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Palmetto Bluff

The Lifestyle of Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto Bluff. The name just about says it all. Once the sole retreat of millionaire R. T. Wilson, Jr., its 20,000 acres now serves as a sanctuary for many. Today, only the ruins of the 72-room mansion "Palmetto Lodge" that Wilson built are left, but the natural beauty that he and his guests enjoyed remains unspoiled.

Developed by Crescent Resources, a joint-venture between Duke Energy and Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF), Palmetto Bluff is more than a residential development. Located between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Georgia, the community extends from the headwaters of the May River near the town of Bluffton, skirts Bull and Daufuskie Islands via the Cooper River to its east, and gives way finally to the ancient freshwater rice fields of the New River along its western edge.

"There is no place like it in all of the Lowcountry," says Accredited Luxury Home Specialist Beverly Serral with Cora Bett Thomas Realty who credits its green and sustainable design as one of the best reasons to live there.

The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy is a non-profit organization that has been instrumental in keeping stringent conservation goals of the developers maintained. As "keepers of the natural and historical world at Palmetto Bluff" the Conservancy is comprised of environmental experts committed to protecting the communitys natural resources.
Unique Neighborhoods
Imagine purchasing more than 14 acres and up to 31 acres within a family compound that overlooks the May River. Palmetto Bluff developers have set aside 435 acres of beautiful landscape to offer buyers just that. Within the Headwaters neighborhood, owners can purchase large acreage parcels that allow multiple family residences to be built. This comfortable extended living complex provides space for families and helps to establish long-term family traditions for special events and annual vacations.

For those who continue to think wistfully of the Norman Rockwell picture of America, Wilson Village within Palmetto Bluff could stand as an example. Modeled as a pedestrian village, tree-lined sidewalks, street lamps and well-manicured lawns border homes as diverse as the neighbors that inhabit them. Close by is the Village Center where residents bike or walk to shopping, businesses and restaurants.

Buyers interested in communing with nature will be impressed by May River Forest, a section of Palmetto Bluff that is known for its full-size lots, maritime forest, trails, salt marshes and inland lakes. Homes are built on one-half to eight acre lots and adhere to principles that help to maintain a natural setting.

"Architectural guidelines dictate that homes should not be visible from the water," says Beverly. Landscaping can only consist of plants and trees indigenous to the locale and all homes within the community are painted natural colors.

A par 72 Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course is part of the May River Forest landscape. Extending 7,100 yards, it features heat and salt tolerant paspalum grass as well as distinctive angular grain sand from Ohio in its bunkers that helps to reduce maintenance costs after inclement coastal weather. The private May River Golf Club includes The Golf House, designed to provide members with a comfortable social and dining experience.
Wilson Village has its own kind of recreation in the form of the Wilson Lawn & Racquet Club. Eight Har-Tru tennis courts, two croquet lawns, and two bocce courts offer the non-golfer extended recreation and ways to pass the time. For the maritime enthusiast, Wilson's Landing has dry dock boat storage and community dockage. Future plans include a marina. For now, residents can charter cruises on a 36-foot jet powered Hinckley Picnic Boat and Grace, a 1913- restored wooden motor yacht that can carry up to 25 passengers.

Fishing in the Lowcountry is one of the residents' favored past times. Palmetto Bluff's tidal rivers are home to tarpon, flounder and spotted sea trout with "healthy populations of blue crabs and shrimp."

Recreation in the form of horseback riding will be available in the coming months as Palmetto Bluff breaks ground on a world-class equestrian center that will feature state-of-the-art boarding facilitates and exercise rings.

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff
Perhaps the most talked about property within Palmetto Bluff is The Inn at Palmetto Bluff. Last year, the elusive Andrew Harper who travels incognito to hotels and resorts throughout the world and rates them for the thousands who subscribe to Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, honored the Inn as the 2006 Andrew Harpers Hideaway Grand Award Winner. Harper has secretly scoured the globe for the most luxurious retreats for more than 27 years, making the honor even more distinctive. Additionally, Condé Nast Traveler readers also named The Inn at Palmetto Bluff the second best resort in the United States.

For Beverly Serral, Palmetto Bluff is a community that remains a sanctuary not just for residents, but for wildlife and plants. Today, majestic live oaks, dressed in Spanish moss remain protected and beloved, decorating a community that respects the environment, where residents live peacefully among the flora and fauna.

"Palmetto Bluff is not just a golf community or a country club community," adds Beverly. "Its a lifestyle."

For more information, contact Accredited Luxury Home Specialist Beverly Serral at Cora Bett Thomas Realty and Associates - (843) 290-1663 or by email at bserral@CoraBettThomas.com