Since time immemorial, humans have been drawn to the extraordinary mythical quality of the ocean. Living on or near an oceanfront and being able to overlook the sea will remain a deeply gratifying and rejuvenating experience for anyone privileged enough to have the opportunity.
South Carolinians, and those who are making plans to call themselves “locals” in the near future, can boast lowcountry oceanfront real estate access spanning more than 30 miles of pristine shoreline. This incredible vantage, coupled with an abundance of amenities to suit the widest range of investment budgets, means that individual lifestyle choices are as varied as they are unique. Whether you are a little less, or a little more, sociable, Lowcountry dwellers respect the fine balance between privacy and neighborliness.
Being to drawn to oceanfront living, usually translates into someone who values wide open views, fresh air, eco-friendly developments and a variety of fauna and flora to add colour and interest to the environment. You might be someone who prefers to spend more time outdoors than indoors, wanting a home which encourages a lack of boundaries between the two to express a harmonious relationship with nature. Taking these desires into account, South Carolina Oceanfront Real Estate means so much more than “just” oceanfrontage. With a wealth of lifestyle choices to meet your one non-negotiable criteria of living on or near water, gated communities, developments, free-standing homes, secluded chalets and high-rise condominiums will definitely tempt you. The difficulty won’t be finding the perfect piece of real estate; it will be deciding which one to choose!
Oceanview properties within the Lowcountry South Carolina oceanfront real estate market can mean anything from a secluded cottage to a grand mansion, whether traditional or ultra-modern or any configuration in between. If you can imagine an ideal oceanfront living arrangement on an idyllic piece of lowcountry real estate, there are multiple properties which can provide it.
Three of the most popular oceanfront locations to consider when researching options for South Carolina oceanfront real estate for the discriminate buyer:
- Hilton Head, South Carolina
This is the most developed of the islands in the South Carolina oceanfront real estate market. Sporting 12 miles of beach, lowcountry oceanfront properties are available in gated plantations and non-gated neighborhoods. Including 20 golf courses and dedicated water activities enjoyed in a temperate climate, Hilton Head is a prime oceanfront real estate for investors, retirees and part-time residents alike. Hilton Head is known for its natural scenery and the miles of clean, sparkling beaches leave a long-lasting impression on vacationers, who then often look to buy either a holiday home or permanent residence in the immediate or surrounding area. Ideally located near Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, Hilton Head offers unrivalled access and views of the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal waterways and Lowcountry rivers. Optimally positioned close to downtown Beaufort SC, which provides an interesting afternoon outing to one of the many historical sites or along oak-lined avenues; Hilton Head also neighbors Okatie and Bluffton, which boast glorious lagoons and natural preserves.
A mere 19-mile or 20 minute drive from downtown Beaufort SC, discover Fripp Island, an oceanfront community hosting a range of oceanfront real estate from condos and villas to beach bungalows and expansive vacation homes. Locals and visitors spend time on the three and a half miles of oceanfront year round, with the locals enjoying membership to the golf courses, yacht club, health club and swimming pools.
Harbor Island, South Carolina
A superb family vacation and retirement community located about a fifteen minute drive from downtown Beaufort SC. Most of the homes and condos have prime position with oceanfrontage or fantastic views of the St Helena Sound and Harbor River. This low-key island resists overcrowding common to other oceanfront resorts. If you prefer to seek a sanctuary in which to unwind, this may just be what you have been looking for.
After reading about, and perhaps plotting on a map the different South Carolina oceanfront real estate options, you will definitely want to take look! It will be impossible to resist the opportunity to live so close to the ocean while still enjoying access to all the conveniences necessary to make either permanent or semi-permanent residency a dream come true. Without a doubt, Russ Fielden is the perfect choice to spend time with, discussing and viewing lowcountry real estate options. Russ lived on Hilton Head for almost 19 years, and is a well-known local with a broad range of interests in the historical and natural landscape that is South Carolina. Together with his wife, Deb, a Ladys Island local, they will make sure that when you decide the time is right to make the move to oceanfront paradise, you can be confident of having made the right choice.