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.

It’s not just happenstance that Bluffton and Hilton Head look the way they do. It takes an army of architects, landscapers and gardeners.

There are certain sounds that are undeniably Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. The call of a pileated woodpecker. The cry of a young hawk. The crash of the waves on the beach or the sound of the wind in the trees.

Helpful advice from the Lowcountry’s preeminent plant nerd

Early March is a pretty time to be in the South Carolina Lowcountry, and after some very cold and damaging weather I am ready to be outside digging in the dirt. Sorry, “soil” is the preferred horticultural term for that brown crumbly stuff we grow our flowers, shrubs and vegetables in.  

It is clear by the year-end real estate numbers that more people are finding the Lowcountry to be the ideal place to live, work and play. Inventory is at a six-month supply, down 23.1 percent from the end of 2014. Closed sales are up 13.2 percent from 2014, and the median price point is up 7.3 percent to $276,900. If the number of pending sales is any indication, 2016 is off to a great start for the housing market.

OKATIE HOME MAKES MOST OF NATURAL SURROUNDINGS

From her screened porch, outdoor patio, manicured backyard, upstairs balcony, kitchen and most rooms at her Mediterranean-style home, Ann Bitner can see the marsh and Okatie River bend here and there.

The view is what she wanted. The view is what she got, thanks to H2 Builders in Bluffton.

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 homebuilding industry and how it helped shape Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the surrounding Lowcountry.

A LOOK BACK AT WHAT TURNED THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND/ BLUFFTON BUILDING INDUSTRY INTO ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING MARKETS IN THE SOUTHEAST

There are many things homebuyers and sellers expect from a Realtor, including knowledge of the local market, strong negotiating skills and the ability to confidently guide clients through the buying and selling process. While Realtors are already the most prepared to do all this, they also bring a little something else to the table: past experience in other business sectors.