Okatie (pronounced "OH-kuh-tee") is a primarily rural area located in Beaufort and Jasper counties in South Carolina. Okatie takes its name from the nearby Okatee River, an estuary of the Port Royal Sound. The headquarters of the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority are located in Okatie, as are the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence and Pope John Paul II Catholic High School.
Okatie is an unincorporated area stretching from southcentral Jasper County to western Beaufort County, between I-95 and SC 462. Okatie has experienced predominantly low-density residential development since the 1990s, including Sun City, Riverbend, and Oldfield.
The two major communities in Qakatie are Sun City and Oldfeild:
Sun City is a gated community and is age restricted to adults 55 and over. The majority of the residents are married and retired, though some continue to work full-time or part-time or have home-based businesses. Most of the single-family residential homes look out over golf course holes, ponds, or natural areas. Many residents travel in the community with golf carts or bicycles. A bridge connects the Beaufort and Jasper county portions of the community over US 278, thus avoiding the need to enter and exit through multiple gates and cross the heavily-traveled highway.
Sun City contracts with a security provider that patrols the neighborhood and some of the gate entrances. Fire services are shared between the Bluffton Township and the Hardeeville fire departments.
Set along the banks of the magnificent Okatie River, in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the private club community of Oldfield offers luxury living in an incomparable natural, historic setting. This is a vibrant community where residents enjoy the very best of club living in the midst of a landscape that has retained its natural splendor. A world unto its own–where golf, tennis, equestrian, fitness and outdoor sporting pursuits are as much a part of life as the Southern charm of the region–Oldfield is perfectly positioned to offer easy access to the destination towns and cities of Hilton Head Island, Savannah, Beaufort and Bluffton. The magnificent homes here embody the classic charm of Lowcountry architecture that respects the natural beauty of this beloved, sun-soaked coastal region.