In the past 20 years, Daniel Island has transformed from a rural farming and cattle ranching outpost into an integral part of the City of Charleston, nationally recognized for its innovative master plan, diverse residential real estate, top-ranked recreational facilities and regional and international events.
First inhabited by a Native American tribe known as the Etiwan, in the late 17th century Daniel Island was granted by the Lords Proprietors of England to Robert Daniell, who later became the governor of the colony of Carolina and for whom the island was eventually named. The land was divided into several large plantations in the 18th century and used mainly for farming. The Guggenheim family of New York purchased it in 1947 for cattle ranching and use as a hunting retreat. In 1971 Daniel Island passed to the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, which sponsored the creation of a master plan. The island was sold to the Daniel Island Company in 1997 and continues to be responsibly developed in accordance to the vision outlined in the master plan.
Unique among master planned communities, the ownership and development team behind Daniel Island has remained stable since early development in the 1990s. Comprised of a number of prominent individuals and entities including Frank W. Brumley and Matthew R. Sloan of The Daniel Island Company, Crow Holdings (the holding company of the Trammell Crow family), Greystar Capital Partners and J. Ronald Terwilliger (the former national managing partner of Trammell Crow Residential), the owners all share a common vision and goal of long term value creation. Day-to-day development activities on Daniel Island are being managed by the DI Development Company, one of the most experienced community development teams in the southeast.
Daniel Island’s master plan has been studied by developers and planners from around the country and recognized with some of the industry’s top awards:
Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence
Daniel Island was recognized with this prestigious international award as a top example of successful and creative land use and planning.
America’s Best Suburban Smart Growth Community
Daniel Island was recognized with this Best in American Living (BALA) award for smart growth by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
America’s Best Master-Planned Communities
Where to Retire Magazine has selected Daniel Island for its list of America’s “50 Best Master-Planned Communities” four times.
America’s Best Golf Course Communities
Daniel Island Park has been named among the nation’s top golf communities by Travel + Leisure Golf, Luxury Golf and Travel and Golf Magazine.
Outstanding Project Award
Awarded for the Daniel Island Master Plan by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Community Design – Best of State
Daniel Island’s master plan and community design were recognized at the 2004 Southeastern Building Conference with two Aurora Awards.
The Daniel Island Company is developing a sister community to Daniel Island in the north area of Charleston. Carnes Crossroads is a 2,300-acre master planned community located in the heart of the region’s growth that is evolving as a significant residential and commercial center for Summerville and Goose Creek. The traditional residential neighborhoods, southern architecture, parks, trails and lakes at Carnes Crossroads are being carefully integrated with retail businesses, corporate offices, medical facilities, a school and church to create a small-town community where people live, work and play.
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