This large family home is perfect for families that enjoy the great outdoors.
The beaches of Garden City, Huntington, Litchfield, or Pawleys are only a short drive away, or boat ride from the dock @ King's Krest. Drive north 15 minutes and you will enjoy the vibrant shopping and entertainment of Myrtle Beach, SC. The unspoiled beauty of the Inlet and its marshes are at your doorstep, all in one venue.
King's Krest has plenty of room for the whole family. Four bedrooms allow for 11 comfortable sleepers without giving up privacy. Three porches provide for open-air dining on the eating porch, quiet relaxation on the sitting porch, or a seasonal open-air night on the sleeping porch. The home has Wifi ready for your use. As well, a living and dining room with an eat-in kitchen. The back patio has a brick barbecue for large cookouts or oyster roasts, along with a charcoal grill.
The dock was rebuilt in 2007. The child-safe upper dock is covered and has lighting and electrical outlets. The dock has running water and a sink, especially useful for cleaning your fresh catch. The floating dock can secure a boat of 20+ feet and has enough water at low tide to provide access to the ocean. (No boats allowed larger than a 25 feet, please.)
A ladder is available to help swimmers out of the water. Crab traps can be tied off the floating dock for a good harvest of blue and stone crabs in the spring and summer. One of the best flounder holes in the Inlet is just off the front of the dock! And of course, the bounty of the Atlantic is just a ten minute boat ride away.
King's Krest is loaded with character. The home is perfect for those looking to relax with many creature comforts. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy this historic one-of-a kind getaway!
Absolutely no house parties. We do not allow guests to have large parties, weddings, or other special events, as we are zoned residential.
Prior to 1906, Archie Woodward purchased this property for $150 and built the house around 1909. In 1920, J.W. King of Raleigh, NC and his wife, Capitola Holiday King of Galivants Ferry, bought it as a summer home at an auction for $1,985. “King’s Krest” refers to the family surname and the high point on which the home sits.
The King’s three children shared time at their parents’ summer home through the late 1930s. In 1941, one son, Dr. William King, and his wife, Mary Catherine Carter King, (Mama Kate) took title to “King’s Krest.” Together with their children and grandchildren they spent many summers at the family home well into the 1960s. Today, it is the 50 members of the fourth, fifth and sixth King family generations who enjoy “King’s Krest.” For generations, the kids have swung on the wisteria vines, jumped off the dock’s railing, bounced on Oliver’s joggling board, begged for hush puppies at the Oliver’s Lodge back door, ran in the creek with Roosevelt “Rooster” Pickett and Bubba Love, hung out at the old government dock, visited Eason’s store and enjoyed the July 4th family reunions.
“King’s Krest” is filled with generations of family memories, including old water skis, fishnets and pencil sketches. Many of the black and white photos hail from Chip Smith, local photographer who lives in the tree house apartment over the garage, circa 1930, once home for the King’s servants. The oak tree on the water side is estimated to be 150 to 200 years old.
In the dining room is Mama Kate’s writing desk, which use to face south in the family room towards the sitting porch. The bell on the fireplace was used by Viola, the family cook, to summon the Kings for breakfast. Viola, who daily walked from her home in Brookgreen Gardens to work for the Kings, remained with the family into the early 1980s.
Aside from the eating porch off the kitchen, the dining room table, two green chairs and buffet date back to the first generation King matriarch. The table is set with Mama Kate’s everyday china from the 1940s.
The upstairs sleeping porch was screened in after WWII and filled with army cots to accommodate Dr. King’s own growing army of grandchildren, who slept here until the 1970s, when A/C arrived. Recently the upstairs and downstairs porches were remodeled.
The Inlet side of “King’s Krest” has always been the front of the house given old Hwy 17, the coastal highway, ran between the creek and the houses. Notice that a rope swing hangs from the old oak tree and has done so since WWII. The boys nailed steps to the tree, making climbing easier. Over the past 60 years, the tree has grown over one of those steps.
Christmas mornings for Dr. King’s grandchildren at “King’s Krest” means a visit to Belin’s church service followed by a romp in the Inlet to gather seafood. King’s Krest Christmases set the tone for a warm, cozy, creek side holiday, adorned with natural magnolia, cedar and cypress greenery and shells.