Red Bluff
Case Study

CASE STUDY

Red Bluff is a 6,400+ acre property situated between the Wright River and New River in Jasper County South Carolina, 11 miles from historic downtown Savannah GA. The property consists of approximately 2,000+ acres of high ground and 4,400+ acres of tidal salt marsh. It offers 4,500 +/- feet of deep-water frontage along the New River and 50,000 +/- feet of salt marsh frontage. The property has views of Palmetto Bluff, Daufuskie Island, and downtown Savannah. The property’s dock is approximately 6 miles from the Intracoastal Waterway and 8 miles from the Atlantic Ocean with water depth and width sufficient to handle large sailing vessels and motor yachts. The property contains several structures including a reproduction of a typical 19th Century farm house built in 1981, overseer’s house, 3 tenant houses, equipment shed, and large barn housing stalls, tack room, storage, and loft. The tract contains well stocked pine plantations as well as natural hardwood stands. Hunting amenities include approximately 20 acres of food plots, an 18 acre dove field, and 4 plant-and-food duck impoundments totaling 47 acres. The property also includes a 1,450+/- ft. grass airstrip.

American Timberlands Company assisted in the purchase of the property and was engaged to manage the property in October 2020.  American Timberlands Company, as manager of American Timberlands Fund II, L.P., previously assisted in the acquisition of the property in 2011 and managed it until 2018.  The property had been owned by a single family over two generations and had not been available for sale for over 70 years. Red Bluff is one of the few remaining pristine properties on the east coast of South Carolina with unlimited development potential, deep tidal water access, and over 2,000 acres.

Development Potential

The property’s rare and luxurious amenities combined with its proximity to rapidly growing Hilton Head, Beaufort, and Savannah create the potential for a significant luxury residential or resort development.  The property is zoned for maximum density development including resorts, assisted living, multi-family residential, and/or single-family residential.

Wetland Mitigation

The property contains 5,347 acres of fresh and tidal wetland systems.  Many of these areas were previously impacted by sediment run-off, agricultural activity, or recreation activity including two ponds formerly subject to natural tidal flows that were impounded for recreational purposes.  Red Bluff’s current owners have developed an aggressive and cutting-edge wetland restoration plan for the property.  These restoration efforts will improve water quality, absorb the effects of sea level rise, and restore natural wildlife and aquatic habitat.

Conservation

Red Bluff sits at the southeastern-most point of the mainland of South Carolina.  It has both environmental and historic significance worthy of conservation and protection.  It includes forest cover-types, vegetation, wildlife, and aquatic species that are rare.  Fort Drayton, an American Civil War fort once existed on the property.  Red Bluff’s owners are developing a strategy for the property which may conserve and perpetually protect these resources.