Getting Organized in 2017

It’s hard to believe it’s already 2017!
Need some help with those New Year’s Resolutions to become organized?  Are you thinking about listing your house this year, but you just can’t seem to tackle the list of to-dos around the home?  Leaky faucets?  Need to pressure wash the driveway?

Houselogic recently shared a few ideas that are key to becoming a little bit more organized around the house.  If you follow their full list, they guarantee that you can organize your home by February 1st in less than an hour a day!  Here are a few takeaways from this article that Hodnett Cooper believes will help you get your home list-ready in 2017!

Do that Project2017-beach

“What about your space is making you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed?” asks Amy Trager, a professional organizer in Chicago. Is it the paperwork disaster in your office? The pile of clothes teetering on your dresser? Or that mess that surrounds your doorway? Start with what’s annoying you, she says. One hour on that task will get your organizing engine revving.

Reassess Your Display Shelves

Shelves crammed with knickknacks, books you’ll never read, and stuff you somehow accumulated are just a waste of space. Donate books to the library, discard the junk, and arrange what’s left in a way that pleases you

Declutter Your Desk

When your workspace is swimming with collectibles, staplers, Post-its, and more, paring down can keep you focused when it’s time to hunker down

Hang a Shelf

Wall storage is so often overlooked. Find a spot in your home where a shelf would solve a problem, and hang it. Maybe it’s for some toiletries in the bathroom, or laundry supplies, or for your kid’s stuffed toys.

In addition to the above ideas, Hodnett Cooper has a full market preparation guide that our licensed REALTORS are happy to discuss with you.  From enhancing your curb appeal to creating a “model home” interior, our real estate professionals can help you help your home make a great first impression to potential buyers.

Good luck with those New Year’s Resolutions to get organized in 2017!  And, if a Hodnett Cooper agent can offer advice on getting your home list-ready, just let us know!



Christmas Tradition On St. Simons Island Lives On!

Each year with the help of Glynn County Fire department and the St. Simons Island Civinettes, Santa visits the island in his antique red firetruck. Starting around 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve you will hear sirens sound as Santa and his entourage of firetrucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles make their way through the streets. Children will get to enjoy time with Santa to remind him of any last minute Christmas wishes as well as receive a stocking stuffer from the volunteers.

This family friendly tradition has carried on for many decades with adults and children alike looking forward to it every Christmas season. Santa has added a few new stops to his route so make sure you plan accordingly so you don’t miss him! Take a look at his tentative route and be sure to catch him at your location of choice!

The route primarily takes Santa along Demere Road, Mallory Street and Frederica Roads with stops at the following locations;
1. St. Simons Casino Theatre at approximately 5:00 pm.
2. NEW LOCATION…Coast Guard Bathhouse
3. Shops at Demere
4. NEW LOCATION…Brogans North
5. First African Baptist Church


We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.

From Hodnett Cooper, we wish you a Merry Christmas!

Have you heard? HGTV 2017 Dream Home is on St. Simons Island! HGTV is no stranger to St. Simons featuring our small but beautiful island on many of their shows throughout the years. St Simons was featured on Island Life, where a couple and their children from California move across country for a slow paced, more relaxed coastal lifestyle. One of Hodnett Cooper’s very own, Lisa Wilson was the Real Estate agent featured on the show to help the lovely couple find their perfect island home. In addition, St. Marys, just a few miles away was also the 2004 HGTV Dream Home. This year, in the heart of the island at Sea Palms subdivision sits the 3,600 square foot Dream Home. The home was originally built in the 1980’s but was completely remolded and turned into a modern day fairy tale. In addition to the lucky winner receiving the beautiful home they also win a Honda Pilot and $250,000 in cash, not bad right?! In previous years they have opened the Dream Homes for public tours and we are keeping our fingers crossed they will do the same this year! The contest starts December 28th and ends February 17th. You can vote twice a day every day, in years past there has never been a winner who did not vote twice a day every day… so make sure you enter daily!!! The winner of the contest will be announced in late February or early March.

