By Audrey Hoffer
Special to The Washington Post
The castle-like stone house on the waterfront offers a panoramic view of the Colleton River off this state’s southern coast, adjacent to Hilton Head.
It sits on 9.8 acres of woods — mostly live oaks and magnolias cloaked with Spanish moss — salt marsh and tidal creek, with a 1.5-acre pond at the end of a long tree-lined road. The scene is like a nature preserve, and, indeed, much of the land was once conservancy-owned.
This is Baqache, or Shady Retreat. It’s a property in the Colleton River Plantation, a luxury gated community of 1,500 acres, about 700 residences and 500 feet of shoreline.
“What’s unusual is to have this big a lot in a gated community,” said Brock Rowley, the owner. “You get great privacy and quiet. Most lots are one to two acres, some are five, but they don’t have deep-water access for boating.”
Water access isn’t unusual, but deep-water access is — with it you can still get your boat in and out at the lowest tide. “We’ve had boats in excess of 100 feet dock at the house,” he said.
The real estate market on Hilton Head Island is strong, with sales and prices higher this year than last year, said Ann Lilly, a broker associate at Charter One Realty.
Overall sales of single-family houses — driven mostly by retirement, second-home and investor buyers — are up nearly 21 percent, and in the high-end market over $1 million, they’re up about 9 percent, said Judy Collins, a real estate agent with Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty.