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Fun Things to Do at Fripp Island

Sunrise Fripp Island is one of South Carolina’s best-kept secrets. Whether you’re looking for a seasonal vacation home, or planning on a permanent relocation to paradise, Fripp Island might be the right place for you! We’re not simply a vacation spot, and the locals will tell you that we have tons of stuff going on all year round. Here’s a look at just some of the many fun things to do on Fripp Island that locals and tourists enjoy alike:

An Ocean Sunrise Unlike Any Other

Start the day off right while watching the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Take a stroll on one of our gorgeous beaches, and maybe collect a few shells along the way. Since the island is narrow, you’re never more than a few minutes away from a beach.

For a new perspective, head over to the Hunting Island Lighthouse for a bit of exercise, and climb all 167 steps to the top. It seems a bit daunting, but we promise the panoramic view of the picaresque South Carolina coast is well worth it. You may find yourself going back to the lighthouse on a regular basis to check out the incredible view!

Outdoor Adventures at Fripp Island

Golfing at Fripp Island Once you descend from the lighthouse, hit the beach! If you’re not one to sit still and read a book, you can rent some kayaks or pontoons to keep things interesting from Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort. They also offer golf cart, moped and bike rentals, all of which are great ways to tour the island.

If you love horses, contact Camelot Farms and arrange to ride horses along the shoreline! Owning a horse is a huge expense, but you can borrow one from Camelot whenever you’d like.

Take a guided water tour of Pritchards Island, which is uninhabited, and learn all about the ecological systems at work in this unique area from our naturalist experts.

Fripp Island History

Our island and the surrounding area is rich in American history: Spend some days on St. Helena Island, learning about Penn Center, one of the first schools for the children of freed slaves, and a small cottage where Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his “I have a dream…” speech.

Once you’ve toured St. Helena, check out some of the other islands in the area like Beaufort, known for its historical downtown area, which is an officially designated historical district.

Dinner, Drinks and Movie Always Make For a Fun Night

If you feel like sitting still after all that activity, catch a movie at Highway 21 Drive In, a true drive in Movie Theater Fripp Island movie theater, one of the only remaining drive ins in the country.

At the end of the day, enjoy a frosty or frozen drink at The Sandbar, a casual ocean front bar known for its live entertainment and casual setting.

After a few drinks, if you’re interested in having a delicious dinner while taking in some incredible scenery, look no further than Bonito Boathouse. Enjoy a yummy meal with a view of the marina at this local hotspot known for its seafood, service and atmosphere. Locals love the she crab soup, and the Southern classic shrimp & grits!

These are just some of the many activities you and your loved ones can enjoy while you’re living on Fripp Island—and we didn’t even mention the golfing, fishing, bird watching or tennis! Contact me at john@fripprealestate.com for more information on purchasing a second home or relocating to this special paradise located in South Carolina.

Looking To Build New? We’ve Got Lots Of Lots!

Looking To Build New

Looking To Build NewIt can be exhausting looking at house after house and not seeing exactly what you want. Why settle for something close to perfect when you can build exactly what you want instead?

By buying a lot on Fripp Island, not only will you be on a secluded and appealing island, but you can also have the exact home of your dreams.

Fripp Island Real Estate offers a wide variety of property lots that are available for you to build your perfect home on.

The beautiful resort community of Fripp Island is the ideal place for you to design your year-round residence or South Carolina vacation home, and we can help you find the perfect spot to start building.

With 18 years of experience, we are experts on the region and can help you find a lot near myriad activities and amenities that will make your experience on Fripp Island even better.

The luxurious island hosts gorgeous landscapes with tidal creeks, marsh grasses and white sands by the ocean.

Plus, residents have convenient access to the wildlife living amid a wildlife sanctuary with stunning trails and ocean access to see amazing animals of both land and sea!

Not only can you find a lot near lovely natural views, you can be close to fun outdoor activities like tennis and kayaking, too.

Looking to build new on an oceanfront property? No problem!

Fripp Island Real Estate offers numerous lots where your dream of reading a good book on the beach can happen daily. We also have available lots near one of the two championship golf courses, giving you near-immediate access to the links whenever you want to swing your clubs!

Perfect for the retiree, Fripp Island offers so many choices to build your ideal retirement destination.

