Good afternoon. Today is Wednesday, December 16th, and we have the South Tour of homes on Hilton Head Island. This is the realtor tour. We have a lot more than we've had in the past few weeks, so I'm excited. Plus, I like the south end one a lot more.

Sea Pines

First, in Sea Pines, I went to Heritage Woods. We had two homes there. 11 Twin Pines Court has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two half-baths and is listed for $1,350,000. I love that it was an elevated house. It has gorgeous, long golf views. If that's what you're looking for, you do not want to miss this one. It has a nice pool deck that has two levels. It needs a lot of updating. It has a good flow and is nice, light, and bright. It's really not in move-in condition although it is clean. Great opportunity as you're in Twin Pines and you're getting a lot of square footage and bedrooms and bathrooms.

5 Heritage Court is a five-bedroom, five-bathroom home listed for $1,485,000. This one, I didn't care for the view especially at this price. But the pool looked like it was in better condition than twin pines, and the home was in better condition. But it also needed some updating. I like that it had a three-car garage. You don't typically see that. And I also like the flow on that one. It's amazing, though, to see that Heritage Woods is now at that level for basic houses. 

Lawton Oaks is one of the latest developments that started in Sea Pines, so you have a lot of newer homes in there. You access it from Plantation Drive, but you have to go all through the neighborhood to come down Calibogue to come back out, because you're not allowed to make a left. So, if you're in and out a lot, it might not be a place that you want to land. But it's a lovely neighborhood. 52 Hearthwood Drive has five bedrooms and five and a half baths. This home is listed for $1,499,000. This one's been on the market for quite some time. I think its biggest disadvantage is, even though it does have an open floor plan and nice upgrades, it's very dark. They did bring the price down a little bit, and hopefully, these poor folks will get to sell. The other thing is it backs up to what's now a vacant lot. But at some point, someone's going to build there, and it's really going to impede your privacy in your backyard. So, again, that wouldn't be my first choice for anyone, but it's a great home in super condition house. But if you want a lot of backyard, you're certainly not going to find it there. 

33 Hearthwood Drive has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. Its listing price is $1,300,000. I have to say, the curb appeal of this home didn't appeal to me. But I got really excited when I got inside. The floors look great. It has an open floor plan and a fantastic marsh view. It even had a wine cellar down in the garage. There were his and hers closets in the master, and it had a nice flow. It was updated with high-end appliances in the kitchen. I was really excited about this one and liked this one. This one will probably make my short list. 

In the South Beach area, I went to 15 Braddock Cove. This home has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms and is listed for $949,000. It's a complete gut job. It has a lot of Mexican tile, so it's going to be expensive to try and get all that up. It has an okay harbor view. I like that when you come up the steps, they've done it in that new Trex deck system. But what you can't change is the up and down that you have a sinking living room. The kitchen is placed towards the back. If somebody wants a project and wants to be at South Beach, then this would be a consideration. 

In Whistling Swan, I've had a lot of questions about this one. This is an ocean-oriented house in a very nice address. It's 6 Whistling Swan, and the listing states that it has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half-baths, and it's listed for $489,000. That's extremely deceiving, because the house is about a $3,800,000 house. There's this new company called Pacaso, and it's a national company. The guy, I think, started with Zillow, and they said he did Dotloop, and he's trying to create sort of a new market. It's not a timeshare. They didn't like when I called it a timeshare, because you have specific times to use those. These have certain rules and regulations. They've only been around since last October, so it's very new. It's been a year, and I don't know if that concept's going to fly. I can see with younger people where you own a vacation home, but you have a partial ownership and you have times that you can use it. I just don't know how it's going to be when someone tries to sell something like that. And that's why I wouldn't recommend this to someone unless you're willing to hold onto it basically forever. That's the big unknown.

In the Club Course area, this is my listing. 20 Wood Duck Road has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It's listed for $725,000. I based this on the price two months ago when things were flying off the shelf. And this one has a much newer feel than a lot of houses that were going in the $600,000 range that needed a lot more work, didn't have the curb appeal, didn't have the elevation, didn't have the two-car garage, the tray ceilings, the easement on the side. But now that our market's slowed down, I may be a little high. But it's a great, great house. Everything is on one floor. It has a great floor plan. Like I said, there's even an office nook between the kitchen and the laundry with a bunch of shelves so you don't have to keep your books in the living room. It's beautiful where it overlooks the lagoon. So, that one will also make my short list, but it probably won't be the winner because I don't want to choose my listing. Besides, I have a weak spot for killer marsh views. :) 

In Point Comfort, I tried to go 16 Song Sparrow Lane, which has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and is listed for $699,000. But it was already under contract, so I could not get in. It has a spectacular marsh view. Song Sparrow is a nice part of Cedar Woods. It's not the part where the houses are really starting to fall apart. And it's not in a gated community. But it had a spectacular view and very cool architecture. 

Forest Beach

In Forest Beach, we had one home - 6 Seahawk Lane. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home is listed for $1,425,000. That's pretty high for what is offered. But again, one has to try. 

And the rest were villas. So, let me go through these quickly. 502 North Shore Place Villa has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is listed for $615,000. I almost went to this one because they said ocean view. And it is on the penthouse. It is on the fifth floor, but your ocean view is across another building, and you can see the Atlantic in the distance. So, you're not ocean front. But I guess you are ocean view. That's, I guess, well said. 

1 Courtside Villa has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The listing price of this villa is $339,900. 

318 Forest Beach Villas has one bedroom and one bathroom and is listed for $359,000. Wow! I remember when those were $299,000 not that long ago.

And 104 Island House Villa with two bedrooms and two bathrooms is listed for $250,000.

That concludes our larger and normal December open house in the south end of Hilton Head. And I would say my absolute favorite was not even my listing. It was 33 Hearthwood Drive. You just can't beat a view, and even though I have a very cute, great location and lot on Wood Duck, the marsh views and the setting and the potential and already having been updated so that you can really move in, I think Hearthwood Drive #33 is the winner. 

Thank you for reading my post. It's hard to believe that this coming weekend is the last weekend before Christmas. I wish you and all your loved ones a Merry, Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and best wishes for a happy, safe, and healthy 2021 for everybody. Thank you so much for reading my blog. Remember that we are here to serve you and anything we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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