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Another Beautiful Heritage Classic!

Well, everybody, we’ve got to put away the plaid for another year, but what an amazing tournament the Heritage Classic was this year, and what a great story behind Jim Furyk’s win this year.  On the one hand, it would have been great to see Kevin Kisner, a native South Carolinian, win; but the chance to see a great player like Jim Furyk, winner of 17 PGA events, take the win in a playoff was amazing.  At age 45, Furyk proves he is still a contender for any event, and it will be great to see how his year plays out.

As many of you know by now, Furyk hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2010, and he won three that year… starting with the Heritage.  Is that a sign of things to come?  I have no idea.  But I do know that the course looked beautiful, the new clubhouse is amazing, and Harbour Town and Sea Pines is always going to be one of my favorite places in the world.

So what is next here in Hilton Head and the Low Country?

Hmmmm.  Sunny weather, blue skies, and our “snow birds” will be going home and our summer friends will be starting to arrive.  In the meantime, with the beautiful cool evenings and warm sunny days, there is still plenty to do here, and not just sitting on the beach.

When the weather is like this, I just love riding the miles and miles of bike trails both in Sea Pines and all over the island.  It’s not too hot, and literally, everything you could want can be reached by bike.  Now I won’t lie, to get from Sea Pines to Port Royal, you are going to be riding a while, but the chance to say that you rode the length of an island in bicycle is something to brag about for plenty of folks.  The best part?  With all the trails throughout the island, you don’t have to get worried about traffic.

Now is a great time to visit while the kids are still in school, and you never know what adventures can await you in this island paradise.  Heck, April and May are wonderful times to be here, and I can’t think of better place to be 12 months out of the year.


The Cold Shoulder? Not here!

I was talking with an old friend from New England this week and they were still battling the weather with the near-blizzard conditions they have had all winter and they joked that walking their dog or getting in a nice jog or walk before work was really hard to do when the wind was blowing 35 miles an hour, it was snowing sideways, and the wind chill was somewhere around 20 below.  I laughed with them and cringed at the thought of it, and later, after I got off the phone, I had to smile at how good we have it here on Hilton Head.

I mentally ticked off all the public parks we had on the island, then went and double checked myself.  We have a bunch of parks!  Of course, I knew that we have 13 public parks, seven of which offer recreational facilities like soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, and even skateboarding facilities, but to be honest, I had forgotten just how many we can enjoy.  This is in addition to the public boat ramps and the seven public beaches on Hilton Head.

Now, all of you know I love and make my home in Sea Pines, and I am certainly aware of Sea Pines Forest Preserve, and love it, but when you think about how unique it is, with the community gardens, the rookery for migratory birds, the ancient shell ring from the earliest settlers, and, of course, alligators; well, it is a very special place and we are blessed to have that kind of preserve here to share.

Then there is Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge on the causeway to our island home that encompasses nearly 4,000 acres of pristine salt marshes and tidal creeks and who knows how many different types of wildlife can be enjoyed on the miles of walking and biking trails.   I also regularly drive by the Audubon Newhall Preserve on Palmetto Bay Road, and it offers a unique look at the flora and fauna of this amazing place and reminds us of the natural beauty and diversity that we enjoy here.

By the time I was done daydreaming that day, all I could do was smile.  Despite the wide range of parks and preserves, public areas are a tradition here in the Low Country, and the best part?  Unlike my friend in the frozen Northeast, I will never have to shovel snow to go enjoy the parks here.

A Rich History

Hello friends!  A funny thing happened last week while I was meeting a new client.  We started talking about the history of Hilton Head, and boy, did they know it!  I had read Margaret Greer’s excellent book ”The Sands of Time, A History of Hilton Head Island” a while ago, but these good folks took so much of that knowledge and expanded on it and it was another beautiful reminder of the rich tapestry of the world here.  People have come to this island paradise in the Low Country of South Carolina for millennia, and it was one of the first places that the Europeans explored on the North American mainland.

Everybody knows that Columbus “discovered” the New World in 1492, but the Spanish explorers first set foot in the Hilton Head area (then it was considered part of Spain’s Florida colony) just a few years later, in 1526.  Native American people, such as the Cusabo and Yuchi tribes, have used this beautiful place for nearly 10,000 years.  I know why, too.  Just a ride through the majestic live oaks or a walk along the beautiful beaches can transport you to a better place. The wind blowing off of the Atlantic and the smell of the salt air?  I don’t know a better way to make a day great.

Another part of that fun history lesson I got the other day was the “back story” on the name Hilton Head.  Of course I know William Hilton was the captain who named it, but I learned that he was actually exploring Port Royal and used the bluffs of the island for navigational sightings.  These bluffs, or headlands, gave the island it’s name, and that was all the way back in 1663.  Captain Hilton lingered here for a week or more, noting the great soil, the fresh water, the beautiful coastal forests, and I can’t help but think that a part of him wanted to stay here, too.

What I find so telling is that Hilton Head has never been “undiscovered”.  It has been a part of the American life since before there was an America, and it has played a part in every stage of American history.  The broken pottery and shell midens of the early Native Americans that gave way to the tabby buildings of the Colonial period.  The Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Gullah culture of the African-American people of these barrier islands.  All these amazing parts of our country’s history were witnesses by this island.  In the last century, Hilton Head even contributed to coastal defense in the World Wars, to say nothing of the thousands of young men who have become Marines for this great nation across the sound at Paris Island.

Waking up each day in a place so rich in history, and so ingrained in the growth and beliefs of America, makes me proud to be a part of it, and even happier that others, like my friends this week, share that love of Hilton Head Island.

2012 Mid-Year Newsletters for Hilton Head are out!

I have posted the first half of 2012 mid-year newsletters for Hilton Head and Sea Pines.  The numbers are continuing the trend upward.  Go to market reports and read the latest most accurate information on Hilton Head Island and Sea Pines.

May 2012 sales numbers on Hilton Head Island–fantastic!

May numbers are still outpacing 2011.  On the island home sales exceeded last year by 21% and villa sales by 46%  WOW.  Sea Pines came in 7% ahead in home sales and 160% in villa sales.  WOW again!!!   The numbers don’t lie.  The market is growing stronger and demand is trending up.  I now have buyers who have given me their wish list and are waiting for the property that meets their criteria to come on the market.

April numbers in for 2012 on Hilton Head Island!

April home sales on the island were 22% ahead of last year and villa sales 48% of last year.   Sea Pines community was 47% ahead of 2011 and villa sales a whopping 275% ahead.  Sounds pretty fantastic to me.  Inventory is decresing…good news for the sellers.  Buyers better come on down to Hilton Head Island, SC and make a decision.

First Quarter 2012 Sales numbers looking good on Hilton Head Island!

Villa sales took off first quarter of this year.  Hilton Head Island was 11% ahead of last years first quarter.  Hilton Head home sales a bit slower coming in at 95% of last year.  Still very encouraging for the housing market on the island.

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