Thursday, March 16, 2017

56 Folly Field Road equals ideal beach getaway

It’s rare to find a charming beach cottage that offers modern design elements such as an open floor plan, but it's all included at 56 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. This 5th row beach house is ideal for gathering with family and friends to share all the day’s beach adventures. 

The soaring ceilings, exposed beams and open kitchen and living room with fireplace creates a spacious, yet welcoming feeling. This home offers beautiful windows to let in tons of natural light and the serenity of the outdoors. The Carolina room, filled with windows and skylights, makes a perfect spot to dine, entertain or merely catch up. The fourth, front bedroom/flex space would be an ideal home office or bunk room for guests/grandkids. 

The front storage closet could be converted to a 3rd bathroom if needed. The detached 2-car garage on this large, full lot provides plenty of storage for all your beach equipment. This beach house is elevated, making flood insurance an affordable option. Property is just down the street from the gorgeous stretch of shoreline known as Folly Field Beach Park as well as Islanders Beach Park, featuring beach access, boardwalk, playground and picnic pavilion with grills, perfect for fun gatherings.  Makes ideal primary residence, vacation house or investment property.

Folly Field Beach Park is a gorgeous stretch of shoreline that is known informally by residents and long-time visitors alike as a "local's beach." Seldom overcrowded, with parking spots that are almost hidden by a line of live oaks and squat Palmettos, the park is a favorite for new and seasoned vacationers alike, and features ample stretches of shoreline located just a stone's throw from the wooded park's entrance.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

When selling your home, flexibility is the key

Most real estate experts will say the most important factors to consider when selling your home are price and condition. But I’d like to flexibility to that short list. No matter where your house is, what the price is or if it’s staged to perfection, if you, the seller, can’t be flexible with your schedule when it comes to showings, your house won’t sell quickly. 

Selling your property takes a great deal of time and effort, especially if your goal is to sell it fast and for the highest profit. You’ll hear a lot about properly staging your home before it goes on the market. Just as important as the condition of your home, is providing buyers plenty of opportunities to view it. 

Discuss your showing strategies with your agent including availability, notice needed, etc. Showing your property won’t always be convenient, especially in this busy age of jobs, pets, kids and life, but it’s important to note that buyers are busy people too. So if you want that perfect buyer to fall in love with your house and make the best offer, they typically have to be able to tour it first. Do your best to work with potential buyers to accommodate their schedules. Here are some tips to help the showing process seem less daunting.

  • Set aside 15 minutes at night or in the morning to do a quick-clean to tidy up the house … that way you’ll be ready just in case you get that call for a last-minute showing.
  • If you have pets, it’s best to crate them. If you don’t have the flexibility to do this quickly before a showing, enlist the help of a neighbor.
  • For those with young kids at home, have a few baskets around for quick and easy toy storage. Also, be prepared to leave the house with the children. Have a bag packed with extra food, diapers, clothes and toys for the little ones during their outing. Remember, if you make the inconvenience an adventure – your kiddos will think it’s one too.

Also keep in mind that buyers don’t always know what they’re looking for until they see it. Or, in other words, they don’t know what they’re NOT looking for until they see it. So if potential buyers come back with less-than-flattering comments about your property, don’t sweat it. It’s like online dating and your house just isn’t “the one.”

Bottom line, if you aren’t willing to be flexible and show your home when buyers want to see it, the process will be much longer and more painful. Just remember, sometimes the most inconvenient showings turn into the right buyers as they appreciate your flexibility, which points the way toward an easier and more successful closing.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

88 Wheatfield Ct: Ideal Bluffton Location with Lots of Charm

When you arrive at 88 Wheatfield Ct, the first thing you'll notice is the combination of charming curb appeal and ideal location. Nestled on a fantastic lot, with plenty of room to play in an expansive front yard and a large, fenced backyard with a tree-lined view.  

Soaring, vaulted ceilings tower over an open-concept living area, open to both kitchen and a formal dining room.  Unique architectural details, like the art shelf above the hallway and the cutouts in the dining room walls, create a luxury, custom feel in this home.  Upgraded details, like the wood floors and designer ceiling fans, do the same. This home offers plenty of room to live and entertain.

