University Park: Off Base Neighborhood/Subdivision

Review

"Don't be fooled by pretty buildings"

Reviewed:

Don't be fooled by online pictures and the sweet talking of real estate agents looking to rent you a home in this community!! University Park looks nice and sparkly on the outside but is actually not a safe place for military families to live. Especially for families where the spouse will be deploying regularly.

After moving in we found that the biggest problem with University Park is it's proximity to USCB (University of South Carolina Beaufort). That proximity makes UP into a defacto college housing complex rife with parties, drunk co-eds and constant parking problems because of the college flop houses with multiple cars and round the clock parties at all times.

There is not a single weekend in the summer where you can take your family to the pool and enjoy yourself without half naked co-eds, loud music and free flowing alcohol. When you try to ask people to turn down the music to a lower roar they are often belligerent, so it's just easier to go home and avoid conflict.

The parking by the way is awful. When you have 4-6 students living in one house and multiples of cars there is literally nowhere to park. The HOA has tried to get parking under control but ended up being too heavy handed and single families who actually own their homes in the community couldn't even have a BBQ without getting harassed by security about the parking of their guests. We were basically told that if our guests cannot park in our garage or on the driveway then we would get a parking violation and their cars would be towed.

After moving in we heard from neighbors about the constant car break ins and even a couple instances of "peeping toms". One neighbor told us that there was even a fatal shooting in the neighborhood which I did look up on the web and it did in fact happen in 2016. Ultimately, I just didn't want to live in a neighborhood where actual home owners were desperate to sell their homes and get out... which is never a good sign.

We lived in University Park for 5 months before we got help from the base to help get us out of University Park. I just simply didn't feel safe being there by myself with small children while my husband deployed.

We ended up moving to Laurel Bay near the air station and while the housing is not as new and pretty as University Park is it is quiet and people are infinitely more respectful of those around them.

Pros Cons
  1. Proximity 170 to get to the base
  2. Amenities center is nice, but usually full of drinking co-eds from the college
  3. The streetside of homes are well kept, back yards are another story.
  1. Too noisy
  2. Too much traffic
  3. No parking
  4. Full of college flop houses
  • Family Friendly:
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Price: $150-$250k

Local Favorites

  • Restaurants: Fast food only
  • Happy Hour Spot: Not big drinkers
  • Gym / Fitness: No gym is close to this place
  • Shopping: Walmart is across the highway with no way to cross but by car.
  • Doctors: Nothing close to this place

