Once you pass through the electronic security gate and meander down a winding driveway under a canopy of mature oak trees, you’ll discover a one-of-a-kind estate on revered Daniel Island. Uniquely situated on two combined lots and privately enclosed with custom brick columns and wrought-iron fencing, the stately home boasts what many of us now crave since the pandemic’s onset: ultimate seclusion, plenty of room to spread out and enjoy nature, and luxurious amenities that will tempt you to never leave home. Flanked on each side by the renowned Daniel Island Club and the marshes and creeks of the breathtaking Wando and Cooper rivers, the sprawling property on 9 Hazelhurst St. mingles with the serenity of nature and modern conveniences.
“The one thing Daniel Island and this property have in common is lifestyle. While there are so many different places to live, from the ocean to historic Charleston, Daniel Island has become a desirable location, drawing high-end homebuyers from all over the country,” says Bart Jackson, a sales associate with Peace Sotheby’s International Realty. “This particular estate is unique for Daniel Island because it boasts a rare 1.2 acres, which offers privacy and seclusion that you won’t find on smaller lots.”
Layered in Luxury
The estate is the epitome of coastal living, from its Southern-style architecture to its grounds, lushly dotted with mature oak and magnolia trees. Outside of its prime location and jaw-dropping views, one of the biggest draws of the home is flexible space: With almost 10,000 square feet of living space, rooms can be transformed into whatever the new homeowner dreams or needs. The home features seven bedrooms and seven full bathrooms and is layered in luxury, as the current homeowner spared no expense when it came to quality and all the bells and whistles. Getting around is easy thanks to an elevator that whisks riders to all four levels, and thanks to smart-home technology, every whim and direction is as easy as a touch of a button.
After entering the custom-milled mahogany front door, your eyes are treated to a sea of heart pine flooring and dramatic high ceilings. Wandering the expansive rooms, you’ll be struck by characteristic accents of a traditional coastal home, such as tongue-and-groove wood ceilings, beamed ceilings, shiplap walls and picture-frame wainscoting. The open kitchen is fitted with floor-to-ceiling cabinets, quartzite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances; true cooks will appreciate two convection wall ovens and a Wolf gas cooktop on the kitchen island.
Forget just having one master bedroom—this home extends the extravagance with two master bedrooms, both with oasis-like en suite bathrooms with soaking tubs. The second floor presents four bedrooms, including the owner’s lavish primary retreat and a spacious home office with a fireplace that leads to a porch punctuated with a hanging daybed—a prime spot for enjoying the surrounding natural beauty and coastal breezes. The top floor, once again, can be reimagined into a bedroom, playroom or den, and it offers another opportunity to enjoy views in all directions.
From the main house, walk down a window-rich hallway to the front addition that was completed in 2014 by one of the area’s top custom builders. “It all flows as one,” Jackson says of the two-story pied-à-terre, which presents an open living area full of character, with shiplap walls and beamed ceilings and conveniences like a kitchenette and a natural stone breakfast bar. A set of double sliding barn doors reveals a game room with a pool table, which could also be transformed into a bedroom. The second floor offers another bedroom, full bath, and a media room with a ceiling-mounted Sony movie projector and pull-down wall screen for family movie nights.
“This addition could be an incredible two-bedroom apartment for guests, an entertaining area or simply a place for the family to escape,” says Jackson. “If I were a guest of this home, there’s no other hotel in Charleston that could supply the type of accommodations that this home can offer with every amenity at your fingertips.”
Like a posh resort, the property encourages indulgent relaxation and offers the freedom of never leaving the house for exercise. Spend sun-drenched days tanning on the expansive sundeck made of rich ipe or floating in the 15,000-gallon saltwater pool, which has stairs on both ends that introduce swimmers to a depth of 3 1/2 feet before sloping to 8 feet in the middle. Drink in the surrounding beauty with a soak in the whirlpool, or simply spend the afternoon on one of the many porches and decks to take advantage of the golf course, marsh and creek vistas. Cool South Carolina evenings can be spent gathered around the outdoor fireplace to watch the big game on television while crafting an epic meal at the outdoor cooking station with its built-in rotisserie grill.
Tennis fanatics will be wowed by the USTA court with specialized directional lighting for night play and a basketball court with two full-size regulation goals with fiberglass backboards. On the ground level, fitness enthusiasts will gravitate to an aerobics studio and weightlifting gym with custom-paneled mirrored walls and a generous open workout area that’s perfect for high intensity CrossFit workouts, yoga or Pilates. The space could also be transformed into a wine cellar or workshop for those who are handy.
For those seeking an enchanting life on the water, the new homeowner can apply for a dock permit, offering the chance to explore the active waterways by boat, kayak or paddleboard, or simply enjoy a glass of wine at sunset down by the water. If you decide to leave, the beaches and the shopping and dining of Charleston are just minutes away. “This estate is the total package, a place where you can have it all,” says Jackson. “Once you’re home, you’ll have everything you need within the confines of this estate.” *
Angela Caraway-Carlton is a Miami-based freelance writer, travel and lifestyle expert, and television producer. Her works have appeared in Indulge Magazine, Time Out, Elysian, Aventura, South Florida Luxury Guide and Modern Luxury Weddings South Florida & the Caribbean. Caraway-Carlton has covered lifestyle trends in South Florida and beyond for more than a decade.