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Southern Living’s 6th Ranked Best Place to Retire

Bluffton is at it again! Whether you’re about to retire or still dreaming, Bluffton made it to #6 of Southern Living’s most recent list of Best Places to Retire. If living a slower pace of life, in “Lowcountry bliss” is your idea of a great retirement, Bluffton might just be calling your name! As a walkable city along the May River with easy access to historical sites, antebellum houses, and gorgeous scenery, you’re sure to fall in love with the small town coastal lifestyle.

But don’t just take our word for it… check out what Southern Living has to say about our favorite place on earth, right here in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Sips & Seafood by Crystal Lake

This past weekend, Bluffton Self Help celebrated their 30th anniversary in conjunction with the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival right here in Hampton Lake, at Crystal Lake. The evening was spent honoring the late founder Mrs. Ida Martin and her family as well as various community members who have helped Bluffton Self Help along the way. Gullah talented artist Amiri Geek Farris, was featured during the event, painting throughout the evening and donating his work in the live auction. Celebrity Chef Duo Matt and Ted Lee provided chef demonstration and recreation of a masterpiece crafted by chef Ryan McCarthy with Downtown catering. The goal of the event was to celebrate Bluffton Self Help and raise resources for the organization for thirty years of serving neighbors in need throughout our community.

We Love our Lowcountry…and so Does Everyone Else!

Conde Nast Traveler announced its coveted Reader’s Choice Awards and Hilton Head Island has been chosen as the #1 Island in the United States…again.

Last year the Hawaiian Islands of Maui and Oahu claimed the top two spots, but this year we’ve risen to the top of the list and we’re extremely proud to be chosen by thousands of savvy travelers and readers of one of the most trusted names in travel—Conde Nast.

As you know, in August we were also selected as the #1 Island in the Continental U.S. by Travel + Leisure, and honored to be the #2 Island in the World.

Both of these awards chosen by readers have tremendous brand value especially when you consider the competitive nature of the travel industry, and the numerous options today’s travelers have to choose from. This coveted third-party endorsement of our destination, from two of the most upscale media outlets in the marketplace, speaks volumes about the overall cachet and health of the Hilton Head Island brand.

It’s recognition that pays dividends for every resident and business in the Lowcountry.  Real estate, retail, restaurants, resorts, as well as businesses that cater to our local community all benefit from not only this award, but the numerous others received, and those that continue to be garnered by both Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.

Kudos to our members. It’s a collective and unified effort that makes awards like this possible. As the saying goes…a rising tide lifts all boats, and this award is one that will pay dividends for all of us. From a healthy resale value for your home to the community amenities we all enjoy thanks to our guests from around the world.

The full-page ad below will run in tomorrow’s Island Packet to reflect just how fortunate we are to live and work in the Lowcountry.

The last line of the ad says it best…There Really is No Place Like Home.


Bill Miles, IOM, CCE
President & CEO

Parkside Amenity


We are excited to announce that we are now well underway on the construction of the first phase of Hampton Lake’s next amenity center, Parkside! At the Town Hall meeting on April 5th, we revealed updated plans, amenity program details, expected completion timelines and renderings.

The first phase includes the completion of the Crystal Lake, a 4+ acre crystal clear swimming and activity lake with a white sand bottom. The lake will be fenced, surrounded by a 1/3 mile steel edged, plantation granite fine mix walking trail and will feature beach areas with seating and tiki huts. A section of the future permanent parking area will also be completed in the first phase. Our goal is to have a soft opening of this area by July 1st.

Once the Crystal Lake area is completed, we will move into the second phase with the design and completion of the sports courts featured on the plan. This includes 4 pickleball courts, 2 bocce courts, a basketball court and play field area. The anticipated completion date for this sports court area is mid to late Fall.  Based on sales pace, our hope is to start final design on the new pool facility, with a targeted opening of next Summer.

With the basketball court moving to Parkside, our plan is to improve the existing tennis facilities at Lakeside by converting the existing basketball court area into a 4th tennis court, as well as adding a shaded seating platform for viewing tournament play.  This project will start after we have completed the sports courts at Parkside sometime this Fall.

The final phase of Parkside will be the completion of a large playing field, rubberized 1/3 mile track surround the field, and the enclosed multi-purpose pavilion building with amphitheater stage and a catering kitchen. The timing of the final phase will be based on sales pace to include future sales in the Northern Sandhill Tract.

