Port Royal Plantation Real Estate

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    About Port Royal Plantation

    In 1861, Hilton Head Island was briefly renamed Port Royal, South Carolina. The Port Royal Plantation community is the second plantation neighborhood developed on Hilton Head Island, after Sea Pines. Port Royal is the site of a few still-standing Civil War fortifications as well as the 1663 landing of Captain William Hilton for whom the island is currently named. This single-family community opened in 1961 and got its name from the nearby Port Royal Sound (which was first named by Admiral Jean Ribaut of France’s 1500s Huguenot party). Port Royal’s 1,200 private acres include around 700 homesites with views of the ocean, golf courses, and woods. Three miles of public beaches stretch from the Atlantic to the Sound, and in between guests can find almost any activity imaginable as well as a few historic landmarks.

    Security Features

    A completely private security gate and a 24-hour security team maintain Port Royal’s privacy and safety.

    Port Royal Plantation: History

    Plans for Port Royal Plantation were created in 1961 for 1,000 acres of northeast Hilton Head Island. The land contained historic sites from the Civil War, including old fort remains, as well as three miles of Atlantic Ocean beach. Development began by 1963. Fred Hack knew land and development but was less familiar with marketing, which resulted in Port Royal's low profile until 1967 when it was finally interpreted and presented as a quiet respite from Sea Pines' hustle and bustle. The property was eventually sold to a new agency, the Port Royal Group, who took possession September 1, 1971. Where Sea Pines had an abundance of condos and tourists, Port Royal offers wide beaches, peaceful lagoons-and most importantly, privacy. This difference became Hack's marketing strategy. He was much more lenient in Port Royal's architectural standards than his competition, which is why Port Royal ended up an upper-class American suburb instead of an active resort complex.


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