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 forkandfun.com 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.

http://www.billtrue.com/hilton-head-islandWhen 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.

 

Hilton Head is About So Much More than Just Golf

You probably already know that Hilton Head attracts the worlds’ top PGA Tour Pros each spring when the Sea Pines Plantation hosts the Verizon Heritage Golf Classic. Sea Pines is proud of that and that’s certainly understandable. With over 25 courses on Hilton Head Island, there’s no shortage of places where you can work on your game. But when the VHGC comes around, if you’re not playing in it, chances are you’re on the sidelines watching the greatest pro golfers do what they do best.

Tennis
Hilton Head real estateGolf isn’t all that Hilton Head is about — not by a long stretch. The area is equally well-known for its world class tennis. This just seems to be a paradise for those who want to pursue an active lifestyle. We have the finest facilities anywhere along the East coast — few areas can compare to Hilton Head Island. Marquis tennis training camps include the Stan Smith Tennis Academy at Sea Pines Plantation, and the Van Der Meer Tennis Center.

Water Sports
Being in close proximity to the ocean and the beachfront means easy access for those that own boats. We have homes with docks as well as having a large marina on Hilton Head. Water sports of all types can be had here. Besides fishing charters, dolphin watch cruises and kayaking, plenty of people take advantage of the opportunities for windsurfing, skiing, parasailing, paddle boarding, and jet ski rental.

Live Theatre
Hilton Head Real Estate for SaleThe Hilton Head area is rich with arts and culture. Live theatre such as the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Main Street Youth Theatre, May River Theatre Co., Inc. and South Carolina Repertory Company all offer live theatre productions. Dance performances and training can also be found at the Hilton Head Dance School/Theatre, Bluffton School of Dance, Main Street Youth Theatre and May River Theatre Co., Inc.

Live Concerts
Live Hilton Head concerts performed by groups in the local area include the sounds of orchestra, men and women’s choral groups, bluegrass, gospel and a variety of guitarist, pianist and vocalists regularly are a part of the venues. The Barbershoppers of Hilton Head are a male chorus and quartets of barbershop style singers who enjoy singing a cappella harmony. Hilton Head Shore Notes is an extraordinary group of women who gather together to sing 4-part a cappella harmony.

Finding Hilton Head Real estateThe well-known Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra offers matinees and evenings of musical delight to the Island’s locals and visitors. Address: 2 Park Lane, Suite 300/301, Hilton Head Island.

As you can see there’s so much more on Hilton Head than just the golf we’re so famous for. Why not come and see for yourself. We’d be happy to show you around, especially if there’s specific real estate you may be interested in.

6 Top Reasons Why Retirees Prefer Living on Hilton Head Island

If you were to survey people that live on Hilton Head Island you’d likely find that a very large percentage of them relocated here after they retired. The majority of those people vacationed here with their families many times throughout the years. It’s during those years that they discovered why Hilton Head Island was the place they wanted to spend their retirement years and following are the top reasons in no particular order.

Hilton Head condos for sale1. Listed as one of the world’s best golf resorts, Hilton Head Island attracts retirees from around the world with its more than 25 championship golf courses.

2. The 12 miles of sandy beachfront is a big reason why many retirees come here to retire. From its calming presence to a venue to regularly exercise on, the beach is just good for the soul.

3. Unlimited water sports area available when you live right on the ocean. From fishing to sailing, jet skiing to paragliding, and kayaking and canoeing at a leisurely pace.

Where to find Hilton Head condos for sale4. The Ocean salt water is very therapeutic and living by it promises retirees better health. For many retirees, this is the first time they’ve ever been able to relax.

5. Captivatingly long and wide panoramic ocean views providing sensational outdoor entertaining and social gatherings of any size.

6. Temperate weather with mild winters and tropical summers await.

Actually, the list could go on and on because the more people we talk to the more reasons we’re given that people chose to relocate here. We live here so we now how special it is. Surely the plentiful real estate and affordable prices is what sealed the deal for many of these retirees. Considering the many maintenance free Hilton Head condos for sale, it’s not too hard to see why they’re appealing to people that have spent their entire adulthood caring for their own property and all that entailed. By the time people reach retirement age they’ve earned the right to stop working if they so choose to, and that includes all the work the property they’ve been living in has involved.

