The expansive and gracious home at 40 Shoolbred Court is more than a beloved Island retreat. Showcasing an abundance of the finest millwork, materials, and carpentry, as well as a picturesque setting along the Kiawah River, this home is an architectural work of art. Adorned with coffered ceilings, wainscoting, re-milled heart-of-pine flooring, and copper roofing, the 8,768-square-foot main house and 716-square-foot carriage house are crafted beautifully.Unique attributes include the home s front door and sidelights which were salvaged from an antebellum mansion, and the hand-painted wine cellar which includes grillwork forged by a contemporary Charleston craftsman with a passion for tradition. Though classically elegant, this home also offers a host of thoroughly modern comforts such as a home theater, porch bar and grill, and a custom kitchen outfitted with an array of culinary features.The home s setting along the Kiawah River encourages a laid-back lifestyle, where entertaining is effortless. The over 2,000-square-foot pool and Ipe deck, over 800-square-foot screened porch with outdoor kitchen, and approximately 1,100 square feet of open porches all attest to the home's dedication to a life lived out-of-doors. When you free the lines and launch from your private dock, the river and Atlantic Ocean become your playground. By boat, the Charleston Harbor is only minutes away. Surrounded by the charm of the Carolina coast, the rolling sun-lit waters, golden marsh grasses and fairway greens, and whitecaps framed against an azure horizon will take your breath away.This elegant home also showcases numerous upgrades since 2010. Freshly painted garage doors, a repainted interior, as well as sanded and stained hardwood floors. Two new 80-gallon water heaters and new A/C units were installed in 2011. The exterior was repainted, the deck has been resealed, and a new pool pump was added in 2012. A breathtaking Fine Art Lamps chandelier greets guests in the entry, and the dining room also features a chandelier and sconces.A new brick pathway was added from the front yard to back, new sod, new outdoor speakers around the pool, and a ladder was installed on the dock for kayak usage. New plantation shutters adorn the interior, and new carpet has been installed throughout the home, and built-in ceiling Cabassi speakers and a custom woofer can be found in the carriage house.Featuring 11-foot ceilings, the first floor includes the oversized Great Room, the media/theater room, an office, a formal guest bath, the gourmet kitchen, a pantry with large storage area, a butler s pantry, and a utility room with a half bath and access to the rear deck and pool. The spacious Great Room overlooks the pool deck and Kiawah River through five sets of beautiful arched windows. French doors lead directly to a tremendous screened porch, evocative of the Old South s bygone romance.The glorious kitchen features lovely Heritage cabinetry and top-of-the-line appliances sure to bring out a Cordon Bleu-caliber chef in anyone. A large center island includes a new ice maker, two Bosch dishwashers, and Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers to make cooking, cocktail prep, and clean-up especially convenient.Located on the second floor are three guest suites with full baths, an exercise room and sauna, and the master suite. With one including a private porch overlooking the front of the house, and another offering a peaceful sitting area, visitors at 40 Shoolbred will surely relax in the utmost comfort.Architect Skip Wallace proves he thought of everything when he designed the home s luxurious master suite. A rear covered porch overlooking the Kiawah River offers the ideal spot for sipping your morning coffee while watching the activity on the river. The master also includes a marble-surround fireplace, a 13 x 17 master closet, and an exquisite master bath featuring a natural stone-surround jet tub, a large frameless glass shower, as well as his-and-hers vanities.The third floor, also featuring 9-foot ceilings, offers additional space for residents and guests to spread out and relax. Features of the third floor include: a pool table, large wet bar with refrigerator and ice maker, a cedar closet and fireproof safe behind closet doors, as well as a fabulous wine closet large enough to hold approximately 2,500 of your favorite selections. The wine closet is hand-painted and features custom light sconces and grillwork created by Rick Avrett of Charleston Forge.Showcasing striking details and finishes, the carriage house, which offers a full bath and sizable closet, could be used as an additional guest suite or large private study. Below, there is a climate-controlled garage offering additional parking for two cars.A host of extras make 40 Shoolbred exceedingly livable. The private dock offers 11-foot water depth at low tide, with a new lift installed in 2008. The impressive main garage features parking for four cars, a full workshop, redwood paneled shower and changing room, boat trailer storage, and a trash room accessible for back door pick-up. The home also features a geothermal heating and cooling system with the strength of six units, foam insulation in the attic reducing humidity, an elevator from the garage to the third floor, and a Vantage lighting system activating at a single touch. Below the first floor of the main house is a garage and storage space, large enough for multiple cars as well as boat storage.