An open kitchen overlooks the living area, with a breakfast bar that offers an additional casual eating space. The kitchen offers plenty of prep space and tall cabinets, as well as a large pantry.

The kitchen is large enough to provide an eat-in area, sunny and bright with enough room even for an island, if you'd like.

A formal dining room features lovely architectural details as well, with a tray ceiling and wainscoting beneath a chair rail.  This would make a great flex space (current owners are using it as a playroom) that is set off, but not completely shut away from the rest of the house.

This home has three bedrooms, each nicely sized.  Two of the bedrooms share a hall bath, across from which is a large laundry closet conveniently placed between them.  All of the rooms have plenty of natural light and wood floors, along with neutral paint--this home is truly move in ready.

A spacious master bedroom also features vaulted ceilings, with French doors that lead out to the backyard.  A master bath with double sinks benefits from both the vaulted ceilings and natural light from a window near the shower. With wood floors and plenty of light, this master bedroom is a true retreat.

A spacious screened porch is a great place to watch two and four-legged friends play in the privacy of an amazing backyard, fence and nicely landscaped so it will be easy to care for.  This backyard has so much potential--you can truly put your mark on it in whatever way works best for you.

Located in The Farm, close to Bluffton school complex, Buckwalter Parks and Recreation, and nearby shopping and entertaining, this home is nearly equidistant from Savannah, Beaufort, and Hilton Head and is close to May River Road, Bluffton Parkway, and 170.  One of Bluffton's most popular neighborhoods, homes here don't last!

Give Kristy a call for more information or to schedule an appointment! 

205 Cotton Field: Room to Play in Bluffton

 It's quite rare to find the combination of scenarios that describes 205 Cotton Field: a large corner lot, sprawling fenced backyard, double cul de sac location.  Combine that with the location in The Farm, one of Bluffton's most popular communities, and its position equidistant from Savannah, Beaufort and Parris Island, and HHI with easy access to 170, 46, and the Bluffton Parkway, and you have a three bedroom that surely won't last long!

This home has striking curb appeal, with an impressive gabled roof and stylish gray siding with contrasting black shutters.  A two-car garage and a long driveway offer plenty of room for vehicles and visitors--or for lots of play.

The foyer entrance opens two ways--first, it leads down a hallway filled with light both from the windows that flank the front door and the sliding doors off of the eat-in kitchen.  Along this hallway you'll find a powder room and a laundry area, conveniently located just off the kitchen.

The second route off of the foyer is into the beautiful living area, open to the formal dining room and full of light.  The continuous wood floors throughout the bottom floor help to keep the flow of the rooms open, but the design helps as well. A small wall divides the two rooms but the large entrance opening keeps the space open, allowing plenty of light and an open-floor plan feel.

The dining room is beautifully finished, with wainscoting and elegant light fixtures, perfect for family dinners or entertaining opportunities. This room could also be adapted into a different flexible space, being used as an office or playroom or hobby room. 

The dining room and the front hallway both lead to the kitchen, which is bathed in natural light from both a window overlooking the backyard and the sliding doors leading out to the patio.  The kitchen is large enough for an island and an eat-in dining options.

All of the bedrooms are upstairs, keeping private spaces away from the entertainment areas. The master has beautiful wood floors and vaulted ceilings, with a spacious master bath attached and a roomy walk-in closet. 

Two other bedrooms finish out the upstairs, with a shared and spacious hall bath.

One of the best parts of this home is the huge, fenced-in backyard.  Lush and nearly untouched, the backyard leaves plenty of room to play, garden, or transform it into the entertainment area that you've been looking for. With a privacy fence that surrounds it, it's the perfect protected retreat for two or four legged friends. 

It's hard to imagine what you couldn't do in this backyard! The sky is the limit--and there's plenty of room to grow.

This beautiful three-bedroom won't last. Call Kristy to make an appointment to see this stately Bluffton beauty before she becomes someone else's dream home!