An ongoing honeymoon
A retired couple from the Chicago area will soon move into this Berkeley Hall dream home.
Story by Eddy Hoyle + Photography By Eric Swanson
Northeast Ohio natives Fred and Debbie Moseley first visited Hilton Head on their honeymoon in 1983, and the couple has returned often over the years. Now that Fred has retired, they will be moving from the Chicago suburbs into their dream home in Berkeley Hall. “We see this as a continuation of our honeymoon,” Fred said.
The Moseley’s chose Berkeley Hall because it met all of their criteria: it’s a golf course community with a fitness center, the quality of cuisine and service at the clubhouse are superb, and the elaborate stonework on the home’s exterior adds to the “wow factor” of the curb appeal. The “core golf” designs of the Tom Fazio golf courses are a plus as well.
Courses are in the center of the community with homesites on the wide perimeter, allowing routings that are uninterrupted by interior homes or roads.
“I love golf,” Fred said, “but I’m not very good. With the core concept design, I don’t have to thread the needle through houses.” Another plus is that there are no homes or rooftops visible from their home. Fred said they also were impressed by the real sense of community, evidenced by the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation, a philanthropic vehicle for their community to make a difference in the Lowcountry.
Their new home is a French country design called the Monceau, an Arthur Rutenberg home with a wide, open floor plan and outstanding curb appeal. The Moseleys love the view from the front door, straight through the great room and lanai to breathtaking scenery, stunning sunsets and the natural fauna and flora of the Lowcountry. The Rutenberg motto is “to let the outdoors in.” To that end, sliding glass doors with a pocket design disappear seamlessly into the walls, including a 90-degree turn on one wall, to magically open the back of the house by making the glass invisible and expanding the living space.
The ambiance of this well-appointed home pairs a French design with a coastal color palate. Soft pastels of teal and gray are balanced with white and a dark, nautical navy. Even the back panels of every cabinet and linen closet are painted a light turquoise, and glass doors on the kitchen cabinets showcase this detail.
The stacked stone fireplace in the great room and stone wall in the kitchen anchor the design elements of the high-gabled ceiling that features black wrought iron ties that stretch across the living space. The kitchen is a model of beauty and efficiency that is gracefully integrated into the open floor plan. Engineered hardwood floors in shades of gray with subtle blue shadows tie the contiguous look of the entire open space.
The master bedroom opens onto the lanai and a spa/pool, and if one cracks that door just a bit, the soothing sounds of water fill the bedroom. The tray ceiling is enhanced with wood, and strip lighting above the cove molding adds softness and depth through shadows. The master bath is stunning, with a huge zero-entry shower tiled to the ceiling, a deep soaking tub, 24-inch marble tile on the floor against sky blue walls with light gray molding, including the 8-inch cove molding at the ceiling. Gray Zodiac quartz counters are featured with double sinks and a knee space for a seat in the middle. This bathroom received the 2018 Homebuilders Association Lighthouse Award for Best Bath.
Rhett Meeks of AR Homes said that this floorplan includes a bonus room and a den to meet the needs of retirees who are not used to spending 24/7 together. For the Moseleys, one room will serve as a space for Debbie to use as a sewing room where she will keep her embroidery machines and other equipment.
The Home Team
Builder AR Homes
Construction materials Espy Lumber
Plumbing Ferguson, Palmetto Plumbing Services
HVAC Dean Custom Air
Cabinets Sea Island Kitchens
Lighting Pace Lighting
Pool Aqua Blue Pools
Railings American Master Ironworks
Landscaping Sunshine Nursery
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