Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, & The Surrounding SC Lowcountry

Community Fees

Hilton Head POA HOA FeesMany of the neighborhoods in Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the surrounding Lowcountry are privately owned communities, often referred to as Plantations or Resorts.  As they are privately owned, each one pays for the community up-keep and maintenance, roads, staffing, review boards and various other amenities such as bike paths, security, public pools and fitness centers.  As a result, each community may have its own set of fees for property owners.  Such fees may include a combination of the following:

  • HOA (or POA) Fees:  This is the overall fee for owning a property within a private community to cover the community’s annual operating budget.  An HOA/POA may be differentiated between improved and unimproved properties.  Generally, an improved property is a lot with a home built on it while an unimproved property is an undeveloped lot.
  • Capital Improvement Fees, Enhancement Fees and Special Assessments:  These are additional fees used to pay for community projects and enhancements such as a new club house or major improvements and renovations.  Capital Improvement fees are usually an upfront, one-time fee for new homeowners and Enhancement Fees or Special assessments are generally approved by the board for a distinct period of time and are not permanent fees.
  • Transfer Fees:  Many communities, developers and towns have a transfer fee which is charged to the seller of a property when it is sold. Also known as reconveyance fees, recovery fees, capital recovery fees, or resale fees, a private transfer fee is a charge that is required to be paid to a developer, town or HOA at closing each time a property is sold. The transfer fee is attached to the property as a covenant.
  • Initiation/Administrative Fees:  An initiation fee is billed to the buyer of a property and is usually for administrative costs.
  • Membership Fees:  Many communities have golf, tennis, club or social memberships available to residents.  These fees pay for a multitude of amenities offers specifically by the club. Some communities require memberships while others make it optional.
  • Minimum Food and Beverage:  Some communities with a club restaurant require a minimum food and beverage purchase.


Below is a list of most Community HOA/POA Fees along with any transfer and initiation fees*:

