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The Lowcountry proves you don’t have to be rich to live in paradise

After attending the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing or spending a week on one of the many award-winning golf courses in the area, many return to their hometowns eager to explore the possibilities of calling the Lowcountry home — or perhaps home away from home. The region offers a wide variety of lifestyle living, from traditional neighborhoods and historic homes to beach-oriented communities or private gated plantations, each offering unique features and amenities such as country clubs, marinas, beach access, walking and bike paths, special interest clubs, socials and other events.

If other golf resort and beach communities like the Hamptons, Palm Beach or Nantucket are compared to the Lowcountry, it becomes clear that the Hilton Head Island area offers luxury at an enticingly lower price point. The region prides itself on its notable and numerous accolades; for example, in 2016 Travel + Leisure magazine named Hilton Head the No. 1 island in the United States and No. 8 in the world. Also in 2016, Forbes magazine named Bluffton one of the “Best Places to Retire,” and this year, Coastal Living Magazine named Hilton Head Island the seventh “Happiest Sea Town in America.”

The internet is a great place to start when researching a move to the Hilton Head area; there is a ton of information and social networking available right at your fingertips. But there is nothing like a local Realtor to assist you in your decision. Only a Realtor has access to the latest market figures and data for the Hilton Head area and can supply the accurate information to help you make an informed decision.

The South Carolina Lowcountry’s elegant beauty draws you in and gives you an inner peace of tranquility and substance. It is why so many go from island guests to neighbors.

Jean Beck is the executive vice president of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors.