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Hilton Head Plantation

Hilton Head Plantation

In Money magazine's 2007 list of the Best Places to Live,Hilton Head Island scored high in nearly every category with job growth showing nearly 10 percent between 2000 and 2006. For the thousands that call the Island home, most would cite great schools, safe streets, excellent cost of living and a true sense of community as their reason for setting down roots.

Each year, more than a million visitors explore the area. Families spend time on the resorts, golfing, playing tennis and walking along the pristine beaches. Some, like the residents of Hilton Head Plantation, live a resort lifestyle secured behind a gate where natural beauty abounds and access to every amenity is close by.

Located on the north end of Hilton Head Island, the property is comprised of nearly 4000 acres of parks, lakes, marshes, 10 miles of leisure paths, two conservancies, two miles of a walking beach and 88 lagoons as amenities.

"Since its beginnings in 1973, Hilton Head Plantation has offered property owners a chance to experience the fun and excitement of resort life without compromising the community's basic residential nature," says RE/MAX Realtor Dianne McClusky. "Where else can you find four championship golf courses, a wildlife conservancy, bike/walking trails, a family-oriented country club and full-service deep water marina on the Intracoastal Waterway."

Denise McAllister, communications coordinator at Hilton Head Plantation believes the family atmosphere is an important factor of the community's growth.

"There is always someone jogging,walking or biking," she says. "We have a beautiful area along the Bluff for walking."

Hilton Head Plantation is also known for its mix of all age groups and lifestyles from young families to retirees. Eighty-five percent of residents live on the plantation full-time with most participating in one of the more than 30 groups and clubs including Artists Association, Avid Gardeners, Team Bridge, Dance Club, Dog Club, Farmer's Club, Fishing Club, Ladies and Men's Bridge, Power Squadron, Tennis Social Group, Whooping Crane Pond/Cypress Conservancies, Newcomers Club, Bunco Group, Bocce League, Woodcarvers and Yacht Club.
"Selling property in Hilton Head Plantation is easy. All it takes is sharing some of the incredible views," says Realtor Nancy Presley with the Carolina Realty Group. "Boaters are amazed at the fabulous Skull Creek Marina, and it seems that there is something for everyone."

Bounded by the Intracoastal Waterway and Port Royal Sound, many Hilton Head Plantation residents are active boaters. Skull Creek Marina, located within the community accommodates boats up to 200 feet with 200 floating slips.

"Hilton Head Plantation is a lovely community situated away from the tourist areas of the south end of the Island," says Realtor Sherry Pecora with Charter I North Realty. "This beautiful gated community includes my favorite place on the Island,Dolphin Head Recreation Area,with its beautiful views of Port Royal Sound and charming Pine Island Beach. Serious house hunters shouldn't miss checking out this community." For those who prefer land activities,Hilton Head Plantation has three clubhouses - Plantation House, the Dolphin Head Rec Building and Spring Lake Pavilion. The community swimming pool is located at the Spring Lake Recreation Area which also boasts an open park, a playground and a stocked fresh water lagoon, a favorite fishing spot for residents. The Spring Lake Tennis Facility has an active membership and is equipped with 12 Har-Tru courts. There is also two bocce courts and three shuffleboard courts.

Hilton Head Plantation is a golfer's private paradise with four highly regarded courses designed by the world's greatest golfers. Three of the courses were designed by Rees Jones. The Country Club of Hilton Head is a Rees Jones course that offers an 18-hole course with practice greens, driving range, putting green and chipping and bunker green. Private lessons are offered by PGA professionals. Another Rees Jones designed course on the plantation is located in the Bear Creek Golf Club. The club is private with membership limited to just 250 and boasts "no tee times, no reservation requirements, no fees for carts or for range balls, and there is no tipping."

The third course designed by Rees Jones is Oyster Reef Golf Club. It also offers 18-holes of championship golf. In 2006, it was named Golf Club of the Year by the Low Country Golf Course Owners Association.
Before there was Tiger, there was Gary Player, one of the world's top golfers, ranking third overall in total professional wins behind Roberto de Vicenzo and Sam Snead. The private Dolphin Head Golf Club was designed by Player and is one of the area's most challenging courses.

Natural Beauty
On Hilton Head Plantation's walking beach, Pine Island Beach, residents take in the fresh salt air, fish, and sun or just walk appreciating the calls from the birds and splashing of the waves. Gardeners have their own private sanctuary in the form of Seabrook Farm. Plots are available to residents interested in growing their own vegetables or flowers and members of the Farmer's Club are always on hand to assist.

The entire Hilton Head Plantation is protected by various covenants that ensure the natural beauty stays preserved. There are also two conservancies set aside to encourage the growth of flora, fauna and wildlife. The Cypress Conservancy is 50 acres with large cypress trees, deer and birds. Whooping Crane Conservancy is comprised of 127 acres and is home to osprey, owls, hawks and more.

Hilton Head Plantation is a full experience. No amenity is excluded and each individual can find comfort in their interests and in the community.

"This is a wonderful place to call home and create a treasure box of memories. We have enjoyed living in this paradise since 1988," adds Dianne.

If golf, tennis, the beach, leisure trails, a full-service marina and more are must-haves on your home search list, contact one of our trusted Realtors for a private tour.

Thanks to the following Realtors for their assistance with this article:

Dianne McClusky with RE/MAX can be reached at (843) 384-3506 or by email at d@hhihome.com

Nancy Presley of the Carolina Realty Group can be reached at (843) 341-5660 ext. 224 or by email at nancy@nancypresley.com

Sherry Pecora with Charter I North Realty can be reached at (800) 267-3285 or by email at sherrypecora1@juno.com