Kiawah Island is a privately owned beach and golf resort located on a barrier island 15 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. The island is lined with 10 miles of pristine beaches and approximately 10,000 acres of natural woodlands. Kiawah real estate has a particularly eco-friendly characteristic thanks to a strong Board of Architectural Review which places restrictions on building materials and any homes architectural look. Properties maintain a Lowcountry feel through landscaping and design, and even the most palatial estates are designed to blend into the surrounding wild habitat. Amenities abound on Kiawah, generally revered among the top resort communities on the East Coast, with multiple club houses and tennis/sports facilities, pools and several highly rated golf courses.