Vacation Home Community Snapshot: The Landings

The gated private island is home to 8,500 residents
The Landings
Sunset at the Landings’ Palmetto course

Photograph by Steven McBride

Location Just 20 minutes from Savannah, the Landings on Skidaway Island is a gated private island that is home to 8,500 residents and more than 4,000 residences. The Branigar Organization began developing the community in 1972 and turned it over to the homeowners association in 1995. However, the HOA manages its own real estate company to keep property values strong, and a majority of residents live here full time.

Price range Townhouses, patio homes, single-family residences, and estate properties range from $250,000 to more than $2 million, and home sites vary from $100,000 to $1 million. The Landings Company manages a limited number of short-term and long-term rentals, including furnished and unfurnished properties. The annual HOA fee is $1,730 per lot or residence for 2016. Club memberships are not required, but options include house, athletic, or golf levels—with varying initiation and annual fees.

The Landings
Photograph by Steven McBride

Amenities A village center with a library is a short drive away by car, bike, or golf cart. The community itself features two deepwater marinas, six Audubon-certified championship golf courses, 34 tennis courts, four clubhouses, 40 miles of walking and biking trails, bocce ball, five pools (including two indoors and one with a giant waterslide), spa services, a community garden, a dog park, athletic fields, playgrounds, a picnic area, a recycling center, and three RV storage yards. Last year the recently renovated Deer Creek Golf Course was ranked among the nation’s top 100 residential courses by Golfweek.

What’s unique There are more than 100 social clubs and organizations, including the New Neighbors Group and three year-round golf associations (men’s, women’s, and nine-hole).

In fact, the LWGA is the largest club-based amateur women’s golf organization in the U.S. The Landings shares the island with the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Skidaway Island State Park, and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

This article originally appeared in our Spring 2016 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.