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When Del Webb dubbed the nearly ten-thousand-acre development nestled between the borders of Beaufort and Jasper Counties in the South Carolina Lowcountry Sun City, he was right on.

To summarize an amalgamation of resources into a simple definition, a ‘city is distinguished from other human settlements by its relatively great size, but also by its functions and activities’.

Inside the borders of this unique development there is so much going on that it would take several posts to this blog to do justice in describing them all. Just to enumerate the larger amenities creates an impressive list:

  • Three golf courses (two full-length, one executive):
    • Argent Lakes
    • Hidden Cypress
    • Okatie Creek
  • A twenty-acre lake (Lake Somerset)
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Sea Pine Forest Preserve

From the moment you enter The Sea Pines Resort Forest Preserve you have no doubt that you have arrived in a very special place.

Established in 1970 via special covenants filed by the Sea Pines founding family, Charles and Joseph Fraser, the Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a protected area for wildlife habitat and outdoor exploration. Since the very humble beginnings of a few hiking trails and resting enclaves, the preserve has grown to include bridle paths, wetland boardwalks, bridges and fishing docks.

This 605-acre parcel of land set aside by the developers of The Sea Pines Resort, features sand ridges, forests, wetlands and ponds, and an extraordinary field of wildflowers.

Sea Pine Forest Reserve entry

Having personally hiked and biked the natural, boardwalk and dirt

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hilton head island concours d'elegance logo

In 1997, when Paul Doerring established "The Cars at The Creek" in Moss Creek Plantation it was a show concentrated on the use of the ‘motor’ in automobiles. Paul Doerring’s dream brought together a few hundred auto aficionados that came to display their vintage automobiles and view those restored and displayed by their fellow enthusiasts. The Cars at The Creek was the direct ancestor of Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance.

Twenty-one years later Doerring’s low key (by comparison) dream has expanded to last ten days and take place in two states.

In 2018, the entire festival will last from October 26 thru November 4, 2018 and will celebrate the colorful history of all motoring experiences from motorcycles to airplanes.

An unbelievably

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lowcountry shrimp boil

Lowcountry dining has been an experience in healthy, nourishing, fresh foods for as far back as human history in the South Carolina Lowcountry can be traced, 8,000 BC.

shrimp and grits, lowcountry cuisineShrimp and Grits, probably the most popular and most consumed dish of the Lowcountry, has been being prepared in much the same way since the mid sixteenth century when it was introduced to the European settlers by the South Carolina coastal tribes of Native Americans.

We are not exactly sure when Native Americans devised the making of Grits from corn, but we do know that Indians were growing maize (an ancestor of modern corn) in South Carolina long before Vasquez de Ayllon, an official in Hispaniola, settled five-hundred colonists on the coast in 1526

Shrimp has been in the

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berkshire hathaway homeservices hilton head bluffton realty - bluffton office team

The Bluffton real estate market is growing---and so are we!

We are thrilled to announce the opening of a brand-new facility in downtown Bluffton, located on The Promenade in the Old Town historic district. You might say it’s about location, location, location.

Randy Smith, Broker/Owner:

We could not have selected a better location for our new office. The Promenade is the heart of Old Town. It’s all happening right here, right now, and we are excited to be a part of it. With access to architects, builders, legal professionals and others who support the real estate process, we know we are in the right place at the right time

Bill True, Owner/Broker:

Bluffton is one of South Carolina’s fastest-growing communities. This expansion into the…
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moss creek entry sign

When you first research living in South Carolina’s Lowcountry you are immediately confronted with the amazing number and diversity of activities available to residents and visitors. Trip Advisor lists twenty-five. Well some of them are not for everyone, like extreme watersports.

water jet pack, near Moss Creek, SCThe extreme activity depicted on the right is called Water Jetpack Riding and yes, it is available as a recreation activity in the Bluffton-Hilton Head Island area. Not within the confines of the Moss Creek community but within a twenty-minute drive.

The amazing thing about Moss Creek is that within the borders of this one-thousand-acre gated community are so many of the sports, interests and pastimes sought after by people of every age group and background.

I will

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Sensing History

One of the most powerful experiences of being a northerner transplanted to the Lowcountry is the sensation that history is somehow merged into and an integral part of our everyday activities.

This may be due to the fact that there are remnants of yesterdays throughout the Lowcountry, that we pass every day, and researching those remnants is so available that a question as to a church, building or a tree can be answered before one puts one’s head on their pillow for the night

Old Town Bluffton is one of those mixed environments that entice the observer to learn more.

Bluffton is a lot older than one thinks

I, of course, was driven to take my discovery efforts back to the very beginnings of Bluffton being populated and

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A Concept Becomes A Reality!

In 2002, Toll Brothers launched the ambitious development of Hampton Hall on the 1,000 plus acres in Bluffton, off what is now Buckwalter Parkway.

Their plan called for almost one thousand homes on magnificently landscaped grounds surrounding an 18-hole golf course designed by Pete Dye, with its own clubhouse featuring all the amenities and facilities a golfer could wish for.

But the planners wanted to offer more than just a golf community to families of all ages and size, it was important to offer activities for diverse tastes and age groups.

Thus, the master plan included, within the development, a 17-acre Community Life Common featuring an activity center situated on a lake; a health and fitness center with

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history of tennis on hilton head island, sc

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know the history of tourism, recreation and retirement on our piece of paradise known as Hilton Head Island, that tennis was launched as a serious participant in the menu of sports activities at Sea Pines Plantation.

Originally, Charles E. Fraser, the developer of Sea Pines Plantation included courts as another recreational amenity like golf, fishing, biking and kayaking. That all changed in 1971, fifteen years after Fraser offered up his plans for the spectacular community and resort, which included the fledgling Sea Pines Racquet Club.

In that year Stan Smith—the top-ranked player in the world—joined The Sea Pines Resort as its touring pro, lending enormous credibility to the fledgling racquet club.

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One of the many attributes of the marvelous South Carolina Lowcountry that visitors and new residents of the area find fascinating is the area’s history.

You can stroll down the lanes of large and small communities, drop into a fifty-year-old restaurant or spend a few hours inside a 177-year-old home. Once in this residence you will experience the culture and history of Bluffton, from inside one of the few structures left standing after the end of the Civil War.

For those who enjoy ‘feeling’ history, visiting some of the historic sites in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island, the experience is sometimes a bit surreal, like being transported back in time 100, 200 or even 300 years.

Now let your imagination run a little wild and envision living in a

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