129 Conifer Lane Full-scale makeover distinguishes alluring ranch home on Kiawah Island golf course

This ranch-style 3,422-square-foot house at 129 Conifer Lane at Kiawah Island recently went on the market.

Usually when residents are ready for a new house, they search for attractive new places to buy or land on which to build. But what if their aging house sits on a great piece of property already? Then, a total overhaul might be the way to go.

That’s the strategy at 129 Conifer Lane, a one-story home built in 1982 near the entrance to Kiawah Island. The 3,422-square-foot residence grew dated, but the property retained its main attraction: It overlooks the third hole at Cougar Point Golf Course.

So instead of selling, the owners chose to redo the 33-year-old ranch. Remodeling work wrapped up within the past six months. The result is a plush home with new appliances, wood and tile floors, high ceilings and a slew of fireplaces. The house went on the market recently for $1,325,000.

“They completely renovated to capture the rare beauty,” says listing agent Dorothy Morgan, Realtor with Carolina One Real Estate. “It’s a total renovation and updating,” she says.

The owners built the house as a vacation residence. It’s “very close to the beach,” she says.

Proximity to the world outside of Kiawah Island is another perk.

“That’s one of the things owners say they like: a grocery store, shopping all right there (at Freshfields Village and elsewhere on Johns Island),” Morgan says.

The Realtor succinctly describes the house in her listing.

“Conveniently located behind the first gate, you will discover this stunning one-story home tucked away on a cul de sac lot overlooking a lagoon and third fairway of Cougar Point Golf Course,” Morgan says.

She notes how the full renovation this year paid “special attention to the details.” In particular, the makeover resulted in a more airy, spacious feel.

The open floor plan and large windows showcase lush views and “allow the natural light to shine through.” Every window has scenic images of the course, woods and surroundings.

According to Morgan, “The spacious kitchen has all that you would expect in this elegant home.” The culinary area opens to the living room, which works well for entertaining.

Kitchen accoutrements include:

• Two Sub Zero towers housing a refrigerator and freezer.

• Rows of easy-to-use cabinets, some of which are long and thin to conserve space.

• Six-burner Wolf gas cook top, wall oven and microwave.

• Beverage center with ice maker.

• Granite countertops.

Morgan also singles out the “large island with wine cooler and seating for guests.”

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Separately, there’s a breakfast area where people can “enjoy a view of the third hole green,” she says.

The residence touts a number of spots to view the scenery and enjoy the outdoors.

Sporting a fireplace flanked with built-in cabinets, the living room opens to a sun room on the back of the house looking out on a lagoon and private backyard. There’s also a long deck.

Morgan cites scores of high end interior features, notably hardwood floors throughout the house, porcelain tile in the entry foyer and hallway and wool carpeting throughout the three bedrooms. At the same time, “The dining room has plenty of space to entertain your friends and family and wonderful views through the sun room to the back yard.” There’s a gas log fireplace and built-in cabinets in the dining area as well.

In the sleeping wing, “the luxurious master suite provides dual bathrooms” and pristine images of the golf course, Morgan says.

Accentuating the hers bathroom are a marble shower, soaking tub, upscale cabinets, special “fossil” countertop and a large walk-in closet. The his bathroom, according to the Realtor, likewise is “tastefully decorated” with a marble tile shower, frameless glass door and two closets.

Close by are the well-sized second and third bedrooms featuring “great closet space.” They share a newly renovated hall bathroom, Morgan notes. Built-in cabinets make one of the bedrooms adaptable as a family room. The house also features a laundry room, home office and half bath, as well as designer lighting, cabinet hardware and bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Morgan details 129 Conifer Lane’s list of new features: a two-year old roof; Rinnai hot water heaters fitted this year; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems installed in 2013-14. Outside, the house has new copper gutters, oyster shell driveway, landscaping and deck, she says.

Morgan notes that Kiawah Island is hosting the 2021 PGA Golf Championship on the Ocean Course not far from 129 Conifer Lane. The setting conjures up the image of a buyer at 129 Conifer Lane watching the world’s top golfers on TV while also peering from the house to the clipped green grass and white sand bunkers at Cougar Point.

“Just the views,” Morgan says, “they are spectacular.”

The residence sits in a neighborhood not far from the original Kiawah Island Inn. Heading south, take Maybank Highway to Johns Island and continue past River Road to Bohicket Road. Make a left on Bohicket and eventually merge into four-lane Betsy Kerrison Parkway. Go through the traffic circle and take the third right to Kiawah Island Parkway. Continue to the security gate and once through, negotiate the first right onto Beach Drive and then an immediate left. Steer left onto Conifer Lane. Ahead on the right is 129 Conifer Lane.

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