Secluded luxury in prestigious Sea Pines Resort
One of the Lowcountry's finest homes
Spectacular location and views
Own part of Hilton Head's history

Welcome to Gull Island

Gull Island is a unique, private and secluded property -- a 9.5 acre island Island within an Island
Island Within an Island
within Sea Pines Resort with three building lotsMultiple Lots
Lots and Buildings
. It is connected via a causeway and contains a lovely 8,500+ square foot home (9,930 adjusted gross square feet, including a three car garage, covered porches and patios) and a 1,500+ square foot guesthouse with an attached garage/workshop. SurroundedBeautiful Private Island Home
Unsurpassed Beauty
by exquisiteExquisite Private Island Home
Causeway to Gull Island
naturalNatural Beauty
Natural Beauty
viewsBeautiful Views
Breathtaking Views
, the property was owned in pre-development days by Charles Fraser, the visionary founder of Sea Pines. It is easy to see why, with over 5,000 acres in Sea Pines to choose from, Charles Fraser chose this particular spot for himself. Its natural beauty is unmatched.

The timeless shingle-style custom home on the property was built in 2001 and contains six bedrooms, six bathrooms, two half baths, a chef's kitchen, wine cellar, porches, patios and a fully appointed, detached guest house -- all designed with comfort and casual elegance in mind, both indoors and out.

We invite you to explore Gull Island and envision yourself enjoying the views from the house, porches, pool and outdoor cooking and gathering spaces.



Located on a private island with Sea Pines Resort
Adjacent to a preserve with acres of wildlife
Exceptional water views

Location

This very special property -- an island within an islandPrivate Island Home for sale
Island Within an Island
-- is located in Sea Pines Plantation near the very southern tip of Hilton Head Island. It is about an hour's ride from the Savannah, Georgia airport and just 25 minutes from Hilton Head's airport.

Rich with unspoiled viewsUnspoiled Views
Unspoiled Views
and an abundance of wildlife, Gull Island is reminiscent of the Lowcountry in the earlier days before developmentExquisite Beauty
Exquisite Beauty
. This incomparable sanctuary highlights stunning natural vistas from almost every spot on the property, which is tucked in and naturally protected from the Atlantic Ocean and Calibogue Sound.

It is a short walk to the beach and conveniently located between Harbour Town and the South Beach area of Sea Pines. As a member of Gull Point Owner's Association, there is access to two private har-tru tennis courts, kayak storage and, for boat owners, a complimentary boat slip at Gull Point Marina. The location, while private and secluded, offers enjoyment of everything Hilton Head has to offer -- including beautiful beachesSea Pines Beach
Beautiful Beaches
, scenic bike pathsSea Pines Bike Paths
Scenic Bike Paths
, world-class golfHarbour Town Golf
World-Class Golf
, recreation, shoppingExceptional Shipping
Exceptional Shopping
, dining and entertainment.

A bonus to the location is the opportunity to watch the Harbour Town fireworksHarbour Town Fireworks
Exciting Fireworks
with familyHarbour Town Fireworks
Fireworks with Family
on the Fourth of July from the back yard and porch.


Exceptional amenities
An extraordinary location
Sea Pines is a wonderful place to live

Living in Sea Pines

Sea Pines Plantation is a special place—a destination and home like no other. The water views, unspoiled natural surroundings, wildlife, breathtaking sunsets and friendly people provide a sense of comfort and vitality rarely found on the east coast. Charles Frasier developed Sea Pines’ Master Plan to embrace the natural beauty of South Carolina's Lowcountry and to be the ideal place to live.

Living in Sea Pines offers an idyllic lifestyle—rich with experiences, activities and friends. Sea Pines has world-class restaurants, golf, tennis, outdoor activities, shopping and social activities. The marinas offer breathtaking views, fishing, kayaking, wildlife excursions and sunset cruises. Highlighting the natural beauty, Sea Pines has five miles of pristine beaches, paved biking paths and miles of leisure trails. Additional amenities include:

Living in Sea Pines is simply a better way of life.

Land personally owned by Charles Frasier, Founder of Hilton Head
The only private island available within Sea Pines Resort
Secluded yet close to world-class amenities

History

Hilton Head Island, Sea Pines Plantation and Gull Island are all connected to one transformative person: Charles Fraser. The 20th century and thousands of acres of pine forest on Hilton Head's southern end brought the timber industry to Hilton Head Island as well as Charles Fraser's father, General Joe Fraser and his business partners. After graduating from college in the summer of 1950 and before entering Yale Law School, Charles worked at the Island's logging camp. The Island and its potential to attract people to its pristine beaches, magnificent live oak and virgin pine forests captivated 21 year-old Charles. He made developing a master plan for Sea Pines Plantation the focus of his postgraduate education. His truly visionary plan helped transform Hilton Head from the sparsely populated barrier island that it was in the 1950s into a well-known, world-class resort.

