Dinner with a View in the SC Low Country

We definitely have our fair share of amazing restaurants to choose from in Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Beaufort, SC.  Our coastal location gives the SC Low Country an abundance of fresh local seafood and there is truly nothing better than relaxing with a spectacular water view while dining. Here are some of the area restaurants that offer an amazing water view in the SC Low Country.

Restaurants with a Water View on Hilton Head Island

Fishcamp at Broad Creek

Crazy Crab

Poseidon Coastal Cuisine

The Quarterdeck – 

Skull Creek Dockside

Restaurants with a Water View in Beaufort

Luther’s Rare and Well Done

Saltus River Grill

Restaurants with a Water View in Bluffton

Buffalo’s at Palmetto Bluff

Canoe Club at Palmetto Bluff

No matter which water view you choose, we are lucky to have these and many other delicious restaurants in the area to choose from for delicious SC Low Country cuisine.

Trust the Dufrene Real Estate Team

Whether you are a local resident looking to sell your home in Bluffton and buy a new one, or a fan of the area who wants a vacation home on Hilton Head Island, the Dufrene Group is here to help. Our experienced team of Bluffton Realtors can help you buy or sell a Bluffton or Hilton Head home. Contact us for a FREE consultation today to see how we can best serve your Hilton Head Island real estate needs.

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History Lesson: The Harbour Town Light House on Hilton Head Island

The most recognizable Hilton Head landmark, the world famous Harbour Town Lighthouse, was built in 1969 in an effort to help ships traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway and Calibogue Sound see better at night. It was the first privately financed lighthouse to be built since way back in the 1800’s so it was the talk of the town.

Today, the popular 93-foot red and white striped lighthouse welcomes you to the Harbour Town Yacht Basin and is open to the public. There are 111 stairs to the top of the lighthouse that leads to a gift shop, museum, and a top-level viewing deck that provides panoramic views of the Calibogue Sound, Daufuskie Island, and Hilton Head Island. These 360-degree panoramic views of the water, marsh, Harbour Town Golf Links, and the marina, are some of the best on the Island. Check out the webcam here!

Guests are welcome to take a self- guided “Legends Tour” in the Historic Museum to learn more about the Island’s history and the creation of the lighthouse. In addition, the Top of the Lighthouse Shoppe is a unique and popular boutique with lighthouse figurines, Harbour Lights collectibles, t-shirts, local art, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and more!

The Dufrene Group Can Help You Find the Your Hilton Head Island Vacation Villa

We’d love to have you as a neighbor! Are you thinking of buying a home or vacation villa on Hilton Head Island or in Bluffton, SC? The Dufrene Group can help! Check out available Hilton Head Island homes for sale here or feel free to contact us for more info at (843) 707-2267 or email us here! We are ready to help you find your Low Country home!  



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Day Trip from Hilton Head Island: Visit Daufuskie Island, SC

Exploring the SC Low Country truly never gets old. There is just so much to see and do on Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and the surrounding areas. Whether you live here full time, have a vacation home here, or just dream of the day when you can buy a home on Hilton Head Island, you must take the time to discover and explore the area when possible. One place that you must put on your Bucket List is Daufuskie Island.

Just a short ferry ride across the Calibogue Sound from Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island is an unspoiled jewel many people never have the privilege of seeing. From its dirt roads and uncrowded beaches, to its history, hauntings, and vineyards – Daufuskie Island is not your ordinary Island.    

Those who have been have their own reasons for liking Daufuskie Island. Some love spending time on the uncrowded, pristine beaches, others like to listen to the live entertainment at Freeport Marina, while many come for the delicious Low Country food and drinks at the Old Daufuskie Crab Company. Everyone though comes to get away from hectic city life and slow down a bit.

Explore Daufuskie Island via a guided tour which takes you to all of the historic landmarks and popular sights or explore on your own with the self-guided golf cart adventure! Spend the day visiting Daufuskie Island’s historic landmarks, isolated beaches, delicious restaurants, and fun galleries filled with crafts from local artisans. Discover a whole new world on Daufuskie Island!

From the relaxing boat ride over, to the friendly locals, and Low Country ambiance, this unspoiled, undeveloped Island takes you back to a simpler time. Make it a point to take the ferry to Daufuskie Island. You will be glad you did!  

The Dufrene Group Can Help You Own a Piece of Paradise

If you want to buy a vacation home on Hilton Head Island, a full-time home in Bluffton, or make your escape and own a home on Daufuskie Island, the Dufrene Group Realtors in Bluffton can help! Check out the area homes for sale here and contact us to schedule a tour of your favorites!

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Holiday Decorating Tips for a Coastal Christmas

Happy holidays y’all! The team at the Dufrene Group is excited about celebrating another coastal Christmas here in beautiful Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC. If you’re like us, one of your favorite parts of the holiday season, !!besides eating!!, is decorating and making your home to make it feel festive.

