South Carolina coastal legend claims that in 1777, when the Marquis de Lafayette made landfall in America, he looked around and exclaimed, “this land is so beautiful, it must be the borderland of God,” or in French, D’aborde Dieu. 

Nothing much has changed since then, except for a carefully planned ocean-front residential community that has done a superb job of balancing its natural beach and creek settings with its man-made club amenities. As one of the oldest coastal communities on the East Coast, DeBordieu, locally pronounced “Debbie-doo,” was a summer home to many wealthy rice plantation owners before the Cival War, or as we call it in the south, the War of Northern Aggression. When development began 40 years ago, every opportunity was taken to preserve the natural beauty and history of DeBordieu, which is one of the reasons it is still attractive today to those seeking a primary residence or vacation home.

Conveniently located on South Carolina’s Coast, just north of Charleston in the Pawelys Island area, DeBordieu offers its residents a unique combination of laid-back serenity and fun social activities, within arms’ length of hospitals, airports, shopping and fine dining. In addition to the wide beach and miles of meandering creeks for boating and fishing, DeBordieu Club amenities offer private Pete-Dye Golf,  ocean-front fine dining, and tennis, surrounded by thousands of acres of nature preserves, and protected by a 24 hour security gate. Uncrowded and very peaceful, this exclusive, beautiful, low-key, coastal hide-away makes me think that Lafayette was right, it is D’aborde Dieu!

About Troi Kaz

From Charleston SC to NC’s Outer Banks, Troi Kaz has been involved in the sales and marketing of coastal communities since 1986. Troi sells real estate on site at DeBordieu, just north of Charleston, SC, and lives in Pawleys Island. Troi started blogging a few years ago and is thrilled to finally be able to incorporate her USC Journalism degree with her real estate career. Contact Troi at, 843-455-4523