Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner:
This was our home for ten years where we raised our two children. We originally moved to Savannah in 2002 and bought the Tybee house a year later as a second home. Yet, we fell in love with Tybee and sold our Savannah home and moved in fulltime early in 2005. Only six months ago did we tearfully moved to Atlanta where I took a new job. We have two great boys who are now 15 and 11. Currently, we live in Decatur, Georgia. I work for a healthcare software company and teach political science at Georgia Tech. My wife is a middle school language arts teacher.
Why the Owner Chose Tybee Island:
My wife and I for a number of years would visit Tybee and pull up our beach chairs on the beaches on the Southend to relax and watch the sunset. After the first sunset and cool breezes, we were hooked. When we decided to buy a home on Tybee, I spent months waiting for a home to come available between 18th Terrace and 19th Street. The Southend is also close enough to the Pier, restaurants and shops to walk, yet far enough where the beach isn’t as crowded. Better yet, just walk around the tip to the beaches facing ‘Little Tybee’ and it will be almost empty. Also, the main road on Tybee Island ends on the Southend and becomes a narrow two lane road. Therefore, the cars go really slow. Therefore, we didn’t have to worry about my two sons walking down the street or riding their bikes. Why did we choose this particular house? The location is perfect. Since we are only the 4th house from the ocean you can hear the waves and the surf. It is really nice to have private access to the beach as well. I also like historic houses, so the home still has its original ‘bead board’ from the 1930s and the extra lot is big plus. We have plenty of room to park or for the boys to throw a baseball, play football or shoot baskets.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We love to invite people to our home. For entertaining, we have two decks surrounded by palm trees. We also converted the original porch into a ‘sun room’. This room is large and surrounded by windows, so a great spot to share a cocktail with friends. When family visits us, we can put them in a separate suite downstairs. They really like the extra privacy.