Calibogue Cay - Creek Property with Dock

Calibogue Cay – Creek Property with Dock

Hilton Head Island is unique in many ways—all right, it is unique in every way. On the obvious side, our planned communities and non-gated neighborhoods set us apart from other resorts, with each designed for any lifestyle and offering a bevy of indulgent amenities catering to specific interests, including miles of pristine beaches, oceanfront living, high-end luxury, golf and tennis, watersports, yachting, active/fitness, deep water access with private docks, equestrian facilities, and miles of leisure and hiking trails. On the not-so-obvious side, it’s the neighborhoods—the people across the street and down the street and the people a few streets over—that really bring all the comforts of home to island families who are from everywhere but here!
Our communities reflect the lifestyles of their residents, and all gated communities blend with nature and abide by a set of architectural guidelines. Aesthetics and atmosphere play a large role in the design of the island, as well as each individual community. For all the reasons why anyone has ever wanted to call Hilton Head Home, its sheer beauty was certainly on the list. If it wasn’t the beautiful beaches, sounds, lagoons, creeks, salt marshes, the warm waters, or the temperate climate, other reasons might include the culture—The Hilton Head Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilton Head Choral Society, Hilton Head Dance Theater, the Heritage Golf Tournament, and the Art League of Hilton Head—to name but a few.
And then there are the homes, condos and villas dotting the island. From Windmill Harbour to Sea Pines, offerings of beautiful coastal properties with a water view, those with seaside gardens, others with contemporary twists—but all are island-inspired with the comforts of home. Pick up and move—Hilton Head is calling!

HARBOURFEST AT SHELTER COVE: A Palmetto Dunes Hilton Head Island Family Tradition

Shelter Cove Marina - Palmetto Dunes

Shelter Cove Marina – Palmetto Dunes

Summer is in full swing on Hilton Head. From sunrise to sunset, the beaches are bustling with families, children and young adults on bicycles, building sandcastles, chasing waves, jogging and all-out playing. But what to do after a day at the beach? Why, light up the night, of course!
HarbourFest at Shelter Cove is a tradition many families have come to know and love. HarbourFest festivities include weekly fireworks each Tuesday evening. This year’s fireworks shows run from mid-June to mid-August—June 18th, June 2th5, each Tuesday in July (with July 4th being the REALLY BIG SHOW), and August 6th and 13th. Weather-permitting, these family-friendly shows commence at dusk at Shelter Cove Harbour (right across from the Palmetto Dunes entrance). Gather round the Harbour to view the show or take a guided tour and boat cruise and enjoy the fireworks from the water. These shows, as well as admission and parking, are free and open to the public.
In addition to the fireworks displays every Tuesday night, other HarbourFest activities include Monday through Thursday performances at 6:30 and 8:00 by Shannon Tanner in his beanie propeller hat. Celebrating his 25th year at the Harbour with his fan favorite songs such as “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” Tanner’s multigenerational show is lively and spirited. It is shows and times such as these from which the very best vacation memories are made.
Other family-friendly activities include face painting, bouncy houses, arts & crafts, practice putting, interactive games, street performers, island-themed celebration with food and drinks—and much more.
Conveniently located mid-island, Shelter Cove Harbour offers waterfront dining (casual and formal), unique shopping and exquisite views of Broad Creek. Shelter Cove Harbour is directly across from Palmetto Dunes Resort. With three miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beach, a sheltered marina, three world-class golf courses, an award-winning tennis center, beautiful homes and gracious villas, Palmetto Dunes is an island favorite!

Do You Have All It Takes to be a Landlord?

To many people, buying property and moving renters into it sounds like an easy way to have a reliable stream of income but there’s more to it than that. Not everyone is cut out to be a landlord. Unless you’re going to hire a professional property maintenance company to care for the property and deal with any issues that come up you should keep the following points in mind before you make that leap.

Do You Have All It Takes to be a Landlord?Available Time

Being a landlord involves a good deal of extra time from your schedule. Now, instead of having just your own property to maintain you have another one. Are you already stretched thin? Be prepared to have your weekends and holidays interrupted by a phone call from your renters occasionally needing help.

Mechanical Aptitude

You’ll save a lot of money if you can make repairs on your investment property and appliances yourself. If you need to call in a professional for your own home when things go wrong, be prepared to do the same when your renters call with problems. While you may be able to wait until Monday so you don’t have to pay higher weekend rates, you may not be so lucky with your tenants.

