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What to Know Before Purchasing a Vacant Lot

What to KnoBefore Purchasing a Vacant LotGetting into the real estate game can be good fun, as well as a good long-term investment. Whether you’re a first-time buyer, or you flip houses for a living, there are plenty of options on the market in any given state, especially when you’re talking about investment properties.

Some properties are better than others for certain people, depending on your short and long-term goals. If you’ve considered buying a vacant lot, but aren’t quite sure what’s involved in that process, or what your profit might be if you plan to sell it down the line, Fripp Island Real Estate is here to break down the details for you. Read on to learn more about what you need to know before you purchase a vacant lot, whether it’s in the Fripp Island neighborhood or somewhere else in the country.

Determine Your Plans

Purchasing a vacant lot is a lot like buying a blank canvas: the possibilities are endless. You could build a home and use it as a rental property, you could build a home for you and your family to live in, you could build a retail space, or you could drop a tiny house on the property and call it a day. No matter what your plans might be, determine a direction you want to move in.

If you’ll be building a home and flipping the property, your investment is short-term. If you plan to hang on to the lot for more than 5 or 10 years, you might be in it for the long-term profit when it comes time to sell.

Knowing what your plans are can help you find the right property; after all, not every property is right for every person’s goals.

Do the ResearchWhat to Know Before Purchasing a Vacant Lot

According to How Stuff Works, one of the biggest traps people fall into with purchasing vacant lots is that they jump in without considering contingencies. If you purchased a house that had a 30-year old roof, you might plan to replace it someday, which could impact the price you’re willing to pay for the home. While there isn’t typically a structure on a vacant lot, unexpected costs can come up, so it’s important to do your homework before you sign on the dotted line.

Stauffer & Sons suggest asking the city about natural resource rights associated with the property. There might be restrictions on what you can do with the land if, for example, it’s near a lake that’s used for drinking water.

Make sure your building plans for the lot will be approved with the city and town zoning committees—some vacant lots won’t allow certain types of structures to be built, so it’s important to double check with the town before you purchase.

Ask if plumbing and electrical have been run to the lot; if not, expect an added expense to have all of your utilizes set up.

And, ask if the town plans to run any roads through the area in the near future; if they’re building a highway and plan to run a portion of it right along your property line, it might not be the ideal place to build.

Choose Wisely: Location, Location, LocationWhat to Know Before Purchasing a Vacant Lot

The location of your lot is important, but the location that will work best for you depends on what your plans are for the property. Consider things like school zones if you have young kids, or plan to in the future. If your property is in a remote area, it may not be zoned yet for the local public schools. Talk to the city about how that process will work so that you know which school district you’ll be zoned to.

Does the property have road access? If you drove up on a mud or gravel road, consider the cost—and the potential headache—of working with the town to lay public roads in the area. If you’ll privately own the roads, and are allowed to pave them, there’s additional cost involved in laying asphalt, too.

If you want to use the property as an investment, consider things like timber trade and the eventual development of the area. Will it turn into a cool vacation getaway in a few years? Will the local timber companies come knocking on your door, asking to purchase or rent your property? Both of these instances could mean that it will be a very lucrative investment, but make sure you have a good understanding of the town’s real estate market and plans for the future before diving in.

Natural Hazard Disclosure

The Balances says you should obtain a natural hazard disclosure from the county to look for soil issues before purchasing. Some areas may have naturally occurring asbestos or extremely high radon levels, which might not make the land an ideal place to build a home.

Surveying

Another expense you might need to pay with a vacant lot, regardless of what your plans are for the property, is surveying. Check with the town to see how recently your property was surveyed, and if it was more than a few years ago, you should plan on spending a bit of money to have professional surveyors come out. The cost of the survey will largely depend on the size and terrain of the property.

Purchasing a vacant lot can be an overwhelming process for many buyers, especially when there are a lot of unknowns. The real estate agent you’re working with will be able to answer a lot of these questions for you; just make sure you ask them! If you’re interested in purchasing a vacant lot in the Fripp Island neighborhood, click here to view our listings and call John Lee today at 843-575-2820 for more information!

