Visitors to the Russo home are enthusiastically greeted by Tasha, a Cairn terrier. Her owners Cat and Charles moved to the lake district full-time two years ago. They had vacationed on Fripp and Jekyll Islands, but found them too remote for year-round living. Cat was acquainted with Johns Island, having visited Kiawah as a child, so they started coming to Seabrook, escaping the northern Virginia winters, for increasingly longer stays.
Walking Tasha during one such visit, Cat asked another dog walker about houses for sale in the neighborhood. Mrs. Phillips said she was thinking of selling the home her husband had designed and built thirty years ago. When Charles and Cat toured the house with a realtor, an eagle landed on the osprey platform in the middle of the lagoon behind the house, a sign that this was their future home.