Do You Have All It Takes to be a Landlord?Being a people person

It takes time to find tenants that you can trust to care for your property as you would and reliably pay their rent on time. Plan on doing a lot of interviewing and don’t take the first applicants that come along. Some tenants are more needy than others so keep in mind you’d be hearing from them often. You want to be kind to your new tenants because you want them to be kind to your investment.

Available Savings

You should have an adequate savings account to back you and your investment property up. It’s never wise to put household repairs on a credit card and many professionals simply won’t accept them. If you make a wise decision in the first place and have a property inspection done then you have a better chance of no major repairs coming up in the future but mishaps do occasionally happen.

If you’re still convinced you want to purchase investment property and be a landlord give Bill True a call at 843-384-9088 and schedule a time to look at some properties together. For the right person, with adequate time and money, real estate is a great way to increase your wealth.

When You Want to Try Living Here on For Size

When you’re contemplating a permanent move to Hilton Head Island we think you should come and visit, stay awhile, and try us on for size. We’re sure it’ll be a perfect fit for you – it is for most folks!

Call Bill True Real EstateThe Sea Pines Resort has an Escape Vacation Package for weekly stays from March 8, 2014 through June 27, 2014 and August 2, 2014 through September 5, 2014. You can save up to 15% off your choice of villa or home rentals while you relax into the comfort we call home around these parts. You’ll also get the following perks with your vacation package:

~ A $100 resort credit that you can redeem on dining, golf or other activities.

~ A complimentary family portrait session on the beach by Memory Lane Portraits. This is a $125 value! You’ll also receive 15% off all of you’re a la carte portrait orders.

~ Complimentary access for two guests to the Harbour Town Lighthouse.

~ Unlimited use of The Sea Pines Fitness Center equipment.

~ Complimentary wireless Internet access.

~ No reservation deposit due until 90 days prior to arrival.

~ Two hours of complimentary tennis each day at the Sea Pines Racquet Club.

~ Complimentary ‘pack and pick-up’ at Harris Teeter-Park Plaza. Enjoy the convenience of having Harris Teeter grocery shop for you!

~ Children 12 and under can play golf for free at Heron Point by Pete Dye and the Ocean Course, with each paid adult round.

~ Children 12 and under cruise for free on a 90 minute dolphin excursion with each paid adult.

~ Receive your choice of one complimentary Eco-Adventure or other activity for two people at The Sea Pines Resort or Coastal Discover Museum at Historic Honey Horn.

Sea Pines Hilton Head real Estate(The Escape Vacation Package is not available April 12, 2014 to April 18, 2014. A 30 percent advance reservation deposit will be processed at the time of booking when the arrival date is 90 days or less from the date the reservation is made. For reservations that do not require a deposit at time of booking (arrival date is more than 90 days from the date a reservation is made) a 30 percent deposit will be automatically processed 90 days prior to the arrival date. Offer is not valid for groups or conference bookings.)

Tower Beach is reopening on a limited basis after having been recently renovated. The parking lot, rest rooms, shower tower and beach walk can be used. The lockers and the pavilion are undergoing final touches and are not open. Property owners are invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 8 from 4-6 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be held at the kiosk adjacent to the parking lot at Tower Beach. Beer, wine, sodas and water will be provided while waiting for the ceremony to begin. After the ceremony property owners will be able to view the entire facility at their convenience.

Once you realize what a great fit Hilton Head Island is for you and your family you’ll want to speak with someone about properties that are available here. That’s when you should give Bill True a call at 843-384-9088 and make plans to sit down together. He knows Hilton Head area well and can give you a realistic picture of what is available here that would meet your needs and price range. You’re going to love living on Hilton Head Island!

Meet and Greet: Kids and Critters

What kid isn’t over-the-moon curious about critters of all types? If you’re bringing your family to spend a relaxing vacation in Hilton Head Island over the holidays there are some events the kids will want to take part in. We’ll start with a Meet and Greet with some Lowcountry Critters from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 21 through Wednesday, April 23. This event promises to be a lot of fun for the kids.

Meet and Greet Low Country CrittersJoe Maffo, with Critter Management,will bring some of his “friends” to the Coastal Discovery Museum so we can learn more about the alligators, snakes, turtles and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Participants will have a chance to get up-close to an assortment of animals, learn about them and take plenty of photos. There will be no formal presentation; visitors can stop by an assortment of stations to meet and greet the different types of animals. This event is on a first come, first served basis. Admission Details: Adult $10, Child $5 (12 and under). The event is held at Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. For questions about the program please call 843-689-6767 ext 223.

Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head IslandKeeping up with the theme of nature’s critters around Hilton Head, there will be a Fishing Camp for Kids from 12 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Children age 7-14 will love this interactive day camp being held at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Kids will learn all the basics of fishing, crabbing and shrimping. Why not let your kids discover the sport of fishing this spring. The program provides all the tools required to continue fishing for many years to come. The cost is $35 per child (ages 7-14) and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223. The event is held at Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island.



Enjoying the Arts Around Hilton Head Island

For those who enjoy the various types of art there are plenty of opportunities on Hilton Head Island at any given time. For instance, tonite the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra will perform Gloria! from 8 to 10 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on William Hilton Parkway. There will be a pre-concert talk by Maestro Russell at 7 p.m. and a reception will follow the performance in the church’s Gathering Space.

Enjoying the Arts on Hilton Head IslandMusic Director and Conductor John Morris Russell will lead the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra in two ebullient settings of the “Gloria” — the first by Vivaldi and the second by Poulenc — and two of Verdi’s most cherished operatic overtures, those from “La Forza del Destino” and “La Traviata”. The orchestra will be joined by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Chorus Master Tim Reynolds in the performance at Hilton Head’s First Presbyterian Church. Concert tickets are $25, $40, and $50. Reduced prices are available for children and their accompanying parent. Call the Hilton Head Symphony office at (843) 842-2055 to purchase tickets.

Enjoying the Arts on Hilton Head IslandAnother show you won’t want to miss out on is the 3rd Annual Man Show taking place at the Four Corners Gallery in Bluffton from Friday, April 4 at 8 a.m. through Saturday, May 3. The reception will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 4. This show features all the male artists of the gallery. This show includes art of all types including handcrafted bowls, sketches, watercolors, photography, and paintings are all created by men and are being shown at 1263 May River Rd, Bluffton, SC. The event includes works by Robert Highsmith, Jack Anderson, Doug Corkern, Wayne Edwards, Jim Lewis, Amiri Farris, and Garth Swift.

At Bill True Real Estate we are leaders in property transactions handling Hilton Head real estate, Bluffton real estate and homes & villas in the Hilton Head Island area. Please give us a call at 843-384-9088 if we can assist you with your real estate needs.

Music and Taste on the Harbour Kick-off

If you’ve never visited Shelter Cove Harbour you’re in for an experience you’re sure to enjoy. It’s here where you’ll find beautiful views of Broad Creek, year round dining, plenty of exquisite shopping and live concerts every Thursday night through May 22. Come check out the towering 12-foot bronze statue of King Neptune that is  the world’s largest figurative sundial. This statue of Neptune was originally cast at a foundry in Princeton, New Jersey and moved to Hilton Head Island in 1983 where it’s proudly stood ever since.

Music and Taste on the Harbour Kick-offThe popular Hilton Head Island Music & Taste on the Harbour will be held on March 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Dance the night away to The Headliners and enjoy food and drink specials from all five Shelter Cove Harbour restaurants! This free event will take place at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, located across from Palmetto Dunes off Hwy. 278. The band and restaurant tents will be setup around the Neptune statue weather permitting. Seating will be limited so bring your own chairs. Call (843) 785-6424 if you have questions.

On Thursday nights the Music on the Harbour concert series will feature the following performances from 6-9 p.m. at Shelter Cove Harbour. Be sure to mark your calendars now to come out and enjoy the live music, great food, unique shopping opportunities and some gorgeous sunsets!

March 27 – The Headliners
April 3 – Target, the Band
April 10 – The Headliners
April 17 – Target, the Band
May 1 – Candace Woodson & the Domino Theory Band
May 8 – Cranford Hollow
May 15 – The Headliners

Carolina Dreamer CarshowThe Carolina Dreamer Classic Car Club Monthly Cruise-In is held at Main Street Village on the fourth Thursday of every month through October. The Carolina Dreamers roll into Main Street Village at 6 p.m. and head back out around 8 p.m. There will be a wide range of cfars and trucks from the ‘30s to customs and present day muscle cars. Come out to this free event to meet the owners and listen to stories of their restorations and love of their vehicles. Vote for your favorite in the monthly contest for the three most popular cars. You will find Main Street Village at the gates of Hilton Head Plantation and Hwy. 278. For more information call Gary at (843) 757-3919.

Don’t Miss the Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest

If you’ll be on Hilton Head Island later this month you won’t want to miss the Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest. This popular event is in its seventh year and is hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation and presented by and Hilton Head Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. This year the event is scheduled to take place from Sunday, March 30 through Saturday, April 5.

