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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Hampton Lake – Learn More About New Homes in This Popular Bluffton Community

If you’re looking for a wonderful Bluffton, SC community to call home, you will love all of the available options of homes in Hampton Lake and the unmatched amenities the neighborhood has to offer its residents. This popular community has a variety of new homes for sale in Bluffton and is currently expanding to meet the needs and interest of buyers. As your experienced Realtor in Bluffton, I can show you the available homes in Hampton Lake and help you discover the house of your dreams in this amazing community.

Life is Good on the Lake

Those who are interested in new homes for sale in Bluffton will find exactly what they are looking for in Hampton Lake. Choose from brand new homes with all of the latest design details or choose your own lot and build the home you’ve been searching for.

Hampton Lake Homes

There are several neighborhoods to choose from in Hampton Lake with new home prices starting around the low $300’s. Choose from The Arbors, The Sanctuary, The Lake Bluff Collection, The Fox Path Collection, The Green Trail Homes, The Lakeside Home Collection, and the Cottages at Parkside. Each neighborhood offers a choice of different home designs and prices and provides unique neighborhood features created to fit your style, price range, and location preferences.

Choose from the Cottages at Parkside that surround Crystal Lake with Caribbean-inspired resort-like amenities accessible to each owner’s backyard, the Lake Bluff and Fox Path Collection with premium preserve-view and lagoon-view homes and an array of award-winning plans, the Sanctuary with a unique enclave of signature homes with a distinct Lowcountry design aesthetic….and so many more!


With limitless recreational and social opportunities woven into a charming Lowcountry backdrop, homes in Hampton Lake offer an unparalleled, relaxed lifestyle you will enjoy being a part of. From community oyster roasts and kids camps to holiday celebrations and an endless variety of clubs, fitness classes, and even sunset boat cruises, Hampton Lake truly has something for everyone!

Let Me Show You Your New Home

I would love the opportunity to be your Realtor in Bluffton. I can show you all of the available homes in Hampton Lake and take you on a tour of the amazing community and its amenities. Contact me at (843) 707-2267 or info@thedufrenegroup.com to schedule a time to see this amazing neighborhood!

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Discover the Communities of New Riverside in Bluffton

If you are looking at homes for sale in Bluffton, now is the perfect time! The real estate market in the Bluffton area is booming and there are many amazing opportunities for a wonderful home in a great community. With a team of experienced Bluffton Realtors at the Dufrene Group, we are the perfect partner to help you find the house of your dreams!

While looking for homes for sale in Bluffton, consider the area of New Riverside. This popular, growing area located near beautiful Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton offers a variety of different community options, and is zoned for the highly sought-after May River High School, and will soon include a brand-new complex that includes an elementary and middle school as well. Here are some of the neighborhoods in the New Riverside area:

Bluffton’s New Riverside Communities

Alston Park – This family friendly and nature oriented community near Palmetto Bluff features homes from the $200’s. Community amenities include a fitness Center, swimming pool, great schools, and walking & biking trails, with a short drive to Hilton Head, Savannah & Beaufort.

Southern Oaks – This affordable community offers a nature-oriented setting with wooded & lagoon home sites, a swimming pool, hiking & biking trails and is located adjacent to the planned New Riverside school complex (K-12). It is a short commute to Savannah & Hilton Head.

Heritage at New Riverside – This community is located just minutes from Old Town Bluffton or downtown Savannah, GA. The 365-acre community offers a zero-entry swimming pool with lap area, 5,000 sq. ft. clubhouse/amenities center, 5.5 mile nature trail through the heart of the community, and amazing schools.

The HavenEnjoy all the pleasures of active adult living in a more intimate setting at The Haven at New Riverside by Del Webb. Nestled within the planned community of New Riverside on the edge of historic Bluffton, The Haven offers amenities including private clubhouse, pool, fitness center, tennis, pickleball and bocce ball courts, even a dog park.

The Dufrene Group is Your New Riverside Bluffton Realtor

We would love the opportunity to be your Realtor in Bluffton and help you find the home you are looking for. Our team knows the New Riverside real estate market and can show you homes for sale in Bluffton in any of these neighborhoods. Contact us today to schedule a time to take a tour.

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Tips to Help Sell a Hilton Head Island Home Faster

When it comes time to sell a home on Hilton Head Island, you need a knowledgeable Hilton Head Realtor who knows the market, neighborhoods, and has experience pricing and selling homes for sale on Hilton Head

As an experienced Hilton Head Realtor, I can help you choose the perfect selling price for your home that will be bold enough to get you top dollar while making it a competitive and good choice for a quick sale. Here are a few tips to help you sell a home on Hilton Head Island quickly:

Sell Your Hilton Head Home Fast

Price It to Sell It! –  A great strategy is to list your home at 15 % off the market value. Buyers will be attracted to the lower price, react quickly and more often than not, you will even receive multiple offers. This will cause the price to be bid up to the market value and even more!

