Hilton Head Island, SC Real Estate News

By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
NEWLY LISTED IN BROAD POINTE, INDIGO RUN OFFERED AT $1,049,000 This beyond spectacular custom home recently was named the 2008 LIGHTHOUSE AWARD WINNER FOR BEST OVERALL HOME, BEST KITCHEN AND BEST MASTER BATHROOM.  It also was a LIGHTHOUSE NOMINEE for BEST EXTERIOR AND BEST MILLWORK.  Present Owners (SCREA) have lavished the finest materials in building this 4 Bedroom, 5.5 Bath, 3.5 Car Garage home.  With stunning finishes of granite, marble, travertine, extensive wainscoting and hardwood floors pluls a true Chef's Kitchen, it will definitely meet your expectations.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:  JENNIFER BELL@ 843-422-4739 OR DIANE BELL @ 247-5419.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ANY HILTON HEAD OR BLUFFTON REAL ESTATE, PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE.
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
Today wasn't the first time I've visited Mainly Sandstone but it "was" the first time I had my camera with me so I decided to tempt your senses with some photos of the exceptionally delicious food they serve.  Designed as a dine in or take out gourmet food restaurant, there is something for everyone's palate.  Mainly Sandstone is located at Main Street, Suite 100 near the gate to Hilton Head Plantation.  So, if you're in the area, please stop by and see the friendly owners......you'll be pleasantly surprised!  Their food is simply delicious!
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By Charlie Fraser
(Charles Fraser Realty Group)
Shipyard was the second planned community by the Hilton Head Company, but was oriented towards a residential as well as resort community. Situated on the ocean side of Highway #278, south of Palmetto Dunes, is Shipyard Plantation, one of the Hilton Head Island's original developments. Successfully blending a residential community with a renowned resort destination, Shipyard offers a full spectrum of amenities whether your stay is permanent, seasonal or for the few weeks of an Island vacation. Amenities at Shipyard include over four miles of trails for biking, jogging and roller-balding. Access to a long stretch of beach, said by many to be the areas finest, is through Shipyard Beach Club. Pools are available in all visitor areas and there are lagoons for fishing. Shipyard also benefits ...
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
THE ISLAND PACKET NEWSPAPER  reported this morning that the rare and endangered RIGHT WHALES have recently been sighted approximately 13 miles offshore of Port Royal Sound.  Some local residents were out in the Sound fishing when they heard the "whoosh" sound that whales make when emerging from the water.  Upon further examination, they concluded they had just sighted the Right Whales.  According to the newspaper, it is not unusual for the whales to be migrating from north to south at this time of the year but to see these magnificient creatures this close to the island would certainly be a treat.  It is estimated that only 300 Right Whales exist today because they were hunted to near extinction due to the fact they were so easy to hunt (a slow moving whale.)  Today, they are no longer...
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
The 19th annual FDWG Coat Drive is underway!  With unseaonally  cold temperatures lately in our Lowcountry area, warm coats in good condition are desperately requested for needy children.  Distribution will be through Bluffton Self Help, Help of Beaufort and Hilton Head Deep Well.  For information on donations, please call Larry Mark @ 524-8695 Why not take a look around your home, check out the closets and donate to a worthy cause!
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By Charlie Fraser
(Charles Fraser Realty Group)
In 1956, Charles Fraser developed Sea Pines into the first private plantation community on the island. Sea Pines is one of the largest residential and resort plantations on Hilton Head spanning 5,200 acres. The community is most famous for its three championship golf courses, including the Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour's annual. Verizon's Heritage of Golf - The Heritage of Golf. Sea Pines is also associated with the world-recognized Harbour Town Marina and its landmark red-and-white-striped lighthouse, built in 1969 to aid boats traveling on the Calibogue Sound. The marina hosts awe-inspiring yachts as large as 115 feet. Its charming shops, restaurants and outdoor activities are open to the public. Sea Pines has a lush, 605-acre forest preserve, access to five miles of A...
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
ANOTHER YEAR WITH NO HURRICANES IN BEAUFORT COUNTY!  So, what's new with that?  We haven't had a hurricane here in over 100 years but that doesn't mean it's not on our minds during the season.  The 2008 Hurricane Season ends today, December 1, 2008.  According to news reports, this was one of the most active seasons since 1944 with 16 storms formed and 8 hurricanes.  Five of those were classified as Category 3 or higher, meaning winds can be 130 miles per hour and major flooding occurs.  We did get some pretty significant rain storms this year but actually, we were pretty thankful for that.  Until next year------- Photo is courtesy of Island Packet and National Hurricane Center FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HILTON HEAD AND BLUFFTON REAL ESTATE, PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE.  I ALWAYS WELCOME YO...