If you are lucky enough to call our seaside community home, you probably already know that Hilton Head Island homes and Bluffton homes are decorated a little different for Christmas than on the mainland. We love our coastal location and take pride in celebrating that throughout the holiday season.

Here are some holiday decorating tips to add a bit of coastal flair to your holiday celebration. For those of you who are still looking for homes for sale on Hilton Head Island, we hope this will inspire you to visit a Realtor in Hilton Head Island or a Bluffton Realtor, so you can soon add a coastal flair to every holiday celebration in your new Low Country home.

Holiday Decorating Tips for a Coastal Christmas

Beachy Garland – Gather your favorite seashells, sand dollars, and starfish to create the perfect beachy garland for your Hilton Head Island home. Simply connect the items utilizing the existing holes in the shells with decorative twine for a unique coastal holiday decoration.

Seaside Ornament – Create your own seaside ornaments with a coastal scene by filling a clear glass ornament with sand, shells, and other tropical tidbits. Great for decorating your Island home or gift giving to your favorite beach bum.

Coastal Lighting – Instead of choosing the typical assorted 5-colored holiday lights, select blue and white lights instead. This new color theme adds a coastal feel to any décor and is the perfect way to showcase your Bluffton home.

Seashell Trees – Add coastal flair to any Low Country home with seashell Christmas trees. It’s so easy and they are so beautiful! Just grab cone-shaped floral foam in the size you’d like and add your favorite seashells with a hot-glue gun! It’s really that simple, yet so elegant it will dazzle your holiday guests!

The Dufrene Group Can Help You Make Every Christmas a Coastal Christmas

Are you ready to make every Christmas a coastal Christmas? The Dufrene Group can help with that! We’d love to show you homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island so that you can spend every holiday with your toes in the sand! Contact us here today!

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Best FREE Things to do This Holiday Season in Hilton Head and Bluffton, SC

Holiday spending can really take a toll on our wallets, so it’s nice to know that some of the best things in life in the SC Low Country are FREE! We love living in the Hilton Head and Bluffton area and the holidays are so much better at the beach! Here are some of the amazing no-cost activities that are planned for the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area!

Family Friendly Holiday Festivities 

  • Holiday Lights at Shelter Cove Towne CentreThru December 31 – Enjoy lights and special events at Shelter Cove throughout the season until December 31.
  • Bluffton Christmas Parade – December 1 – The Annual Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday December 1st – Rain or shine in downtown Bluffton! The parade will start at the corner of Bridge and Pritchard Streets.
  • Winter Wonderland FestivalDecember 7The Winter Wonderland Festival will be held at Shelter Cove Community Park on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. There will be hayrides, carnival games, petting zoo, children’s parade, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, and more!
  • Harbour Town LightsThroughout DecemberEnjoy the lights! Stroll along the Harbour and enjoy the illuminated seasonal figures with the centerpiece of the display being a towering Christmas tree. Harbour Town is the perfect place to be this holiday season with live entertainment and activities.
  • New Year’s CelebrationDecember 31Enjoy a festive New Year’s Eve golf ball drop from the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse! Enjoy food, fun, entertainment and live music throughout Harbour Town, then count down the ball drop as we welcome the new year! There will be two drops: 7pm and midnight.

The team at the Dufrene Group wants to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season! We are always here to help you find the perfect vacation house, oceanside condo, or permanent home in our beautiful area! Our team can check to see if you are Santa’s “Good List” and help you get qualified for a mortgage today! Nothing says Merry Christmas like a home for the holidays!

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Some of the Best Golf Courses in the U.S. are Found in Our Own Backyard in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC

Millions of people visit the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC area each year. Some come to relax on our pristine beaches, others love the laid-back vibe and tons of family-friendly activities, and then there are the golfers! These folks know that some of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the world are hidden behind area plantation gates with breathtaking ocean views and unique Low Country Live Oak and blossoming magnolia tree-lined fairways.

In fact, it is because of these world-class golf courses that many people are interested in homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. There are so many golf-oriented communities in the Low Country area, that living on or near your favorite course is as easy as asking a Bluffton Realtor to show you the available properties in your price range! From beautiful condos on the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island to a sprawling home on the Colleton River Plantation Golf Course in Bluffton, our Realtor in Bluffton can show you exactly what you are looking for in a golf-oriented home. Check out some of the most popular golf courses in the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island area.

Best Golf Courses on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

If it is your dream to live on one of these beautiful golf courses in Hilton Head or Bluffton, SC, our team of experienced Realtors at the Dufrene Group in Bluffton is ready to help make your dream come true. Just give us the word and we can create a list of all the golf-oriented properties for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island for you to visit. Simply let us know your favorite golf homes for sale in Hilton Head or Bluffton and we will take you on a tour of them! Contact us today to schedule your tour of golf course homes at 843/707-2267 or contact us here.

