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The architectural roots of the porch go back further that the typical Queen Anne-style Victorian homes found in the mid-19th century. The word “porch” is derived from the Latin porticus and Greek portico, meaning “passage”, which refers to the covered openings of homes and buildings. These porticos were usually supported by a row of stately columns and provided a space for one to find shelter from the midday sun or marked the entrance of important buildings or temples.

Today, porches in the Lowcounty embody Southern charm and are ideal settings for social gatherings both planned and spontaneous. They encourage a sense of neighborliness and community and because of our pleasant year-round weather, they are typically a room for all seasons. 


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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, June 2016 –  Charter One Realty has received the Readers’ Choice Award for the 2016 Best Real Estate Brokerage from the readers of the Bluffton Today newspaper.  Every year, Bluffton Today encourages their readers to select the “best of the best”, celebrating local businesses with their Readers’ Choice Awards. These awards recognize the top local companies in the Lowcountry, from restaurants and shops to mortgage lenders and real estate companies.  Winners are selected based on the company holding the highest number of votes in that category during a two-week voting period.

“We are so pleased that the readers of Bluffton Today hold us in such a high regard and thank them for voting us the Best Real Estate Brokerage.”

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, June 2016 – Charter One Realty is proud to announce that Allison Cobb of the Cobb Group, was awarded the 2016 Best Real Estate Agent in the Bluffton Today Readers’ Choice Awards.  This is the second year in a row and the third time in 4 years that Allison has received this award.

Allison was voted the Readers’ Choice winner in the real estate agent category among a list of several hundred local real estate professionals. The awards were announced in May and the winners were featured in a special section of the Bluffton Today newspaper.

“This award is special because it is voted on by the community and it really shows that we are succeeding in making client satisfaction our top priority.” Said Allison Cobb, REALTOR®.

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Blog by Charles Sampson

Partner & Agent at Charter One Realty

When Captain William Hilton first sailed the Port Royal Sound in 1663, he not only named the bluffs along Hilton Head Island where Hilton Head Plantation is today after himself, he also noted “This headland is bluff and seems steep, as if the trees hang over the water. The Lands are laden with large tall Oaks, Walnut and Bayes, except facing on the Sea, it is most Pines tall and good……the Ayr is clear and sweet, the Country very pleasant and delightful”….Hilton noted, “we could wish that all they that want a happy settlement….were well transported thither.”

We are glad to say that still today, the oaks and pines in Hilton Head Plantation are tall and majestic and the air is clear

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As the 2016 presidential election nears, several areas of business are often effected such as commerce and the economy. But the question remains, what effect will the election have on the national housing market?

Real estate activity tends to reflect the health of the U.S economy, and most importantly, consumer confidence. Will this lead to a slowdown in the housing market? Not according to these major entities.

According to the National Association of Realtors

“In spite of deficient supply levels, stock market volatility and the paltry economic growth seen so far this year, the housing market did show resilience and had its best first quarter of existing-sales since 2007.”

According to Fannie Mae

“Consumers and businesses

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Summer is calling here in the Coastal Lowcountry. Memorial Day weekend on Hilton Head Island is the kick off to summer and June is the perfect month to soak up the sun on one of our beautiful beaches. Our sleepy resort town starts to hum with life as the visitors come to enjoy our Island in the sun. The Island’s unmistakable Lowcountry charm can be found from the tranquil waterways and marshes to the windswept beaches.  Whether you choose to tee off at one on of our world-class golf courses, explore the waterways by kayak, or simply relax and unwind on the beach, Hilton Head has you covered and reminds us daily of why we love to call Hilton Head Island home.


June is full of exciting events here in the Lowcountry including Palmetto Bluff’s concerts

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Featured Real Estate Listing of the Week on Hilton Head Island, SC - A Home For All Seasons

3 Charlesfort Place  |  Ribaut Island  |  Hilton Head Island, SC

4 Bedroom  | 4.5 Bathroom  |  6,261 Sq. Ft.

Waterfront Home on Hilton Head Island


Enjoy the gentle breezes of the ocean as you watch the sunset over waters of the Port Royal Sound on Hilton Head Island. This masterfully designed home by Kermit Huggins offers four bedrooms and four and one-half baths. Both indoors and outdoors, this home takes advantage of the dramatic natural beauty and water views of the site. Set on nearly an acre, this waterfront home occupies over 6,000 square feet of interior living space and includes an over-sized deck and a covered and screened pool.

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Bluffton’s Oyster Factory Park recently underwent over $900,000 worth of upgrades. The town celebrated the enhancements on Thursday, May 12, 2016, with an official ribbon cutting. For many years, the Oyster Factory has been used as a boat launch to the May River. Inadequate parking and a single ramp made access to the river challenging.

Because the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park is the gateway to the May River, the town knew improvements were necessary. The improvements include expanded parking and a wooden walkway to the water. The latest improvements include a brand new finger dock and a 2 lane boat launch. According to the Mayor of Bluffton, Lisa Sulka, the improvements increase the value of Bluffton and provide an openness to

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This past weekend marked the 38th annual Bluffton Village Festival along Calhoun Street in Downtown Bluffton. The event, organized by the Bluffton Rotary Club, attracted thousands of visitors to Downtown Bluffton this year. A highly anticipated event in the Lowcountry, the festival always falls on Mother’s Day weekend and features live bands, dancers and street music on several stages. Vendor tents filled with arts and crafts lined the streets as visitors made their way to the end of Calhoun Street to enjoy the waterfront views from the Church of the Cross.

This past weekend marked the 38th annual Bluffton Village Festival along Calhoun Street in Downtown Bluffton. The event, organized by the Bluffton Rotary

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What You Need to Know About Purchasing the Perfect Vacation Home...and Making Island Living a Reality

Whether you are a first-time visitor to Hilton Head Island or have been coming here for years, chances are that you’ve given some serious thought as to owning a second vacation home here on the Island.  Not only is a vacation home in the Lowcountry something that can bring tremendous joy to you and your family both now and for years to come – but it’s a great investment and gives you the benefit of having your own personal retreat in one of the country’s most picture-perfect locations! Great prices, low interest rates and a booming short term rental market make conditions for investing the best in years.

As you consider the purchase of a second home

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