Today we have the North End Tour of Homes on Hilton Head Island. This is the Broker Realtor Tour event we have every Wednesday. We have Hilton Head Plantation and some other neighborhoods, Indigo Run, Palmetto Hall and a gorgeous house on Spanish Wells.

Hilton Head Plantation

The first house on Hilton Head Plantation that I saw was 35 Golden Hind Drive, a three-bedroom two bath for $595,000. Knowing this market, I felt that it was extremely high of for being a 3/2, especially on Golden Hind. However, when I did go in the house, I saw that it is brand new. It was a builder’s home. It’s only four years old and done to the nines. It has high ceilings and had everything just the way that folks like it today. I would say the biggest drawback was there wasn't a view. It was kind of a wooded view green space, but it was like right at your eyelevel. So, that one any kind of green space but there were the woods And I think the biggest drawback was that of the two bedrooms, you had to come out of the bedrooms to get to the bathroom and they were right as you come in the main door to the left. So, you’re kind of very exposed and I don’t remember seeing a door there we you could at least give it some privacy. I guess you can put a door in. I just final high but, you know, it was newer house. So, I know that will go, especially once you know what else I looked at.

10 Carma Court is four-bedroom five bath priced at $735,000. This was at a more formal house. It and it does have a golf view and has a swimming pool. Actually, the other one also had a swimming pool. It had a nice curb appeal. In the back they had a nice area where you could kind of hang and again, with a view. So, its nice island living. It has nice wood floors with open high ceilings. It has a nice kitchen. It was okay. These are now the prices that you’re seeming to get at Hilton Head Plantation 

11 Fiddlers way was next one. It’s a five-bedroom four bath listed at $739,900. This one is in the Bear Creek neighborhood of from Hilton Head Plantation. Someone that was riding with me with me thought that this was a new house, but you can tell from the driveway that it is not. However, everything inside was done to the nines. They really transformed the space. I thought it was a flip, but I went back in the records and looked, and it was not a flip. It has decent curb appeal. It’s on the cul-de-sac. They just put in new gardening. I didn't care for the feel of a it. I do like the nice lagoon view. It’s kind of open. It’s nicely done but it is, you know, kind of builder-grade and just at $700,000 in Hilton Head Plantation, although the market seems to be picking up on that pretty easily, it just didn't make it for me. But, you know, it's all been redone. So, you have to consider that.

30 Bear Creek Drive is also in the Bear Creek neighborhood. It’s a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $549,000. It has a nice view and is kind of cozy and kind of an old-school, everything on one level, light and bright home. But I found the cabinets were kind of the original and they painted them. So, it has some cozy spaces. Again, it did not wow me. 

In the Pinelandarea we went to 32 Brown Thrasher Road, a three-bedroom three and a half bath for $549,900. This one here, I beg your pardon, has some kind of smell. I couldn't tell if it was a dead rat. Excuse me but, you know, it is what it is. Whether it was a dead rat or mold or maybe even the glue from putting the floors down, but that did kind of bother me. I love the floors and everything that they did to it. It’s priced well and has a nice outdoor space on the golf course but again, I couldn’t get over that smell. So, if you have a sensitive nose, just keep that in mind. However, of course I would never refrain anyone from looking at a house because everyone has to make their own conclusions for a home and we can't do that at all the times.

In the Hickory Forest area, which is a very of coveted neighborhood because half of it looks over the sound, we were presented with 33 Hickory Forest Drive. It’s a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $949,000. This one here, the gutters and stuff need to be cleaned out. I just think if you’re going to have a house close to $1,000,000, I just think when you walk up it needs to look immaculate. That one did not but again, one can overlook that. I’m just pointing it out. I’m not saying that one has to stay away from but that is the one thing I noticed. It's got a spectacular view. It has carpet when you come in the main door. The kitchen was okay. I couldn’t tell if it was staged or if someone lives in it. Even though I love the kitchen cabinets colors and the grips that they used, those are the original cabinets and when you roll the drawers they are cheap drawers and I don’t like when someone's asking for that kind of money and the cabinets are old-school last rate. But again, you know you're getting a water view and something unique because there's green space to the other side. So, again, I can't tell if its price properly because there's not a lot that comes in on that market. So, it's a tough one to say from the inventory. 

Next was 29 Stone Gate. Stone Gate is one the newer little neighborhoods in the Hilton Head Plantation. So, they are all stucco homes. This is a five-bedroom four and a half bath for $775,000. It didn’t have a view. You really get a residence feeland there are the high ceilings and it’s is a more formal home. There's really nothing about the low country in it but a lot of people do want to bring their neighborhoods there. It's priced well and well-maintained To me, it’s just kind of like a cookie cutter kind of home but more on that high-end grade that you see in Florida that people kind of like.

