Bluffton, South Carolina, loved for its history, charm, and tradition – as well as new and classic homes for sale in luxury gated communities – is a Southern coastal retreat just over the bridge from Hilton Head Island. Renowned for its dramatic waterfront views, gracious living and undisturbed nature, Bluffton enjoys an unspoiled ecosystem, clear-running creeks and salt marshes brimming with bounty of the sea. Bluffton’s year round warm temperatures create an inviting atmosphere and with real estate offers are as diverse as the land itself, it has set itself apart from its more famous island neighbor.
It is said that all the best journeys lead back to home. I find that especially true with Hilton Head real estate. Over the years, I have worked with clients who, after vacationing here year after year, decided to purchase a condo, villa or home on Hilton Head. Some wanted to start small and upgrade later, while others knew exactly what they wanted, blazed a trail to find it, bought it, and never looked back. I am referring to clients who were still in their working prime, many of whom had small children in school in states across the country and were not yet ready to move. So, while they were not ready to retire or make the permanent move to the Island, they wanted to secure their spot. They realized early-on that they wanted to end up on Hilton Head and were passionate in their planning. With a mindful approach and a vision of the future, some kept their properties as true second homes, others as vacation homes and, still, others found it advantageous to place their property on the short-term beach rental market.
Your first time on Hilton Head Island: it wasn’t what you expected; it was so much better! It’s known as the Hilton Head Effect—and it is electrifying! For so many, those weekend visits to the Island turn into weeklong vacations, then a month, then summers, then, finally, a lifetime. Your desire for a home or villa on Hilton Head becomes reality. But it doesn’t just happen. It happens because you dream about it, you plan for it, you do your homework, you work with the right Realtor, and you are selective in your purchase decision. It happens because you make it happen, and when it all falls into place it is magical.
It’s time to turn inspiration into action! You’ve thought about purchasing a property on the Island, but are waiting for the right time. Now is the right time! Hilton Head homes, villas and lots currently for sale are hard to resist. Price points are still quite affordable and mortgage rates are low. What are you waiting for?
With the fantastic finds and hidden gems on the market, why not enjoy relaxed living at your own beach retreat. Each community offers its own collection of neighborhoods, each with its own design elements and character whether alongside the unspoiled beaches in Palmetto Dunes and Leamington, overlooking the grassy tidal marshes in Hilton Head Plantation, tucked among the towering live oaks in Wexford, offering long views of championship golf courses in Long Cove or a bird’s-eye view of the Harbour Town Yacht Basin in Sea Pines Resort. Hilton Head Island caters to a myriad of activities including miles of white sand beaches, island-wide leisure paths for walking or bicycling, equestrian pursuits at Lawton Stables in Sea Pines, yachting, tennis, boating—and, of course, fine and casual dining, and unique shopping.
When showing real estate to clients, I am often asked if I live on the Island and, if so, where; followed by, “Where did you move from?” and “How long have you been selling real estate?” My answers usually surprise them. I moved here on a lark in my 20s from Oklahoma (via the University of Texas at Austin) after visiting only once. Like so many friends and clients, I fell in love with the Island the moment my toes hit the sand. I’ve lived here for nearly 30 years and have been selling real estate for that long. Along the way, my wife and I have built many homes and have owned properties in various communities—North Forest Beach, Folly Field, Palmetto Dunes/Leamington and Sea Pines Resort to name a few. Gated or ungated, primary residences or investment properties, Island real estate is the difference between ordinary and exceptional.