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Life amid the beauty of a barrier island

Bailey Island Club on South Carolina’s Edisto Island drew Quentin and Amy Broom because of the barrier island’s natural beauty, club amenities and quick, unobstructed access to many rivers, creeks and the Atlantic. Their bluff-top two-bedroom, 2-1/2-bath home with a deep-water dock is within 2 miles of St. Helena Sound, delightful for the boating couple.

Every room on the main level of the house has access to the wraparound porch.

After enjoying the leisurely Low Country lifestyle for five years, the Brooms, who are in their mid-40s and own a video gaming business, are looking for a home with more accommodations for guests. Their 6.8-acre property, which has 393 feet of riprapped waterfront on Bailey Creek, a 40-foot dock, a float, a 12,000-pound boat lift, the 5,155-square-foot, 11-year-old home, a two-bedroom, two-bath guest house and twin two-car garages is on the market for $1.595 million.

Their home’s wraparound porch, accessible from French doors in every room on the main level, is Amy Broom’s favorite spot. “We live out here where we can see the water,” she says. “We get a nice breeze, and the beautiful views of creeks and marshes, views in all directions, are always changing. Because we’re on a bluff, the house didn’t have to be elevated on pilings for flood protection.”

Only a few steps ascend to the front entry, which opens into the two-story great room. Tall windows, a loft and several French doors to the porch create a bright, airy space. The wood-paneled cathedral ceiling reminds Amy of being aboard a ship. The see-through, three-sided fireplace angled between the living room and kitchen can be enjoyed from those rooms, as well as the dining area and porches. Custom-cut heart pine planks cover the living room floor; the dining area and kitchen have limestone flooring.

“Cooking and eating are my hobby, so I have fun, fun, fun in my kitchen,” she says. “People congregate around our humungous granite-topped breakfast bar/island. Some pull up chairs, while others cook.”

Amy and her guest chefs appreciate the six-burner gas cooktop and other General Electric monogram stainless steel appliances. The island contains a microwave, prep sink and wine refrigerators. Its granite countertop and custom natural wood cabinets match those lining the kitchen walls.

The dining area on the Brooms' waterfront porch is only steps away from their dock.

The master suite occupies the far end of the house, for maximum privacy. French doors open to the waterfront porch, and the en-suite bath features a jetted garden tub.

The guest suite, which has a cathedral ceiling, a private bath and treetop views, occupies most of the second floor. A loft, used as a game room/office, overlooks the living room.

A separate guest house is elevated above two drive-through double garages. The main floor contains a two-story living room, a dining area and a full kitchen. Above, a loft overlooking the living room separates the two bedroom suites. Each has a cathedral ceiling and private bath. Like the main house, the guest house has multizone climate control, a reverse osmosis water system and surround sound.

A two-bedroom, two-bath guest house sits above the drive-through garages.

The Brooms have made “many memories” entertaining on the outdoor waterfront picnic area, around the brick pizza oven and gas-log oyster roaster. Their dock and float are only steps away. “I love that we have deep water [8 feet at mean low water], so we can have a short dock,” she says. “From the dock house we enjoy amazing sunset views up Bailey Creek.”

St. Helena Sound (open water) is less than 2 miles downstream, with no intervening bridges or no-wake zones. In their 38-foot Intrepid, powered by triple 300-hp outboards, they often take friends to dinner at an area marina restaurant or cruise to Charleston or Beaufort, S.C., for shopping or dining.

“We use our 21-foot Sea Hunt center console as a dayboat,” Amy says. They fish the many surrounding creeks and rivers of the mostly undeveloped Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Basin. “Often we take a picnic to a nearby uninhabited island beach for swimming, sunning, shelling or fossil-seeking. (Edisto Island is known for Pleistocene-era and other fossils on its beaches.)

The dock gives the Brooms unobstructed access to many creeks and the open water of St. Helena Sound, 2 miles downstream.

Their wooded property is one of 32 lots in 1,000-acre Bailey Island Club, the site of prehistoric shell middens and 18th century rice and cotton plantations. Marked walking paths thread the club’s 410-acre nature preserve of live oaks, palmettos and other native species. Canoes are available to explore the larger lakes, and the club offers a community center, dock and launch ramp.

The Brooms’ property has a well and septic system. Annual taxes are about $24,000 without a homestead exemption, $12,000 with one. Bailey Island Club Association and Bailey Island Bridge and Road Association annual dues total $3,750.

“Though we may seem isolated on a barrier island in this beautiful natural setting, we’re only a 45-minute drive south to historic Beaufort or 45 minutes north to the chain stores and restaurants outside Charleston, a little farther to downtown Charleston itself,” she says. “It’s a beautiful location.”

Marie C. Bost, (843) 830-8669, of Edisto Real Estate Co., (866) 446-2743

(, Edisto Island, S.C., lists the property.

April 2014 issue