It’s Time to Get Your Plaid on at the RBC Heritage PGA Tour Golf Tournament on Hilton Head Island

The RBC Heritage will be held April 15 – 21, 2019 on beautiful Hilton Head Island, and it is expected to be one of the best years ever! Held each April on the Island, thousands of people make their way to Hilton Head, SC to be a part of South Carolina’s only PGA event.

Held annually on The Sea Pines Resort’s famed Harbour Town Golf Links, the RBC Heritage is one of golf’s most notable tournaments. This popular family-friendly event features some of the biggest names in golf and is very popular with thousands of spectators from around the world in attendance each year. The Heritage is also a favorite among TOUR players, many of whom enjoy staying with their families at The Sea Pines Resort and enjoying the amenities of Island.

The RBC Heritage is one of the few golf events that enables fans to get up-close and personal with the players and The Dufrene Group would like to give you a chance to experience that!  Visit our Facebook page now to enter! You could be the lucky winner of the drawing on April 7!

This year’s tournament promises to be another year of exciting golf and fun filled Island events. Harbour Town Golf Links in The Sea Pines Resort will be where the party is this April, so be sure to get your tickets soon to be a part of the festivities.  Learn more here.

The Dufrene Group Keller Williams is here for all of your Hilton Head Island and Bluffton real estate needs! We have expert agents ready to help you sell your home or find the perfect Low Country dream home to buy. Call or message us to get started today!

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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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Thanks for Your Support and Friendship in 2018

The Dufrene Group Realtors in Bluffton would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support and friendship throughout 2018. What an amazing year it was here in beautiful Bluffton, SC and Hilton Head Island for our team and our families, and we are thankful to say that YOU played a part!

At the Dufrene Group, we really do strive to be the best Bluffton Realtors and do everything we possibly can to assist you with your Hilton Head Island real estate needs. Whether you are looking to buy a home in Bluffton, SC or sell a villa on Hilton Head Island, the Dufrene Group is here to help you get the best deal possible.

The Dufrene Group Wants to be Your Bluffton Realtor in the New Year

If you are ready to finally own that vacation home on Hilton Head Island or relocate to a friendly neighborhood in Bluffton with great schools and amenities, The Dufrene Group can help. The beautiful SC Low Country of Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, and Bluffton offer a variety of amazing opportunities for residential housing including oceanfront condos, homes on the May River, and amenity-filled communities with everything you could want!

 Check out these Bluffton homes for sale and Hilton Head Island homes for sales at your leisure. When you are ready to get pre-approved for a home loan or would like to see some of the homes for sale, just contact us and we will schedule a tour!

The team at the Dufrene Group considers ourselves blessed to have had the opportunity to meet or work with all of you and wish you all the very best in 2019. Happy New Year!

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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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Labor Day Weekend on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

Labor Day Weekend is a great time to visit the SC Low Country. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the wonderful things we all love about Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC. As an experienced Realtor in Bluffton, I see more and more visitors take the time to look at homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island during their holiday visits, so they can spend more time in this amazing piece of paradise. If you’d like to call Hilton Head or Bluffton home, or are interested in a vacation or investment property here, we’d love to help you realize your dream!

Here are some of the fun filled Labor Day Weekend activities on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton:

Labor Day Events in Hilton Head and Bluffton

Gregg Russell Labor Day Concerts – Celebrating over 40 years in Harbour Town, Gregg Russell has become a Sea Pines classic! You’ll find him under the famed Liberty Oak in Harbour Town entertaining adults and children alike.

Summer Entertainment Center Stage at Coligny – Enjoy a variety of activities on Labor Day Weekend on Hilton Head Island. Fun for the whole family – magic with Gary Maurer, live local music, great food and beverages. More info here.

 “Funny not Filthy” Magic and Comedy Show – Laugh with the family at the “Funny not Filthy” magic and comedy at the Comedy Magic Cabaret in South Island Square featuring headliner Kerry Pollock. Teens are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Get tickets here.

Reggae Festival on the Riva! in Bluffton- Fun filled Labor Day Weekend celebration on the May River in Bluffton. The Reggae Festival on the Riva! is Saturday, will be held on September 1, 2018 from 2pm -9pm. Celebrate Reggae in the Lowcountry with food vendors, live Reggae Bands, DJ, contests, kid activities. Plenty more! More info here.

