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audubon international logoDecember 27, 2017 was an auspicious day for the town of Hilton Head Island and the very satisfying culmination of three years of intensive effort on the part of many officials, staff members and volunteer residents.

On that day, Audubon International certified the Town of Hilton Head Island as the First Public Audubon Sustainable Community in South Carolina. This award demonstrated the outstanding achievements and dedication to planning for a sustainable future.

What is the Audubon Sustainable Communities Program?

The Sustainable Communities Program (SCP) is an international, science-based, third-party certification program that guides communities through a customized journey to become healthy and vibrant places in which to live, work, and play.

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historical image, lowcountry rice fields, south carolina

Crops Change to Meet the Demand of a Growing Local & US Population

When we think of crops we generally conjure up a field of wheat, barley, corn, asparagus or any other edible plant grown on a farm. However, the Advanced English Dictionary fortunately gives me more latitude in its definition: “A cultivated plant that is grown commercially on a large scale.”

For thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans on the shores of South Carolina, Native American farmers in the region, cultivated corn, beans and squash. However, after the colonization of the area by those immigrating from Spain and Great Britain, the crops became “what made the most money,’ as opposed to ‘what tasted good and was nourishing’.

South Carolina, favored with climatic

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hilton head island, sc aerial photoFor those of us that have the good fortune to live in the Hilton Head Island – Bluffton region of the South Carolina Lowcountry, our reality is somewhat surreal. Our weather is ideal, with an average year-round temperature of 65.6 degrees, the most inviting beaches on the East Coast, and we are surrounded by waterways and twenty-nine tournament-grade golf courses. Is it any wonder that eight of the ten top employers on Hilton Head Island are tourism industry related?

This is a recent change in the cultural and economic characteristics of the region. So, let us journey back in time to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and try to visualize our

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hilton head island beach driftwood

Creatures began arriving on Hilton Head over two and one-half million years ago.

When I set about developing this article on Hilton Head Island’s other than human population of creatures and critters and their introduction to the Lowcountry, I had no idea of the dimension of the objective.

I first learned that the Island itself evolved in two distinct segments. The north end of the island is a sea island dating to the Pleistocene epoch, a period begun 2,580,000 years ago. The south end is a barrier island that appeared as recently as the Holocene epoch, an era that began when the Pleistocene epoch ended, some 11,700 years ago. Broad Creek, which is a land-locked tidal marsh, separates the two halves of the island.

So, when I started

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When I have the opportunity to be on a beach, particularly an ocean beach, I find my thoughts drifting to the history of that piece of land. I cannot help but visualize the various people and cultures that were in the same place that I am, on that surf pounded bit of sand, thousands or hundreds of years ago. This is one of the factors that contribute to my being a true beach lover.

I am a very fortunate beach aficionado in that I reside in the South Carolina Lowcountry, in a town called Bluffton, less than a half-hour drive from the most spectacular island one can imagine, Hilton Head Island.

With twelve miles of magnificent beaches along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, there is a lot of opportunity to meander throughout millennia and imagine the

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Benefits of a 1031 Tax Deferred ExchangeIRS Section 1031 states, "No gain or loss shall be recognized on the exchange of property held for productive use in a trade or business or for investment, if such property is exchanged solely for property of like-kind which is to be held either for productive use in a trade or business or for investment."

Plainly put, 1031 exchanges allow investors to defer capital gain taxes as well as facilitate significant portfolio growth and increased return on investment. A 1031 exchange allows an investor to sell a property, to reinvest the proceeds in a new property and to defer all capital gain taxes.

What is Like-Kind Property?

What is considered like-kind property? The IRS does not limit this to certain types of real estate. Rather, the term refers to

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ACE Basin - Hilton HeadHilton Head Island, bordered by the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, Calibogue and Port Royal Sounds has a deep and broad history in its land—as well as in its neighboring waters, forested wetlands, fresh, brackish and salt water tidal marshes, barrier islands, and pine and hardwood uplands.

The Ashepoo, Combahee and South Edisto (ACE) Basin, consisting of approximately 1,000,000 acres of diverse habitats along the South Carolina coast, represents one of the largest undeveloped estuaries in the United States.

After centuries of agriculture, timber harvest, and construction of managed wetlands, this large section of the state has been spared from commercial and residential development. A model for conservation throughout the country, the ACE Basin Project

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Hilton Head real estate - coastal sunsetWhile all real estate is local, as the saying goes, "local" does not accurately describe the Hilton Head Island real estate market. We are local, of course, but our boundaries are not limited to the geographical limitations of the island's landmass.

Hilton Head Island appeals to a diverse and sophisticated buyer whose interests go beyond simply seeking a home or villa in a luxury market. That said, the Island's physical size and limited number of properties further define it as a niche market with a limited number of prospective buyers seeking treasures in the form of luxury homes, beachfront mansions, family homes, beach bungalows, condos, villas, and lots on which to build a dream home down the road.

Discover the Best in Hilton Head Real Estate

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The Hilton Head Island real estate market is defined as a luxury market.  However, the definition of luxury in our market is not solely identified by a pricing structure, age, condition, finish or square footage of the property, land value, lot size, the neighborhood in which the home or villa is located, or even amenities of the community. Luxury is all around us; our real estate market is a mere product of our environment.

If you look at it from a wider perspective, it's the life that we are afforded in this sultry and salty South Carolina Lowcountry that makes our properties luxurious. It's about the good life we live here on the coast—from quiet sunrises on the beach, to the grassy footpaths and shaded leisure trails that wind through the majestic

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If you know me, you know I am not a “tell-all”---but I do want to introduce you to the “who’s who” of Hilton Head.
Hilton Head’s Friendliest Resident: The Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin.  These guys are intelligent, charming and playful. Easily identified by their short, stubby beak and gray upper body (it’s pale or pink underneath), they are typically 6 – 12 feet long and weight anywhere from 300 – 1400 pounds. Their curved mouths give the appearance of a permanent smile---but don’t get too close, they have 80 – 100 cone-shaped teeth which they use to trap their prey and then swallow it whole!

Hilton Head Bottlenose Dolphin

Dolphins are not involuntary breathers (as we humans are), so they must consciously come to the surface to breathe air. This means they can never fully sleep

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