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Spring is officially here! Freshly-planted flowers, newly-mowed lawns and brightly colored azalea blooms announce next week’s arrival of Hilton Head’s most famous event: the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament presented by Boeing, held each year in the lovely Sea Pines Resort.

hilton head golfTo be sure, spring is a wonderful time to be on the Island. Every year, the reawakening is a welcome respite from the long winter’s wrath (though our winters are typically quite tolerable with very few unseasonable temps). We have entered the time that second-home and villa owners block their calendars to be here, to play golf, to take long walks on the beach, to spend time with family and friends, to entertain, to shop, to dine out, to wind down….to escape. Showings for existing

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Bluffton’s Hampton Lake development, an upscale community located just 25 minutes from Hilton Head and convenient to both Savannah, GA and Beaufort, SC, is set to expand two parcels in the community’s western section, with construction on the 81-acre parcel commencing in February or March. It is expected that 135 new lots will be brought online, just as the issuance of new building permits have skyrocketed in the past year or so due to the depletion of housing inventory in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island. The desire and demand for new homes located in gated communities offering upscale amenities is a growing trend, and Hampton Lake intends to fill that need. Eventual plans call for the addition of 700 homesites to the 900-acre development. Named

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When you think of Hilton Head, you probably think of miles of white sandy beaches. No? Well, maybe world-class golf and the PGA Heritage Tournament every Spring. How about championship tennis, yachting, deep-sea fishing, nature trails, luxury resorts, beautiful homes and dreamy villas, nearly 150 restaurants, parasailing, Harbour Town, South Beach, amazing sunrises and sunsets, majestic live oaks, eco tours or dolphin-watching? Oh, I know what you’re thinking! Cycling!

It was the forethought of Charles Fraser who envisioned and oversaw the development of Sea Pines Plantation (now Sea Pines Resort) that the island be crisscrossed with leisure trails, bike paths and boardwalks. At the time, much of the island was still undeveloped and much had to occur

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Life events—from career choices to marriage, from having children and upsizing homes to adjusting to an empty nest, from retirement to downsizing again—all necessitate a considerable amount of preparing, organizing and arranging. Success doesn’t just happen; one must strategize, forecast, and calculate. Planning is everything; but enjoying the fruits of one’s labor and dedication must fall somewhere on the continuum. That is where a place at the beach comes into play. From summer escapes to lifetime destinations, there are properties for sale on HiltonHeadHomes.com that match your desires, needs and wants—close to the beach, in a gated community or a non-gated neighborhood, all with access world-class amenities.

If you are thinking about owning

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Well, of course, walls cannot talk—but they certainly make statements. So, what are your home’s walls saying about you? If they are screaming ‘been there, done that’, perhaps it’s time to plush it up a bit. The old adage of “it’s what’s inside that counts” underscores interior comforts and the livability of a home but omits the importance of a well-tended exterior. Your home is bilingual—interior walls speak one language; exterior walls speak another. It’s time to pay attention and listen to what the walls are telling you (and everyone else). Properties with appealing exteriors, manicured lawns, updated fixtures, fresh paint, and well-tended landscapes receive more showings and are perceived by potential purchasers as more attractive and interesting.

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hilton head yachtsReal estate is an ever-evolving industry. It is enduring, it is endearing and it is enticing. The power of the real estate market—in general and, more important, locally—cannot be understated. The last few years have brought about countless changes in our economy, our outlook and our lives. Some of the changes were anticipated; others were unexpected. Still, others were out of our control, put in place by politicians who did not have our best interests at heart. Naysayers prophesized that real estate would never come back and declared that money spent on real estate was money wasted. Sellers scrambled and buyers bargained. Distress properties were the primary topic of conversation from closed-door board meetings to open-air oyster roasts. Was real estate

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Beyond the spectacular views and aside from the miles of unspoiled shoreline, life on a barrier island has a certain allure. To be sure, it is unique—surrounded by water, bordered by pristine salt marshes and intersected by lagoons, tidal creeks and rivers. The big picture: it’s simple and authentic, warm and welcoming, relaxed and classic. The island’s traditional roots give it solid footing, but all the modern touches make it irresistible.

For the first-time visitor, Hilton Head harbors many enigmas. This world-class resort has no skyscrapers (no building is over five stories high, or as high as the tallest tree), we love our wildlife, our waters, and our ancient oaks and wild palms…and golfing is an obsession. A summer vacation destination for

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You’ve been coming to Hilton Head Island for years. In fact, you are a “regular.” You know the island’s secret fishing spots, can navigate the Sea Pines Circle without incident and you have your favorite hang-outs. Why, even some of the locals know you by name. You made an impression on the Island; moreover, the Island made its impression on you—for you actually consider Hilton Head to be your second home. Except that you have to rent a place every time you visit. Many of the vacation condos, homes and villas are quite nice, but maybe it’s time to consider purchasing a place of your own.

Your timing couldn’t be better! Hilton Head has long been ranked as one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations, and Parents Magazine recently ranked the

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Hilton Head oceanfront condos for sale skirt the Island’s 12-mile coastline and offer stunning views of the wide pristine beaches and waters of the Atlantic. Palmetto Dunes Resort offers three miles of shoreline and contains the majority of complexes, while the five-mile shoreline of Sea Pines Resort offers a wonderful selection as well. These plantations, as well as Forest Beach and Folly Field are known for their upscale amenities and uncommonly beautiful natural surroundings.

With the Island’s total of 12 miles of white sandy beach to cover, it might seem that there would be countless high-rise complexes towering over the dunes, each taller and broader than the last. That However, Hilton Head Island is serious about safeguarding its beaches and

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Lancaster Real Estate Sales Announces New Location and Expansion.

Lancaster Real Estate Sales has relocated its offices to the upper level of The Lancaster Building at 1032 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, S.C. According to Owners Randy Smith and Bill True, the building was constructed in the mid- 1950s and is an Island landmark. Changing the architectural integrity was not the preferred option, yet the company was growing and the upper level was an opportunity to take on the much-needed additional space to accommodate new agents. Smith, Broker-in-Charge and a University of Tennessee business graduate stated, “We have renovated the entire upper level to better compliment the standards by which we do business. The business landscape has

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