But, Fripp Island is great for families, too! Build your new dream family home near kid-friendly destinations like the waterpark or beach.

Your children can have days playing in the sun and surf on the beach, giving you plenty of opportunities for fun, quality family time whether for the vacation season or all year round.

No matter what you are looking for, John Lee at Fripp Island Real Estate is ready to show you the lots available on Fripp Island to build the house of your dreams.

All you need is your imagination! Schedule an appointment today to learn more by calling 843-575-2820.

Fripp Island Named 2016 Best Beach Community in the South

IslandAt Fripp Island Real Estate, we love our beach community and we aren’t the only ones.

Real Estate Scorecard has named Fripp Island as the 2016 Bliss Award Recipient for Best Beach Community in the South. Judges with came to the conclusion after visiting numerous beach communities throughout South Carolina and couldn’t find a more beautiful private island in the Lowcountry than Fripp.

They went on to talk about the how the shallow wading pools, sand bars and sand dunes along the 3 miles of beach create natural playgrounds for people to enjoy. What also impressed them about our beaches was its sand as well as what can be found on it. There are shells found all along the beach that are beautiful additions to the scenery and when the tide is low, the sand gets hard making it a perfect beach for walking on.

Real Estate Scorecard even talked about how the wildlife on Fripp Island is also truly something to 2016 Best Beach Community in the Southbehold. Not only are the waters filled with shrimp, blue crabs and native fish, but the island has also been noted to have more than 170 different species of birds in or around it. Fripp Island is also one or the rare places one can witness bottlenose dolphins strand feeding, so if you love dolphins this might be the spot to come visit.

They also continued to say that Fripp Island is a great place to find beachfront homes, island cottages and low maintenance condominiums. What also impressed them is that about one-third of the island is still undeveloped, so the opportunity to move to Fripp Island is still wide open for anyone looking to relocate and built a new home.

Fripp Island Real Estate offers homebuyers and seller assistance in finding their dream home on Fripp Island or for marketing the one they’re currently in. For more information on our full range of real estate services, give us a call today at 843-575-2820.

Best Beach Communities in South Carolina

Looking at the Surging Interest in Dataw Island

Just like the beautiful Fripp Island, Dataw Island offers luxurious homes with club-like seclusion and amenities. The island is a popular alternative to Fripp Island, and has been surging in the real estate market in recent months. A perfect location to start shopping for your new home, Fripp Island Real Estate is available to help you find the home of your dreams on Dataw Island.

When searching for a home, it is important to have a real estate agent who has expertise and in-depth knowledge of the area where you’re searching. At Fripp Island Real Estate, we are area specialists and have extensive knowledge of the region that we can use to help pair you with the ideal piece of real estate. One of the most charming areas to live, Dataw Island offers premier homes in a variety of styles that suit families, young professionals and retirees alike.

Dataw IslandDataw Island is a desirable place for your new home, with a diverse variety of homes ranging in square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms and other specific amenities, like private docks. From townhomes and condos to private homes, we are here to help you make the best decision when searching for the perfect property for you.

One of the many advantages of living on Dataw Island is the Dataw Island Club, which offers two golf courses, tennis courts, a massage facility and workout center. Perfect for boaters, the full-service deep-water marina is a sight to behold. Looking for a relaxing evening with a view? The delightful clubhouse overlooks the ocean and provides fine dining and a peaceful retreat from the Carolina sun.

Not only will you find a stunning home on Dataw Island, you will find a private, gated community that you can join and cherish. Contact our friendly real estate professionals today and we will meet or exceed your expectations. View our currently featured listings on Dataw Island on our website, or give us a call at 843-575-2820 and start your search today.

Get Out and Golf on Fripp Island

Golf is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather. Here on Fripp Island, we have two different courses open year round that are perfect for anyone looking to hit the links with their friends or family for the day.

Ocean Creek Golf Club

The Ocean Creek Golf Course opened in 1995 and was designed by PGA Champion Davis Love III and Paul Cowley. This course is more than just golf, however, as it takes golfers through salt water marshes, fresh water lagoons, lush vegetation and four rolling dunes which are all sights to behold of themselves. The landscape is actually so beautiful that it has even attracted movie studios to film such movies as “Forest Gump” and “The Jungle Book.”

