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Dataw Island

100 Dataw Club Road, Dataw Island, South Carolina 29920

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Dataw Island, a Beautiful, Gated Community Popular with Baby Boomers, is on the Southern South Carolina Coast and Has a Country Club, Tennis Courts, a Deep Water Marina and a Wide Range of Prices

Nestled in the Sea Islands region on South Carolina's southeastern coast, Dataw Island is a 870-acre community built on a former plantation. Only six miles from Beaufort, Dataw Island began in the 1980s should have 1,100 residences at build out.

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Town homes and single family homes dominate the list of housing. Most town houses have two bedrooms, two baths, and a garage. Some have access to community docks and stocked fishing ponds. Higher-end properties may have a private dock, up to four bedrooms, and private pools. The grounds are lush, dotted with oak trees, palm trees and plantation ruins. All homes have golf course or water views.

Prices start in the low-$100,000s and top out at more than a million dollars. Lots are availble from about $1,000. The HOA fee is about $207 per month. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change.

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Membership in Dataw Island's country club is mandatory for residents ($17,000 at closing, plus $338 per month membership fee). Non-residents may choose from several other membership levels. There is also a Renters' Membership for people leasing a home or living on a boat.

Resident membership means rights to the elegant, 25,000 square foot clubhouse and its pub, grand ballroom, outdoor pool, and championship croquet greens. The country club also offers two 18-hole golf courses, a tennis club, and community center with fitness facilities and visual arts space.

Dataw's deepwater marina boasts slips, dry storage, and access to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Resident-run organizations range from quilting groups and RV groups to a League of Women Voters chapter and a Habitat for Humanity association.

Hilton Head, Charleston, and Savannah are easy day trips. Beaufort maintains a rich menu of dining and boutique shopping in its downtown.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission. Services include wellness classes as well as level 3 emergency care.

Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 48 inches of rain per year.

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Visit www.dataw.org for more information.

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South Carolina:

Francisco de Gordillo explored the present-day South Carolina coast during 1521 but was unable to establish a town. The French also failed to colonize in 1562. The English settled here in 1670, but they moved on to Charleston when the conditions worsened. The two Carolinas split officially in 1729. The state was the first to leave the Union during the Civil War.

South Carolina was once primarily agricultural and still grows peanuts, watermelons, peaches and tobacco. Today, though, it is mostly known for its textile mills. Wood products, asbestos, steel, pulp and chemicals are particularly important. A commercial tea plantation, and the only one in America, lies on an island 20 miles South of Charleston.

Top attractions include Fort Sumter, which is a national monument, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the Cypress Gardens (located in Charleston), Hilton Head resorts, the Cowpens National Battlefield, the Botanical Gardens and the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Stats:

Population - 4,961,018

Persons 65 years old and over - 16%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%

Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 5%

White persons, not Hispanic - 64%

Median household income - $45,483

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Designed for Aging

Many new retirement developments are being "designed for aging." What does this mean? While baby boomers have every intention of staying active during their retirement years, living with design elements that make one's living space more accommodating is also a good idea. In homes designed for aging, the home has just one story. The path from the master bedroom to the bathroom is short, well-defined and well-lit. Door handles are levers instead of knobs. All thresholds are flush. Toilets are a few inches higher. Bathroom floors are made from a no-slip material. In a well-designed home, these are just a few of the features specifically incorporated for aging bodies.

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