Port Royal | Homes For Sale

Occupying the bluffs claimed by William Hilton in 1663, Port Royal is home to the Union's Fort Sherman and Hilton Head Island's earliest settlement. Canopied by live oaks and draping moss, Port Royal evokes the grandeur of the ole’ south. Once a pivotal battleground, Port Royal is now an incredibly tranquil place to call home.


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No other community is as richly steeped in history as Port Royal. Explored and colonized by the Spanish, French, and English, Port Royal was the scene of a pivotal turning point in the Civil War. As a lynchpin of the Confederate navy, Union planners recognized the immense strategic importance of Port Royal. So much so that over 13,000 troops were committed to its recapture.

Fort Sherman was quickly laid upon the ruins of the defeated Confederate naval outpost. A wave of near-spontaneous growth occurred as the population swelled to over 15,000. Over the next 3 years, 40,000 Union troops would pass through Fort Sherman en route to victory in the southern states.

Under Fred Hack and the Island Development Company, Port Royal started down the long and winding road to residential status in the 1950’s. Following a series of near bankruptcies, periods of rapid and sporadic growth, and numerous mergers, Port Royal was sold to Marathon Oil in the 1980’s.

The past three decades have been kind to Hilton Head Island. Explosive growth and interest in the area continued to attract retirees, spurring construction in Port Royal. After the 1980’s recession and a few years of mediocre management, the landowners sued for control of future planning and maintenance. Projects undertaken in the 1990’s contributed to a significant rise in property values and the preservation of Port Royal’s unique character.

Golf & Tennis

• Port Royal Plantation Club: World Property Channel named this course one of the “Top 10 Exotic Golf Courses In The World”. Designed by George Cobb, Pete Dye, and William Byrd, the course is now part of the Heritage Collection.
• Port Royal Racquet Club: 14 courts. Mix of Har-Tru and Nova courts. Extensive renovations are underway, with plans to resurface existing courts. Stadium seating, lighting, and a pro shop that Tennis Buyers Guide called one of the “Top Five Tennis Resort Pro Shops”.
• Port Royal Plantation Courts: 4 courts. Deco Turf II surfaces. Exclusive use for members and guests.


• Port Royal Beach House: Fronting the beach, with a catering kitchen and personal party privileges for members. Features outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pool.
• Fish Haul Farm: Community garden featuring small-plot raised beds and attached nature trails.

Port Royal Real Estate Listings

Port Royal is the perfect mix of privacy, coastal elegance, and southern grandeur. A folly divides Mitchellville Beach from Port Royal’s bluffs. With the majority of commercial property (i.e. Westin and Marriott’s Barony) located outside the front gate, Port Royal residents enjoy a degree of freedom from seasonal traffic.

The majority of opportunities will be single-family homes. There are a few condo complexes in addition to a series of townhomes/villas located right outside the gate. Homes in Port Royal are an eclectic bunch, ranging from Georgian-style micro mansions to Swiss-themed chalets. Most homes tend to be at minimum 3 bedrooms and up. Lots run large, with priority placed on preserving the moss-draped live oak and natural character.

One important caveat to note: Inside the gate, Port Royal is strictly residential. Only a few exceptions were granted. That said, buyers searching for Port Royal properties with rental income potential should certainly look at the cluster of townhomes and villas located just outside the gate.

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