A beachfront estate on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, a popular vacation spot that boasts large pristine beaches and world-class golf courses, is going to hit the auction block next month, Mansion Global has learned.
The estate on Flyway Drive in the double-gated enclave Vanderhorst Plantation, was first offered for $5.9 million in 2015 and was last on the market for $4.395 million last August, per listing records on Zillow.
It will sell to the highest bidder with a reserve price of $1.75 million during an auction at the property on Feb. 17 held by Platinum Luxury Auctions, a Miami-based real estate auction firm.
“The property has Atlantic Ocean views from the eastern side and lagoon views from the west. There is a scenic wooden walkway from the home site directly to the ocean,” said Trayor Lesnock, president of Platinum Luxury Auctions.
Built in 2000 and renovated in 2015, the three-level, 5,715-square-foot main residence has four bedrooms, five full bathrooms and one half- bathroom. The two-story living room features a gas fireplace, a wet bar and arching windows overlooking the pool and the Atlantic Ocean, while French doors lead to the veranda, according to the listing.
A detached 352-square-foot pool house doubles as a guest house, which comes with one bedroom, one bathroom, a full kitchen and laundry facilities.
The exterior of the main residence, designed by local architect Zach Carney, is traditional English manor style. The interior decorated by the seller, Irene X. Harwood of Harwood House Interiors, includes barrel vaulted ceilings, custom millwork, mantels and cherry cabinets.
Mrs. Harwood, who wasn’t available for comment, decided to sell the property after her husband, Michael Ray Harwood, a former chairman of the World Containerboard Organization, died in May 2015 at 71, she told The Wall Street Journal in an earlier interview.
Interested bidders, who can preview the property daily from now on, need to register and make a $100,000 refundable deposit prior to the auction date, Mr. Lesnock said.
Remote bidding is accepted on the condition that the buyer has a rep on the site.
The winner can also purchase the current owner’s membership at Kiawah Island Club separately in order to circumvent the year-long waitlist for new homeowners. The membership guarantees access to two of the seven golf courses on the island.
The gated Kiawah Island is about a 45-minute drive from Charleston, the oldest and largest city in the state of South Carolina.
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