When you are buying or selling real estate, it might not even cross your mind that the safety of your home and personal information could be at risk during the transaction process. Typically, sellers know to clean closets, declutter rooms and freshen paint. But it is also important that you secure your home — after all, strangers will be walking through your home during showings. Realtors do their best to to interview prospective buyers and take all precautions when showing your home, but you can help by alleviating temptation.

 

Hot pink and other bright colors, kitchen desks, Whirlpool bathtubs, over-the-range microwaves, tiled counters, matching furniture and arched faucets all had their day in many Lowcountry kitchens and bathrooms.

Now it’s white/gray color schemes in the kitchen, transitional style design, wood flooring, outdoor kitchens, coffee stations and wet bars, storage pullouts, floating vanities in the master bathroom and freestanding tubs.

Tuscan style of Colleton River home takes owners back to the Mediterranean

Sitting in his spacious Tuscan-style home in Colleton River Plantation may be the closest that Angelo Guagliano and his wife Valerie get to embracing his homeland—without actually being there.

Sure, they visit Italy often, but they wanted to replicate the Mediterranean ambiance in their sprawling 6,500-square-foot home in the Lowcountry with distinctive architecture and customized interior design.

Do you know the No. 1 tip for becoming a fruitful vegetable gardener?

Gardening gurus like Laura Lee Rose, the consumer horticulture agent for Beaufort County Clemson Extension and coordinator for the Master Gardener program, will tell you to first consider what you like to eat. “Make a list of your family’s favorite vegetables,” Rose said. “This will help you plot out your garden and ensure you eat what you grow, which is really the fun part.”

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.