Friday, June 29, 2012

Life's a Beach

Lot 11, Pioneer Place Loop
 Whether you walk on it, sit on it, or just like to look at it, living in a community that has access to a beach is very important to many people who choose South Carolina for their permanent residence, or second home.
78 Ocean Park Loop

The beach at DeBordieu stretches from Pawleys Inlet to North Inlet. It’s six and a half miles long, uncrowded and gorgeous. You really have to see it to appreciate just how special it is.



DeBordieu fronts 2 miles of this oceanfront land, has access to two miles to the north, in front of Arcadia Plantation and Prince George, and two and a half miles to the south, in front of Hobcaw Barony, the nature preserve next door, which has been placed in an education and research trust.  When you walk on this particular part of the beach, there are no homes.


In fact, there is not another oceanfront home for 60 miles until you get down to Charleston due to all of the protected barrier islands south of DeBordieu.
1425 DeBordieu Boulevard

While many folks choose to live right on the beach, like those in the homes featured on this page, it’s nice that at DeBordieu, you don’t have to live directly ON the beach to enjoy it. In addition to the number of beach accesses on the island, DeBordieu Club features a 10-acre beach club devoted to fun and merrymaking. Many DeBordieu residents enjoy hopping on their golf cart, and following the nature trail to the beach club wherethey can spend time with their family building a sand castle on the beach, swimming at one of the pools, sipping a cocktail at the Tiki Hut Bar, or dining overlooking the ocean. (Click on the pictures for more information.)


20 Biscuit Court
The beach at DeBordieu will play a big part in the economic recovery of the local real estate market that is underway. It’s been said that communities that feature natural amenities, like the beaches at DeBordieu, Pawleys Island and Litchfield will recover more quickly than some of the other communities that are seen as more risky options. We’re seeing that recovery beginning to happen now, but it’s still a “Buyer’s Market.” Even though we’ve seen an increase in interest levels, prices remain stable and have not started increasing ……………….YET.

There has never been a better time to consider a purchase at DeBordieu!

For more information: TroiKaz@DeBordieu.com, 843-455-4523. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Not Just Another Recovery Article

Another day, another article about the recovery of the housing market, blah, blah, blah. But this one's a little different. 


This is my favorite sentence in the article: "But roughly six years after the housing market began its longest and deepest slide since the Great Depression, a growing number of experts and people who actually put money into housing believe the end has come."

The key.... people who actually put money into the housing market, not just a bunch of number-crunchers. People on the front lines.

To read the entire article in the New York Times, CLICK HERE.

To get more information about DeBordieu, the private, oceanfront, golf community just north of Charleston, SC, contact me at 843-455-4523, or TroiKaz@DeBordieu.com.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dog vs. Crab Video

This is hysterical.

According to ABC News 4 in Charleston, SC, "A YouTube video recorded on Pawley's Island has more than 500,000 hits and more than 3,500 likes. Watch it and you will see why.
Madeline is a two-year-old dachshund. Last August, when she was just a puppy, her owner recorded her scampering along the sand, chasing a crab. In the video, Madeline is ultra playful with the crab, pouncing close to it, but never swatting at it.
Madeline's owner said she is always playful, whether with other people or with bigger dogs, like a neighbor's pit bull.
It is especially sweet to see Madeline in such good spirits.
"We adopted Madeline as a puppy with the help of Halfway There Rescue in Fort Mill, S.C.," her owner wrote. "It would be great if you could mention that she is a rescue dog to remind people to consider adoption."

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

OCEAN HOME Features DeBordieu Beach House!


I'm delighted to be "guest blogging" for OCEAN HOME's online magazine. Below is my latest blog post about the Cotter Beach House on Sea Biscuit Court. Enjoy!

Pawleys Island Style Presents Ultimate Comfort and Luxury


Luxe Living: Pawleys Island Style
“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise, it’s not luxury.” ~ Coco Chanel
Coco would have loved this traditional “Pawleys Island Style” beach house at DeBordieu because it’s about as comfortable as you can get, yet it’s very close to luxurious fine dining, private championship golf, and miles of spectacular beaches.
Located about an hour north of Charleston, South Carolina, Pawleys Island is one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast. In the Early 1700s, families of rice planters who owned plantations on the rivers nearby would come to Pawleys Island to escape the heat, mosquitoes and malaria. The seashore was considered much healthier, and much more comfortable. Each year they would come in May, and stay until about November.
Twelve of those original Pawleys Island residences still remain in the historic district where people still come to enjoy a care-free, laid-back lifestyle. Homes and cottages have been built since then in the same casual, comfortable style that is perfect for family gatherings.  The term, “Arrogantly Shabby” has been coined to refer to those great older homes and cottages and some of the newer residences that mimic their casual design.

