We can’t say we are surprised! According to Travel + Leisure’s Rebecca Ascher-Walsh “Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.”
St. Simons Island and the surrounding Golden Isles are the true definition of paradise- a place of extreme beauty, delight, or happiness. The weather is close to perfect year-round, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60’s. The beaches are kept in pristine condition, the area is rich with history, and there are more local restaurants with 5-star cuisine than we can count! If you want to experience all that this Top US island has to offer book your stay now with Hodnett Cooper!
The Golden Isles offers some of the most beautiful back drops on the coast with the endless marsh, sunrises over the ocean, and majestic live oak trees. Making this the perfect place for filming movies and television shows. Locals typically hear the buzz around shows being filmed and the list of celebrities that make their way to the area to film but most travelers probably don’t know of all the famous footsteps that have happened here!
Most recently a new film called Live By Night featuring Ben Affleck was filmed in the heart of Brunswick, GA. The film will be released in 2017 and is based on the 2012 novel Live By Night by Dennis Lehane. The south of Brunswick got a huge make over (or make under) to have the appearance of Ybor City, FL in the 1920’s. A lot of money and time was spent painting, recreating buildings and signs, redoing roads, as well as on building and then burning down other set pieces. Big crowds turned out several nights to try to catch a glimpse of Ben Affleck and he was nice enough to acknowledge the crowds and give them a waive.
Prior to Live By Night, another very well-known movie filmed partly in the Golden Isles was Magic Mike XXL, starring Channing Tatum. With the majority of the scenes taking place in Tybee Island and Savannah you might recognize the beach scenes due to our popular and notable drift wood washing ashore on the beaches here. Although not one of the classiest movies ever filmed Magic Mike XXL is surely a favorite among women, leaving them blushing and giggling for sure!
One of the most famous movies to be filmed in the Golden Isles is definitely X-Men First Class. Although most of the film took place in the UK, there was a beach scene filmed in our back yard, Jekyll Island at the Jekyll Island Club. Also filmed at the Jekyll Island Club was Glory starring Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick.
It’s safe to say celebrities from far and wide have walked the Golden Isles, which gives a small but beautiful area large bragging rights for sure!
Recently a diverse group of Hodnett Cooper team members participated in the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® exclusive conference, which took place at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) Conference Week attracts a prestigious audience of nearly 2,500 real estate professionals from 25 countries.
The conference was offered exclusively to professionals affiliated with LeadingRE, a global community of real estate companies awarded membership based on rigorous standards for service and performance. The event offered further education for every branch of our firm. Brokers to REALTORS and relocation professionals, all the way to our marketing and technology specialist. Our team explored a range of topics relating to the real estate market and addressed ways to best reach, communicate with and serve today’s savvy home buyers and sellers.
Keynote speakers included George Blankenship, the innovator who master-minded Apple retail stores and later headed worldwide retail for Tesla, and William Taylor, co-founding editor of Fast Company magazine. Also featured were Stefan Swanepoel, real estate trends expert and author of the Swanepoel Power 200 and D.A.N.G.E.R. Report, and an impressive line-up of industry thought leaders, marketing strategists and technology innovators.
“The event attracted some of the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in the industry, and we were thrilled to bring such an accomplished group together to focus on learning and collaboration,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor .
Hodnett Cooper Real Estate is the Golden Isles representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com), the largest network of premier locally-branded firms in more than 50 countries producing over one million annual home sale transactions. As a member of LeadingRE, Hodnett Cooper provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in any market.
Continuously seeking further education, and staying up to date on market trends to better assist our clients, are contributing factors to Hodnett Cooper Real Estates continued success in customer satisfaction.
Take advantage of our Sweet Summer Savings!
It’s that magical time of year when the summer crowds have thinned, it’s still beach and swimsuit weather and there are several unique activities and festivals throughout the Golden Isles. A September visit to St. Simons Island could include the following…let’s start planning!
Saturday, September 12, 9am – 1pm
Artisan foods and products from local farms and vendors. Enjoy samples along with live music.
A celebration of two Georgia favorites: shrimp and grits! On neighboring Jekyll Island, this weekend celebration includes tastings, arts & crafts, a craft brew tasting, cooking competitions, live music and great activities for kids. Food, fun and family…what could be better? Visit the website for a full schedule of events and pricing.
