When considering Hilton Head Island real estate, different things come to mind for different people. As an avid fisherman and lover of the outdoors, I came to know the island over 30 years ago on my boat and, more recently, in my kayak. An absolute understanding of the island can be garnered quietly, peacefully, still. One with nature, you might say.
Selling real estate on the Island has been my passion for nearly three decades. Many things have changed during that time, yet much has remained the same. People love Hilton Head for the same reasons that brought me here. The weather and the water. Yes, of course, golf, tennis, outdoor activities, equestrian pursuits, fine restaurants, beautiful homes, great schools, entertainment and the arts are all part of the equation—but the weather and the water are why we stay.
• Bring the outdoors in (or take the indoors out). With designs in mind for four seasons, homes in the Lowcountry often have open-air living areas. Our weather is consistently consistent—tropical breezes, warm temperatures even in the dead of winter, live oaks and palmettos rustling, providing shade with a natural canopy. Different from a lanai that is usually covered, glassed-in or screened, the open-air living areas are more of an extension of the home, usually a terrace, stone or wood that is easily accessible from the main living area of the home via multiple French doors. Often, a sculptured pool with beautiful stone decking and a fire place (tabby, of course) flank the area. Think: the weather is beautiful, wish you were here.
• The unspoiled shoreline. Seven beaches stitched together in a seamless fashion comprise our foot-shaped Island’s 20-mile shoreline as it meanders from South Beach (The Toe) in Sea Pines Resort to the northern tip of Hilton Head Plantation (The Ghost Beach). In between these two anchor beaches lie Bird Haven, The War Beach, The Tempest, Bass Head and Long Beach. Each of the surf and tide-washed beaches is wide, hard-packed and strewn with shells. Perfect for play, strolls or long bike rides, our endless summers begin here with the classic coastal colors set amidst one of the most unique and beautiful islands in the world.
So, when considering a place on the Island, remember why you came to love it. Incorporate the weather and the water into your everyday routine. Make it your own!