While on the course, you may also have a chance to say hello to such animals as egrets, osprey, heron and deer. So if you are a wildlife enthusiast, then this course is perfect for you. Need more convincing? Ocean Creek Golf Club was named one of the 10 Best New Courses in America by Golf Digest the year it opened, as well as receiving a 4.5-star rating from them.

Ocean PointOcean Point Golf Links

Opened in 1964, Ocean Point Golf Links was designed by George Cobb, who was the design consultant for Augusta National, where The Masters are played every year. The course is a par 72 and features well-bunkered small greens that place a huge emphasis on accurate striking with the irons.

Much like Ocean Creek Golf Club, Ocean Point features numerous beautiful views including several holes that face the Atlantic Ocean. It has received a 4-star rating from Golf Digest and was also named a Golden Links Award winner, making it a must-golf destination for anyone in the area.

Fripp Island Real Estate offers homebuyers and seller assistance in finding or marketing their properties across beautiful Fripp Island, Harbor Island and the Carolina Sea Islands. Our years of experience will help you find the condo, island house or beachfront property of your dreams. For more information on our services, give us a call today at 843-575-2820.

Enjoy Nature Just Outside Your Door on Fripp Island

Tucked along the southern coast of South Carolina, Fripp Island is a designated wildlife sanctuary that features some of the most diverse animal and sea life that can be found on the East Coast of the United States.

Located 96 miles south of Charleston, S.C. and 65 miles north of Savannah, Ga., Fripp Island is a leading vacation and resort community that provides residents and guests with beautiful surroundings and exotic wildlife.

Enjoy Nature Just Outside Your Door on Fripp IslandThe island features 175 species of birds that live along the ocean and the Great Salt Marsh, including great blue herons, snowy white egrets and wood storks. Down on the ground, you will find more than 250 species of wildlife, with creatures ranging from raccoons and deer to alligators.

For those who love the ocean, Fripp Island is also the most seaward of South Carolina’s islands. The ocean offers a spectacular array of marine life including bass, trout, flour, grouper and blue crabs, not to mention playful dolphins.

The most exciting aquatic life, though, is the endangered loggerhead turtle that makes Fripp Island one of its nesting grounds. The loggerhead turtle lays as many as 125 eggs in a single nest, and local residents work to protect the turtle by making the beaches safe for them to breed. This includes outside lighting precautions during the turtles’ nesting season and protecting nests from humans, raccoons and other predators.

The beauty of Fripp Island has been highlighted in scenes from “Forrest Gump,” “The Prince of Tides” and “The Jungle Book.” The island is a nature-lovers’ paradise as well as perfect for those who enjoy outdoor sports from biking and kayaking to golf and stand-up paddle boarding. Discover the beauty of Fripp Island yourself and have all of these great nature experiences just outside your door. To learn more about current homes available at Fripp Island or to start your home search, call Fripp Island Real Estate today at 843-575-2820.

Fantastic Fishing Off Fripp Island

Fishing Fripp IslandThere are few pastimes more relaxing and fun than fishing, and when you purchase a home on Fripp Island, you will have access to ocean fishing throughout the year. Whether you’re an experienced angler or you’re just getting started, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy in the area. When you live on this South Carolina island surrounded by the opportunities that the ocean offers, there’s really no excuse not to check out the great fishing spots around your home!

Anyone who lives on Fripp Island will tell you that one of the biggest fishing events of the year is the annual Kingfish Tournament. This event recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and it’s been going strong for a quarter century for good reason. Not only does it give participants a chance to compete against other residents in the search for a prize catch, but it’s the perfect opportunity to reel in a huge kingfish.

While winning money in a tournament and catching a big fish at the same time is obviously an exciting opportunity, it’s not the only thing fishers can look forward to on Fripp Island. The surrounding ocean water is full of countless types of fish, and there are several terrific spots around the island to sit back, relax and reel in some fish. You can even take boating charters off the island to explore further into the ocean.

Fishing is only one of the many reasons why purchasing or renting a home on Fripp Island is a great idea, however. Let us help you find your perfect vacation residence or perfect home on this beautiful island. Search through our properties online now, or contact us today to get started with your search.

