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50 of the grandest homes on the Grand Strand

If you’ve ever spent an afternoon on the beach at the southern tip of Pawleys Island, you’ll understand why the single most expensive home purchased in the past year was a private home within a gated enclave on the north end of Pawleys Island.

We looked at recorded deeds dating from June 1, 2009, to find the most exclusive homes sold in Horry and Georgetown counties over a period of a year.

The top home, known for its commanding views of the Atlantic Ocean, Midway Inlet and the creek, fetched $3.9 million in May. The northernmost home on the island has six bedrooms, five baths, two massive covered porches and a long dock reaching out into the creek near Midway Inlet. It’s easy to see why the new owners, investors from Greensboro, N.C., snapped up this property.

If you’d like you can rent the property, but not until the fall. It’s booked for the summer. Take the virtual tour here to determine if it’s worth $5,000 a week at the end of October: http://vt.cleartours.com/10696&nbs.

If the beach isn’t your thing, but you still crave privacy, maybe you should have put a bid in for our second most expensive property, Weehaw Plantation. Located north of Georgetown off U.S. 701 on the Black River, this 650-acre property boasts two homes, impounded rice fields and speedy access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. The 5,500-square-foot Georgian home was built in 1997. The home only has four bedrooms, but the property has a lodge on the water that accommodates guests while respecting their privacy.

Weehaw Plantation sold in June for $3.4 million to a limited liability corporation in Las Vegas. We weren’t able to gain access for photographs, but several online sites carry photos of the property from its more than 450 days on the market. Originally priced at $4.5 million, you can visit luxist.com to see aerial and interior photos: http://www.luxist.com/2010/02/03/weehaw-plantation-estate-of-the-day/Our third property merited enough interest to attract a buyer from Beverly Hills. Dubbed Sunset Point by its previous owner, the six-bedroom, six-bath house sits on a marsh creek in Pawleys Island. The home, located at 310 Inlet Point Drive, sold for $2,683,333. And yes, it’s in a gated community.

The top 50 homes were sold from $1,066,500 to $3.9 million. We counted 12 homes that were lost in foreclosures. Builders and developers counterbalanced the situation with more than a dozen sales. The majority of those new homes were condominiums at North Beach Plantation towers, where buyers had the luxury of renegotiating contracts for lower prices as market conditions changed. Five-bedroom, four-bath, well-appointed condos with killer views of the Atlantic Ocean and a resort-style deck with 15 pools went for just over a million dollars. The Grande Dunes and The Reserve also saw some new home sale activity.

Several of the top 10 were dedicated rentals, while many of those in the top 50 were certainly located in oceanfront neighborhoods or condominiums complexes where seasonal rentals are the norm and the buyers could be fairly certain to recoup their investment.

The following list represents 50 of the most expensive homes sold on the Grand Strand within the past year. It is organized by price, address, sellers, new owners, selling agents, listing agents and date of sale.

#1. $3,900,000; 101 Atlantic Avenue, Pawleys Island; Phillip Assey II and B. P. Sigmon to SJK Special Opportunities Fund; Julia McCallus, Pawleys Island Realty; Walter McElveen, Pawleys Island Realty; 5/6/2010.

#2. $3,400,000; Weehaw Plantation, Georgetown; Kyle and Jacqueline Young to MST Weehaw, LLC; Bony Peace, DeBordieu Colony Real Estate; Phillip Lammonds, Prince George Sotheby’s Intl.; 6/16/2010.

#3. $2,683,333; 310 Inlet Point Dr., Pawleys Island, Inlet Point South; Doug and Jane Mahon to William Campbell III; Martin Phillips, Litchfield Co. Real Estate; Deborah Hammond, Litchfield Co. Real Estate; 11/20/2009.

#4. $2,645,412; 3202 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Heights; Chronicle Mills, R L Stowe Mills, Inc., National Yarn Mills, Inc. and Stowe Spinning Co. to ITAC 290 LLC, Belmont Land and Investment Co. LLC and Ruth Stowe; Diane Cline, Palmetto Properties of Myrtle Beach; 12/30/2009.