HGTV 2017 Dream Home

HGTV 2017 Dream Home

RSM Classic 2016

The RSM Classic, formerly known as the McGladery Classic is hosted each year by the Davis Love Foundation partnered with the PGA TOUR. The inaugural event occurred in October of 2011. The Davis Love Foundation was founded in 2005 by professional golfer Davis Love, III.

RSM Classic 2016

RSM Classic 2016

The goal of this foundation is to contribute to the well being of the nation and the community by supporting programs that focus on building better and brighter futures for children and their families. The headquarters is located on St. Simons Island which is where Davis Love III calls home and also why the tournament is held in the Golden Isles. According to the RSM website the mission of the Davis Love Foundation is to “help build a better future for children and their families who are at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes. The Foundation provides grants and donations to community-based programs that focus on children and families in need.”

The current title sponsor is contracted with RSM, the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, through 2020. After five years, The RSM Classic has raised more than $4.8 million to support charities focused on children and families in need.  The funds benefit many organizations including Special Olympics (National, State and Local) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia.

For current standings of this year’s RSM Classic check out


The beach may be what brings you to St. Simons Island, and the miles of bike paths will keep you entertained while you are here. Of course there are lots of shops, and some fantastic restaurants too. This article from 365 Atlanta Family is a great resource on where to eat and what to do on St. Simons Island; but what are the secrets unique to our island? Here are three of our favorites.

Look for Tree Spirits: Hidden among housing developments, outside restaurants and other establishments are the tree spirits. Carved into the trunks of old trees, these works of art are fun to find. It’s like a scavenger hunt through town. Each tree spirit is a little different and you can find them all over the island. Visit any of the Golden Isles Welcome Centers for a list of locations.St. Simons Island Fort Fredrica

Visit Fort Frederica: St. Simons wasn’t always a vacation destination. In Colonial times, there was an English settlement on the island that pre-dates the American Revolution by forty years. Fort Frederica was set up to guard the coast from the Spanish. It was the Battle of Bloody Marsh, also on St. Simons that secured the land as an English colony instead of a Spanish one. Fort Frederica has a small, but very engaging museum and a fantastic Junior Ranger program where kids borrow a haversack with a spyglass and compass to complete their mission.

Say Hello to Mr. Bird: He’s been written about in the New York Times, and countless other publications. He’s an African Grey parrot that lives at the St. Simons Bait & Tackle shop on Mallory Street just off the pier. If he’s in a good mood that day, he might let you put him on your shoulder, if not, it’s best to just admire him up on his perch.

Sweet Endings: To round out your St. Simons Island adventure, visit Sweet Mamas in Retreat Village for a delicious peanut butter cookie with chocolate icing.

St. Simons Island’s Fort Frederica has been approved by the U.S. House for an expansion taking the monument from 250 acres to 305. Original plans called for an expansion from 250 acres to 525 acres, however nearby land owners were concerned. Thus the House committee reduced the acreage to a total of 305. St. Simons Land and Trust will donate 21 acres to Fort Frederica, if the expansion is accepted by the Senate. The National Park service wants to expand the site to include a campground as well as a cannon battery. Both will preserve the colonial era aspect of the grounds. No entry charges will still remain as is, federal workers who are working on this project say it would cost more to collect the fee than it would raise revenue. Steve Theus, site manager for Fort Frederica boasts that once the legislation is signed into law there will be a much more complete story that will be able to be told about the town of Frederica.

Georgia is home to quite a few Olympic athletes, read below to find out who!

