Award-Winning Timbers Resort Opens At Kiawah Island With 21 New Luxury Residences
Timbers Resorts, the leading developer and operator of luxury boutique properties around the globe, has opened the highly anticipated Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences, the first new residential development on Kiawah Island’s oceanfront in over 30 years.
A Fractional Ownership Model
The development, which includes 21 luxury residences spread across three oceanfront buildings, operates with a fractional ownership model that has been very successful at providing owners a hassle-free owning experience—both on and off the island. Timbers operates much like a full-service luxury resort with year-round onsite management as well as pre-arrival provisioning, on-island concierge services, owner storage, valet parking and daily housekeeping.
Three-bedroom residences at Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences start at $490,000 for a one-ninth ownership interest while four-bedroom penthouses start at $1.34 million for a one-sixth ownership interest.
The First And Only Residence Club At Kiawah
The new development is the first and only residence club on Kiawah Island, offering buyers a completely new way to approach home ownership on the sought-after island.
“Timbers Kiawah is the front row seat to the best beach on the Eastern Seaboard,” says David Burden, Executive Chairman and Founder of Timbers Resorts. “Developed with families in mind, we believe it provides the ideal setting for generations – it captures the spirit of the Lowcountry and showcases the ultimate in oceanfront living. We are excited to be a part of the tight-knit community of Kiawah and we look forward to welcoming all of our new owners to the Timbers family.”
The residences feature coastal interiors by J. Banks Design and architecture by Poss Architecture + Planning. Timbers Kiawah features resort-like amenities including a private clubhouse with a central lounge area, temperature-controlled owners’ wine storage, private bar and state-of-the art fitness facility. A private beach club with an oceanfront pool and beach services is also available exclusively to Timbers residents and their guests, as well as an array of family and children’s programming.
The Timbers Kiawah experience is unlike any other in the Lowcountry, according to Greg Spencer, chief executive of Timbers Resorts. “We curated a team of the most talented professionals to provide a fresh and exclusive experience on Kiawah Island,” says Spencer. “From the interiors to the roster of activities, we work diligently to provide a carefree setting for owners to relax and enjoy what Kiawah has to offer.”
Three-Bedroom Residences and Four-Bedroom Penthouses
Timbers Kiawah residences are housed in three separate buildingsconnected by the property’s exclusive beach club and pool deck. Each home features panoramic views of the ocean and spacious interiors fit for families. Recognized as some of the most prized real estate on Kiawah Island the 18 three-bedroom homes total over 2,200 sq. ft. each, while the development’s marquee listings—its three four-bedroom penthouses—boast over 3,600 sq. ft. of interior space.
All residences feature floor-to-ceiling windows, expansive outdoor terraces and a host of high-quality finishes and furnishings – most of which were custom crafted by J. Banks Design, an international firm recognized by Interior Design as among the best in hospitality design.
World-Class Amenities and Services
Timbers Kiawah provides owners with private access to a dedicated set of luxury amenities and personalized services. The heart of the resort is the beach club, where the oceanfront pool, residents-only restaurant and beach services are all located. Serving lunch only, the restaurant sources the freshest selections of seafood, vegetables and meats in the area and infuses the traditional flavors of the Lowcountry into each dish. Dishes include flounder ceviche, local crab and corn beignets, and of course, pimento cheese, a staple in the Carolinas.
Timbers Kiawah also features a clubhouse and lounge, owner services team, temperature-controlled wine storage, kids play room and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. Here, residents can send postcards custom designed by Charleston artist Rick Sargent to their families and friends; request any service ranging from meal delivery to babysitting; and book dining reservations and daytime excursions. Upon purchasing a residence, Timbers Kiawah will commission a caricature portrait of the family, which will hang in the clubhouse’s main room.
Throughout the property, Timbers Kiawah only uses bamboo cutlery and straws to help protect Kiawah Island’s threatened sea turtles. Conservation is a large part of the company’s DNA, and new programs dedicated to this cause will continue rolling out throughout the next year.
A Family Connection
Timbers Resorts was founded on the idea of providing places for families to spend time together, so it is fitting that Timbers Kiawah is following suit. Founder David Burden and his son, Chris, who serves as Timber Resort’s Managing Director of Development, set out to create a special place on Kiawah Island that could be enjoyed by their family’s future generations as well as those of their owners. The younger Burden, a native South Carolinian and lead developer on the project, curated each of the property’s experiences to capture the spirit of the Lowcountry. Creating a lifestyle that is authentic to the area is a signature of the Timbers brand, but as a local himself, he was passionate about getting the mood and ambiance just right.
“Kiawah Island has always been a special family destination,” says Chris Burden. “From day one, I was personally invested in seeing that this property stays true to the lifestyle of the Lowcountry. Now that the property is open, I look forward to sharing this experience with owners.”
Timbers Kiawah offers unique sporting, cultural and culinary activities, such as beachside yoga, cooking classes, pop-up art galleries, and wine tastings. It can also host activities that are customized for individual owners.
A Top U.S. Destination
Timbers Kiawah is in one of the country’s premier five-star beach, golf and tennis destinations. Just south of Charleston, South Carolina, the upscale private community boasts over 90 holes of championship golf including the famed Pete Dye-designed Ocean Course, which will host the 2021 PGA Championship. In addition to 10 miles of crescent-shaped beach, Kiawah is also home to the award-winning Sanctuary Hotel, which has been ranked the No. 1 family resort in the U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure and the No. 1 tennis resort in the world for the past four consecutive years.
Residents at Timbers Kiawah are minutes away from Freshfields Village, a boutique shopping and dining center, 30 minutes from downtown Charleston and 45 minutes from Charleston International Airport. They have direct access to over 123 acres of parks and 30 miles of biking trails and the option to become a member of the Kiawah Island Club.
A Leading Second-Home Market
Kiawah Island has been ranked by Barron’s as among the top five luxury second-home destinations in the U.S. and is currently in the national spotlight for its exciting $1 billion development boom. Timbers Kiawah is one of the key new offerings, and the area’s only private residence club.
Timbers Resorts is an established developer and operator of a collection of private resorts, hotels and residence clubs in some of the world’s most sought-after ski, golf, leisure and beach locations including Hawaii, Tuscany and Colorado. Owners at properties in the Timbers Collection are granted an ownership experience with expanded benefits through a host of travel and lifestyle partners such as Sentient Jet, Hertz, BMW, Priority Pass and many more, as well as access to the Timbers Reciprocity Program and the ability to trade vacation time with other destinations in the portfolio.
Current Timbers Collection properties can be found in Aspen, Beaver Creek, Cabo San Lucas, Jupiter, Kaua‘i, Kiawah Island, Maui, Napa, Scottsdale, Snowmass, Sonoma, Southern California, Steamboat, Tuscany and Vail.
For more information, visit Timbers Kiawah.
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