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Spring Island

Spring Island

I know what you're thinking. It's not so far off; your dream of homeownership here in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. But come closer. What if I told you that I know of a place accessible only by a bridge that is truly a retreat from the chaos and stress of everyday life.

Spring Island, located between Hilton Head Island and Beaufort, is 3000 acres surrounded on its shores by rich salt marshes that are home to an assortment of sea life from crabs to shrimp to a variety of fish. The entire Island has planned homes and homesites for just over 400,keeping privacy and the developer's environmental commitment in place. The property is overseen by four full-time naturalists with 1300 acres set aside as part of a permanent trust in the forms of the Colleton Nature Preserve and the Chechessee Nature Preserve.

"It's truly a magical place," says David Pisano, vice president of marketing & sales, eastern operations for Chaffin/Light Associates, the community's developers.

The uniquely designed homes on the Island easily fit within the dramatic background of Spanish moss draped live oaks, palmettos and native forests. Spring Island is home to more than 600 species of plants and bushes. With that kind of plant life comes colorful wildlife that renews year after year with families of deer, turkeys, otter, mink, horned owls, orchard orioles, red-tail and coopers hawks, eagles and more.

And More...
As if the beauty of Spring Island's landscape weren't enough, developers maintained stocked ponds of bass and bream. The salt water ponds offer the possibility of dinner of redfish, flounder or Striped Bass. In fact, there are 34 salt and freshwater ponds on Spring Island.

"In an informal survey of the most popular activity on the Island, fishing came in first," says David who notes that fishing experts on Spring Island lead both in-shore and offshore guided fishing tours.
Members of Spring Island's Fitness Center have open invitations to participate in healthful activities such as swimming, volleyball, badminton and tennis. Daily workout classes include pilates and yoga with strength training using state-of-the-art machines, treadmills, ellipticals and free weights.

Other unique activities include beekeeping, kayaking and guided nature walks. The 20-acre equestrian center is a great place to ride off the day's worries. The full-time manager offers lessons and special trips for those interested in a more social program. Boarding in the 24-stall barn is a possibility, but there are plenty of horses interested in exercise that are owned by the center. Two riding rings, one specifically set aside for pleasure riders is suitable for leisure activity or the 35 miles of trails make for a great way to be alone with your thoughts. Horses are also located on the 2600-acre Pleasant Island Plantation leased by the Spring Island Hunt Club for classic hunts. Attendees can either ride a horse or wagon while hunting for wild quail. Meals and overnight accommodations are available on the plantation.

Old Tabby Links...
A profile on Spring Island would not be complete without mentioning the world famous Old Tabby Links Golf Course. Designed by course architect partners Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, it premiered in 1992 and ranks high among the 150 courses developed by the pair. The multi-million dollar Old Tabby Links Golf House is a perfect centerpiece. Timber framed, it features exposed beams and is covered in cedar shingles. The 17th hole of the course was named by the writers of Arnold Palmer's exclusive Kingdom Magazine as number three in their list of the King's 18, the best holes of golf. Read more about Old Tabby Links

Spring Island is getaway meant to heighten the senses and enhance the long forgotten bond with nature. But don't take my word for it. Log onto SpringIsland.com to learn more.

Homesites begin just over $200,000, homes start at $1 million.

Learn more about the Spring Island Nature Center.

For more information on Spring Island, please call (843) 987-2200.

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