Southern charm at the ocean, best describes the home at 12 Royal Beach Drive with distinctive classic Charleston design and direct, private boardwalk access to a secluded stretch of Kiawah's pristine beach. Reminiscent of historic downtown Charleston, the home's architectural details and stately presence set the tone for this seaside escape at the end of the Royal Beach enclave. The warm stucco exterior welcomes you through brick garden paths and courtyards, surrounded by lush southern landscaping of magnolia trees, palms, crepe myrtles and walled sweet jasmine enrich the maritime setting.This five-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath home offers four floors with two verandas off the main and second floors, all with a southern exposure. The inviting entry foyer opens into an expansive graliving and dining room open concept with two gas log fireplaces, custom moldings, bespoke mahogany French doors that open onto a spacious veranda framed with floor-to-ceiling mahogany shutters, versatile seating and dining areas, perfect for al fresco entertaining. You're immediately drawn to the well-appointed outdoor features beyond; a stunning 24x24 saltwater pool, lined with pink camelias and flowering urns, complete with in-pool fountains, evening lighting, and enough room for large gatherings, lounging and sunbathing alike. The maritime forest is your backyard with the sounds and scents from the Atlantic Ocean breezes.
The gourmet kitchen remains the heart of the home, now more than ever and this one was built for memorable meals and moments together. This spacious open concept with three granite countertop islands, features Wolf, Subzero, Thermidor top tier appliances, floor-to-ceiling custom cabinetry and open shelving adorn this sunny space. A cozy breakfast area and perfectly appointed media area, with custom trimmed gas log fireplace, complements this trio of spaces with access to the grilling and pool deck through oversized mahogany paneled French doors. A powder room is conveniently located off the main hall. The rear hallway accesses a club-like family lounge/game room with a billiards table and connecting full bath. (Potential for a sixth bedroom). A deluxe laundry room with custom shelving and storage completes the main floor.
The second floor includes a luxurious primary bedroom suite. Truly a retreat with an expansive bedroom, gas log fireplace, access to the spacious veranda, large sitting room, wet bar/pantry for morning espresso or evening sip and two impeccably designed bathrooms one with an oversized soaking tub, each with white marble/frameless glass showers, herringbone designed marble floors, white marble vanities, custom moldings and shiplap accent walls. Two generous private custom dressing rooms with floor-to-ceiling shelving and storage, connect to each of the bathrooms. An additional ensuite guest bedroom, with access to the veranda, completes the second floor.
Located on the third floor is a sitting area adjoining two additional guest bedrooms that are connected by a delightfully bright, shared bathroom with two standalone sinks, white marble/frameless glass shower, white marble floors and shiplap walls. You can see the ocean from both rooms; the night sky brings amazing star gazing and shrimp boat lights on the horizon, which your guests are sure to enjoy!
The ground floor is perfect for today's living; a deluxe flex-space that runs the length of the house and includes a generous guest suite tucked at one end, with living room, bedroom, bathroom with double vanity, shower, separate jacuzzi tub, washer/dryer, and walk-in closet longer stay guests will enjoy the privacy of this space. Additional flex-space on this level offers a home office, game area, TV/media area, kitchenette, wine storage and utility room. The two-and-a half car garage with Race Deck flooring, workshop space and storage, is connected to the home by a rear entry foyer with easy access to the elevator.
The rear of the home has ample parking, a welcoming fountain, stainless steel hot/cold outdoor shower and access to the pool deck. A charming brick path and picturesque garden gate lead directly onto the private, enclave boardwalk for a "one-minute-walk" to the beach beyond.
The home has been extensively renovated and is turn-key.
A Kiawah Island Club Social Membership is available with the purchase of this property. The home is conveniently located to the Kiawah Island Club's River Course and popular Beach Club, as well as island amenities and the world-renowned Ocean Course.