Things To Do on Hilton Head Island


Sometimes newcomers to the island will ask me if there is enough to do here.  I always tell them you can be busy all the time if you want to.  Besides the beach, golf, tennis, boating and biking, there are lots of festivals and even free events for gardeners, cooking lessons, and lots of other things.  Since I’ve moved to Hilton Head, I have learned a little about gardening in the South.  I recently went to a free lecture at one of the local greeneries about planting an herb garden.  The speaker passed out herbs for each of us to smell and even taste and suggested ways to use them in recipes.

Gardening On Hilton Head Island

One of the best restaurants on the island has cooking demos where you can watch a great chef in action and then enjoy the delicious menus he has prepared.

Last week my husband and I went to the Arts Center of the Coastal Carolinas to see Chicago.  This theatre has 5 shows each year and they are really just as good as those on Broadway in my opinion.  In addition, there are some local theatre groups and the shows are always great.

Chicago the musical

There’s a wonderful Women’s Association which has a luncheon each Fall with interest group tables where you can select those of similar interests and meet new people. There are book clubs, travel clubs, financial information seminars, art groups, opera groups, and many more.  There’s even a Couples Gourmet Group which has four dinners each season with 8 people at each dinner in someone’s home that you may have never met.  They also have a kickoff cocktail party, a Christmas party, and a men’s picnic in the Spring.  

It’s a wonderful island with a wonderful lifestyle!  Wouldn’t you like to be part of it? Take a look at some homes for sale on Hilton Head Island, SC.

Oceanfront Homes for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-homes#
Oceanfront Villas for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-villas#
Golf Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-golf-view-homes-hhi-under-600#
Bluffton Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-bluffton-homes-under-500#

Hilton Head to Savannah by Boat


Exploring the Waterway – Hilton Head Island to Savannah by Boat.

Savannah Paddle Boat

See currently active Boatslips for Sale on Hilton Head Island, SC

One of my favorite things to do in the warmer months is to take my boat down to Savannah’s historic River Street. The boat ride from Hilton Head Island takes just a little longer than the drive because of a few no wake zones but the ride is beyond beautiful! No matter where you launch from, you’ll encounter a host of local wildlife. A few to note are our friendly Atlantic Bottle-Nosed Dolphins, all kinds of birdlife and you may even be lucky enough to see a Manatee. The map I’ve provided shows the route I take from the Calibogue Sound and navigating through the winding salt marshes to the Savannah River and ultimately to Historic River Street.

hilton head to savannah map

See currently active Boatslips for Sale on Hilton Head Island, SC

Some notable landmarks you’ll pass on the way are Harbourtown Lighthouse, Daufuskie Island, Elba Island, Hutchinson Island, Old Fort Jackson, and The Talmadge Bridge. Once in the Savannah River, you’ll notice one thing Hilton Head Island does not have; Industry. The Savannah River is an extension of the International Shipping Channel and provides passage for enormous container ships, barges and tugboats. Be sure to give these floating giants plenty of right-of-way when passing. There are day docks located along River Street where you can dock on a first come, first serve basis. Once docked, you’ll find a myriad of shopping, places to dine, and local vendors and artists. Grab some lunch and take in some culture, relax no matter what. There’s arguably no better place for people watching. If you decide to venture deeper into the city, you can walk about anywhere or even take a horse drawn carriage if that’s your thing. Once I’ve had my fill for the day, its anchors away and I’m on my way home again. I usually take a dip in the water to cool off once back in the salt marshes. I usually wait to get out of the Savannah River because of the boat traffic and strong currents. If you’ve timed it right, you might enjoy the sunset on your way home. There are few things as beautiful as the sun setting in the Lowcountry. Now you have the insider’s guide to navigating your way to Savannah, GA from Hilton Head Island, SC. Please remember to adhere to no-wake zones, local and federal laws, and kick back and enjoy the ride.

