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Why Savannah Is a Great Place to Buy a Vacation Home

snowfaceIt’s almost Christmas and “the weather outside is frightful”…but not in Savannah. It’s sunny and 65 degrees.

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But, let’s be honest. For many, this time of year is a big fat headache!

You bundle up each morning to brave the snow and ice — and you ask yourself “why don’t I move somewhere else?”

Even if it’s not time to do so full-time, you should at least consider doing it for part of the year.

Why Savannah

There are many reasons to put Savannah at the top of your “vacation home” list, but here are two of the best ones.

Location. Location. Location.

The old real estate adage holds true, particularly when you’re buying a second home that you also consider an investment for the future. The best vacation properties offer something extra special — a magnificent view of the ocean, a dock overlooking a picturesque river or salt marsh or old world ambiance.

Savannah Has It All

Savannah offers you second homes on the beachfront of Tybee Island. Skidaway Island, Wilmington island, Dutch Island and Isle of Hope provide you beautiful views and easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway.

And Historic Downtown Savannah is like no other city.

Go back in time as you walk among the towering live oaks draped with Spanish moss and the historic homes and squares built in the centuries ago.

Plus, you’re only  a three or four hour drive from multiple major metro areas, including Atlanta, Jacksonville, FL and Columbia, SC. So it’s easy to enjoy a weekend getaway just about anytime you want.

Tybee Island

Tourist Love It

Savannah is also an award-winning tourist destination, which means you won’t have any problem renting your property to vacationers if you choose to do so.

About one in four second home owners rent their properties at least part of the year. Tybee’s vacation rentals stay at nearly full capacity throughout the spring and summer.

Just keep in mind that for tax purposes, vacation homes are subject to what’s called the 14-day or 10% rule. You can rent your home for up to 14 days a year and keep the rental income without having to declare it on your tax return.

But, if you rent out the house for more than 14 days, you’re classified as a landlord by the Internal Revenue Service and you have to report the income. But, as a landlord you have the opportunity to deduct certain expenses.

I’ll talk more about the tax benefits of vacation property in a future post, but for now read this if you want more detailed information.

Why Not?

Here are some links for you to view all the available Savannah homes. I’m sure you’ll find many that would make fantastic vacation homes. Enjoy!

Tybee Island Homes

Skidaway Island Homes

Wilmington Island Homes

Dutch Island Homes

Isle of Hope Homes

If you have any questions or would like to view any of them personally, let me know. I’d love to take you on a tour whenever you’re in Savannah.

Just call me at 912-844-9000 or send me an email at [email protected] and we will set something up.

Dutch Island – A Tour of Savannah Luxury Homes

Searching for a Private, Gated Community on the Inter-Coastal Waterways in Savannah, GA?

If so, take a few minutes to discover Dutch Island.

Today, I’m going to introduce you to a small, private island community surrounded by the Skidaway River, Herb River, Wilmington River and Grimball Creek.

It’s called Dutch Island and if you want to live near some of Savannah’s most beautiful waterways and  salt marshes this Island gem, near the Isle of Hope, may be just what you’re looking for.

It has 480 plus homes, as well as a community deep water dock that gives residents access to the inter-coastal waterways.

Dutch Island in Savannah, GA

Dutch Island  – A Safe and Secure Island Paradise

As you meander through the streets of  Isle of Hope to reach Dutch Island, your mind eases away from the rush of modern public life and toward a private and secure home life with your family and friends.

The security gate signals your arrival to one of Savannah’s most secure and luxurious island communities.

Dutch Island is a perfect place to raise your family, especially if you love to boat and fish, spend time at the neighborhood pool, or play a little tennis.

An Island of Luxury Homes

As you continue down the nearly nine miles of paved roads on the island, you’ll see some of the most well-designed luxury homes in all of Savannah. The word spacious comes to mind as you take in the beautiful homes resting on over-sized lots with yards that are immaculately maintained.

It’s hard to drive anywhere on the island without catching a glimpse of the rivers, creeks, lagoons and ponds.

Dutch Island Salt Marshes

Luxury Living on Dutch Island

Now let’s take a look at some of the luxury homes on Dutch Island. I’ll be honest, it’s a little tough to find many for sale. When I wrote this there were only six homes for sale in the over $500,000 price range.

The Dutch Islands homes range from 3,700sf to over 5000sf and have 4 or 5 bedrooms. You’ll find homes with private waterfront docks, guest houses, and gourmet kitchens.

Simply click on the image to below to view the homes.