Reggae Sunset Cruise – Spend Labor Day weekend on the water on the coast of beautiful Hilton Head SC. Join the fun on Sunday, September 2, 2018 for live Reggae music, Caribbean buffet, and more. Boat boards at 6pm. More info here.

The Dufrene Group – Your Bluffton Realtor Team 

The Dufrene Group can help with all your real estate needs. Whether you are a local to the area or are looking to invest in a home here, our team can help you find the home you are looking for! Visit for more info today!

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It’s Time to Head Back to School in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC

Since it’s almost time for the local students in Beaufort County, SC to head back to school, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to brag about the amazing schools we have in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC.  As an experienced Realtor in Bluffton, one of the first things families looking for homes for sale in Bluffton ask me about are the schools their children will attend.

There are so many wonderful things about living in beautiful Bluffton, SC and coastal Hilton Head Island, and fortunately for us, the schools are on that list! During your home search, if you are considering homes for sale on Hilton head Island or homes for sale in Bluffton, you will be thrilled to know that we love our schools and the amazing teachers in our area and consider them among our greatest assets.

Those looking for homes for sale in Bluffton with school age children have the following public-school options as well as a variety of wonderful private school opportunities.

Bluffton Public Schools


Pritchardville Elementary

Bluffton Elementary

Okatie Elementary

Red Cedar Elementary

M.C. Riley Elementary

River Ridge Academy (K thru 8)



Bluffton Middle School

H.E. McCracken Middle School



Bluffton High School

May River High School


Those looking for homes for sale on Hilton Head Island with school age children have the following public-school options as well as a variety of wonderful private school opportunities.

Hilton Head Island Public Schools

Hilton Head School for Creative Arts

Hilton Head Island IB


Hilton Head Island Middle School


Hilton Head Island High School


Bluffton and Hilton Head Island residents are also fortunate to have two available college campuses in our area.  The University of SC Beaufort and The Technical College of the Low Country both have a convenient Bluffton/Hardeeville campus for those who have interest in college level courses.

The Dufrene Group – We Are Your Bluffton Realtor

Our amazing schools are just one of the many reasons people choose to look at homes for sale in Bluffton. Our wonderful community, great coastal lifestyle, and mild weather make living on the SC coast such a privilege! The Bluffton Realtor team at The Dufrene Group would love to show you the available homes for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island and invite you to become part of our family-oriented community.

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A Look Around Town – The Heyward House, Bluffton, SC

There are so many wonderful things about our quaint little town of Bluffton, SC. It’s no wonder people visit us and decide to look for homes for sale in Bluffton to call their own. From the beautiful May River sunsets, to the charming shops along Calhoun Street, there is magic in our tiny seaside community that draws folks from near and far and beckons for them to stay longer.

As a Realtor in Bluffton, I hear the stories time and again about how our little town stole the hearts of my clients. There are so many interesting tales and wonderful sites to see in Bluffton, SC, and today we are taking a look at a beautiful historic home that has deep roots in our community.

The Cole-Heyward House in Historic Bluffton

Built as a summer home for a local plantation owner, the Cole-Heyward House was built in 1841 and is one of only eight antebellum homes remaining today in Bluffton. Located near the May River, in the heart of Bluffton’s historic district, this Carolina Farmhouse style dates from the Colonial period up to the Civil War.

Designed by John J. Cole, the home first served as a retreat for him and his family to escape the SC heat, insects, and disease of the plantation, and was used for parties and socializing with other local planter families during the summer in the Low Country.

The Heyward House site, which includes the original slave cabin and summer kitchen, is actually named for the Heyward family who owned the home from the early 1880s until 1998. George Cuthbert Heyward, grandson of Thomas Heyward Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was the first Heyward to reside in the home.

Today, the house is well preserved and has not changed much structurally over the over the past 170 years. It currently serves as the Official Welcome Center for the Town of Bluffton, and features a museum depicting its history. It is also an official project of the “Save America’s Treasures Program”, a public-private partnership between the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center is now operated by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society and can be toured and visited daily. Stop by to get acquainted with our town via maps, brochures, menus, and information to help you enjoy your visit to Bluffton. The friendly staff is available to answer any questions you may have and give you directions to your next place of interest in our town. Hours are Monday – Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.  More info on tours here.