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CommunityPOA ImprovedPOA UnimprovedTransfer/Other FeesLast Updated
Belfair$17,645.00 annually (billed semi-annually May & Nov.)$17,645.00 annually (billed semi-annually May & Nov.) + annual mowing fee$22,500 one-time initiation fee. November 22, 2021
Berkeley Hall $19,476 annually.$19,476 annually.$23,000 one-time initiation fee. $19,100 Annual Equity Membership, $6,935- National Golf Membership feeNovember 23, 2021
Callawassie$2,129 annuallyVillas are independent properties sharing a common side wall. Membership in the Heron Walk Association, at a fee of $460 per quarter, is required$18,000 one-time initiation fee, plus a $847monthly membership fee required. Unlimited Golf for an additional $330/month OR Pay-as-you-Play Golf for $70 per roundFebruary 4, 2020
Colleton River$20,975 annually$20,975 annually$30,000 capitol contributionJanuary 28, 2020
Crescent$1772 annually$1772 annuallyOne-time $225 closing processing fee (Homewise Docs additional fees may apply), with additional $50 fee for shortsales or foreclosures. One-time mailbox fee of $75. AND One-time $40 Gate transmitter feeFebruary 3, 2020
Eagles Pointe$1,340 annually, paid in quarterly installments of $335.00 per quarter .Not applicable$100 new owner fee. $42.00/Per Quarter for optional trash serviceJanuary 31, 2020
Farm at Buckwalter$896.80 annually ($448.40 semi-annually)Not applicable.One-time transfer fee of 2.5 % of sales price.January 30, 2020
Forest BeachOptional, $100 annually.Optional, $100 annually.None.January 31, 2020
Hampton Hall$4,200 annually, paid in monthly installments of $350$3,348 annually, paid in monthly installments of $279One-time social membership fee of $6,000. One-time partial fund contribution fee of $810. January 30, 2020
Hampton Lake$3,689.40 annually.$3,689.40 annually.One-time capital contribution fee of $2,750. $150 Admin Fee per transaction. Please note, Hampton Lake has 3 separate areas Prices may very based on community area. January 28, 2020
Hampton Pointe$1,068 annually. Billed $89.00/monthly$1,068 annually. Billed $89.00/monthlyOne-time capital contribution fee of $2000. One-time transfer fee of $4,000. One-time processing fee of $35. One-time fee for Resale Certificate is about $250, but can vary. Carriage Homes have additional one-time initial maintenance fee equal to two months of the exterior landscape maintenance fee of $95 per month. Villa homes have an additional one-time initial regime fee equal to two months of the regime fee at $252 per month and a $35.00 processing fee. . All fees are due at closing.February 4, 2020
Haven$2,508 annuallyNot applicable.One-time transfer fee of 1/3 of 1% on sale price of re-sales, or $1000 one-time transfer fee for new homes.January 31, 2020
Hilton Head Lakes$1668
($139 per month, $30 unlimited irrigation. One time $207 administration fee.)
($139 per month, $30 unlimited irrigation. One time $207 administration fee.)
$278 one-time fee for Capital Reserve Fund - Paid at closingJanuary 30, 2020
Hilton Head Plantation$1,276 annually$766 annuallyOne-time transfer fee of 1/4 of 1% of sale price with a cap at 6288.40February 5, 2020
Indigo Run$1945 annually for HOMES; plus an annual neigborhood assessment: Golden Bear: $0; The Golf Club: $200; Board Pointe: $1,277.34; River Club: $1250. $1653 annually for Lot, Golden Bear: $0; The Golf Club: $200; Board Pointe: $1,277.34; River Club: $1250.
One-time initiation/transfer fee is$3.890 for Homes and $3,306 for Lots; $250 is added as a one-time processing fee.January 31, 2020
Island West$1,425 annuallyNot applicableOne-time transfer fee of 1/4 of 1% of sales price, paid to POA by seller.February 4, 2020
Lawton Station$960 annuallyNot applicable$240 one-time working capital feeFebruary 3, 2020
Leamington $3,232 annually (Villas $923 Annually-no transfer fee )$3,232 annuallyResidential Enhancement Fee - ½ of 1%, of
purchase price, maximum $9,177
February 4, 2020
Long Cove$12,865 annually $12,865 annually$20,000 one-time initiation fee January 28, 2020
Cypress Ridge at Mill CreekSingle Family Homes: $1,476 annually OR $123/month; Townhomes: $2448 annuallyOR $204/month.Townhome fee Includes landscaping and yearly power washing. Not applicableOne-time transfer fee of 1/2 of 1% of sales price.February 4, 2020
Moss Creek$5,961-annually$4,935 annually$23,000 Membership Certificate/initiation fee. Optional $1,000 activity fee or pay per activity January 28, 2020