River Street in Savannah, GA

 (Photo Credit: BrettLancePhotography.com)

Oceanfront Homes for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-homes#
Oceanfront Villas for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-villas#
Golf Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-golf-view-homes-hhi-under-600#
Bluffton Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-bluffton-homes-under-500#

Hilton Head Island Shopping – Sea Pines Plantation Resort


It’s a beautiful day on Hilton Head Island; just right to put the top down and take a drive into Sea Pines Plantation. Remember you will need to pay a .00 entrance fee but it will be worth your while. On this trip we’ll visit the Harbour Town Marina. I’d like to show you a few shops that I think are special. Are you ready to go?

Sea Pines Harbourtown

See currently active Villas for Sale in Sea Pines Harbourtown.

The shops in Harbour Town are built in a picturesque setting that surrounds this famous yacht basin and are just across the way from the 18th green at the Harbour Town Links Golf Course. The air is so fresh and the soft breeze is just delightful. Dolphin cruises come and go. Para-sailors dot the clear blue sky. There are over 20 boutiques, galleries and gift shops for you to browse.

The Island Gift Shop is where you can find a special gift for a friend, or why not treat yourself? There is a wide variety of unusual gifts that have an island theme. Small jewelry pieces, unique silver pieces, delicate wine glasses, beach theme signs and more.

Hilton Head Island shopping

The Cinnamon Bear Country Store is filled with all kinds of trinkets, games, jellies, jams, flip flops, and where you can buy the much coveted Hilton Head Island and Sea Pines stickers to display proudly on your car window.

Hilton Head Island shopping

See currently active Villas for Sale in Sea Pines Harbourtown.

How about some lunch? Now it’s time to stop at The Quarterdeck for a basket of steamed shrimp, a cool drink and listen to some Lowcountry music. The view of the Harbour is just breathtaking. Take a picture to remember this perfect day.

After Lunch more shopping.

In Currents, SM Bradford, and The Hatley Store you can find an assortment of ladies clothing to suit your personal style. Casual to elegant, beach to evening outfits can be accessorized on the spot.

Knickers is a shop filled with elegant men’s clothing from casual to dress wear. It has accessories as well.

Camp Hilton Head is a great place to buy Hilton Head t-shirts, shorts, hats, visors, cups, towels and more souvenirs.

There are other great shops and galleries that we can visit on our next trip, but now it’s time to stop at the Crazy Crab for an early dinner. She Crab soup, a salad and fresh local fish sound wonderful.

The Harbour is getting very busy with visitors and locals coming to take part in the evening festivities. All are waiting for Greg Russell to sing under the old Oak Tree. Hundreds of folks come, many more than once, to hear Greg’s stories and songs. You will want to sing along as well while the sun sets in the background. It’s the perfect end of our shopping excursion.

Until next time.

Oceanfront Homes for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-homes#
Oceanfront Villas for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-villas#
Golf Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-golf-view-homes-hhi-under-600#
Bluffton Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-bluffton-homes-under-500#

Golfing at Wexford


I was lucky enough to play golf recently at Wexford Plantation on Hilton Head Island.   It reminded me of the first time I played at Wexford.  At the time I was a golf professional playing on the developmental tour for the LPGA.  I traveled all across the U.S. playing in different resorts.

Wexford Golf

See current homes for sale in Wexford.

I mention this to drive home the fact that at that time in my life I was focused on the golf.   Well at Wexford, although the golf is fantastic, the surroundings are distracting…and I mean that in a good way.   You feel as though you are visiting on an episode of “THE RICH AND FAMOUS”.   Wexford boasts 525 acres with some homes that you may think are hotels at first glance.   Examine the parked yacht out back on the waterway of some of these homes and you may feel a pinch of envy.  The course weaves through the natural settings of the Lowcountry then past the lock system at the Harbour where you can look at the magnificent boats on your way to #10.  You experience majestic oaks and then coastal marshlands with views that will make you stop in your tracks. 

The clubhouse is at the center of it all and often described as Traditional Coastal Elegance.  It just had a .5 million renovation in 2010 and has a private lounge and restaurant which overlooks the Wexford Harbour.  Facilities include the outdoor swimming pool and bath house, children’s playground with a basketball court, and lawn sports such as bocce and croquet.   Of course there is also a first class tennis facility.