Seafood FestivalThe seafood festival kicks off with a Crawfish Boil Party at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 30. This event is an all-you-can-eat boiled live Louisiana crawfish and River Dog Brewing Co. Tap Takeover. Live music will be performed by the Lowcountry Boil Bluegrass Band. $15/person for all you can eat, $35/person for all you can eat and drink.

On Monday, March 31 there will be a Chef Collaboration Dinner with Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar and Patrick Ward of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. A cocktail and appetizer reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m. This 7 course dinner with wine pairings will be held at the Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar, 841 William Hilton Pkwy, Unit A, South Island Square. Price is $80/per person with a 60 seat limit.

Don’t Miss the Hilton Head Island Seafood FestTwo of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen, Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker, will take a few lucky islanders on a 2 Hour Water Excursion at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2. The trip will include instruction on shrimping, oystering, clamming, and crabbing. Christopher and Matthew will demonstrate the skills required to “put food on the table”. After the work is done, guests will have their catch prepared at Hudson’s and will enjoy the fruits of their labor. Time might vary based on tide conditions. Pickup is at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, 1 Hudson Road. $35 per person includes a complimentary soft beverage or draft beer at the restaurant. Limited availability. Call Christopher at (843) 304-2878 to reserve.

Sunset “Omakase” a 10 Course Sushi Dinner Cruise Aboard the Tammy Jane will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2. Captain John navigates the picturesque waters surrounding Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Local oysters, fish along with favorites like sea urchin, lobster and more, will be served as the sun melts into the Intracoastal Waterway. Wine and sake will be provided by Ben Arnold Beverage. In case of inclement weather, the cruise will take place on Thursday, April 3. This event is extremely limited on space, so please reserve now. Picks up at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, HHI. 10 courses with wine and sake $140 per person. Call (843) 681-2772 x100 to reserve. Only 20 spots available!

Don’t Miss the Hilton Head Island Seafood FestOn Friday, April 4, several restaurants in the area will be serving up their specialties and other tasty cuisine from 5-8 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, HHI. There will be live entertainment by Deas-Guyz and a Kids Zone. Come enjoy great food, beer & wine, and dancing. Admission is $6. Free for kids under 10.

The Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, HHI. This family friendly event features area restaurants/chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine for purchase, live entertainment by The Headliners, a Kids Zone, a silent auction, famous crab races, and more. Participating restaurants include Alexander’s, American Culinary Federation, Black Marlin, Bluffton Oyster Co., The Chart House, Cool Breeze, The Crazy Crab, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Island Kettle Corn, The Old Oyster Factory, Pinot Gelato, Red Fish, Skull Creek Boathouse and Street Meet. Come prepared to dance! Admission is $6. Free for kids under 10. Food/beverages available for purchase.

Have fun and maybe we’ll see you there!


Late Night Diversions Around the Island

Whether you’re a resident of Hilton Head Island or you’re visiting the area, there are plenty of things to do on the island until late into the night. Some you may know about already, others you won’t. But we’re about to tell you about some of our favorite spots so why not take the time to go check them out while you’re here!

How to find real estate around Hilton Head IslandThe Hilton Head Comedy and Magic Club features nationally touring comedy-magicians and stand-up comedians five nights a week. Every Friday night, the showroom is home to the smash-hit BONK Comedy Show, as seen in Las Vegas and around the world. Bring your camera! Every Wednesday, in addition to our regular evening shows, we have a Special Matinee Family Show starring the Island’s favorite family magician Gary Maurer. Address: 18 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head.

Riptides is a sports bar by day and evening and a large concert hall/music venue by night. They have a full kitchen including pizza, wings, sandwiches and burgers which is open until closing at 2 a.m. Address: 95 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island.

When you're looking for Hilton Head real estateThe Jazz Corner is the South East’s premier jazz club and restaurant offering smooth and elegant jazz with gourmet dining in an intimate and relaxed environment nightly. Address: The Village at Wexford, C-1, Hilton Head.

Live Music at The Sea Pines Resort will be held Saturday, March 1 through Friday, May 30. Enjoy nightly music and dining at The Quarterdeck at The Sea Pines Resort. Featuring Mike Kavanaugh, Chris Jones and Jordan Ross!

Finding Hilton Head real estate dealsThe North Carolina Dance Theatre is the oldest professional ballet company in North Carolina. They feature classical, lyrical and contemporary ballet at its most graceful and breathtaking. Enjoying a national reputation for excellence, the company has toured extensively and appeared at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Tickets ($56) for the March 1 show can be purchased through the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. 843-842-2787

We hope you make the most of these events while you’re visiting Hilton Head Island. If you’re interested in selling or buying real estate on Hilton Head or want to talk about the real estate market in general, give Bill True a call at 843-384-9088 and we’ll get together.

