Callawassie Island vs Oldfield Club - The Big Debate

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The South Carolina Lowcountry is one of the most desirable places to live, especially for those looking to relocate from the Northeast.  What is it about the coastal Carolinas that is so appealing? Weather for starters! Mild winters and long sunny summer days beckon to enjoy life outdoors year-round. We believe it’s the unspoiled islands, active wildlife and the soothing sea are also magnets attracting retiring Baby Boomers.

Tucked between America’s Happiest Seaside Town of Beaufort and America’s Best Beaches on Hilton Head Island is the laid back town of Okatie. The north and south bound corridor on Okatie Highway makes access to Beaufort and Hilton Head Island quick and convenient. We thought we’d help you with your search by comparing two of the most well known gated communities in Okatie: Callawassie Island and Oldfield Club along with introducing you to our trusted colleagues who know these communities best. 

If you’re visiting the area during the Annual Beaufort Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens, these are two Lowcountry waterfront communities you won’t want to miss. Here’s a quick comparison:


  • 880 acres
  • Gated Entrance
  • Approximately 505 homes built of the 700 planned
  • 27 Hole Tom Fazio designed Golf Course
  • 26,000 square foot Golf Clubhouse with dining
  • Two Waterfront Community Swimming Pools
  • Poolside River Club
  • Six Har-Tru Tennis Courts
  • Fitness Center
  • Community Boat Docks and Fishing Pier
  • Golf Course, Waterfront and Wooded homes, Villas and Town homes
  • Homes from the low $200K’s, home prices average $335K
  • Lots under $20K
  • Annual HOA & Island Club Fees $9,184
  • Optional Monthly Golf Dues $295

Things that make Callwassie Island unique: 

Eleven miles of scenic marshland surround the island. At low tide, exposed oyster beds and swaying grasses enhance the views. There is no way on or off the island except through the main gated entrance providing a sense of exclusivity. Property owners are required to become Island Club members.

Mature pine trees and live oaks beautifully canopy the island. Callawassie Island has been certified as a National Wildlife Federation Community Habit for seven years in row protecting bird life and deer on the island. 

Established back in 1981, Callawassie Island completed its $4 million golf course renovation in 2009 giving the course a fresh look and new challenges. Property owners are not required to join the golf club. In addition to golf and tennis clubs, this coastal South Carolina community has a long list of volunteer groups and exciting events bonding the community together. The Friends of Callawassie have raised almost $300K for local charities. Callawassie Island offers affordable home options to those desiring to live in a gated Lowcountry waterfront community with an active Baby Boomer population.


  • 860 acres
  • Gated Entrance
  • Approximately 225 homes built of the 547 planned
  • 18 Hole Greg Norman designed Golf Course
  • 20,000 square foot Golf Clubhouse with dining
  • River Club overlooking the Okatie River
  • Active Outfitters Center
  • Oldfield Sports Club & Fitness Center
  • Resort-style Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Six Har-Tru Tennis Courts
  • Full Service Equestrian Center
  • Community Boat Dock and Fishing Pier
  • Six miles Walking Trails
  • Golf ourse, waterfront and wooded homes, villas
  • Homes from the high $200K’s, home prices average $419K
  • Lots under $30K
  • Annual HOA & OCA Club Fees $6,850
  • Optional Monthly Golf Dues $464

Things that make Oldfield Club unique:

Built in 2000, Crescent Communities created a nostalgic theme for the neighborhood. From the 50’s style gas station converted into an ice cream shop and general store at the community’s entrance to the American Farmhouse architecture framing out the sports and fitness center. The neighborhood is open and spacious and yet brimming with lush foliage and expansive marsh views.  

Homes are clearly newer here reflecting traditional Lowcountry architecture accented by white picket fences. The streets feel much wider and are conducive to bicycling. Approximately two dozen homes are currently under construction in the community’s newest neighborhood. New homes start in the $400K’s reaching to well over $1 million. Property owners at Oldfield Club are required to become club members. Golf membership is optional. 

There are so many beautiful and friendly neighborhoods in the Lowcountry and Bluffton area. Our trusted colleagues are just the right folks to educate you about your options and keep you informed about the latest listings. Ask us to be introduced by writing [email protected].

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