Walk this way: experience the beach at your fingertips
Just a couple miles south of Pawleys, this DeBordieu beach home located at 20 Sea Biscuit Court, it has that same, rustic, comfortable “Pawleys Island Style” that promotes good times with family and friends. Whether you choose to walk the 6 ½ miles of secluded beach, fish in the creeks of pristine North Inlet, or play a round of golf on DeBordieu’s Championship Pete Dye Golf Course, having a comfortable home to return to will certainly enhance your experience.
Boasting 6 bedrooms, 8 baths, and 5400 heated square feet, its located on a huge corner lot on a quiet cul-de-sac. You can watch the sunrise over the ocean from the wraparound screen porch, or the sun deck .  While it’s not directly on the ocean front, it is right next to the beach access path providing quick and easy access to DeBordieu’s 6 ½ miles of beach. The drive through garage offers an opportunity to easily store and access your boat for a day in the creek. Other features of the home include: Heart Pine Floors, 2 Living Rooms, Formal Dining Room, Breakfast Room, wet bar with ice maker, 3 water heaters, 2 heat pumps, 2 fireplaces, 2 ovens, 2 outdoor showers, Jacuzzi Tub, Steam Shower, cedar lined closets, abundant storage and plenty of parking.
At the asking price of $1,398,200, 20 Sea Biscuit is one of DeBordieu’s best values, and would be an excellent addition to the DeBordieu Rental Program. Coco Channel would have loved it!
For more information, contact Troi Kaz at 843-455-4523, or TroiKaz@DeBordieu.com.  Visit the DeBordieu website at www.DeBordieu.com.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Independence Day at "the Dieu!"

Not only do I love the 4th of July at DeBordieu, but it starts getting really fun the week before! Preparations have begun for festivities all over this private, oceanfront community just north of Charleston, SC. Families and friends have started to gather together to celebrate our country's independence, in one of the most beautiful places IN our country!

DeBordieu golf carts are starting to morph into parade floats and flags are flying from DeBordieu porches and decks.

This week, and this weekend, it will be regular operating hours at the DeBordieu Golf and Beach Clubs.  Here's a rundown of the festivities planned for next week's celebrations on the 3rd and 4th.



Tuesday, July 3rd
11 AM - 2:30 PM - All American Cookout at the Ocean Front Blue Heron
Adults $14.95
Children (11-15) $12.95
Children (5-10) $9.95
Children 4 and younger dine with our compliments



Wednesday, July 4th
9 AM - Parade Line Up at Ocean Park
10 AM - Parade Begins
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Carnival at the Pavilion


11 AM - 2:30 PM - All American Cookout at the Blue Heron
Adults $14.95
Children (11-15) $12.95
Children (5-10) $9.95
Children 4 and younger dine with our compliments

1:00  Salute from the shore! Here's a video from last year's salute.



6:30 - 8:30 PM - Dinner Buffet at the Clubhouse with Entertainment by Coco Loco.
Adults $28.95
Children (11-15) $15.95
Children (5-10) $10.95
Children 4 and younger dine with our compliments

6:30 - 9 PM - Complimentary Carnival Rides

9 PM - Fireworks at the Clubhouse
Here's a video from last year's finale!


No matter where you are celebrating this year, I hope it's a 4th to remember. If you are not at DeBordieu this year, let me help you get here next year.

Contact me at TroiKaz@DeBordieu.com, 843-455-4523.


There will never be a better place to celebrate the 4th than DeBordieu!


DeBordieu Colony is an oceanfront community located just south of Pawleys Island, South Carolina that features 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. 


www.DeBordieu.com










Friday, June 22, 2012

Loggerheads Nesting at DeBordieu


DeBordieu is in the lead so far this year in the number of  Loggerhead Sea Turtle nests according to an article in today's Georgetown Times. (Click here to read the article.)

Loggerhead sea turtles nest on South Carolina beaches May through October. SCUTE is one of 19 volunteer sea turtle protection projects along our coastline under the direction of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. 

The 60 mile S.C.U.T.E. area extends from North Inlet in Georgetown County to North Myrtle Beach. DeBordieu and Hobcaw beaches typically account for 40-50% of the nests in this area.

