It cost $4,177 in dues to live in Deer Island at Islands of Beaufort last year -- the most expensive fees in the greater Beaufort area in 2014.
That's according to a list The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet built from area real estate databases.
The list outlines only entry-level yearly fees for owners. For some communities, golf and other amenities cost an additional fee. Others have subdivision-specific fees that weren't included on the list.
Residents living in communities with waterfront real estate paid the most.
Bull Point and Cotton Island at Islands of Beaufort finished second and third, with $2,450 and $2,036 respectively.
Dataw Island, a private golf community east of Beaufort, had the fourth highest fees, at $1,863.
Communities with the lowest fees included Shadow Moss, a Beaufort subdivision, and River's Edge on Lady's Island, which each required less than $500.
Residents at the top communities paid for amenities such as golf courses, tennis courts and community docks.
At Islands of Beaufort, on the shores of Battery Creek, owners pay for deepwater access and landscaping to maintain the oak-lined streets. Homes sell for between $300,000 and $2 million, according to its website.
The Beaufort-area fees are less expensive than those charged at the most exclusive developments in southern Beaufort County.
For example, property owners in Berkeley Hall and Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton pay more than $15,000 annually for high-end amenities.
Northern Beaufort County real estate agents say the disparity makes places like Islands of Beaufort a bargain.
"It's a great place to retire. It's great for young professionals," said Beaufort real estate agent Russ Fielden. "There's definitely a good mixture of people."
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