The Big Idea:
Why not add senior living to Kiawah – for all those who’ve made the Island their home, love it here, and would rather not leave? Long-time residents who envision trading in homeownership responsibilities for more leisure time. And beyond that, why not offer senior living to anyone who’s fallen hard for the magnificent landscapes of the Carolina coast? Seafields was created for all those who’ve traveled the globe but forever return to reclaim their hearts…in the soul of the Lowcountry.
As a not-for-profit community sponsored by Kiawah Life Plan Village, we’re committed to reinvesting all resources into programs that benefit residents and the larger community. To maintain our 501(c)(3) status, we’ll maintain a benevolent fund that helps subsidize residents if, through no fault of their own, their funds are exhausted.
Reach out for more information about Seafields at Kiawah Island Life Plan community.
The Company We Keep
To create a luxury senior lifestyle community with 106 residences, state-of-the-art amenities, best-in-class services, and a plan for residents’ current and future healthcare needs, we rely on an exceptional set of leaders and collaborators.
Big Rock Partners
is a private real estate investment firm and leading senior living developer.
a multidisciplinary firm, has brought a culture of design excellence.
Kiawah Island Real Estate
is a full-service brokerage exclusively focused on Kiawah Island properties.
was acquired by South Street Partners in 2013 and is the master developer…
Big Rock Partners
is a private real estate investment firm and leading senior living developer. With decades of experience operating healthcare real estate, Big Rock believes today’s older adults are ready for the next generation of luxury residential living, which should offer:
- High-end amenities
- Optimization for wellness and social engagement
- Smart-home technologies
- Spacious floor plans
a multidisciplinary firm, has brought a culture of design excellence, expertise, innovation, and collaborative engagement to their senior living community work for many years.
Kiawah Island Real Estate
is a full-service brokerage exclusively focused on Kiawah Island properties. They’re Kiawah’s leading real estate firm, with decades of service to buyers and sellers, and more than 50 full-time sales executives and marketing professionals.
was acquired by South Street Partners in 2013 and is the master developer and consultant for Seafields. With over $1 billion in assets, South Street Partners specializes in developing and managing luxury resort and residential private club communities. As the master developer of Kiawah Island, South Street Partners manages the Kiawah Island Architectural Review Board and is a Kiawah Island Real Estate partner.
What if you’ve got a question?
Questions like these come up again and again. Perhaps the answers will satisfy your curiosity.
What is independent living?
It’s simply a residential lifestyle for older adults that includes an array of amenities and services to enrich the daily experience and help individuals be well.
What is a “Life Plan” community?
Previously called a CCRC – or continuing care retirement community – Life Plan offers a continuum of health care services that proceed from independent living. Seafields Kiawah Island Life Plan community offers a Life Plan contract of 90 days free and as much as a 40% discount off the market rate for assisted living and skilled nursing, if needed.
What is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community)?
It’s how seniors can manage their evolving health care needs in one senior living setting. Independent living residents in a CCRC know a continuum – which often includes assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation – will be available at favorable rates if those care levels are needed.
What is assisted living?
For many individuals, assistance with the tasks of daily living – including personal hygiene and medication management, for example – is all that’s required to keep them feeling independent. Customized to the very particular level of need, assisted living is that helping hand.
When’s the right time to move to a senior living community?
Sooner than later. Many will remark after moving that they wish they had moved sooner. Waiting for a health condition that requires support can be an unfortunate choice for those who would otherwise – in good health – embrace the active lifestyle and pursue their interests vigorously.
Is a senior living community more expensive than living in my own home?
Check the numbers – and your sales counselor can help you with community costs. The truth often surprises – that life in the community compares favorably to staying at home. Scrutinizing homeownership costs and comparing honestly with what’s included in community fees can elevate the appeal of community life: It costs less than you think.
What does my entrance fee cover?
The entrance fee retains your chosen residence and funds the community’s care continuum and long-term capital improvements. It’s your investment in your future care, therefore. Depending on contract selected, a large portion of your entrance fee is returned to you or your estate when you leave the community.
