203 Sand Fiddler Court Kiawah Island sells for $10 million

The 7,100-square-foot house at 203 Sand Fiddler Court on Kiawah Island sold for $10 million Thursday, the highest price paid for a home on the resort island and in the Charleston region so far this year. Josh Corrigan/Ellis Creek Photography

It's not a record, but it's the highest-price home sale this year in the Charleston region.

An oceanfront Kiawah Island mansion fetched $10 million Thursday.

The 7,100-square-foot house on Sand Fiddler Court includes seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

The buyer's name was not immediately disclosed, but Middleton Rutledge of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty, which represented the seller, said the new owner is from Chicago. 

Lisa Saari Costas of Carolina One Real Estate, who represented the purchaser, declined to disclose the buyer's name. The deed had not been recorded with the county as of Thursday.

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203 Sand Fiddler Court, Kiawah Island

The Kiawah Island house at 203 Sand Fiddler Court features an oceanside pool. Josh Corrigan/Ellis Creek Photography

The three-story home, built in 2008, was previously owned by former commodities broker Peter Birch, who also has a house in downtown Charleston.

Birch bought the lot with 100 feet of ocean frontage in 1997 for $1.325 million, but he didn't build on it until 2008.

The shingle-style house was designed by local architect Sam Furr and built by Tracey Hutchins of Charleston.

The manicured grounds include an English-style garden between the house and the beach and private boardwalk meandering toward the ocean.

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203 Sand Fiddler Court, Kiawah Island, staircase

The 7,100-square-foot home at 203 Sand Fiddler Court on Kiawah Island features a spiral staircase and mahogany floors. Josh Corrigan/Ellis Creek Photography

The house includes custom millwork, wide-plank mahogany floors, wine room, media room, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, expansive deck, pool and a separate guest house. It also boasts a third-floor master suite, elevator and two-car garage.

"We were able to sell the home before it was officially listed on the MLS," Rutledge said, referring to the Multiple Listing Service sales database that many agents use to market properties. "The architectural details, combined with the high quality of interior finishes and the spectacular views of the ocean, was a great fit for the buyers. ... This home is also one of the very few which has a European-style garden on the ocean side of the house, which was well thought out and brilliantly designed by the seller."

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203 Sand Fiddler Court, Kiawah Island

An English-style garden sits between the seven-bedroom house at 203 Sand Fiddler Court on Kiawah Island and the Atlantic Ocean. The house sold Thursday for $10 million. Josh Corrigan/Ellis Creek Photography

It's not the first high-dollar transaction handled by Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's in the Charleston area. Last year, the firm was the sole broker in the $15.25 million sale of the 15,322-square-foot spread at 85 Blue Heron Pond Road on Kiawah Island.

Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's handled the $7.72 million sale of 32 South Battery in 2015, representing the highest price ever paid for a home on peninsular Charleston.

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203 Sand Fiddler Court, Kiawah Island street view

The 7,100-square-foot house at 203 Sand Fiddler Court on Kiawah Island features a guest cottage on the street side of the oceanfront property. Josh Corrigan/Ellis Creek Photography

“We are proud to represent top sales regularly in our marketplace," broker-in-charge and owner Dan Ravenel said.

"We are seeing many national and international buyers come to Charleston to purchase luxury homes, and we have the benefit of meeting many of them through our affiliation with the Sotheby’s Auction House," he said. "With tightening inventory in the higher price points, well-priced properties such as this home often sell quickly.”

The highest price ever paid for a Kiawah Island property was $20.25 million. The 9,777-square-foot mansion on three acres at 181 Bally Bunion Drive was purchased by former Comcast Corp. finance chief Michael Angelakis in 2015. Kiawah Island Real Estate, which oversees the majority of transactions on the seaside island, handled that sale.

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