One of the places Charles Fraser spent time, taking in the surroundings, developing a "sense of place" and working on his vision for Sea Pines is on the spot where the Gull Island guest cottage stands. He and his wife Mary used the simple structure they built as a retreat for a private studio/office as well as a quiet place for contemplation and prayer. While the Frasers' daughters roamed and played on their little island, Charles formulated his plans for Sea Pines and Mary, her plans to start the first Montessori school in South Carolina. It is not at all surprising that, of all the land available to them at the time, the Frasers chose this tranquil, beautiful, inspiring spot for themselves.

The structure built by the Frasers was modified by a subsequent owner who added a loft bedroom and then was completely rebuilt in 2002 by the present owners as the original structure had fallen into complete disrepairEarly Fraser Home
Pre-Renovation
. However, Gull Island, the magnificent property that first attracted the Frasers, remains unchanged and unspoiled.

The property was vacant except for the Fraser cottage when the present owners (the fifth owners) purchased the property in the spring of 1999 and began plans for the main house and renovatedGuest House Renovations
Renovation Under Way
guest houseGuest House Nearly Complete
Renovation Nearing Completion
. After about a year of siting and architectural design plus another twenty months of constructionConstruction of the Main Home
Main Home Construction
, the home was completed in December, 2001.



One year to design
Two years to construct
A lifetime to enjoy

Architectural Detail

In 1999 the new owners of Gull Island chose local architect Neil Gordon to execute the design of their new home. Their requests were simple; the home Neil designed was not! The owners asked for a shingle-style home that would be esthetically pleasing but casual, comfortable and spacious enough for their large visiting family. They also wanted something timeless, not trendy. Neil "did his homework" and brought his lunch out to the property for many days as he figured out his design and the best way to site the home. The finished plans and construction exceeded expectation. In 1999 there were few, if any, shingle-style homes in the area and the design was complicated so it was important to find an experienced builder. The owners chose Stringer Construction who did an excellent job from the beginning, with an expert group of framers, to the end, with a team of craftsman who did the extensive finish carpentry work with precision, attention to detail and a real pride in their work. The interior design of the home was done by Denise Stringer of Plantation Interiors who listened carefully and incorporated the owner’s tastes and desire for a timeless look that would wear well -- and hold up to their large family gatherings.

The quintessential Gull Island shingle-style home was the winner of state and regional design awards (Aurora Awards for design at the 2003 Southeast Building Conference in Orlando) and was featured on an architectural design tourAward-Winning Architecture by Neil Gordon
Neil Gordon: Architectural Design
soon after construction. As you examine the home's exterior and wander through it, it will be apparent that the trio of creators -- architect, builder and interior designer -- executed a classic and enduring home to be enjoyed for years to come.

Perhaps it is important to note the characteristics of the early shingle style to appreciate what an outstanding job Neil Gordon did in his design as he included so many of the features of the early coastal shingle homes…..

The shingle-style that appeared in the late 1800s, shortly after the 1876 Centennial, is a uniquely American style of architecture. It is an adaptation of several earlier architectural traditions and the early shingle homes were built along coastal New England as vacation getaways. Because there is no singular style, architects of the time were inspired to be inventive in the design of these free-spirited summer homes.

Still there was some "rhyme and reason" to these rambling early creations and they had three things in common: 1) Wood shingles, of course. These shingles tied all the vertical surfaces together and, while sometimes painted, they were usually just allowed to weather from the effects of sun, wind, salt water, and the elements. 2) A sense of informality. These late 19th century homes -- whether grand or humble -- were totally at ease with their natural surroundings and encouraged personal interaction with nature as well as the ocean breezes and sunshine that came with seaside living. 3) Complex rooflines. Shingle-style homes featured steeply pitched, often almost free-form rooflines: gambrel, hipped and gabled roofs – front, side and cross-gabled.

These early coastal shingle homes also featured dormers of all types that made the rooflines even more complex. While the exteriors of these homes didn't include much in the way of decorative detailing, they did include chimneys, towers, turrets and dormers. Windows were an important feature, often in clusters of two or three. They were often double-hung and typically included divided-light sashes above and single-pane sashes below. Palladian windows and other large decorative windows in round, eyebrow or rectangular shapes added variety, as did large bay windows.

