If you drove through a security gate on Hilton Head Island, chances are there is an annual POA fee for this community.  POA stands for Property Owners Association which is a group of owners that oversee the roads, the security, the common area maintenance, the insurance, the lighting and landscaping in these common areas.

Private Gated Communities on Hilton Head

One of the big benefits that many of these communities offer is the front security gate.  While it is always best to lock your doors and be safe not sorry, on the last home we sold in a gated community, I had a hard time finding a key to the doors.  This can be a problem if you are prospective purchaser looking at real estate in the Hilton Head Area.   You will probably want to enlist the aid of a local REALTOR to see all the properties the area offers in and outside the gates.  Here is a list of all the Communities and Transfer Fees and Memberships for 2016.