(Sheldon, S.C.) March 7, 2012— The cover story in Barron’s this week is “The 20 Best Places for Second Homes.” Maui, the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, and Palm Beach are among the “Best Places” and so is Brays Island Plantation— the only private residential community in the entire country to be included. Here’s their take on Brays Island:

Brays Island Plantation, a 200-house development master-planned for 325 one-acre lots in over 5,500 acres of wildlife attracts horseback riding, wing-shooting and fishing enthusiasts. Circle-shaped lots maximize privacy and tuck residents in among old oak trees draped with Spanish moss; 90% of the land is held in common trust, blocking overdevelopment. Savannah, Ga. (dine at The Olde Pink House), and Charleston, S.C. (dine at Husk), are close by. Amateur archaeologist Paul Burton, an on-site broker, takes you fossil hunting in the Low Country rivers that ring the island, where teeth of 10 million-year-old Megalodon sharks are found. Last year, $2.3 million was the top trade and the buyer paid the full price, but most sales are 85% of the asking price, knocking the median down after prices had rocketed in 2010.

Median Price 2010: $1.8 million

Median Price 2011: $1.3 million

Brays Island Plantation
A private residential sporting community located between Charleston and Savannah, Brays Island Plantation combines world-class hunting and shooting facilities and over 60 miles of equestrian trails with traditional resort-style amenities including championship golf, tennis, swimming, a fitness center, dining and private concierge services. Homes priced from $895,000; Lots from $300,000.

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