But back to the golf course.   Aside from the constant distraction of the surroundings, the course is both fair and hard all at the same time.   The fairways are generous on most holes while the greens may have you pulling your hair out.   It is a course where the more you play it, the more you would pick spots on the green to hit your approach regardless of where the pin is located.  Arnold Palmer renovated the golf course in 2011 and the greens are big and undulating.   Don’t leave your short game at home…you’ll need it here.    I got myself short-sided a few times and it was a very difficult up and down.    The more greens you hit in regulation, the better.  ‘Fairways and greens’ my pro used to tell me!

Wexford Golf

Originally designed by Willard C. Byrd, the course was first opened in 1983.  I highly recommend getting yourself on this private golf course if you can. It is a day you’ll be talking about for a while. 

Oceanfront Homes for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-homes#
Oceanfront Villas for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-villas#
Golf Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-golf-view-homes-hhi-under-600#
Bluffton Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-bluffton-homes-under-500#

Sea Pines Farmer’s Market


Sea Pines Center is currently hosting a Farmers Market that runs through later Fall.  Lowcountry Produce, a purveyor of regional southern delicacies from the coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia, presents this wonderful addition to the Shops in Sea Pines Center.

 Sea Pines Farmers Market

Every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm vendors such as Yard Farm, C.W. Trask & Sons, Southern Swiss Dairy, Sea Island Sweets, Three Sisters Farm, Pierogi Hut, Palmetto Kettle Corn, The Plant Lady, authors Pat Branning and Janet Garrity, and the Island Winery will feature a variety of local produce and goods, making it well worth the visit.

 Lowcountry Produce will have fresh fruits and vegetables while other vendors will offer local eggs and honey, baked goods, prepared foods, coffee plants, fresh cut flowers, gifts, art and more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit The Farmer’s Market at Sea Pines Center every Tuesday for a taste of the Lowcountry.  For details call 843.322.1900 or browse some currently active Homes for Sale in Sea Pines.

Oceanfront Homes for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-homes#
Oceanfront Villas for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-villas#
Golf Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-golf-view-homes-hhi-under-600#
Bluffton Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-bluffton-homes-under-500#

Will the new Shelter Cove Towne Centre impact the local market?


Hilton Head Island  SC   Google Maps
Quick layout of the area: Shelter Cove in red, Newport in orange, the site of the Towne Center in green and the main entrance to Palmetto Dunes marked in blue.

While the typical indicators of interest rates, inventory, buyer demand, etc. are important in the local real estate market there are other points to consider as well. Last week I was working with an out of town Buyer who was new to the area and he asked “So, what’s the big deal about this new mall in Shelter Cove? I’m getting a little tired of hearing about it!” Even if you’re not a shopper the new project is worth paying attention to.

See all the currently active Shelter Cove Villa Listings.

What’s all the fuss about?

The Shelter Cove Towne Center (aka: The Shelter Cove Mall) is coming along at high speed. What once stood as a hulking, tired, underutilized property on a beautiful piece of land overlooking Broad Creek is under a full remodel. Out with the old “monster mall” style and in with the popular “outdoor shopping center” design with anchor stores, parks, a pier, and outbuildings.

There will be the stores, of course, such as Belk and others in addition to a massive 100,000 square foot Kroger Grocery Store. On top of that there will be over 200 new Luxury waterfront residential apartments for rent, a community pier, a waterfront park, and more. It looks like it’s going to be a great project.

Take a look at the Shelter Cove Towne Centre website for full details.

How will the market react?

I expect we’ll see a bump in demand and ultimately price point in some of the surrounding properties as this project fleshes out. I believe the nearby gated community of Newport is going to benefit first as it’s just a short walk across the street from the new Towne Centre. I believe we might already be seeing the start of this movement with several currently under contract and several closed sales in the past four months. This could also just be a non-related blip in the market.

The entire Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove market should benefit as well I’d think. It’s far more desirable to be walking/biking distance from a new vibrant shopping/dining/entertainment center than a failed, almost empty mall.

towne-center-shelter-cove-hilton-head-island-sc
Construction underway at the Towne Centre in August 2013

At the moment there are only 29 villas on the market in Shelter Cove. For a sample of different price points and villa styles, views and sizes, see Shelter Cove Villa Listings 

It’s an area multiplier.

