Old House Cay is an iconic private island getaway. Just a ten-minute boat ride away from the popular resort community of Hilton Head Island, the property spans three square miles across three separate islands. The islands feature a 1,800 square foot home, an observation tower, a large bonfire pit, and a private dock.
Old House Cay was built in 2010 and made available for rent by its previous owners in 2017. During its tenure as a vacation rental property, the private island was featured in season one, episode five of Netflix’s World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals. In the episode, a trio of travelers visit the estate and take in its charm. Additionally, Travel & Leisure recognized the property as one of the top five private islands to visit in the world.
Now, Old House Cay is available for purchase. Listed by the Lowcountry Group of Engel & Völkers Hilton Head Island Bluffton for $1,935,000 USD, the private island is a perfect getaway, home, or investment property. The estate earned over $130,000 USD in rentals in 2020 and is looking to make over $200,000 USD this year.
The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house is accessible from the island’s private dock. Visitors need only to get off their boat and follow the long bridge which winds its way to the property. Old House Cay itself is a simple and practical low country home that maintains a sophisticated air of elegance, charm, and history. Nestled in the trees, it sleeps six and is perfect for entertaining guests.
The second floor is made up entirely of one bedroom. By design, that bedroom boasts incredible 360-degree views of the surrounding islands. Below, the kitchen features mahogany countertops, a farmhouse sink, and a beautiful center island. Throughout the rest of the home, high ceilings and cedarwood walls work together to bring the spacious outdoors inside. The finishing touch is a stunning wraparound porch which creates the perfect setting for indoor-outdoor living.
Old House Cay’s most distinctive feature is a one-of-a-kind, open-air, three-story observation tower. The tower is the perfect place to take in breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. In the past, the tower has been equipped with a hammock and lounge chairs, making it easy to relax while enjoying 360-degree views of nature and wildlife surrounding the property. If the views aren’t enough, at low tide, take a walk down the stairs to the private beach — a staple of any private island.
Other notable features include an outdoor shower, a separate water tower shower, an impressive bonfire pit, and a long table for communal meals. As is noted during Netflix’s World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals, the unique and distinct locations across the islands, from the bonfire pit to the observation tower to the home itself and the dock, are ideal for large family gatherings.
The property’s infrastructure is well ahead of its time, allowing for uninterrupted comfort even a ten-minute boat ride away from the mainland. The home is solar-powered with a Cummins backup generator in case of cloudy days. And, with two six wells and two septic tanks, there is space and infrastructure in place to build a second home.
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