Spacious porches were an important element of these seaside homes, encouraging vacationers to relax and enjoy nature. Sometimes the porch supports were simply plain, painted columns but beefier classical columns were also popular.

By the late 19th century, builders were creating scaled-down versions of these rambling summer estates inland but their popularity began to fade by the early 1900s. A half century later, though, architects began to borrow from the classic style and design buildings with selected shingle-style characteristics. Today's architects -- like Neil Gordon -- continue to create elegantly casual shingle-style homes.


A beautiful home
Exceptional views
Exquisite features

Features of the Main House


Climate-controlled wine cellar
Storage for 2,5000 bottles of wine
Large enough for dinners and social gatherings

Wine Cellar

The temperature-controlled wine cellar is located off the foyer and down a flight of stairs. The custom built wine racks will hold over 2500 bottles and there is ample space for the storage of additional cases of wine and large format bottles. This unique space, including an eight foot table and eight chairs, provides the perfect environment for entertaining with wine tastings and dinners.


200 year-old beams from Savannah's River Street
Reclaimed as part of Gull Island's unique heritage

A Unique Connection to Savannah

One of the most interesting interior features is the family room and kitchen beams. They were originally pilings in the Savannah River that were excavated during the construction of the Savannah Westin and Convention Center on Hutchinson Island. It is estimated that the wood -- because of its size and length -- was originally about 200 years old and had been in the river as pilings for another 200 years. So the wood is about 400 years old.

After it was salvagedSalvaged Beams from Savannah
Salvaged Beams from Savannah
and chosen for the Gull Island kitchen beams, it was examined for bits of metalBeam Examination
Careful Beam Examination
and then the individual beams were run through a band sawCutting the Beams with a Band Saw
Beam Band Sawing
to remove the outer covering. The pilings, which had been driven deep into the mud, were amazingly well-preserved on the inside.

Incredibly, after being shaved of their outermost layer, they still smelled like fresh wood when they were delivered to the constructionMilled Beams
Beam Delivery
siteBeam Installation
Installation Preparation
. The beams were then installed and not stained or finished in any way, but allowed to turn a natural rich color. There was even enough leftover wood to build the overhead pot rack as well as the wine cellar racksWine Racks
Beam-Derived Wine Cellar Racks
.


Deer freely roam and sleep on the property
Home to egrets, herons, ibis and wood storks
Ideal wildlife sanctuary and habitat

Wildlife

The property is beautifully wooded and an ideal wildlife sanctuary and habitat (with all of the wildlife photographs taken on the property). A pair of Osprey built a nestOsprey Nest
Lovely Nest
in 2004 and the nest has been added to and used by yearly visitors ever since. RabbitsRabbits
Visiting Rabbit
, raccoons, possum and birds of all types including owlsOwl
Neighboring Owl
and OspreyOsprey
Neighboring Osprey
are frequent visitors. DeerDeer
Handsome Buck
freely roam and sleep on the property and can be seen crossing the marshDeer
Neighboring Deer
, grazing and bounding through the woods. The surrounding marsh is a favorite feeding ground for all kinds of wadingWading Birds
Wading Birds
birdsWading Birds
Wading Birds
: egretEgret
Neighboring Egret
, heronHeron
Neighboring Heron
, ibisIbis
Neighboring Ibis
, etc. During the early days of construction on the property, Wild Boar tracks were seen in the dirt of the driveway and one was spotted crossing the marsh. The natural and unspoiled beauty of the property with its Palmetto trees, Savannah Holly, Wax Myrtle, pines, Live Oak, Water Oak, Hickories, Cedars and thickets of Saw Palmetto is reminiscent of early Hilton Head before it was developed.

Since first seeing and then buying the property, the purchasers have not felt so much "owners" as "stewards" and "caretakers" of this magnificent piece of land that will, hopefully, be kept as much in its original state as possible so that it will continue to nourish the spirits of those who live on it and visit -- and, just as importantly, so the wildlife will continue to flourish and call it home.


A unique property
An exceptional home in a unique location

Unique Value

Gull Island, once owned by Charles Fraser, the visionary founder of Sea Pines, offers seclusion, casual elegance, and the enjoyment of everything Hilton Head has to offer -- including world-class golf, beautiful beaches, recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment.

Offered at $5,750,000 Gull Island:
Please contact us with questions or to arrange a private showing.