Over the past year or so Shelter Cove has done a fantastic job of attracting more visitors and locals on top of their regular festivities. With new additions to their summer schedule like Music on the Harbour on Thursday nights and the popular Parrot-Palooza parties on Friday nights, Shelter Cove is hopping!

As they build on this renewed energy and foot traffic the whole area will benefit, these new visitors will discover the Towne Centre and those visiting the new Towne Centre are just a short walk from activities in Shelter Cove. It’s a win – win for both areas in my humble opinion.

Learn more about Shelter Cove with a map & brochure.

Will the new project generate new Buyers to the Island? Probably not. What it might do, however, is give those folks currently in the market for an Island Villa a reason to consider something in the Palmetto Dunes & Shelter Cove area where they might not have before. Only time will tell!

Oceanfront Homes for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-homes#
Oceanfront Villas for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-villas#
Golf Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-golf-view-homes-hhi-under-600#
Bluffton Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-bluffton-homes-under-500#

At home in Shipyard Plantation on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.


When you’ve lived somewhere for a very long time, you tend to know the neighborhoods and gravitate toward the place that feels most like home. That is true of Shipyard. It is a small residential and resort community located conveniently on the South end of Hilton Head that affords easy access to all the Island has to offer just minutes from your door, especially the beach.

Shipyard Plantation

See currently active Homes for Sale in Shipyard Plantation.

Shipyard’s beach is a lively place where people enjoy sun and surf and all sorts of beach games. A friendly game of catch, bocce, football, and even putting practice can be witnessed on any given day. Surf activities include paddle boarding, kayaking and surfing, both board and body, which is particularly nice on an incoming tide. If your day includes time on the beach it is easy to hop on a bicycle and pedal over to Shipyard’s beach for sun and surf. Life guards are there for your protection and will gladly rent you chairs and umbrellas. Be sure to bring sunscreen because the sun is strong.

There is a morning meeting of pet owners at the beach. Shipyard has a terrific system of leisure and bicycle trails that lead to all neighborhoods, which is really convenient when you want to combine exercise with sun and fun. I’ve been known to combine a ride with grocery and other shopping. Shipyard is also home to some fascinating wildlife. My back yard is home to owls, hawks, deer, nesting turtles. Depending on the time of year, I can awaken to the hoots of a mated pair of owls who return every year. My rose bushes even succumbed to a hungry doe. She came back a few evenings later to see if anything had grown back. She was a disappointed as I was. Me, because I wasn’t going to enjoy roses this year and she wasn’t going to have that tasty treat again. I guess I’ll have to be more careful what I plant. At least she doesn’t like my mums.

Shipyard also has a wonderful tree canopy of large old oak trees. If you’re a golfer, take advantage of 27 holes with a lot of water. My backyard is also home to a lot of golf balls. I recently watched tow duffers attempt to hit opening shots across a long stretch of water. While I couldn’t hear the conversation, it looked like a lesson from one to the other. The lesson turned out to be on how to drown about six golf balls. The first golfer stepped up, addressed his ball and swatted it about half way across the lagoon. He tried a second shot with similar results. The second golfer seemed more confident and I watched as he too drowned his golf ball. I didn’t stay to see the end of the little drama. If you’re looking for a relaxing, peaceful place to visit and enjoy Hilton Head, check out Shipyard.

Shipyard golfing

Learn a bit more and see current Real Estate for Sale in Shipyard Plantation.

Oceanfront Homes for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-homes#
Oceanfront Villas for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-villas#
Golf Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-golf-view-homes-hhi-under-600#
Bluffton Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-bluffton-homes-under-500#

Top 10 Reasons to Buy in the Low Country


Kids on Hilton Head Island 

For years, Hilton Head Island/Bluffton and the surrounding areas have been an area buyers have looked to for their relocation. All you have to do is look at the unbelievable amount of growth in the area the past 5, 7…10 years to see what I am talking about. What is it that draws buyers to this area, but more importantly makes them want to stay? This week I list my Top 10 Reasons People Buy in the Low Country. 

