With environmentally sensitive design and architectural guidelines, abundant open space, tree preservation and earthen paint tones, Sea Pines residences blend in with nature. Nearly 5000 single family residential and vacation homes, townhomes, villas and condominiums comprise Sea Pines, including expansive oceanfront retreats, beach cottages, comfortable patio homes, and maintenance-free, multi- family complexes. Most properties adhere to coastal and Carolina Lowcountry styles and are characterized by screened porches, large overhangs, cedar plank siding, neutral stucco finishes and lush landscaping. Approximately 400 privately-owned, residential short-term rental properties attract nearly 15,000 vacationers to Sea Pines Resort each year. Long-term rental opportunities are also available. Sea Pines boasts one of Hilton Head’s lowest Property Owners Association fees for a private gated community. To build a house in Sea Pines requires adherence to land-use covenants and approval from an architectural review board.
Sea Pines is divided into 5 distinct sub-areas including Harbour Town, South Beach, Ocean Side, Club Course and Central. Each neighborhood retains its own personality and charm.
With its red and white striped lighthouse, the landmark Liberty Oak tree and world-famous yacht basin, Harbour Town is the most widely recognized of the Sea Pines neighborhoods. This Mediterranean-style enclave is bordered by Calibogue Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and features a full-service marina, 95 boat slips accommodating vessels up to 163-feet, watercraft rentals, numerous restaurants and boutiques and the Harbour Town Yacht Club. Pastel, stucco- sided villas and townhomes rim the waterfront, providing rich sunset views over Calibogue Sound and neighboring Daufuskie Island. Also the site of the No.1 rated, "10 Best Jack Nicklaus Courses You Can Play" by Golf.com, Harbour Town Golf Links provides exceptional backdrops for the exclusive homes and villas that flank the course.
At Sea Pines southernmost point is South Beach. Surrounded by the waters of Calibogue Sound and the Atlantic, South Beach Marina is reminiscent of a New England-style fishing village. Unique shops, indoor and outdoor dining, an Inn, the South Beach Racquet Club and multiple water sports can be found near the waterfront. The oceanfront and ocean-oriented homes and condominiums at South Beach enjoy some of the widest, most peaceful expanses of coastline on Hilton Head. South Beach’s newly renovated Tower Beach Club- complete with parking, covered picnic pavilion and facilities – is a private facility intended for use by property owners only. Walking paths tucked between homes and streets provide access to the beach for all property owners.
The Ocean Side area of Sea Pines begins near the back gate or Ocean Gate and runs parallel along the Atlantic beaches. Private beach paths provide property owners walking access to the shore. Home to the brand new Plantation Golf Club (March 2014) with the Heron Point and Ocean courses, along with the $13 million oceanfront Sea Pines Beach Club (June 2014), the Ocean Side area in Sea Pines is popular among both residents and vacationing visitors. Some of the most spectacular seaside homes on Hilton Head can be found here, including the distinctive retreats along East Beach Lagoon, a residential stretch referred to as the “Gold Coast.”
The Club Course neighborhood is located near the front entrance or Greenwood Gate to Sea Pines and is anchored by Sea Pines Country Club. Residences in Club Course include both single and multi-family homes and townhomes, some on patio lot parcels and most with woodland, marsh or fairway views. Much of the retail and resort activities within Sea Pines are separate from the Club Course area.
When developing Sea Pines, much care was taken to preserve the environment and the pristine Lowcountry woodlands and wetlands. The 605-acre Forest Preserve can be found in Central Sea Pines, along with the popular Lawton Stables, a private equestrian facility. Many properties in this portion of Sea Pines take advantage of forest and lagoon views and saltwater coves including neighborhoods such as Heritage Woods, Greenwood Forest, Calibogue Cay and Lawton Woods.