Are You Thinking of Living in Kiawah, SC?
Dec 29 |00:00
A conversation with “Carolina Joe” Idleman, Realtor with AgentOwned Realty Charleston Group, Charleston South Carolina.
Kiawah Island is a barrier island along the southern Atlantic coast with ten miles of a wide, flat, sandy beach. With an average of 207 sunny days, Kiawah Island has a semitropical climate in which the average January temperature is 48 degrees and the average July temperature is 88 degrees. This island encompasses 10,000 acres, including nearly 45 miles of waterfront highlands overlooking lagoons, marshes, ponds, tidal creeks, the Kiawah River, and the Atlantic Ocean. The centuries old maritime forest throughout Kiawah Island consists of pines, palms, magnolias, and ancient live oaks.
The town of Kiawah Island was incorporated in 1989 and currently has approximately 1,129 full time residents. The median age is 65 and nearly 75% of the property owners have a college degree. The overwhelming majority of the homes on Kiawah Island are second homes.
Kiawah Island has held true to the developer’s award winning master plan, which is based on a commitment to the island’s natural beauty and wildlife. Kiawah Island has been thinking green from its inception and encourages all possible forms of recycling from its employees, residents, vendors, and home construction contractors. This extraordinary resort/residential community boasts five world class golf courses, a five star resort–The Sanctuary, excellent dining, and privately owned homes, cottages, and villas. The U.S. Open PGA Golf Tournament will be held at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island in August 2012.
Although Kiawah Island has the feel of a secluded tropical island, it is only 35 minutes from downtown Charleston, South Carolina, which is located in the heart of South Carolina’s lowcountry and has a population of approximately 250,000. Charleston was one of the largest and wealthiest cities in colonial America due to the agricultural production of rice, cotton, tobacco and indigo. Charleston, recently named #1 travel destination in Conde Nast Travel magazine, is famous for its historical attractions, arts and cultural events, and fine dining.
Economy and Prices
Homes sales on Kiawah Island have begun to increase this year after three years of decline and the number of homes on the market has significantly decreased. While prices have continued to slowly decrease, it appears that that this price decline is stabilizing. With interest rates at historical lows, this is an excellent time to purchase your primary or vacation home on Kiawah Island.
Visit Kiawah Island and you might make it your home–I did. The 20+ miles of bike paths, wide sandy beaches, natural environment, and fishing on the surf and tidal creeks lured me to this lovely southern island. Visit my websites to learn more about Kiawah Island, the process of buying a home, financing, and other helpful information about the Charleston, South Carolina area. Please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to assist you in your real estate needs on Kiawah Island or the Charleston area.
“Carolina Joe” Idleman
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