In keeping with its aptly named address, 343 Surfsong is a symphony of beachfront beauty. Boasting prime placement along Kiawah’s spectacular shoreline with a private boardwalk to the sea, the award-winning residence pays tribute to innovative design. Million-dollar views and dazzling detail earned the residence a 2003 PRISM Award for “Best Resort Island Home,” a “Best in American Living” Platinum Award from the National Association of Home Builders, and a five-page spread in American Dream Homes magazine. Its singular location (along with approval granted to install a seaside in-ground swimming pool) ensure its residents will make the most of the coast.
Fabulous, not fussy. The aesthetic of 343 Surfsong Road is a unique marriage of formal and fun, where the extravagant geometry of dentil molding and Georgian detailing never overshadow the whimsy of the home’s curved walls, oval windows, or hidden staircase. It’s a majestic, seaside retreat that exudes barefoot elegance and never takes itself too seriously.
There’s an undeniable grace in the sculpted roof line of Vermont slate shingles and sea-view porches of this classic shingle style home. Architect Christopher Rose’s artistry is in full display in the striking turreted facade, the unique wave patterning of exterior shingles, and the magnificent brickwork and beadboard elliptical arches of the porte cochere.
The home’s reverse floor plan positions all guest accommodations on the first floor. Here, the two-story foyer honors the home’s Lowcountry surroundings in a hand painted mural by artist Karl Beckwith Smith of the Kiawah maritime forest that graces the curved and sweeping staircase. The intricate 14-piece crown molding, arched cased openings, and Jerusalem stone floors foreshadow the finely detailed aesthetic found throughout the residence. Beyond the foyer, four sun-soaked ensuite bedrooms frame gorgeous vistas–three boasting direct access to inviting verandas. Overnight guests benefit from a living room overlooking the verdant palms and shoreline foliage leading to the beach, as well as a small kitchen and laundry to make their stay easy. And a generous space directly across the porte cochere, could serve as an extremely private additional guest room, game room, exercise studio, or workshop.
In relegating all primary living spaces to the second floor, exceptional ocean views abound. Here, across an expanse of Antique Heart Pine floors, you’ll find the social heart of the home. The kitchen’s large central island and state-of-the-art appliances promise family feasts and spirited parties come off without a hitch. And the circular breakfast room’s panoramic ocean views ensure that nature is a special guest at every meal. Entertaining is effortless in a floor plan this rich with engaging spaces: a gorgeous formal dining room, butler’s pantry supported by a room-sized walk-in pantry, billiard room, media room, wine vault, elegant library, and private cherry-paneled office. And a masterful layout places the sunlit great room at a 45-degree angle, allowing for both 270-degree ocean views and exceptional privacy from neighboring homes.
The third floor, fully dedicated to the master suite, is accessed by a hidden back staircase or elevator. And it is here that the Atlantic Ocean view claims full focus through an expanse of spectacular windows in both the bed and bath. A duo of verandas promise sunrise on the horizon, salty breezes, and a soundtrack of surf attend each morning for residents. Large his and hers closets, separate vanities, and a fireplace accessorize the space, and an exercise room, sauna and steam shower keep health and wellness pursuits close at hand.
Located behind the second gate in the Vanderhorst community, this home sits oceanfront with a private boardwalk with direct access to Kiawah’s 10-mile beach and just minutes from The Kiawah Island Club amenities and the famed Ocean Course. A Kiawah Island Club Social Membership is available with this property.

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