 10. Medical Facilities

With 14 medical facilities in Beaufort County, from outpatient centers, to medical pavilions, to hospitals, when it comes to medicine and your health the Hilton Head area has more than enough to cover every bump, break, or condition you can think of. The Hilton Head Hospital, boasts not only two of the top back and spine specialists/surgeons in the country, Dr. C. Boatright and Dr. Jeff Reuben, they also have a top-rated heart center. For those looking for a more mainstream hospital, the Hilton Head area is centrally located between MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) in Charleston and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

9. Low Tax Rates
Per some of my recent emails, South Carolina has the sixth lowest tax rate in the country. According to a recent Bloomberg article, taxes for South Carolina are as follows; Income 7%, State sales 6%, Property Tax per capita , Inheritance none, Estate none. For more on taxes in South Carolina, as well as other states throughout the country, click here

8. Land Planning
For those that have been to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area, you remember how difficult it was to find your way around the first time you visited due to the lack of street lights and large signs. No street lights, business signs no higher than 4 feet, buildings no higher than 5 stories (nothing higher than the tree line) are all things the town of Hilton Head, and now Bluffton, have incorporated into their laws and restrictions that keep the area looking as if nature meant it to be that way (for more on the areas standards click here). Commercialization is tolerated but not allowed to run rampant. Keeping and enjoying nature to its fullest is one of the most endearing things about this area and why it is on my list.

7. Outdoor Activities
As an area that enjoys moderate temperatures on a yearly basis, Hilton Head and Bluffton are abundant with outdoor activities. The most notable is Harbour Town Golf Links. Harbour Town ranks 14th in the top golf courses you can play in the United States and that is just the beginning. Although lesser known by name, the area has 27 golf courses of all shapes and sizes ready to challenge golfers of all skill levels.
If tennis is your thing, you will be hard pressed to find a tennis facility better than the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. Consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top tennis facilities, it is located in the heart of Palmetto Dunes, mid-island. Tennis players of all skill levels are welcome and their assortment of tournaments throughout the year are attended by people from all over the country and world. It seems like every plantation has a tennis team and with such teams are numerous social activities. With such an abundance of people wanting to meet you, newcomers will have no time making ‘local’ friends.
If being a land ‘lubber’ is not your thing, there are nine different marinas around the island. Finding a place to dock your boat or rent a kayak/canoe is not a problem. In Bluffton there are a number of public boat launch points; May River and Sawmill Creek on the Colleton River. If you don’t have your own boat, take one of the boat tours and watch dolphins, gulls, and all types of marine life that is sure to make even the most cynical person smile.

 Hilton Head Island Tennis

6. Climate
Hilton Head and Bluffton enjoy a warm tropical climate throughout the year. With an average yearly high of 76° and a low of 52°, could you imagine a better place to be? We are able to maintain such desirable temperatures due to our close proximity to the Gulf Stream which brings warm temperatures up from the Caribbean that we are happy to enjoy. We average 230 days of sunshine (for most of you in the Northeast, 230 is not a misprint) with 52″ of rainfall per year (just enough to keep it green). For those that enjoy the water, the average water temperatures are a bath-like 69°. Speaking of water temperature… 

5. Atlantic Ocean
To some this is the top reason they have moved to the area. Whether they enjoy time out on the water or just watching the waves roll in, there is something to be said about the relaxation and serenity this gives. Sure there are other beaches on the East Coast, but the Hilton Head/Bluffton area boasts 14+ miles of beach and is continually working to make sure it remains nourished. Where else can you ride a bike on the beach (at low tide) and still walk in the soft sand?
Hilton Head Beach 

See currently active Oceanfront Homes for Sale and Oceanfront Villas for Sale.

4. Central Location
For buyers that are relocating, family is usually a priority (we get into that later on). The ease of access to the Highway 278 corridor, off of I-95, makes accessing the area extremely simple. Highway 278 is the main artery for the entire area and this was realized by local authorities, which is why alternate routes have been constructed to alleviate congestion from the main road. This area is only a day’s ride from almost any city east of the Mississippi River, or two days if you like to stop and take in the sights. This makes it easy for kids, grandkids, nephews/nieces, and longtime friends (who haven’t found the treasure this area is yet) to visit. If air is your means of travel, there are two airports; one on Hilton Head Island with the main hub in Charlotte, and Savannah/Hilton Head Int’l Airport. Either one is capable of getting loved ones to you, or you to them in a timely fashion.