If you want to look at what’s available so you, too, can consider relocating to Hilton Head Island when you reach retirement age, just give Bill True a call at 843-384-9088 and he’ll be happy to talk with you about how to find the ideal property you may be looking for.

TEARDOWNS, FIX-UPS AND NEW CONSTRUCTION IN SEA PINES

     

Beach Club in Sea Pines

Beach Club in Sea Pines

So you want to live on an Island (or at least buy a property to enjoy until you can move here)?  How cool is that!  Well, it’s pretty hot, actually.  I’ll explain.  If you haven’t driven around Sea Pines lately, you haven’t seen the new homes under construction or the major renovations to existing homes going on.  The weather was so pretty this past weekend (sunny, 65 degrees), and my wife and I were bicycling around Harbour Town and down toward South Beach.  Huge new spec homes were going up.  Spec homes!  This activity represents a real turn in real estate on the island.  Spec building means the demand is there, and these homes are going under contract prior to completion.  Why? Even as prices are strong, rates are still low.  Make way for pent-up demand.  That’s a fact and there is no exclamation point needed.  I don’t have a crystal ball, but I have been selling real estate in Sea Pines and all over the Island for over 28 years and this kind of building activity hasn’t taken place since 2007.  The number of building permits tells the story.

 

 At over 5,000 acres, Sea Pines Resort is the largest gated community on Hilton Head Island….there is always a construction project to be found, from interior upgrades to exterior modifications and additions.  Even in lean times there are people are buying and selling homes, condos and lots in Sea Pines.  However, the high-end, beach-oriented new home construction was sparse for many years. Spec building was risky.  People were quite content with purchasing an existing home or villa and loving it as it was.  To be sure, wise purchases never go out of style.  It doesn’t have to be a showboat to be a great property. The times are changing, though. Many of the great location properties are tired, so we are beginning to experience the “in with the new, out with the old” scenario.  The teardowns on great lots are disappearing.  The time is now to call it your own.  Call me on my cell phone at 843.384.9088 for more information.

 

Sunrise on the Cay

Sunrise on the Cay

SEA PINES HOMES FOR SALE: OUT OF THE ORDINARY, ALWAYS IN STYLE!

Five Miles of Pristine Atlantic Ocean Beach

Five Miles of Pristine Atlantic Ocean Beach

Whether you are looking to upsize or downscale, look no further than the property listings for Sea Pines homes for sale on BillTrue.com.  Little surprises and beautiful details from expansive decks with amazing water views and private backyard docks to ocean-inspired open-air porches and wide French doors opening out onto luxurious lawns and fantastic pools, and well-appointed homes at price points on landmark streets you might not expect to find. Express yourself in the island home you have been dreaming of and live your dream NOW.  From sprawling oceanfront homes to chic cottages and beautiful family homes on wooded lots, we have it all from new construction to casual and chic summer retreats and winter hangouts.  

Sea Pines Resort is famous for its unfussy and understated luxury homes, but its championship golf (the resort offers three world-class 18-hole courses, including Harbour Town Golf Links) and award-winning tennis (over 100 courts) put it on the map.  Or, maybe, it was the 5 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beach, golden marshes, tidal creeks or the wide, sweeping waterway known as Calibogue Sound.  Perhaps it was the expansive nature preserves or top-rated equestrian facilities—or miles of bike trails, unique wildlife, array of water sports, famous marinas (Harbour Town and South Beach), great shopping or fine and casual restaurant—or year-round mild climate.  Whatever matters to you, we have it here.

The new year always brings a fresh perspective—the jumpstart necessary to move forward on a dream or passion set aside during the holidays.  Choose a new direction on a familiar path.  Hilton Head Island and Sea Pines Resort are synonymous with beautiful surroundings, friendly people and homes that are out of the ordinary, but always in style!

Sea Pines Resort - Harbour Town

Sea Pines Resort – Harbour Town