#5. $2,100,000; 8000 E. Beach Dr., Myrtle Beach, Long Bay Extension; GMAC Mortgage LLC to Donald and Regina Bosman; Colby Rowe, Sloane Realty; Kimmie Hauver, Exit Realty Elite; 6/19/2009.

#6. $2,050,000; 1533 S. Waccamaw Dr., Garden City Beach; BJB Invest LLC to KR Landholdings LLC; Sylvia Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Real Estate; 4/20/2010.

#7. $1,925,000; 1205 S. Waccamaw Dr., Garden City Beach; Larry Elliott to StewKation, LLC; Radha Herring, Watermark Real Estate; Kevin DeRenzo, Beach Realty South; 5/21/2010.

#8. $1,875,000; 122 Vista Del Mar Lane, No. 2-501, Myrtle Beach, Vista Del Mar, Grande Dunes; Mildred and Ronald McManus to Roger Mody; Eric Miller, Leonard Call; Debbie Davis, Century 21 Boling; 8/10/2009.

#9. $1,870,000; 122 Vista Del Mar Lane, No. 2-1104, Myrtle Beach, Vista Del Mar, Grande Dunes; HSH Properties to Claude R. Floyd, Jr. and Bobbie Floyd; Debbie Davis, Century 21 Boling; 8/25/2009.

#10. $1,828,000; 164 Colony Pointe Dr., Georgetown, DeBordieu Colony; Daniel Young to James and Kelli Silliman; Geoffrey Groat, DeBordieu Colony Real Estate; Perry Peace, DeBordieu Colony Real Estate, 6/4/2010.

#11. $1,750,000; 1020 Parker Dr., Pawleys Island, North Litchfield Beach; Deanna and Patrick McClary to O. Johnson and Roberta Small; Rick Bruce, The Litchfield Co.; E. Stone Miller, Litchfield Real Estate; 11/17/2009.

#12. $1,675,000; 177 Ocean Green Dr., Pawleys Island, DeBordieu Colony; American Home Mortgage to Carolyn Pearce and Joe Pearce Jr.; Bobby Stokes, Vintage Estates Christies; Bony Peace, Debordieu; 6/5/2009.

#13. $1,567,250; 8041 Verona Dr., Myrtle Beach, Castillo Del Mar, Grande Dunes; Bruce and Sonja Carrell to Charisse and Phil Kleinman; James Hunter, Circa Real Estate; Kevin Surdyke, Grande Dunes Properties; 3/12/2010.

#14 (tie). $1,550,000; 15 Trade Wind Ct., Georgetown, DeBordieu Colony; First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Charleston to Marsden & Logan Haigh; Perry Peace, DeBordieu Colony Real Estate; Bony Peace, DeBordieu Colony Real Estate; 2/12/2010.

#14 (tie). $1,550,000; 1503 Dolphin Dr., Garden City Beach, Gulf Stream Estates; Kimberly and Roger Grigg to Christie Lawhon; Cal Harrelson, Dunes Realty Sales; 10/13/2009.

#16 (tie). $1,500,000; 127 Waterway Crossing, Little River; Hal and Sheila Lewis to Theresa Jebaily; Phil Kennedy, Century 21 Barefoot Realty; Pat Estep, Prudential Burroughs & Chapin; 5/20/2010.

#16 (tie). $1,500,000; 1433 S. Waccamaw, Garden City Beach; Lucille Hendley to Elizabeth G. Simons; Mark King, The Lachicotte Company of SC; Denise Coleman, Garden City Realty; 11/24/2009.

#18. $1,430,000; 1597 Serena Dr., Myrtle Beach, Grande Dunes; JP Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp. to Maryann and Michael Bendjouy; Diane Martin, Grande Dunes Properties; Laura Garlitz, Century 21 The Harrelson Group; 6/22/2009.

#19. $1,425,000; 1773 S. Waccamaw, Garden City Beach, South Point; Scalise Development, Donald Metzger; Cheryl Christopher, Surfside Realty Co.; Matt Scalise, Scalise Realty; 5/28/2010.

