Featured Homesites / Homes
This is your opportunity to be one of the few families to live at what many consider to be
the loveliest location in the entire Savannah area. These estate-sized homesites are among
the finest luxury real estate properties currently available in this market. They range in
size up to four acres. All have been carefully platted in order to achieve one desireable
objective, to take full advantage of each lot’s natural views, elevations and attributes.
You are welcome to explore and inspect each site in detail, and as you do, you will no
doubt recognize their exceptional value. Currently we are offering Waterview Homesites,
Skyline View Homesites, Equestrian Homesites and Wooded Homesites. Visit this page
regularly to see new properties as they become available.
Building Your Dream Home
The quality of architectural character and site planning for each home anticipated at
Telfair Plantation contributes to making this private gated neighborhood an exceptionally
attractive place to live and a legacy of lasting value. The Telfair Design Review Process
was instituted by Savannah’s award-winning architect firm, Wissmach Architects PA. It
provides property owners and their design team of architects, landscape architects,
interior designers and builders with the tools and information necessary to fully achieve
the established community goals. A design representative is available to assist new
owners throughout the process in order to create a collaborative environment that
achieves a sustainable home which will be harmonious with the natural beauty of the site.
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With its spacious homesites, ranging from 1.05 to more than 4 acres, Telfair is the ideal
place to build your dream home. Based on the size of the lot there are minimum and
maximum sizes for homes. Likewise there will be height limitations above existing
grade. We have also put together “Design-Build” teams to help make the homebuilding
process as easy as possible, especially for new buyers who currently live a long distance
away from Savannah. Make an appointment today for a personal viewing of Telfair
Plantation and envision the private retreat you can create. For more information about
this special luxury real estate opportunity or to schedule an appointment, call our
representatives at Cora Bett Thomas Realty 843-252-0060 and ask for a Telfair
BUILDER PROGRAM PAGE: 3-D VISUALIZATION MODELING – An added
benefit for individuals planning to build a custom home at Telfair Plantation is the
availability of a 3-dimensional visualization modeling. This new technology is currently
being offered by Whitlow Construction and Wissmach Architects who are among our
preferred builder-architect teams. This technology shows the homebuyer, from the
earliest design stages forward, what his home will look like on the exact Telfair homesite.
It is a technology that solves a new lot buyer’s typical frustration of not being able to
visualize how a home will look on the site he has purchased. Because of this capability it
provides the buyer with a better understanding of the entire building process and often
creates cost-saving opportunities.
History of Property
Before Telfair Plantation became one of the finest examples of Savannah real estate for
sale, its recorded history can be traced to the founding of the Colony of Georgia in 1733.
Prior to its colonization, it was considered “wild frontier”, controlled by the ferocious
Yemassee Indians. The original “Kings Grant” land was sold to Edward Telfair of
Savannah for 2,000 lbs sterling in 1760.
Soon thereafter, Telfair cooperated with his neighbors to the East to have a three-mile
long rice dike built along the border of the two properties all the way to the Savannah
River. This innovative dike was used to control the salt and fresh water for the rice
cultivation enterprise and also served as the last leg of the main access road connecting
Charleston and Savannah.
Stage coaches, humble farmers, mighty planters, crops of rice and cotton, slaves and four
armies in two wars (American Revolution and Civil War) would traverse what came to be
known as Screven’s Ferry Road. The story is told that this road became a favorite place
for duels that had become outlawed in Georgia, but were still a popular method of settling
disputes of honor between Georgia gentlemen.
Rice reached its pinnacle of success along the Savannah area marshlands between 1820
and 1860. During that time, a Charleston lawyer and statesman named Langdon Cheves
assembled a number of the neighboring plantations, including Telfair and absorbed them
into Delta Plantation which became known as the best rice plantation in the entire region.
By the 1850s, Cheves, who also was Speaker of the House in the U.S. Congress, was
producing 1.1 million pounds of rice per season, and created a number of very wealthy
planters, business brokers and bankers in Savannah. After the Civil War abolished
slavery, however, the labor intensive rice industry started to decline. By the start of the
1900’s, the once vital rice plantations had fallen into disuse except as timber land and
sporting retreats for hunters and fishermen.
Points of note: Edward Telfair was a native of Scotland and went on to become an
outstanding patriot in the American Revolution and was a member of the first Continental
Congress. He was twice governor of Georgia and at one point owned three rice
Point of note: Langdon Cheves (pronounced Chi-vis) was a prominent South Carolina
businessman who was elected to the U.S. Congress from Charleston in the early 1800s
and rose to become Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee and later was
Speaker of the House. After leaving Congress to help turn around the failing Bank of the
United States he retired to his Delta Plantation and became one of the first prominent
proponents of secession from the United States. However, he passed away at age 80 in
1857, four years before the Confederacy seceded.
Covenants / Design Guidelines
The goal of Telfair’s Design Guidelines is to ensure a
lasting value for the community’s high quality homes by
guiding the expression of individual design choices.
Exceptional architecture and craftsmanship are the objectives for homes in Telfair, which
seeks to create a sense of timeless quality. In the spirit of great home properties of other
luxury private communities along the South Carolina and Georgia Coast, our highest
aspiration is to encourage more thoughtful floor plans, simplicity in massing, fine
detailing, top craftsmanship and enduring quality, along with energy efficiency and
Architectural objectives are outlined in the Telfair Plantation Architectural Design
Guidelines specifically developed for the community by the respected, award-winning
design firm Wissmach Architects, PA.
Some of the planning principles to be followed include:
Promoting the use of deep porches, overhangs, trellises and wraparound verandas
to take advantage of the natural cooling of the marsh breezes and southern
Pervious materials for drives and walks (such as crushed oyster shells) to facilitate
the percolation of rainwater.
Landscaping standards which encourage consistent, attractive patterns, especially
along the front buffer.
Incorporating skylights, clearstories and dormers in home design to maximize day
lighting opportunities and reduce energy requirements.
Raising foundations to maximize ventilation.
Encouraging the massing of a few smaller buildings rather than one large one.
Making every effort to avoid disrupting the ecosystem of the land.