Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Cora Bett Thomas Realty's 2020 sales surged 25 percent in 2020. Sales increased from $291 million in 2019 to $380 million in 2020.
Just as northern buyers began searching for southern coastal homes in droves, Berkshire Hathaway completed a series of mergers and acquisitions that made them the market leader in the South Carolina Lowcountry and Coastal Georgia.
Shortly thereafter, the franchise acquired Cora Bett Thomas Realty, a market leader in the Savannah/SC Lowcountry region for more than 26 years, with more than 50 agents working in Beaufort, Savannah, Pooler, and St. Simons Island.
With 85 new agents, the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group is now the largest agency covering both the South Caronlina Lowcountry and Coastal Georgia.
"We had a stellar year," said South Carolina Managing Broker Ken Willis. "I n such an unprecedented time we were thrilled that more people wanted to move to the coast and we're very proud of our team for handling the increased volume."
After months of lovingly restoring the historic Bryson building on Chippewa Square, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Cora Bett Thomas Realty is moving into its new Georgia corporate headquarters located at 5 East Perry Street.
Local designer Jerome Elder, CEO of J. Elder Studio, was selected by Bay Street Realty Group and Cora Bett Thomas Realty to oversee both the design and construction of this project. Elder has been recognized regionally for his historic preservation and design work at several of Savannah's most beautiful and eclectic homes and restaurants, including Ele Tran Cuisine's Little Duck Diner, Flock to the Wok, and Coco & Moss. Elder selected Heritage Construction as the project contractor.
Working alongside longtime Savannah real estate maven Cora Bett Thomas, known for her pioneer efforts in redeveloping historic Savannah, Elder strove to preserve the building's original architectural details including the scrolling ironwork that climbs the curved staircase and trims the mezzanine railing, the geometric plaster molding that covers the walls, beams and columns and the coffered tin ceiling. Thomas reimagined the space as a charming and elegant Savannah home parlor, recalling the space's fine architectural details, with respect to the building's heralded local history and now it's next chapter as home to the largest real estate company in the region.
"From the moment I heard we were able to get this remarkable building for our new headquarters, I knew it would be the perfect setting to showcase what our area is all about – preserving the beauty of a bygone age while incorporating an eclectic mix of fresh and new elements," Thomas said.
Originally built in 1904, the Bryson building first housed the TA Bryson Automobile Garage, the name is still inscribed in distinctive Art Nouveau copper lettering on the building's red brick façade. As the first dealership in the south and one of the first in the country, Thomas Archer Bryson paved his way into Savannah's history by selling luxury Packard automobiles to Savannah's elite. The space was transformed into the upscale women's clothing store, Town & Country, in the 1960s and '70s before becoming a wedding and reception center known as Bryson Hall.
To update the space, Elder started with a clean, soft white coat of paint to accentuate the plaster details and the tin ceiling and installed black and white cross pattern tile floor inspired by the original damaged flooring found during demolition.
"This downtown landmark has enjoyed many lives in its 116-year history," Elder said. "The imperfections are part of what tells its unique story."
Part of that story is original wood-framed swivel windows discovered behind a layer of drywall during demolition. Elder repurposed the windows on the mezzanine level to overlook the grand entry space. The windows are enhanced with glass wall partitioned offices on the first floor giving the area both scale and proportion.
The floor-to-mezzanine plantation shutters separate the grand entry from the interior meeting rooms while the floor to ceiling palms connect the interior to the natural beauty just steps away on Chippewa Square.
"We're happy to start this new chapter of our growing company in a historically restored space that offers all the great modern conveniences," said Will Thurman, the broker in charge of Bay Street Realty Group and Cora Bett Thomas Realty.
For more information about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Cora Bett Thomas Realty, visit their website at baystreetrealtygroup.com.
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CyCy Cornaglia recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Cora Bett Thomas Realty as the new Office Assistant for the Savannah, Georgia office. In this role, Cornaglia will greet guests, tend the front desk, keep inventory, assist with Caravans, Just Listed Postcards, Legal Descriptions, and various other duties.
From Sao Paulo, Brazil, she speaks fluent Portuguese, basic Spanish and comprehends some Italian. Cornaglia most recently owned and operated Everyday Errands, LLC where she acted as a Concierge and personal assistant to local and non-local clients.
Be sure to stop in and say "Hi!" to CyCy!
Savannah, Ga. – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Cora Bett Thomas Realty recently welcomed new agent Cynthia Fitzpatrick to the team as a Realtor/Associate Broker. Fitzpatrick's role within the company will cover residential real estate and executive leasing.
She began her work as a Realtor with Prudential in 1997 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She currently holds a license with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Georgia and North Carolina and is currently working on receiving her license with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in New York.
Bay Street Realty Group and Cora Bett Thomas Realty is the largest full-service real estate agency in the Coastal Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry with combined sales of over $291 million in 2019 and offices located in downtown Beaufort, SC, Harbor Island, Fripp Island, Historic Savannah, and Skidaway Island. Bay Street Realty Group has over 150 years of combined lifestyle-based community home sales and development experience and has more than 100 agents. For more information, visit www.baystreetrealtygroup.com.