Volunteers walk at sunrise during nesting season looking for the large turtle tracks leading from the ocean to the dunes and back. When tracks are found, volunteers use clues to determine the nest area. Pool cues are used to probe the sand and locate the egg chamber. An average nest of 120 ping pong size eggs may need to be moved if it is laid in an unsafe place such as below the spring tide line or in a high foot traffic area. Volunteers cover the nests with a plastic mesh to protect it from predators and erect a sign with the nesting date.
Here is a video taken last year on the beach at DeBordieu of a momma Loggerhead nesting in the middle of the day, which rarely happens.


At about 50 days of incubation, volunteers begin to look for a depression in the nest indicating hatching activity beneath. When a nest hatches usually at about 55-60 days, hatchlings make a mad dash to the ocean following the fluorescence of the waves as long as they are not lead astray by onshore lighting. Three days later, volunteers conduct a nest inventory near sunset. A notice is posted at the kiosk at DeBordieu’s main pool at the Beach Club giving the time and location. At the inventory, a volunteer tells visitors about the procedure and printed information is handed out. The nest contents are dug out and data is recorded. Sometimes live hatchlings are found in the nest that weren’t able to emerge on their own. Volunteers put the hatchlings on the beach and let them crawl to the ocean and ‘imprint’. At maturity, 25-30 years, female loggerheads will return to the beach of their birth to nest.
You can help loggerheads!
• Lights Out! Turn off oceanfront lights by 10 p.m. during nesting season. Lights can disorient adult turtles and hatchlings.
• Keep Our Beach Clean! Take your beach items home with you, fill in holes and leave the beach clean and clear at night for sea turtles.
• Avoid Disturbing Sea Turtles! If you see a sea turtle on the beach, crouch down and be still until she has started dropping her eggs. At that point you can move in closer, staying behind her and enjoy watching an age old wonder of nature!


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. For more information, contact TroiKaz@DeBordieu.com, 843-455-4523. 
There has never been a better time to consider a purchase at DeBordieu. 


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Smart Design at DeBordieu

“Smart living now means smart designing, which is a total win-win for the client” says national award winning architect Jim Phelps of Charlotte North Carolina.

That was certainly the case for the home he smartly designed for the owners at 79 Sweetgrass Lane at DeBordieu, the private oceanfront golf community just north of Charleston, South Carolina.

Completed just four years ago, the home was recently put on the market due to the owners making a professional move away from the coast. (For complete details about the home, CLICK HERE, or on any of the pictures on this page.)

Jim Phelps specializes in luxury homes and estates from concept through construction. Their clients “enjoy the full service and attention of an elite creative design team which spends a generous amount of time designing the home and shopping every single product that will be incorporated into it from architectural elements and interior d├ęcor to appliances. The time invested results in a meticulous and personally developed design package that is then utilized to shop the construction phase. The design team helps the client select a preferred builder and then continues to preside over the building process to ensure that the end product is exactly what was intended and budgeted for. By far the best way to control costs, aesthetics and authenticity is to assemble the right team at the beginning. “







The builder chosen for this beautiful DeBordieu home was the very popular construction firm, Poulin Brothers of Murrells Inlet, SC, who have built many high-end homes in DeBordieu. It’s a stunning, European design, yet embodies a comfortable sense of Low-country living.
Its 4400 heated square feet offer formal and causal living spaces, an open gourmet kitchen, a main floor master suite, and a wonderful cul-de-sac setting on a beautiful lake. Conveniently located in the center of the community, this home is in close proximity to all that DeBordieu offers.

It’s a smart design, and certainly a win-win for a smart buyer.

For more information, CLICK HERE. To arrange a private showing, contact TroiKaz@DeBordieu.com, 843-455-4523.

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. 

There has never been a better time to consider a purchase at DeBordieu.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Golf at DeBordieu


If it's an active, private golf community on the coast of South Carolina you're looking for, CONGRATULATIONS! You've found it!

Located between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, just south of Pawleys Island, SC, DeBordieu is a gated, oceanfront community with private Pete Dye Course. 
There is a nice selection of golf course homes, homesites and villas currently on the market at DeBordieu, some of which are featured on this page. Click the pictures to be linked to more details, or contact Troi Kaz directly at Troikaz@DeBordieu.com, 843-455-4523 for more information about real estate offerings and club membership.
There are also plenty of great golf events coming up in the next few months for DeBordieu members and their guests:
Carolina Couples Golf Championship THIS SUNDAY,  June 24
1:30 PM Shotgun Start - Golf Shop Makes the Pairings
Format is Better Ball Net of Partners
Sign up today!

