Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Why Do I Love Hilton Head Island?
I moved to Hilton Head almost 19 years ago when I was hired as a tennis pro at the Sea Pines Racquet Club right after college. As a tennis pro, Hilton Head Island was (and is) the premiere location in the United States as there are over 300 tennis courts with 4 tennis resorts included in Tennis Magazine's Top-50 Resorts list each year.
The ambiance of the Island coupled with the fact that so many happy people reside and vacation here make life on the Island very appealing. Aside from the miles of incredible beaches, the purest green fairways you can imagine, and the thousands of tennis balls smacked back and forth, one of my greatest and most comforting pleasures of being a resident is when I see a friend, customer, past tennis student, or acquaintance at the grocery store or post office. To live in a "big city" means rarely seeing folks that you know out and about, but on Hilton Head Island, it often feels like the small town of Mayberry with an international magnetism.
After 14 years as a tennis pro, I decided to take the next step in my life to pursue a career in residential real estate on Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, Bluffton, Hardeeville, and Ridgeland, South Carolina.
Hilton Head Island is truly the gem of South Carolina while Daufuskie Island is our version of Gilligan's Island with its unpaved roads, lush tropical climate and surroundings, and a unique exclusivity due to the fact that you can only get to Daufuskie Island by boat. You would be amazed at the oceanfront opportunities you'll find on Daufuskie Island!
Bluffton is a fast-growing small town which offers a tremendous variety of community styles, homesites, townhomes, villas, and new communities such as Tradition, Mill Creek, Hilton Head Lakes, and Abbey Glen just to name a few. Bluffton is also the proud host of several very exclusive gated country club communities such as Colleton River Plantation, Belfair Plantation, Berkeley Hall Plantation, Hampton Hall Plantation, Hampton Lake, and Hampton Pointe.
Hardeeville and Ridgeland are two sleepy small towns with healthy growth planned over the next several years and offer opportunities for large parcels of land at minimal pricing. This is appealing to many buyers as these two towns are within 25 miles of the coastline!
Over the past several years as a REALTOR, I have researched and learned a tremendous amount of vital information pertaining to Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry including coastal insurance, property taxes, rental issues, construction materials, quality builders, and of course the ebb and flow of our local real estate market.
As a young tennis pro, many of my tennis students asked me "Where do you go on vacation"? My response has always been the same: my vacation is on-going and is part of every day on Hilton Head Island. If you have a tennis racquet and a can of balls, a set of golf clubs, a pair of walking or running shoes, a beach chair and sunscreen, a pair of sunglasses, a love for boating & fine dining, and an interest in experiencing the great outdoors, then Hilton Head will offer you a lifetime of vacation memories every day you wake up.
Because of my infatuation for all things Hilton Head, I feel very lucky to be a realtor on Hilton Head Island where my job requires me to assist future residents and/or investors in choosing their dream home.
I'd love to hear other stories of Hilton Head Island and what the Island means to you!