85 Blue Heron Pond Road on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, is a one-of-a-kind retreat.
Facing the Stono Inlet, with views of the Kiawah and Stono Rivers on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, this one-of-a-kind retreat on Kiawah Island is a masterpiece of design. Envisioned by the respected architectural firm Shope Reno Wharton of Norwalk, Connecticut, this spectacular estate has been featured widely in leading architectural publications where it was lauded as an oeuvre in custom building for its exquisite craftsmanship.
Featuring fine detailing executed by Kiawah master builder Russ Cooper and his team of craftsmen, this graceful structure is covered with weathered red cedar shingle and shake along with handmade Savannah Grey brick. It includes a five-car garage and separate guest quarters with a fitness facility by the pool.
The 15,000 square feet main home has an additional 5,000 square feet of outdoor living area in the form of ipe decking, pavilions, porches, balconies, and an infinity pool. Superb Tischler und Sohn windows from Germany, fenestrated to take advantage of every moment of sunlight, fill each room with the radiance so particular to this romantic sea island, near historic Charleston. Also on the property is a guest house with a full kitchen, fitness and media rooms, a bedroom with sitting area, and two full baths.
Ranging from the quotidian to the extravagant, other amenities include a cutting-edge media wall, butler’s pantry, stocking room, wine cellar, office, and a mahogany paneled study. The gourmet kitchen features professional-grade appliances, custom storage, and every imaginable culinary convenience.
The home’s gracious interiors were conceived by Atlanta-based Jacquelynne P. Lanham Designs, which emulated the island’s color palette to yield a sophisticated, inviting aesthetic. The seven-bedroom, 12-bath abode resonates with Lanham’s signature style and features fine woodwork—flooring and paneling—in multiple burnished hardwoods like mahogany, walnut and old oak.
Lush landscaped gardens, designed and realized by Oehme van Sweden of Washington, D.C., transition to ever-changing marsh grasses and a generous private boat dock at Kiawah’s westernmost tip. The extensive 11.7 acre grounds include two additional home sites.
This property’s singular character is achieved by the graceful balance of exacting features and easy Carolina Lowcountry charm. Its setting is made up of mature live oaks, leafy palmettos, and tall pines amid the sea grasses of the Stono Inlet and Kiawah River.
In every respect, this private site on exclusive, long-revered Kiawah consummately showcases the island’s most distinguished home.
Half Baths: 3
Sq. Feet: 15,322
Year Built: 2005
Amenities: Dock, Elevator, Garage, Deck, Pool
Club Memberships: Kiawah Island Club Golf Membership is available.
Image Credits: Patrick J O'Brien.