Additional Information

  • Family Type: Married with kids
  • Current Resident: No
  • Residency: 1 years
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# Name City State Overall Rating Distance
1 mill creek blufton SC 2.6 mi
2 The Farm at Buckwalter Bluffton SC 5.6 mi
3 Habersham Beaufort SC 14.8 mi
4 Shadow Moss Beaufort SC 15 mi
5 Laurel bay Beaufort SC 15.4 mi
6 Lake Shore Port Wentworth GA 16.6 mi
7 Cottage Farm Beaufort SC 18.1 mi
8 Pleasant Point Plantation Beaufort SC 21 mi
9 Royal Pines Beaufort SC 21.9 mi
10 Village Green Savannah GA 25.4 mi
11 Richmond Place Richmond Hill GA 30.6 mi
12 Richmond Heights Richmond Hill GA 32 mi
13 White Oak Richmond Hill GA 32.1 mi
14 Mainstreet Richmond Hill GA 32.1 mi
15 Plantation Way Richmond Hill GA 32.3 mi
16 Buckhead Richmond Hill GA 34.5 mi
17 Buckhead North Richmond Hill GA 34.8 mi
18 WaterWays Township Richmond Hill GA 35.5 mi
19 Dunham Marsh Richmond Hill GA 35.9 mi
# Name City State Zip Type Level Rating Distance
1 Okatie Elementary School Okatie SC 29909 Public PK-5 9 3.2 mi
2 Pritchardville Elementary School Bluffton SC 29910 Public PK-5 8 4 mi
3 Hardeeville Elementary School Hardeeville SC 29927 Public PK-5 1 4.1 mi
4 Bluffton Elementary School Bluffton SC 29910 Public PK-5 8 5.7 mi
5 Red Cedar Elementary School Bluffton SC 29910 Public PK-6 7 7.2 mi
6 Michael C. Riley Elementary School Bluffton SC 29910 Public PK-5 5 8.5 mi
7 Ridgeland Elementary School Ridgeland SC 29936 Public PK-5 1 13.8 mi
8 Daufuskie Island Elementary School Daufuskie SC 29915 Public PK-5 NR 13.9 mi
9 Rice Creek School Port Wentworth GA 31407 Public 3-8 NR 14 mi
10 Shell Point Elementary School Beaufort SC 29906 Public PK-5 NR 14.9 mi
11 Ebenezer Elementary School Rincon GA 31326 Public PK-5 8 14.9 mi
12 Rincon Elementary School Rincon GA 31326 Public PK-5 NR 15 mi
13 Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School Beaufort SC 29906 Public PK-5 2 15 mi
14 Port Wentworth Elementary School Port Wentworth GA 31407 Public PK-5 3 15.3 mi
15 Broad River Elementary School Beaufort SC 29906 Public PK-5 3 15.3 mi
16 Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School Hilton Head Island SC 29926 Public 1-5 6 15.4 mi
17 Hilton Head Island School For The Creative Arts Hilton Head Island SC 29926 Public 1-5 6 15.5 mi
18 Charles F. Bolden Elementary School Laurel Bay SC 29906 Public 3-8 NR 15.5 mi
19 Middleton S. Elliott Elementary School Laurel Bay SC 29906 Public PK-2 NR 15.5 mi
20 Robert E. Galer Elementary School Laurel Bay SC 29906 Public PK-2 NR 15.5 mi
21 Blandford Elementary School Rincon GA 31326 Public PK-5 9 15.7 mi
22 Robert Smalls International Academy Beaufort SC 29906 Public PK-8 3 16.4 mi
23 East Broad Street School Savannah GA 31401 Public PK-8 1 17.1 mi
24 Savannah Corporate Performance Learning Academy Savannah GA 31408 Public n/a NR 17.1 mi
25 Godley Station School Pooler GA 31322 Public PK-8 8 17.3 mi
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# Name City State Zip Type Level Rating Distance
1 Hardeeville Middle/High School Hardeeville SC 29927 Public 6-12 NR 4.1 mi
2 H. E. Mccracken Middle School Bluffton SC 29910 Public 8-9 7 6.1 mi
3 Bluffton Middle School Bluffton SC 29910 Public 6-7 6 6.7 mi
4 Ridgeland Middle School Ridgeland SC 29936 Public 6-8 2 13.8 mi
5 Rice Creek School Port Wentworth GA 31407 Public 3-8 NR 14 mi
6 Hilton Head Island Middle School Hilton Head Island SC 29926 Public 6-8 6 15.3 mi
7 Charles F. Bolden Elementary School Laurel Bay SC 29906 Public 3-8 NR 15.5 mi
8 Ebenezer Middle School Rincon GA 31326 Public 6-8 9 15.6 mi
9 Robert Smalls International Academy Beaufort SC 29906 Public PK-8 3 16.4 mi
10 Mercer Middle School Garden City GA 31408 Public 6-8 1 17 mi
11 East Broad Street School Savannah GA 31401 Public PK-8 1 17.1 mi
12 Savannah Corporate Performance Learning Academy Savannah GA 31408 Public n/a NR 17.1 mi
13 Godley Station School Pooler GA 31322 Public PK-8 8 17.3 mi
14 Esther F. Garrison School Of Visual And Performing Savannah GA 31401 Public PK-8 10 17.3 mi
15 Fresh Start Elementary Program Savannah GA 31404 Public n/a NR 17.3 mi
16 Hubert Middle School Savannah GA 31401 Public 6-8 2 17.4 mi
17 Coastal Middle School Savannah GA 31410 Public 6-8 8 18 mi
18 Beaufort Middle School Beaufort SC 29902 Public 6-8 6 18.1 mi
19 Coastal Georgia Comprehensive Academy Savannah GA 31415 Public n/a NR 18.6 mi
20 Ellis Elementary School Savannah GA 31405 Public PK-8 8 18.9 mi
21 Myers Middle School Savannah GA 31404 Public 6-8 1 19.3 mi
22 Derenne Middle School Savannah GA 31405 Public 6-8 1 19.5 mi
23 Low Elementary School Savannah GA 31404 Public PK-12 2 20 mi
24 Isle Of Hope School Savannah GA 31405 Public PK-8 4 20.3 mi
25 Whale Branch Middle School Seabrook SC 29941 Public 5-8 3 21 mi
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# Name City State Zip Type Level Rating Distance
