Across nearly 1,000 acres of prime riverfront paradise along the Colleton River, Belfair has defined Mainland luxury real estate since its foundation. Anchored by two Tom Fazio-designed championship golf courses, Belfair has proven to be one of the most desirable golf communities in the Bluffton area, just 5 miles from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Lowcountry lifestyle abounds among its many upscale amenities, including the golf learning center, tennis center, 30 miles of walking and biking opportunities along its many trails, as well as its 42-acre chain of freshwater lakes, home to countless birds and plenty of quiet spots to fish. Add in luxury amenities like the indoor pool, outdoor resort-style pool and fitness and sports center, and you can see how Lowcountry luxury lives at Belfair.
Nestled between the Okatie and Colleton Rivers, and skirting Chechessee Creek, Berkeley Hall combines the finest South Carolina natural serenity with some of the most upscale Lowcountry luxury community amenities in Bluffton just 7 miles from Hilton Head Island. Begin with the lush nature preserve, where Lowcountry flora and fauna flourish, making for a beautiful Lowcountry outdoor getaway in your own backyard. You can also experience this bucolic Lowcountry nature across 10 miles of winding greenway trails and the beautiful river park. Then enjoy some of the finest in upscale amenities, from the pair of Tom Fazio-designed “Core” golf courses, set away from homes and streets, to the 30-acre Golf Learning Center. At the center of this luxurious golf experience is the 35,000-square-foot Jeffersonian-style clubhouse with multiple dining experiences. You will also find a luxurious Spa and Fitness Center offering a multitude of spa treatments, along with a large indoor pool and hot tub.
Set along a stretch of awe-inspiring water known as the May River, Bluffton South Carolina offers no end of Southern charm and Lowcountry beauty. Named one of the best small towns in America, and one of the “Best Places to Retire” by Forbes Magazine, this bucolic Southern gem has maintained its small town feel despite a decade of unprecedented growth. Today’s Bluffton offers a slew of options from smaller family-oriented neighborhoods to luxurious gated communities. And in true hometown fashion, they enjoy equal access to exquisite amenities including two outlet malls, a thriving dining scene and a scenic historic old town.
Callawassie Island not only offers serene Lowcountry beauty, situated as it is along South Carolina’s majestic Colleton River, it also offers one of the best values for Lowcountry real estate as well as a true community-oriented experience. The Colleton River provides easy deep-water access to the Atlantic Ocean, with The River Club guiding you out on fishing expeditions and the Sugar Mill and Paddler’s Point docks granting access to area creeks and marshes for crabbing and kayaking. You’ll also find world-class play on Har-Tru Tennis Courts and three Tom Fazio golf courses, which host the Big East Golf Championships each year. And you’ll enjoy it all as part of a tight-knit community offering a host of social events and clubs.
The Colleton River experience is unlike anything else in South Carolina luxury – which is part of the reason why this lavish 1,500-acre community was named one of the top 15 Private Residential Communities in the United States. Seven miles of stunning shoreline and tranquil tideland front this majestic upscale community, which sits on a high bluff peninsula, surrounded by scenic estuary on three sides and a serene nature preserve on the other. And as far as Lowcountry golf goes, you’ll find some of the best among two Colleton River’s two courses – its Nicklaus-designed course and its Pete Dye course (immortalized in Robert Redford’s “The Legend of Bagger Vance”).
The uniquely private Lowcountry lifestyle of Daufuskie Island finds its ultimate expression in Haig Point. Here you’ll find all the charm of living on a private sea island, accessible only by private boat or by ferry from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, along with the upscale luxury of private club living. The rich history of the community comes alive at the Strachan Mansion and circa 1873 lighthouse. The award-winning Signature Course and nine-hole Osprey course offer up a wealth of challenging Lowcountry golf. And the tennis and equestrian opportunities complete the private club experience. It’s all set among 1,050 acres of prime Lowcountry island living.
