Category Archives: Isle of Hope


Isle of Hope Sharks

Hi Sharks,
Just wanted to pass along information I received on IOH Swim Team Registration.

It’s that time of year again, and IOH Swim Team is on the horizon!

In case you haven’t heard, we are thrilled to have Coach Patricia Bacon back this year, and Coach Allyn Case will be returning this year as well!

For those of you whose first swim season was last year, Allyn was our previous coach (along with coach Dru) during the 2012 and 2013 swim seasons. So we are very excited to have two great coaches on board this year.

Registration will begin April 15th, and our start date will be mid-May.  (I will send out our official start date as soon as I know for sure.)

Rates and practice times have not changed:  $115 for members + $55 splash fee for nonmembers.  

Follow the link to learn more.

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.

(View all Tybee Island Homes for sale)

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.

Isle of Hope and Sandfly: Golf Cart Ordinance

Golf Carts - Isle of Hope and SandflyI wanted to take a quick minute and update you on a hot topic of late on the Isle of Hope — golf cart laws.

A community meeting took place on Tuesday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Participants discussed  some of the recent changes in golf cart use in Chatham County.

Here’s a quick review of the most important points: (Provided by Jeremy Summerell, an Isle of Hope resident who spoke at the meeting.)

Take aways from the meeting: (read more)

Live On Historic Bluff Drive — Isle of Hope for a Fantastic Price

Bluff Drive Polly Copper

Sacrifice a Little View To Save a Million Dollars

Are you ready to live in one of Savannah’s most sought-after locations — at a fantastic price?

This 4 bedroom/2.5 bath Bluff Drive home is across the street from the Isle of Hope Marina and the backyard opens to a neighborhood park and the IOH pool.

Bring your imagination and your contractor and transform it into the home of your dreams.

Call Ed or Lisa Yannett at 912-844-9000,  912-596-4345 or 912-356-5001. But hurry it won’t last long.

Listing and listing information courtesy of our friends at John Wylly Real Estate Co. 

Isle of Hope – A Tour of Savannah Luxury Homes

Over the next few months, I’m going to take you on a tour of luxury homes in Savannah’s most desirable communities. I will survey Savannah’s most beautiful neighborhoods, including the Historic District and The Landings on Skidaway Island. I’ll also overview  luxury properties on Wilmington, Whitmarsh, Dutch and Tybee Islands.

Isle of Hope – Savannah, GA

In addition, I’ll look at golf course communities — like Savannah Quarters — in West Chatham, which are close to the airport and some of Savannah’s biggest employers, such as Gulfstream. I’ll also go just beyond the borders of Chatham County to Richmond Hill, which offers luxurious living on the waterfront and neighborhoods, such as The Ford Plantation.

Isle of Hope – The Community

However, today, I want to start with my own community, Isle of Hope.

Isle of Hope - Bluff Drive
Isle of Hope – Bluff Drive

If you’re looking for luxury living on an enchanting and quaint island with scenic views, close-knit neighbors, and safe neighborhoods, Isle of Hope may be the perfect place for you and your family.

This charming island community is close to the city of Savannah, but offers luxury homebuyers many characteristics associated with a far away and secluded island. It boasts one of the most desirable and picturesque communities in all of Savannah. The luxurious historic manor homes on Bluff Drive overlook the Skidaway River and come with deep-water docks — and are some of the most sought after homes in the Savannah area.

Isle of Hope Marina
View of the Isle of Hope Marina in the Distance

The Isle of Hope Marina, the only commercial venture on the island, is also located on Bluff Drive. The marina provides homeowners a place to dock their boats, entertain friends at a beautiful outdoor venue, and kayak, fish or crab with family and friends.

Isle of Hope is truly a community that brings back thoughts and feelings of a bygone era. Everyday, you’ll see neighbors walking down the street together and kids riding their bikes, swimming, and fishing with one another. On the weekends and weeknights,  you’ll find youth soccer and t-ball games on fields that are within walking or biking distance from most homes on the island.

Isle of Hope – Types of Homes

Isle of Hope offers a mix of luxury homes ($500,000+) and homes in the $250,000 to $500,000 range.  The more expensive homes usually rest on or near the water and boast breath-taking views and sprawling yards.

Follow this link to view a list of properties — priced above $500,000 — on, or very near Isle of Hope.  This will provide you a good sampling of the types of luxury homes you’ll find.

Isle of Hope – Convenient to Local Restaurants, Shopping and Recreation

In addition to luxury waterfront living, Isle of Hope offers several churches and has a community pool. Less than a mile away, you’ll also find an active restaurant and retail area with many local eateries and boutique specialty shops. The nearby shopping center also includes a grocery store and pharmacy.  If you enjoy working out or doing yoga, you can also find those activities close by.

More Great Savannah Neighborhoods

As you might guess, I am partial to the area and have enjoyed living and raising my family in the Isle of Hope community.  But, there are many other attractive neighborhoods throughout the Savannah area, providing luxury homebuyers exactly what they want. You can live on the water or a golf course, in the Historic District or a gated community, or near the airport or major employers like Gulfstream. You can even enjoy beautiful Tybee Island for a few months out of the year and use the property as an income-generating vacation rental the rest of the time.

It doesn’t matter if you are moving here for a new job, seeking to retire, or simply looking for a better place to raise your family. Savannah has it all — and after the “Tour of Homes” you should have a great idea of which area fits you and your lifestyle best.

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Savannah Million Dollar Homes

Savannah Million Dollar Homes Sold
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  • 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.

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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.

Just sign up here and receive all the updates as soon as they publish.

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.