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Rich, Home Buyer in 31522

is the north end of the island as nice as I hear it is?

Asked by Rich, 31522 Mon Jul 9, 2012

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When you go out to the North end of the island, people either love it or hate it. What’s great about it out there is the golf course and the deep water access. Its one of only a few places on the island that has deep water. It has beautiful large oaks and most properties have more acreage than properties on the South End of the island.

Its a further drive to “town” and restaurants, but if you come from a larger city, driving 15-20 minutes to get back to the shops and stores will not be a problem for you. The only con that we saw with the market is that it has been one of the last places to “recover” when the market start to go up. There are still some better deals in the Mid-North / North end of the island. That said, if there is a problem with the market, its the first part of the island to go down. There always seems to be more of a market for the beach / near beach properties.

Tourists mostly want to be in southern most part of the island, which is were we find property values being the highest and when the market started to recover on Saint Simons, this part recovered the quickest. The issue is that except for a few areas, the construction is mostly older. There are a couple of pockets of newer homes, but most are either older or are remodeled. Either East Beach, Island Club or near the Village is the most desired.

Mid-South and Mid-North are were many families live who live year round on the island. Its a mix of every age group. It tends to be mostly moderate priced homes. Mid-North is where most of the newer construction is happening because that’s where developers can get large land tracks / groups of lots for lower prices.

One thing that I think will become increasingly more important is whether or not the property is in FEMA flood zone x or not. Parts of North Harrington are in FEMA flood zone x (shaded) and parts of Sea Palms are in FEMA flood zone x (shaded) and EMA flood zone x (unshaded). Almost all of Hampton Plantation (north end) is in a flood zone. I cannot quantify the value of this yet because things are still too new, the flood maps are scheduled to change again in 2015 and Congress may temper the legislation; however, I can tell you that once new flood insurance came back in during due diligence, it killed a couple of sales I had under contract or it caused the Buyers to decide to lift the house in their remodel after closing to above FEMA flood elevations. If you are buying new construction everything will be built above flood elevation and you can get favorable flood insurance rates. As a result, newer homes will not be impacted as much as if you were purchasing an older house; however, its something to consider.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 11, 2014
The north end is isolated. Coming from Boston you may want to look at mid south or south locations on the island. They are close to everything. I am from NJ and NC. Moved here six years ago and have a love hate relationship with this place. It has great weather but can get pretty boring. You have to drive to Jacksonville or savannah to get anything like a paneras or decent shopping. During the summer tourists take over. I would highly recommend renting first.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 23, 2013
Then why did you move here? Enough of You Liberal yankee's on the Island.
Flag Sat Dec 14, 2013
St. Simons Island is the same area wise as Manhatten yet you couldn't imagine two more different places! Sea Island sits in front of SSI and Little St. Simons wraps around the north end so the south end of the island is the only part of the island exposed to the sea with beaches. Choosing a home on the island is all about lifestyle choice. I have had many clients that came wanting to be near the beach that ended up iBrn Mid North to North locations where lot size and tranquility won over higher density neighborhoods. We have two major grocery chains on the island, lots of great restaurants and two public/three private golf clubs. Major shopping is on the mainland. We even have a Ta_get in Brunswick! Ok. Couldn't resist kidding a guy from Boston! If you come to my island I will be glad to show you around. They say if you get sand in your shoes you will always come back! 912-222-1338
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 9, 2012
Thank You for your responses coming down from MA, my buddy has a lot in Stillwater and raves about the location.
P.S. As for traffic, nothing can be worse than rush hour in Boston!!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 9, 2012
Yes it is. The north end being from Hampton Plantation/Hampton Point south to the Frederica/Lawrence Road roundabout has many different types of communities, from the highest of high end to more affordabley priced homes. If you want golfing and marina activities and are not so much interested in quick access to the beach this area of the island is a good place to look. Of course being an island you are not more than 30 minutes to the beach from the farthest point. It is all relative and depends on where you are moving from.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 9, 2012
Yes the North end of St. Simons is a beautiful area. Living there really it depends on the lifestyle that you are looking to have here on the island whether it is quiet comfort or you're more into 'close to everything'. The North end of the island is very nice and very residential. Hampton River Marina is located on the North end of SSI and is an excellent place to store or launch boats - that's about it. The North end is a bit 'quieter' than the hustle and bustle of the mid and South end of the island. Homes in this part of St. Simons 'typically' start around $300k and go up from there. You'll find terrific interior island homes as well as river and marshviews with many of those homes having deep water docks. There is one road going to the North end and traffic can at times be less than ideal especially during 'rush hour' (said with a grin as compared to what rush hour in Atlanta can be like).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 9, 2012
Better. But in the words of American author Horace Greeley..."Go West, young man" IMVHO. Good Luck!

Michael Hammond
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