212 Spring Island Dr; Okatie, SC 29909
The home sits on 2.21 acre property located on a secluded Rice Gate Pond. Looking down the pond, the marshes of Colleton River give off a distant glow. Birds, ducks, turtles, water birds and otters are some of the treats offered by this uniquely private setting. Surrounded by a mixed hard wood forest, there is true serenity any time of year and an endless fascination watching life on the pond. A suspenseful moment awaits you as you pull into the driveway. This classic shingle style house was designed by Thorndike Williams Jr., a renowned architect from Long Island’s north shore. Vaulted ceilings, massive beams and openness create a sense of spaciousness and warmth. Upon entering, the architectural strength of the open interior is an unexpected surprise. From the front hall, the view up the staircase emphasizes the soaring height of the trees through the upper windows. The dominating staircase, which separates the dining and living space, exposes angled walls that add “sizzle” to the design. In the living room the wood burning fireplace is surrounded by a custom heart pine mantel, bookcases and cabinetry. The catwalk above cantilevers over the fireplace wall. Structural beams stretch high across the 25 foot ceiling. Doors connecting the dining room and living room open onto an expansive porch creating the ideal place for entertaining. The dining space is open to the kitchen. A small inglenook with a cozy fireplace and bookcases is tucked in next to the wet bar. This intimate little sitting area is a favorite place given the proximity to both the bar and the kitchen. French doors open onto the porch expanding the dining room space. The kitchen cabinetry, from Christians/Small Bones Kitchens, is made of wood from Loire Valley. Hardware is from France. Counters are granite and the floors are terra cotta tile. Top-notch appliances and ample counter space make cooking a breeze. A big pantry and large storage closet add additional room. The downstairs master bedroom is paneled in natural cypress. Bookcases, cabinets and a fireplace also add warmth. The coffered ceiling is unique. The dressing room between the two master baths is unusually large, allowing for an extensive wardrobe, a desk and more storage. Upstairs, three bedrooms and a multi-purpose room are separated by a catwalk. Hipped dormers or “jerkinheads” and granny attic ceilings define the rooms. Balconies offer wonderful views of the water. The two car garage, disguised as a stable, includes a multi-purpose guest suite complete with a private bath, closet, and balcony. The floor is a design of tile and heart pine that mimics the pattern in the front hall. Enjoy this home any time of year. Love the extensive gardens and the sweet smell of gardenias by the front door. Listen to nature’s music on the porch and be drawn to the pond’s incessant magic. Relish the privacy and surround yourself with wonders of Spring Island.