Name: Amanda Duffey
Family: Scott and I have been together for over 15 years, and we have three daughters: Payton, 12, Kendall, 8, and Catherine, 1. We also have two dogs – Heston and Peri, which we rescued from the humane society.
Years in the Golden Isles: I moved to St. Simons Island full time in 2005 after I graduated from college. My parents started bringing us to Sea Island for vacation in the 1980s.
School: College of Charleston
Occupation: Realtor with DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty
Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: My favorite landmark in the Golden Isles is the St. Simons Lighthouse and pier area. I love to take my kids to the lighthouse and the museum. In the summer, we like to watch concerts series there through Jazz in the Park and A Little Light Music. My kids love to go to the village and play at one of the parks, look for tree spirits or painted rocks, and walk along the pier to see all of the fish and crabs that have been caught.
Perfect Saturday in the Golden Isles: As a Realtor, I have to work on most weekends, but if I get a weekend off there are so many things that we love to do. We love to ride bikes to the village to get breakfast and play with the kids at one of the parks. We like to take our dogs to run on the beach at Gould’s Inlet. We love to get together with friends to watch football, or meet at the Beach Club. Although I love to cook, we like to frequent all of the amazing restaurants on St. Simons Island.
In your opinion, what do you think are some selling points for homes in the Golden Isles? I feel so fortunate to be a Realtor in the St. Simons area, because this place literally sells itself. Most barrier islands are bustling with tourists during the busy season and desolate in the off season, but that is not the case here. The small-town community feel is what makes St. Simons different from other coastal towns. The people who live here are what makes this place special! I love raising my children in this town, where there are people who look out for each other and care about others. This area is made up of beautiful homes and neighborhoods. The landscaping and tree canopy that sweeps across the island is what makes this area feel different from other coastal towns.
What is one thing every visitor must do before leaving the Golden Isles? I love all of the outdoor activities that this area has to offer. I think everyone should try something new whether it be golf, boating, fishing, crabbing, paddle boarding, pickleball, tennis, horseback riding on the beach – I think there is something for everyone.
To what do you believe you can attribute your success as a Realtor? In order to become a successful Realtor, I feel that it is important to be transparent, honest, have integrity, strong communication skills and being readily available for your clients. For me the transaction does not end at the closing table, I try to connect my clients with people in the area where they may have purchased a home, and help get them plugged in to the community.