Hampton Lake’s Newest Custom Home Neighborhood Is Here

With last Fall’s initial Phase 3 release of properties now 78% sold, we are thrilled to announce the expansion of Phase 3 with the opening of 49 new preserve view and lakefront homesites. Included in this release are 22 homesites in an area called “The Peninsula.” Many of the lakefront properties will feature some of the longest water views in the community and a number of lakefront and preserve view properties contain Live Oak and other hardwood specimen trees. The setting is incredible and there are some truly spectacular views! These unique properties were released for sale on December 5th. With the pace of sales the fastest since the community opened in 2006, the opportunity to select the perfect site for your new home may disappear quickly. With financing options up to 90% and no timeframe to build, many families are choosing to secure their future now. Contact us today to learn more.

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Logan Homes Grand Opening

The VIP Grand Opening of the Lakeside Homes Collection by Logan Homes was held on the Friday, September 30th with a public grand opening on Saturday, October 1st. Conveniently located by the Lakeside Amenity Village, owners, realtors, and other guests stopped by to tour these beautiful homes and enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks!

Priced from the 600’s, the Admiral I and the Barton I are built by Logan Homes.  Both offer Lowcountry charm and contemporary design elements and are reminiscent of a simpler time. Thoughtfully laid out, these 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom homes offer the perfect blend of refined luxury and functionality. From an elevator to a fireplace with built-ins to a sunroom, options abound in these well-appointed homes. Carefully crafted to maximize storage and space, these two-story charmers are everything you want to call home!

Please contact us for more information.

The Endless Recreational Opportunities of Hampton Lake and the Lowcountry

If you’ve ever been frustrated with the recreational opportunities in your town, you’re not alone. Folks up North often envy the relaxed lifestyle of Southern living, while some Southern cities don’t offer enough excitement to meet the wants and needs of residents.

If you enjoy a bit of fun on the water, the Lowcountry is the place for you. Since Hampton Lake was created from scratch, it’s an ideal underwater habitat that provides resident with world-class fishing. These types of recreational opportunities are particularly beneficial for those in their golden years, which is why so many retirees choose Hampton Lake for their next move. Experts say that the happiest retirees engage in three to four activities regularly, while the least happy engage only one or two. Between fishing, swimming, boating, and walking along the water, there is no shortage of ways for retirees to stay healthy when living in Hampton Lake.

The vibrant community of Hampton Lake also makes it perfect for younger families. Members of Generation X account for 27% of all new home sales, and most of these home buyers look for a safe neighborhood to start and grow their family. Hampton Lake is like one giant family.

Parents can relax at Hampton Lake’s Cool Pool and enjoy their favorite beverage while kids splash away in the Adventure Lagoon. After you’re finished getting a golden tan, you can head over to one of the many world-class golf courses in the surrounding area. In fact, Myrtle Beach is known as the “Golf Capital of the World,” and South Carolina has more than 300 public and private golf courses in total. When you work up an appetite, take the family to Backwater Bill’s Grill or the Bluffton Oyster Co. for some of the best seafood on the East Coast.

It’s impossible to list all of Hampton Lake’s recreational opportunities, and new ones pop up every single day. There are community events, parades, cookouts, and every other fun activity you can possibly imagine. Experience everything this region has to offer with Hampton Lake vacations and start looking for a dream home in this one-of-a-kind community.

3 Incredible Benefits of Building a Dream Home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry

Some people prefer the loud hustle and bustle of big cities, while others prefer the quaint serenity of smaller towns. Most, however, prefer a combination of these qualities.

Of the few regions that walk the narrow line of big city/small town, South Carolina’s Lowcountry does so perfectly. Ideal for young families, retirees, and everyone in-between, this eclectic region is the place for building a dream home and starting life anew. Lakefront homes in the Lowcountry are some of the most sought-after in the country, and for good reason.

Between the relaxed lifestyle, endless amenities, and fun on the water, there’s no better place for building a dream home than the Lowcountry. It’s truly one of the only regions that can blend every aspect of a great American community. Here are three of the many reasons that so many people are building a dream home in this one-of-a-kind place:

  • Unique, vibrant community
    The Lowcountry’s appeal lies in its people. Charleston, SC was home to the first public college, the first museum, and the first playhouse ever in the U.S. For centuries, the Lowcountry community has not only upheld this legacy, but built upon it. It’s full of safe neighborhoods with like-minded people who respect one another and know how to have fun when it’s time to relieve some stress.
  • Amenities galore
    When moving into a new home, you need to make sure that there are fun things to do in the surrounding area. The Lowcountry is loaded with incredible recreational opportunities, and private communities in this area usually feature resort-style amenities for residents to enjoy. From private pools to fitness centers and outdoors amphitheaters, you can find some jaw-dropping amenities located within walking distance of your lake property in the Lowcountry.
  • Be a part of something special
    Building a dream home means nothing if it isn’t somewhere you can really call “home” for the rest of your life. Living in the Lowcountry is much more than a residence; it’s a way of life. Members of Generation X account for 27% of all new home sales, and young families find this region to be ideal for raising children. There are just over 40 million Americans age 65 and older, accounting for 13% of the population, and retirees clamor over land for sale in the Lowcountry. Regardless of your age or background, if you want to live somewhere special, the Lowcountry is the place for you.

