2002 Idea Cottage: Habersham

Amidst live oaks in South Carolina, our 2002 Cottage of the Year offers ideas in seaside architecture, interior design, and salt-marsh landscaping.

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2002 Habersham Idea Cottage: Exterior
Photo: Brian Vanden Brink

Cozy Retreat

In late afternoon, the community of Habersham in Beaufort, South Carolina, welcomes high tide. Water ripples where a few hours earlier there was only puddled marsh, and the sun casts a golden path on the choppy Broad River. Pelicans fish for dinner in tall grasses rising above the water's surface. and boats meander through narrow channels that define the river's junction with Habersham Creek.

Live oaks dripping in Spanish moss dominate the Lowcountry landscape. "We designed around the major trees to preserve the natural environment," says developer Bob turner. Roads curve around the sprawling giants.

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