Georgia is putting up some serious numbers in the Olympic medal count! To date they have eight Olympic medals. That’s more than most of the countries have. Three of these medals are Gold as well adding to the already impressive accomplishment. Most of these medals have come from University of Georgia’s swimming program. Bragging rights are now help in the 4×200 meter freestyle relay in which Gunnar Bentz won a Gold, 2 women, Allison Schmitt and Melanie Margalis helped the Team USA win a Gold in the same Freestyle relay as Bentz. We also have Chase Kalisz who won an individual Silver medal in the 400 individual medley. Along with another medal from Schmitt and Amanda Weir who helped Team USA win silver in the 4×100 freestyle relay.

Aside from swimming we have Maya Moore who will be defending the women’s basketball 2012 Gold. As well as Kristi Castlin who will be competing in her first Olympics, representing Team USA in the women’s 100m hurdles.

It’s safe to say Georgia produces some major athletes. We are so proud of each one of them and can’t wait to cheer Team USA and all of our Georgia athletes on during the Rio 2016 Olympics



When reflecting on the lives lost of all those who served our country we often think of the red poppy flower but some may not know the history behind it. Moina Michael, a notable professor in her time had a passion for remembering those who died in service. In response to a popular poem at the time “In Flander’s Fields” which spoke about the red poppy flowers which grew near the battlefields where fighting took place, Moina Michael vowed to always wear a remembrance poppy. She wanted the red poppy to become a national symbol of remembrance and made it her mission to see this through. She decided she would begin to sell her silk poppy lapel pin to raise money for the rehabilitation of war veterans. By the time of her death Moina Micahel raised over $200 million and was honored by the American Legion at the highest award.

On St. Simons Island we are honoring the lives lost with the Rotary Club of St Simons’ 26th Annual Taps at Twilight. The event will take place Monday, May 30th at 6:45 pm at the Neptune Park Bandstand. We will be honoring those who haven fallen in service of our country as well as those who are serving bravely today. General James Livingston, a Georgia native who was awarded the United States’ highest military decoration – the Congressional Medal of Honor – for his heroic actions in 1968 during the Vietnam War, will deliver the Memorial Day address. During this remembrance ceremony you will experience pageantry of flags, patriotic music, posting and retiring of the colors, and “Taps” played by dueling trumpets. The Rotary Club of St. Simons is extended this event to everyone free of charge as a gift to the community. All you need to bring is your chair!

Hodnett Cooper would like to thank all the men and women who have laid down their life for our country and its people. Our simple appreciation will never be enough to compensate for the lives lost and the families left behind. We are forever grateful to thee! We hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend.

Its hard for me to understand why anyone would ever want to do anything besides soak up the sun all day at the beach! However I get that everyone’s different and you might be thinking what else could I do today while still enjoy the atmosphere of water, waves, and salty air. Good thing on St. Simons Island there is PLENTY of options to choose from. From ocean adventures to watwerparks we’ve got you covered.

Check out some of our suggestions below!


Putt, plunge, picnic and play at this awesome oceanfront park. Located next to the lighthouse, the park features an 18-hole miniature golf course. The pool has a wading pool, water gym for kids, lap lanes and zero-entry access—all with American Red Cross certified lifeguards. Pool concessions are available. The neighboring playground has swings, slides and benches for watching the fun. Under two massive live oak trees is a picnic area with tables and grills available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The grassy lawn is perfect for Frisbee throwing.

Located on neighboring Jekyll Island, Summer Waves has 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the entire family.  Six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area to round out the fun.

Outdoor Adventures

  • St. Simons Island Trolley Tour
    This 90-minute tour takes you through 400 years of Island history with an entertaining and knowledgeable guide.Trolley leaves from 117 Mallery Street in the Pier Village. One tour daily at 11:00 am.
  • Ghost Walk of St. Simons
    Experience strange tales of local folklore, murder, mystery and fright. 90-minute and 2-hour tours available. All tours begin at 9 PM and flashlights are recommended.For seasonal schedules and ticket information, call 912.638.2765.
  • Kayak Tours
    Explore St. Simons, the marshes and neighboring islands by kayak with Southeast Adventure Outfitters. 2- and 3-hour kayak tours, boat tours, and full-moon nighttime kayak tours.
    313 Mallery Street
  • Dolphin Tours
    Cap Fendig, local guide and captain, offers 60- to 90-minute dolphin tours in the inland waters around St. Simons Island.
    Lighthouse Trolleys for more information
  • Emerald Princess Casino
    The casino boat departs from Gisco Point at the southern end of the Sidney Lanier Bridge for a five-hour excursion. Once in international waters, the boat parks and the gaming begins. Each cruise includes a light meal, access to casino gaming and return-to-port snack.

