By JIM PARKER The Post and Courier
No doubt, here’s a property that features the requisite perks to warrant an eight-figure price tag.
Consider the remote locale, impressive height, massive size between main house and lodge, impeccable architecture, multitude of sleeping quarters, scenic coastal visages.
Yet vague standards of luxury aren’t what make the Nantucket-style house on Kiawah Island so valuable, listing agent H. Middleton “Mid” Rutledge says.
He contends that 109 Flyway Drive, priced for sale at $10,850,000, gains worth from an exceedingly rare quality — being the exact match for unarguably idyllic surroundings.
“It’s really a perfect Kiawah Island getaway,” says Rutledge, sales executive with Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty.
Instead of providing one or two features for beach-goers, there’s a whole passel full.
Want a place to swim? The Atlantic Ocean is just beyond an 840-foot private dock. Another choice: a saline pool on the back deck. If guests arrive from out of town: there’s a whole extra house for that. Need room to congregate in the sun or shade? Grab chairs on the 2,100 square feet of outdoor space that includes a covered sitting area by a towering stand-alone chimney and fireplace. Maybe it’s time for quiet: there’s spacious bedroom suites with soaking tubs in the bathrooms as well as a darkened wood-walled study with TV and fireplace. At mealtime, check out the gourmet kitchen complete with stainless Sub-Zero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher. Washing clothes is comparatively easy with two laundry rooms in the main house sporting Frigidaire washers and dryers.
A spiral staircase made of South American garapa wood connects the first and second levels. But there’s also an elevator from the ground to top floor. Got lots of cars? Park them in the two garages that hold eight vehicles.
Maybe the most original feature about 109 Flyway, however, is its environmental bent. The property, set on 1.87 acres, is the first on Kiawah Island to earn the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification, which is the second highest ranking given by sponsor the U.S. Green Building Council. Eco-friendly features include Energy Star appliances, low “e” impact windows and a solar water heater that uses the sun’s rays to heat panels on the roof.Outside, indigenous plants such as pine, palmettos and wax myrtle line the boardwalk.
Not coincidentally, homeowner Candace Dyal of Dyal Compass developers is crafting a 16-home sustainable neighborhood on Kiawah that meets all the LEED tests.
Rutledge says 109 Flyway, on the market with Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s for less than two months, has had a few showings and is being advertised across the U.S. and internationally. Interest has come from as far as the Midwest.
He says the mini-estate could be a primary residence for a wealthy buyer wanting to move to Kiawah or as a second home for a well-heeled vacationer.
Rutledge says 109 Flyway was a two-year project completed in 2009. The 5,937-square-foot main house is connected by the sprawling back deck to the 1,486-square-foot guest cottage. Total size is 7,423 square feet.
Noted local architect Christopher Rose designed the five bedroom, six bath home as it now stands, and Royal Indigo Construction was the builder. Finishing techniques included custom millwork for heart pine floors and cedar shake siding. Marble and granite counters and marble and tile floors were installed in bathrooms. Tall ceilings, crown molding, solid wood doors and high-end knobs and other hardware mark the residence.
The main first floor living quarters are spotlighted by an open living-dining room with a fireplace at one end and the kitchen off the eating area. Sets of doors lead to the deck.
The master suite, on the top floor, comes with a jetted tub, spacious bedroom and separate sitting area all with unencumbered views of the walkway and ocean in the distance. Second floor guest bedrooms lead to balconies overlooking the deck and pool below. A few bedrooms are set up with bunk beds.
The two level guest house showcases living quarters, an upscale kitchen with stainless fixtures, a laundry, three bedrooms sleeping six people and three baths with tiled showers.
A sophisticated dehumidification system keeps the main house and guest dwelling dry.
The property can be leased out as a vacation rental for $22,000 a week, Rutledge says, which can bring in income to offset purchase costs. “A lot of families come to Kiawah. That’s one of the attributes,” he says.
Rutledge sees 109 Flyway as a property to live in, rather than a trophy residence.
“One thing about this home, it’s a comfortable home,” he says. “It feels like a beach house.”
The property is situated within the island’s Vanderhorst Plantation section behind two guard gates. From the north, take Folly Road and turn right on Maybank Highway. Continue on Maybank to Bohicket Road and make a left. Follow Bohicket to the Seabrook-Kiawah roundabout. Take a right off the traffic circle onto Kiawah Island Parkway and cross the Kiawah River. Follow the parkway for another four miles and make a right on Governor’s Drive just past the second security checkpoint. Continue on Governor’s Drive for not quite two miles and turn right on Flyway Drive. Follow Flyway for two miles. On the right is 109 Flyway Drive.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or email@example.com.