Myrtle Beach, SC : Grande Dunes : Luxury Homes
9873 Bellasera Circle
Sabra McNeil, Realtor®
Asking Price: $2,000,000
3,800 SQUARE FEET
3 BEDROOMS, 3.5 BATH
To visit South Carolina's Grand Strand is to bask in beautiful sunshine, drink in the serenity of the seashore and immerse yourself in a seemingly endless array of outdoor activities on land and water. To live there is to enjoy all this and more every day of the year.
Two magnificent homes currently offer the intriguing option of taking up residence in Grande Dunes, one of the premier places to live along South Carolina’s northeast coast. Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean inland beyond the Intracoastal Waterway, Grande Dunes eventually will be a thriving, 2,200-acre community of more than 3,000 homes. Those at 9873 Bellasera Circle and 1473 Serena Drive are available now.
The 3,800-square-foot home on Bellasera Circle sits on a prime acre of land on the Intracoastal. To best take advantage of the magnificent views of the waterway, the back of the house is all glass, and the option is available for the homeowner to build a dock right on the Intracoastal. Though the home is only three years old, it is surrounded by more than 20 mature palm trees.
Inside, the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home features 14-foot ceilings in the large living room, foyer, dining room and family room. It also offers the convenience of living in a one-story home, along with an eat-in kitchen, a three-car garage and walk-in closets with built-ins in each bedroom.
The asking price for the home, which is owned by Jim and Sabra McNeill of King One Properties, is $2 million.
1473 Serena Drive
Sabra McNeil, Realtor®
Asking Price: $999,000
4,400 SQUARE FEET
4 BEDROOMS, 4.5 BATH
The 4,400-square-foot home at 1473 Serena Drive also is in a prime location in Grande Dunes, along the seventh hole of the Resort Club, one of two world-class golf courses available to residents of the community. Some of the most expensive homes in Grande Dunes are along Serena Drive, according to Jim McNeill, who pointed out that none have sold for under $1.15 million and some have brought up to $5 million. This one, however, is currently on the market for $999,000.
“This is not a short sale. It is simply the best-priced property on Serena Drive,” McNeill commented.
Entering the home, you’ll find soaring 20-foot ceilings in the foyer, living room and dining room. The office features built-ins and the living room has a wet bar and an entrance to the pool and spa. The screened porch off the family room features an outdoor kitchen.
Two of the bedrooms are downstairs and two are upstairs, connected by an area that can be used as a family room or a computer room. The home has four full bathrooms and a half bath, and a second-floor lanai overlooks the golf course. The owner, Richard Eanes, recently married, and, with a larger family, is looking for a larger house. He hopes to find one in Grande Dunes.
McNeill pointed out that both homes feature tile roofs, customized windows and doors to let the outside in and enhance the views, extensive trim work, wet bars, upgraded kitchen appliances, tile floors and granite in all kitchens and bathrooms.
Both McNeills, Jim a retired investment banker and Sabra a retired radiologist, are now in the real estate business and singing the praises of Grande Dunes. The community has “the best beach club in Myrtle Beach,” according to Jim, as well as a 130-slip marina; a world-class tennis facility offering private lessons, clinics, camps, match play and tournaments that has been the South Carolina Tennis Association’s Tennis Club of the Year; and two top-notch golf courses.
The Resort Club, which has claimed the National Golf Course Owners Association’s Golf Course of the Year Award, is one of the longest courses on the East Coast, playing at 7,618 yards from the back tees. It also was rated as one of the top 100 public courses in America by Golf Digest in 2009.
The Members Club, designed by Nick Price and Craig Schreiner, plays at 7,029 yards from the professional tees.
Grande Dunes residents also can enjoy world-class dining, at Ruth’s Chris Steak House and at Waterscapes, a highly-rated restaurant located in the Marina Inn, the only four-star hotel in Myrtle Beach.
“Grande Dunes is the best location in Myrtle Beach,” Jim said. “You’re close to restaurants, shows and shopping, and there’s a hospital across the street. It has the best amenities in this area, with the Ocean Club, golf and tennis. It’s near the beach, and, if you’re a boater, the marina is right here. You can jump in your boat and go up to Little River or down to Georgetown to get to the ocean.”
And, of course, the weather and the relatively low cost-of-living in South Carolina are great drawing cards, as well.
“Ninety percent of the people moving here are baby boomers who are retiring,” Jim explained. “The property taxes on a million-dollar home are only about $5,400 a year, and the property owners association fees are affordable – only about $213 per month. And after the winter they just lived through in the Northeast, they’re coming down here in droves.”
By Brian Sherman
King One Properties