Fishing Charter

We have so many different options when it comes to fishing on St Simons Island. Whether you want to be out on the boat all day or just for a few hours between the selection of charters offered you are sure to find what is perfect for you.

St Simons Island is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, St. Simons Sound, Frederica River, Hampton River and countless waterways in between, St. Simons Island fishing provides opportunity for deep sea and offshore fishing as well as fishing (and shrimping) in rivers, tidal creeks and even off the village pier. You’ll find the waterways scenic and fertile with all types of fish.

A Georgia fishing license is required and can be purchased online, or at a license agent. The license agent on St. Simons Island is:

St. Simons Bait & Tackle
121 1/2 Mallery Street
St. Simons Island, GA 31522   912-634-1888

Check out any of these awesome companies to see which charter option is right for you!


Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Mom! 

Are you stumped as to what to get Mom for Mother’s Day?! Good thing here on St. Simons Island there are so many great places to get some pretty awesome gifts for your special Mom! From weekend getaways, to jewelry, to a family meal we’ve got you covered. Who doesn’t want to spoil the woman who selflessly puts others first every other day of the year? This is her one day to shine, so make it great by taking our advice and getting her any of our Mother’s day picks! Take a look at our list below to find which gift your Mom would like the best!

  1. Vacation GetawayJack Rogers Sandals
    • St. Simons Island is such a beautiful escape from everyday life, why not bring Mom to experience the beauty herself. Stay with us at Hodnett Cooper and she will be nothing short of amazed at her experience on the island!
  2. Jack Rogers
    • St. Simons Island very own, Cloister Collection has tons of Jack Rogers in different colors for you to choose from. These sandals are so versatile and classic, your Mom will surely love them!Turtle Tides
  3. Julie Vos Jewelry
    • Butler’s Stash has the best selection of Julie Vos bangles in town! These bangles are so elegant and easy to wear; you definitely can’t go wrong with these.
  4. Lunch with the family
    • Barbara Jean’s is definitely a local favorite and your Mom will be sure to love it too! They have the best crab cakes in town but they also have a variety of other delicious items on their menu.
  5. Paddle Board or Kayak rental
    • If your Mom is the adventurous type, head on over to Turtle Tides and rent a paddle board or kayak for her to enjoy for the day!
  6. Trolley Tour of the Island
    • St. Simons Trolley Island Tours is one of the best ways to see the island! If your Mom loves history and beautiful views she will surely love seeing the island this way.
  7. Lisi Lerch EarringsThe Southerns Handbook
    • Two Friends has the best collection of Lisi Lerch earrings. These tassel earrings come in so many vibrant colors, your mom will absolutely love these!
  8. The Southerner’s Handbook
    • Dutchman’s Casual Living has the best selection of coffee table books! If your mom is a Southern Belle she will thoroughly enjoy the Southerner’s Handbook!
  9. Acacia Honey
    • The Savannah Bee has the best honey! Why not get your mom a bottle big enough to last her until next Mother’s Day. The Acacia Honey is a best seller with tons of reviews.. but we suggest you go sample it yourself at their location at Mallery Pier!
  10. Flowers and a card
    • When in doubt your Mom will always appreciate the gesture of flowers accompanied by a hand written note from you. A Courtyard Florist on Frederica Rd. can help you pick the perfect arrangement.