In 2013, the HGTV Dream Home went back to the beach with a location in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, which offers romantic beaches, gorgeous golf greens, and a location just a short hop from the lovely southern city of Charleston.
Kiawah Island's History and Climate:
Kiawah Island, South Carolina is one of the barrier reefs that protect the mainland. It has been privately owned since 1699, when a pirate named George Raynor was granted the land to grow rice and other commercial crops. In the 1950's, it was purchased by a commercial developer who created a "well-designed beach resort with amenities and activities to meet the needs of the entire family," according to The Travel Channel.
Kiawah Island's maritime location causes it to be warmer and more temperate than even the city of Charleston, which lies only 21 miles away. According to the book, "Kiawah Island: A History" by Ashton Cobb, Kiawah Island has "a very fine winter climate, preferable in some respects to that of Florida."
Kiawah Island's Beaches:
Kiawah Island boasts about 10 miles of beautiful, award-winning beaches. Some examples of the press that the beaches of Kiawah Island have received:
- In 2012, Dr. Beach named the Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island the 9th Best Beach in America.
- Travel Channel rates the beaches on Kiawah Island as 4/5 for sand and swimming and 5/5 for atmosphere, saying Kiawah is an idyllic setting offering the best of beach, sport and proximity to a nearby city.
- In 2009, National Geographic Traveler named Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island one of the Top 10 Beaches in America.
Other Activities on Kiawah Island:
Kiawah Island offers many other activities in addition to their lovely beaches. It sports three major golf courses, including one (Turtle Point) designed by golf superstar Jack Niklaus. Kiawah Island has hosted some notable golf tournaments including the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, and more.
Kiawah Island also boasts 10,000 acres of woodland, which gives many opportunities for camping, hiking, paddling, biking, and other wilderness activities. And the Kiawah community gets together for social events like outdoor concerts, performances, dancing, and more.
The 2013 HGTV Dream Home's Community:
The Dream Home 2013 will be built in a new community called Indigo Park. Indigo Park is a green community, with an emphasis on environmentally-friendly building. There will be a total of 16 homes in the Indigo Park community, nestled among giant oak trees. The community is set near a beautiful marsh, and is adjacent to a three-acre community park.
The 2013 Dream Home received a Platinum LEED Certification due to its earth-friendly construction methods.