The easygoing oceanfront lifestyle of early Hilton Head Island lives on at Folly Field, one of the island’s original ungated communities. An array of different properties and home styles line the streets, from towering oceanfront homes and villas to quaint and comfortable beachside cottages, creating an enticing atmosphere for those eyeing a permanent residence or vacation rental opportunity. Centrally located on the island, Folly Field offers the perfect jumping-off point for a Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, adventure – plentiful shopping, world-class dining and championship public golf courses are just outside your front door. And of course, some of Hilton Head Island’s best beach is just steps away.
Forest Beach served as Hilton Head Island’s first true community, set among the three miles of North and South Forest Beach road and split by the Coligny Circle. With no property owner’s association to dictate home styles and colors, Forest Beach has emerged as a marvelously eclectic oceanside neighborhood with a diversity of home styles. From the famed Christmas lights of Dove street to the white sandy beaches of Alder Lane, Forest Beach offers a truly unique South Carolina lifestyle on the south end of Hilton Head Island.
A beautiful 18-hole Pete Dye golf course anchors one of Bluffton, South Carolina’s largest residential communities in beautiful Hampton Hall. Private and gated, this community offers an array of golf, lagoon and wooded homesites ranging in size from 1/3 to ½ acre, just a few miles from Hilton Head Island. The award-winning private club lifestyle here centers on 17 acres devoted to community amenities. Here you’ll find the grand clubhouse, state-of-the-art health and fitness center, outdoor lakeside pool, eight tennis courts, and basketball courts as well as an outdoor pavilion for community cookouts. It’s no wonder Hampton Hall was named Bluffton’s Best Gated Community by Bluffton Monthly Magazine.
Built from the water up around 15 miles of man-made lakefront splendor, Hampton Lake is one of South Carolina’s premier waterfront communities. Designed as the ideal aquatic habitat, the centerpiece lake is stocked with a variety of bass and tiger bass, making it one of the Lowcountry’s best fishing spots. Even more fun on the water can be found at the massive community pool and lazy river, which surrounds the community clubhouse. Stop by for an adventure or for dinner at Backwater Bill’s. While Hampton Lake was built around a lake rather than a golf course, they offer equity memberships at two nearby golf communities.
HILTON HEAD PLANTATION
A two-time winner of Hilton Head Monthly’s Readers’ Choice Award for favorite gated community, Hilton Head Plantation represents the best of South Carolina living in a luxurious setting. Located between the Intercoastal Waterway and Port Royal Sound, the 4,000 acres of this luxury community offer a little bit of everything. Two miles of pristine beaches, historic sites, dining at Old Fort Pub and a wealth of world-class golf experiences. Between the Rees Jones-designed Country Club of Hilton Head, Oyster Reef Golf Club and Bear Creek Golf Club, and the Gary Player-designed Dolphin Head, you can experience a world of amazing golf without leaving the gates.
The youngest private residential golf community developed on Hilton Head Island, Indigo Run provides its residents 1,712 acres of lush natural surroundings and world-class golf amid a true community feel. A trio of home choices can be found inside the community, from the Golf Club at Indigo Run to the River Club and Broad Pointe, both on the water, as well as within the The Garden Homes at Berwick Green. Residents enjoy access to a plethora of fantastic South Carolina amenities including tennis, a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool and a pair of amazing golf courses: Golden Bear and the Golf Club at Indigo Run.
LONG COVE CLUB
Hilton Head Island’s Long Cove Club sets the standard for luxury living on island that is considered one of South Carolina’s most prestigious private, club communities. Against a backdrop of marshes and lagoons, this upscale residential community offers 570 homesites set among 600 acres of natural wonderment. As elegant as it is unpretentious, Long Cove Club gives residents a chance to come together for golf, pickleball or as part of the Long Cove Yacht Club. Members can also enjoy the majestic Pete Dye course, consistently ranked as one of the top courses in South Carolina, and home to the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate golf tournament.
