Jan. 11, 2019

Kathy Besse named Broker in Charge and VP of Business Development

Contact: Christy Whitlock
Telephone: 843-237-2094
Cell: 843-318-9609
Email: cwhitlock@lachicotte.com
Website: Lachicotte.com


Kathy Besse named Broker in Charge and VP of Business Development


Pawleys Island, SC – January 11, 2019 – The Lachicotte Company is pleased to announce the promotion of Kathy Besse to Broker in Charge and VP of Business Development. She will have the primary responsibility of overseeing the companies highly respected residential and commercial real estate professionals, training, recruitment and support, in addition to corporate strategic business development.

“Kathy has played a key role in the vision and growth of Lachicotte, and she was instrumental in our successful transition as owners. Her integrity, knowledge, energy, and valued dedication, along with reputation, made her a clear choice as Broker in Charge”. Said Christy Cooper Whitlock, Managing partner of Lachicotte.

Kathy has over 14 years of real estate experience in the area with 10 years being a Christie’s luxury sales agent. In 2012 she joined Lachicotte where she has overseen Marketing and Branding for all Lachicotte Company divisions; commercial, residential, and vacation rental. She is a certified Christie’s International Luxury Specialist and Lachicotte Luxury Specialist where she served as Broker Associate along with Marketing Director.

A native of Indianapolis, IN, Kathy, and her husband Dean, moved to Pawleys Island 25 years ago where they raised their two children, Garrett and Rowan. In her spare time, Kathy loves arts, baking, thrift shopping, furniture restoration and spending time on the water. “I have a true love for real estate and decided from the beginning of my career that I would take who I am and make it the core of what I do”, said Kathy Besse.


The Lachicotte Company was established in 1991. In 2012, the two iconic Lowcountry families (Lachicottes & Coopers) joined forces when The Lachicotte Company merged with Vintage Estates Realty. In 2018, the reins of the company were handed over to the four Cooper siblings by Doc Lachicotte. The full-service brokerage, with an experienced and knowledgeable team of professionals, offers both Residential and Commercial Real Estate Services complete with Property Management. In addition, the Rental Division provides vacation planning & rental services, vacation home property management as well as long-term rental management and placement.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Christy Whitlock at 843-237-2094 or email at cwhitlock@lachicotte.com.

Posted in Lachicotte News
Oct. 22, 2018

The Only Beach In the World

The Only Beach In the World
By Steve Roberts

Pawleys Island calls itself the “oldest seaside resort” in America. That might not be true but one fact is indisputable. For about 200 years this sliver of sand on the South Carolina coast has been captivating visitors, creating memories and celebrating the joys of doing, well, as little as possible. The island’s quiet, compelling beauty—the sea and the sky, the sand dunes and salt marshes—has inspired generations of writers, including Elizabeth Allston Pringle, daughter of an early settler. She was born in her family’s summer house at Pawleys in 1845 and in her memoir, Chronicles of Chicora Wood, she recalls her delight at returning each May during her childhood: “To me it has always been intoxicating, that first view each year of the waves rolling, rolling; and the smell of the sea, and the brilliant blue expanse; but then I was born there and it is like a renewal of birth.”

By 1902 the island had grown considerably as a tourist destination and W.H. Wallace, editor of The Newberry (S.C.) Observer filed this report: “Though it is almost out of the world, Pawleys just now is lively with many clever clever people here from various sections of the state, and everyone having a fine time. It is a free and easy sort of life, the conventionalities being laid aside for the time being. People don’t put on airs down here—indeed they don’t put on much of anything when they go into the surf, and that is the chief occupation here.”

In 2005, Dorothy Benton Frank’s novel Pawleys Island featured a character who states: “I could stand on the porch and breathe in with all of my lungs, exhale my troubles in a whoosh, and the breezes carried them away. My shoulders dropped back to their natural position. I moved differently, slowly but with deliberateness. I slept soundly remembering all my dreams. That seemed to be the general consensus of everyone on Pawleys Island. It’s a simple retreat for some and a spa to the soul to others. One thing is certain: it’s unlike any other place in God's creation.”