 

Escape the Winter in South Carolina

Many retirees and those with flexibility in their working location are choosing South Carolina as their go-to destination to get away from the blustery conditions, cold temperatures and snowfalls that come from living in areas in the northern states. Fripp Island and the numerous Sea Islands along the ocean shores of the Southeast states are among the most popular locations for these winter getaways.

Neighboring Hilton Head Island recently topped the Movoto list of top places to retire in the state, with the on-shore towns of Bluffton and Beaufort ranking No. 2 and No. 7, respectively. The region is clearly booming as a retirement destination, with many different factors playing in to give the area such a high appeal.

Sea Islands South CarolinaMovoto notes that the greater Sea Islands region experiences some of the best weather in the state, with an average high temperature in the summer in the low 80s and excellent air quality. This is a distinct advantage for snowbirds and retirees alike. Moderate climates, clean air and ocean proximity – what more could you want from the environment at your new home?

Beaufort – the closest of these retirement havens to Fripp Island – also shines with amenities, boasting plenty of restaurants, a convenient public library system and the Habersham Marketplace, a great commercial center with retailers and professional office services available. Plus, backed by the city’s excellent cost of living score – 4 percent below the national average – the area is affordable too, making it an all the more appealing choice for retirees living on a budget.

The region is also centrally located, with easy access to several major Southern cities. Savannah, Georgia, is only an hour and a half away, while Charleston is located just two hours away by car, making both cities easy to reach if you’re looking to spend a day enjoying the sights and culture of these great destinations or plan to commute in from one of those cities’ airports.

Come see why so many people are finding their dream homes for retirement and vacations along the Atlantic shores of South Carolina. Take a look through Fripp Island Real Estate’s listings online now, or contact us today to start the search for your new home.

Why South Carolina is the Place to Hang it Up

south carolina barrier islandsThe best places to retire can’t just be great places to live throughout your golden years, they also have to offer great value. As a retiree, you’re likely on somewhat of a fixed income– one that has to last you a lifetime. There are always less-expensive alternatives to the best-known retirement destinations, and many of these destinations are in South Carolina.



Boasting one of the lowest statewide tax requirements in the Union, low property taxes and no state estate tax, South Carolina is a perfect alternative to all the typical places you see people flocking to once they hit 65. A much more low-key lifestyle with less congestion than in Florida, SC not only has much more enjoyable summers, but very mild winters as well.



And when you are cashing in your chips for the beauty of the South, you are likely going to want to be as close to the ocean front as possible. The Atlantic Ocean waterfront in South Carolina is among the most affordable along the eastern seaboard. So if you are looking to stretch your retirement dollar further without having sacrifice quality of life, you should consider real estate along the eastern edge of the Palmetto State.



In addition to affordability, there are plenty of other welcoming facets to South Carolina. The pace of life down here is simply much more conducive to retirees. Everything from golfing to tennis to enjoying social circles and soaking up the sun are just the way of everyday life. And the cost of living is much more affordable, with a lower price tag on everything from groceries to utilities to taxes and real estate.

A Great Place to Vacation AND Invest

south carolina beachWith so much to do packed onto the South Carolina barrier islands, vacationers and residents alike will be hard pressed to run out of things to, do day or night. This makes places like Fripp Island a top destination.

Thanks in great part to the laundry list of activity the area offers, and the tourism that follows, traveler will never stop flocking to the subtropical climate off the South Carolina lowlands. The southernmost South Carolina Sea Islands has a versatile list of options to partake in no matter what time of year. Averaging no colder than sixty degrees during the ‘cold’ months, any time of year is beautiful outdoors.

Offering vacationers’ access to the choice of two golf courses, 10 tennis courts and a total of six pools, this tiny, 3,000 acre Barrier Island is quite accommodating. And for those who like to slow the pace down and take it all in, there is some great bird and nature watching on the 3 ½ mile stretch of wildlife beach sanctuary. Companies also offer various salt and fresh water fishing charters.

And with about hundreds of rental units, Fripp Island is not only a vacationer’s playground, but also can be an investor’s potential golden egg. Not only is South Carolina real estate among the least volatile in the nation, the area around Fripp Island has witnessed the largest increases in the entire state throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2014, with nearly 14% average returns.