A new adult retirement community planned for the area will bring the Margaritaville spirit.
Hardeeville, S.C., and Minto Communities has announced plans for a 2,739-acre, 55-and-older community on Hwy. 278 that expects to include 3,000 homes, a resort-style pool, tennis and pickleball courts and arts and learning programs.
Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams believes Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head will be a destination spot for retirees.
“Hardeeville will now become the place for retirees from around the country who want to enjoy the beauty and amenities of the region,” he said in a news release.
The site will be the second Latitude Margaritaville location for Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings, which earlier this year broke ground on the first community in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The community, at Hilton Head Lakes South about 2.5 miles off Interstate 95, expects to have homes starting in the “low” $200,000 range, with a wide range of home designs and floor plans, according to Minto Senior Vice President William Bullock.
Bullock said his company’s research revealed a desire for fun, food and music and Hardeeville’s a great spot because of its prime location close to Hilton Head, Savannah and Charleston.
“The fun, the beach, the water all rank very high in consumer research,” said Bullock, who also noted the access to Coastal Carolina Hospital, University of South Carolina Beaufort and Savannah/Hilton Head Airport. “There’s not a lot of places that rank as well as the location in Jasper.”
Williams said Florida-based Minto builds “exceptional communities” and expects the luxuries will be “on par with the world’s finest luxury resort.”
The community expects to offer a “no worries” tropical vibe, according to Latitude Margaritaville, and will include a fitness center, social hall and indoor and outdoor dining.
It will also include a 72-acre site for a 290,000-square-foot Margaritaville-inspired retail center. The center, designed by Sutton Holdings, will include a Margaritaville signature-concept restaurant, specialty stores, grocery stores and entertainment venues.
Bullock thinks the center, which will be accessible to the public, will be a “draw for the region.”
He said he’s enjoyed a strong relationship with the city of Hardeeville, including Mayor Williams and City Manager Mike Czymbor.
“They have been an incredible partner,” Bullock said “We look for municipalities that are welcoming to our development and we look forward to a long-lasting partnership.”
Bullock said beginning immediately the sales center will be redone. Landscaping and new entry features will also begin soon.
He targets an early 2018 opening for Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head.
Bullock trusts his company’s research, noting he’s “very confident in the site selection” because Hardeeville offers access to amenities that people want.
“We ask people what they want and deliver it,” Bullock said.