Spring weather has already made it’s way to St. Simons Island. We know you need a little salt air and sunshine to shake off the winter blues.

With it still a little too chilly to take a dip in the ocean there are plenty of activities happening around the Golden Isles for you to enjoy.

Here are Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals TOP 5 picks for you to enjoy in the month of March.

FIRST FRIDAY- March 4th.

From 5-8pm, take in a stroll through Historic Downtown Brunswick. Visit galleries and shops up and down Newcastle and Gloucester Streets. Enjoy live music, food samples, wine & beer tastings, unique art and lots of energy.



Join the Rotary Club of the Golden Isles in crowning the Chili Champion! Taste a variety of chili recipes from local restaurants, businesses and individuals. As you taste and vote for your favorites, enjoy live music from the Stingrays. This family friendly event is a St. Simons Island favorite. Ready your bellies for a day full of chili and get your tickets today!



We are “all shook up” that the Georgia Elvis Festival is returning to Brunswick for it’s 4th year. This three day festival is a celebration tribute of the life and music of the one and only Elvis Presley. Dozens of “Elvi” compete in the preliminary contest and the winners move on to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Contest in Memphis. This event is packed with activities. Click here for a full list of events.



Explore unique arts and crafts such as painting, pottery, jewelry, garden art and more at the Spring Invitational Arts & Crafts Market at Postell Park on St. Simons Island. Make a day of art exploration in the St. Simons village area. This event is free to the public.


63rd ANNUAL TOUR OF HOMES- March 19th.

For 63 years, Christ Church as organized and hosted the Tour of Homes. This traditional springtime celebration is the major fundraiser of the year for the church. The tour includes visits to historical sites and homes that are the definition of southern coastal charm. Visitors from all over the region visit St. Simons Island for a peek inside these lovely homes. Click here for event details.

With so many unique activities and festivals, there are loads of reasons to visit. With over 350 properties to choose from, let an experienced vacation planner at Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals find the perfect Island getaway for your group!


Hodnett Cooper is excited to introduce Melissa Johnson, one of the newest Realtors to join the Hodnett Cooper Team.

Melissa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Valdosta State University.

Before coming to Hodnett Cooper, Melissa and her husband began a construction company in 2005, Johnson Partners Inc.  With his background in Civil Engineering and her background in Marketing, they focused on high end residential and commercial building.  When the real estate market struggled, they geared their company toward their industrial building roots.  Going back to residential building, the team changed the company name to REH Building Solutions. Melissa felt this would be a perfect time to transition to her career in real estate. Melissa started with Hodnett Cooper Real Estate as an office administrator while completing real estate courses at night.

Melissa truly enjoys working with people and is eager to build a strong client base through honesty and knowledge.  A knowledge that comes from 10 years in the construction industry. Melissa’s goal is to help others find true happiness in their residence. The process of buying or selling a home should be as stress free as possible and she will diligently work to make sure her clients receive a pleasant experience.

Melissa enjoys hanging out with her husband Jamie and their 3 children.  They love riding bikes, swimming, playing with their two golden retrievers, Hollywood & Rigger, and traveling.  Melissa feels truly blessed to be able to call St. Simons Island her hometown and loves that there are so many outdoor adventures available to experience.

Melissa is located in our mainland office, visit her today!

Summer is here on St. Simons Island and while the beach is always waiting, there’s even more to do! History, music and culture take center stage in the coming summer months and we hope you’ll join the fun. With over 350 properties to choose from, an experienced planner at Hodnett Cooper vacation rentals can help you find the perfect accommodations to pair with the perfect summer events! We hope to see you soon, here are just a few of the many activities to choose from in the summer months:


Held on the oceanfront lawn of the St. Simons lighthouse, attendees bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and cocktails to enjoy lively music in a beautiful setting. $12 at the gate, children under 12 are free. Concerts begin at 7pm.

June 14  blues/soul/piano music of Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots

July 5  local favorites Mason Waters and the Groove Allstars

See full summer series listing here




From now through June 30, receive one free ticket to the McGladrey Classic when you purchase one at regular price. The McGladrey will be held November 16-22 at The Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island. Purchase tickets here




While exploring the St. Simons Island village sights, be sure to visit the arts and antiques shows in Postell Park!

June 27-28: Antique dealers from all over the Southeast, featuring an array of fine an fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver,glassware, etc. Located under the oaks on the grounds of Postell Park on Beachview Drive. 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

July 3-5: Annual 4th of July Sunshine Festival Arts & Crafts Show in Postell Park featuring painting, pottery, jewelry, garden art and more. 10am-5pm all days.