In three different centuries these writers have all described Pawleys in a similar way. Eternal. Timeless. People play here. Relax here. Breathe here. Dream here. And they keep coming back, year after year, generation after generation.

This “spa to the soul” is less than four miles long and barely two streets wide in most places, separated from the mainland by a creek that’s so narrow you can wade across it at low tide. Yet psychologically that creek could stretch for miles. Frank’s character is correct, when you cross one of the two causeways and reach the island your shoulders really do drop “back to their natural position”. Life is reduced to simple choices and simple pleasures.

Pawleys is a well-kept secret, bounded by two more popular tourist attractions—Myrtle Beach 25 miles to the north and Charleston 70 miles to the south. Even today many people know only one thing about Pawleys: as the home of the famous rope hammocks, first made and marketed here in the 1930s and now sold around the world. Certainly a fitting symbol for what I once described as a center for “relentless lassitude”.

This place is far more than just a retreat or a spa however. Its long and rich history is closely connected to a larger community, the Waccamaw Neck, a peninsula bounded on the west by the Waccamaw River, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the south by Winyah Bay, home to the colonial era seaport of Georgetown. By the mid-18th century the region’s economy was flourishing due mainly to one crop: rice.

But the fetid rice fields brought disease along with prosperity, especially malaria, what one early account called “the summer sickliness of the plantations.” The planters did not know that this deadly malady was spread by mosquitos; they did know enough to send their families to the seaside for the summer.

They started building houses on what they called the “Canaan Seashore,” the western side of the creek that separates Pawleys and an adjacent island, Magnolia, now called Litchfield, from the mainland. Pawleys Island itself was a wild place then, full of huge sand dunes and isolated by the creek. The first pioneering settlers moved their summer residences to the island in 1822 and the first causeway was built in 1845.

By the turn of the 20th century Pawleys was changing character, from a private retreat for a few privileged families to a public tourist destination. Steamboats ferried travelers up the Waccamaw from Georgetown, and they took a variety of conveyances—horse drawn carts, early autos, even a railroad for awhile—across to the beach. Inns and boarding houses flourished to accommodate the tourists. So did dance halls and bowling alleys, amusement parks and snack bars.

The modern era began in 1935, when a bridge was built across Winyah Bay and the seashore road, now known as Highway 17, was finally paved. Tourists could now drive to Pawleys without getting lost or taking forever. Three years later the Lachicotte family opened the first store on the highway selling the hammocks that made the Pawleys name famous. In 1985 the residents incorporated into a town for the main purpose of controlling growth and all commercial establishments were banned on the island itself. Four years later Hurricane Hugo destroyed many of the older smaller homes and newer, larger residences took their place. An island that once reveled in the description “arrogantly shabby” was shabby no more.

But for all the changes the essential Pawleys remains. This is still an old-fashioned place where the old rhythms still rule and the old songs are still sung. Elizabeth Pringle’s beach, what she called “the only beach in the world,” is still here.

Steve Roberts has been coming to Pawleys Island with his family for more than 40 years. He is the co-author, with Lee Brockington, of a new book about Pawleys that will be published in Arcadia’s Images of America series.

Posted in Pawleys Island
Sept. 13, 2018

Lowcountry Jewelers

Located in the historic Island shops, Lowcountry Jewelers brings more than 100 years of combined expereince. It is evident in everything that they do, their love of jewelry. Their skilled staff is made up of fine jewelers, creative designers, goldsmiths, diamond setters and a GIA Certified Appraiser.

One of their popular items is the Pawleys Island Shell. To find a Pawleys Island shell on the beach means you will be blessed. According to local legend, you can only find this shell on Pawleys. Lowcountry Jewelers offer this item in sterling sliver or 14kt gold, with or without diamonds.