September 30- October 4
This celebration of local food features five days of special events, including a kick off party, tastings, entertainment and a Spiritual Brunch to close out the festival. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events and pricing.
Did you know that Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals has teamed up with the Under the Oaks 1/2 Marathon challenge and is offering 15% OFF your stay October 7-11. This gives you and your running party plenty of time to enjoy all of the weekends race activities. Book your room now by calling 844-856-4903 or book online using the promo code: OAKS15.
“Under the Oaks” Half Marathon, Jekyll Island October 10, 7am
Including a half marathon, 10K and 5K runs, the courses are USATF certified and all three races are USATF sanctioned. Both competitive and causal runners will enjoy the flat terrain and picturesque views of Jekyll Island. Visit RaceRoster to register.
Jean is originally from California but has lived in the Southeast since 1986. She previously resided in Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, North Carolina. Since 2014 Jean has proudly called the Golden Isles her home.
For 25 years Jean worked as a cosmetologist building and maintaining strong relationships with her clientele – an asset greatly desired in the real estate industry. Jean also brings her previous mortgage experience to Hodnett Cooper. Advising agents and attorneys, as well as approving closing documents for over 2 years, she can help council her clients to avoid common pitfalls that can delay the short sale process. Jean has an extensive knowledge of investor and servicer terminology to aide buyers and sellers navigate through any situation.
Starting her career in North and South Carolina, Jean has been a licensed realtor since 2009. With her passion for helping others, whether you are buying or selling, she will negotiate for your best interest and keep her clients’ needs first.
When she’s not working Jean enjoys exercising and has recently taken up golf. She loves cooking and spending time with her family.
Located at our mainland office, Jean is ready to help you in your next real estate transaction.
Having an exceptional team that consistently raises the bar in customer service and client satisfaction is the reason Hodnett Cooper Real Estate continues to dominate the market.
Every month, Hodnett Cooper Real Estate presents the “Roy Hodnett Positive Person Award” to one team member in the Brunswick office and one team member in the St. Simons Island office. We also recognize our Top Selling and Top Listing Agents of the Month.
This month we presented the following
- Agent of the Quarter- Ann Dempsey
- Agent of the Month (Top Sales)- Ann Dempsey
- Agent of the Month (Top Listing)- Stephanie Foster Web
- Roy Hodnett Positive Person Award- Jeff Williams and Nancy Usher.
At this month’s meeting, we also celebrated our entire team and the significant increases we have seen for the first half of 2015.
Based on information from the Golden Isles Multiple Listing Service, Inc. for the period January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015 Hodnett Coooper leads the Real Estate market in
- Sales Volume
- Sales Volume Growth
- Total Sold Transactions
- Market Leader in Sales Volume & Transactions in Mainland Glynn County
- Market Leader in Sales Volume & Transactions in St. Simons Island.
We are thankful to work with the BEST TEAM around.
Hodnett Cooper is a family-owned company that recognizes the importance of family connections. As you gather together to give thanks this week, we are doing the same. At Hodnett Cooper, we are thankful to be a part of such a unique, vibrant community. Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals is thankful for the opportunity to welcome thousands of visitors to the area each year. And at Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, we are thankful we have had the opportunity to help so many families find a home in St. Simons Island, Brunswick and throughout the Golden Isles. From the Hodnett Cooper family to yours, thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.
In previous weeks, we have reported on the year-over-year increase in new building permits. For buyers who have always dreamed of owning a brand new home, we are pleased to report that new construction is again available in many areas.
Planned communities such as Sweetwater and Carriage Gate Plantation in Brunswick offer new construction homes, ready to move in. At Sweetwater, homes start at $159,900. At Carriage Gate, homes start at $260,800. Contact Hodnett Cooper Associate Broker Stephanie Foster for more information on new home construction in these communities.
Also available are luxury, waterfront townhomes with wet slips at Hidden Harbor Residences and Yacht Club. These townhomes offer spectacular panoramic views, premium finishes, a waterfront clubhouse and 900 feet of linear dock. Six three-bedroom, three-bath residences are available. Additionally, five residences are available with the opportunity for buyers to select final finishes. And pre-sales are available for future phases of construction. Contact Hodnett Cooper REALTOR Janice Ronson for information on Hidden Harbor.
