THANK YOUR HVAC UNIT

The HVAC system is the most expensive appliance in your home, but it’s hard to imagine living in the Lowcountry without one. The centralized heating, ventilation and air conditioning system helps improve indoor air quality while reducing humidity levels and making your indoor space more comfortable.

This spring we have seen a record number of visitors to the Lowcountry — good news for both our economy and for our real estate market. After all, many current full-time Hilton Head Islanders once were visitors this island paradise. As we head into the summer season, it always warms my heart to see families enjoying our island. I find myself wondering where they are from, what they do for a living, and if this is their first time visiting Hilton Head. 

CORNELLS JOIN CENTURY 21

The husband-and-wife team of Joe and Yvonne Cornell has joined Century 21 A Low Country Realty as real estate agents.

Joe Cornell has been a licensed real estate professional since 1982, beginning his real estate career in Philadelphia where he worked with his father in property management. He has completed curriculum work for an MBA at Eastern University and has earned a graduate certificate in marketing strategies at Cornell University's Johnson School of Business. He holds specialist designations in second home properties, senior real estate and military relocation.

HARDSCAPES ADD VALUE TO HOMES

Lush grass, indigenous plants, saw palmettos, stately live oaks draped in Spanish moss: The Lowcountry is the perfect setting to enjoy the outdoors.

The best way to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer? Upscale outdoor living spaces, complete with all the amenities Lowcountry residents could need for optimal comfort. It’s these spaces, area real estate agents say, that become the most important when trying to see a home.

BLUFFTON WELCOMES THE JOHNSONS

Since childhood, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clark “Jey” Johnson dreamed of joining the U.S. Army. Before the beginning of his senior year in high school, Johnson drive miles away to find a recruiting station near his home in Independence, Iowa. He headed to boot camp in July 1996, after graduation, and the reported for duty in Schweinfurt, Germany.

INSPIRATION TO HELP YOU SPROUT AN INTEREST IN GARDENING

Ah, spring: The birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and Lowcountry gardeners are getting out their trowels and heading to the yard. Why do we spend countless hours pruning and planting? For some of us, it helps us put down roots in our communities. Others just can’t help themselves. Here, a few famous quotes on gardening to help spark an interest:

All StsGardenThe Lowcountry blooms best in spring, when azaleas, dogwood, roses, irises, wisteria, gardenia and dozens of other plants and trees bust forth in a cascade of color. The best place to see the best blossoms of the season? The All Saints Garden Tour.

The 31th annual tour, to be held on May 19, will feature six gardens in southern Beaufort County — three on Hilton Head Island and three in Bluffton. The gardens are in the following communities:  River Bend, Berkley Hall, Belfair, Spanish Wells, Hilton Head Plantation and Sea Pines.

PALMETTO BLUFF HOME REFLECTS LOWCOUNTRY BEAUTY

There are Lowcountry-style homes, of course, and then there are exquisite Lowcountry homes. These show-stoppers combine all of the signature elements of the antebellum period with precise craftsmanship, attention to detail and devotion to authenticity.

One particular house on Stallings Island Street in Palmetto Bluff is one of those homes.

PALMETTO BLUFF HOUSE IS HGTV’S 2018 SMART HOME

For 14 months, camera crews from HGTV slipped in and out of Palmetto Bluff, as the channel’s 2018 Smart Home took shape near Moreland Village. The home is finished now and one lucky winner will receive the keys to it in June, when the giveaway contest wraps up.

“Somebody is going to have this as their little hidden gem in the South,” said Tiffany Brooks, a Chicago-based interior designer who is also the host of HGTV Smart Home 2018.

CALADIUMS AND CANNAS STAR IN LOWCOUNTRY GARDENS

We’re familiar with the fabled lilies of the field, which neither toil nor spin, yet are arrayed more gloriously than Solomon. But here we’re going to examine something even more... dare it be said? ... gaudy.

Extravagant caladiums and cannas are both showy and satisfying – the former for shade, the latter for sun. These two dependable beauties deserve a place in every Lowcountry landscape.