3. Affordability
For all the amenities you receive (stated above), as well as the quality of life enjoyed by residents, the cost of owning real estate in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area is lower than comparable areas on the East Coast. This area has the look and feel of the highest per capita areas on the East Coast with a cost of ownership more related to those coastal towns of lesser renown.
Whether you are looking for an oceanfront home or condo or a smaller place to hang your hat, this area has a home/condo to meet even the most detailed buyer’s demands.

2. Diversity
Due to the ease of access, warm climate, low cost of living, etc. this area has become popular among people in other countries, mainly European countries. In years past the surge of the value of the Euro has made it more affordable for foreign nationals to purchase real estate in this area. The word must have spread quickly as we are no longer the hidden gem and have become known around the globe. As a result, we have a wide range of diverse residents that have a lot to offer the community. The diverse collection of residents; from Fortune 500 CEO’s to entrepreneurs, to teachers, lawyers, etc. makes this area one that is filled with expertise and a wealth of knowledge. Where else can you sit in a local coffee shop with a CEO, a retired hourly employee, a world-renowned artist, and yourself and discuss anything you can think of while receiving input from every perspective.

1. Community
All the things mentioned above are reason enough for someone to move here. However, combined they do not equal the number one reason. In a recent poll from people all around the globe, people were asked ‘What is the most important thing to you? What would be the number one thing you would like to have?’ The responses might surprise you. It wasn’t money, notoriety, a big house or fancy car. It wasn’t that their child attend a top university or had a top paying job. The number one thing people from all over the world said was family and friends and the desire to be loved and wanted, and this is the number one reason people enjoy living in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area.

With so many things to do in a relatively small place, the amount of friends you meet is unbelievable. Not only do you meet a lot of new people and establish friendships with them, but these friendships grow out of a common bond of living in a wonderful place. A wonderful environment where you can do one of a million things; travel, golf, tennis, fine dining, fishing, beaches, the list goes on and on. This area was founded on, and always will be one where family and friends are the cornerstone of everything. Add the fact that we are in the South and enjoy all the finest of southern hospitality and you have the recipe for the most ideal place to live.

With all these things in mind, why are you waiting? Wouldn’t you love to enjoy warm weather, beaches, golf, tennis, etc. from a central location with the feel of a small town on a regular basis? Now is your chance. We are still experiencing lower than normal prices for real estate, but this is being eliminated just as fast as I can type. The word is out, the Hilton Head/Bluffton area is beautiful, desirable, and extremely affordable, and those that continue to ‘wait and see’ will be the ones missing out.

 

Oceanfront Homes for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-homes#
Oceanfront Villas for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-villas#
Golf Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-golf-view-homes-hhi-under-600#
Bluffton Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-bluffton-homes-under-500#

Hilton Head Beach Patrol


Hilton Head Island Beach

Hilton Head Island is named at the top of the list of the 10 Best Beaches by Parents Magazine. Parents Magazine said the list features family vacation spots with “pristine beaches, beach safety and a boat load of inland fun.” This is a perfect lead in to you about the Hilton Head Island Beach Patrol and the excellent service that it provides for all.

Our wonderful 13.5 miles of pristine beaches on Hilton Head Island are patrolled year round by a most professional group of life guards. These life guards are provided by Shore Beach Services. The staff is made up mostly of college students who are certified in lifesaving, CPR and first aid. You’ll recognize familiar faces as many of them return for more than one summer. In addition to their qualifications, they attend weekly training sessions to hone their skills. They are all in great shape and participate in the South Atlantic Lifesaving Association competition representing Hilton Head Island.

See currently active Hilton Head Beachfront Homes for Sale

 During the high season our beaches are patrolled by more than 60 lifeguards. The guards’ locations are easily visible by their red beach umbrellas; many of which are elevated on top the high wooden chairs. The guard station at the entrance of the beach posts helpful information about the conditions of the water, such as temperature and high and low tide schedules. It will also post a caution sign to warn swimmers if the waters are rough.

The Red Beach Patrol Truck and ATVs are easily recognizable with their large identifying white letters. They also have wave-runners available if needed for rescue. They are on the beaches to provide assistance to residents and our guests.

