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What You Need to Know About Tybee Island Before You Buy a House

Tybee Island Pier
Tybee Island Pier

Tybee Island, a short drive from Savannah and known by some as “Savannah Beach,” has become a popular vacation destination over the past decade or so.

Most of the vacation homes and hotels stay packed throughout the Spring and Summer. And more and more people are moving to the island as part-timers and full-timers.

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They come as visitors, discover it’s quirky, laid-back vibe, fall in love and eventually buy a home. Some buy and visit on the holidays and weekends. Others invest and rent their homes out to vacationers, before settling down as residents later in life. Still others become full-time residents of the quaint island community that has about 3,000 year-round locals.

Tybee is a quirky, small town

If you spend much time on Tybee, you’ll meet or at least see just about everyone. Whether your biking or golf-carting to the Post Office to get your mail, heading to the Tybee Market for some groceries or to one of the many great restaurants for a beer, pizza or some seafood.

Just keep in mind, you’re on Tybee time so don’t get worked up over little inconveniences. The long-timers and locals don’t.

Tybee is laid-back and casual — all the time

Most people dress casually all the time. So you really never know if you’re talking to a millionaire living in a mansion on the water or a local simply trying to earn enough to buy beer and go surfing as much as possible. And you’ll find folks in just about all areas in between. It’s okay to dress up, but you don’t have to — and most people you see won’t be wearing their best clothes.

Tybee offers a lot to see and do

Tybee Lighthouse
Tybee Lighthouse

If lying out on the beach for hours is not your thing you will still find plenty to do — on the water and off. Of course there is fishing, crabbing and boating. But you can also kayak around on the inlets and explore or even camp on Little Tybee, which has no homes on it.

You can also visit the marine science center. In fact, Tybee recently started a charter school focused on marine science.

Tybee also offers live music venues, a wine festival and has many planned parades and events throughout the year. It has its own St. Paddy’s Parade, Pirate Fest, Beach Bum Parade (keep your windows rolled up and stay off the streets if you don’t want to get soaked) and an Independence Day fireworks show, usually the day before Savannah’s.

You can also participate in the Tybee marathon and half marathon, watch professional beach volleyball, and maybe even get cast as an extra in one of the many movies that film on the island.

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Tybee has great eats for every palate and price range

If you love to eat out, you’ll be amazed at how many excellent restaurants you’ll find on Tybee.

And they run the gamut, you can get a cheap slice of pizza and draft beer at Huca Poos, a mid-range meal at places like the The Tybee Island Social Club or a 5-Star Fine Dining experience at the Sundae Cafe (don’t be fooled by the fact it sits next to a convenience store. Many consider it the best place on the Island.)

You’ll also find plenty of great seafood places, from the tourist-friendly Crab Shack, the North Beach Bar and Grill (which is on the less traveled north beach area next to the Tybee Lighthouse), A.J.’s Dockside on the Back River or Marlin Monroe’s on the beachfront. You can also visit the Tybee Pier area where you will find the greatest concentration of tourists and hotels and bars and grills, including long-time staples Spanky’s and Fannies.

There’s too many to list here so here’s a list if you want more ideas.

Where Should I Live On Tybee?

The north side of Tybee is less touristy and more residential than the Southside of Tybee, while the middle of the island (1st through 10th Streets) offers a mix of residential homes and vacation rentals, as well as smaller hotels and condos.

There are also some mostly residential neighborhoods off the main drag before you actually get to the beach in the Spanish Hammock and Horse Pen Hammock areas.

Want to Learn More About Tybee or Tour Some Homes?

Contact us today or next time you’re in Savannah and we can take you on a guided tour of the area, showing you the neighborhoods that match up best with your wants and needs. Call me at 912-844-9000 or fill out this short contact form.

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Tybee Island Wine Festival Tickets on Sale Now

Tybee Island Wine Festival

Tickets to one of Tybee Island’s most celebrated events —  Tybee Wine Festival — went on sale February 14.

The 7th Annual Tybee Wine Festival will be held on April 22-26.  The annual event is presented by the Tybee Post Theater.

Come join in the fun! Enjoy five days of wine, food, and live music.

Visit five of Tybee Island’s most popular venues, including Tybee Island Social Club (5-course Wine Dinner), Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill (Oyster Roast), and the Crab Shack (Sunday Champagne Brunch).

The festival starts on Earth Day, April 22 and four celebrity chefs will present a “earth to table dinner” at Tybee Island Wedding Chapel’s Grand Ballroom.

Plus, don’t miss the main event — the Grand Wine Tasting at the Tybee Island Light Station. Attendees will enjoy more than 100 international wines and food from many of Tybee’s best restaurants — and of course, some live music.

Cheers!

Learn more about Tybee Island, an enchanted island community 20 minutes from Savannah, GA. 

 

How To Find the Perfect Savannah Luxury Home

Finding a Perfect Savannah Luxury HomePerfection means different things to different people. And while there aren’t many perfect homes on the market — there are ones that are perfect for you.

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The clearer you are about what you really want in your Savannah luxury home, the better chance you have to find exactly what you’re looking for.

The More You Spend the More Perfect Your Home Will Be

Obviously, your target price range plays a big part in finding exactly what you want. But in every price range there are similar houses that have varying strong and weak points.

If you have a clear idea of what is most important to you, your decision will be a lot easier. And you can stay focused when you find a property you “love” but that has some compromises that will cause you headaches later.

It’s kind of like dating before you get married. Some qualities are really important over the long haul, but others not so much.

Start With a “No Compromise” List

This is your guiding document. It includes your must-haves, the things you are not willing to compromise on.

