In 1951, there was one hotel on Hilton Head Island: the Sea Crest on North Forest Beach Drive. It had a grand total of two rooms, but expanded to eight by 1960.

The Sea Crest was built because day-trippers to this little-known island “were constantly getting stranded, having missed the last ferry trip of the day back to Buckingham Landing,” according to a newspaper column by Jim Littlejohn from the files of the Heritage Library on Hilton Head.

Demand to live in the Lowcountry has always been high

EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of Monthly’s yearlong 30th anniversary celebration, we are highlighting 30 years of different industries in each issue. This month, we feature the real estate industry and how it helped shape Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the surrounding Lowcountry. 

The real estate industry has evolved and changed over the past 30 years.

Back in 1986, we couldn’t even fathom the idea of consumers having the ability to search real estate in the privacy of their own homes.  Today, there are numerous platforms that allow consumers the ability to search properties, view pictures and receive neighborhood information.    

Long Cove Club golf course home brought back up to par

The beautiful golf course home at Long Cove Club was built in the popular architectural style of the day, but whose glory days from the 1990s had long past faded.

It is perched at a great location amidst nature’s splendor and alongside legendary golf course designer Pete Dye’s 7,000-yard masterpiece. It had everything Dave and Kristy Folkwein from Cleveland, Ohio, wanted when they bought their getaway vacation home two years ago — except for its outdated interior design and floor plan.

Springtime in the Lowcountry rejuvenates the spirit and soothes the thawing soul.

We spend more time outdoors in the warm salt air, renew our gardens, walk the grounds of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, battle with our allergies, barbecue on our decks and patios, kayak on the May River, sit outside for late afternoon happy hours along Skull or Jarvis creeks, attend village and art festivals, sift through the bounty of produce at farmers markets, and marvel at the hummingbirds making their seasonal migration.

HERMAN & DAVIS ADD NEW MEMBER TO TEAM
Ruth Parris is joining the Herman & Davis team. She was born and raised in Columbia and received a bachelor of arts degree in French and comparative literature from the University of South Carolina.

ENGEL & VÖLKERS HONORS TURNER WITH TOP AWARD
Engel & Völkers, the European-based premium real estate brand, announced that Rick Turner of Engel & Völkers Hilton Head Island-Bluffton has been inducted into the firm’s ultra-exclusive Private Office network. Turner is one of a select group of the brand’s advisors worldwide to be awarded with this distinction.

Since I moved to the area more than 10 years ago, March has become my new favorite month of the year. I love all the events and festivals that start the new season. Many visitors come back year after year to attend these events and will rent vacation homes.     

BUILDER TURNS DREAM HOME INTO A REALITY

The detailed craftsmanship is evident in every room in this house. Soak in the view outside, the sightlines from inside out, the casual and updated coastal style with some modern edgy elements, and the openness from room to room.

Gull Point home blends traditional style with modern functionality

Tucked away beneath towering pine trees and marshes that straddle both sides of the private road and residences, Gull Point in Sea Pines rests comfortably undisturbed. Only a biting breeze on a cool late winter’s day breaks the calm in this upscale residential community.