Almost 30-years ago we made our first trip to Hilton Head Island. My sister Laurie's in-laws had purchased a property here on Hilton Head Island, and my mother, Carol Sullivan, rented their villa. My mother invited us to join her for a vacation and we accepted.
So, we packed up our conversion mini-van and started our trip South from Clinton, NY, to a place that we had never heard of before - Hilton Head Island. We stopped in Virginia for one night to visit my brother, Jeffrey and his wife Vicki, then off we went to HHI!
The speed limit was 55 mph and we underestimated how long it would take to get there! At that time, one had to use Exit 28 to get to HHI and most of Bluffton was not developed. The land that currently hosts stores and restaurants looked more like a low-country swamp.
We arrived at 2:00 AM and, I must admit, was feeling tired and beginning to wonder why we had chosen to make this long trip to a place that we had never heard. Somehow we managed to find our rental villa and as I was drifting off to sleep remember thinking, “why on earth did we come to this place?!”
When I woke the next morning my mom and I went out to the patio to take a look at where we were. I was amazed at the natural beauty of the Island; the blue skies, the Live Oak Trees dripping with Spanish Moss, the scent of Jasmine in the air. I fell in love with Hilton Head Island, and we bought a three bedroom villa on our very first visit!
Over the years we spent our summers here. We loved riding our bicycles to the beach each day and enjoyed the long, hot days in front of the ocean. Sometimes we would walk a mile to the Marriott or Westin for lunch and then return back to “our beach” at Shipyard Plantation for a final dip in the sea. Then it was back on our bikes for the ride home but not without a final swim in the villa complex pool before packing up for dinner.
We also enjoyed the other amenities like golf, tennis, Harbour Town, Tuesday nights at Shelter Cove listening to Shannon Tanner, dolphin cruises, miniature golf with the children and much, much more.
We made memories to last a lifetime and shared our villa and our love of Hilton Head Island with our family & friends.
Now, almost 30-years later, my daughters have left the nest and are all grown up.
Heather graduated from Syracuse University with three degrees and lives in Manhattan. She works in the financial district as a reinsurance broker and travels around the world. Heather recently represented her company in Iceland where she ran a marathon!
Lauren graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For years she was the morning news anchor for WLTX in Columbia, SC. Lauren recently relocated to Houston, TX, with her husband, Charlie and is now a reporter for KHOU. She has also published a children's poetry book, Teatime with Tigers.
It was always my dream to live on Hilton Head Island full time. In 2001 my dream came true and I became a year round resident. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
My daughters were both in college and my life was in transition. My sister, Laurie, suggested that I look into getting my real-estate license. I had always enjoyed purchasing, renovating then selling real-estate long before it was trendy. So, I did. I started my real estate business in 2002. I am privileged to live and work on this beautiful island.
My approach to real-estate is to educate my clients about the various communities and to help them achieve their real-estate goals. Over the years, I have owned property in Shipyard Plantation, Palmetto Dunes Resort, The Preserve at Indigo Run, Folly Field Beach, Hilton Head Plantation and Port Royal Plantation. I now reside in Belfair, a gorgeous community in Bluffton, SC.
Whether you would like to list your property or you’re looking to buy, my knowledge, professionalism and approach to real-estate sales is first rate. Please call me for a complimentary consultation.