In the Oyster Reefneighborhood we have 21 Oyster Bay Place, a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $575,000. The curb appeal is kind old-school, and the house is kind of on an angle. So, when you came in all the places, instead of having a straight line it was kind of angled and you had to go back. It’s hard to explain but it’s a cleaned-up house. It’s still one of the original ones but it's priced well for four-bedroom house that spanned “redone”. It has a nice pretty golf view and I always remind people that again, back in the day people had the choice of the better superior lots and so, you are going to find a lot of the older homes in these superior lots. 

37 Pearl Reef Lane is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $580,900. It’s very comparable in the same Oyster Reef Neighborhood. This is more of a low country house. I find it extremely rustic. So, it did not speak to me at all. It was different and kind of cool. It just did not speak to me and all. I find it to be kind of choppy. I know that it was nicely done and nicely appointed. So, again, someone that's looking would have to look at both houses and see which one speaks to them more. It’s priced well.

In the Crooked Pondneighborhood we did have a house which is 34 Edgewood Drive. It’s a three-bedroom two bath for $479,000. Again, they are demanding these kinds of prices now in Hilton Head Plantation even for a 3/2. I like this house. It is a nice house. I liked it. There’s nothing else I need to say about it other than, “What’s not to like about it?” I know it has been on the market before because it looked familiar. It’s been totally redone. I thought it was under contract and everything has been done on the house and, you know, some purchaser fell through but I think that’s a great opportunity because this is a nice little home.

In the Headlandsneighborhood, which is one of my favorite neighborhoods, we have a new build. 2 Oyster Rake Lane is a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $649,000. This is a brand-new house. They bought the lot for $100,000. So, I guess they must be builders, or it must be a spec home. Again, I just want to remind folks that you are now getting into the inferior lots. This one is right off Headlands on the corner there and you are facing another house on a little cul-de-sac. Again, there is greenery in between and it is a newer home. So, what else can I say about that? The nice thing is that it’s in the Headlands neighborhood which folks like and the price seems to be somewhat competitive. 

In the Rookerywe have 24 Redstart Path. It’s a three-bedroom two and a half bath home listed at $459,000. This one has been on the market before, but I think it had furnishings in it if I remember it correctly. When I went by, it looked familiar but yet it wasn’t because it was that funky. Yeah, I just looked it up. So, they listed it again. They started in April and brought this one to the market. Then they withdrew it and came back one day later and two weeks later decided to bring it down $10,000. But now, there is no furniture in it and I remember it looked like a spaceship. But, you know, what? I t could be a really cool house. I personally think funky houses that are 3/2 need to be in the lower fours. At least this has a half bath. I think it is worthwhile to look at and people like to have a little wiggle room. You know, this isn’t tight markets like you have in Charlotte and other places. So, I think people just need to make offers and things usually go 5% of list and if you think about that being the average, that means that you could get it in the low fours. So, it’s something to think about. This is an entry-level neighborhood in Hilton Head Plantation called the Rookery and it’s right near the main gate.

Also, we have 6 Purple Martin Lane, a three-bedroom two bath priced at $375,000. Like I said, these are entry-level homes in Hilton Head Plantation. The curb appeal is okay. It’s priced well. It’s cozy. I kind of like it. I wasn’t able to see this tour, but I did see it a while back because these folks have only owned it for four years and I just remember them. They did a few new little things to it but there wasn’t much change other than, you know, before it was old-school looking. Now it shows better, I believe, but the house before was a little more dated and had funky furnishings. It’s a good price. I think it’s priced at market.

We had two villasin Hilton Head Plantation. The first is in the Grand View high rise condominium in Skull Creek near the Country Club. Actually, all the villas are near the Country Club. This is 232 Grand View Court. It’s a two-bedroom two and a half bath for $925,000. I just showed in Grand View recently and it just seems to be a little on the higher side considering that that at this price level you can get a three-bedroom. One of the bedrooms is really, really small.

Village of Skull Creek West Unit 129 is a three-bedroom two bath priced at $429,000. It’s priced at market. People like to have condos. That is a great place to be.

Then, there are two pieces of land. 2 Misty Morning Drive in the Headlands subdivision is priced at $175,000. 

3 Margarita Court in the Skull Creek neighborhood near the County Club is listed for $179,900.

Palmetto Hall

Palmetto Hall is a landlocked community with newer homes and it’s close to the hospital. The airport, unfortunately, takes off and lands from there but it is also close to the library and the catholic school St. Francis Catholic School and Church.

