Nine Magnificent Southern Properties You Can Own Right Now
There is a vision of the American Southeast, of a wild landscape rife with game, placid ponds and scenery far removed from the hustle of modernity. That vision is closer than you might think. If you've ever wanted to hunt, fish or simply relax in the Southeast, Live Water Properties and Plantation Properties can help. South magazine tracked down available tracts of land that will make your vision a reality. Here are nine magnificent southern paradises you could own right now.
1. Bern Plantation - Plantation Properties
Savannah, Georgia | 218+ Acres | $2,495,000
Two hundred seventy years ago, King George II awarded a land grant to Benedict Bourquin, a French Huguenot who immigrated from Bern Switzerland to begin a new life in the colonies. First arriving in coastal South Carolina in 1732, the family soon moved to their new land and named the plantation “Bern” in memory of their homeland. They then began the arduous task of digging and planting rice fields. The plantation was located ideally along the Little Ogeechee River, which provided the perfect wetlands necessary for the rice fields. Remnants of these fields can still be seen today with the dikes and canals traversing the spectacular high round dotted with moss draped ancient oaks. Through the years, much of the property was divided and sold but the remaining portion of “Bern” has now become available. There are approximately 218 acres total with 83 acres of high ground. The original home no longer remains but the land is unspoiled. Mixed hardwoods, pines, and hundred year old oaks create low country scenery that is unmatched. A waterway comes off the Little Ogeechee and proceeds parallel to the southern border of the property providing easy access for trout and bass fishing. In addition, ample deer and turkey wander the undisturbed environment. The drive to Historic Downtown Savannah is five minutes, making this a truly rare find. For the equestrian lover, the property is fenced and cross fenced with a remaining old barn. With a new barn, apartment and paddock, an owner would have a beautiful equestrian property. Many Savannahians board their horses quite a distance from home. Now you have the opportunity to continue your own private plantation on the edge of Savannah. You cannot ask for better proximity, privacy, and Savannah history.
2. Dry Dock Farm - Plantation Properties
Metter, Georgia | 205+ Acres | $1,350,000
Dry Dock Farm is a stunning 205± acre farm located in Metter, Georgia on the Candler and Bulloch County line. A luxurious custom home overlooking a 1.5 acre pond is the central focus of this multi-use property, which also features a historical guest cabin, equestrian/cattle facilities and much more. The land consists of 94± acres cultivated, 56± acres Loblolly pine plantation and mature hardwoods along Lotts Creek. This is truly a diverse property, providing opportunity for income producing and recreational activities such as horse training and boarding, cattle operation, farming, timber investment and hunting.
3. Lake Collins Farm - Plantation Properties
Twin City, Georgia | 218+ Acres | $480,000
Spectacular 161± acre farm with lake, fenced pastures, cultivated land and wooded land. Lake Collins Farm is nicely laid out with a beautiful 7+ acre lake for fishing, fenced pastures for the horses and cattle, 72+/- acres of cultivated land, silo, pole shed, metal storage building and (2) 6” wells. Bring the family and the animals — this farm has it all. Enjoy fishing, hunting, horseback riding and more. This would make a stunning home place, recreational tract, weekend get-a-way or investment opportunity.
4. Sherrod Branch - Plantation Properties
Savannah, Georgia | 218+ Acres | $2,495,000
Sherrod Branch is a 463± acre farm located in Jefferson County, Georgia, southeast of Louisville near the Wadley community. This diversified property has been managed to promote the perfect mix of timber investment, recreational and agricultural opportunities across its unique rolling topography. Bordered by Boggy Gut Creek, it boasts a 3± acre pond, a deep 9± acre lake with a dock and well, and Sherrod Branch (a naturally occurring artesian spring). Timber on the property consists of 83± acres of 14 year-old Longleaf pine (65 acres of which were planted with skip rows for raking straw), 89± acres of mature Loblolly pine, a 12± acre pecan orchard, and 135± acres of natural pine and hardwoods buffering the pond, lake and creeks. The center of the farm is primarily open pastures and includes a dove field and food plots — perfect for observing deer, turkey and quail. Improvements include a residence built in the 1950s with 1,763 heated square feet, three bedrooms and two baths. The homestead is complimented by a 1,914 square-foot garage, shop and pole barn. Adjacent to the pecan grove there is a cozy 875 square-foot cottage with two bedrooms and one bath, ideal for a caretaker residence or guest lodging. This well-maintained property is the perfect family retreat, surrounded by farms, framed by wetlands and quiet roads, and ready to be called home!