#20. $1,401,000; 680 Springs Lane, Pawleys Island, Birds Nest; JP Morgan Chase Bank to Calvin and Janice Gilmore; Nancy Siau, Vintage Estates Christies; Robert Slick, Beach and River Homes, 11/2/2009.

#21. $1,400,000; 242 Sea Oats Dr., Pawleys Island, Charlestowne Grant, Litchfield by the Sea; Richard and Sara Grounsell to Lower Waverly LLC; Deborah Hammond, The Litchfield Company Real Estate; 4/29/2010.

#22. $1,390,000; 226 Dune Oaks Dr., Georgetown, DeBordieu Colony; Helen Van Every Trust to Carl Schaper; Geoffrey Groat, DeBordieu Colony Real Estate; Rion Moore, DeBordieu Colony Real Estate; 12/30/2009.

#23. $1,330,000; 1853 Pompano Dr., Garden City Beach, Inlet Pointe; Blue Ridge Ventures to Mary Wannamaker; Sylvia Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Realty; 6/26/2009.

#24 (tie). $1,325,000; 1335 Waterway Dr., North Myrtle Beach, The Sound; McDonald Construction to Charles Love Sr.; John McDonald, Gabriel Financial Real Estate; Anne Bolt, The Edgewater Group; 4/1/2010.

#24 (tie). $1,325,000; 1501 Serena Dr., Myrtle Beach, Riviera Village, Grande Dunes; Denmark Homes to Syed Ahmed; Colby Rowe, Sloane Realty; The Willis Team, SC Beach Real Estate; 8/7/2009.

#26. $1,280,000; 1049 S. Waccamaw Dr., Garden City Beach; Kathryn and William Cappel to Bernerd and Bambi Rice; Matt Scalise, Scalise Realty; 8/24/2009.

#27 (tie). $1,255,500; 100 North Beach Blvd., No. 1001, North Myrtle Beach, North Beach Plantation; Winchester North Beach Management Group to Larry and Sharon Seay; Bob Whetstone, The Hoffman Group to Alicia Altman, The Hoffman Group; 1/8/2010.

#27 (tie). $1,255,500; 100 North Beach Blvd., No. 701, North Myrtle Beach, North Beach Plantation; Winchester North Beach Management Group to David and LaDonna Brawley; J. D. Lee , Scalise Realty; Matt Scalise, Scalise Realty; 7/31/2009.

#27 (tie). $1,255,500; 100 North Beach Blvd., PH01, North Myrtle Beach, North Beach Plantation; Winchester North Beach Management Group; Eileen Putrino; 12/11/2009.

#27 (tie). $1,255,500; 100 North Beach Blvd., No. 1901, North Myrtle Beach, North Beach Plantation; Winchester North Beach Management Group to Eileen Putrino; Terri Cravey, The Hoffman Group; Alicia Altman, The Hoffman Group. 7/24/2009.

#31 (tie). $1,250,000; 4800 Williams Island Dr., Little River, Paradise Island; Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to Gregory Sibley; Sandy Rainwater, Century 21 Thomas; Judy Collins, Collins Real Estate; 8/28/2009.

#31 (tie). $1,250,000; 62 Salem Dr., Pawleys Island, Hagley Estates; Millard and Heidi Dozier to Thomas and Suzanne Tiller; Kathy Beese, Vintage Estates Christies; Dave Rourke, Keller Williams Myrtle Beach South; 2/26/2010. #31 (tie). $1,250,000; 3792 Waterford Dr., Myrtle Beach, Plantation Point; Randy Schilsky to Robert and Bonnie Kearns; Bill Currence, KingOne Properties; 12/28/2009.

#34. $1,225,500; 100 North Beach Blvd., No. 1201, North Myrtle Beach, North Beach Plantation; Winchester North Beach Management Group to Abed and Sabrina Koja; Frank Capaldo, The Hoffman Group; Alicia Altman, The Hoffman Group; 9/11/2009.

#35. $1,225,000; The Warwick, No. 107, Pawleys Island, Litchfield By The Sea; Gilbert and Anne McGeorge to Jeffrey and Karen Heft; Linda Crampton, The Litchfield Company Real Estate; Steve Chapman, The Litchfield Company Real Estate; 8/19/2009.

