Nature and Ecology are driving forces behind the philosophy of many communities. In addition the cleanliness of tidal rivers mandate a focus on water quality and preservation of surrounding marshlands. The following are noteworthy in developing communities that integrate into their surroundings, and uphold strong architectural and environmental standards.
Spring Island sets the standard for a Natural Habitat Community, sponsoring a conservancy with a full time PHD on staff.
Palmetto Bluff was founded in 2003 with a mission of protecting the lush maritime forests and winding tidal creeks that defined the spectacular geography of the land that is home to Palmetto Bluff.
Callawassie Island was the first community in SC certified as a Natural Habitat; over 250 homes are registered backyard habitats; the golf course is Audibon certified.
Rose Dhu Creek has has miles of nature and horse trails.
Oldfield incorporates nature into their community architecture and amenities with an outdoor pro on staff.
Pinckney Retreat has perseved the original Plantation houuse for use by members.