One of the first Hilton Head Island communities built over the bridge, Moss Creek offers waterfront inspiration, marshside tranquility and a sense of upscale community at its grand clubhouse. This clubhouse anchors a pair of championship Tom Fazio courses, each presenting the best of South Carolina golf – challenging fairways and awe-inspiring natural scenery. The community ramp and marina sit along a winding stretch of waterway, adjacent to the recently renovated community pool and fitness complex. Located at the base of the bridge, Moss Creek’s 1,042 acres enjoy lush privacy thanks to rivers, marshes and a nature preserve along its borders.
Understated elegance and devotion to the Lowcountry’s exquisite nature define Oldfield. Private community living is the order of the day, with the grand River Club serving as the social centerpiece. Dating back to when the only access was from the Okatie River, the club is situated along the river’s edge to capture a lush panorama of water views. For a more up-close aquatic experience, the Outfitter’s Center is your home base for catching everything from redfish to cobia, with the only Orvis Fly Fishing School in South Carolina. Of course, being this close to Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, you’d expect to find world-class golf. You’ll find it along 18 holes of Greg Norman-designed brilliance.
A generation ago along the banks of the May River, R. T. Wilson—an investment banker from New York—amassed over 20,000 acres and named it Palmetto Bluff. On the grounds he built the Wilson mansion, where he retreated with family and friends during the winter to escape the crowds and weather in New York City. It’s not surprising that today, this historic property is known as “The last great land treasure on the East Coast.” The site where Mr. Wilson built his family’s retreat is now the center of Wilson Village. The Montage Palmetto Bluff Inn, restaurants, shops, and a collection of world class amenities—including a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course—have been developed in and around Wilson Village for the enjoyment of property owners and guests. Moreland, a second village center within Palmetto Bluff, is now well underway. If you are considering calling Palmetto Bluff home, The Ussery Group welcomes the opportunity to help you discover all that is Palmetto Bluff.
One of Hilton Head Island’s most celebrated communities, Palmetto Dunes combines the best in both Lowcountry living and Hilton Head Island resort luxury. Across 1,800 acres you’ll find a family-friendly community that just happens to feature some of the finest amenities in the state of South Carolina. Start with the three famed golf courses – the Fazio course, the Arthur Hills course and the Robert Trent Jones course with its internationally acclaimed 10th hole. For those seeking some of Hilton Head Island’s best freshwater fishing, you’ll find it in 11 miles of stocked man-made lagoons. In addition, the tennis center has been named among the greatest in the world by Tennis Magazine and Tennis Resorts Online.
One of the newest gated plantation communities on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Palmetto Hall has cultivated a unique small-town feel among its residents. This tight-knit community feel, fostered by an active property owners’ association, makes Palmetto Hall one of the best places for families on Hilton Head Island. Among the 750 acres of the neighborhood you’ll find 200 acres set aside for wetlands and nature preserves, letting residents enjoy the best of the Lowcountry’s beautiful nature. You’ll also find 36 holes of classic Hilton Head Island golf between two courses: one by Arthur Hills and one by Robert Cupp. They share a clubhouse offering gourmet fare at Baird’s Pub.
PORT ROYAL PLANTATION
When Captain William Hilton landed on the island that would soon bear his name, Hilton Head Island, he did so on a beach that would one day be part of majestic Port Royal Plantation. But its history is not the only way this seaside residential South Carolina community captivates. Its unique location on the island’s “heel” places its 12 miles of beach right along the intersection of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, making it a great spot for kiteboarding or surfing. Besides the pristine beaches, you’ll also find celebrated Lowcountry golf here. Port Royal Golf Club was named one of the “Top 75 U.S. Golf Resorts” by Golf Digest magazine as well as one of the “Top 10 ‘Exotic’ Golf Courses in the World” by World Property Channel.
ROSE DHU CREEK
The ultimate equestrian experience awaits at Rose Dhu Creek, one of Bluffton, South Carolina’s newest communities. Along the creek for which it was named, you’ll find 320 acres of master planned beauty just moments away from Old Town Bluffton and the May River. At its heart of this active, outdoor-oriented community lies the 17-acre Rose Dhu Creek Equestrian Center, a magnificent facility offering a 32-stall barn and plenty of arena space. This outdoor lifestyle continues along 6.5 miles of riding and walking trails as well as a 3.5-acre stocked fishing pond.
