• 202 Spring Island Dr

    Beaufort, South Carolina
  • $3,190,000 US


The Millennium home sits on 5.73 acres and is designed by architect Gerry Cowart, who describes the home as “fitting in with the environment”. It embraces the contours of the long home site and is choreographed to flow like the events in a river. One area rapids, the next waterfalls with surprising coves along the way. The home is only one room deep throughout and has a very handsome elevation with over 550 feet of marshfront. The cowners wanted to bring in many local artists and have their personalities permanently part of the home. When you arrive, you will notice tabby outlining the driveway. “TheTabby Man” artist Herbert L. Taylor has been perfecting his talents for over ten years. His work is displayed in the outside planters, the home’s retaining walls, the support columns for the carport and the huge fireplace inside the kitchen. The fireplace took 3 months to build by hand packing the tabby – a special composition of broken oyster shells, sand, cement, and other secret ingredients known only to the Tabby Man himself. The builder, Bill Mischler, confided he had to buy 5 additional timber acres to find trees large enough to mill. In order to be compliant with the HRB, the carport needed to be positioned a certain distance from an oak tree’s root system, in which the overhead beams had to be stretched longer. Stronger wood was required for the added support and with the extra lumber in hand, cypress became the chosen siding. The rafters and cypress siding around the front porch set the expectation for the interior. The ingenuity, talent, magnificent attention to detail, and quality of craftsmanship such as hand cut eaves to allow ventilation under the home’s expansive copper roof is just one example. John Boyd Smith, an ornamental blacksmith in Savannah, created the custom railing on the front porch. Smith also crafted the fireplace screens and utensils as well as the light sconces. As you meander down the hallways, a quiet curiosity builds in anticipation for what may lie beyond the next bend. One treasure tucked like a tiny tributary just off the kitchen is the guest powder room. Jerry Taylor crafted the burlred wood slab with a Kohler glacier glass sink to appear as if it was floating. It is a true work of art and conversation piece with a museum like quality. Other bathrooms share in this uniqueness with each tile autographed by the artist. This home is breathtaking at every curve and angle. The talented artist, builder, and architect have made an Island paradise to be enjoyed with every season on Spring Island.