It’s been a year since we moved from Charlotte, NC – a metropolitan area of 2.4M with all its hustle and bustle to Bluffton, SC – a metropolitan area of approximately 223,278 – “The Lowcountry!” So, why The Lowcountry, you might ask. I thought I’d tell you a little about our town – the town/area that I love so much.

We started vacationing on Hilton Head Island back in October, 2004. Up to that point, we had made  several trips to Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. I can’t remember where we stayed, but it was a resort. And, being October, it was cold and there weren’t hardly any people on the beach.

After that, I wanted to start going to the beach more, and something kept drawing me back to Hilton Head Island. I’m not sure what it was – the beauty, the trees, the solitude, the biking paths, the marshes? What was it? It seemed like most  everything was behind the trees. (Somewhere along the line, I learned Bluffton and Hilton Head were planned that way many years before – maybe that’s why I loved the beauty of the area so much.) Somewhere around 2016 we started coming a couple of times a year and staying for 3 or 4 days on  special occasions, like birthdays, and anniversaries.

Then sometime in 2018 I seriously decided that for my 65 birthday I wanted to move to the beach, and not just any beach, it had to be Hilton Head Island. So, we started planning. We put the house on the market – it was going to be a major down-sizing feat – and started looking around Hilton Head. 

We quickly discovered that the Island wasn’t quite going to work, as we are new construction people and there just wasn’t much of that there. I was really sad because I wanted to be able to be near the beach to talk, see, hear, bike and enjoy the beauty of the ocean and the sound of the waves. But, as my hubby and I talked it through, we realized that it wouldn’t be soooo bad to be in Bluffton, only 20 some miles away. Just far enough away to be a bit more out of harm’s way if there was a hurricane, and we didn’t need to worry about the sea breeze and corrosion on things in the house like doorknobs, hinges, light fixtures, etc.

We closed on our home in Charlotte the 1st week of May, 2019. Then we closed on our home in Bluffton on May 6, 2019. Since moving here, it’s been a trip learning to drive in this area when everything’s behind the trees. The main road through Bluffton on the way to the Island is down 278 or Fording Island Rd. And,  everything is pretty much behind the trees. I remember trying to find Sam’s, or Kroger, or Target – I’d be in the middle lane and slow down to try and get a glimpse of what was behind the trees. In fact, there’s a dealership right next to Target. In their ad, they always say “behind those trees next to Target”; oh yeah, and there’s a Starbucks there as well. I learned where everything was – now when I’m driving I have to smile when the vacationer comes here and slows down in front of me – looking for something behind the trees.

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort form our metropolitan area. If you’ve never been to Beaufort – you must go there. The historic homes are just awesome! You have to just walk around and see all the historic homes. Waterfront Park is really nice! Another one of my favorite places and it’s only 20 minutes from home. But, the neat thing about our area IS that you are so close to Savannah and the Riverfront and all that it has to offer. And then, of course, there’s always Charleston and all of its history and beauty.  Everywhere you go from Beaufort to Hilton Head Island to Bluffton to Savannah there’s marshes and bridges. I just love cresting a bridge and viewing the water with the shimmering sunshine.

Tourist season typically runs, I’d say, when colleges go on Spring Break, all the way until when schools start approximately in September. (This year it’s been different because of the pandemic.) My hubby and I always go to the beach early on Sunday mornings – it’s quiet, there’s parking spaces galore, and you can enjoy the solitude of the beach – we either walk, ride our bikes or just sit. Our favorite place is Coligny Beach Park – there are restrooms, a boardwalk, swings, shops, a great place called Kenny B’s for lunch, and lots of quiet. We stay there for an hour or two, then head home.

LOL, we’ve been told since we moved here that “we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Things are very different here. There’s not a lot of BIG shopping. So, there’s no malls, like what we were used to in Charlotte. Here you go to Savannah – about a 30 minute drive away or up to Charleston – almost 2 hours from here. There isn’t a Costco – that’s in Charleston. There isn’t a Papa Murphy’s – that’s in Pooler, GA. I had to learn how to shop really quickly!

I hope you take away a little bit of my beauty and have enjoyed hearing about our region. If you’d like information about available houses and housing in The Lowcountry, in particular, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island and Beaufort, please visit our website: If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me at 704-451-3895. I’m always ready to encourage someone to come to our “Little Piece of Paradise.”

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