By Lucy Searle
Oscar winner Sandra Bullock doesn't just star in and executive produce some of the best known Hollywood movies – think Miss Congeniality, Hope Floats, While You Were Sleeping and Bird Box – she is also a real estate mogul on the side.
Yes, the movie star, who found fame playing lovable girl-next-door characters, really does have an investment in many neighborhoods across the US – she owns, rents out, sells and lives in homes and vacation homes from coast to coast and north to south.
And this house, a secluded beach estate on Tybee Island, Georgia, which Sandra has owned for 18 years and recently listed for $6.5 million, is amongst the best. It's a quintessential vacation property with its beachside location – or full-time home for anyone hankering after the beach lifestyle year-round.
Why not take the tour? It's on our list of some of the world's best homes, and we think you'll love it.
Let's start with the wow factor: this beach. The architecturally stunning main house and guest house, which sit on almost three acres made up of nine parcels of land, have private access to one of the prettiest white-sand beaches in the country. We can picture ourselves there already.
Always the astute business woman, and knowing it is not good for a property to sit idle, Sandra has rented the estate as a vacation rental at $1,400 a night with a minimum of a three night stay. Looks idyllic, doesn't it? Let's take a look at the house, which has a wide, wraparound covered porch that overlooks beautiful gardens. The main bedroom has a covered porch, too – you can see that below. The design of the house has been well thought out to cater for the indoor-outdoor living vibe we all crave.
The estate has the capacity to sleep 12 family and friends in luxury. The main house is 3,360-square foot and built in a charming plantation style with, as mentioned above, multiple screened verandas, plus a stunning double-height living room (below) with an inviting beachy decor.
There is also a 2,848 square foot guest house with a living room fireplace, a crow’s nest and an outdoor grill.
In total, there are seven bedrooms and six baths between the two buildings. The home is decorated throughout with emphasis on white linen and wicker, giving it a contemporary, airy, beachy feel that's very bright and light, but welcoming too. All furnishings, except for a few personal items, are included in the sale.
There are plenty of opportunities for fun – this house is definitely not just about lounging. There is a large pool (below), a games room, a gym, a basketball court – and, of course, that private beach entrance for that early morning swim or run.
The house is only 20 minutes from Savannah’s gourmet restaurants and unique shops, making it the perfect coastal retreat.
Thanks to Top Ten Real Estate Deals for this house. Co-listing agents are Ruthie Lynah Whitlow and Rachel Umreit of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s.
My first job was writing a DIY column for a magazine for the over 50s (which seemed a long way off back then). I then moved to a DIY magazine as deputy ed, then freelanced my way around the homes departments of most women's magazines on the market before working on Your Home and Family Circle magazines as homes editor. From there, I went to Ideal Home magazine as associate editor, then launched 4Homes magazine for Channel 4, then the Channel 4 4Homes website before going back to freelancing and running a social media business (you can see where I had kids from the freelancing gaps!). I was tempted back to the world of big business by the chance to work with the great team at Realhomes.com, where I was Global Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years, taking it from a small website to a global entity. I've now handed the reins of the website to our American managing editor, while I take on a new challenge as Editor-in-Chief of Homes & Gardens.
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