Kiawah Island in South Carolina is one of the most sought-after vacation destinations near Charleston, where homes go for millions. But the premier destination is now setting records after listing one of two original houses that will be the highest single-family home sale in the island’s history.
The Vanderhorst Estate, listed for $21 million, was built in 1803 by Arnoldus Vanderhorst, a Revolutionary War soldier, businessman, planter, politician, governor of South Carolina from 1794 to 1796, and twice mayor of Charleston. It was initially a cotton plantation but was ravaged during the Civil War. The Confederate Army smashed the furniture while the Union troops used pieces of the house for firewood. Incredibly, it was never wholly demolished and sat vacant for most of the 20th century before undergoing a complete restoration in 1995.
Today, the home is a blend of historic details and modern conveniences. Set on 16 acres, the six-bedroom, 6.5-bath estate still boasts the original 1803 hardwood floors. But, the owners enlisted Charleston architect Chris Schmitt and preservation architect Glenn Keyes to adapt the home to the demands of a modern family.
The Federal-style exterior remains with a two-story piazza with an arched brick base while adding rear corner pavilions, new bathrooms, a kitchen, and mechanical equipment. The pavilions add space and allow for incredible views through the mostly-glass facades with minimal impact on the original structure. Only passageways were added to connect the additions.
The new owners also get a swimming pool, basketball court, and Creekhouse, which is a private indoor-outdoor venue complete with a kitchen, several bars, a firepit, and a hot tub on the deck. It overlooks the incredible grounds that feature a picturesque marsh, trickling creeks, and stunning oak trees. Of course, if you want to leave the property, the Kiawah Island Club is just down the road. There you will have access to a 10-mile beach, a 2021 PGA Championship golf course, and more as a Club Membership is available with this property.