 

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All About Closing Costs and What a Buyer Can Expect

There are many real estate terms a first-time buyer may not be familiar with – and that’s ok. As a Bluffton Realtor, it is my job to make sure you understand the terminology, so you feel comfortable when you begin to look at homes for sale in Bluffton.

An important thing to know about when considering Bluffton homes for sale is closing costs. First, a real estate closing is when the title of a property is transferred from the seller to the buyer. The costs and fees associated with buying your home that are paid at the closing of the real estate transaction are called closing costs.

Closing costs are typically broken down into 2 categories: recurring and non-recurring. Recurring costs include things such as pre-paid property taxes, insurance, and interest.  Some of these expenses are paid each year via escrow. The non-recurring closing costs include things such as escrow and loan fees.

How Much Are the Closing Costs?

The total closing costs in SC are less than 3% of the amount of money borrowed for your home loan. For example, if you were looking at homes for sale in Bluffton for $300,000 the amount of the total closing costs would be around $9k or less.

Tips to Reduce Your Closing Costs

  • Part of the closing costs are pre-paid interest on the loan. Closing near the end of the month will mean that less interest is due on your loan for that month, reducing your closing costs.
  • Lenders vary in the amount of closing costs they charge to clients. Compare lender fees and interest rates to save thousands of dollars in closing costs. Also, feel free to negotiate closing costs with your lender to reduce your fees.
  • Sometimes you can trade a higher interest rate in exchange for a reduction in closing costs and sometimes even eliminate them completely!
  • Another option is to ask the seller to pay for closing costs when purchasing homes for sale in Bluffton. Most lenders allow the seller to pay up to 3% of the purchase price towards the buyer’s closing costs.

As an experienced Bluffton Realtor, The Dufrene Group can help you understand the home buying process and assist you with finding the home of your dreams. We’d love to show you your options! Contact us today to get started or search available homes for sale in Bluffton here!

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It’s Time for Some Summer Time Fun on Hilton Head Island

It’s no secret that the Hilton Head and Bluffton area are a top destination for those looking for a great
summer getaway. In fact, many visitors decide that a few weeks each summer is simply not enough time
in the amazing Low Country of SC and decide to look at the homes for sale in Bluffton, Hilton Head
Island, and Beaufort during their summer vacation. We understand, and we certainly can’t blame you,
after all, check out all of these amazing activities we have going on to help celebrate summer!

Summer Jams and Fireworks at Dusk – The Island Recreation Association is proud to bring you a fun-
filled, festive atmosphere with the highlight of the night fireworks which start around 9 pm every
Tuesday during the summer. Kids of all ages can enjoy inflatable bounce houses and face painting for a
minimal fee. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks!

Movie Nights in the Park – After the sun sets over Broad Creek join us waterside at Shelter Cove
Community Park for a summer full of blockbuster hits! Watch all your favorites under the stars on a 20′
movie screen. No admission fee! Beach chairs, blankets and take-out food from Shelter Cove Towne
Centre merchants recommended! Every Thursday night at 9 pm throughout the summer!

HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina – Enjoy this weekly celebration during the summer
(every Monday – Friday) with live music featuring Shannon Tanner, entertainment from Cappy the
Clown, art & crafts and activities for kids. Tuesday nights during HarbourFest are the traditional
fireworks nights featuring a spectacular show that lights up the summer nighttime sky. HarbourFest,
Shelter Cove Harbour’s signature summer event, occurs mid-June through mid-August.

Sunset Celebration – Join us on the banks of Broad Creek for a picnic and a sunset serenade at the
pavilion in Shelter Cove Community Park. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and pick up a picnic from one of
our local merchants. Sunset Celebration, featuring live local music and laid-back family entertainment, is
brought to you every Friday each summer by the merchants of Shelter Cove Towne Centre. FREE!
Not to mention relaxing days on our pristine beaches, fun with your friends on our world-class golf
courses, exploring Sea Pines with the kids, a trail ride with the friendly folks at Lawton Stables, or a cool
dip in one of our gorgeous resort pools. The summer fun simply does not end on beautiful Hilton Head
Island!

And…. the fun never ends if you live here! If you are vacationing in Hilton Head now and want to take a
look at the amazing properties available for sale, we’d love to show you around. Give The Dufrene Group
a call at 843/707-6627 or send us a message here. We’d love to help you find the home of your dreams.
One of our experienced Realtors in Bluffton can show you the available homes for sale in Bluffton or
Hilton Head and help you find a place to call your own so you can enjoy the amazing coastal life in the
Hilton Head and Bluffton area!