You may have some that are specific to you — a place on the waterfront with a deep water dock, a beach home on Tybee Island, or a turn-of-the century home in Savannah’s Historic District.

Only you know what you love the most, but there are also characteristics you don’t want to overlook no matter what kind of property you buy.

These include:

  • Location
  • Structural and System Issues
  • Rooms and Space
  • Health and Safety Issues

Location. Location. Location.

The old real estate age is true. Location is everything. In fact, come people actually buy a location, do a teardown, and then build the house of their dreams.

Even if you don’t do that, location is still more important and valuable than even the house itself. In the end, the land will likely increase in value more than the physical structure on it.

Location encompasses more than just the address. It includes the neighborhood, the view and the size of the lot.

It also covers the home’s proximity to the ocean, a river, or a golf course, schools and retail or dining establishments. All of these perks add to the value (and cost) of a property, but they also make it a more enjoyable place to live.

You can always fix or remodel your home, but you can’t move it to another location. So figure out your ideal location and put it at the top of your ‘No Compromise” list.

Check for Structural and Systems Issues

Structural and systems issues can cost you a lot of time and money. These include things like the slab or foundation of your home, the roof, as well as the major systems in the household, such as heating and air, water, wiring, plumbing and septic (if applicable).

Also, inspect decks, porches, docks, driveways, steps, sill condition (dry rot or termites), kitchen, bathrooms and counter tops.

Some of the cosmetic defects can be fixed as a condition of your contract, but major structural or systems issues may be a deal breaker, especially if you are dealing with the foundation of the home.

A certified inspector and structural engineer can do a thorough inspection if you have concerns in any of these areas.

Choose the Right Number and Kinds of Rooms

Even a house you find really attractive can become a huge headache if you don’t have enough space or rooms. Also, consider the kinds of rooms you enjoy the most — a gourmet kitchen? a cozy family room? a home office, gym or theatre?

If you have to choose, choose the rooms that will bring you and your family the most enjoyment.

Health and Safety Issues

Also, be aware of health and safety issues that could cause potential problems. Rewiring homes or removing toxic mold can cause major problems later, costing you more than they’re worth. On the other hand, making minor changes like updating outlets may be an easy fix.

Let Me Help You Find Your Perfect Home

Now that you’re armed with your “no compromise” list let me help you locate the home of your dreams. I can overview the strengths and weakness of all the best locations in the Savannah area.

I am also well versed on the essentials of a good, sold, structurally sound home, as I invested in and rehabbed homes in the Savannah area for many years before becoming a licensed real estate agent.

Call me today at 912-844-9000 or email me [email protected].

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.

Tybee Island – A Tour of Savannah Luxury Homes

Tybee Island GALess than 20 miles from Historic Downtown Savannah, you’ll discover Savannah’s only beach, Tybee Island. (View Tybee Island homes here.)

Tybee is a popular tourist destination, but about 3,000 locals also call it home.  In addition, many people from Savannah, Atlanta and areas less than a day’s drive live on Tybee part of the year. Most came to the island to visit before falling in love and buying a second home or relocating after retirement.

Natural Beauty and Local Charm

The historical island sill retains its natural beauty and off-the-beaten-path charm for beach lovers of all ages. Yet, it is also home to some of Savannah’s best restaurants, serving award-winning cuisine that reflects its local character.  It also plays host to many fun events throughout the year, including the Pirate Fest and the Beach Bum Parade.

If you’re interested in investing in vacation property, Tybee has lots of opportunities. You’ll never lack for guests. In fact, most spring and summer months, it’s hard to find a vacancy on the island.

Waterfront Living on Tybee Island

Tybee Island Sunrise

Tybee Island also gives luxury homebuyers every kind of waterfront living to choose from. You can buy a house overlooking the three miles of public beach and have a breathe-taking view of the  Atlantic Ocean. Or, if you prefer, you’ll find homes sitting right on the back river, some with deep water docks for fishing, boating and enjoying your favorite drink.  If you love the beauty of the salt marshes, you will  be happy to discover marsh front homes with expansive views.

Almost all the homes are a short walk from the beach or the back river. In fact, it’s only a four or five block walk from one side to the other.

Tybee Neighborhoods and Luxury Homes

Tybee Island House

The “North Beach” area has more of a residential feel to it, while the far south end is the destination of many vacationers. It’s also where many of the “touristy” shops, bars and restaurants are located.

If you’d like to get a taste of the types of homes available, follow this link to view all Tybee homes for sale. You’ll find everything from one bedroom condos to luxurious beach homes with more than six bedrooms.

Lots to Do and See

Tybee Island Lighthouse

You’ll also find plenty to do on Tybee Island, as well as Historic Downtown Savannah, which is less than 20 miles away.

On Tybee you can enjoy fishing off public piers, in the surf, or on an offshore or deep sea charter. Or you can join the bikers who love to pedal all around the island. There’s also nature trails, historic landmarks, including the Tybee Lighthouse and Fort Screven.  You can also take in dolphin tours, the Marine Science Center or Fort Pulaski.

In Downtown Savannah, you can enjoy  River Street, City Market or simply tour all the historic houses and squares. You’ll also discover more heralded restaurants and nationally recognized events, such as the Savannah Musical Festival and Savannah Film Festival — and of course, the world famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Fall In Love With Tybee

If you love the beach, the sunshine and a relaxed lifestyle on the coast, Tybee Island may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Call me anytime  912-844-9000 — even if you’re only in town for a few days and I’ll personally show you all the treasures Tybee has to offer.

Over the next few weeks we’ll move toward West Chatham and Bryan County, as we look at two popular golf course communities in Pooler (near the airport and Gulfstream) and some beautiful waterfront neighborhoods in Richmond Hill.

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