About that active lifestyle – who’s in charge?
Our lifestyle coordinator is a gifted professional organizer. You can expect a splendid assortment of events – including speaker series, musical performances, wine tastings. Resident suggestions are encouraged.
As a Seafields resident, what community am I a part of?
Seafields residents will be part of the Town of Kiawah Island. The Town is the municipal government of Kiawah Island. Seafields residents are not Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA) members.
What is it that I’m purchasing?
This is not real estate; it’s an investment in one’s quality of life as they age. Similar to any club membership, you are purchasing an entrance fee to join the Seafields community and reserve your desired residence at either a 90% or 0% refund to your estate. Your entrance fee grants you lifetime access to your residence and the property’s amenities and services. You will pay monthly fees once you move in.
If this isn’t real estate, why is Kiawah Island Real Estate involved?
Big Rock Partners has hired Kiawah Island Real Estate to be the sales team for Seafields due to their valued experience with the luxury buyer and established relationships with Kiawah Island property owners and prospects likely to be interested in Seafields.
If I am a current Kiawah Island Club Member and move to Seafields, can I keep my Membership?
Yes! This is one of the prime benefits to Kiawah Island Club Members. Your life can stay the same and you can sell your home through Kiawah Island Real Estate with the same Club Membership.
If I am a current Kiawah Island Golf Resort Governor’s Club Member and move to Seafields, can I keep my Membership?
Yes, anyone with a current Governor’s Club Membership would essentially have a change of address upon moving to Seafields and keep their membership.
If I am a current Seabrook Island Club Member and move to Seafields, can I keep my Membership?
If I am not a Kiawah Island Club Member and reside at Seafields, how will I access Kiawah Island?
Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s restaurants and golf are open to the public. Also, as a resident of Seafields you are eligible to join the Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Governor’s Club, subject to availability. Additionally, located on the west end, Kiawah Beachwalker Park offers public beach access.
How many full-time employees will Seafields have?
About 60. We will offer competitive pay and medical coverage benefits to staff. The community will have staff members on-site 24/7/365 including security, nursing, culinary, housekeeping, maintenance, administrative, etc.
What is the hurricane evacuation plan for residents?
Seafields will file a hurricane evacuation plan as part of our emergency disaster plan with Charleston County. The hurricane plan would be to leave when the Governor issues a voluntary order. Seafields will have relationships with hotels and transportation companies to take residents and staff to the location we select further inland. We will stay offsite until it is safe to return. Staff would return in advance of residents to ensure it is safe to return. You would not be required to evacuate to the determined location – you could choose to go with family elsewhere or to an alternate venue.
Can I change to a different unit after I move in?
Yes, you can request to be put on a list to relocate units after you move in. When your desired unit or floorplan, etc. becomes available we will help facilitate arrangements for that transfer process.
Will the monthly fees increase over time?
Monthly fees will be assessed annually (typically in January) based on the costs of operating the community. Increases will not be profit-driven and would be approved by the Kiawah Life Plan Village Board of Directors. Any adjustments will be done with at least 60 days written notice and shared during a town hall presentation to all residents.
Can customizations and upgrades be made to my unit if I wish?
Yes, as long as it’s not impacting a load-bearing wall you can make any changes or adjustments to the unit that you wish, subject to approval by the Board and administration, at your own cost. Once changes have been approved, our team will handle and coordinate the completion of the customization work.
How will you ensure a couple will be able to visit each other if one partner needs to go off-campus for skilled nursing?
Seafields will facilitate organized daily transportation that will shuttle to many destinations around the area as a part of included services. Bishop Gadsden will be one of the locations included.
How many cars can I have in the underground parking garage? How many spaces are included in the fees? What if I want or need extra for my additional cars?
There will be approximately 160 total spaces within the parking garage. One parking space per unit is included within the monthly fee. If you have a need for an additional parking space, our staff can help arrange to provide one additional space for a fee. Requests for more spaces beyond that will be subject to availability.