Make Bluffton Your Home

If our little town stole your heart, contact us at the Dufrene Group, and an experienced Bluffton Realtor can show you homes for sale in Bluffton to fit your style and price range. We would love to show you around our home town and we’d love even more to have you as a neighbor!

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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

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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Spend Your Thursdays at the Local Bluffton Farmer’s Market

Some of the best things about living in Bluffton are the sense of community and love for our area that comes along with living in a small coastal town. These are just some of the irresistible reasons people come to the area on vacation and end up contacting a Bluffton Realtor to see homes for sale in Bluffton during their visit. It’s such a wonderful community – they want to be a part of it, too!

A fun way that Bluffton celebrates our town and people is to gather at community events and festivals. One of the most popular events, happening each Thursday between 1 and 6pm, is the local Bluffton Farmer’s Market.  Held on Calhoun and Lawrence Streets in the historic district of downtown Bluffton, the town comes alive with music from local entertainers, the smell of home cooked Southern dishes, and amazing craft work from local Low Country artisans.

This family friendly community event is a weekly part of life in Bluffton where the locals and tourists alike gather to buy locally grown fresh produce, sample regional cuisine, enjoy local bands, and relax with family and friends.

There are also great programs available to help you learn more about growing your own food as well as cooking it. The Chef in the Market program features local chef demonstrations in the market area where you are given the recipe and shopping list, so you can buy the ingredients while you are at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market and make it at home. The Master Gardener program allows you the opportunity to visit a Clemson Certified Master Gardener every week at the market for gardening tips, best planting practices, soil corrections, and more!

The convenient location in Old Town promotes downtown Bluffton merchants to tourists and locals and spotlights everything they offer in their local stores, shops, and restaurants. It also gives guests the opportunity to meet the farmers and vendors who are so passionate about bringing the best and freshest local food and products to you.

The best part about the Bluffton Farmer’s Market is that it showcases our local friends and neighbors and gives people an opportunity to learn more about the Bluffton area and all that it has to offer.  Learn more about the vendors from the Bluffton Farmer’s Market here.


Are you Ready to Be a Part of Our Wonderful Community and See Homes for Sale in Bluffton?

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HOA Fees in Popular Bluffton, SC Communities

When searching for homes for sale in Bluffton, buyers should be aware that many of the neighborhoods in Bluffton are privately owned and require some sort of Homeowner’s Association (HOA) Fee to help cover the costs of the amenities, streets, security, pools, fitness centers, and other expenses of the community. This is something savvy buyers should know about when considering neighborhoods in Bluffton for their home purchase. As an experienced Realtor in Bluffton, I can help you better understand the area’s HOA structure and explain the costs if you are interested in a certain Bluffton community. These HOA fees must be paid by each homeowner and are typically paid quarterly. HOA fees vary for neighborhoods in Bluffton and can range from $800 up to almost $20k annually!

In addition, be sure to ask your Bluffton Realtor about any capital improvement fees, enhancement fees and special assessments, transfer fees, membership fees, as well as any initiation/administrative fees that may be required when buying a home in neighborhoods in Bluffton.
Here are some of the HOA fees for popular neighborhoods in Bluffton to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay each year to live there.

Annual HOA Fees for Homes for Sale in Bluffton Neighborhoods
Alston Park $850
Belfair $14,980
Berkeley Hall $17,855
Colleton River $18,025
Crescent $1,350
Eagles Pointe $1,260
Farm at Buckwalter $754
Hampton Hall $3,850
Hampton Lake $3,376.33
Hampton Pointe $1,068
The Haven $2,364
Island West $1,350
Lawton Station $850
Cypress Ridge $1,320 (homes)
Cypress Ridge $1,980 (townhomes)
Moss Creek $5,334
Palmetto Bluff $7,842 (Plus required Social/Activity Membership $3,550 annually)
Rose Hill $2100
Rose Dhu Creek $1,850
Shell Hall $1,600
Sun City $2,100
University Park $1,260
Westbury Park $1,540

The Dufrene Group Wants to be Your Realtor in Bluffton
Now is the time to buy a home in beautiful Bluffton, SC. As an experienced Bluffton Realtor, I can show you all of the neighborhoods in Bluffton and help you decide which one will work best for you. Contact me today to schedule a time to see the available homes for sale in Bluffton so you can become part of our wonderful community.

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