2133 Bailey Island Drive — Pristine marsh-side home on 8.7 acres in Edisto Island neighborhood boasts natural theme, open layout

A landscaped front yard with towering oak trees distinguishes the front view of 2133 Bailey Island Lane on Edisto Island. Leroy Burnell/postandcourier.com 10/2/2013.

Birds chirp as an oversized black-banded fox squirrel clings to a tree. Ospreys, hawks and eagles routinely fly over, while deer, raccoons and bobcats roam the woods.

Yet save for a home and guest house, tidal creek dock, the owner and guests, there’s one thing not visible at 2133 Bailey Island Lane on Edisto Island: the outside world.

The property takes in close to nine forested acres with a few clearings. Neighboring houses can’t be seen because they’re 1,800 or more feet away buffered by oaks, palmettos, magnolias and an occasional pine tree. The view out back of the two-story house looks over marsh, the tidal Coffin Creek and the South Edisto River far away – all within the conservation-protected ACE Basin. Those distant properties show no structures, although neighboring Raccoon Island someday may wind up with three homes.

“We want privacy,” says Susan Walker, who owns 2133 Bailey Island Lane. “I don’t hear dogs howling, screen doors slam, sirens,” she says.

Walker and her husband Johnnie Walker, a builder and outdoorsman who died earlier this year, built the house and separate guest cottage with three-car garage in 2000 and lived there since then. The property, which sits on a point of a high bluff, went on the market in the past month for $1,385,000.

“We are very much Lowcountry people,” Susan Walker says. The couple desired a house with a 180-degree view and space to garden.

“We love our birds,” she says, citing the many feeders in the back yard. “All of the shore kinds, egrets, song birds.”

The two-story house provides ample places to see the marsh, trees and sprawling garden that includes lemons and other citrus trees and an award-winning expanse of camellias.

The property is one of 45 residences and lots within the Bailey Island Club, a 70-acre parcel that actually includes land and homes on Bailey Island Plantation and adjacent Crawford Plantation, says Jim Kempson, Realtor with Carolina One Real Estate and listing agent. “We have 35 families,” he says.

The lot size limit on the Bailey Island side works out to 5-10 acres while the Crawford portion permits 3-5 acre lots.

Walker, who with her husband were from Pawleys Island, says they favored an open layout inside. The living room, visible when entering the house, sports a fireplace and connects to an extra-large back porch. Meanwhile, the gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops flows into a family room that also contains a fireplace.

“They are masonry fireplaces, not pre-fab,” Kempson says.

The existing dock, characterized by a bend to the left, ties to Coffin Creek on the east side of the house and can handle smaller boats: Kempson says he can maneuver his 17-foot Boston Whaler to the pier. At the same time, the property included a permit for a deep water dock and boat lift to the west side of the house that can accept larger boats. And, the Bailey Island Club showcases a community dock.

In a brochure, Kempson highlighted other perks:

• Panoramic views with full southern (sea breeze) exposure and western exposure for sunsets.

• Mother Nature-supplied live oaks, palmettos and magnolias.

• Antique heart pine floors.

• 10 foot ceilings.

• “Sumptuous” first floor master suite.

• Custom woodwork with built-in cabinetry.

• Pecky cypress-paneled study.

• Screen-in and open porches.

• One-of-kind deck that includes a wooden stove at its base.

While 2133 Bailey Island Lane stands removed from the outside world, the property isn’t totally isolated: it’s about 25 minutes from Bees Ferry Road west of the Ashley, he says. “I think Bailey Island is a one-of-a-kind development,” Kempson says.

The property is located on the eastern side of the Bailey Island Club community. Heading south, take U.S. Highway 17 (Savannah Highway) and head out of town. Bear left on S.C. Highway 162. Proceed not quite seven miles, passing through the town of Hollywood and turn left onto S.C. Highway 174. Go more than eight miles, crossing the Dawhoo Bridge on the way, to Pine Landing Road. Make a sharp right on Pine Landing and travel just more than a mile to Laurel Hill Road. Steer left on Laurel Hill and travel about one mile to Raccoon Island Road. Take Raccoon Island Road, which is dirt, for not quite a mile and turn left on Bailey Island Lane. Ahead about two miles on the left is 2133 Bailey Island Drive.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.


Agent: Jim Kempson

Office: Carolina One Real Estate

Phone: 843-509-6890

Philosophy: “I specialize in selling and marketing waterfront properties on unspoiled Edisto Island and Edisto Beach. Having been trained as a psychologist, I prefer to think of myself as a real estate counselor rather than a salesman — offer the buyers/sellers assistance and guidance and listings/sales will follow. I always remember that I live here first and work here second.”