The Lighter the Better – Always make it a point to maximize the light in your home. It is a top priority for buyers and it is something they look for when choosing a new home. Open the curtains, clean the windows, increase the wattage of your light bulbs to make it brighter! A bright and cheery home sells faster!

Hire a Tech Savvy Hilton Head Realtor – Hiring the right real estate agent is crucial for a quick sale. Make sure you use a Hilton Head Realtor who is informed and in touch with the market and the Homes for sale on Hilton Head. A Realtor who monitors the multiple listing service (MLS) and is aware of the pricing of the market and comps is going to get your house sold quickly. If your Hilton Head Realtor is tech savvy and embraces emerging technology, they will utilize a variety of tools to sell your house.

Pets Can Be Peeves – Not all people are pet people. Potential homebuyers don’t want to see (or smell) the litter box or have dog hair swirling at their feet! It gives the impression that your house is dirty or unkempt. It is best to leave pets at a neighbor’s home or doggie daycare for showings or open houses.

Always Be Ready for a Potential Buyer – You must always be ready to show your home. Quite simply, you never know when you will get a last minute showing or have a buyer that wants to come back soon for another look. You must be available to let people see the home whenever they want to, and it must be clean and ready to show! Avoid leave dishes in the sink, make sure the bathrooms are sparkling clean, and the smelly garbage is taken out!


If you are ready to sell a home on Hilton Head Island, Dufrene Real Estate will provide you with a knowledgeable agent who understands the local market and will work with you to set the right asking price. Dufrene Real Estate wants to help you get the Top Dollar for your property. Contact the Dufrene Team and we’ll get your FREE AND NO OBLIGATION Comparative Market Analysis started, at no cost to you. Or call us at 843.707.2267

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Bluffton’s Hottest Selling Neighborhoods

There are so many amazing Bluffton neighborhoods in area. From small, quaint communities with lots of coastal ambiance to gated communities with tons of amenities to enjoy. Whether you are looking to sell a Bluffton home or are looking at homes for sale in Bluffton, the Dufrene Group has the experience and local real estate knowledge to ensure you get the best deal possible. We are your go-to Bluffton Realtor. Here are some of the fastest selling neighborhoods in Bluffton and some of the perks of living in these desirable communities.

Best Selling Neighborhoods in Bluffton, SC

Mill Creek at Cypress Ridge – Located must minutes from Old Town Bluffton and nearby Savannah, GA, Mill Creek at Cypress Ridge has homes for sale in Bluffton starting in the mid $200k’s with floor plans ranging from 1,600 square feet to 3,700 square feet. Mill Creek offers new energy efficient homes as well as amazing resale properties that are great for any stage of life; from a family home to a home suited for retirement. There are a variety of state-of-the-art amenities including a world class amenity village with 3-story fitness tower, community social events, and outstanding schools.

Heritage at New River Side – Heritage at New Riverside is a community of new homes for sale in Bluffton, conveniently located between Hilton Head, Savannah, and Beaufort. Homes start at just $200k and offer a variety of floorplans to choose from. Amenities include a 365-acre community, zero-entry swimming pool with lap area, a 5,000-sq. ft. clubhouse/amenities center, amazing schools, and a 5.5-mile nature trail through the heart of the community.

Pinecrest – Pinecrest is composed of three distinctive neighborhoods: The Crossings, with executive homes offering lagoon and golf course views of the fairways of the Pinecrest Country Club; The Woodlands, a moderately priced selection of midsized homes with forest or fairway views; and The Gables, a section of smaller patio homes for owners that are permanent residents or part-time occupants. The master-planned community, at the crossroads of Buckwalter and Bluffton Parkways, on either side of Bluffton Parkway, offers a community center, a covered pavilion, swimming and wading pools, tennis courts, playground, and golf course.


Islands West – The community of Island West has something to please all members of your family within this compact, multi-generational, gated neighborhood situated along Island West Golf Club. Residents can enjoy country club living without the expense of golf course maintenance. Amenities here include a junior Olympic sized swimming pool, two tennis courts, a basketball/net game court, children’s playground, and a 4,000-square foot community clubhouse with meeting room, kitchen, lending library and fully equipped fitness center.

Seagrass StationLive the good life at Seagrass Station, in the heart of fast-growing Bluffton. Choose from a range of affordable new home designs that offer flexible, open floor plans and plenty of space. Proximity to the desirable new K-8 River Ridge Academy plus shopping, dining, and an on-site swimming pool make Seagrass Station the ideal place to call home for all ages.