Luxury Interior Design Trends for 2018

Here on Fripp Island, we can hardly believe that 2017 is winding down already. Looking back at the year, we’ve seen some really interesting trends in luxury interior design; but looking ahead to next year, we’re really excited about how some of our favorite upcoming trends may play out. Everything in home design trend is cyclical, and after the past few years of modern design with clean lines and impersonal settings, we have a feeling we know what’s ahead for 2018. Here’s a look at some of our predictions for luxury interior design trends for next year that you may already see cropping up in open houses.Luxury Interior Design Trends for 2018

Cozy

Past luxe design trends have tended towards the super modern, with very clean lines, expensive furniture that was functional and non-impactful on the space, and colors like gray, black and white. This modern design was definitely partially a reaction to the cluttered, colorful spaces that we lived in in the 70s and 80s. Next year, Lushome predicts that we’ll see a return to cozy, moving away from clean, impersonality, with a totally different approach to design and décor.

Expect to see heightened awareness of comfort in 2018, with reading nooks in master bedrooms for a dedicated spot to unwind and recharge, living spaces that focus on human interaction rather than the television set—perhaps a fireplace will be located in its place—and kitchens that are more about comfort than stainless steel functionality.

Warm Colors

Remember the gray and black tones we mentioned from modern trends of the past? Expect to them to vanish, replaced with warmer, still neutral tones. We expect to see trends in 2018 that focus on green and brown, as well as white, red, orange and yellow. Gates Interior Design says to picture the earthy tones of the 70s and mid-century modernism. We’ll see a lot of warmth in color tones, as well as materials used. Huffington Post predicts heightened use of ruby red in design and décor.

Materials

There won’t be too much laminate in the homes of the future—instead, it’ll be a return to what was, with dark wood flooring and cabinets, cork, soft textiles, and lots of interesting lighting. Recessed lighting was all about lighting the room without noticing the light fixture, but now there will be a heavy design trend towards highlighting unique and striking light fixtures as a part of the room’s décor. Natural stone may be used as inspiration for flooring and walls, and you might see marble, granite and pebbles creating entryways and flooring.

Expect to see touches of recycled elements throughout luxury homes in 2018, with a trend towards sustainability and eco-friendliness. You’ll see unique furniture, decorations, and materials used.

2018 may also see more intricate and customized carpentry, which will be used to create both furniture and furnishings in the modern home.

Imperfection

The Huffington Post says to expect imperfection in your 2018 luxury home—but they aren’t talking about the building itself. Rather, the imperfection trend harkens back to the idea of coziness. Luxury homes next year won’t be the large, white unwelcoming mansions that they have been in the past with waxed flooring and gigantic staircases. Instead, they’ll be livable and welcoming, with imperfect décor and comfortable design. 2018 homes will welcome you in, and make you feel like snuggling up on the couch with a cup of coffee.

Bright LightsLuxury Interior Design Trends for 2018

Expect to see lighting incorporated into design in a very impressive way—gone are the days of recessed lighting; now, the lighting fixture will be a centerpiece for each room’s design. You can expect to see lots of chandeliers and interesting lighting fixtures, along with a lot of bright bulbs. 2018 will be all about a bright, welcoming, cozy home. Even if your new luxury home doesn’t feature chandeliers, you can expect that it will be extremely well-lit, and have big beautiful windows to let the sunshine in!

Luxury Homes on Fripp Island

Fripp Island is a very special place to visit, and if you’re familiar with the area then you know that there are lots of real estate options when it comes to luxury living. Whether you’re looking for a luxury beach cottage overlooking the waves, an impressive estate on the bay where your family can enjoy the island for generations to come, or an island abode perfectly suited to your summertime outdoor sports, Fripp & Harbor Island Properties is here to help.

John Lee, an experienced agent, has years of experience in the area, and has sold luxury properties to dozens of satisfied customers. Fripp Island and the surrounding areas is perfect for luxury investment properties, seasonal getaway homes, or your main residence.

If you’re interested in learning more about the luxury real estate market on Fripp Island, contact Fripp & Harbor Island Properties today by calling 843-575-2820 or emailing John Lee at john@fripprealestate.com. Happy (almost) New Year!

What To Look For When Hiring a Realtor

Your home search will only be as good and successful as your realtor: if you’ve never had to hire one before, here are some tips, courtesy of Fripp Island Real Estate, on how to pick the right realtor for you.

ReferralsWhat To Look For When Hiring a Realtor

It can be hard to get to know an agent based on their ad online. If you have a friend or family member who recently worked with a real estate agent, ask them for a referral. Talking with recent clients is also a great way to rule out companies and agents you don’t want to work with.

Heed the warning if you have a friend who said they had a terrible experience with one particular agent or agency. Sure, it could have been a fluke situation, but you don’t want to take the risk.

