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Seabrook Island, SC as a Perfect Place to Live

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By : Mike Ciucci    99 or more times read
Seabrook Island is about 45 minutes outside of Charleston, SC. It is a beautiful drive from Charleston, through Johns Island, which have the magnificent live oaks that drape over the road, and on towards Seabrook and Kiawah Island territory.

There are many obvious location destinations that surround the Charleston area. So why should someone choose Seabrook Island, over Kiawah, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, or Wild Dunes? The answer to me is simple: Seabrook is unspoiled and has a natural, lowcountry setting that is still evident, when the other areas are over developed and/or commercial and busy.

Seabrook has a quiet ‘feel’ to it. It has more natural mature trees, walking paths, tidal creeks, saltwater marshes, and unspoiled beach. It truly is the quietest stretch of beach surrounding Charleston. Are you a shell collector? Since Seabrook is private, sometimes you’ll be alone along the beach. And if you time the tide right- you’ll get your choice of shells. How about a horseback ride along the beach? As a club member, you have access to the equestrian center and can schedule a horseback ride along the ocean.

The island has a club atmosphere behind the gates with world class golf, tennis, swimming, and private clubs activities for residents. At the time of this writing, any home buyer looking to purchase a home in Seabrook must join one of the three club level memberships. Although some feel they’d rather have an options to join a club or not, there are three levels of club membership and the most affordable ‘community membership’ is much easier on the finances. Plus, many homebuyers are asking the sellers to pitch in for the upfront one-time capital fee (from 12K to 24K- as opposed to upwards of 150K on Kiawah). Monthly dues after that run anywhere from the $200’s to $700’s a month, depending on club level membership.

Speaking of the amenities, Seabrook has more for its club members than any other island that is comparable. Two challenging golf courses were designed by William Byrd and Robert Trent Jones. There is an incredible club house with restaurants/dining and a large bar, where owners come to relax after golf, or a bite to eat. The Racquet Club (15 tennis clay courts) has a full-service pro shop, professional tennis instruction, and even tennis camps for all ages. The Beach Club (outside restaurant overlooking the ocean) has great food, ocean views, a beach store, and surrounded by two pools. The large equestrian center offers rides for beginners and the advanced, and has an adopt-a-horse program to groom and ride a particular horse, twice a week. Don’t forget about the multiple swimming pools and restaurants for all members!

Seabrook Island villa prices start in the 100’s for a small, one bedroom condo. Average prices are in the 2-400’s for villas with more bedrooms. Cottages begin in the 300’s, and single family homes close to the ocean begin in the 700’s and get into the millions for beachfront property. Last question- what are you waiting for?

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