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By Margie Casey | Broker in Florida
  • Live Near America's Top 10 Beach in Beaufort South Carolina

    Posted Under: General Area in Beaufort County, Quality of Life in Beaufort County, Parks & Recreation in Beaufort County  |  June 1, 2013 6:23 AM  |  360 views  |  No comments



    Pack up the beach floats and load up the camping gear! It is that time of year when families put their everyday life on hold and migrate to the most popular State Park in Beaufort, South Carolina. Located just a short drive from Coosaw Point on Lady’s Island lies the infamous Hunting Island State Park. With five miles of sparkling unspoiled beaches, a saltwater lagoon, 5,000 acres of sky-high forests and historical landmarks including a lighthouse, it is no wonder why vacationers and residents of Beaufort SC neighborhoods have raved about this destination for decades. In 2007, Trip Advisor named Hunting Island State Park one of America's Top 10 Beaches. In May 2013, Beaufort South Carolina was named Happiest Seaside Town in America by Coastal Living Magazine.

    Since the 19th century, the town of Beaufort and its surrounding areas have been historical landmarks in United States history. Many of the original structures, such as the lighthouse, were used as lodging and look-out points during the Civil War. In 1938, Hunting Island State Park was donated by the Beaufort County to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during The Great Depression in efforts to increase job opportunity in the area. The CCC developed more buildings and renovated the old lighthouse to honor the history of the land. 

    Today, Hunting Island State Park provides plenty of...

    http://realestatescorecard.com/news/fun-things-do/sight-seeing/hunting-island-state-park-best-unspoiled-beach-south-carolina

  • Best South Carolina Community of the Year

    Posted Under: General Area in Beaufort, Quality of Life in Beaufort, Parks & Recreation in Beaufort  |  February 8, 2012 6:29 AM  |  1,083 views  |  No comments



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    BEST SOUTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR - Habersham Beaufort South Carolina

    From the get go, we suspect Bob Turner knew he had found gold in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, when he acquired the land parcel for Habersham. Its natural beauty overlooking the Broad River with majestic oak trees was the perfect setting for his Savannah-style urban village. In 2005, the National Association of Home Builders named Habersham Best Neighborhood Design. Park-like squares are framed by Lowcountry homes. Homes in pastel colors with wide front porches and welcoming stairways add to the curb appeal at Habersham. Every home has beautiful views and every home is beautiful. The Habersham Marketplace is the social hub of the community where residents find doctors, restaurants and a fitness center. The community’s amenities are perfectly located, the outdoor swimming pool and River Pavilion overlooking Broad River. Day docks and a boat ramp are adjacent to the pavilion. Habersham does a great job of pulling the community together to have fun by hosting street dances, musical festivals and a weekly Farmer’s Market. Habersham property owners were happy to tell us how much they love their community.

    Ask us about being our guest at Habersham so you can experience this outstanding urban community, the Best South Carolina Community of the Year - our 2012 Bliss Award Winner.


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    Find out who the additional eleven 2012 Bliss Award winners are:

    http://realestatescorecard.com/breaking-community-news/best-community-of-the-year-2012-bliss-awards
  • Dataw Island - Happiest Community of the Year

    Posted Under: General Area in Beaufort, Quality of Life in Beaufort, Home Buying in Beaufort  |  January 26, 2012 5:48 AM  |  967 views  |  No comments

    After evaluating over 100 master planned communities in the Southeast, it is an honor to announce our 2012 BLISS AWARD winners. These communities achieved our award the old fashioned way, because they earned it. Master planned communities on our website are hand selected and do not pay us monthly advertising fees. They are located in the top 25 cities to retire listed on our website. We wish these communities continued success and applaud their accomplishments:

    HAPPIEST COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR - Dataw Island Beaufort South Carolina

    Dataw Island was chosen based on the number of high scoring report cards we received from Dataw Island property owners expressing a high quality of life and close sense of community. A “wonderful place to live” is the most common comment. This island community on the coast of South Carolina has deep water ocean access, a marina and is located in one of the Best Small Art Towns in America, Beaufort SC. Keeping community amenities up to par, both golf courses are under going a $5 million renovation. Dataw Island is affordable, with patio homes priced under $200k. The average sold price is $399k. Ask us about Dataw Island’s Discovery Package so you can experience a taste of happiness for yourself at the Happiest Community of the Year - our  2012 Bliss Award Winner.

    Find out who won: 2012 BLISS AWARD WINNERS

    • BEST BEACH COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR
    • BEST GOLF COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR
    • BEST INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR
    • BEST LAKE COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR
    • BEST MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR
    • BEST EQUESTRIAN COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR
    • BEST FLORIDA COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR
    • BEST GEORGIA COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR
    • BEST NORTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR
    • BEST SOUTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR
    • BEST TENNESSEE COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR


  • One of 6 Terrific Towns on the Water in the South

    Posted Under: General Area in Beaufort, Quality of Life in Beaufort, Home Buying in Beaufort  |  December 23, 2011 5:14 AM  |  1,073 views  |  No comments

    A patriotic city with a strong military presence, historic Beaufort dates back to 1711. This Lowcountry fishing village is interwoven with islands connecting the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean. Sandbars are scattered throughout the river at low tide exposing oyster beds. Money Magazine named Beaufort South Carolina as one of 6 Terrific Towns on the Water. 