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament
When: Wednesday, June 27th-9:00 A.M. Shotgun Start
Format: Better Ball Net Of The Twosome Make Your Own Foursome
Divisions: Ladies, Men, And Mixed Teams
"Arnie's Army" Will Coincide With This Event Allowing You The Opportunity To Participate In A Closest-To-The-Pin Competition. Winner will Receive and $100 Gift Card for Callawaygolf.com
After Play We Will Score the Event in the Club House Dining Room and Draw for the Raffle Prizes!
Sign Your Team Up Today!

Parent & Child Tournament 
Sunday, July 1
9 Hole (2 Person) Captain's Choice 1:00 p.m.
Eligibility: Open to any Parent/Grandparent that is a DeBordieu member or dependent playing with a junior golfer that is considered the child or grandchild of his or her teammate. The adult must have a verifiable handicap index.

Junior Club Championships
 Monday,July 2 - 1:00 p.m. Start
Age Groups
Boys 9 & Under (5 holes-Jr. Tees)    Boys 10-12 (5 Holes - Red Tees)
Boys 13-15 (9 Holes - Green Tees)   Boys 16-18 (18 Holes - White Tees)
Girls 9 & Under (5 Holes - Jr. Tees)  Girls 10-12 (5 Holes - Jr. Tees)
Girls 13-15 (9 Holes - Red Tees)       Girls 16-18 (18 Holes - Red Tees)
Entry Fee: $20.00 Pizza Party and Awards Ceremony following play.           

4th of July Holiday
Course Open For Play
Wednesday - Beach Parade


Callaway Golf Demo Day
Saturday - July 14
Appointments are available 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Come try out the latest & greatest from Callaway Golf!

Nine & Dine
Friday, July 20 - 4:00 PM Shotgun Start
Come have some fun & a casual 9-holes with friends. This is a Captain's Choice event where you get to make your own Foursome.  After play let the fun continue with dinner at the beach club.  Reservations can be made by calling 546-6410.

Parent & Child Tournament 
Sunday, July 29
 9 Hole (4 Person) Captain's Choice 1:00 p.m.
Eligibility: Open to any Parent/Grandparent that is a DeBordieu member or dependent playing with a junior golfer that is considered the child or grandchild of his or her teammate. The adult must have a verifiable handicap index.
 
Nine & Dine
Friday, August 10 - 4:00 PM Shotgun Start
Come have some fun & a casual 9-holes with friends. This is a Captain's Choice event where you get to make your own Foursome.  After play let the fun continue with dinner at the beach club.  Reservations can be made by calling 546-6410.

2012 DMGA Top Dog Championships
Saturday, August 25 - 12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Individual Net & Gross Winners
DMGA Annual Meeting at 10:00 am
Social after play at the Pavilion  - Spouses Invited
Sign up starts July 1

SAVE THE DATE!
2012 DeBordieu Celebrity Pro-Am for Cystic Fibrosis

Nov. 12-13
Event information can be found at
www.debordieuclub.com/golf

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bill Haas Contributes BIG to DeBordieu Golf Tournament

At DeBordieu, the private golf community just north of Charleston, SC, we were all very happy for Bill Haas last year when he won the PGA Tour Championship, and a spot on the U.S. Presidents Cup Team. But we were also very sad that because of the practice schedule, he and his father Jay would not be able to participate in the 2011 DeBordieu Celebrity Pro-Am for Cystic Fibrosis.

But according to the Sun News, "Haas’ win in the Tour Championship turned out to be a boon for the tournament. A total of $4.5 million in proceeds from The Presidents Cup was distributed to charitable causes as chosen by the 30 players, captains and assistant captains, and Haas’ gift of $50,000 went to the DeBordieu tournament. “

According to DeBordieu Club Head Professional Shawn Roper, "We were excited to be able to pass that on to the South Carolina Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “It wasn’t expected. It shows his commitment to the event and that he really wanted to be here."

Bill Haas’ late aunt, Fran Pruitt, lost a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis in 2008 at the age of 46. “I feel so fortunate to have made the President’s Cup team in 2011,” Haas told tournament organizers for a release. “Not only did it provide me with an amazing experience, but it also allowed me to make contributions to charities that are near to my family’s heart. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my Aunt Fran, and couldn’t be more proud to help charities like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”

“We expect an exciting roster of professional players this year,” Roper said. The Monday-Tuesday , November 12-13, pro-am costs $1,000 per four-player team and includes banquets, food, beverages and a gift pack. A $2,000 team entry includes higher level gifts primarily from tournament sponsor Adams Golf. A player auction on Nov. 12 will determine each team’s fifth player. A few area club pros join touring pros to fill out the professional field. Registration begins Friday, and the tournament’s 30 teams sold out well before the event last year. The event has a Texas Scramble format in which the best drive of the fivesome is selected and each player completes the hole with his own ball from there. Handicaps are factored into scoring.


