A Spec Home Made Special

The waterfront home, situated on a private cove on John’s Island Sound, was just beginning to rise out of the ground when the Taylors decided to purchase it and put their own stamp on it.


Sally Taylor had just finished renovating the quaint cottage she and her husband, Bruce, purchased in the South Village section of John’s Island when she saw it: a spec home under construction in an idyllic protected cove on John’s Island Sound.

“It was a new listing of ours, and it was just starting to rise out of the ground,” says Kristen Yoshitani, a broker associate with John’s Island Real Estate Company, who had sold the Taylors their cottage just a year earlier. “It was a perfect setting with breathtaking water and sunset views, nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac close to the club’s amenities and south gate.

“Like many families dipping their toes into the John’s Island lifestyle for the first time, the Taylors, from Connecticut, wanted to start out small and see if they liked it,” explains Yoshitani. “Not surprisingly, they loved it and wanted to spend more time here. Their grown children were starting to have families of their own, which prompted them to need more space. Both Sally and Bruce are avid nature lovers and kayakers/boaters, so a move to a waterfront location, brimming with wildlife, seemed like a natural progression.”

The two-story, 5,630-square-foot home, designed by Matthew Lee Gore Architecture and built by Flinchum Construction, more than fit the bill. Thoughtfully scaled to maximize the gracious half-acre bulkheaded lot, it offered water views and a southern exposure.

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