Always free admission and parking!




Friday July 3rd to Sunday July 5th

The Annual St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival held in the Pier Village on St. Simons has been as island tradition of over 60 years. The family fun starts on Friday and runs through Sunday.

The fireworks display begins at 9pm on the evening of July 4th. So bring your chair and meet your friends in Neptune Park and sit back and enjoy the show! Click here for a full listing of 4th of July festivities





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The most recent issue of Atlanta Magazine features 55 secrets of the Georiga Coast  and includes Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island , Captain Gabby Charters, and St. Simons Island’s own Palm Coast Coffee and Fort Frederica National Monument.

We hope you’ll spend some time unearthing and exploring the secrets of Georgia’s unique and beautiful coast!



Congratulations to Hodnett Cooper Realtor®, Ann Dempsey, who had two properties she has listed for sale featured in The Week

House hunting: 7 lovely homes on the Georgia coast 

The article featured 7 homes for sale on the Georgia Coast, and included Ann’s 1129 W. Mission Lane, SE Darien listing of a 5 bedroom home providing marsh views, featuring a gourmet kitchen, elevator, library, and master suite with screened in porch. Property amenities include stationary and floating docks, as well as a dock house.

Mission Lane – Additional Photos & Details


Ann’s second home featured is a .07 acre property in Brunswick at 103 Drakes Landing, a gated community with nature trails. The house has tile floors, fireplace, a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, and includes landscaped areas and community pool access.

Drakes Landing – Additional Photos & Details



For additional information on either property, contact Ann



Ann Dempsey
Associate Broker
520 Ocean Boulevard
St. Simons Island
Office Phone: 912-291-3492
Office Fax: 912-634-8350
Cell Phone: 912-222-0876

111 Turnberry, St. Simons Island, Georgia

111 Turnberry, St. Simons Island, Georgia


At Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, we speak with homeowners every day. Many are concerned about their home’s equity and whether it is the right time to sell. While many factors play into a home’s equity, we are seeing a significant trend. Overall, the average sales price of a single family home in Glynn County (excluding Sea Island) increased 12.8% in 2014 over 2013. The bottom line is, your home may have more value than you think. If you’ve been considering selling, contact Hodnett Cooper today for more detailed market analysis on your home’s value. You may be pleasantly surprised!

The Wall Street Journal and Moody’s Analytics forecast 6.4% growth in sales in the St. Simons Island/Brunswick, Georgia market

In a May 5, 2012 article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Vacation Homes Beckon,” author Joe Light outlines factors affecting vacation home sales. With vacation home markets showing signs of recovery, buyers who have considered purchasing a vacation home feel a new sense of urgency to act while prices are low and inventory is declining.

Buyers who plan a vacation home purchase as a long-term investment are taking advantage of low interest rates, even though prices may not have bottomed, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The article names nine markets that are “primed for a breakout” based on five-year price forecasts from Moody’s Analytics. Those markets include vacation home hot spots such as Napa, California, Santa Barbara, California, Cape Cod, Massachusetts and St. Simons Island, Georgia where the projected growth is among the highest at 6.4% per year.

Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc. on St. Simons Island confirms the momentum in the market dynamics. “People who have long considered purchasing a vacation home on the Island are beginning to act,” said Mary Bryan Fields, Managing Broker, “they have been sitting on the sidelines, are closer to retirement, and plan to act before they are priced out of the market.”

Winnie Skarpalezos, who represents a beachfront home with a list price of $2.1 million on St. Simons Island says she has seen an increase in interest in the house. “We hear the same factors mentioned in the Wall Street Journal article—potential buyers want to take advantage of low prices and low mortgage rates. Plus, this particular house is in a vacation rental program with $125,000 in rental income on the books for 2012. This is an additional offset that buyers can consider in resort destinations like ours.”

St. Simons Island beachfront home listed at $2.1 million

As Mary Bryan Fields concludes, people who lamented not buying in the late 1990s—before prices skyrocketed—are now able to get a “do-over” in real estate. “Now is their chance to buy at 1999 prices in a very desirable Island location.”

Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc. currently employs more than 40 real estate professionals and services 400+ exclusive listing contracts in Coastal Georgia. Additionally, Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc. manages more than 400 vacation rental residences on St. Simons Island, Georgia. For more information, please visit Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc. online or call toll free at 888-638-4750.