Early Indians came to Dataw Island nearly 10,000 years ago, the first visitors to this 870-acre hideaway along the marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway. And although some of the island has been developed, the current natives’ commitment to preserving its natural beauty means things haven’t changed all that much.
The residents also keep active. Two golf courses—Tom Fazio’s Cotton Dike and Arthur Hills’s Morgan River—wind through the island past tidal marsh, oaks draped in Spanish moss, and Civil War-era ruins. Nine of the holes offer stunning views of the marsh and river, while the rest meander past ponds and rookeries. The eight tennis courts are always abuzz with activity, as are five miles of paved trails, two pristinely maintained croquet lawns, and new bocce courts. Fishing, kayaking, and other water activities are just steps away.
The onsite Community Center offers stimulation for body and mind, with an indoor pool and fully stocked fitness center, as well as art studios, spa services, a yoga studio, and rooms where many of the thriving clubs and organizations meet. These clubs are an integral part of the community’s embracing atmosphere, offering dozens of choices for socializing, learning, and volunteering.
There are 860 homes on 1,050 sites, meaning there’s room to build plus a healthy resale market. Lots range from under half an acre to almost two acres and up to $400,000, with homes from the $200,000s to $1.5 million. The island’s architect took care to purposefully situate each lot to embrace nature, featuring water or golf views or both—all with a close tie to a rich history.
Don’t miss… 12,000 years of local history on display—including artifacts, paraphernalia, and records from the Plantation Era—at the Dataw Island History & Learning Center.