262 Fort Howell Drive is a five-bedroom six bath listed at $824,000. It’s a really nice setting and a large family home. It’s oversized. It has nice wrought iron and nice wood. I like the house, but I just feel like it needs to be at $799,000 but what do I know? I don’t do a lot in Palmetto Hall. I have sold in there, but I don’t list in there. So, it’s very hard to say. I kind of think of Indigo Run and Palmetto Hall as sort of similar neighborhoods and that’s why it seems a bit high to me but it does have five bedrooms. 

Then, just down the street a little way, we have 383 Fort Howell Drive, a four-bedroom four and a half bath listed at $665,000. I actually like this one better than the other house. You’re closet to the golf view. The curb appeal is a little cozier. It’s not as ornate, but I love the outdoor space and again, down here we don’t live in the houses as much as we do outside. It has a nice pool and a nice cooking area. It has a nice Carolina room. I like this house. It might make my short list.

Indigo Run

It’s funny how this happens. This time we have two houses with the number two. 

The first is 2 Primrose Lane, a four-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $649,000. I like this house okay. Again, I’d rather spend and go to $665,000 at Fort Howell, but this is a comparable house. It’s a nice home. It’s on a pretty street. It has nice landscaping. There is nothing not to like about this house, especially if you want to be in Indigo Run. 

The next one I went to was 2 Chantilly Lane. This one, to me, just didn’t have the same curb appeal. It just looks like a big box and you’ve got the driveway facing the front. It always looks kind of cheesy. The garden wasn’t much to look at. It was kind of all just an afterthought. It does have a nice golf view but again, if I’m at $629,000, I’d rather try and make an offer on the other house on 2 Primrose Lane. I didn’t really care for this one as much. 

Again, as I mentioned, these are just my thought and opinions. I will take you all through any houses you want to see. What I try and do is get a smell factor. That has been much better than in the years past because in the years past, people did have a lot more smelly houses. I don’t know why. That wraps up Indigo Run.

Spanish Wells

Then we went to Spanish Wells. It had a very unique property which is 48 Brams Point Road. It’s a five-bedroom five and a half bath for $3,695,000. This is Mediterranean style. You have a nice long and rocky gravel drive. Spanish Wells is known for their huge estate sized lots. This one is on the deep water and has two docks for the boats. One boat lift could carry 16,000 pounds and the other 8,000. I don’t care for the kitchen colors personally but I love the layout and the way when you were upstairs you could still talk to the downstairs but there is enough privacy. It has a nice office that keeps you from going straight into the master. The master area is very private and over looks the pool. The access it, people couldn’t just walk right by it which I kind of like privacy in masters, especially in larger homes which you don’t always see. The price was at market. It’s a beautiful home. 

Off Plantation

Now to the things I have not seen which are Off Plantation residences. Again, these are also creeping up in price, but they are great entry-level homes for someone just wanting to have a foot in Hilton Head. It just doesn’t have the lifestyle that these resort places or Spanish Wells affords. 

The first one is in the Beach Cityarea. 38 Circlewood Drive is a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $392,000. The main thing I want to talk about is, Beach City is the last area where there is development. You do have the airport noise and it is off the airport drive. So, just keep that in mind.

The Jonesville area, which is closer toward Spanish Wells, is a nice hidden treasure. We’ve got 19 Shear Water Drive is a four-bedroom four bath for $649,999. It’s a newer home. You can tell that it’s one of the ones that in 2007 when the market tanked, the development was just getting started. So, it’s just gearing itself back up. 

On Marshland Road we have two homes. One is in Magnolia Place, 37 Creekstone Drive. It’s a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $375,000. 
Then, in Victoria Square we have 80 Victoria Square Drive, a four-bedroom three and a half bath for $385,000. 

In Oak View we have a house I’ve seen many times, 18 Sterling Point Drive. It’s a three-bedroom two and a half bath for $579,500.

In Carolina Isles, which is off Squire Pope Road, we have 31 Dewees Lane. It’s as four-bedroom three and a half bath listed at $365,000. 

That about wraps it up for our North Tour for August 7th, 2019. 

I would have to say, and I’m shocking myself here because the prices are inching up $50,000 to $70,000 in Hilton Head Plantation and none of them really appeal to me (even the newer one because it didn’t have a view), 383 Fort Howell Drive in Palmetto Hall. How about that? See, I’m not as predictable as people think I am. 383 Fort Howell Drive would have to be my tour favorite. It has four-bedrooms and four and a half baths for $665,000. 

We’ll see what sells first. Although there are some great buys out there, inventories are still tight, but people still like to negotiate. Just keep that in mind. If you see something, please call us. We’d love to help you find your perfect place. That’s what we’re here for, to represent and help you. 

Thank so much! I really appreciate everything and have a great day!
Respectfully submitted,

Susan Ochsner