Palmetto Bluff, Spring Island and Oldfield - The Big Debate

Coastal South Carolina’s fastest growing area is still timeless. Neighborhoods like Palmetto Bluff and Spring Island exude Lowcountry splendor and privacy. Oldfield Club's American Farmhouse architecture compliments its sunny, open air plantation with homes bordering the rivers and marsh. If you’re searching for an extraordinary place to build your Bluffton home, look no further! Here’s a quick amenity comparison and our thoughts on what makes these three Lowcountry real estate developments unique:

PALMETTO BLUFF 

  • 24 Hour Manned Gated Entrance
  • 18 Hole Championship Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus
  • 5,000 Square Foot May River Golf Clubhouse with dining
  • The Inn & Spa at Palmetto Bluff with heated Swimming Pool 
  • River House Fitness Center and Heated Lap Pool at the Spa
  • River House Restaurant
  • Longfield Stables - Full Service Equestrian Center, 24 Stall Barn, Covered Arena, Practice Course
  • Wilson Landing - 80 Dry Storage Boat Slips, Boat Rentals and Outfitters Center
  • Wilson Lawn & Racquet Club with 8 Har-Tru Tennis Courts & Two Bocce Ball Courts
  • Wilson Village - RT’s Market, Chapel, Shops and Restaurants
  • Canoe Club & Fitness Center with Jacuzzi and Kiddie Pool
  • Canoe Club Restaurant
  • 15 Miles of Riding and Walking Trails
  • 6,000 Acre Nature Preserve
  • 370 homes have been built to date
  • Cottage homes begin in the $400K’s
  • Homes on the water can easily exceed $3 million
  • Homesites begin in the low $100K’s
  • HOA and social club fees $554 per month

Things that make Palmetto Bluff unique: 

Amenities are scalable which means you only pay for items which interest you. All property owners become social club members from day one and the social club dues are included in the HOA fees. Full golf, boating and equestrian privileges are optional upgraded memberships. 

In our opinion, The Palmetto Bluff Inn is the secret ingredient to this community’s early success. Winner of more than 40 travel and amenity awards, its upscale resort attracts enough visitors to support the community’s amenities. But unlike most busy vacation resorts, Palmetto Bluff is spread across 20,000 acres preserving its quiet and lush atmosphere. This equates to 5 acres of paradise per property owner. Some interior neighborhoods are gated providing the deeper sense of privacy.

Wilson Village adjacent to the inn overlooks the May River is the community’s traditional town square with dining options, specialty shopping and a charming seaside chapel. Palmetto Bluff offers a big bang for the buck! 

SPRING ISLAND

  • 24 Hour Manned Gated Entrance 
  • 18 Hole Championship Golf Course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay 
  • Golf Clubhouse with dining 
  • River Clubhouse with dining 
  • 13,000 Square Foot Sports Complex 
  • Resort-style Outdoor Swimming Pool and Indoor Heated Lap Pool 
  • Comprehensive Fitness Center
  • Six Har-Tru Tennis Courts 
  • Full Service Equestrian Center 
  • 35 Miles of Horse Trails
  • Nature Center 
  • Sporting Clays
  • Community Boat Docks and Boat Ramp 
  • 260 homes have been built to date
  • Homes begin in the high $400K’s
  • Homes on the water can easily exceed $1 million
  • HOA fees $484 per month
  • Golf Club dues $985 per month (property owners must join the golf club)

Things that make Spring Island unique:

Spring Island is the most unspoiled neighborhood we’ve seen in the Lowcountry and if you don’t belong on the island, you’re not getting in. Spread across 3,000 acres, property owners average out at 7.5 acres of living space. This historic plantation has beautifully maintained dirt roads weaving through the island connecting to private driveways leading to luxury waterfront, golf or nature preserve homes.

Designed with sportsmen in mind, Spring Island has an amenity most neighborhoods don’t, a true sporting clay range. Its comprehensive nature center offers extensive educational programs its residents cherish. The $125K initiation fee and $1,500 in monthly fees tends to attract more affluent families seeking a genuine private community in exchange. Only 30 minutes south of America’s Happiest Seaside Town and 20 minutes from America’s best beaches on Hilton Head Island, Spring Island's location is special. 

OLDFIELD CLUB

  • 24 Hour Manned Gated Entrance 
  • 18 Hole Championship Golf Course designed by Greg Norman 20,000 Square Foot Golf Clubhouse with dining 
  • River Club overlooking the Okatie River 
  • Staffed Outfitters Center
  • Oldfield Sports Club & Wellness Center 
  • Resort-style Outdoor Swimming Pool and Indoor Lap Pool 
  • Fitness Center Six Har-Tru Tennis Courts 
  • Full Service Equestrian Center 
  • 225 homes have been built to date
  • New cottage homes begin in the $400K’s
  • Homes on the water can easily exceed $1 million
  • Homesites begin from the $50K’s
  • HOA fees with a sports membership $488 per month

Things that make Oldfield Club unique:

After you pass through the gated entrance, you’ll sense the spaciousness and traditional neighborhood feel. Manicured lawns with white picket fences are common sights. Amenities such as the Outfitters Center and River Club on the Okatie River are canopied by age old oak trees. Oldfield Club’s Outfitter Center is ranked as one of the best private outfitter programs in the southeast. 

The Oldfield Club golf course designed by Greg Norman weaves through broad savannahs and soaring pines up to the banks of the Okatie River. American Farmhouse architecture and Lowcountry-style elegance are staples of the neighborhood. Its location is special too, located half way between Beaufort and Hilton Head Island.

If you’re searching for Lowcountry real estate communities in Bluffton, be sure to talk with Johnny Ussery or Tom Jackson of Gateway Realty who are real estate experts in the area. They’re happy to show you around and share with you the latest Bluffton homes for sale.

They can be reached at 843.757.7710.

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