SOLD FEBRUARY 14, 2024 | $35,000,000
When the largest undeveloped waterfront parcel in South Carolina came to market last year in a rare and widely publicized sale by private owners, the property’s future, along with the future of the surrounding area came into question.
The brokers at Holcombe, Fair & Lane recognize that the sale or lease of any property, especially along the Coastal Plain directly impacts the quality of its natural and commercial resources for future generations. Rarely has the area seen such an example.
Empowered by a combination of federal and private funding, The Nature Conservancy, a globally-recognized environmental organization, secured the contract and engaged the Open Land Trust in an agreement to place a conservation easement on the entire property. This easement will protect the property’s conservation values through limits on use, development, and subdivision.
Gregorie Neck will soon be the newest extension of two nationally recognized conservation jewels: the ACE Basin (Ashepoo-Combahee-Edisto) and SOLO (Southern Lowcountry) Basin, comprising 500,000 acres of preserved lands.
IN THE NEWS
“$35M Deal to Protect 4,400 Acres in SC Lowcountry” Post & Courier
“DOD Supports Land Conservation Around Local Military Bases” Post & Courier
“Organization to Protect 4400-acre SC Property Worth $35M” Hilton Head Island Packet
Rarely does a plantation property possess so many superlatives. And rarely is it turnkey.
Such is the case at 1415 Gregorie Neck Road, situated on its own 4,400-acre peninsula (the “neck”) bordered by the Coosawhatchie and Tulifinny rivers of coastal South Carolina. Located just an hour north of Savannah, the incomparable Gregorie Neck is one of the last great places on the Eastern Seaboard.
With eight miles of waterfront and marshfront, extensive old growth forest, fishing ponds and impoundments, a deepwater dock on the Tulifinny, impeccable gardens and grounds, and a stately brick mansion built with maximum exposure to a sweeping river vista, Gregorie Neck is the premiere Lowcountry estate - the perfect recreational retreat for family and friends, combining undisturbed tranquility with easy access by plane or car.
A RECREATIONAL & SPORTING PARADISE
Gregorie Neck's platform for recreation and sporting activities is legendary. Multiple members of the same families have cared for the plantation for generations, managing the mature hardwood and pine forests for optimal quail, turkey and deer habitat.
Ample fields and pastures yield abundant dove populations. They also support a herd of 20 Hereford beef cattle, a large vegetable garden and a modern chicken coop which produces two to three dozen fresh eggs weekly. A shooting range for sporting clays lies a safe distance away. All livestock and equipment convey.
All told, Gregorie Neck affords limitless possibilities for exploring the wild waterways of two nationally recognized conservation jewels: the ACE (Ashepoo-Combahee-Edisto) Basin and SOLO (Southern Lowcountry) Basin, comprising some 500,000 acres of preserved lands.
THE HOUSE & GARDENS
The house at Gregorie Neck evokes an authentic vocabulary of classical ornamentation, exquisite proportions, detailed woodwork and sumptuous interiors. Designed in the early 1930s by architect Willis Irvin, the meticulously renovated main house stands on a high bluff of ancient live oaks and panoramic views. It boasts a grand entrance portico on the landward side and a spacious sunroom spanning the riverside. Each bedroom and gathering space is oriented to the water and prevailing breeze. It is testament, according to historian Daniel Vivian, to Willis Irvin’s stature as “a consummate stylist of the colonial revival.”
Retaining the famed architect’s exacting sensibilities – but with a 21st century family in mind – the present owners have thoroughly renovated Willis’ century-old masterpiece and continue to refine it. With six bedrooms, six full baths and two half-baths, eight working fireplaces, an elegant dining room complete with surround sound – plus a fully modern kitchen, pantry and breakfast room – Gregorie Neck represents the best of southern tradition and hospitality, with present-day conveniences.
Across the Tulifinny, the distant view of wooded shoreline is safeguarded forever by a conservation easement.