Contact Hodnett Cooper Real Estate to learn more about these and other new construction homes ready for you to move in.
Roy Hodnett was recently awarded the Alfred W. Jones, Sr. Award for dedicated leadership and outstanding service to Brunswick and the Golden Isles by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce. Those of us who work with him every day can go on and on about what a wonderful leader and person he is. The award introduction speech nicely sums up his lifetime of dedication:
Let’s start back over 80 years ago when a young boy at the age of 11 started working to help support his family. He delivered papers and then groceries all over town on his bike and continued helping his family through high school. Following his high school graduation, he worked in virtually every aspect of the food retail business, which he loved. In 1940, he went to work for a large company called Dupont, but before he was there even a full year, the war broke out. He enlisted in the army at the young age of 20 and spent the next five years of his life serving his country because he loved and believed in what his country stood for: freedom.
Before he left to fight in France, he met and married the love of his life. He will tell you that she helped make him the man he is today. After being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and coming dangerously close to losing his leg, he came home a hero with numerous honors, including the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.
He came home to heal, see his newborn son, and begin building a life and future with his family. Starting his own cookie distributing company from scratch, he proved quickly that hard work, determination and a good woman beside him was all he needed. He and his family soon moved out of their $900 government house and built a beautiful home where they raised their three children, Mike, Pat and Kelly. It was a good life.
Flash forward to 1968 when he and his wife were vacationing on a little Island in Georgia called Jekyll. They decided to drive over to the next island for dinner and when they crossed the causeway leading to St. Simons, he said, “Honey, I think we have just discovered a little slice of heaven.” They both fell in love with the Island and purchased a home that weekend, making the decision that they would continue building their life in our beautiful community. He sold his distributing company and went into the cookie brokerage business. They packed up their family, moved to Georgia and never looked back.
Always believing that the more a person gives, the more he gets back, he began to make his mark. Embracing their new life in Georgia, he and his family joined the St. Simons United Methodist Church, many clubs and organizations and strived to become part of their new community. Growing tired of traveling with his brokerage company, he retired from selling cookies at the age of 62, deciding to enjoy his days playing golf, enjoying his family and perhaps, sell a little real estate. A few days after retiring, his wife—realizing he would quickly grow bored in retirement—told him, “I married you for better or worse, but not for lunch. Now, go find a job!”
Again, with a lot of determination, hard work, and quite a few risks, he and his partner, built one of the most successful small businesses in Glynn County.
Over the years, he has guided, led, listened, mentored, advised, supported and encouraged so many people, young and old alike. He has a soft spot for anything that has to do with children or young people because he knows they are our future. Each year The Gathering Place stops by his office with a group of students to say “thank you” and he always enjoys this annual visit. He takes the time to share his story and hear about their hopes and plans for the future, all the while encouraging them. As one man told me recently, “He just has that way of making you feel special and that you can do anything if you believe you can.” Always with a smile and a warm handshake or hug, he continues preaching the value of work ethic, kindness and respect for all. He has never strayed from these principles and continues to touch the heart and soul of everyone he meets. He will tell you his family, his country, his community, and his God are the most important things in his life
If you ask him what his secret is to having such a successful and happy life, he will tell you it is having a wife of 68 years who stood beside him and often behind him pushing and believing in him. He will also tell you it is having the right ATTITUDE. There is a quote on the wall in his office that says “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than failures, than successes, than appearances, than skills, than what other people think or say or do. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. What’s remarkable is that we have a choice every day we wake up regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you.“
At 91, his work ethic still has him going to his office every day with his door always open for the next person to walk in for him to encourage, mentor, and push along. And of course, talk about attitude.
How lucky Glynn County was that day over 44 years ago that Roy and Anne Hodnett decided to pack up their children and their lives and move from that small Virginia town to their little slice of heaven.
Roy, we would like to honor and thank you for everything you have done, and continue to do, for our community as this year’s recipient of the Alfred W. Jones Award.
Congratulations Roy, from all of us at Hodnett Cooper!