Friday, September 30, 2011

The X-Factor at DeBordieu
No…Simon Cowl is not coming to visit DeBordieu, or buy property here, but perhaps he should! The x-factor I’m talking about is with regard to building in DeBordieu, the private, oceanfront, golf community just south of Pawleys Island, SC.
I was looking for a concise synopsis of what the x-zone was, couldn’t find one, so I’m writing one. If, after reading, you have any questions, please call or email me at As you’re reading, please note that the pictures on this page are of lots currently available for sale in the X-zone. Click on the picture
and you will be linked to more information about the lot, its dimensions and additional pictures.

Anyone contemplating building near the coast needs to pay close attention to what kind of flood zone in which the home site is located, because this will make a difference in the type of home that can be built. FEMA has defined flood zones according to varying levels of flood risk. This information can be found in the community’s Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) or Flood Hazard Boundary Map. Each zone reflects the severity type of flooding in the area.

In any coastal Carolina area, if you are thinking of building a “raised beach” style home, it doesn’t really matter which area you choose. But if you do not want to build “UP,” you’ll need to either choose a lot with very high elevation, or choose a lot in the x-zone.

The X-Zone is defined by FEMA as an area of moderate to minimalflood hazards. In DeBordieu, you are only required to build 36 inches from grade, so you can literally build almost on the ground, which is a preference for people like me, who don’t like to go up and down a whole lot of steps.

If you choose to build in the AE or V zones, then you must pay attention to the elevation of your lot to know how high your 1st living floor must be. For example, if you choose a lot in the AE 11 zone, and the elevation of the lot is 6 feet above sea level, then you only have to go 5 ft up with your 1st level. Many folks in that instance find that if they have to up 5 feet, they might as well go up 8 or 9 and park underneath, maximize the space on the lot, and take full advantage of the view.
In any case, whether you would like to build a raised home or not,
there has never been a better time to purchase a lot in the X-ZONE at DeBordieu.
Prices of the lots on this page range from $198,000 - $239,000.
DeBordieu Colony is an oceanfront community located just south of Pawleys Island, South Carolina featuring private golf and tennis, saltwater creek access to the ocean, a manned security gate, and luxury homes and villas surrounded by thousands of acres of wildlife and nature preserves.

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