When first glimpsing the idyllic sea island home site, the architect who would design Gerry and Betty King's house exclaimed, "I've got 320 degrees of view to capture."
Agent Gus Bright of Akers Ellis Real Estate had a similar experience when showing the property to home shoppers. "They've never seen a house with so many views," he says.
The awe reinforces the visual appeal of 3147 Marshgate Drive, a 6,483-square-foot symmetrical residence on one-and-a-half acres at Seabrook Island's eastern edge. The property stands flanked by the deep water Kiawah River and a winding creek, spanning 70 feet from front door to back porch and priced $5,000 short of $5 million.
Originally from Greenville, the couple bought five acres of land in 1989 on a finger between the two sea island tributaries. They sold off lots and then built the house beginning in 1999. Including raising the site 12 feet, it took builder Koenig Construction and architects Freeman-Major of Greenville and Marshall Driver of Johns Island two years to complete the house with tabby-columned garage underneath. The Kings moved in in 2001.
"It's a very interconnected house," Bright says.
Among the striking features: first- and second-floor sights facing west toward the Atlantic Ocean and Capt. Sam's Spit, an undeveloped lowland area across the Kiawah River.
East views take in the creek, acres of marsh, the 15th hole of Cassique Golf Course and a handful of upscale homes nearby.
A notable characteristic of the property is its open layout: the entrance to 3147 Marshgate leads to a lighted, ceiling fan-filled corridor with 250-year-old heart pine floors branching to living quarters, kitchen, bar and dining room off one side and grand windows looking out to the oak- and palmetto-rich yard and water in the distance. Elsewhere, perusers can find an oversized screened-in porch, upstairs decks, a flowing central gathering place on the second floor and outdoor porches looking out on the property's river pier and dock.
"We do a lot of entertaining here," Betty King says. The couple also count nine grandchildren, who can comfortably stay-cate in the four bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom estate.
Even with its grand size, the property showcases spaces to install new features. Bright says there's room to build a swimming pool below the deck near the front of the house. Inside, there's flex space that could be transformed into one or two bedrooms. The loft at the head of the main stairs, too, is "all plumbed," she says.
Bright considers the property "a family connecting place." The Kings are a retired couple who hosts scores of visitors for galas and get-togethers and relatives on trips. Families with children would find plenty of space and things to do.
On the south side of the house, the immediate yard gives way to light woods and culminates at a grassy circle with a few lawn chairs, a place that friends call The Point.
"In essence, they have their own nature trail here," Bright says. Unimpeded views allow for brilliant sunsets, sunrises and rising moon. Actually, the house sits so that people can watch the sun set on one side and moon rise on the other. He refers to the property as a "private peninsula."
As part of the island's regulations, the property buyer would pay 0.05 percent of the purchase price to the Property Owners Association — or about $25,000 on a $5 million sale. The purchase also requires membership in the Seabrook Island Club.
Bright, as Realtor, has hosted a few showings. "We have no negatives. People are blown away," he says.
A listing write-up calls 3147 Marshgate Drive "a rare opportunity to own a deep water estate" that also touts breathtaking ocean views. There's are score of perks, including:
- Extensive crown moldings, custom cabinets and soaring windows allowing natural light to fill the home.
- Ultimate Lowcountry lifestyle of boating, fishing, shrimping and crabbing from the dock, kayaking to Capt Sam's Spit "to watch the dolphin strand feed" or grilling out at The Point.
- Three outdoor decks and a large screened-in porch off the kitchen.
- "Gorgeous" finishes from fireplace exteriors to floors and detailed cabinetry.
- A formal yet cozy living room offering space to relax by the fireplace.
- Formal dining room with butler's pantry and separate bar.
- Spacious and well appointed eat-in chef's kitchen, connected to the dining area, which boasts marsh views on one side and river on the other.
- Expansive laundry room that leads to a private home office.
- Large comfortable den sporting extensive built-in cabinets, an "ideal spot to hang out and watch your favorite team or read a good book."
- Home and outdoor areas wired for sound.
- First-floor master suite designed as an owner's retreat include a striking live oak centering the large picture window.
- Double vanities in the master bath, which also consists of a tiled walk-in shower, soaking tub and "enormous" walk-in closet with built-in drawers and two entrances.
- Master bedroom showcasing a private deck.
- Elevator to the home's three levels. including garage.
- Second living space upstairs for family members and guests, featuring three bedrooms, three baths, living room, second laundry room, small kitchenette and large outdoor deck.
- Sizable storage room that can be made into a fifth bedroom.
- Entertainment area at the tip of the peninsula offering an event lawn, oyster/fire pit, water and electricity, speakers and seating.
- Recently upgraded dock facilities with electricity, water, boat lift and large floating dock.
- Underneath space with multiple bike, kayak and beach gear storage; and room for the electric Tomberlin golf cart that conveys.
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Agent: Gus Bright
Office: Akers Ellis Real Estate