choppy inside. What makes this house is the million-dollar marsh view. These folks also did a fantastic job of making the outdoor lifestyle. They have a little cabana out there and the pool area with the deck around it. It seemed a little high especially for the neighborhood. You're going to be the top price in there.

Then, we had one condo that was non-gated and that was 1402 Brighton Bay Villa. It had one bedroom and one bath and was listed for $169,000. It's in the money. Again, it's a great entry level for Hilton Head and being near Palmetto Bay Villa.

All in all, it's a very small tour as we can expect. I think I've already expressed that we have half of the inventories that we've had before COVID, and that's, of course, starting to press some of the prices upwards. There are still some great buys out there. It's really making concessions into the must-have list. I'm a big believer in location and view, because everything else can be changed. Those, you cannot change. So, do focus on those also.

If I had to pick a winner, I would have to say my favorite was 12 Oyster Landing Lane. I didn't think I'd really like that and was pleasantly surprised by the price and the views and just the curb appeal. 

I hope to see you next week when we have another tour of Hilton Head Island. Please remember that we are here to help you in any way. Regardless of what area of Hilton Head, let us help you navigate what's the best options for you. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Susan Ochsner

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