Learn more about Lowcountry Jewelers Here

The Jewel of the Lowcountry

Sept. 11, 2018

Classic Custom Home Building

"There's no place like home... There's no home like a Classic"

Classic Home Building is a local family owned and operated business. They are a member of prestigious Southern Living Custom Builder program and has built nearly 1,000 homes in the Carolinas. Along with unique custom homes, Classic help homeowners realize the true potential of their home through simple and complex revitalizations.

Founded in 1999, they are one of the most trusted and respected home building teams on the Grand Stand.

Credentials / Certifications • South Carolina Builder of the Year 2013 • Certified Master Builder • Member Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association • Area’s Exclusive Member Southern Living Custom Builder Program • Certified Green Building Professional • First in the State to Offer FORTIFIED® for Safer Living • IDS Member

Learn more at www.classichomebuilding.com

Sept. 6, 2018

See You In The Gardens

Imagine a psychedelic world of electric colors and endless flowers; majestic birds and a flutter of butterflies overhead; white tail deer, otters, and alligators in their natural habitats; sculptures as lifelike as their subjects; and traveling through hundreds of years of history in a few steps. Got a clear vision? Welcome to Brookgreen Gardens.

Brookgreen Gardens is a wildlife preserve, National Historic Landmark, an accredited outdoor art museum, natural wonder, and more, and it has been an inspiration, refuge, and retreat for Georgetown County for more than 85 years. Every day, Brookgreen offers a selection of tours, programs, and exhibits for all ages, and gives you the option to stroll through the gardens on a guided tour or explore these beautiful spaces on your own. Each season, new exhibitions and special events make Brookgreen Gardens...Ever Changing. Simply Amazing.

BROOKGREEN GARDENS | 843.235.6000 | 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 | www.brookgreen.org

Aug. 1, 2018

Downtown Pawleys Live

one-day festival coming to Downtown Pawleys, behind the Island Shops

Downtown Pawleys Live, Music, Food and Art festival will take place Sunday, September 2, 2018, 1pm – 8pm. Gates open at 11:30am.

DOWNTOWN PAWLEYS LIVE, is a unique all day festival with the best regional bands, art, fresh food, craft beers, vending artist and more. The acts, refreshments, and location have been carefully selected to provide a high quality, low country vibe and ensure an awesome time celebrating the end of summer and bringing our community together.

Downtown Pawleys Live is a music, food & art lovers day, “We are thrilled to bring such talent to our area.” Linda Lane, DPL organizer. Live Bands include; The Folk, Indie & American sounds of Sweet Sweet, The Reggie Sullivan Band, which has become one of the Hottest bands in South Carolina, Empire Strikes Brass a high energy Brass-Funk-Rock band hailing from the city of Ashevlle, N.C. The Blue Dogs, featuring longtime partners Bobby Houck and Hank Futch, return to Pawleys Island for their ONLY 2018 appearance. Joining the Blue Dogs for the festival is longtime Georgetown resident, Phillip Lammonds (now residing in Nashville). And from Athens, Georgia, the Multi-instrumentalist, Randall Bramblett Band, well known for a long catalog of songs covered by Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Hot Tuna, Delbert McClinton and more. His soulful sounds and top shelf band have critics calling him the “Southern Steely Dan.”

With the new improvements to the parking area behind the Island Shops the concept of the Downtown Pawleys Live one-day festival was born. “We are excited to offer our guests and tenants a great parking area to shop, dine and enjoy all that the Downtown Pawleys Island Shops have to offer,” said Christy Whitlock, event founder. “Keeping with our area’s traditions, while making improvements; Downtown Pawleys Live is intended to bring our community together”.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hobcaw Barony. Hobcaw Barony is 16,000 acre tract of land dedicated to research and education in the fields of coastal ecology, marine biology, and the humanities relating to coastal South Carolina. Clemson University and the University of South Carolina each maintain multi-million dollar research facilities at Hobcaw. “Hobcaw Barony was a natural choice for us. It’s a hidden gem that promotes history and education. It’s the size of Manhattan,” said Whitlock. ‘We want to promote taking care of our environment and natural resources’. Proceeds will contribute to the great educational value Hobcaw Barony provides, like continuing to host thousands of primary and secondary school-aged children in our area and state.