Oldfield$9030 annually, plus an annual neighborhood assessment may apply. Golf Membership Contribution is $15,000. Equity Golf Annual Dues are $500 monthly (Young Executive [until age 44] Annual Dues are $270)$2,270 annually, plus an annual neighborhood assessment may apply. Golf Membership Contribution is $15,000. Equity Golf Annual Dues are $500 monthly (Young Executive [until age 44] Annual Dues are $270)1% flat fee of the Gross Selling Price of the Unit. The Community Enhancement and Marketing Fee on any Unit transfer shall not exceed $8,000.February 4, 2020
Palmetto Bluff$4,520/year (Plus 5% SC State and
2.5% County Admissions Tax = $339) This includes access to non-golf amenities including the Wilson
Lawn and Racquet Club, Club pools and workout facilities, exclusive members-only programming,
Moreland restaurants and facilities and more.
This includes basic POA functions like common area maintenance, trash pickup, security, etc.
$875 working capital. Transfer fee of 1% for unimproved and 3/4 of 1% for improved.January 31, 2020
Palmetto Dunes$1,800 annually+ $98 Storm Reserve Assesment $1,800 annually+ $98 Storm Reserve AssesmentCommunity Enhancement Fee: 1/2 of 1% of sales price plus $200 transfer fee from sellerJanuary 31, 2020
Palmetto Hall$1,640 annually, plus social or golf membership is required for an additional Fee.$1,268 annually, plus social or golf membership is required for an additional Fee$125 paperwork and processing fee for homes and homesites.January 31, 2020
Port Royal$1,791 annually + annual beach house assessment$1,522 annuallyTransfer fee: 1/2 of 1% of sales priceJanuary 31, 2020
Rose Dhu Creek$1,850 annually$1,850 annuallyNoneJanuary 30, 2020
Rose Hill$2300 annually (Payable Quarterly - $575 each)$1,540 annually (Payable Quarterly-$385 each)$2300 Transfer fee, plus $200 administrative fee for resalesJanuary 30, 2020
Sea Pines $1,095 annually$652 annuallyNo Transfer Fee. Please note that some subdivisions of Sea Pines may have additional fees for private amenities, maintenance, etc. February 5, 2020
Shell Hall$1,600 annuallyNot applicable$1000 Initiation fee; $400 capital contribution for new developer homesFebruary 3, 2020
Shelter Cove$1,800 annuallyNot applicable1/2 of 1% of Sales Price Transfer Fee & $200 Processing Fee for each sale; Most individual Villa Communities have additional regime fees.January 30, 2020
Shipyard$975 annually$975 annuallyEnhancement Fee is 1/2 of 1% of sales price to be paid by SellerJanuary 30, 2020
Spanish Wells$1,749 annually$1,120 annuallyNoneFebruary 5, 2020
Sun City$2268 base annually, plus annual neighborhood assessment may apply. Some neigborhoods may also charge for required landscaping maintenance. $567/quarterNot applicable to Sun City proper. See Riverbend for unimproved POA fees in that Sun City community.1/3 of 1% of the selling price. - New Member Fee - resales only, $1000 Community Enhancement fee resale - resales only, $200 Administrative Transfer FeeJanuary 30, 2020
University Park$1,260 annually, paid in monthly installments of $105.Not applicable1/2 of 1% of sales priceFebruary 3, 2020
Westbury Park$1,618 annually, or pay quarterly installments of $404.50Not applicable1/4 of 1% of sales price - Admin Fee $150.00February 3, 2020
WexfordThe Regular Assessments Total of $16,325
payable quarterly at $4,081.25*
provides property owners all-inclusive use of the
community amenities.)...See Schedule of Fees
Initiation fee of $20,400 for homes, $10,200 for lots. Food and beverage minimum for all properies is $1,350 annually divided into semi-annual amounts of $675.January 28, 2020
Windmill Harbour$2,912 annually. $728.00 per quarter$1,410 annually. Annual vacant lot maintenance fee is $320. Boat-slips are $728 annually. Additional fees may applyFebruary 4, 2020
Paddocks on Jarvis Creek$1,750 annually.$1,500 annuallyTransfer fee of $1,000 for Capital ReserveFebruary 5, 2020
Riverbend$2,268 annually, plus annual neighborhood assessment may apply. Some neigborhoods may also charge for required landscaping maintenance.$2,100 annually, plus annual neighborhood assessment may apply. Some neigborhoods may also charge for required landscaping maintenance.1/3 of 1% of sales price - New Member Fee - resales only, $1250 Community Enhancement fee - resales only, $200 Administrative Transfer FeeFebruary 2020
Hilton Head Island RV Resort$645 Quarterly$645 QuarterlyNoneFebruary 5, 2020
Hilton Head Island MotorCoach Resort
$600 Quarterly$600 Quarterly$200 Transfer Fee+ 950 Closing fee + $125 waiver feeJanuary 31. 2020
Melrose$1000 annually$800 annuallyImproved lots include trash pickup at the property.February 5. 2020
Haig Point Club$23,024 annuallySee Documents for Fee Schedules$20,000 one-time initiation fee February 5, 2020
Bloody Point$1380 annually$1,150 annuallyFebruary 5, 2020
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