New Yorkers are fleeing to exclusive Kiawah Island this summer

We haven’t seen a “Westchester Boil” on any Low Country menus but however they’re in all probability already on the market.

Head down to Kiawah Island on the coast of Charleston, SC, and also you’ll perceive why.

Kiawah has been an exclusive, family-oriented getaway for rich Carolinians and celebrities because it was first developed right into a second-home vacation spot within the Nineteen Seventies.

And like Westchester County, the 15-square-mile barrier isle is loaded with golf programs (together with the Ocean Course, house of the 2021 PGA Championship), gated luxurious actual property, stately lodges (the island’s posh the Sanctuary hotel is owned by billionaire Bill Goodwin) and preppy pizazz.

But extra just lately, precise Westchester residents, and New Yorkers extra usually, have begun to flood its seashores.

Exterior of Timbers
A Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences, a one-ninth fractional share of a three-bedroom condominium is $625,000.
Kiawah Island

“We wanted a place that had warm winters and allowed us to just sit and look at the ocean,” stated Nicholas Cianciola, a 65-year-old retired advisor who lives together with his spouse Barb, a 63-year-old social employee and their pet vizsla, Oliver, in Pound Ridge, NY. “We had looked [for a second home] in Miami down by Bal Harbour, and it was too crowded, too hot and too expensive.”

Chaise lounges on Kiawah Island
The South Carolina island membership is an ideal place to chaise by the ocean.
Kiawah Island

Like 1000’s of New Yorkers, the Cianciolas have witnessed the value of trip properties soar in New England — with one East End house selling for nearly $150 million last month.

Despite not realizing “anything about South Carolina,” they determined to broaden their getaway search.

A pool on Kiawah Island
The wealthy and well-known have been residing within the lap of luxurious that’s Kiawah Island for many years.
Kiawah Island

“Some of my friends were really surprised at first when we went to South Carolina,” Barb Cianciola stated. “It had certain connotations.”

But in late 2019, they bought at property at Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences, a luxurious beachfront neighborhood the place a one-ninth fractional share of a three-bedroom condominium is $625,000.

Timbers, which operates luxurious trip properties world wide, opened within the resort in 2018 — the primary new residential improvement on Kiawah Island’s oceanfront in over 30 years.

A gym on Kiawah Island.
If you’re going to knock a number of strokes off your golf recreation, hit the fitness center at Timbers.
Kiawah Island

It provides hotel-like providers, with non-public meals by the property’s chef Teddy Folkman, in addition to in depth culinary programing, wine tastings and cocktail demonstrations. The Timbers Beach Club even servers up its personal labels of IPA, wine and barrel-aged spirits.  

Michael O’Donnell, the director of actual property on the improvement, instructed The Post that over the past 12 months a bevy of New Yorkers have purchased up quite a few shares, leaving the resort almost offered out with “very limited inventory remaining,” he stated.

And it’s not simply at Timbers. Kiawah noticed the very best gross sales quantity within the historical past of the island in 2020 with $807 million in house gross sales throughout 656 transactions in 2020, according to a local property report.

“We’re are New Yorkers and if I had an extra $25 million, I probably would have gone to the Hamptons or at least somewhere close, like Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod or Nantucket,” stated Barb Cianciolas. “But when you go down to Kiawah now, since the pandemic, you see these humongous houses being built by people from New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. More and more people from the northeast are starting to find out about Kiawah.”

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