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The Best Time to List Your Home for Sale

If you’re wondering if there is a better time of the year to sell your home, the answer is yes! As an
experienced Bluffton Realtor, I can tell you that the time of year you decide to sell your home definitely
matters and plays an important role in the Hilton Head and Bluffton housing market.
Best Season to Buy or Sell Your Bluffton Home.

There is definitely more home buying/selling activity in the spring and summer months than there is
during the fall and winter seasons. There are several factors that come into play that make the spring
and summer a better market for homes for sale in Bluffton. Circumstances like school being out gives
families a much more open schedule and a chance to relocate without affecting their child’s school year.
In the fall, school resumes, then we have the holidays, which both make families want to be settled in
their homes instead of buying or selling them.

Typically, a Realtor in Bluffton will see an increase in the number of home sales as the Low Country
housing market approaches the spring “home-selling” season. In fact, home sales begin to increase in
February and March, after the holidays, and continues to increase through August. Sales start to see a
decrease in the new school year approaches, making the best market for homes for sale in Bluffton in
May, June, July, and August.

These peak selling months are important for both buyers and sellers. For home buyers, there is a
greater inventory of homes for sale in Bluffton to choose from, so they will have a better chance of
finding the right property. For sellers, it means the home will sell faster and with less marketing efforts.
Now is the Time! Your Bluffton Realtor is Ready to Help

If you are thinking of selling your Hilton Head, Bluffton, or Beaufort home, now is the perfect time to do
so. Our experienced Realtors in Bluffton can help determine the best price for your home and have a
plethora of marketing strategies to ensure your home gets sold quickly – and for the most money
possible.

If you are in the market for a new home, it is also the perfect time! The homes for sale in Bluffton and
Hilton Head is plentiful, which gives you a variety of home choices and communities to fit any budget.
The team at the Dufrene Group is here to help. Give us a call at (843) 707-2267 or drop us a line here.

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Enjoy Some Fun in the Sun Memorial Day Weekend on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

May is a great time to visit the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island area. The weather is nearly perfect and there are so many planned events and festivities for the extended Memorial Day holiday weekend! Each May we welcome many visitors who come to the beautiful SC Low Country to enjoy our warm spring days that are perfect for lounging on the beach, lingering picnics in the park and rounds of golf on manicured courses. Some folks even take advantage of their vacation time here with a Bluffton Realtor to look for homes for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.

Whether you are a visitor or a local to our area, here are some tips from your Bluffton Realtor at the Dufrene Group for some fun-filled events to check out during Memorial Day weekend in Hilton Head and Bluffton.

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton 

Gregg Russell Concert in Sea Pines – A Sea Pines summertime classic for over 30 years, adults and kids of all ages will enjoy local crooner Gregg Russell, who performs fun and family-friendly songs every weeknight under the famous Liberty Oak from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. The concerts are a popular Island event and are free of charge.

Hilton Head Art Festival – This year’s Hilton Head Island Art Festival, presented by Nash Gallery, features the handcrafted works of the North American craftsman. Experience fine art, food, great music and shopping at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina this Memorial Day Weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 26 – 27 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Heyward House Public Day – The Historic Heyward House in Bluffton invites you to join them for Public Day, to take a step back in time and learn how to play 19th-century games like rolling hoop, marbles, cup and ball, and buzz-saw to see how they compare to the games we play today! May 26th from 11:00-12:00 p.m. Cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults.

America Sings Concert – AMERICA SINGS! is one of Hilton Head’s most anticipated Memorial Day weekend events with an All-American tribute that includes a special salute to members of the United States Armed Forces and Veterans and pays respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Performed by the Hilton Head Choral Society, this special concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway.

Daufuskie Day – If you haven’t taken the ferry over to Daufuskie Island, you are missing out! Here’s your chance to explore this tiny barrier island during their Daufuskie Day celebration. Join them Sunday, May 27th from 2 – 6:00 p.m. for fun in the Carolina sunshine, live music from Groove Town Assault, Scrap Iron Beers, boat rides and an afternoon of Daufuskie Island shenanigans.

HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina – In its 30th season, this popular annual event kicks off Memorial Day Weekend at Shelter Cove Marina with a concert from Island favorite Shannon Tanner and arts, crafts, and entertainment from Cappy the Clown. A must-see while visiting Hilton Head Island!

 

Your Bluffton Realtor is Here to Help!

The Dufrene Group, your Bluffton Realtor, is excited to help you find the home you’ve been dreaming of in Bluffton or Hilton Head Island or sell your Low Country home now while the market is hot! We are experts in the local real estate market and are here to help guide you every step of the way! If you’re looking for a Realtor in Bluffton, the Dufrene Group’s experience and local market knowledge make’s us a great choice! Give us a call at 843/707-2267 or contact us here for more info!

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