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Location: Kiawah Island, S.C.
The Skinny: Behold the priciest listing on very pricey Kiawah Island, an $18M estate with an asking price that's $11M higher than its nearest competitor. Designed by luxury home specialists Shope Reno Wharton, this Low Country mansion boasts seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and a pretty amazing listing (it's not often you see "quotidian" as an adjective applied to a list of amenities). The sprawling, 15,000-square-foot mansion is clad in red cedar shingle and shake, while its "gracious interiors were conceived by the sure touch of Jacquelynne P. Lanham Designs of Atlanta who emulated the island's color palette to yield a sophisticated, inviting aesthetic." The home is designed with an eye toward outdoor living, with an infinity pool and 5,000-square-feet of ipe decking and balconies, as well as a private boat dock on Stono Inlet. Kiawah being a barrier island, much of the 11 acres surrounding the home are marshlands—picturesque marshlands, no doubt, but one can practically hear the hum of mosquito swarms while admiring the photos of the island sunsets.
· 85 Blue Heron Pond Road [Kiawah Island Real Estate]