ROSE HILL PLANTATION
Consisting of two different communities set on either side of the road to Hilton Head Island, Rose Hill Plantation divides itself into an “estate side” and an “equestrian side.” Between the two, you’ll find the best of South Carolina living, from a golf course to a famed equestrian center which hosts twice-annual polo matches. The 50 acres of pasture at the equestrian center give way to 17 miles of greenbelt riding and hiking trails. Homes range from fairway homesites to 4-acre estate homesites gazing out on the Colleton River. But perhaps the finest home in the community is the historic Rose Hill Mansion for which it was named.
Sea Pines is the community that started it all – not just for Hilton Head Island, not just for South Carolina, but for the entire world. The unique philosophy of incorporating the natural environment into everything from development to architecture set the tone for luxury communities that continues to this day. In the decades since, this resort community has continued to set the bar, with brand new clubhouses serving its golf courses: Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point by Pete Dye, and Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III. In addition, its recently renovated Beach Club celebrates the community’s oceanside lifestyle while the vast Sea Pines Nature Preserve offers the best of the Lowcountry’s natural beauty.
Much like its sister community, Sea Pines, Shipyard was designed to not just offer a luxurious Lowcountry lifestyle, but define it. When Shipyard was built, Hilton Head Island had not yet become synonymous with world-class golf and tennis, but this community led the way. Between the world-renowned Van Der Meer Tennis Center, 27 holes of golf and 800 acres of natural beauty, Shipyard offers one of South Carolina’s finest private communities. And just beyond its gates, you’ll find Shipyard is ideally located for enjoying Hilton Head Island’s best beaches, shopping, dining and more.
One of the few non-gated communities on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Spanish Wells nonetheless offers a full luxury residential experience. With homesites spread out (none are under an acre) to enjoy privacy and tranquility among moss-draped live oaks and peaceful waterway views of Calibogue Sound and Broad Creek, residents enjoy an opulent gathering spot at the community clubhouse, home to a 9-hole golf course, pool and tennis facility, as well as at the deep-water dock where they can fish and crab to their hearts’ content. Despite its seclusion, Spanish Wells offers easy access to all of Hilton Head Island thanks to its position at the crossroads of the Cross Island Parkway.
Sun City Hilton Head is a world unto itself, just a short car ride from Old Town Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Designed for those 55 and up, this private gated community offers a wealth of activities and amenities. Two courses offer up classic South Carolina golf experiences, from the legendary greens at Okatie Creek Golf Club to the unique challenge of Hidden Cypress. Residents immerse themselves in clubs and activities ranging from theater to ceramics and everything in between at the 17,000-square-foot community center, while the public library and Magnolia Hall performing arts center give every day a new surprise at Sun City.
Wexford Plantation set a new standard for South Carolina luxury when it opened on Hilton Head Island, drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including Sea Island Georgia’s The Cloisters and the Virginia Governor’s Mansion. The result is home styles that eschew the traditional Lowcountry look in favor of a more British West Indies flavor. In addition, a unique system of locks and canals has allowed homes within Wexford to enjoy deep-water access all across the community, while a series of massive renovation projects have rejuvenated golf in Wexford. Both the Arnold Palmer Signature Course and the clubhouse have been refreshed in the last decade.
For those seeking easy access to deep water for fishing, yachting and recreation, Windmill Harbour offers some of the finest boating opportunities on Hilton Head Island. Everything about this community points to the water, from the full-service marina with its 250 boat slips to its namesake locked harbor, guiding you out to the Intracoastal Waterway. Even the homes share this love of South Carolina’s waterways, with 80 percent of them enjoying mesmerizing water views. Set among 172 acres at the northernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, Windmill Harbour offers equidistant access to the beaches of Hilton Head Island and the southern charm of Old Town Bluffton.