Lakeside Masterpiece in Briars Creek Featured on the Front Cover of LHM Charleston and the Lowcountry Issue 7.2
Johns Island, SC – April 8, 2021 – Escape to this magnificent custom home designed by renowned architect Jim Thomas. The owner’s vision was inspired by early 20th century architects Greene & Greene and their landmark design of The Gamble House in Pasadena. Thomas created one of the most beautiful and uniquely designed homes in the Charleston region. This 5373 ft cedar-shingled masterpiece sits lakeside in the exclusive Briars Creek community on Johns Island. Briars Creek is just 10 minutes from Kiawah Island and 18 miles to Charleston. While the meticulous home captures views of the peaceful 60 acres stocked freshwater lake, the centerpiece is a custom Japanese Garden. The Garden features a gently rolling stream falling into a five-foot-deep Koi fish pond, adorned with a magnificent varietal garden and enchanting hardscape.
Arriving at the home, the bluestone terraced walkway leads you to oversized mahogany doors with stained glass inlay. As you step inside the stone foyer, your eyes are drawn to the beautiful American Cherry floors, twelve-foot ceilings, elegant beams, and the tall impact glass windows. The owner’s style and attention to detail are evident in the design of the home’s living spaces. The dining area opens to the Japanese Garden, inviting you to enjoy the garden after dining together with family and friends. The living room flows to a huge screened porch, once again, inviting you to spend time outdoors, taking in the wonderful lake views. The kitchen is designed for cooking and conversation, around a large marble island surrounded by custom cherry cabinets. As expected in a chef’s style kitchen, the appliances are of the highest quality; including Wolf double ovens, gas cooktop and vented hood, Sub Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, and a Eurocave wine cooler. A casual dining area overlooks the walled kitchen garden. The kitchen is also easily accessible from the garage, by elevator or a few steps, right into your spacious pantry or out onto the grilling deck, screened porch, or living room.
The Master Bedroom wing is a sanctuary, with a private screened porch overlooking the back terrace and lake. The bedroom also features a gas fireplace with a natural stone surround. There are two separate closets off the hallway that leads to your marvelous master bath. The spectacular jetted tub, with multiple jets and headrest brings complete relaxation to mind. The tiled shower with multiple heads has a spa steam system as well. The large, double vanity has a unique limestone countertop with contemporary lighting accents. A private water closet with a toilet and bidet complete this spacious area. The master bath overlooks the Japanese Garden so you can open the windows and listen to the stream from the bathroom!
Opposite the master bedroom is a guest wing that has a bedroom, currently set up as the home office, a full bath, and the study/tv room library ideal for quiet reading or watching your favorite movies and games. The study library has a private half bath and wet bar. While the elevator travels from the garage to the second floor, the custom-built staircase with stainless cabling and owner-designed lighting is worth the walk-up. The second floor of the guest wing has two bedrooms each with a private full bath, spacious closets, and a private deck. On the other end of the second floor, you will find two more rooms, a half bath, and yet another private deck. The rooms are currently used as the owner’s hobby studios and could easily be converted into another guest suite, playroom, or media room. Travel up the stairs to your special quiet space on the third level with a magnificent view to enjoy reading, yoga, or just a place of relaxation.
Your arrival to this one-of-a-kind home is an experience in itself. With nearly three acres of land, your natural sand and stone driveway curves under giant live oaks, which are lit in the evening, and winds around to a two-car garage. Should you need more space, there is ample room for a guest cottage on the property. Other special features of this architectural gem are a beautiful copper roof, copper flashing, copper gutter system, three Rinnai tankless hot water heaters, a specially built area for storage, housing the HVAC equipment, the owners garden, 8-foot doorways, motorized custom shades on the lakeside windows and built-in speakers.
Briars Creek is an 800 acre gated community centrally located on Johns Island that only 83 owners will call home. With miles of nature trails around the lake and the Audubon Signature Bird Sanctuary, it is truly one of Charleston’s hidden gems. Property owners have access to a deepwater community dock behind the clubhouse, ideal for fishing, crabbing, or kayaking. This is also home to one of the area’s highest awarded golf clubs, The Golf Club at Briars Creek, a private golf retreat of only 300 members. It has been recognized as Best New Private Course in America, one of America’s Top 100 Courses by Golf Digest, and #11 of Golf Magazine’s Top Courses to Live On.
Membership is by invitation and is not required of property owners, however, most owners will want to be Social Members so they can enjoy the high-quality food and beverage offerings and social activities of the Club. Showings and access to the community are by appointment only.
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