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Moss Creek Plantation

Nothing Short of Paradise - Moss Creek

Just off 278, before the bridge to Hilton Head Island is the entrance to Moss Creek Plantation. Your first introduction to the community is something you might expect to see in one of the upscale horse communities of America. What you may not know is that Hilton Head and Bluffton have several well-established equestrian plantations, and Moss Creek is one of them. Moss covered oak trees pepper the 10 acres that envelop Moss Creek Equestrian Center, which is equipped with a 20 stall barn, owner's and student's tack room, large hunter/jumper ring,dressage ring, indoor/outdoor wash racks,and spacious paddock.

Surrounding the jumper ring are centuries old oak trees that provide cool shade during the summer months. In the fall, residents gather ripened pecans filling the ground from the nearby pecan trees,and use them for delicious pies and cakes during the holiday season.

"You can't miss Moss Creek," says Dunes Marketing Group Agent Jim Thompson who is also a resident of the plantation. Prior to buying in Moss Creek, he lived on the Island. "I fell in love with this place because of its natural beauty and amenities. We are big on natural beauty here."

"Moss Creek's uniqueness is its topography," says Gateway Realty agent Jackie Riggins, also a resident of the plantation. "Having lived in the area for 30 years, I am proud to call Moss Creek home for the past 14 years."

It is evident that the original developers conserved the beautiful trees and marshes, when creating what is considered by residents "nothing short of paradise". Moss Creek property owners have had complete ownership of all of the amenities since the late 1980's.

Private Marina
Moss Creek Plantation is one of the few communities that has its own marina. Located on Mackay Creek, it flows into the Colleton River and directly into the Intracoastal Waterway. Boat owners and nonowners that enjoy the call of the ocean are welcomed into the Moss Creek Yacht Club. The club hosts more than a dozen events throughout the year including the Commodores Ball, the Blessing of the Fleet, and a three-day trip to Charleston.

There are 75 deep water wet slips available for boat owners, electrical hook ups, private dock boxes, a private boat ramp,and kayak and dingy storage. There are fishing and crabbing docks for seafood lovers who occasionally prefer to catch a fresh supper. The area boasts the best blue crabs on the eastern seaboard. Overlooking the marina is the Bostwick Pavilion, a comfortable meeting place for residents who enjoy watching the changing tides. Within the pavilion is a community library. Nearby is a unique children's playground,under the canopies of 200 year-old live oaks, and one of three community swimming pools, which are open most of the year.
Dog Heaven
Another unique amenity in Moss Creek Plantation is designed for the four-legged species. A dog park adjacent to the Bostwick Pavilion is the happening place for the neighborhood dogs. But according to Jim, the social affair is not limited to man's best friend.

"It's tailgating for dogs," he says. Many owners meet at the park with picnics of wine and cheese and socialize during their dog's play.

Miles of leisure walking, jogging and biking trails meander through the property, some with stops at protected sites. Like most communities in the Lowcountry, preserving and respecting nature and its claim to the land is a priority at Moss Creek. Located in the center of the community is the Fording Island Nature Preserve. The 11 acres can be accessed by two boardwalks that overlook the marsh and tidal creek. Observation decks make it easy to view indigenous wildlife, trees, shrubs and plants in their natural habitat. Several small islands make up the rich 36-acre Blue Heron Sanctuary. With a mixture of fresh and brackish water, visitors can get up close and personal with wading birds, ducks, fish and even alligators.

Life on the Plantation
"The natural beauty and wonderful amenities are only surpassed by the wonderful residents who call this magical place home," says Jackie. "Moss Creekers are known for their kindness and generosity to any neighbors in need."

Although the residents consider Moss Creek a well kept secret, Moss Creek Plantation is known throughout the area and in enthusiastic golf circles as a premier residential golf club community. With two courses, the South Course designed by golfer George Fazio and the North Course designed by his nephew, golf architect Tom Fazio, both are renowned for the spectacular scenery, marsh-side layout, elevated greens and challenging holes. Team round robins, annual tournaments and club championships create a social atmosphere as well as a rewarding game of play.
Tennis Magazine named Moss Creek one of the best places to retire. The private Moss Creek Tennis Center offers comprehensive tennis programs for all ages. The center has seven fast-dry composition courts and a full calendar of events including specialty clinics, mixers, USTA Team practices and more. Homeowners in Moss Creek are a mixture of full and part-time residents. Homes prices range from $300,000 to $3,000,000.A few resale home sites are still available, with prices ranging from $140,000 to $575,000, for buyers to build their own dream home in a very special community.

"Home sites are strategically nestled beside pristine marshes, and a marina whose deep water channel leads to the Intracoastal Waterway," says Jackie. "Others view the manicured fairways and large freshwater lagoons. Whatever the view, most sites are large and beautifully treed."

"This is a completely private community, not a resort," adds Jim. "We have something for everybody."

The Moss Creek Community Association (MCCA) is the original fun organization, adds Jackie. "Eleven events are held during the year, including wine dinners, Jazz Night, dinner/theatre, sunset cruise, and an authentic luau. You will also find a large group of members tailgating at the fall POLO Match, under a large, private tent.This fun loving, energetic group has more than 400 members, and I presently serve as president of this wonderful club."

With two golf courses, tennis, equestrian center, marina, dog park, and miles of leisure trails, Moss Creek Plantation residents certainly have a unique opportunity to enjoy life in this beautiful "bit of paradise."

Jim Thompson can be reached at Dunes Marketing Group at (843) 384-3294 or by email at jimdawg61@aol.com.

Jackie Riggins can be reached at Gateway Realty at (843) 384-6960 or by email at jriggins@hargray.com