If you’ve never been down to the Lowcountry, take a vacation there and experience all of this for yourself. After just a few hours, you’ll realize that there really is no other region in the U.S. that can quite compare to South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Here’s Why Relocating to Coastal South Carolina is the Best Decision You’ll Ever Make

Living in one place for your entire life can feel restrictive. Sometimes, you just want to follow your dreams and move somewhere special. If you’re looking for the perfect place to start a family, retire, or just get more out of life, you need to consider relocating to coastal South Carolina.

Although moving to coastal South Carolina is a great idea in general, there’s one particular region you should specifically consider moving to: the Lowcountry lake community. It boasts some of the most in-demand real estate in the world.

It’s almost impossible to list everything the Lowcountry has to offer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. Here are a few essential things that you should know about relocating to coastal South Carolina.

  • A true American community
    If you’re looking for a safe neighborhood in a vibrant community filled with like-minded people, look no further than the Lowcountry. South Carolina is known for its rich history, which its residents have inherited. Not only was Charleston, SC home to the first public college, it was also home to the first museum, and the first playhouse ever in the nation, as well.
  • Warm weather and fun on the water
    In a recent survey, about 81% of retirees cited good health as being the most important ingredient for a happy retirement. In coastal South Carolina, it’s never difficult for retirees to get in a little exercise. The Lowcountry is like one giant lakeside community, allowing its residents to stay active and enjoy life on the water. The ample opportunity to take advantage of these activities is one reason why the Lowcountry is ideal for people of all ages.
  • Pick a fun activity, any fun activity
    If enjoying a beautiful lake and beach isn’t your thing, don’t worry. You’ll also find plenty of other fun things to do after relocating to coastal South Carolina. From eclectic art districts to delicious seafood and wildlife preserves, there is never a dull moment in the Lowcountry. Plus, nearby Myrtle Beach is the “Golf Capital of the World.” In fact, the state of South Carolina has more than 300 public and private golf courses in total.

You deserve to spend the rest of your life in a place with infinite possibilities. Don’t settle on a new home until you find a region that will let you live life to the fullest. Take a trip down to the Lowcountry and experience everything coastal South Carolina has to offer.

3 Reasons to Find Real Estate In South Carolina for Retirement

In the United States today there are approximately 40 million Americans age 65 and older, who collectively make up about 13% of the population. Whether you’re approaching retirement age or are already part of that group enjoying the golden years of your life, it’s never too early (or late) to find the dream piece of real estate you’ve always wanted.

For many that means lake homes, while others prefer living in the Lowcountry where it’s a bit quieter. Whatever your particular preference, there’s a good chance you can find exactly what you’re looking for in real estate in the great state of South Carolina. Here are three general reasons for everyone to consider buying real estate and retiring to the Palmetto State.

  1. Weather: Painfully obvious, yes. But no list of this sort would be complete without mentioning perhaps the state’s greatest natural perk. Obviously, the precise kind of weather will depend on which part of the state you call home, but generally speaking you’ll be entitled to seven or eight months of warm weather. Even when the winter does come, it will be relatively mild compared to much of the country.
  2. Plenty to Do: The serene nature alone might be enough for you to enjoy for years to come, but for those who need things to do, South Carolina has plenty to offer. Those who are interested in history will find a lot of it here. For example, Charleston was home to the first public college, the first museum, and the first playhouse ever in the United States.

    Maybe golf is more your thing? You’re in luck because SC is home to more than 300 public and private golf courses in total, and Myrtle Beach is considered the Golf Capitol of the world!
  3. Relaxed Lifestyle: It might be hard to quantify, but it’s true what people say about the south being a little more relaxed than any other part of the country. In addition to be a little slower pace in general, there’s also less to worry about financially. The cost of living in South Carolina is about 7% lower than the national average.

If the beauty of South Carolina alone isn’t enough to attract you to the state, consider these other great reasons to retire here.

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