Myrtle Island Home
at this spectacular five-bedroom sanctuary overlooking the May River. By Randolph Stewart
yrtle Island, South Carolina is a special place, which is small, intimate and unlike any other. To get there, you cross a small bridge spanning the marsh on a mile-long dead-end road lined with the canopy of old growth live oaks. One immediately gets the sense that time has slowed to a crawl. Now, this is not just a story about a house. It’s a story about a home and a family. I have designed many fine houses in nine states, but this one is special. When you approach it, the wings spread out as if the home is welcoming you with a warm embrace.
Photography by Tom Jenkins Photography, tomjenkinsfilms.com
There is a major difference between a house and a home. A house is a place where you live with a roof over your head. A home is a place where you are loved and share many memories. Tommy and Connie Reeves live in a home that is loved. Their three children—Tommy Jr., Mary and Harris—have grown up there. Since moving in April 2004, the family has had many joyous events in their Myrtle Island home, including middle school, high school and college graduation parties, as well as birthday parties, Valentine’s Day celebrations, soccer team parties, oyster roasts, sleepovers, a debutante party and family Christmas dinners. Recently, this stunning home hosted Tommy Jr.’s wedding to Jessica the weekend after Hurricane Matthew, but more on that after I show you around the home.