$6.5 Million Architect Mark Finlay-Designed Marsh House on Kiawah Island, SC

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$6.5 Million Architect Mark Finlay-Designed Marsh House on Kiawah Island, SC

$6,495,000 | 2008 | 5,585 Sq. Ft. | 4 Beds | 4.5+ Baths | 0.78 Acres
54 River Marsh Ln, Kiawah Island, SC 29455

Immerse yourself in unparalleled Lowcountry living in this exceptional waterfront estate within the exclusive Rhett’s Bluff community on Kiawah Island. Located on the western side, between the Kiawah River and Bass Pond, Rhett’s Bluff offers expansive properties with unobstructed views of the Kiawah River. The serenity and privacy of Rhett’s Bluff are unparalleled, creating an ideal retreat for those seeking solace and tranquility. Residents can enjoy picturesque sunsets, observe native wildlife, or explore the nearby tidal creeks. A community pavilion and boat landing offer convenient access to the Kiawah River. Nestled on nearly three-quarters of an acre overlooking the tidal marsh and Kiawah River, 54 River Marsh offers the ultimate combination of privacy, grandeur, and resort-style amenities. The 5,585 square foot residence includes a separate guest cottage over the garage and possible Kiawah Island Club membership opportunity. 

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This fabulous custom home, by renowned architect Mark Finlay, features a classic New England architectural design. Anchored by a true stucco foundation and cedar shake siding it will provide lasting durability and with a timeless aesthetic. Tischler Und Sohn windows and doors ensure exceptional quality and energy efficiency. The multi-zone HVAC and commercial dehumidifiers ensure year-round optimal comfort. A majestic copper roof with quintessential Finlay cupola adds a touch of elegance while capturing natural light. A three-stop elevator with paneled mahogany interior conveniently services all levels of this home. A tabby stone driveway with brick paver accents creates a warm welcome to this waterfront home – perfectly suitable for full time residential living, a second home or vacation property, just 30 minutes from Historic Charleston. 

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Exquisite details elevate the home’s beauty throughout. Custom crown molding, wide baseboards, and paneled walls create a sense of timeless sophistication in every room. Soaring 12-foot ceilings grace the main level, with some boasting beautiful coffered or paneled designs that add depth and dimension. Intricate millwork adorns doorways and windows, while arched openings and oval windows with ornate detailing further complement the high ceilings, creating a sense of spaciousness and architectural interest. This meticulous attention to detail ensures that every corner of the home is a testament to quality craftsmanship and sophisticated design. As you enter the living room Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring adds warmth and sophistication throughout the open areas. Transom-topped arched entryways create a sense of grandeur, while recessed lighting and in-ceiling speakers set the mood for entertaining. A cozy gas log fireplace with a black marble surround and custom wood mantel provides a focal point, inviting you to relax and unwind. 

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Prepare to be wowed by the chef’s dream kitchen. A beamed ceiling with recessed lighting sets the stage for culinary creativity. Custom cabinetry, some featuring stylish glass fronts, offers ample storage, while honed African granite countertops and a paneled backsplash provide durable work surfaces. The center island takes center stage, boasting a gleaming butcher block top, an ice maker and pendant lighting that perfectly illuminates the space. A deep stainless steel sink ensures functionality, while top-of-the-line appliances elevate the cooking experience. A Dacor 6-burner gas range with a double oven and a custom vent hood caters to the most demanding chefs, while a pot filler and a hand-painted tile backsplash add a touch of luxury. A Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator/freezer ensures ample storage for groceries, and a Miele dishwasher with a custom front panel seamlessly integrates into the cabinetry. A built-in Viking microwave offers added convenience, and a light-filled breakfast room with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors overlooking the marsh creates the perfect spot for casual dining.  Glass door access to the rear deck for grilling and outside dining continues the graceful flow of this home.

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A meticulously designed butler’s pantry, wet bar, and laundry center provides a functional hub for entertaining and daily life. Custom cabinetry with honed African granite and butcher block countertops offer ample storage and prep space. A showstopping custom-built china cabinet with a glass front showcases your prized possessions and features convenient pull-out drawers for additional storage. A deep stainless steel sink ensures functionality, while an additional Miele dishwasher with a custom front panel tackles post-party cleanup with ease. Wine connoisseurs will delight in the Sub-Zero wine refrigerator with a capacity for approximately 150 bottles. A well-equipped pantry with custom pull-out shelving keeps kitchen essentials organized, while a hidden Miele stacked washer and dryer with a dedicated folding area take care of laundry discreetly.

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The expansive primary bedroom wing with study, dressing rooms and elegant baths complete the first level. The versatile second-level living area offers a multitude of possibilities. Featuring Brazilian cherry hardwood floors that flow seamlessly from the rest of the level, this space can function as a common room, a media room, or even a fifth bedroom. A wet bar equipped with a Sub-Zero mini-fridge and a companion sink caters to movie nights or casual gatherings. Built-in cabinetry provides a designated space for entertainment equipment, creating a dedicated entertainment hub. An adjacent powder room features offers convenience and functionality for this shared space. 

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The second level offers two serene guest bedrooms. One boasts captivating views and a private balcony overlooking the Kiawah River. This room also includes a convenient laundry center with a stacked Miele washer and dryer, a walk-in closet with built-in organizers, and a spacious bathroom. The second guest bedroom offers access to an open deck. Two side-by-side closets ensure ample storage, leading to the private bath with curved tub/shower alcove. Tucked away on the second level, a bonus storage room provides a designated space for all your organizational needs. Rubber tile flooring ensures easy maintenance and durability, perfect for storing seasonal items or sporting equipment. Built-in bookcases offer a stylish solution for books, games, or treasured collections. A large linen closet provides ample storage for towels and bed linens, while an attic pull-down access allows you to maximize your storage capacity and keep lesser-used items easily accessible.

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Descend to the ground level to discover a thoughtfully designed climate-controlled storage area on the ground level. Antique brick paver flooring adds a touch of rustic charm, while rich mahogany paneled walls create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Multiple storage closets provide ample space for seasonal items, decorations, or luggage.  Additional pristine climate-controlled storage areas are located under the home, perfect for storing anything from beach gear to bicycles, ensuring everything has its designated place.

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A detached guest house over the three-car garage, with an architectural cupola, provides additional living space for family and friends. It features a spacious living area with a convenient wet bar/kitchenette. The guest bedroom, separated by pocket doors, offers warm wood flooring, ample illumination & beadboard walls offering a touch of classic charm. The full bathroom offers tiled flooring, dual pedestal sinks and walk-in shower. Additional home amenities include a 32 watt generator, security system, enclosed outdoor shower & central vacuum system.


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