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
Maybe you're looking for something to do next Sunday afternoon other than Christmas holiday chores?  The Hilton Head Choral Society Christmas Tour of Homes may just be your ticket to a pleasant afternoon! Each year, several fabulous homes in spendid Christmas Decor are featured around the island.  If you would like to join the tour, please call:  843-341-3818 for ticket information.  This is one event that I've always put on my list of things to do and always miss for one reason or another.  Maybe this year, it will finally happen for me.......plus, it's a great way to get your holiday spirit. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HILTON HEAD OR BLUFFTON REAL ESTATE, PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE OR CONTACT ME THROUGH THIS BLOG.  I ALWAYS WELCOME YOUR INQUIRES, QUESTIONS AND REFERRALS.
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
The Sandbox has a full schedule this month with tons of family activities.  On December 5th, they will celebrate their 3rd birthday--gosh, it doesn't seem possible 3 years have passed already!  The event will feature THE MUSIC LADY, BETH GREEN, who will be on hand to entertain .  There is free admission, special holiday crafts and a  birthday cake.  So come on over to Pope Avenue between 5:30 and 7:30 PM but just remember to bring some non perishable items for the Deep Well Project and a NEW unwrapped gift for the Toys for Tots needy children giving program.  This is the year for all of us to dig a little deeper to make the holidays better for all. 
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By John Robinson, REALTOR - Hilton Head Island, SC
(Dunes Marketing Group)
I had the pleasure and opportunity to attend the Floyd Wickman Program this fall on Hilton Head Island. My broker at Dunes Marketing Group organized for a Floyd Wickman trainer (Robyn) to give our group of 100+ agents a presentation highlighting the Floyd Wickman Program.  After the presentation, several agents and I registered for the course. WHAT DOES THE FLOYD WICKMAN TEAM DO?  They help brokers and their agents increase sales by causing them to: Master the art of Listing and selling real estate. Build and maintain a Salable Book of Business. Become and stay organized. Value the benefits of Teamwork and Mentoring. Live by 5 client- and company-friendly Core Values.  S.M.A.R.T. PROGRAM:  7 weekly sessions teaches agents how to prospect their sphere of influence and FSBO's;  generate r...
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
Conde Nast Traveler recently announced its 2008 Best in the World Rankings and the good news is that Hilton Head Island made the list!  I'm truly not surprised as many times, I've thought Hilton Head is the best kept secret.  Hilton Head made the list at #7 and shared the accolades with Vancouver Island, Kiawah, Nantucket, The Gulf Islands, Prince Edward Island, Amelia Island, Mount Desert Island , the San Juan Islands and a tie for Mackinac and Sanibel. This award was conferred as a result of Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards, which is the annual survey of readers' favorite destinations around the world.  Featured in the November 2008 magazine which is curerntly on the newstands, this is fabulous news for Hilton Head Island!    Hilton Head is a world class travel destination...
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
Well, sort of true-----The children of our area will have a huge treat in store if they visit Shelter Cove Saturday anytime between 1-3 pm.  This has become an annual event and one my grandchildren really enjoy since they live here and have rarely seen snow in their short lifetimes.  The theme this year is "Snow Angels."  Do you remember how we used to lay in the snow and make angels?  Well, guess I'm just too old to do it now but maybe I'll take the grandkids by for some fun.  The event is free to the public so come on out with the family! (photo is courtesy of Wikipedia.) FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HILTON HEAD OR BLUFFTON REAL ESTATE, PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE.  I WELCOME YOUR INQUIRIES ANYTIME AND AM ALWAYS HAPPY TO CHAT WITH YOU ABOUT AREA REAL ESTATE CONDITIONS.
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
I chose to share a photograph that was given to me by a friend, Pam Bredin, a prominent Hilton Head Lowcountry Photographer.  Pam is a member of the Hilton Head Camera Club and chose photoraphy as her hobby after retiring to Hilton Head.  She is also my neighbor.  I've truly enjoyed her beautiful photographs and hope you will also.   
