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HOUSE HUNTING ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Posted by Bill True on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 2:17pm.

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 countless visitors, a lifelong dream for others, and a fabulous place to call home for all that seize the opportunity. New, high-finish homes sit alongside older beach cottages and family homes dot the shaded streets. Villas and condos turn weekend retreats into extended escapes.

With so many options—gated communities, non-gated communities, resorts, plantations—it is, at first, a daunting task. It need not be. Do you prefer the ocean or deep water views? What about an emerald fairway view or a wooded, private area? Do you prefer yachting to tennis? Golfing to fishing? A health spa to an oceanfront clubhouse? Are you wanting to move to the island or are you thinking about a second home? Investment properties and vacation rentals are very often an over-looked option for purchasers who wish to own but aren’t ready to move. And, of course, pricing considerations must be part of the equation. Once you have narrowed your focus, the rest falls neatly into place—and the team of professional Realtors at Lancaster Real Estate Sales are there to guide you along the way.

Today’s real estate buyer is more than likely going to begin the search online, rather than meandering about the island looking for yard signs (which, by the way, are not allowed within gated communities!). To start, the online process is much more streamlined. Saving your favorites on HiltonHeadHomes.com and signing up for alerts will ensure that you are always in the loop. House hunting on Hilton Head is easier than ever before!

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