In late afternoon, the community of Habersham in Beaufort, South Carolina, welcomes high tide. Water ripples where a few hours earlier there was only puddled marsh, and the sun casts a golden path on the choppy Broad River. Pelicans fish for dinner in tall grasses rising above the water's surface. and boats meander through narrow channels that define the river's junction with Habersham Creek.
Live oaks dripping in Spanish moss dominate the Lowcountry landscape. "We designed around the major trees to preserve the natural environment," says developer Bob turner. Roads curve around the sprawling giants.