Living Off Plantation on Hilton Head Island, SC
LOCAL REAL ESTATE JARGON
I think I need to digress just a bit. We are definitely living in the south of the country, and there are definitely still some vestiges of that 'war of aggression' mentality, and plenty of historical monuments, but an additional illustration is that some names of communities on Hilton Head Island and on the mainland carry the moniker "Plantation". Some communities have removed this to re-brand and remove any kind of stigma that might remain; as in Sea Pines RESORT, Palmetto Dunes RESORT, just simply Wexford - without anything after it, rather like 'Beyonce' I guess. In general what we mean here when we use the term is that the area "Off Plantation" may or may not be gated, may or may not have homeowner association fees. To be frank, I think it's more of an MLS creation than from the areas themselves. There's a blog about more local real estate terminology speak.
IDENTITIES OF THE AREAS
Again, clarification, after you reference the above blog link, you'll note that in general we don't talk about north, south, east, and west but instead south island, mid-island, north island, or the areas become identified by landmarks i.e., Skull Creek, Marshland Road, Jarvis Creek, Coligny, etc. you'll get the idea once you begin to really 'shop' the island.
SO WHERE SHOULD I BUY
Well, obviously the closer to the water - whether it's the marshes, creeks, tidal creeks, the Intracoastal, or the Atlantic Ocean, your price point will go up. It's also about how close to 'the beach' you want to be. We have plenty of public beach parks for you to enjoy and the island itself is only about 15 miles long with 14 miles of beaches from its toe to basically the heel.
There are enclaves beginning as you come onto the island and if you don't drive too quickly and look to the left and right you'll see them with an access road that goes under Hwy 278. Continuing down William Hilton Parkway (Hwy 278) there are neighborhoods off Squire Pope Road, Spanish Wells Road & Jonesville Road. Continuing past the Cross Island Parkway - if you get on you'll see beautiful views but will miss the neighborhoods. Marshland Road winds around under the Cross Island and as you make your way towards the Old Oyster Factory, there are several small enclaves around there as well - Timbercrest, Old House Creek, Oak Marsh, etc.
Down Dillon Road towards the Hilton Head Airport, are several villa complexes the are in close proximity to the newest park on Fish Haul Creek. You are in easy walking distance to Port Royal Sound - and a type of beach that is more natural - that is, less sandy and a bit more pluff muddy. (Uh oh, what's 'pluff mudd' you say???? Well some of our sand around the Sound mixes with the mud in the waters and becomes the consistency of quick sand - pulls your tennis shoes off and sucks your sandals to who knows where - that's the infamous pluff mudd).
As you head down towards mid-island - you'll note Mathews Drive (no, they don't like to use two T's). It curves around and you can get to Old Woodlands on one side of the street and down Folly Field Road to the other. Cute little bungalows very close to the beach. Continue down in this direction and you'll come to Burke's and Bradley Beach. Before you reach the huge homes along the ocean - Stella Del Mare, etc - you still have a chance to see old Hilton Head Island and beach cottages.
There's plenty other little enclaves as you head toward the largest community on the island of Sea Pines. Hopefully, as you search you'll give these other opportunities a look see.
I love all of the island and am sure that you will too - no matter whether you are living off plantation on Hilton Head Island, SC or on plantation.
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