Many newcomers to Beaufort, SC dream of living in Historic Downtown Beaufort, an area teaming with 200-year-old mansions, and immense historical significance which dates back to Colonial Times.
When my family was searching Beaufort for a home in the mid-1990s, we drove through the Old Point and dreamed of living in this neighborhood made famous by Beaufort native son Pat Conroy. We dreamed of being able to walk downtown for dinner at the shops and restaurants of Bay Street, Beaufort's best-known thoroughfare. The Old Point is probably the most consistently sought-out area in Beaufort.
The downtown area is the land of The Great Santini, and The Prince of Tides, two Conroy stories which have immortalized Beaufort, SC in both novel and on film. There was only one Santini, and there is only one Beaufort.
Thanks to the current housing market, there are seemingly endless real estate opportunities in Beaufort's Historic District which weren't there a few years ago. Did you know you can purchase a property, 3.5 blocks from Bay Street, for under $79,000? Yes, it needs plenty of work, but -- take my word for it -- some of the swankiest mansions and homes in downtown Beaufort were darn-near uninhabitable homes when I moved to the area in 1996. Now, they are showplaces.
There are two low-maintenance condos in the Old Point available for under $300,000. One of these, which was purchased for more than $350,000 just a few years ago, is available for $225,000. From this location, you can walk -- and take your time doing so!!! -- to Bay Street in about two minutes.
I am not ashamed to admit that, a few years ago, I thought the days had passed when you could purchase a home in the Old Point for under $400,000, regardless of the amount of work required.
Yes, opportunity abounds in Historic Downtown Beaufort. For more information on these opportunities, visit www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day.