If you’re curious about an agent, but don’t personally know anyone who’s recently worked with him or her, see if their website includes client testimonials.

Specialists

Many real estate companies hire tons of people to cover large areas of land. But when you’re looking for a home in a specific neighborhood, it’s best to choose an agent that specializes in the area. The same goes for sellers.

For example, John Lee from Fripp Real Estate, has been a resident of Fripp Island for many years. In that time, he’s worked with over 400 buyers and sellers to help them find their dream home, or sell their home on the island.

When you choose an agent who not only lives in the area you want to buy, but has been an agent for that specific town for many years, you’re gaining a wealth of knowledge. He or she will know the real estate market inside and out, and can help point you in the direction of a good or a bad deal. He or she may have even worked with the buyer or seller before, and give you advice on how to speed up the process and get what you want out of the deal.

Find Them Online

Bank Rate says that you shouldn’t take their word for it that they’re licensed; check your target state’s regulatory board to make sure that your agent is properly licensed. You may also be able to find history on any disciplinary or legal actions that could be a red flag.

An agent who lies to you about their accreditation is not an agent you want to work with.

Current ListingsWhat To Look For When Hiring a Realtor

After you ensure that your agent has the proper paperwork, check out their online listings. You can check out the agent’s website, or look on popular home buying sites like Zillow, to see what properties are currently up for sale under the agent’s name.

Check to see if your price range matches up with some of his or her properties; if they are all multi-million dollar homes, and you want to keep the purchase price around $300,000, it might be best to go with another agent. An agent who doesn’t typically buy and sell in your price range won’t be an expert on your particular bracket of the real estate market.

Ask About Marketing

US News and World Report says that selling a home comes down to the agent’s marketability. Ask your potential agent how he or she plans to market your home. Will they hire a professional photographer? Do they recommend home staging? What sites will the photos be posted to? How many open houses should you expect?

Have a MeetingWhat To Look For When Hiring a Realtor

Whether you’re buying a home or selling one, there’s no doubt about it that you’ll be spending a lot of time with your agent—there will be long negotiations, tours of homes and neighborhoods, and discussions via phone calls and emails, potentially for a couple weeks until you find the right fit.

It’s important to make sure that you and your agent get along. It may sound silly, but if your agent has a different style than you do, it could make the process cumbersome. Choose someone who’s direct, if you appreciate that quality. If you’re looking for someone to be a bystander, and just show you homes so that you can make your own decision, look for someone with a more passive approach.

The key is to choose someone who you get along with, but won’t be uncomfortable having discussions about money and offers with. Pick someone that you can see yourself spending the day with in the car, checking out homes for sale in the neighborhood.

Move to Fripp Island & Choose Island Life

Have you been searching for the perfect home in the perfect town, and coming up empty? It’s time to consider island life. If you’re thinking about relocating to Fripp Island, John Lee is an expert agent—click here to check out his featured listings, and give him a call today at 843-575-2820.

Why You Should Book a Vacation for the Fall

Summer’s over, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed your chance to book a relaxing vacation. Many people choose to book in the fall because of the multitude of benefits they receive during the cooler autumn season.

Fall festivals

There are many reasons you and your family should take a vacation in the fall, but one of the most riveting experiences you’ll have is at an autumn festival. Festivals, whether they are food, music, or arts and crafts centered, give your family a taste of the sights, smells, and traditions native to a particular region.

South Carolina’s long list of festival offerings are culturally rich and stimulating, steeped in civil war history and southern charm. There’s a festival dedicated to almost every activity, including apple picking, antiques, Native American history, and nature.

Beaufort, South Carolina is known largely for its annual shrimp festival, which is held every October in Lowcountry. Seafood lovers have the opportunity to sample marine cuisine from some of the area’s best restaurants and they also have a chance to walk along a harbor lined with lighted shrimp boats.

Best time to travel

People who prefer a more low-key travel experience may want to consider booking their trip during September and October, a time when condo and hotel rates on beachfront properties are significantly cheaper than if they were to book during the busy summer months. Airplane rates are also cheaper during the fall months.

Another benefit of booking in the fall: fewer crowds. Tourist season normally winds down in the fall, meaning you won’t have to fight the crowds for the best accommodations. Fripp Island is a popular destination among out-of-towners because of its beautiful location stretched along the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina, away from the busy streets and loud noises of metropolitan life. Some people never want to leave, so they claim a permanent piece of paradise!