    Public beaches are not far from downtown Beaufort, just to the east on Lady's Island. White sandy beaches can be found at Hunting Island State Park. Climb the Hunting Island Lighthouse to take in the view, the lighthouse is located just west of Fripp Island. Ten scenic hiking trails meander through the state park, pathways under mature live oaks dripping with spanish moss leading to the sea shore. Trip Advisor named Hunting Island as a Top 10 Beach because of its three miles of secluded beaches. Unspoiled areas along the marshes are great places to take photographs and listen to wildlife. Natural habitats for egrets, blue herons, dolphins or an occasional alligator sunning on the banks. There are plenty of places easy to find, to go crabbing or fishing. The quality of life in Beaufort South Carolina is as simple as it was, when it was discovered centuries ago.

    Field & Stream Magazine named Beaufort South Carolina as a Top 20 Fishing Towns in America. As you would expect, seafood is king in the Lowcountry. Kayakers often wonder if they will have enough time during retirement to explore all the waterways winding throughout the 200 islands of the Lowcountry if they decided to relocate to Beaufort South Carolina. Farms are popular on the islands, U-Pick farms filled with strawberries and local produce. The cost of living is...

    Read more about Beaufort South Carolina:

    http://realestatescorecard.com/area-information-towns-cities/beaufort-south-carolina

  • Dataw Island - Beaufort South Carolina

    Posted Under: General Area in Beaufort, Home Buying in Beaufort, In My Neighborhood in Beaufort  |  December 7, 2011 9:07 AM  |  1,266 views  |  No comments


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    Award winning Dataw Island may offer the best waterfront homes in the Lowcountry of Beaufort South Carolina. Two golf courses, a full-service marina, outstanding tennis and thriving social clubs are just a few of the well rounded lifestyle activities you will find at Dataw Island in Beaufort South Carolina. Located between Savannah Georgia and Charleston South Carolina, Beaufort is the epitome of coastal charm in South Carolina.

    Is it the great weather year round to play golf, the friendliness of the Lowcountry people or the low cost of living in Beaufort South Carolina which draws Baby Boomers to the sea islands? Whichever it is, families and retirees alike can't resist the high quality of life. Beaufort South Carolina has been named on the list of 100 Best Small Art Towns in America rich with culture, concerts and street festivals. Located on the coast, kayaking, fishing and sailing are common water sports. If you had to sum up Beaufort South Carolina in one word, we agree, it would be "beautiful". 

    Dataw Island is located on a barrier island, just east of....

    Read the full story and see how we scored Dataw Island Beaufort South Carolina:

    http://realestatescorecard.com/community-reviews-rankings/dataw-island-saint-helena-island-south-carolina

  • Trade New Jersey for Beaufort and Add 29% Retirement Buying Power

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Beaufort County, Home Buying in Beaufort County, Home Selling in Beaufort County  |  December 1, 2011 5:46 AM  |  1,536 views  |  No comments



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    We have been tracking sales at master planned communities in the Southeast and discovered the Joneses are making their move to one of the best states to retire. Quietly, people from the Northeast have been purchasing single family homes and lots again, an accelerating trend we haven’t seen since 2008. Prices are beginning to rise in quality master planned communities in the Southeast. We see the proof in public records. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why. Milder weather, a lower cost of living and higher quality of life in places like Coosaw Point in Beaufort South Carolina.

    Mr. and Mrs. Jones retired last year from their civil service positions and made the decision to cut their cost of living by relocating to Beaufort South Carolina. Without factoring the 40% cost savings for housing, New Jersey vs. South Carolina, the Joneses will save an additional 29% per year between groceries, utilities, health care and transportation according to CNN Money. Their savings could be even higher if the Joneses downsize their home.

    Things became complicated for the Joneses when...

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    http://realestatescorecard.com/breaking-community-news/trade-in-new-jersey-for-beaufort-and-add-29-to-your-retirement-buying-power

  • Habersham in Beaufort South Carolina

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Beaufort County, Home Buying in Beaufort County, In My Neighborhood in Beaufort County  |  November 4, 2011 9:00 AM  |  1,391 views  |  No comments


    Margie Casey's Scorecard:

    Urbanism combined with southern charm are the superb combination for this award winning waterfront community overlooking the Broad River. Not only a residential neighborhood, the village on property has cafes, boutiques and a post office. This village is called The Town Center at Habersham Beaufort. Friday afternoon residents from all around Beaufort South Carolina stop by to purchase produce at the Habersham Marketplace. This is just one of the many social events that take place each month at the Habersham Marketplace. 

    Baby Boomers are drawn to the Lowcountry Beaufort South Carolina seeking a higher quality of life. Could the milder weather be a factor? Ocean breezes from the Atlantic do warm the winter months and keep the summer months cooler. Almost an equal distance, Beaufort is located between Savannah Georgia and Charleston South Carolina. Habersham is located on the mainland about 6 miles from downtown Beaufort. 

    A non-gated community, Habersham Beaufort is a traditional neighborhood development designed around community squares and parks, scattered throughout the community, resembling Savannah and Charleston. In 2005, the National Association of Home Builders awarded Habersham Best Neighborhood Design. Breathtaking 200 year old grand old live oaks trees canopy...

    Read the full story and see how we scored Habersham in Beaufort SC:

    http://realestatescorecard.com/community-reviews-rankings/habersham-beaufort-south-carolina

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