Ocean meets river in the Lowcountry, where Southern culture and coastal culture blend in a way that is distinctively of its place. This inviting bungalow in Bluffton, South Carolina, does the same: It melds country and coast, resulting in an irresistible escape that offers plenty of chances to escape into nature—and that is undeniably Lowcountry.
Located in Moreland Village, part of the Palmetto Bluff community, this charming home—dubbed the Artist Cottage—is not the first Palmetto Bluff Lowcountry cottage we’ve fallen in love with. But this one is a little more connected to the outdoors (it does abut a nature preserve, after all), a little more rustic. If that’s the style that floats your boat (or kayak—Moreland Village is close to rivers perfect for a paddle-propelled cruise), step inside!
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This newly built home has two bedrooms and two and a half baths. A master suite—with a soaking tub and soothing white shiplap walls—is on the first floor, while a guest suite perches on the second floor. The unpretentious, 1,955-square-foot take on Lowcountry architecture is listed for $1,285,000.
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The exterior has white vertical siding and a cheery metal roof that makes even the rainy days more enjoyable. A wide front porch, shaded in part by a copper-topped portico, calls for lazy afternoons spent sipping sweet tea and calling out to passing neighbors. The interior boasts white siding in almost every room, like the living room, where pristine shiplap walls are complemented by natural blonde oak floors and contemporary décor that splashes pops of copper and wood around the space. A teal recess and the built-in shelves that flank it offer storage, and the high cathedral ceilings and stacked windows fill the lofty room with light.
A tucked-away corner of the living room makes the perfect spot for a breakfast nook, which has a prime view out the front of the house. This house also has a separate formal dining area, which overlooks the garden. A towering white brick fireplace separates the kitchen from the living room, but large passageways on either side of the hearth maintain an open concept floor plan. In the kitchen, custom cabinetry, state of the art appliances, and concrete countertops complement the fresh contemporary design of the living room. The kitchen connects to a compact mudroom, where a custom “Later Gator” penny tile design says farewell to departing visitors with perfect Lowcountry flair. Outside, a screened-in porch with an exit to the outdoors and a firepit offer additional entertaining space. Scroll on for more eye candy:
For more information on the Artist Cottage, visit Moreland Village’s website.
All images courtesy of Palmetto Bluff