The autumn season provides the perfect transitioning weather. It’s that time of year when the sun kisses our cheeks until the evening glow of dusk envelops us in breathtaking sight. It’s not too cold at this time of year, so packing for your fall vacation should be a breeze as you won’t need to worry about bringing a ton of bulky sweaters along with you. That means you’ll have more room in your suitcase for souvenirs!

Outdoor activities

For the avid nature adventurist, South Carolina provides the perfect outdoor playground. From beaches and outdoor lounges to hiking and biking trails, there’s an activity to suit the interests of every kind of outdoor enthusiast.

For the more laid-back nature enthusiast, there are a handful of waterfront parks and recreational sites in Beaufort, South Carolina that make for perfect picnicking spots. Visitors can walk along the boardwalks and take in the beauty of their southern surroundings!

Fripp Island is a favorite destination for people who enjoy water activities such as sailing and fishing. Considered one of South Carolina’s furthest barrier islands, the resort is located only a few miles from the Intracoastal Waterway marina, which is readily accommodating.

The sub-tropical temperatures attract a host of beautiful creatures to Flipp Island’s three and a half mile-wide wildlife sanctuary. You’ll be amazed at what other unique creatures you’ll stumble upon! Be on the lookout for beach-dwelling Loggerhead seas turtles, Lagoon-looming alligators, and sky-surfing pelicans when you tour the island.

Benefits of self-care

Why do so many people choose to vacation at the beach during the autumn months? It’s because it’s much more relaxing at this time of the year. While the rest of the world is preparing to turn over a new leaf in their schools, homes, and work places, you’re choosing to do so with the comfort of warm sand beneath your feet!

The sound of the ocean is peaceful to many, and actually helps you sleep better. A beach atmosphere also provides a replenishing dose of Vitamin D, which is great for your skin, hair, and diet. The coastal lifestyle attracts many people to the glorious beaches of Flipp Island and the surrounding South Carolina areas every year, where many people leave feeling energized and refreshed.

Your vacation is what you make of it, and if you’re choosing to vacation at the beach, you’ll definitely stay more active than most. Food and beverage doesn’t need to be the focus of your itinerary, although those things certainly enhance the experience. Walking on sand takes more muscle power than walking on pavement, so we encourage you to stroll along the coast of our island resort or join a group volleyball match on the beach!

We want to make sure you’re making the most of your fall vacation. Fripp & Harbor Island Properties knows how important it is to escape for a little while and enjoy the things you love to do the most. Discover how breathtaking an oceanfront rental property truly is and give us a call today at 843-575-2820 so we can help you!

Why You’ll Want to Own a Vacation Home

If you’ve been debating whether or not a vacation home is right for you, Fripp Island Real Estate is here to help. Today, we’ll be talking about some of the many benefits you’ll enjoy when you own a vacation home! Just imagine being able to go on vacation whenever you want to!

Investment

A second vacation home is a great way to invest money for your family’s future. The real estate market may fluctuate from one month to the next, but overall it trends upward—which means that a vacation home is a great long term investment.

Along with the investment benefits that you’ll have after owning your home for a few years and then re-selling it, owning two homes will also afford you many tax breaks. If you rent the property for a few weeks out of the year, you can deduct your mortgage, interest and property taxes.

Rental Income

Speaking of renting the property, if you plan on only visiting a few times per year, why not rent the property out to other vacationers? It’ll be a great way for you to make extra income—you may even be able to recoup the amount you need to pay per month on your mortgage.

If dealing with rental applications and being a vacation landlord doesn’t sound like something you’d be interested in doing, you can always hire a local real estate agency to handle the rentals for you. They’ll post an ad for your home on their site, handle all of the nitty gritty business, and take a small cut of your rental income.

Convenience

Money Crashers says that the convenience of owning a second home can’t be underestimated. Rather than shelling out thousands of dollars for a vacation at a hotel, you’ll always have someplace to go that you know will be affordable, and knowing that your family will be comfortable is also a huge plus. Don’t worry about packing up the car and getting to your vacation destination, or tracking checked luggage. Instead, you can always equip your second home for everything you will need for your vacation!

Retirement

Owning a second home is a great way to plan for your retirement. If you purchase the home you plan to retire in before you reach retirement age, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll have a place to go that’s paid for. If you plan to retire in your vacation home, you may want to look for one-level homes, to make getting around easy as you get older. Many vacation destinations are built with older generations in mind, so you’ll be able to find the perfect home for retirement easily.