The entire staff is outfitted with two-way radios so that there is a continual open line of communications to each other and to the 911 dispatch office.

Hilton Head Island Beach

See currently active Hilton Head Beachfront Homes for Sale

The guards can also help visitors and residents with beach rentals. There are wonderful folding wooden chairs with umbrellas to relax in to watch the ocean or read a great book. Even if it there is a light rain, these chairs are a cool place just to hang out. The guards will move these chairs to a different location if you so choose.

Also available at several guard locations are fun beach toys for kids of all ages to enjoy: boogie boards, aqua cats, kayaks, and beach cycles (the ones with the big orange tires that look funny out on the water).

In addition to the guards’ skills, they are truly ambassadors for this lovely island. They always have a smile on their face and greet you pleasantly. They are willing to help in any way.

Hilton Head Island Beach The guards also participate in all kinds of social events that are hosted by several restaurants and local churches. From Parties to Barbeques, these activities promote fun-loving relationships and friendly competition. In their off hours the island embraces them so they enjoy a wonderful summer experience. Maybe one of your young adults would be interested in joining the terrific group of young people.

Click on employment opportunities at www.shorebeach.com

Remember to read the beach regulation signs that are posted at the entrance to the public beaches. Good Beach etiquette is always appreciated, but that is a subject for another blog.

Oceanfront Homes for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-homes#
Oceanfront Villas for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-villas#
Golf Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-golf-view-homes-hhi-under-600#
Bluffton Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-bluffton-homes-under-500#

The Hampton Hall Market Recovery


I recently had the pleasure of participating in a presentation to the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors for a “Professional Development Day.” These sessions are intended to strengthen the knowledge of our local Realtors in specific market segments and communities. We were tasked with focusing on the community of Hampton Hall. The new General Manager for Hampton Hall presented an overview on the community and I was responsible for presenting an overview of the Real Estate Market in Hampton Hall. This is always a great exercise for me to study where we’ve been in the market and what’s happening now. 

Hampton Hall

See homes currently for sale in Hampton Hall

 After the financial collapse in 2008, the Hilton Head & Bluffton Real Estate markets endured a massive loss in Real Estate values. Distressed sellers flooded the market with deeply discounted properties. It seemed that there was no end in sight to the decline. Now, nearly 6 years from the collapse, we are experiencing a strong recovery. Through July of 2013 the number of new pending sales are up 18.9%, closed sales are up 14.3%, Days On Market down 8.1% and median price has increased 7.1% (12 Month Averages).*

 During the decline, each particular community in our area was affected differently by the decline. Some were hit harder than others. Hampton Hall was hit particularly hard because the community started in 2004 and enjoyed a significant increase in values due to heavy speculation. Speculators and many residents began to liquidate properties at an amazing rate when the market took a turn. From 2008 to 2012, Hampton Hall offered some of the best buying opportunities around.

 Fast forward to 2013 and you’ll find that Hampton Hall is a very different market. This is a classic case study in “boy, I wish I bought a property when…” Realtors, buyers, and sellers alike can all “feel” the shift in the market. Multiple offers, significant decreases in inventory and a clear increase in values are things that we’ve “felt,” but what do the numbers really tell us? Below you’ll find a few of the graphs that I had the opportunity to present at the Professional Development Session in Hampton Hall.

 *Hilton Head Association of Realtors Housing Outlook Report.

 Hampton Hall Median Home Price

Hampton Hall Real Estate Market

See the Current Inventory of Homes for Sale in Hampton Hall

Hampton Hall New Construction

Hampton Hall Median Lot Price

 Hampton Hall Real Estate Market

See the current inventory of Lots for Sale in Hampton Hall

Disclaimer: Data has been gathered from Multiple sources and deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Sources: Hilton Head Association of Realtors Monthly Market Reports & Hilton Head MLS.  

Oceanfront Homes for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-homes#
Oceanfront Villas for Sale
#blog-footer-oceanfront-villas#
Golf Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-golf-view-homes-hhi-under-600#
Bluffton Homes for Sale under ,000
#blog-footer-bluffton-homes-under-500#