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Kiawah Island Vacation Rentals


Akers Ellis Real Estate & Rentals

In Steven’s collection of Kiawah homes, you’ll find luxurious properties with private pools, oceanfront villas, and pet-friendly beach cottages. Whether your plans involve a romantic getaway, a family retreat, or playing at one of the world-class golf courses in the area, you’ll love the extensive variety of homes to choose from, all with the same impeccable attention to detail that sets Akers Ellis Real Estate & Rentals apart.

In homes that sit along world-class golf courses, just steps from the sand, or tucked within the trees amidst all the natural beauty of Kiawah, unrivaled indoor/outdoor living awaits. Steven’s homes feature charming screened-in porches with vaulted ceilings, expansive private pool decks nestled in nature, inviting oceanfront balconies, private saltwater pools overlooking the golf course, outdoor living rooms with cozy fireplaces, and gourmet outdoor kitchens.

Inside, you’ll feel all your stresses melt away as you take in ocean views through huge windows, sink into comfortable high-end furnishings in a cozy sunroom, and unwind in bright and airy living spaces decorated in calming neutrals and coastal hues. Gourmet kitchens invite culinary exploration with features like Wolf and Thermador appliances, honed quartz countertops, intricately designed backsplashes, and custom cabinetry.

And the amenities are endless – from multiple outdoor showers to private elevators, from a media room with an 80” TV to a billiards room designed for downtime, and from ping pong and foosball to a poolside cabana with a full bathroom. No matter which of Steven’s homes you select, you’ll experience exceptional service and genuine hospitality surrounded by the pristine beauty of Kiawah.

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Steven Ellis
Founding Partner
Favorite Restaurants
Hege’s Restaurant, Wild Olive, The Grocery
Favorite Bar
FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen
Favorite Coffee
Java Java
Favorite Shopping
Wherever my wife wants me to go
Favorite Things to Do on Kiawah Island
Exercising (especially biking on the beach), golfing with my daughter, and spending time with my family on the beach

For Steven Ellis, Founding Partner of Akers Ellis Real Estate & Rentals, the housing crisis in 2008 turned out to be a blessing in disguise. At the time, Steven and his business partner were both successful realtors with strong hospitality backgrounds through Kiawah Island Resort. Forced to pivot, they began a vacation rental business that today manages over 250 properties on Kiawah.

Akers Ellis Real Estate & Rentals is a true family-oriented business with a team that genuinely enjoys spending time together in and out of work. In fact, much of the team is actually family – Steven’s wife, his best friend and his wife, and his business partner’s niece are all integral members of the team. For Steven, it’s important to run the entire company like a family, as evidenced by the positive company culture and meaningful relationships with vendors, rental owners, and guests.

Akers Ellis Real Estate & Rentals is the kind of company that sends Christmas cards to the guests who have been coming to Kiawah for decades and takes pictures of lost teddy bears enjoying the beach before mailing them home to relieved four-year-olds and grateful families. While they’re the largest family-owned rental business on Kiawah, you’d never know it from the level of personal service they deliver. And they’re now limiting growth, purposely maintaining their low ratio of properties to property managers so they can be hands-on and provide as close to a seamless experience as possible.

At Akers Ellis Real Estate & Rentals, life is all about creating memories. If a guest has a request, they’ll make it happen. At the end of the day, Steven and his team just want to make guests feel at home on beautiful Kiawah Island, and based on their high number of repeat guests, you can bet they do just that.

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