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
Today I attended a luncheon at Charley's Crab, a local restaurant that is located near the back gate of Hilton Head Plantation with picturesque views of Skull Creek.  Since I had my camera with me (I always do), I couldn't resist capturing some photos of the lovely landscaping, especially the seasonal floral gardens.  Hope you enjoy! AS ALWAYS, I WELCOME YOUR REFERRALS FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN HILTON HEAD OR BLUFFTON REAL ESTATE.  PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.  
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
Here are some photos that I took yesterday while shopping at Main Street Village, located right outside the Hilton Head Plantation gate and just across the street from Indigo Run Plantation.  The Village offers an eclectic shopping experience with neat little shops and enjoyable dining experiences.  If you're visiting Hilton Head this holiday season, take a little side trip to Main Street Village--I'm sure you'll enjoy the shops and merchants.  PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HILTON HEAD OR BLUFFTON REAL ESTATE.  I WELCOME YOUR INQUIRES, QUESTIONS AND REFERRALS ANYTIME. 
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
Each year Hilton Head Plantation has an Holiday Lighting Contest and Driving Tour.  Voting ballots are handed out at the POA Service Center for anyone who wants to take the tour and vote for their favorite homes----and believe me, this is not an easy task!  Residents of our Plantation (me excluded for lack of creativity) do a fabulous job preparing their homes for the holidays.  There are just a few rules, however----White lights are preferred and blinking lights are a no-no. Oh, no music after 9:30  and all exterior decorations are to be taken down by January 20.  Winners will be announced in the January newsletter and on the Hilton Head Plantation website.  
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
Now here's a class that interests me---it's just the "time" that doesn't interest me!  Seriously though, I think I may join the Early Morning Pilates class that will start on January 8 at the Plantation House in Hilton Head Plantation from 7:00 to 8:00 AM.  This is an excellent class and we'll all need it after we survive the holiday parties and dinners. Cost is $40 per person and a minimum of 10 persons are required for the class to  be held. All levels will be covered from beginners to advanced. For information, contact Keriann @ 843-681-8090. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HILTON HEAD PLANTATION REAL ESTATE, PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE.  I WELCOME YOUR INQUIRIES, REFERRALS AND QUESTIONS ANYTIME. 
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
Although November isn't over yet, I spent some time today compiling statistics for November's Villa sales in Hilton Head Plantation.  Keep in mind that villas are but a fraction of the total density for the Plantation, thus numbers are much smaller and for the month of November---smaller yet!  This month we saw 1 new villa listing come onto the market and 3 villas were placed under contract. The average List Price was $619,000  and average closed price was $545,000 Total dollar amount of sales for the month was $1,090,000 List Price/Closed Price Percentage was 95.28% Average days on the market was 84 days.  Statistics derived from the Hilton Head MlS and are deemed correct but not warranted. You may be questioning just what these numbers really mean?  Well, simply, they translate that t...
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
November has revealed some interesting statistics for Hilton Head Plantation Real Estate Sales.  I'm sure you won't be surprised by the data given the constant stream of bad news that we are hearing everyday.  For the month of November, there were 18 new listings with an average listing price of $718,650. Pending activitiy reveals 9 homes went under contract with an average list price of $631,933.  We had only 3 closings for this month (so far) with an average closed price of $433,166. Total sales for the Plantation were $1,299,500 with an average closed percentage ratio of 95.34% with 217 days on the market as an average.  The last stat really has jumped up compared with recent months.  How does this translate into good news?  Well, we certainly can agree that it's a fabulous time to ...
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By Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
(Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC)
Ladies, there's a brand new weight loss class starting at Hilton Head Plantaiton and this one looks pretty interesting!  Starting January 21 (just in time to lose that extra holiday weight), the class will be held each Wednesday from 6 to 7 PM at the Dolphin Head Recreational Building.  This class will be  weight management focusing on good health, checking the metabolism rate, taking off inches, and structured exercise.  Each week, participants will have accountability (ouch!)  Guess that what it takes to be successful at losing weight. If you would like to sign up for this class, contact Keriann@ 843-682-8090.  Class size will be limited.  Cost for the 8 weeks is $50.00 per person. FOR ALL OF YOUR HILTON HEAD PLANTATION REAL ESTATE NEEDS, I WELCOME YOU TO CONTACT ME THROUGH MY WEBSITE...
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