by Lynn Nesmith | Photography by Jean Allsopp
Morning arrives effortlessly on St. Simons at the vacation home of LeeAnn and Walter Muller. The sky gradually changes from a soft pink to a golden glow, and the freshwater pond glistens with the earliest hint of light. As the sun peeks above the horizon, scores of wood storks take flight over the maze of rivers, creeks, and tidal marshes that define this coastal landscape. With such tranquil surroundings, it’s easy to see why the Mullers were drawn to this locale.
“Several years back, we were on a golfing getaway on Sea Island,” recalls LeeAnn. “The setting was so beautiful that we stopped halfway through our first round and headed to the real estate office.” They reviewed the maps of the budding new Frederica Township on St. Simons and chose a prime property with water on three sides. Although the couple had never built from the ground up, they relished the prospect.