A funny thing about renting a cottage in Sea Island is that the homes are often more mansion-like than cottage-like. There is a mix of styles and sizes, though the newer homes tend to be bigger. But it's the lack of cookie-cutter theme that makes me love going there year after year. There is always a new house to see or a new renovation to notice, which for a creepy house-stalker like me is a highlight of my vacation. My sisters and I like to pretend we're in the market for a beach house and almost immediately upon arrival, we browse real estate listings and call dibs on houses. I think we all agreed that if we could, we would pool as much cash as we could find and buy the last house we stayed in. I would love to make the owners an offer they couldn't refuse.
But I also have dreams of buying one of the smaller homes on the market, the ones the real estate people like to call a "classic sea island cottage" akin to using the term bungalow to make a small home sound more appealing. I love the idea of a cozy beach escape where we have room to lounge and sleep, but also are sort of forced to spend time together in a pretty space that's not too precious. Can you tell I've thought about this?
This recently renovated cottage just came on the market and I was so excited to see it! It is hardly small by normal standards, with 5 bedrooms and over 4,000 square feet of space, but for a home that's recently been renovated in Sea Island, it's definitely unique. It's exactly what I would do if I found myself in possession of an older Sea Island beach home at this point in my life - paint it all white and then fill it with fun, bright colors (pink, blue and white for me, please) and pretty, happy pieces.
I noticed this house last year and I remember the cute bright blue door was opened so naturally I peaked in and saw the pretty lamps in the entry (not creepy at all right?). After that I've been dying to see the inside! It's a great location even though it's not directly on the beach. Now who wants to go in on this together? Decor and furnishings are included!
Come back tomorrow for another Sea Island home I'm eyeing! It's neither small nor realistic, but it's pretty fabulous ;) (I promise this won't turn into the blog o' Sea Island homes, but it wouldn't be so bad if it did, right?)