Why Do I Love Hilton Head Island?

Real Estate Agent with Dunes Marketing Group

Well...here goes...

I moved to Hilton Head almost 19 years ago when I was hired as a tennis pro at the Sea Pines Racquet Club right after college. As a tennis pro, Hilton Head Island was (and is) the premiere location in the United States as there are over 300 tennis courts with 4 tennis resorts included in Tennis Magazine's Top-50 Resorts list each year.

The ambiance of the Island coupled with the fact that so many happy people reside and vacation here make life on the Island very appealing. Aside from the miles of incredible beaches, the purest green fairways you can imagine, and the thousands of tennis balls smacked back and forth, one of my greatest and most comforting pleasures of being a resident is when I see a friend, customer, past tennis student, or acquaintance at the grocery store or post office. To live in a "big city" means rarely seeing folks that you know out and about, but on Hilton Head Island, it often feels like the small town of Mayberry with an international magnetism.

After 14 years as a tennis pro, I decided to take the next step in my life to pursue a career in residential real estate on Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, Bluffton, Hardeeville, and Ridgeland, South Carolina.
Hilton Head Island is truly the gem of South Carolina while Daufuskie Island is our version of Gilligan's Island with its unpaved roads, lush tropical climate and surroundings, and a unique exclusivity due to the fact that you can only get to Daufuskie Island by boat. You would be amazed at the oceanfront opportunities you'll find on Daufuskie Island!

Bluffton is a fast-growing small town which offers a tremendous variety of community styles, homesites, townhomes, villas, and new communities such as Tradition, Mill Creek, Hilton Head Lakes, and Abbey Glen just to name a few. Bluffton is also the proud host of several very exclusive gated country club communities such as Colleton River Plantation, Belfair Plantation, Berkeley Hall Plantation, Hampton Hall Plantation, Hampton Lake, and Hampton Pointe.

Hardeeville and Ridgeland are two sleepy small towns with healthy growth planned over the next several years and offer opportunities for large parcels of land at minimal pricing. This is appealing to many buyers as these two towns are within 25 miles of the coastline!

Over the past several years as a REALTOR, I have researched and learned a tremendous amount of vital information pertaining to Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry including coastal insurance, property taxes, rental issues, construction materials, quality builders, and of course the ebb and flow of our local real estate market.

As a young tennis pro, many of my tennis students asked me "Where do you go on vacation"? My response has always been the same: my vacation is on-going and is part of every day on Hilton Head Island. If you have a tennis racquet and a can of balls, a set of golf clubs, a pair of walking or running shoes, a beach chair and sunscreen, a pair of sunglasses, a love for boating & fine dining, and an interest in experiencing the great outdoors, then Hilton Head will offer you a lifetime of vacation memories every day you wake up.

Because of my infatuation for all things Hilton Head, I feel very lucky to be a realtor on Hilton Head Island where my job requires me to assist future residents and/or investors in choosing their dream home.

I'd love to hear other stories of Hilton Head Island and what the Island means to you!

Comments (3)

Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

John, I have heard great things about Hilton Head. It is on my list of places to visit.

Dec 10, 2008 07:43 AM
Wendy Harkin
The Alliance Group Realty - Hilton Head Island, SC


I think you've captured what all of feel about this place.  It's a special way of life.  Coming here after experiencing life in Atlanta for several years was a dream come true.  I've been here for 7 years, and still get awed by the beautiful view when I cross the bridge from Bluffton to the Island.

Being involved in real estate for the last 6 years has allowed me to get to know alot more about the area and the special nuances.  My marketing background, and passion for this special place are a natural combination for my success in helping Realtors with their marketing and website needs.  I genuinely enjoy what I do and that helps attain great results.  I look forward to the real estate market turn around when I will enter it as an agent instead of being in referral status.  It's easy to sell a lifestyle that you love so much!  The hard part these days is finding buyers!

Thanks for sharing your story and the best of luck to you for 2009!

Dec 10, 2008 01:28 PM
Cindy Hartpence
Edisto Real Estate Company - Edisto Beach, SC

Hi John,

We spent many years at Hilton Head from 1980 to 1994! Boy do I wish I had bought some property then! We loved it so much and have wonderful family memories...we stopped going in '95 after finding our quieter piece of heaven on Edisto Island..but it never meant we didn't still love Hilton Head. I haven't been back, but drive past the exit each weekend that we go to Edisto and think about the great times my three sons and my husband and I had going there! You made me think about it again!

Thanks and have a Happy New Year!


Dec 29, 2008 03:48 PM