The lake that shaped a $4 million South Carolina house

A peninsula parcel gives this $3.9 million retreat lake views on three sides. (Justin Winter & Associates)

It makes sense, when you live on a lake, that your house faces the water. For one homeowner on a little peninsula at one of South Carolina’s most scenic lakes, the plan was to triple-down on that idea. “They designed the home to have 270-degree lake views. All three sides of the house face the lake,” says listing agent Kimberly Martin of Justin Winter & Associates.

Lakefront house with decks and terraces in South Carolina.

An array of covered decks and terraces blur the line between indoor and outdoor living. (Justin Winter & Associates)

The result is an airy, open plan interior that opens to vistas of 26-mile long Lake Keowee, a waterway in the northwest corner of the state surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Four wooden decks and a large flagstone terrace that runs the length of the home underscore an indoor/outdoor lifestyle and the natural beauty of the setting. 

The 1.35-acre lot encompasses 445 feet of shoreline. (Justin Winter & Associates)

The house at 273 Brookhollow Trail in the town of Six Mile sits on 1.35 acres. It’s  remote and private yet close to amenities such as a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, Beach Club, restaurants, fitness center, and the tennis and pickleball courts inside the gated community The Cliffs at Keowee Springs

There are fewer than 200 homes in the Keowee Springs community. This one was built in 2021, custom-designed in craftsman-style by Garry Price with Design Elite based in Greenville, SC. 

Capitalizing off of the peninsula positioning, the interior features oversized windows for maximum views. (Justin Winter & Associates)

The main level features oak floors throughout and holds the primary bedroom suite as well as the dining room, living room (which has a brick fireplace and doors that open to a screened-in porch), and kitchen with stone-topped counter and island, and custom-wood cabinetry. Ceilings in the common rooms are high and arched, with wooden beam accents.

Two bedrooms and a family room are located at the lower level, and a large flex room built over the garage could be used as a fourth bedroom or home gym. In all, the house covers 4,500 square feet.

A dining area sits just off of one of the home’s four Ipe decks. (Justin Winter & Associates)

Who might buy this home? “The current owners are year-round residents,” Kimberly Martin says. “It could be for a family of four, a family with small children, or someone wanting a second home.” The community draws people from urban areas such as Atlanta, Charlotte, NC, and the Northeast who are seeking second homes.

The climate here is mild, meaning residents play golf year-round. Boating, swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking on the lake are popular in spring and summer. 

Following the contour of the kitchen, the central island seats four. (Justin Winter & Associates)

The Cliffs members enjoy private hiking trails in the nearby mountains and access to places such as Keowee Falls. Amenities also include a cycling club led by 17-time Tour de France veteran road bicyclist George Hincapie. There are three Cliffs communities at Lake Keowee. (Membership is an additional cost.)

The house is located about 75 miles from Atlanta and 20 minutes from Clemson, the home of eponymous university and the famed Tigers football team. 

The four-bedroom home covers 4,500 square feet. (Justin Winter & Associates)

The cost is $3.99 million. Kimberly Martin is the listing agent.


Mary Forgione wrote for The Los Angeles Times on the outdoors for four decades. She won an Emmy in 2019 for informational news reporting. Now a Forbes and Forbes Global Properties regular contributor.

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