When superlatives truly suffice: Featured on the Netflix series “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals,” Old House Cay recently landed on the market for $1,935,000.
For a buyer in search of an “amazing” opportunity, it’s a chance to own an island just off the coast of South Carolina, with a steady, six-figure income stream.
Featured in the series’ fifth episode, this island oasis just off the coast of Hilton Head was showcased with two other private island retreats in different parts of the world.
The accommodations at Old House Cay, meanwhile, were by far the least expensive of the three rentals featured in the episode. This island offering sleeps up to six people and is available on Airbnb for $624 per night—which isn’t steep, considering the property’s status as one of the world’s most amazing.
And those nightly stays add up.
“It generated $130K in revenue from rentals in 2020, and will produce almost $200K in 2021,” says the listing agent, Mitch Burns of Engel & Völkers. He also notes that Old House Cay has been consistently mentioned as one of Airbnb’s premier private islands available for rent.
Not just one, nor two, but three islands are included in this offering. The property spans 3 acres, and the main island comes with its own docks, an observation tower, and a charming home.
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The island-style home, built in 2010, has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. In another bonus, owners don’t need to fret about paying utilities. The house—in fact the entire island—is self-sufficient, “because it has generators and is powered by solar energy,” says Burns.
The stylish home is designed so there’s plenty of life streaming in through multiple windows. Island breezes can waft through almost every room.
The main floor of the 1,800-square-foot home features a great room with a kitchen/living area, as well as several lounging spots.
The bedrooms are all paneled and inviting, one of them tucked into the cupola and featuring windows on all four walls.
There’s also a gracious deck that wraps around the house, ideal for entertaining or relaxing. Special features on the deck include a barbecue and a private outdoor shower to wash off any excess sand.
One of the most intriguing structures on the island is a hammock-strewn, three-story observation tower, a favorite cocktail gathering spot at sunset.
Guests can also gather outside around a fire pit, as well as a welcoming picnic table.
There’s an accommodating boat dock, because the island can only be accessed from the water, but once you’re there, you’ll never run out of things to do, including fishing, kayaking, hiking, or just hanging out with friends and family.
If Old House Cay sounds remote, however, it isn’t.
“The proximity to both Hilton Head and booming Bluffton is magnificent with this property,” says Burns.
He adds that the islands are only about a 10-minute boat ride from Hilton Head, so that world-class golfing, shopping, and dining are all easily accessible.
Whether you’re the owner or the vacation renter, there’s nothing like being able to say, “Yes, we just floated in from the private island for while.”
The Old House Cay is worth its weight in prestige points alone.