What is the monthly food allowance that’s included in fees?
There will be a monthly credit of “campus cash” which can be used for all food and is equivalent to two meals per day. Typically residents choose to eat in their unit or off-campus for one meal a day if they typically eat more than two meals a day. You are also able to rollover unused campus cash to a certain extent and use for visiting family members or friends.
Will there be storage units available?
Yes, each residence will be provided with a storage unit with approximately 32 cubic feet of storage. Storage rooms will be located on each floor.
What is the criteria for entry?
It’s important future residents are mentally, physically and financially healthy to enter in order to take advantage of what Seafields offers for future needs. There are two tests that will be required upon your 10% deposit: 1) A medical evaluation to determine if the resident can live safely independently (if they cannot, their residency agreement may be amended to exclude certain healthcare benefits); 2) A financial application; it is generally advised residents have double the assets and monthly income of the apartment being considered. Variances can be made with special circumstances.
What if I’m interested? How do I make a reservation?
Contact your Kiawah Island Real Estate sales agent. If you don’t have one, fill out this form and we’ll be happy to connect you to one.
Can I sign up for a waiting list?
Currently we do not have a waiting list. It is strongly advised those making reservations now are very serious about their commitment and intent. Once the building opens, we will likely start a wait list at that time.
Do you have to be 62 at the time of making a reservation?
No, but you (or your partner who will be residing in the residence with you) must be 62+ at the time of closing your contract.
Kiawah Life Plan Village
Kiawah Life Plan Village is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization specializing in healthcare, housing and support services for Kiawah seniors. As such, Kiawah Life Plan Village will oversee operations at Seafields and is the driving force behind the project. The Kiawah Life Plan Village non-profit operator is led by an active board including the following members:
Mr. Todd Lillibridge
Director and President
Mr. Lillibridge has over 36 years of executive experience in the healthcare real estate industry, including board service in public, private and not-for-profit organizations. From 1994 to 2010, Mr. Lillibridge served as Chairman and CEO of Lillibridge Healthcare Services. In 2010 he joined Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) as its Executive Vice President Medical Property Operations of Ventas, Inc. & President and CEO of Lillibridge Healthcare Services. Since 2018 Mr. Lillibridge has been President and CEO of TWL Enterprises and also serves as a Senior Advisor for Blackstone Real Estate Services, L.L.C. Mr. Lillibridge serves on the boards of DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd., Assembly Health, Kiawah Life Plan Village, Inc., Illinois Ventures, Rush University Medical Center and Mainsail Health Partners, an affiliate of Medical University of South Carolina.
General (Ret.) Walter E. Boomer
Director and Secretary
General Boomer served in the Marine Corps from 1960, after graduating from Duke University, until his retirement in 1994. He retired as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. General Boomer then served as Executive Vice President of McDermott International and President of Babcock and Wilcox Power Generation Group. Most recently, General Boomer led Rogers Corporation until his retirement in 2004. Since then, General Boomer has served on the boards of several companies, including the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
Ms. Barbara McDuffie
Director and Treasurer
Ms. McDuffie began her commercial real estate career in 1982. She has also served on the boards of several companies, including the CREW Network. Ms. McDuffie has received several awards for her business and leadership accomplishments, including the Margaret L. Hodges Leadership Award from the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Mr. Mark Permar
Mr. Permar is an architect, planner, and photographer by training. He works with a variety of clients to create and implement community design concepts with developers, design professionals, and property owners. Mr. Permar has diversified experience in strategic master planning, programming and design, concept development, and facilitating the creative process—experience acquired through a broad range of development and advisory roles in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The development of Kiawah Island is particularly important to Mr. Permar, and he has been involved in the island’s development for more than 40 years.
Mr. Arthur Baron
Mr. Baron began his career working with Standard Oil Development Co., which took him all over the world, including multi-year assignments in the Netherlands. In 1978, Mr. Baron moved to the worldwide headquarters of Exxon Chemicals, and over the next ten years, he served as Vice President of several divisions, including new business development and mergers and acquisitions.