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Dataw Island100 Dataw Club Road, Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Dataw Island is a 870 acre¬†established Low Country¬†real estate development¬†situated on its own barrier island.¬†Two recently refurbished¬†golf courses, a full-service deepwater marina, outstanding tennis and thriving social clubs are just a few of the well rounded lifestyle activities found¬†at one of the finest coastal retirement communities¬†on the Sea Islands South Carolina.
Tucked¬†between Savannah Georgia and Charleston South Carolina, Dataw Island is located in Beaufort, one of America's Happiest Seaside Towns.¬†Is it the great weather year round to play golf, the friendliness of the people or the low cost of living¬†which draws Baby Boomers to the Lowcountry? Whichever it is, families and retirees alike can't resist the high quality of life found in the area. Beaufort South Carolina is repeatedly¬†named on the list of the¬†Best Small Towns in South Carolina¬†rich with culture, live entertainment and street festivals. Kayaking, fishing and paddle boarding are common water sports to see in the rivers.¬†Just down the road is Hunting Island State Park, home to one of the most beautiful beaches in South Carolina.¬†
This Low Country real estate development¬†is home to two golf courses; one designed by Tom Fazio - The Cotton Dike and the other¬†Morgan River Signature Course designed by Arthur Hills. Both golf courses went¬†through a $5.4 million renovation in 2012.¬†Dataw Island has an elegant golf clubhouse and a community center for social events. The 25,000 square foot golf clubhouse overlooks salt water marshes where it's¬†easily see bottlenose dolphin frolicking on the surface searching for fish on the Sea Islands South Carolina. The newly renovated clubhouse is the setting for¬†fine and casual dining. A¬†bar and fireplace, a grand ballroom and an open outdoor veranda overlook¬†the course and Jenkins Creek. The¬†clubhouse is¬†clearly the hub of the community. In fact, more than 30 social clubs are actively involved at Dataw Island Club including the Island Friends. There are approximately 19 groups of nine people who meet monthly and then the¬†groups are rotated around the next year so everyone has a chance to meet someone new.¬†Many¬†of the social clubs are focused on charities¬†serving the local coastal retirement communities.
DATAW ISLAND AMENITIES
- 24 Hour Manned Gated Entrance
- 25,000 square foot Golf Clubhouse with Formal and Casual¬†Dining
- Two Championship Golf Courses
- The Cotton Dike designed by Tom Fazio
- Morgan River Signature Course¬†designed by Arthur Hills
- 16,000 square foot Dataw Island Community Center
- Fitness Center, Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools
- 1,600 square foot Tennis Center with 8 Har-Tru Tennis Courts
- Two Championship Croquet Courts
- Full Service Deepwater Marina with 83 Wet Slips and 300 Dry Stacks
Adjacent to the golf clubhouse is the Tennis Center with 8 Har-Tru tennis courts, a tennis shop, tennis instruction and a resort-style swimming pool overlooking the marsh to cool off. Nearby, the 16,000 square foot Dataw Island Community Center is home to an indoor swimming pool, fitness room, massage room, aerobics studio and much much more. A variety of classes take place at Community Center such as dance, art and fitness. The island has two championship-caliber lawn croquet courts too, an old age sporting trend coming back into favor. Retiree's searching for Low Country¬†real estate will appreciate that¬†Dataw Island is¬†golf cart friendly making it easy to get around without a car. Property owner's are required to become members of the Dataw Island Club. Initation fees are $15,000. Social membership dues are $3,300 per year. Memberhship with full golf privileges are $8,628¬†per year. HOA fees are $2,095¬†per year.
Property owner's who have boat¬†can utilize¬†Dataw's privately owned full-service deepwater marina.¬†Yachts, sailboats and speed boats share the deepwater marina space. There are 83 wet boat slips, 300 dry stacks, a 50 ton boat lift and¬†20,000 lb forklift. Diesel fuel, pump out and showers are available. The marina does permit live aboards.¬†Boaters¬†can quickly navigate to the Intracoastal Waterway which is¬†3 miles away and¬†head offshore to the Atlantic Ocean, about 30 minutes from Dataw Island and the Sea Islands South Carolina.
The gated community¬†has approximately 800 homes built to date of the 1,000 planned. A handful¬†of lots for sale¬†are still available under $50k, patio homes¬†under $200K¬†and cottage homes for sale at Dataw Island begin in the mid $400K's. Dataw Island approved builders include Island Residential Construction (IRC Homes) and Majestic Estate Builders. The majority of the residents in this Low Country real estate development¬†are second home owners and retirees. For families interested in Dataw Island,¬†Coosa Point Elementary, Beaufort Middle School, Beaufort High School, and Beaufort Academy are the closest best schools.
Our real estate score for Dataw Island in Beaufort South Carolina is 78.
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Dataw Island was originally acquired in 1983 by aluminum manufacturer Alcoa. The South Carolina coastal community of Dataw Island was substantially completed in 2007 becoming its own independent island. 80% of the homes are built. Members approved a $5.4 million golf course renovation and construction began in 2011. The Tom Fazio Cotton Dike golf course is under renovation and the Arthur Hills Morgan Signature Course renovation is scheduled for 2012.
Dataw Island Club members are being assessed an additional $115 a month until the loan debt for the renovations has been paid off. Dataw Island Club requires all property owners pay an additional Home Owners Association Assessment of $1,813 per year for road maintenance, security, lighting and common docks.