Best Places to Live Near Hilton Head Island

Old Town Bluffton

The Lowcountry, South Carolina is home to a plethora of delightful communities. Though Hilton Head Island is a popular choice for real estate, the surrounding areas also offer incredible things to do, amenities, great restaurants, and more. Living near Hilton Head also puts you close to other major cities like Savannah –  just a short drive away – and Charleston. With easy access to big cities and Hilton Head Island, the surrounding communities are great places to live if you’re seeking a life in the Lowcountry.  

Read on to discover the gorgeous surrounding areas of Hilton Head Island. Or, contact the Hilton Head Island real estate specialists at Dunes Real Estate for more insight into what it’s like living in the beautiful Lowcountry, SC.


The most obvious and one of the best towns near Hilton Head is, of course, Bluffton. Bluffton is also one of the most popular beach towns near Hilton Head, too. Here, you can take in the stunning views of the May River, discover one of the many unique galleries, or explore historic sites in Old Town Bluffton. For those wanting a faster pace, you’ll have access to some of the best hiking, biking, walking, and running trails around! Not only is Bluffton near Hilton Head Island, but it’s also only 45 minutes from Savannah, Georgia, making it an ideal location to call home. 

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Rose Hill 

The Rose Hill community sits seven miles from the Hilton Head Island bridge, making it one of the suburbs of Hilton Head, SC. It’s a wonderful mixture of golf and equestrian life, perfect for those who love spending time outside. There’s a 27-hole golf course with a shop and a place to relax and grab a bite to eat after a round. Plus, there’s an equestrian center, polo fields, pool, tennis courts, and more. Homes in Rose Hill are on larger lots with great views of the surrounding river. 

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Sun City Hilton Head

The community of Sun City Hilton Head is a spacious community of over 5,000-acres with easy access to amenities at the heart of the Lowcountry. Residents here can enjoy easy access to Hilton Head Island, amazing golfing, dining, shopping, and more. 

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Okatie is another one of the quaint towns near Hilton Head. Situated west of Hilton Head Island, Okatie is known as an unincorporated suburban community. It was named after the river nearby, the Okatee River. Here, residents enjoy a close relationship with nature and beautiful views of the grand oak trees and Spanish moss. If you’re looking for a smaller, more tucked away place to live that’s still close to all the essential amenities, Okatie is the place to call home. 

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The community takes its name from nearby Pritchard Farms and is one of the most affordable places to live near Hilton Head, SC. As another unincorporated town, real estate here is on the newer side, with many of its properties built after the year 2000. 

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Though Hilton Head Island is a highly sought-after place to live, the surrounding areas also offer incredible places to call the Lowcountry home. With a convenient location close to major hubs and big-city amenities with hidden gems, the Hilton Head Island area is a delightful place with a variety of communities. 

If you want to learn more about what it’s like to live in the Hilton Head Island area you can explore homes for sale in the Lowcountry. You can also create an account with Dunes Real Estate to save your favorite Hilton Head Island properties and get email notifications when similar South Carolina real estate becomes available. Or contact the Hilton Head Island real estate specialists at Dunes Real Estate with your South Carolina real estate questions.