Kiawah River honored with two Best in American Living Awards

February 28, 2023

Kiawah River, a waterfront community developed by The Beach Company near historic Charleston, announced it was awarded two 2022 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by The National Association of Home Builders Design Committee in the categories of Detached Home up to 2,000 sq. ft., Built for Sale: Single-Family Production and One-of-a-Kind Custom Home 5,001 – 6,000 sq. ft.: Single-Family Custom. BALA is the building industry’s premier residential design awards program that spotlights the most creative and talented industry professionals who redefine design excellence for homes and communities nationally and internationally.

The community’s Bungalows earned the platinum award for Detached Home up to 2,000 sq. ft., Built for Sale: Single-Family Production. Nestled along a quiet creek, The Bungalows are the latest addition to Kiawah River’s diverse residential options of waterfront, wooded and village homes and homesites. These built-for-sale one-bedroom detached homes are inspired by Lowcountry seaside dwellings with interiors featuring natural materials, textured finishes and timeless furniture. The 11 Bungalows offer water access with several launch points for exploring the Kiawah River and inland waterways and provide access to the community’s amenities including The Spring House, expertly maintained trails, a goat dairy and cattle farm.

Kiawah River earned the silver award for One-of-a-Kind Custom Home 5,001 – 6,000 sq. ft.: Single-Family Custom for the Darby home at 9832 Haven Loop. This 5,026-square-foot custom home is situated in the Butterfly Cottages neighborhood. This home was designed to both blend into its surroundings while standing apart from the community and maximizes the views of the marsh and the Kiawah River by prioritizing outdoor living. The owner’s suite is detached from the main house and specifically sited for views and privacy. Additional features include a sunroom that catches the morning light from all sides, an outdoor dining porch and a grand front staircase reflective of traditional Charleston architecture.

Kiawah River is an idyllic waterfront master-planned community where the sea island’s natural beauty meets resort-style amenities. The community is centered on outdoor pursuits with approximately 20 miles of shoreline and 2,000 acres of picturesque property, including a working farm, a goat dairy and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Kiawah River is a maritime oasis of residential, future retail and hospitality offerings with custom and semi-custom homes featuring high-quality coastal architecture.


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