Planning on moving to the Lowcountry in the near future? Or, perhaps you are just considering the area and looking for a change of scenery. If you’re living in a metropolis during this pandemic, you might be anxious to find a quieter town with ample outdoor activities.
There’s a reason Beaufort County, SC is the fastest growing county in the state. The Lowcountry offers endless opportunities to work, learn, and play all while maintaining a comfortable lifestyle in what is still considered a “small town”.
The entire Lowcountry technically spans from Savannah to Charleston, but our slice of paradise - Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Beaufort - are known for their hometown feel, slow-paced southern charm, and outdoor scenery.
There are so many reasons to move to the Lowcountry, but we think the beautiful weather tops the list. With warm summers and mild winters, getting outside is always an option. Many locals and tourists spend their free time enjoying the outdoors. Anyone moving here knows the first tip is: find your favorite outdoor spot!
Moving to the Lowcountry: Top 3 Must-Haves
Before you settle in on any given community, here are a few things you’ll need to have when moving to the Lowcountry.
The Lowcountry offers countless bike trails accessible year-round. On top of that, the sand on our beaches is so perfect for bike riding, you can’t help but take a spin. Be sure to bring yours with you if you already have one. If not, we recommend purchasing bikes upon your move.
2. Bug Spray and Sunscreen
Now, this may seem a little silly, but adding these items to your grocery trip list is a must-have for enjoying the outdoors. One of the tradeoffs to our beautiful weather is that the buggies love it too. And with so much sun exposure comes a regular need for skin protection. Be comfortable and safe when you become a local!
3. Year-Round Beach Permit
Even if you aren’t a self-proclaimed beach bum, this pass is a must-have. There is so much more to do at our many beaches beyond simply sunbathing or swimming in the ocean. Most beaches also have parks, picnic and/or grill tables, proximity to wonderful local shops, and more. For only $35 annually, get a beach parking pass valid at any town beach access park - including Islanders Beach Park which is a local favorite!
Lowcountry Community: Getting Involved
Over the years, the Lowcountry has captured the hearts of many tourists who have now made this island oasis their permanent home. You will find residents are not shy when it comes to spreading their southern hospitality. Here are a couple of tips on connecting with the community.
First, order a free South Carolina Low Country Guidebook to discover the many things to see and do in the beautiful Lowcountry. Also, stay abreast of the weekly happenings like the Farmer’s Markets by checking out the calendar of events and festivals in Lowcountry here.
Find like-minded individuals that share your hobbies (or find new hobbies) by joining a local club or group. Check out Meetup.com to find groups like the Low Country Do Anything group.
Join a Church, Synagogue, or Mosque if you are seeking a religious connection to our local community.
Last but not least, patronize our many locally-owned restaurants and shops. The owners are our neighbors and they are always happy to meet new people!
Moving to the Lowcountry: Finding Your Dream Home
We hope by now you are convinced that a move to the Lowcountry is a must. We know one of the biggest challenges when moving is deciding where to live.
Is island-living your vibe? Or, do you seek the historical charm of Old Town? Perhaps your golf game is the “driving” force behind your move. Whatever your preference, finding the best neighborhood for you in the Lowcountry will make your move so much sweeter.
Take the guesswork of your house-hunting process by contacting experienced realtors to help you find the perfect location to fit your needs. We happen to know a few award-winning professionals! Check out our Buyers Guide for resources and tools to help you get started!
If you’re ready to start shopping, consider working with one of our amazing agents here at Charter One Realty, contact us here.
We hope you’ve found these Lowcountry moving tips and tricks useful. Here’s a quick recap of our takeaways.
A bicycle (well, any outdoor sporting equipment actually) is a must-have for any local, along with bug spray, sunscreen, and a year-round beach permit.
Get involved to connect with like-minded individuals by following the local community calendar and finding local meetups!
Get connected with one of our Real Estate Agents here to help you with your home search.
We want to hear from you! Are you planning on moving to the Lowcountry and have questions? Share with us in the comments below!
If you are a current Lowcountry resident, feel free to share some of your best tips and tricks for moving to the Lowcountry with your future neighbors!