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By Frances Sampson, Agent
Charter One Realty

For many years, Hilton Head Island has been known for its great golf and fantastic beaches. Today many people are enjoying Hilton Head as one of the top biking communities in the Southeast. Recently the Town of Hilton Head Island was awarded the Gold Level Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Hilton Head Island is the only Gold Level Community in South Carolina as well as all of the Southeast. Within the Town of Hilton Head Island, there are more than 60 miles of public pathways and nature trails that cyclists can enjoy. In addition, there are more than 50 miles of pathways in the Island’s gated communities.

The 12 miles of sandy beach is a great place to ride at low tide. The

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By Charles Sampson, Partner
Charter One Realty 

Buyers are listening when we say “Come for a Visit and Stay for a Lifetime!”  A few good examples of this are the fact that real estate home sales on Hilton Head Island in 2015 are 8% higher than the first 6 months of 2014.  The second example is the fact that the need for a new telephone area code for the eastern 1/3 of South Carolina, the coastal area from North Carolina to Hilton Head Island.

As of January 1, 1947 all of South Carolina had the 803 area code.  In December of 1995, the 864 area code was established for the North West area of South Carolina.  As of March 22, 1998, the coast of South Carolina was split from the 803 area code with the addition of a new area code of 843

Today with

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By Charles H. Sampson, Partner/Agent
Charter One Realty 

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Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry is the place to be if you are looking for great beaches, great weather, great outdoor activities for singles or families and a great lifestyle for every age. Hilton Head and the Lowcountry also have a very caring community. Recently, I attended a community meeting for Hilton Head Plantation residents and the guest speaker was a doctor with the Hilton Head Island’s Volunteers in Medicine (VIM). This organization was founded in 1993 by Hilton Head Plantation resident, Dr. Jack McConnell. The clinic encompasses over 8,000 square feet and in 2014 the clinic had over 30,000 patient visits. VIM Hilton Head Island is reported to be the largest free clinic in South

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The Players Amateur Golf Tournament, held from July 7 – 12 at the beautiful Berkeley Hall Golf Club in Bluffton, is known as one of the top amateur golf tournaments in the United States.  The tournament brings together many of the world’s best amateur golfers right here on Hilton Head Island – with many former Players Am contestants going on to have successful careers on the PGA TOUR.

The Players Am tournament, which attracts amateur golfers from around the world, was co-founded by Charter One Realty Agent -- and golfer -- Duke Delcher, along with fellow golfer Tom McKnight.  Since founding the Players Am, Duke and Tom have grown the tournament into one of the country’s most prestigious amateur tournaments – making the annual Bluffton event a great

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For an unsurpassed year-round dining, shopping and recreation experience, there is nothing like Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town.  Situated on the waters of the Calibogue Sound and known as the “heart of Sea Pines Plantation”, Harbour Town offers a wide range of exciting dining options, first-class shopping and a variety of recreational opportunities – and is a popular destination for both Hilton Head Island tourists and visitors alike.

Harbour Town surrounds the Sea Pines Resort yacht basin – offering people the opportunity to participate in a number of water sports, kayak tours, fishing charters, a “pirate ship’” and sight-seeing cruise. The basin is lined with a variety of boutiques, gift shops, jewelry stores and several native art

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Hilton Head Island is known for offering vacationers an array of some of the most picture-perfect recreational activities – and residents of Hilton Head Island are lucky enough to enjoy a spectacular year-round outside lifestyle.  The Island is known for being “home” to some of the top recreational facilities in the world … and for those lucky enough to call Hilton Head Island home, taking advantage of world-class recreational activities on a daily basis is as easy as walking out of the front door!

Here’s just some of what both vacationers and residents can find here on Hilton Head Island … and why Hilton Head Island has become home for so many people looking to live the Island lifestyle year-round! 

With nearly 60 miles of bicycle trails,

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For golf fans both throughout South Carolina and the entire country, April on Hilton Head Island brings one of the greatest golf events in the world:  The RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, taking place in Sea Pines at the The Harbour Town Golf Links Golf Course.   This year, the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament is scheduled for April 13th – 19th – marking the 47th year of this annual event that each year draws more than 100,000 spectators … and is one of the most eagerly awaited and most attended annual sporting events on Hilton Head Island.  The only PGA Tour event in South Carolina, The RBC Heritage Golf Tournament is considered one of the premier golf events in the country – and is one of Hilton Head Island’s biggest social events, as well. 

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Since 1985, one of the highlights of the year for Lowcountry residents and Island visitors alike is the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of this popular and unique festival – which bringing together wine and food enthusiasts from around the country to gather in one of the world’s most perfect locations to taste an array of global wines, sample signature Lowcountry cuisine, enjoy local entertainment – and experience the true Lowcountry lifestyle and culture that has attracted visitors to this region for decades..

The Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival was originally created as a way to herald the arrival of spring – and to bring tourists to the area to enjoy the spring season prior to the busy summer season on Hilton…
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While most people know Hilton Head Island for its beaches and golf courses, the Island is also home to places rich in both culture and American history.  While on the Island, make time to visit historical Mitchelville, known as the birthplace of African-American freedom, located on the north-end of the Island on Beach City Road.

As America’s first post-Civil War settlement for freed slaves, the story behind the founding Mitchelville is an important one in our country’s history.  On November 7, 1861 more than 12,000 Union soldiers landed on Hilton Head Island and the Union fleet captured both Fort Beauregard near Beaufort and Fort Walker on Hilton Head Island. The Island fell into the hands of Federal troops, forcing Island families to evacuate their

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