Bluffton, S.C. (October 13, 2010) – Stasia Berk, a national award-winner for interior designer, who designed the interiors at Hampton Lake’s new vacation ownership residences, The Sanctuary, was the featured speaker at the recent Grand Opening celebration held here.
The Hampton Lake event featured tours of two of the The Sanctuary’s 3,100 sq. ft. vacation homes as well as the Private Residence Club’s hospitality venue – The Heron House.
Nearly 200 guests were on hand to hear Berk expound on The Sanctuary’s lifestyle concept and her opportunity to design living spaces that would echo the unique Lowcountry outdoor setting of the lakeside community.
To help achieve the “look and feel” of the interiors, Berk’s creation makes generous use of original works by three accomplished local artists –Cheryl Coe Eppolito, who excels in painting Lowcountry landscapes; Kathy Tortorella, whose work features luminous pastels that highlight local scenery; and Marci Tressel, whose Gullah art helps preserve the romantic lure of the Sea Islands.
Guests had rave reviews for the thoughtful layout of the homes — expressing praise for such luxury appointments as the steam showers and granite countertops.
Initially announced in February of this year, The Sanctuary residences have been going through a “pre-sales” phase until now. One-eighth shares start at $175,000. All homes are “personalized,” but share the same 3,100-sq. ft. floorplan which includes three bedrooms plus a bonus multi-purpose room and four full baths. A concierge is available to resident owners on a 24/7 basis, and can have the residences fully stocked with personal requests upon arrival. Sanctuary residents have two complete memberships which include privileges at all of Hampton Lake’s recreational, spa and fitness facilities plus golf privileges at the championship Pete Dye “Signature” golf course at Hampton Hall, a five minute golf cart drive from Hampton Lake.
“Private Residence Clubs like ours here at Hampton Lake redefine vacation home ownership,” said Jim Treadwell, a consultant working with Moriah Real Estate, developer for The Sanctuary. “They are becoming increasing popular in these more difficult economic times. Vacations should be a time to relax and spend with family and friends. By owning a one-eighth fraction of The Sanctuary each owner/member can visit just about any time he chooses, but doesn’t have to deal with the time-consuming details of second home ownership. And, he can still benefit from any increase in real estate value.”
Treadwell, who has spent much of his career in the West, says he is not aware of any other destination community on the East Coast that offers resort level amenities and the option of private freshwater fishing just 20 minutes from prize Atlantic Ocean beaches. “It’s the kind of place that will obviously be extremely appealing to both younger families but also attractive to seniors who want to share vacations with their extended family and not be burdened with all the extras that go into taking care of a typical vacation cottage or condo.”
Early buyers at The Sanctuary have included both older couples and younger families.
One of the best selling points of The Sanctuary so far according to Treadwell is that member-owners have the flexibility to reserve vacations well in advance but also on short notice. “They can come for just a long weekend, or two or three weeks at a time up to six weeks annually at any time of the year,” he said, while pointing out that first-year pricing will be increased as each residence is completed and sold out which means that “getting in on the ground floor is an exceptional opportunity.”
Adding even greater value is The Sanctuary’s participation in The Registry Collection® an internationally acclaimed vacation exchange program, which offers owners access to an elite network of luxury destinations in the world. “They can choose to exchange as many of their weeks as they’d like for travel to hundreds of other resort properties,” Treadwell stated. “They can even share the joy of travel with friends and family through the program’s Guest Certificates.”
More information can be found on Hampton Lake’s website at www.hamptonlake.com or www.thesanctuarysc.com or by calling 843.836-LAKE. The public is invited to open houses at The Sanctuary on October 10th and 24th from 1– 4 p.m.
Hampton Lake — Hampton Lake is a private lake community in Bluffton, S.C., comprising more than 900 acres. The community is a Reed Development project with 165-acres of freshwater lake and 340-acres of natural wetlands. Built around the concept of connecting family and nature in a fun way, Hampton Lake offers open spaces, nature preserves, activity centers, pools, beaches, dining, and parks, all uniquely intertwined and interconnected. Also, the National Homebuilders Association honored Hampton Lake by naming it “Best Community” in America 151 units and over! Its Lakeside Village was also selected as the “Best Community Facility” in the country! For more information, call 843.836.LAKE (5253) or visit www.hamptonlake.com
Ashley Krieger / Denarius Group
SOURCE: Hampton Lake