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Bluffton - Hilton Head IslandCoastal South Carolina
Hilton Head Island is one of America’s most popular outdoor playgrounds, one of the best places to live South Carolina, and is the birthplace of master planned communities. Bluffton is located on the mainland, just over the connecting bridge. Hilton Head has twelve miles of pristine public beaches surround the five-mile-wide island, and its beaches are pet friendly. Bicycles are more popular on the island than cars with over 100 miles of designated bicycle trails weaving around the island and along the beaches. Hilton Head has been certified as a Bicycle Friendly Community.
Golf and water sports dominate the activities in the Low Country of South Carolina. Established Low Country real estate and new South Carolina coastal communities and shopping establishments continue to be built on the mainland in Bluffton, off U.S. Route 278. Along the waterfront downtown, nicknamed Old Town Bluffton, the streets are lined with eclectic art galleries and trendy restaurants. The Colleton and May Rivers blend gently around Bluffton, leading out to the Atlantic Ocean. The large tide fluctuations reveal intriguing oyster beds changing the scenery every few hours. Here's a quick look at the Bluffton real estate pricing trend over the last two years:
MORE ABOUT BLUFFTON - HILTON HEAD ISLAND:
Bluffton and Hilton Head Island are located approximately 30 miles north of Savannah, Georgia. On the opposite side of Bluffton, Charleston is located 90 miles to the north. Bluffton is one of the fastest growing areas in the Low Country and considered one of the best places to live in South Carolina. The year-round population is about 50,000 people but rises by about 600% during the summer months, increasing traffic dramatically on the U.S. Route 278 corridor.
The Low Country is a nature lover’s paradise surrounded by saltwater marshes and beautiful wildlife. Sightings of bottle-nosed dolphin, great blue heron, and white-tailed deer are common. Championship golf community homes and Bluffton waterfront homes in South Carolina coastal communities are plentiful. Let us know if you’d like to receive a Bluffton Hilton Head Island Relocation Package.
If you're searching for places to retire in South Carolina, here are reasons to consider Bluffton real estate:
ARTS AND CULTURE:
The Society of Bluffton Artists, nicknamed SOBA, is located in Old Town Bluffton. The center offers art classes and rotates art exhibits monthly. The May River Theatre hosts off Broadway performances at the Ulmer Auditorium. Members of the USC Beaufort Osher Lifelong Learning Institute ( OLLI ) have access to discounted Metropolitan Opera tickets at the Historic Beaufort Campus Center For The Arts. OLLI has more than 1,400 members in Beaufort. This region is one of the best places to live South Carolina
At an elevation of 25 feet, Bluffton’s average winter temperature is 50 degrees. The average summer temperature is in the 70‘s. Hurricanes are Bluffton and Hilton Head’s biggest weather hazards. The last hurricane to hit the island was Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
LIFELONG LEARNING EXPERIENCES:
The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers an extensive list of year-round courses designed for mature adults through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. One of their campuses is located on Hilton Head Island. Offerings include intriguing lectures, hands-on creativity courses and interesting field trips.
The Technical College of the Low Country offers life enrichment courses in photography, writing, computer skills, and social media. The New River Campus is located in Bluffton SC.
Retirees searching for Low Country real estate will find South Carolina's law provides tuition exemption for residents 60 and older for classes taken at state colleges (nominal fees may apply). Seniors can generally take any class offered, but many colleges also have specialized senior learning programs.
MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE:
Beaufort Memorial Hospital is a 197 bed hospital affiliated with Duke University. The hospital is the largest hospital between Savannah and Charleston, SC. Specialties include cancer care, heart services, orthopedics, women’s health and imaging.
Naval Hospital Beaufort consists of the hospital and two Branch Medical Clinics - one at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Parris Island and the other at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Beaufort.
Hilton Head Hospital won the 2011 Gold Performance Achievement Award for extraordinary heart care. Their specialties include cardiac care, spine surgery, orthopedics, women's health, surgical services, and a dedicated breast health center,.
Coastal Carolina Hospital is a new hospital in Hardeeville, due west of Bluffton. The facility is home to the Center for Hyperbarics and Wound Care, emergency care, imaging, rehabilitation, surgical services and more.
As a golf Mecca, the Bluffton-Hilton Head area is home to more than 70 golf courses, many are open to the public. Pet-friendly beaches and water sports are what Hilton Head Island is most known for. Kayaks, paddle boards, and jet skis are the most popular water toys. Thrill seekers can easily find parasailing and zip lines to raise their heartbeat. Avid saltwater fishermen can venture off into the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean for Spanish mackerel and sharks. Nature lovers have miles and miles of saltwater marshlands and slow-moving waterways to explore the Low Country’s natural habitats and protected wildlife. The Low Country is an outdoor playground and one of the best places to live in South Carolina.
SHOPPING AND DINING:
Hilton Head Island has more than 250 restaurants and 29 shopping centers to choose from. Old Town Bluffton is home to 16 tasty Mom & Pop style restaurants serving up southern charm. Menus feature fresh local seafood including shrimp, blue crab, and oysters. On the mainland, Tanger Outlets Mall is Bluffton’s most frequented shopping complex, home to 85 brand name outlet stores. Big box stores are also easily accessed in Bluffton.
HOME AFFORDABILITY AND TAXES:
Bluffton homes for sale average $200k. Hilton Head Island homes for sale average $320k. This Low Country real estate is located in Beaufort County, which in 2012 the estimated real estate tax millage rate was.0038 per $100. If you live within the city limits, the 2012 estimated real estate tax is .0053 per $100. Visit our library to find help and to learn how to calculate property taxes in Beaufort County, North Carolina. The crime index for the Bluffton area per City-Data.com was 646.60, more than double the national average. This may make gated communities more appealing. We're not sure why City Data is no longer tracking these statistics in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. If you're searching for places to retire in a South Carolina gated community, there are a number of championship golf communities and riverfront neighborhoods we find of interest.