Last updated on October 2nd, 2017 at 12:45 am
A real escape requires a boat
Haig Point is a charming sea-island community just off the coast of South Carolina, between Hilton Head and Savannah, Ga. There is no bridge, so the island is accessible only by a private ferry system originating from Hilton Head Island.
Residents and guests drive electric golf carts to the points of interest in and around the community, including the historic Haig Point Lighthouse (built in 1873), Strachan Mansion, and the ruins of 19th century slave quarters. The community is also home to a stunning Rees Jones Signature golf course. Other amenities at Haig Point Club include a full-service tennis center, equestrian center, two restaurants, and a community park.
Residents Kevin and Barbara McCallion say, “Once we visited and fell in love with Haig Point, we were determined to change our lifestyle, build a home, and spend as much time as possible in this wonderful Daufuskie Island community. The tranquility, abundant nature, world-class amenities, family activities, and environmentally sensitive membership are everything we wanted and needed in our lives.
Each morning, Kevin McCallion gets dressed and heads into his home office, just like he has for the past 10 years. A bit later, after daughter Alana is off to school on Hilton Head, his wife Barbara leaves for the office where she is a real-estate agent.
McCallion is an account executive for Fortune 500 company. Home used to be in central New Jersey amid the fast-paced congestion of the Northeast. Now, Kevin’s office is surrounded by the natural beauty of Daufuskie Island and the calming sounds of the breaking waters on Calibogue Sound.
Barbara planted the seed one day by saying to her husband, “You could work from anywhere, so why are we staying in New Jersey?” It took time, but Kevin took his wife’s observation to heart. He was tired of making the frequent drive into Manhattan, and they had grown weary of the cold winters. They visited several places, but when they found Haig Point, they knew they were home. “I could see the tension draining from his face as soon as we got off the ferry,” says Barbara. “This is it,” he told me.
“We have a lot of balls in the air,” said Barbara. “We have very full lives, and we are getting to raise our daughter the way we were raised; she can play outside and enjoy nature. There is a sense of community here that I have never seen anywhere.”