The event is not open to spectators. Information on this year’s event, including sponsorship and playing opportunities, is available at www.dedordieuclub.com/golf or by calling 843-527-6000.

To read the entire Sun News Article, CLICK HERE.

For more information about DeBordieu, contact Troi Kaz at 843-455-4523, TroiKaz@DeBordieu.comDeBordieu Colony is an oceanfront community located just south of Pawleys Island, South Carolina that features 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.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Ocean Park at DeBordieu



Bordering the Vanderbillt estate of Arcadia Plantation on DeBordieu’s north side, is the popular community of Ocean Park.

The architecture of these 41 single family homes gives the community the casual feeling of a turn-of-the century village on the ocean. Each is luxuriously detailed with wrap-around porches and metal roofs.

The center street leading from the gazebo and croquet lawns to the private bath house and beach board walk is red brick. White picket fences abound.

When the development of this DeBordieu neighborhood began in 1988, it was originally designed for small Victorian cottages like the one pictured to the right. Similar neighborhoods were also developed in Kiawah and Wild Dunes.

The idea took off immediately, but the market called for something a little different….. actually, a little bigger.

To comply with what the DeBordieu buyers wanted, the architectural details were kept in tact, but the maximum size was increased. Therefore, Ocean Park provides a variety of homes from coastal cottages to beach houses that have as many as 8 bedrooms. 

The homes featured on this page are all currently for sale in Ocean Park.
Click on the pictures to be linked to more details, pictures and virtual tours. 


Or contact me directly and I’ll be happy to send you the information.

When DeBordieu opened Ocean Park in 1988, I was the Marketing Manager at DeBordieu at the time. I can remember how much fun we had dressing up in Victorian garb and playing croquet on the croquet lawns. At the time, there was talk of getting together a interclub croquet team, which I think would be a great idea. (If you’re a DeBordieu owner, please let me know if you think that’s a good idea. I think it could be really cool and would be happy to do the leg work. ) If you’re not a DeBordieu owner yet, then let’s get together and change that!

People who have been here say there will never again be a place like DeBordieu. And there has never been a better time to consider a purchase here. Why not visit this weekend.
For more information, call Troi Kaz, 843-455-4523 or email TroiKaz@DeBordieu.com.

DeBordieu Colony is a very private community on the ocean located just south of Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Here you’ll find private Pete Dye golf, saltwater creek access to the ocean, fine dining at the oceanfront Beach Club, a complete tennis center, a 24-hour manned security gate, and luxury homes and villas surrounded by thousands of acres of wildlife and nature preserves. For more information visit www.DeBordieu.com.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Foreclosure Update



DeBordieu Short Sales and Foreclosures



SHORT SALE: 293 Pioneer Loop: Luxurious Oceanfront Home with exquisite furnishings on one acre lot with lush landscaping. Private, Gated Entry. $3,389,000


SHORT SALE: 138 Ballyhoo, Ocean Oaks: This fabulous 3400 heated square foot, raised beach home has 4 bedrooms and is in within walking
distance to the beach. $998,000




BANK OWNED 70 Beachwalker, Ocean Park: Charming 4 BR cottage located on quaint brick culdesac just steps to private bathhouse and boardwalk. $1,200,000



SHORT SALE: Colony Club Villa # 200-M, 3 BR, 3 BA, overlooking a pond from large deck and screened porch.$550,000





BANK OWNED: 165 Marsh Lake: Free-standing 3BR Villa #27, close to beach, neighborhood pool, short golf cart ride to golf or beach club. You can't get closer to the beach for this price. $545,000



SHORT SALE: 143 Ballyhoo: This Charleston style home with an inverted floor plan has 4BRs on the first level, and a large master suite upstairs with the open kitchen, dining, living and and wrap around porches. $995,000/ CLICK HERE for more pictures, details and a virtual tour.

DeBordieu Colony is an oceanfront community located just south of Pawleys Island, South Carolina that features 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. For more information, contact Troi Kaz at 843-455-4523. TroiKaz@DeBordieu.com