Family Tradition

For your kids, growing up with a vacation home will create memories that will last a lifetime, and encourage the building of traditions. They’ll make friends in your vacation town, learn about different cultures, and enjoy having their own space at the vacation home that they can make their own.

Vacation homes also make a great place to host family reunions, holidays, and special occasions. Extended family can come to stay and enjoy the home!

Fripp Island

If the idea of owning a vacation home sounds good to you, but if you’re not sure where you would like to settle, consider Fripp Island. Fripp Island is one of the most beautiful and luxurious counties in South Carolina; it’s a great place to buy a vacation home and even eventually retire.

Fripp Island is home to plenty of options when it comes to golfing, fishing, boating, and more vacation activities. It’s a quiet town, perfect for vacationing with your kids, and enjoying the beautiful beach scenery. Whether you’re looking for a large home with tons of acreage, or a condo in a community with amenities like a swimming pool and landscaping, Fripp Island has plenty of options for you.

Next Steps

When you’re ready to commit to buying a vacation home, the first thing you’ll need to do is identify where you want to buy. If you’ve decided you want to settle down on Fripp Island, next consider what kind of home you want: a single-family home, a one-story home with retirement in mind, or a condo. Zillow says it’s important to match your housing choices to your lifestyle, so think about what you’re looking for from your vacation home in the long term.

If you want to make the property mainly a rental property for now, you may want to consider homes that have guest houses where you can stay when you want to visit if you have a renter.

Go over the costs and the line items, and make sure you’ll be able to afford everything. Don’t forget to factor in property taxes.

When you know what you’re looking for, contact Fripp Island Real Estate at 843-575-2820 today, to get the search started! There are a wide variety of Fripp Island homes for sale so it’s easy to find the vacation or retirement home of your dreams!

Water Activities on Fripp Island

Fripp Island, located just off of the coast of South Carolina is a very popular spot for boating and fishing since it is considered a barrier island.

With the beautiful weather all year long, you can always head out for a day of fun in the sun especially with the close marina, charter services and annual fishing tournaments.

Marina             With the beautiful weather all year long, you can always head out for a day of fun in the sun especially with the close marina, charter services and annual fishing tournaments.                            

The marina has everything you need for all of your boating needs. If you need help getting your boat ready to go on a water adventure, you can utilize the in-out ramp service or fill your boat up with gas so you can enjoy a long day in the sun. Are you a seasonal resident? Leave your boat at the marina while you are away. The marina has 120 convenient dry slips for long-term storage as well as 65 wet slips. For everything else boat and water related, the Marina Store is your destination. If you are leaving or returning from a boat trip, you can find restrooms and showers available. If you are looking to stock your boat, the store has live and frozen bait, tackle, sunscreen, ice and drinks and sandwiches and salads from the deli.

Have you been eager to test your balance while paddle boarding? Rentals and tours are offered daily in season at the marina. Visit Nalu or call 843-284-6258 to learn more and ask any questions you may have.

Charter services

Whether you are an experienced angler or you are just getting started, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy in the area. At Fripp Island Marina and Services you can choose offshore or inshore fishing, where you will be accompanied by an experienced charter guide. If you decide to offshore fish in the Gulf Stream, you are likely to catch sailfish, mahi-mahi, barracuda, kingfish, marlin, wahoo, grouper or snapper. If you would rather inshore fish, the South Carolina coast is the place for you. Around Fripp Island, trout, flounder, red drum, cobia, tarpon and Spanish mackerel are plentiful. Whether you live on Fripp Island or are visiting on vacation, there is really no excuse not to check out the great fishing spots near you!

Fishing tournaments

There are numerous fishing events throughout the year that you can look forward to. Every May, the Fripp Island Resort Marina hosts the Memorial Day Fishing Tournament where anglers hit the water at sunrise and weigh in their catch later on in the evening to see who get awarded for the largest wahoo, dolphin, king mackerel and Spanish mackerel.With the beautiful weather all year long, you can always head out for a day of fun in the sun especially with the close marina, charter services and annual fishing tournaments.

One of the biggest fishing events of the year is the annual Kingfish Tournament. Participants can compete against each other in search for a prize catch and it’s the perfect opportunity to reel in an impressive sized kingfish!

Every October is the Owen Perry Inshore Tournament  where all proceeds benefit Camp Rainbow. This camp is for Children’s Hospital of Georgia hematology and oncology patients. At Camp Rainbow, children with cancer and their siblings spend relaxing, fun-filled days with children in similar situations.

