This is the first in what is envisioned as a series of articles covering the history and role/contributions of villa associations and regimes within the Town of Seabrook Island (Town). It is based upon research conducted by my predecessor as President of the Council of Villa Associations and Regimes (COVAR), Lynn Richbart, aided by Annaliese Kester, Debbie Rentz, and Julie Diephaus, who provided information from records of their respective management company’s properties and Heather Paton of Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA), who provided information from SIPOA records. With that said, their best guess on the dates of the first buildings constructed follows.
Although the Town will celebrate its 30th anniversary in October, it does not predate either SIPOA or some of the Town’s associations and regimes. When the town was formed in 1987, there was already a SIPOA, which formed in 1972 and almost 3/4 of COVAR’s associations and regimes were up and running. COVAR now lists 41 associations and regimes on its membership roster. These consist of 27 associations and 14 regimes. Do you know: (1) How many there were by 1987? (2) How many were built in the 80s? (3) How many in the 70s? (4) Which villa was the very first?
The dates used in this article are based on several sources. COVAR queried association and regime presidents, COVAR representatives and management companies after finding holes in other official and unofficial sources. Charleston County’s web site, charlestoncounty.org, lists all properties in the county and has an entry for Year Built. Unfortunately, more than half of the properties reviewed had a “0” instead of a valid year for that entry. Real estate web sites also differed in what information they provided. And, finally, looking at the year built for an individual villa does not guarantee that it was the first one built in that particular association or regime.
The honor for the first villa built on our Island goes to the High Hammock Villas. The first one there was built in 1974. Shortly thereafter, Dune Crest Villas constructed its first villa in 1975. By the end of the 70s, there were a dozen associations and regimes. Beach Club Villas (1976) followed by Golf Shore Villas, Shadowwood Villas, and Tarpon Pond Cottages joined the group in 1977. In 1978, Spinnaker Beach Houses and Treeloft Villas went up and in 1979, Marsh Pointe Homes, Racquet Club Villas, Sealoft Villas and Shelter Cove Villas brought the number of associations and regimes to a full dozen.
The 80s brought another 17 on line, all before the Town was formed in October 1987. In order of construction, they were: Wedgewood Villas (1980), Summerwind Cottages (1981), Duneloft Villas (1981), Creek Watch Villas (1981), Courtside Villas I (1982), Pelican Watch Villas (1981), Deer Point Villas (1982), Bohicket Marina Village (1983), Courtside Villas II (1983), Heron Point Villas (1983), Marsh Walk (1984), Bay Pointe Villas (1984), North Beach Village (1985), Chateau by the Greens (1984), Fiddlers Cove I (1985), Atrium Villas (1986), and Ocean Winds Village (1987).
When the Town was founded, it already had 29 associations and regimes. That leaves only 12 associations and regimes listed in the current COVAR Membership Roster that were formed since the Town was founded. In 1988, Live Oak Villas came online and in the 90s The Homes of Hidden Oaks (1994) and Haulover Point (1995) were added. Since the turn of the century, those formed include Charles Towne Place (2000), The Village at Seabrook (2000), St Christopher Oaks (2000), Fairway One (2002), Fiddlers Cove II Townhouses (2002), Dolphin Point (2005), Horseshoe Cove Townhomes (2007), Salt Marsh at Seabrook (2008), and Fairway One II (2012). It should be noted that unlike the other associations and regimes in the Town, both The Village at Seabrook and Salt Marsh at Seabrook are not built out and have room to expand over the years to come.
Future articles in this series will cover the role of villa associations and regimes within the Town.
COVAR’s next meeting will be held on September 9, 2017, from 10 am to 12 noon at the Lake House. It will feature a roundtable discussion with the members of the SIPOA Nominating Committee and a discussion of the COVAR Board’s plans for establishing a website. All Seabrookers are invited to attend.
-Submitted by Allan W. Keener, President, COVAR