10 Great Eateries on Hilton Head Island

With the 6th Annual Chamber Restaurant Week being held from January 25 through February 1 on Hilton Head Island it’s a great time to mention 10 great restaurants that are a “Must Visit” when you’re looking for somewhere to dine. From casual dining to restaurants offering 4 star service and food, and places offering the perfect nightcap, there’s sure to be exactly what you’re looking for. you’re looking for a great place to have breakfast or lunch check out A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant located on Palmetto Bay Road in Hilton Head. They are a kid friendly restaurant offering American, Low country, and Vegetarian meals. Menu includes Shrimp and Grits, Biscuit and gravy with egg, Charleston Special grilled flounder with cheddar grits cakes in a creamy tomato sauce and lots more.

A casual breakfast spot that the kids will love is Ray’s Café located at 40 Palmetto Pkwy, Hilton Head. Serving breakfast/brunch, sandwiches and subs, their menu consists of American foods. Be sure to order their Mickey Mouse Pancakes.

Palmetto Bay Sun Rise Café on 86 Helmsman Way Ste. 302, HHI serves up SouthernSoul and American fare. Menu listings include Eggs and Sides, Crab Cakes, Fried Green Tomatoes, Scrambled Eggs, & Fresh Fruit, Shrimp Hash with poached eggs, Stuffed French Toast and more.

Bill True real estate on Hilton Head IslandFor those craving Cajun and Creole food be sure to visit Kenny B’s French Quarter Café at 70 Pope Avenue, HHI. Expect delicasies like Crawfish etoufee and shrimp etoufee, Redfish etoufee, Gator Po’Boy, Crawfish Parade, Jean Lafitte, Soft Shell Crabs, and Fried Green ‘Maters found on their menu.

When you’re hungry for Sushi, Teriyaki and Japanese food stop by Fancy Q, at 435 William Hilton Parkway #G in Hilton Head where the staff goes above and beyond what you’d expect.  Menu delights include Fancy Q Roll and cucumber roll, ocean side, lucky lady, Hwy 17, Maggie roll, Lucky Dragon and Hawaiian Rolls, Nigiri, Shrimp Tempura Rolls and more.

Dining on Hilton HeadCharlie’s L’etoile Verte, 8 New Orleands Rd., Hilton Head, is the spot to go to enjoy a romantic evening dinner. They offer happy hour, have a wine bar and serve exceptional seafood and French cuisine. Menu items include Brie, Pate Maison, Scallops, Lump Crab and Remoulade, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, And Basil Pesto, Smoked Maine Seafood and more.

Bonefish Grill on 890 William Hilton Pkwy., HHI offers gluten-free items on their menu as well as kid friendly selections. Menu includes items such as Wagyu Beef And Ginger Dumplings, Bang Bang Shrimp, Edamame, Singapore Calamari, Ahi Tuna Sashimi, Mussels Josephine, Crab Cakes, and more.

Looking for something exceptional? Then visit Daniel’s Restaurant and Lounge, at 2 North Forest Beach, #107, Hilton Head. Offering Seafood, Steaks and Tapas this fine restaurant is gluten-free and kid friendly. Come enjoy live music, outdoor seating, free wi-fi and a menu that includes items like Naked Seared Tuna, Seared Scallop Lettuce Wraps, Goat Cheese Tortellini, Soup flight, Popcorn Chicken and more.

Hilton Head Island real estateWhen it’s Mexican food you’re craving come to Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill at 51 New Orlans Rd., Ste. 4 in HH and prepare to feast on south of the border cuisine. The menu includes Huevos Rancheros, Huevos Con Chorizo, Machaca, Egg & Bean Burrito, Chorizo Burrito, Machaca Burrito, Bacon, Egg & Cheese Burrito, Steak and more.

Why not end the evening with something sweet? Pino Gelato at 1000 William Hilton Pkwy, Ste. G1, HH offers desserts and ice cream. They have gluten-free items on their menu as well as Pino Gelato, Haggen Daz, Cold Stone, Baskin Robins, and more.

Whether you’re on Hilton Head to enjoy restaurant week or you’re here looking at Hilton Head Island real estate possibilities, Bill True can help. Give us a call or send a text to 843-384-9088 and let’s make arrangements to get together.