#36. $1,210,000; 652 Springs Ave., Pawleys Island, Birds Nest; Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to Sarah Johnson and Raymond Bittner; Judy Collins, Collins Real Estate; 5/21/2010.

#37 (tie). $1,200,000; 1113 S. Waccamaw Dr.; Andrew and Brenda Bowden to Peter and Laurie Beaulieu; Darren Woodard, Re/Max Southern Shores; Kevin DeRenzo, Beach Realty South; 4/26/2010.

#37 (tie). $1,200,000; 130 Vista Del Mar Lane, No. 1-703, Myrtle Beach, Grande Dunes; Deborah Davis to Daniel and Mardell Schuster; Debbie Davis, Century 21 Boling; 7/31/2009.

#39. 1,190,000; 214 Old Cypress Ct., Pawleys Island, Preservaton Point, The Reserve; Waccamaw Construction to Thomas and Barbara Buffkin; Brady Stump, Vintage Estates Christies; James Bindner, The Litchfield Company Real Estate; 7/22/2009.

#40. $1,170,000; 4400 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, Oak Park; U.S. National Bank Association to Dimitri and Patricia Sleem; Colby Rowe, Sloan Realty; Marty Corley, Century 21 Boling; 3/25/2010.

#41. $1,164,600; 100 North Beach Blvd., PH03, North Myrtle Beach, North Beach Plantation; Winchester North Beach Management Group to Lakewood Lands, LLC; 12/28/2009.

#42. $1,160,000; 9170 Arignon Ct., Myrtle Beach, Grande Dunes; JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association to James Lee and Joyce Armitage; Kevin Surdyke, Grande Dunes Properties; Laura Garlitz, Century 21 The Harrelson Group; 8/14/2009.

#43. $1,128,790; 1544 Serena Dr., Myrtle Beach, Riviera Village, Grande Dunes; U.S. Bank National Association to Monica Garg and Rajan Gupta; Lisa Duncan-Wellons, Fitzgerald Realty; Mary Maeser, Leonard Call; 2/23/2010.

#44 (tie). $1,125,000, 100 North Beach Blvd., No. 1503, North Myrtle Beach, North Beach Plantation; Winchester North Beach Management Group to YFP, LLC; Walt Witkowski, The Hoffman Group; Alicia Altman, The Hoffman Group; 12/18/2009.

#44 (tie). $1,125,000; 100 North Beach Blvd., No. 1803, North Myrtle Beach, North Beach Plantation; Winchester North Beach Management Group to Audrey and George Levicki; Debbie Davis, Century 21 Boling; Sara Boling, Century 21 Boling; 8/14/2009.

#44 (tie). $1,125,000; 100 North Beach Blvd., No. 903, North Myrtle Beach -North Beach Plantation; Winchester North Beach Management Group to William Biggins; 1/15/2010.

#47. $1,100,000; 8031 Verona Dr., Myrtle Beach, Castillo Del Mar, Grande Dunes; Bruce and Sonya Carrell to Edward Asbury; Earnie Brown, Keller Williams Myrtle Beach; Kevin Surdyke, Grande Dunes Properties; 9/4/2009.

#48. $1,075,000; 86 Compass Ct., Pawleys Island, Compass Point, Litchfield by the Sea; Donald Craver Swing and Jane Parker Swing to Margaret J. Rodgers; Brenda Dusenbury, The Litchfield Company Real Estate; 11/20/2009.

#49 (tie). $1,066,500; 100 North Beach Blvd., No. 1619, North Myrtle Beach, North Beach Plantation; Winchester North Beach Management Group to John Stevenson and Susan Booth Stevenson; Tommy Carnucci, The Hoffman Group; Alicia Altman, The Hoffman Group; 7/28/2009.

#49 (tie). $1,066,500; 100 North Beach Blvd., No. 319, North Myrtle Beach; North Beach Plantation; Winchester North Beach Management Group to Lakewood Lands; Robbie Branham, North Beach Plantation Realty; Matt Scalise, Scalise Realty; 7/24/2009. N

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