Dataw Island is a private residential community located just six miles east of Beaufort, SC. Surrounded by the ocean, river and tidal marshes, the community has its own marina—just three miles from the Intracoastal Waterway.
Dataw is one of the major islands in the Beaufort area and has a rich history, from being populated by Native Americans to “discovery” by the Spanish and colonization by the English. The island was once a hunting reserve, and also an indigo and cotton plantation. Preserved remains of the 1792 plantation house are just one of the unique features of the area.
Modern-day Dataw is home to a gated, 870-acre community, with more than 1,000 homes in a variety of styles and price ranges. The community has two challenging golf courses, an outdoor pool and the opportunity for other outdoor activities such croquet and kayaking. For the indoor-minded, the community has a fitness and community center, and clubhouse dining.
Single-family homes on Dataw can run from the mid-$400s to more than $3 million, with square footage ranging from just over 2,000 to 7,500 total square feet.
The island also has smaller, two and three-bedroom patio homes and maintenance-free villas. Patio homes range from $300,000 to more than $700,000, with square footage running from 1,600 to 2,600. Villas are also two and three-bedroom and start around $250,000.
If you want to build on Dataw, some lagoon-view and golf course lots are still available. Homesites begin at $75,000 while larger lots start near $150,000.
Boating and golf are the two pillars of the Dataw lifestyle. There are two golf courses on the island, and a deep-water marina.
The Cotton Dike golf course follows a creek, and was designed around a series of old dikes which created more land for farming. The second course, Morgan River, is narrower and works with the lowcountry landscape of marsh and massive Live Oaks.
The Dataw Island Marina offers deep-water slips, dry storage, a boatyard and a ship’s store. Being 30 minutes from the Atlantic, on the Morgan River, the marina is well-protected and offers good sailing and fishing. [Visit website]