Dutch Island Luxury Homes
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Close to Modern Conveniences  

One of the advantages of Dutch Island is you live in a private, quiet community, but have most of the modern conveniences of city life only a few miles away. In just minutes, you can get to Sandfly (just outside of Isle of Hope) and enjoy local restaurants, boutique shops and a grocery store.

Little more than a mile farther down the road, you’ll find Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and the Truman Parkway, which takes you to downtown Savannah in about 10 minutes. In fact, a 10-minute drive on Truman takes you just about anywhere in Savannah.

And if you have children that play soccer or swim, you’re just minutes from Jennifer Ross Soccer Complex and Chatham County Aquatic Center. Trust me, you’ll be spending a lot of time there.

Jennifer Ross Soccer Complex

Discover More Luxury Savannah Neighborhoods

I hope you’re enjoying these quick overviews of some of Savannah’s most exclusive  neighborhoods. Stay tuned because I still have more to cover. In the next few weeks, I’ll look at The Landings on Skidaway Island, Tybee Island and Vernonburg. I also take you through Historic Downtown Savannah, as well as West Chatham, which includes Savannah Quarters and Southbridge.

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Savannah Million Dollar Homes

Savannah Million Dollar Homes Sold
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Highlights:

  • The Landings on Skidaway Island led the way with six million dollar homes selling so far in 2014.

  • Downtown Savannah, Wilmington Island (including Whitemarsh Island) also had a strong showing from April through July with five million dollar properties changing hands.

  • Dutch Island, Isle of Hope, Richmond Hill and Vernonburg also saw at least one property — priced for a million dollars or more — sell.

Are you looking for a million dollar home in Savannah? Or just curious about where homes in this price category are located?

Go here if you want to view all the current Savannah million dollar listings or keep reading to learn the details of 2014 sales. I’ll review sales figures from April through July to give you an overview of Savannah’s most exclusive addresses.

Since April of 2014, 21 homes –costing a million or more — have sold in the Savannah area. Here are their locations by zip code and section of town.

  • The Landings on Skidaway Island (31411): Six million dollar homes sold here since April. All of The Landings properties were located on the waterfront.
  • Wilmington Island (31411): All five of the million dollar homes sold on Wilmington Island and Whitemarsh Island were on the water. Two were located on Wilmington Island Road, while three were on Whitemarsh. Two were near the Savannah Yacht Club and the other was in Long Point.
  • Downtown Savannah (31401): Three historic properties sold in Downtown Savannah area, while another was located on a historic square, but was a more recent construction. A million dollar condo also sold on Broughton Street — the center of the city’s retail and entertainment district.
  • Isle of Hope and Dutch Island (31406): Two million dollar homes also sold in the Isle of Hope and Dutch Island communities — both were on the water.
  • Vernonburg (31419): A luxury waterfront home in the Vernonburg  area, located off of White Bluff, also sold for over one million dollars. Like most of the other homes in this category, it was on the water.
  • Richmond Hill (31324):  A luxury homebuyer also purchased a home in The Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill for over a million dollars.

The sales figures show that  the market for luxury homes in Savannah has continued to remain hot after a fast start in 2014.

Savannah Luxury Homes - Savannah Luxury Living Blog

Million Dollar Home Listings in Savannah

Currently, 98 properties in the Savannah area (including Richmond Hill) are listed for a million dollars or more.  The prices range from $7 million to $1.05 million.

In the next few months, I’ll overview many of these neighborhoods and subdivisions, including The Landings, Savannah Yacht Club area, Long Point, Dutch Island, Isle of Hope, Burnside Island, Ford Plantation, and of course, Tybee Island and the historic properties in Downtown Savannah. I’ll also cover waterfront (riverfront and beachfront homes), as well as upcoming luxury condo projects.

House on the beach

Follow the Savannah Luxury Report to Stay Up to Date

So stay tuned if you want to keep your finger on the pulse of the Savannah luxury home market. I’ll review recent sales, current listings, and planned new developments in the luxury market of Savannah real estate.

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More Resources for Savannah Luxury Homebuyers and Sellers

I’ll also overview a new service we’re offering our luxury clients — or their relatives and children — who are selling a luxury home and transitioning to a new living arrangement. This service completely eliminates the hassle of selling a home and relocating yourself or a loved one.

If you’re in that situation now and can’t wait for the post, go ahead and call me (912-844-9000) or send me an email and I’ll overview it for you.

Savannah is an enchanting and charming city filled with lots of one-of-a-kind homes. No matter what your desire — a historic home, waterfront living, golf course living  — or even city living in a brand new luxury condo in the heart of Downtown Savannah, you can find it here.