Younger fishermen, ages 6 to 14, are able to compete in their own event, the Kid’s Fishing Tourney in November. This event is usually held the day after Thanksgiving and anglers aim for trout, bass, flounder, spot and croaker. Participants fish from the marina docks, boats, in the surf, private fishing hole or from the Maxwell Memorial Bridge. Since there is no entry fee, fishermen must supply their own rod, reel and tackle.

If you are interested in one of the annual tournaments, fill out the online application to get started. There are several terrific spots around the island to sit back, relax and reel in some fish.

Water activities like boating and fishing are only a few of the many reasons why purchasing or renting a home on Fripp Island is a great idea. Let Fripp & Harbor Island Properties help you find your perfect vacation residence or perfect home on this breathtaking island. We have shared Fripp Island’s treasures with new residents for 19 years where we helped each person find the perfect property. Search through our properties online now and contact us at 843-575-2820 today so we can help you through this exciting time in your life!

The Benefits of Owning a Fripp Island Rental

Vacation Rentals Fripp Island Fripp Island is a great place to own a rental property. It’s a secluded hideaway with three and a half miles of beach. Located off the coast of sunny and warm South Carolina, Fripp Island is known as a place for relaxing. People use golf carts and bicycles to get around the island.

Do you like the idea of owning a place where the temperature is typically between 60 and 85 degrees? Fripp Island’s cold season gets down to 60 degrees, though most of the year the weather is sunny, warm, and beautiful, to the point where people feel like they’re in paradise. Indeed, many snowbirds dream of the days they can get away to Fripp Island when the temperature dips below freezing up North.

As a semitropical paradise, Fripp Island has many outdoor amenities besides the beach. There are two golf courses, several swimming pools, and tennis courts for those who live an active lifestyle. Meanwhile, there are places to go fishing and kayaking nearby, and if the timing is right you just might see dolphins in the waters around the island.

Golf Courses in FrippRental properties on Fripp Island appeal to people of all ages, including families with young children. There’s “Camp Fripp” and a seaside waterpark at Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort for youngsters.

One of the ideal things about Fripp Island is its location, just a short drive away from the historic town of Beaufort, which features oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Visit Beaufort’s lovely historic district to be surrounded by quaint and charming old-world architecture. One “must see” is The Beaufort Arsenal Museum at 713 Craven Street. Completed in 1798, the museum will take you back in time as you view Indian artifacts, art, textiles, and even weapons from the Civil War era.

Where do people who rent a place on Fripp Island go to shop for fun? There’s the Fordham Market at the corner of Bay and Carteret Streets where many ladies enjoy browsing the jewelry, collectibles, antiques, artwork, and gifts for all occasions. For beach toys, clothing and souvenirs, a trip to the brightly-colored Barefoot Bubbas on Harbor Island is a fun time. Chocoholics simply must visit The Chocolate Tree. In business making chocolate on the premises since 1980, The Chocolate Tree is a real treat to visit for people of any age.

While you could eat at your Fripp Island rental home provided you go grocery shopping, oftentimes it’s nice to take a quick trip to Beaufort for interesting dining options. Many restaurants are known for offering live entertainment, including the Johnson Creek Tavern and Steamers Oyster & Steakhouse. Since you’re near the sea, visit the Shrimp Shack for seafood. It’s on Highway 21 between Beaufort and Fripp Island. Other seafood restaurants include Boondocks, the 11th Street Dockside Restaurant, and Barbara Jean’s. If you go to Barbara Jean’s you should try their signature item: Eastern Shore-style Crab Cakes. They’re filled with lump crab meat and no fillers.

Vacation RentalsWhat do most people desire? They want to be somewhere that’s relaxing, where the weather is pleasant, the food tastes good, there are plenty of nearby amenities, and life, in general, is “a vacation.” It’s no wonder, then, that realtor John Lee has helped several people find their ideal home on Fripp Island. Lee’s company, Fripp Island Real Estate, knows the island well, as well as nearby Harbor Island and St. Helena Island. When you’re looking for a gorgeous South Carolina home for yourself or one to rent to others, Lee and company are the realtors you’d want to work with. They have the experience, knowledge and love for the area that set them apart from the competition.

Have you heard the phrase “life’s a beach?” Well, on Fripp Island, life is just that– a beach– a wonderful place to spend time, far from the hustle and bustle of smoggy cities. Get in touch with Fripp Island Real Estate’s John Lee at 843-575-2820 to discuss your real estate dreams today.

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.

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.