1 Hardeeville Middle/High School Hardeeville SC 29927 Public 6-12 NR 4.1 mi
2 Bluffton High School Bluffton SC 29910 Public 9-12 7 5.8 mi
3 Beaufort-Jasper Academy For Career Excellence Ridgeland SC 29936 Public 9-12 NR 12.9 mi
4 Ridgeland High School Columbia SC 29201 Public 9-12 NR 13.4 mi
5 Ridgeland High School Ridgeland SC 29936 Public 9-12 1 13.8 mi
6 Hilton Head Island High School Hilton Head Island SC 29926 Public 9-12 5 15.3 mi
7 Battery Creek High School Beaufort SC 29906 Public 9-12 4 16.4 mi
8 Groves High School Garden City GA 31408 Public 9-12 3 17 mi
9 The School Of Liberal Studies At Savannah High Savannah GA 31404 Public 9-12 2 17.1 mi
10 Savannah Corporate Performance Learning Academy Savannah GA 31408 Public n/a NR 17.1 mi
11 Woodville-Tompkins Technical & Career Institute Savannah GA 31408 Public 9-12 NR 17.1 mi
12 Woodville-Tompkins Technical And Career High School Savannah GA 31408 Public 9-11 9 17.1 mi
13 Fresh Start Elementary Program Savannah GA 31404 Public n/a NR 17.3 mi
14 Coastal Georgia Comprehensive Academy Savannah GA 31415 Public n/a NR 18.6 mi
15 Savannah Arts Academy Savannah GA 31405 Public 9-12 10 18.8 mi
16 Beach High School Savannah GA 31405 Public 9-12 3 18.9 mi
17 Johnson High School Savannah GA 31404 Public 9-12 3 19.1 mi
18 Whale Branch Early College High School Seabrook SC 29940 Public 9-12 4 20 mi
19 Low Elementary School Savannah GA 31404 Public PK-12 2 20 mi
20 Island's High School Savannah GA 31410 Public 10-12 6 20.1 mi
21 Beaufort High School Beaufort SC 29907 Public 9-12 5 20.1 mi
22 Jenkins High School Savannah GA 31406 Public 9-12 3 20.2 mi
23 Uhs Of Savannah Coastal Harbor Treatment Center Savannah GA 31406 Public 3-11 NR 21.2 mi
24 Effingham County High School Springfield GA 31329 Public 9-12 7 21.9 mi
25 South Effingham High School Guyton GA 31312 Public 9-12 9 22.2 mi
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# Name City State Zip Type Level Rating Distance
1 St Gregory The Great School Okatie SC 29909 Private PK-8 NR 4.3 mi
2 Cross Schools Bluffton SC 29910 Private PK-8 NR 4.8 mi
3 Abundant Life Academy Hardeeville SC 29927 Private PK-12 NR 6.1 mi
4 John Paul II Catholic School Ridgeland SC 29936 Private 7-12 NR 6.1 mi
5 May River Montessori School Bluffton SC 29910 Private PK-5 NR 8.1 mi
6 MindStream Academy - A Weight Loss Boarding School Bluffton SC 29910 Private 6-12 NR 8.1 mi
7 Legacy Christian Academy Ridgeland SC 29936 Private PK-12 NR 12 mi
8 Step Of Faith Christian Academy Ridgeland SC 29936 Private PK-12 NR 12.4 mi
9 Effingham Christian Rincon GA 31326 Private PK-12 NR 14.3 mi
10 Teach, Love & Care Learning Center, LLC Rincon GA 31326 Private PK-7 NR 14.4 mi
11 Thomas Heyward Academy Ridgeland SC 29936 Private PK-12 NR 14.6 mi
12 Beaufort Christian School Beaufort SC 29906 Private PK-12 NR 16.1 mi
13 The Island Academy of Hilton Head Hilton Head Island SC 29926 Private K-12 NR 16.2 mi
14 Savannah Honor Academy Savannah GA 31401 Private K-8 NR 16.3 mi
15 Hilton Head Preparatory School Hilton Head Island SC 29928 Private PK-12 NR 16.4 mi
16 Sea Pines Montessori Academy Hilton Head Island SC 29928 Private PK-8 NR 16.4 mi
17 Heritage Academy Hilton Head Island SC 29928 Private 6-12 NR 16.4 mi
18 St Francis Catholic School Hilton Head Island SC 29926 Private PK-8 NR 16.5 mi
19 Hilton Head Christian Academy Hilton Head Island SC 29926 Private K-12 NR 16.7 mi
20 Savannah Christian Prep Savannah GA 31402 Private PK-12 NR 16.9 mi
21 Veritas Academy Savannah GA 31412 Private PK-12 NR 16.9 mi
22 St Vincent's Academy Savannah GA 31401 Private 9-12 NR 17 mi
23 Savannah Adventist Christian School Pooler GA 31322 Private PK-8 NR 17.2 mi
24 Beaufort SDA Christian School Beaufort SC 29906 Private 5-8 NR 17.3 mi
25 St. Pauls Academy for Girls Savannah GA 31401 Private 5-12 NR 18 mi
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# Name City State Zip Type Level Rating Distance
1 Royal Live Oaks Academy for the Arts & Sciences Hardeeville SC 29927 Charter K-9 3 7.2 mi
2 Lowcountry Montessori School Beaufort SC 29906 Charter PK, 10 4 15 mi
3 Savannah Classical Academy Charter School Savannah GA 31408 Charter K-6 2 17.4 mi
4 Riverview Charter School Beaufort SC 29902 Charter K-7 9 19 mi
5 Oglethorpe Charter School Savannah GA 31406 Charter 6-8 NR 21.8 mi
6 Tybee Island Maritime Academy Tybee Island GA 31328 Charter K-5 10 21.9 mi
7 Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School Savannah GA 31405 Charter PK-5 4 22.2 mi
8 Ccat School Stateboro GA 30458 Charter 6-12 4 47.6 mi
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Base Distance
Parris Island MCRD 16.9 mi.
Beaufort Naval Hospital 18.3 mi.
Beaufort MCAS 19.2 mi.
Hunter Army Airfield 21 mi.
Fort Stewart 47.4 mi.
# Address Type City State Bedrooms Bathrooms Distance
1 57 Shell Hall Way For Sale Bluffton SC 4 3.5 5.2 mi

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