Pine Island at Spring Island, South Carolina
This Home. This Island. This is the One Opportunity to Own Them Both.
Set on a secluded island between Charleston and Savannah, this sophisticated house seamlessly blends Lowcountry vernacular with Japanese influences. The estate home lies serenely at the point of the 56-acre private island overlooking a beautiful meadow with expansive views of the salt marshes and river beyond. Taking cues from classic Japanese farm houses, the house exemplifies the nexus of craft and architecture in a way rarely seen today.
The Convergence of Privacy & Vibrancy
While set apart, Pine Island belongs to the larger collective that is Spring Island. A work of art in itself, Spring Island is luxury devoid of pretension. It promotes and protects a vibrant artist community, a productive and rewarding community farm, and multiple acres of undisturbed forests. As the owner of Pine Island, you’ll be welcomed into this community and enjoy access to amenities such as the equestrian center and Arnold Palmer golf course, as well as programs that include the “Trust Talks,” where nationally recognized scholars, artists, naturalists, environmentalists, historians and Trust staff are invited to present weekly. This community of like-minded individuals respects the land, promotes the arts and recognizes that there’s always more to learn.
A Rare & Unique Opportunity
The vision for the architecture of the Pine Island home is to promote harmony between human habitation and the natural world. This has been achieved by the noted architecture firm William McDonough & Partners (known internationally for pioneering large scale sustainable projects and the Cradle to Cradle protocol). Through design approaches that aim to be sympathetic and well-integrated with a site, every detail of the architecture has become part of the unified, interrelated composition.
This sophisticated home seamlessly blends Lowcountry vernacular with Japanese influences. Only one story in height, the design extends into the surrounding landscape with its unique shape, pool and terraces. Every detail of this dwelling, from the scale of each room and the height of each deck to the selection of fixtures, the planning of light, and the flow of exemplifies the nexus of craft and architecture in a way rarely seen anywhere in the world.
Built of native American woods and sustainably harvested tropical hardwoods by local woodworkers at the height of their craft, the house is both richly detailed and simply rendered. In this perfect setting, the current owners escaped the pressures of contemporary life to savor the quiet of the surrounding landscape and enjoy their exemplary collection of contemporary and historic arts & crafts.
Pine Island provides unprecedented access to the majestic waterways surrounding Spring Island. With over 1,000 feet of water frontage and an 60’ private dock the options for the way you enjoy the water here are limitless.
The first thing you notice about the landscape of Pine Island is that it seems to be both undisturbed and intentional. It seems to naturally blend with the home and outdoor living spaces as if it grew up around it. Much of the island has been left in its natural state, purposely preserved to protect the inspiring landscape, with the only plantings being native species like bayberry and saw palmetto. From the home you will see a man-made sweetgrass meadow in one direction and, in the other, the expansive salt marsh and river beyond.
This apparent simplicity was achieved by the dedicated team at the acclaimed landscape firm of Oehme van Sweden. Known for their work at the New York Botanical Garden, the Chicago Botanic Garden and a number of memorials in Washington, DC, this diverse group of landscape architects, horticulturalists and designers fuse art, science, and humanity to distill each landscape’s form and amplify its function.