August 2007

It's About Time! Lakeside Living Comes to the Lowcountry

Author: Linda Hopkins

What brought you to the Lowcountry? Was it warm sunshine? Lush natural landscapes? Beautiful beaches? World-class golf courses? Or all of the above? Now there is one more reason to come here to play… or to stay. Check your worries at the gate and leave the world behind on Hwy. 278. You are about to discover a new way of living, at Hampton Lake.

Located in the heart of the Lowcountry, the 906-acre site in Bluffton was slated for yet another golf community when popular area developer, John Reed, had a brainstorm. Considering that 92 percent of all home-buying decisions are made by women, like Mel Gibson in the blockbuster comedy, he set out to find the answer to the proverbial question: Just exactly what is it that women want?

“I don’t have a clue what women want except water,” said Reed, whose research led him to dig a 165-acre freshwater lake in place of the Pete Dye golf course on the original plan, adding all the extras to make the lakeside community a dream come true—not only for the women, but for the whole family.

The revised plan is coming to fruition now as the fabulous amenities are complete and model homes open. According to Marketing Director, Paula Magrini, it’s unusual for a developer to build all the amenities before the people are there. “Not only has he done it, but I think you’ll agree, it’s extraordinary,” she said. “You won’t see anything else like it around here.”

Magrini refers to Fitness Central, the comprehensive fitness and wellness center; The Spa at Hampton Lake, featuring beautifully appointed treatment rooms and a full menu of services; Doc’s Boathouse, a community dock, equipped with three electric cruising boats and a rack of kayaks for rent; Backwater Bill’s Bar & Grill, a casual restaurant with a spectacular view; two pools, featuring a family-oriented activity pool with a meandering river running through it, as well as a quiet adults-only pool; a swim and splash deck for children and multi-level playground; a wilderness camp, complete with restrooms, cookout pits—everything but the tent; and a even a beach. (In case you think they forgot about the golfers, memberships are available at nearby Berkeley Hall and Hampton Hall.)

With approximately 900 residences available at price points that a lot of people can afford, Reed said, “I hope it won’t be an exclusive community; I hope it’s a high-quality, inclusive community.”

Homes at Hampton Lake start at about $370,000 for villas; to about $550,000 for cottage and coach homes measuring 2,100 to 3,400 square feet. Custom homes will be priced from $600,000 to $1.3 million. Currently, both woodland preserve and waterfront homesites are available, with wooded homesites starting at about $190,000 and waterfront homesites around $300,000. Most lakefront homes and homesites will accommodate boat slips for easy backyard access to fishing, kayaking, and deck-boat cruising with friends.

Lakeside living makes it easy to escape the stress of everyday life. “We can’t create any more time, but living at Hampton Lake will make it seem like having a lot more time,” said Reed.

Has your watch stopped yet?

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