•Editor’s Note: This is the first of an occasional series on notable communities and neighborhoods outside Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties.•
By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
If golf isn’t your game, then try fly fishing — or swimming, tennis, boating or horseback riding. At Oldfield, finding things to do is really quite easy.
That’s how backers pitch the residential community, launched in the early 2000s about 20 minutes west of Beaufort and Hilton Head Island.
The 860-acre neighborhood on the Okatie River is established. About 400 of 550 lots are sold and dozens of homes from 2,400 to 3,000 square feet and up are built and occupied.
The scenic enclave is “only 10 years old,” says Jan Ferguson, lead sales specialist. Yet Oldfield is “75 percent sold,” she says.
At the same time, the community wasn’t immune from the housing downturn. Homes are priced from the low $400,000s to $1.5 million and lots from $50,000 to $575,000, which is 40 percent off their original values.
Ferguson cites a number of factors for the community’s impressive interest. Oldfield is diverse. Buyers are young and older, families and empty nesters, snowbirds and second homeowners, according to marketing coordinator Hilary Bumm.
The neighborhood, too, showcases scores of activities. And it offers buyers a variety of ways to craft a house such as the Pre-designed Home Program where houses are customized and then built on site. There’s even Discover Oldfield, where people can lease properties for $199 a night with meals included. The community also promotes the club for destination weddings.
Another highlight for the luxury subdivision is its location between Savannah to the south and metro Charleston up Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 17. That gives homeowners in Oldfield places to visit or to go to shop. Conversely, residents of the larger cities may eye the village as a place to relocate to or to buy property for retirement.
The community hasn’t stopped growing. A total of 22 homes are under construction, Ferguson says. Oldfield is in phase two of Lakeside Village, a new neighborhood with houses framed by custom builders. The three floor plans are priced from $419,000 to $459,000 and lots are from half-an-acre. “The style is very ‘Low Country,’” Ferguson says.
All the while, the community is picking up resales: 32 homes are in the local Multiple Listing Service.
As an enclave with a few years under its belt, Oldfield is developing a neighborly feel. “There are four or five big events: oyster roast, Low Country boil, chili cookoff,” she says. “It’s a very all-inclusive community.”
At the same time, Oldfield’s amenities haven’t lost their appeal.
• Oldfield Country Club with a Greg Norman-designed championship golf course. The layout was recognized by the Audubon Society as an eco-friendly golf course community.
• Three community boat docks, which offer residents generous terms for mooring their boats temporarily.
• Equestrian center.
• Swimming and tennis facilities.
• Fitness center.
• The only Orvis certified fly-fishing school in the Low Country.
• Outfitter center with a certified naturalist onboard.
• Ten miles of trails for walking, jogging and biking.
• Golf cars are allowed to be driven throughout the community.
Ferguson says maybe the biggest seller is the outdoors itself: “natural beauty of historic oaks, wildlife, egrets and blue herons rolling through the property.”
For more information, e-mail Ferguson at email@example.com or visit www.oldfieldsc.com.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A “country store” designed to recapture days gone by is in Oldfield, as is a city limits-style sign (Provided).×
Water activities are popular in the Oldfield neighborhood (Provided).×
Marsh grass forms a buffer between the water and this architecturally stylish home (Provided).×
Horses graze at the Oldfield Equestrian center, one of several amenities on the 980-acre property (Provided).×
Oldfield River Cottages showcases one of the residential looks in the neighborhood, which opened about 10 years ago (Provided).×
Kayakers at Oldfield can paddle on area waterways (Provided).×
Porticos spotlight this multi-story house at Oldfield (Provided).×
A bungalow-like building overlooks this small lake in Oldfield, located about 20 minutes from Hilton Head Island and Beaufort (Provided).×
The Oldfield insignia and date of the original plantation’s founding in 1732 is on a post at the horse-riding center (Provided).×
The 12th fairway and green showcase the prestigious Oldfield Country Club (Provided).×
Rocking chairs line a porch looking out on a dock (Provided).×