Advance Tickets $20 on-line. Day-of Tickets $30 at the door. Children 12 and under are free

For tickets: bit.ly/downtownpawleyslive

July 23, 2018

Whats Included In A Home Inspection

A home is the biggest purchase most people will ever make, and a home inspection is always recommended before buying a home. It’s important to realize the condition of your investment. While some little quirks may be nothing to worry about, there may be more serious issues that only a professional home inspector can assess. Here’s a helpful infographic that shows you what’s covered in a home inspection.

What's Included in a Home Inspection
March 9, 2018

Locally Grown, Internationally Known

The company was originally founded by one of the most recognizable faces in Low Country Real Estate – Doc Lachicotte, bringing decades of experience and knowledge of the area to the Real Estate market. Now, one of the most respected real estate teams in the industry, Lachicotte continues to evolve & grow with combined leadership with the Cooper family. The two families, with a long established relationship, merged in 2012 to become a full service, Real Estate firm representing clients in buying, selling & leasing of both Residential and Commercial properties as well as Vacation Planning and Property Management. The team of experts has been involved with many of the finest properties in the area.

With powerful affiliations -- Christie’s International Real Estate for the Residential arm and NAI Global (New American International) for the Commercial arm of the company, Lachicottes scope and breadth is not only local but global with the strength of these brands behind the company. “We understand the importance of exposing our client’s properties beyond the local market, but we also remain focused on our homegrown roots. Our mindset naturally gravitates toward the lifestyle of the area, the history, the charm & the beauty of what we have the privilege of selling, while protecting it at the same time” says principal, Chuck Cooper. “We believe that leadership in Real Estate begins at home, and remain deeply rooted in our community with uncommon insight and long-standing relationships”, continues Kathy Besse, Marketing Director.

Our Team is skilled at offering a seamless Real Estate experience. We pride ourselves on offering more to our clients – we embrace the Art, we cherish the Culture, we know Real Estate and we live the Lifestyle. Whether you are buying or selling your home, investing in a commercial property or planning your family vacation, Lachicotte is here to help guide you through the process. You’ll receive custom solutions through a valued partnership with a singular focus: You.

Posted in Lachicotte News
Feb. 20, 2018

Top Producers of 2017

Lachicotte is pleased to announce our top agents of 2017. Your hard work, professionalism and dedication paid off. We can not wait to see what you achieve in 2018! Congratulations!

Posted in Lachicotte News
Feb. 20, 2018

The Start of a "New Legacy"

Today, The Lachicotte Company proudly announces the start of a “New Legacy” as the Cooper Family siblings (Gina, Chuck, Gary and Christy Whitlock) purchased Doc Lachicotte’s interest in the established real estate company in Pawleys Island along with the existing Lachicotte office building. All four siblings are licensed real estate agents and 3 of the four were already in partnership with Doc in the company. The two families working together is nothing new as the two companies (Vintage and Lachicotte) merged back in 2012. When the time came to make the difficult decision for Doc to sell, he and his family knew that this was the right fit for everyone. The Cooper family could not be more excited about working with such a seasoned, talented group of agents and staff to build on the existing foundations and reputations established over many years in the community. The Lachicotte company will continue to be very civic/community minded and client-focused in all facets of the business. The full service brokerage offers services ranging from Property Management, Residential Sales as the areas exclusive affiliate of CHRISTIE'S International Real Estate and Commercial Sales through NAI-Lachicotte. There will also be a strong focus on creating a culture where agents and staff will be supported through training, a full service in-house marketing team and professionalism.

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