Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island SC is one of the South Carolina Sea Islands, just a mile across the Sound from Hilton Head Island. It’s one of the most unique and underdeveloped islands on the east coast with great food, alluring artists, and rich history. Since there is no bridge to Daufuskie, you will need to take a ferry or boat to reach the Island. Many visitors and residents use their own boats while a public passenger ferry departs from Hilton Head's Broad Creek Marina and arrives at the Freeport Marina on Daufuskie Island. There are additional private ferries available to residents through Haig Point and Melrose, and also public water taxis between Daufuskie Island and Hilton Head Island, Savannah, or Tybee Island.

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $418K
Lowest Price $5K
Highest Price $2.9M
Total Listings 87
Avg. Days On Market 225
Avg. Price/SQFT $361

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Daufuskie Island Real Estate

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Charter One Realty has a variety of homes for sale on Daufuskie Island from quaint off-plantation Lowcountry style cottages in the low $200 K’s to grander oceanfront homes up to about $4 million in Haig Point and Bloody Point. Homesites for sale on Daufuskie Island range from under $50,000 up to over $1,000,000.

Accessible only by boat, Daufuskie Island, SC defines “getting away from it all.” This pastoral sea island sits west of Hilton Head Island, SC across Calibogue Sound and also borders the Atlantic Ocean and Cooper River. Daufuskie Island is a living, breathing lesson in Lowcountry, South Carolina history and heritage where many native residents trace their roots to freed slaves.

Daufuskie Island

A Day in the Life

Daufuskie Island Oak
Bike on the Beach
Daufuskie Condos
Daufuskie Views
Daufuskie Home

Speaking of residents, if quiet serenity is on your real estate wish list you would do well to look into Daufuskie Island homes for sale. The island’s permanent population numbers fewer than 500, although there are a number of second home and vacation homeowners as well. And, there are no automobiles on the island’s roads, many of them unpaved.


Life on

Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Beach
Daufuskie Crab

Make no mistake, though, life is lively and fun on Daufuskie Island where an eccentric mix of locals join boaters from Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC to enjoy food and beverages and live music by local Lowcountry bands at places like Freeport Marina. More recently, the Daufuskie Island Rum Company, which opened for business in 2015, is a popular destination for tours and entertainment.

Some of Daufuskie Island’s notable historical attractions include the Haig Point and Bloody Point lighthouses, both built before the turn of the 20th Century, the Tabby Ruins, and First Union African Baptist Church, the island’s oldest building. Additionally, some will say that no visit to Daufuskie Island would be complete without dropping in on the Iron Fish Gallery to explore artist Chase Allen’s handcrafted iron maritime-themed sculptures.


Daufuskie Island



Silver Dew Winery

Inside the old Oil House at the Bloody Point Lighthouse, a Daufuskie Island tradition has been reborn. Utilizing the old recipes of former lighthouse keeper Arthur “Papy” Burn, and grapes grown right on the property, today Silver Dew winery has returned to the roots of winemaking. Grab a bottle to take home and enjoy a glass full of history.

Mary Fields School

Immortalized by literary giant Pat Conroy in his book, “The Water is Wide,” the Mary Fields Schoolhouse served as the island’s elementary school from its construction in the 1930s until 1997, when Daufuskie Island Elementary was built. Today it stands as a site for church and civic group activities, as well as a quiet reminder of Daufuskie’s isolated past.

Daufuskie Island Museum

Home of the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation, this converted church is filled with intrigue items from Daufuskie’s long and storied history. Here you can glimpse carriages that were once used to traverse the island, the organ that once played beautiful music in the church and gain a deeper appreciation for what life was like for those who once called Daufuskie home.

Iron Fish Gallery & Studio

Chase Allen’s captivating metal sculptures of sea life have earned him global acclaim, and his Daufuskie Island gallery is the best place to see them up close and personal. A member of the art world’s “Million Dollar Club,” Allen’s artwork hangs on the walls of art collectors around the world, and each piece is handcrafted in his Daufuskie Island studio.

Daufuskie Island Rum Company

Going back to the days of discrete stills pumping out “scrap iron” for sale in Savannah, Daufuskie Island has always had a rich history of distilling potent spirits. Daufuskie Island Rum Company continues that tradition with a full line of delicious island-inspired rums and a vodka label. Stop by for a tour of the distillery and enjoy tastings of some of their inspired drinks.

Horseback Ride on the beach

Daufuskie Trail Rides gives you one of the few opportunities in the southeast to ride horses right up to the water’s edge, spying dolphins and local wildlife as you ride. You’ll be dazzled by the scenery on tours that range from one to three hours, set along Daufuskie Trail Rides’ tranquilly secluded private beach.

Guided Tour of Daufuskie Island History & Artisans Tour

To get a sampling of the finest sights and attractions on the island, look no further than this 2.5-hour tour guided by a knowledgeable local. You’ll see everything from the Mary Fields School to Chase Allen’s Iron Fish Gallery and Studio and everything in between, with insider knowledge and intriguing local lore imparted by an expert.

Schools Near Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island homes are close to several public and private schools. They include

  • Bluffton High School
  • Church of the Cross School
  • Daufuskie Island Elementary
  • H.E. McCracken Middle School
  • Bluffton Middle School
  • Bluffton Elementary School
  • M.C. Riley Elementary School
  • Pritchardville Elementary School
  • Okatie Elementary School
  • Red Cedar Elementary School
  • River Ridge Academy
  • Hilton Head Elementary School
  • Hilton Head Middle School
  • Hilton Head High School
  • Hilton Head Heritage Academy
  • Hilton Head Christian School
  • Hilton Head Preparatory Academy
  • St. Francis Catholic School
  • St Gregory Catholic School
  • St Paul the Great Catholic School
  • University of South Carolina
  • Technical College of the Lowcountry

Recreational/Community Facilities & Parks

  • Beaufort County Parks & Recreation Bluffton Pool - Indoor swimming pool with lanes, fee required for use.
  • Buckwalter Regional Park - Soccer fields and skateboard park.
  • Buckwalter Trail - Wraps around Buckwalter Place.
  • DuBois Park - Playground and swings.
  • New River Trailhead Park - Nature Trail.
  • MC Riley Sports Complex - Basketball and baseball.
  • Oscar Frazier Park - Playground, soccer fields and baseball parks.
  • Oyster Factory Park
  • Pritchard Park
  • Bluffton Recreation Center - Tennis, soccer, youth football, and playground.

Landings Near Daufuskie Island

  • Oyster Factory Boat Landing - Access to the May River.
  • H.E. Trask Boat Landing - Access to the Colleton River.
  • Calhoun St. Boat Dock - Access to the May River.
  • Alljoy Boat Landing - Access to the May River.


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