Traditional Homes Surrounded by Pristine Grounds
Dutch Island is a small, coastal community situated along the Intracoastal waterway, 20 minutes from the heart of Savannah. Covering an area of approximately 500 square acres, the island is surrounded by the salt marshes of the Skidaway River, Herb River, Wilmington River and Grimbal Creek.
The natural beauty of this community makes this is a top-pick for many families. Developed in the early 1980’s, Dutch Island has remained small 480 traditional homes on large lots, surrounded by mature trees, tranquil winding creeks, and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Humble Beginnings as a Plantation
Over two centuries ago, before there was a United States, there was a Dutch Island. In records dating back to 1759, King George II granted 30 acres of land for a plantation to Peter Radick. The second plantation named on the island was on a crown dated June 5, 1759, between Skidaway River and Thunderbolt Bluff to Michael Radick. The grant states that the Island is now called “Providence”. The third name associated with a plantation on the Island appears in a grant to Henry Denzler for 100 acres and was known by the name of “Point Hope”.
There are still remnants of plantation life in the form of gravesites. In fact, many of the circular medians located throughout the island contain the graves of former plantation families. One median, located on Mulberry Bluff Drive, still contains the actual tombstones.
But it wasn’t until 1912, when Dutch Island made a name for itself. Captain Matthew Batson, a visionary aviationist chose Dutch Island (for reasons unknown) as the site for an airplane factory, to build a plane to fly across the Atlantic. After no real successes and numerous failures, Captain Matthew Batson’s dream ended with a lawsuit. His factory was mysteriously set ablaze sometime later.
Deep Lots Amidst a Natural Landscape
After that, Dutch Island returned to anonymity. In 1928 order was restored when the Wessels family purchased it and tended to it for almost six decades. In 1969 an application by Charles Wessels was granted to Dutch Island Corporation for the purpose of real estate development.
The intent was to spend $3 million dollars for the development of a premier residential and recreational community. Early advertisements said it was going to be “the finest residential location in the Golden Isles”. Developers envisioned a residential community of waterfront lots incorporating its natural landscape and preserving the existing ecology.
A Traditional Gated Community with Superb Amenities
Today, the caretakers of Dutch Island have changed – but the idea of residents and nature living together harmoniously, remains the same. While each home has its own unique features, the community itself also has many beneficial amenities. If you’ve never lived in a gated community before, or even if you have, Dutch Island residents can relax and enjoy everything this private community has to offer, including:
- Boat Ramp, Pier and Dock
- Swimming Pool
- Fire Pit
- Beach Volleyball Court
- Tennis Courts
- Basketball Courts
- 10 beautiful lagoons and ponds
As of 2014, Dutch Island’s population is 1,165 people with the median home cost being $480,600. With a board of 9 directors, elected by the Association and reside on the Island, Dutch Island homes have appreciated more than 5% in the last year.
Enjoy the Simple Luxuries of this Private Coastal Community
Your family will love the peace and safety of this beautiful private community – the traditional style homes, unspoiled landscape and convenience to Savannah. Whether you like to read, bike, canoe, or fish – this is a place where you can unwind, and enjoy the simple luxuries Dutch Island has to offer!