5. Ohoopee River Hammock - Plantation Properties
Metter, Georgia | 862 Acres | $1,336,100
When it comes to living in the South, there is nothing better than having a beautiful piece of land. Whether it's for weekends of hunting or living in paradise full time, these plantation-style homes will ensure you get the most out of living in the South. The Ohoopee River Hammock's 862 acres in Candler County, GA is perfect for hunting and fishing. The property is located only one hour from Savannah and one and a half hours from Macon and Augusta. This sportsman’s paradise with two miles of Ohoopee River frontage features several areas of white sandy beaches, longleaf pines, and natural hardwoods and beautiful oak hammocks throughout. This property also includes 10 deer stands and 10 feeders that are already in place. Bring the ATVs and enjoy the extensive well maintained road system that allows access to all areas of the property. There is an amazing array of wildlife including deer, turkey, wild hogs and numerous small game opportunities. This is a great tract with ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors or obtain a good land investment. A portion of property is in the WRP. Enjoy hunting, fishing, boating, and trail riding all on your own private property.
6. Suwannee Valley Plantation - Live Water Properties
White Springs, Florida | 2,070 Acres | $9,936,000
Suwannee Valley Plantation is the country’s premier bass fishing property. Within the plantation’s 2,070 manicured acres there are 464 acres of deep freshwater lakes specifically designed for ideal trophy bass habitat. It would take weeks to fish all the water this one property holds. The property boasts large populations of migrating waterfowl, given the incredible water on and surrounding the property. There are also excellent opportunities for turkey and dove hunting, along with wild quail and deer. A 15-acre plant and duck pond allow an owner a reliable duck hunting pond throughout the season. This property offers an incredibly rare combination of world-class trophy bass fishing, outstanding hunting and immediacy to major metropolitan population centers.
7. Broomsage Plantation - Live Water Properties
Callahan, Florida | 2,000 Acres | $8,250,000
The Broomsage Plantation is a perse property that currently serves as a commercial hunting plantation and a productive timber growing investment. It is ideally located in Nassau County outside of Callahan, Florida, and with close proximity to Jacksonville, Amelia Island and the Jacksonville International Airport. Broomsage has long been a site for executives and businessmen to bring clients for a day of quail or dove shooting within a short drive of downtown Jacksonville. Broomsage is well positioned to be an exceptional long-term investment while producing multiple income streams from cattle grazing, hunting and timber.
8. Harper’s Pond - Live Water Properties
Estill, South Carolina | 235 Acres | $2,000,000
Situated in the heart of the South Carolina sporting plantation and timberlands region, Harper’s Pond neighbors some of South Carolina’s most renowned large plantations, admired for their quality habitat management and land stewardship. The property itself offers outstanding and immediate recreational opportunities for deer, duck, turkey and wild hogs, along with an established timber operation boasting 140-acres of merchantable timber. The spring-fed 26-acre pond is rare in this area and serves as habitat for a sizable population of resident ducks and migratory Ringneck ducks. It is also a proven resource for freshwater fishing. A spectacular 4,365 sqft home overlooks the pond and boasts five bedrooms, spacious living areas and a nearly 1,000 sqft screened pavilion, all on meticulously designed grounds. In a prestigious area where lands seldom become available, Harper’s Pond is a rare and exceptional offering.
9. 90 Big Bluff - Live Water Properties
Bluffton, South Carolina | 14.00 Acres | $1,995,000
Once part of a larger plantation, 90 Big Bluff is an unequalled legacy waterfront estate located minutes from Old Town Bluffton. Pine and hardwood forests frequented by turkeys and deer buffer the property from the outside world. Set high above the fertile riverbanks this “fish in/fish out” estate offers commanding May River views and maintains the attributes and character that attracted families to Bluffton well over a century ago. Several generations have enjoyed crabbing, shrimping and fishing right out the front door of this rustic retreat. Homes this close to the water’s edge cannot be replicated. Trout, Red Drum and Flounder all flourish in the saltwater estuary right out the front door. Legendary tales of catching dozens of trout in one night are not uncommon, and Shrimp Creek is around the bend offering plenty of its namesake, if shellfish are on the menu in the late summer and fall. This is an opportunity to continue the legacy of this storied property.