We Can Help You Buy or Sell a Home in Bluffton

Let us show you homes for sale in Bluffton in these and other amazing Bluffton neighborhoods. The Dufrene Group has an experienced Bluffton realtor who can help you with the home buying (or selling) process from start to finish. Contact us today if you want to sell a Bluffton home or look at homes for sale in Bluffton. We look forward to working with you!

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Christmas on the SC Coast – Holiday Happenings in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC

Anytime is the perfect time to explore the beautiful SC Low Country of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island and Christmas is no exception. Our little piece of paradise attracts many visitors each year, including many who plan to buy a home in Bluffton or Hilton Head now or in the future. Whether you’re a local in the community or are looking for a realtor in Bluffton to soon become a local, here are a few of the many wonderful family oriented festivities planned to get you in the holiday mood.

Christmas Events in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island

‘Tis the Season! A Holiday Light & Entertainment Spectacular – November 20 – December 30, 2017 – 5:30-9pm, nightly – Enjoy the holiday lighting and entertainment spectacular! Activities and entertainment includes visits from Santa, Horse & Carriage Rides, Rock Wall, Skating Rink, Bounce Houses, Movies in the Park, Zip Line, Local Group Performances and more! Park your car, stroll through the lights, enjoy nightly events all while shopping and dining! Part of proceeds to benefit People for Parks. More info here.

Harbour Town Lights – Friday, November 24, 2017 – Enjoy 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. Make a difference while you’re enjoying the holiday season, and help Deep Well make a difference in someone else’s life. Bring a canned good or two, or a new unwrapped child’s toy, and drop them in the “well” by the Liberty Oak stage. Since 1973, the non-profit, volunteer-based Deep Well has been serving the basic needs of the less fortunate on Hilton Head Island. More info here.

New Year’s Eve Celebration – Harbour Town – Sunday, December 31, 2017 – 6:00PM – 12:00AM – Enjoy a festive New Year’s Eve Golf Ball Drop from the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse! Enjoy food, entertainment and live music throughout Harbour Town, then count down to the ball drop as we welcome the new year! There will be two ball drops: 7pm and midnight. More info here. 


Need a Realtor in Bluffton to Help You Buy or Sell a Home?

I’d love to help you buy or sell a home in Bluffton just in time for Christmas! As a dedicated and experienced Realtor in Bluffton, I can show you around the area and take you to see the homes for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. If you want to sell an existing property, I can assist with listing your home at the right price and advertising it to potential buyers to get it sold quickly. Contact me to schedule an appointment to see local houses now and you could be ringing in the New Year in your new Bluffton home!

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Thanksgiving in the SC Low Country of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island

If you’ve never spent the winter holidays in the SC Low Country, you are missing it for sure. If you are lucky enough to live in the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island area, you already know that there is simply nothing like a coastal holiday to remind you and your family how blessed you are to live in this wonderful community. It’s no wonder so many of our visitors end up looking for homes for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head so they can celebrate all their special occasions in the beautiful Low Country!

Whether you are a resident or have hopes to be one soon (your friendly Bluffton Realtor can help with that), here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving activities and traditions we have to look forward to this holiday season in our area.

Hilton Head and Bluffton Thanksgiving Holiday Happenings

Hilton Head Turkey Trot (November 23rd)

The Annual Turkey Trot – Join in on the fun at the Annual Hilton Head Turkey Trot with a 5K, 10K, and fun walk race. Experience a great holiday activity for the whole family and help a great cause in the process! This year’s Hilton Head Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day. The races begin and end in front of the Chart House Restaurant with the course winding through Hilton Head Plantation then back to the restaurant. All proceeds benefit the Island Rec Center Children’s Scholarship Fund and Deep Well Project. Learn more here.

Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner – For nearly 20 years, the Hilton Head community has come together to create a fantastic dinner event for Thanksgiving. Visitors will enjoy a free meal and a festive atmosphere at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. Together, the whole community can share what they are thankful for while giving an optional donation to the Deep Well Project and Bluffton Self Help.

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt in Sea Pines – Kick off your Thanksgiving Day with a holiday Scavenger Hunt in The Sea Pines Resort from 9-11:30 a.m. $25 per family. You must all work together to find the ultimate holiday prize! Reservations are required for this fun, family-friendly activity and can be made by calling (843) 842-1979 or by visiting their website here.

The Bluffton Christmas Parade – Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 2nd for the Annual Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade in Old Town.  Folks from all over come to see this popular parade. The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. and you won’t want to miss it! More info here.


Th Dufrene Group Wants to be Your Bluffton Realtor

Don’t you want to be part of this wonderful community? I’d love to show you around the area and let you see some of the amazing homes for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. As an experienced Bluffton Realtor, I’m ready to help you find the Low Country home of your dreams! If you’d like to look around, just give me a call at (843) 707-2267 or drop me an email at info@thedufrenegroup.com so we can set up a time to explore the area.

From our family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving from the Dufrene Group!

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