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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.

A Quick Trip Through Southern Heritage

golfingThe southern South Carolina coast is a region steeped in southern antebellum nostalgia. A short trip down coastal route 17 is perfect cross section of southern culture. Experience everything from the southern comfort cooking in the hundreds of restaurants dotting the region to one of the bed and breakfasts featuring southern hospitality.



The 60 mile trip between Charleston and Savanah offer the perfect southern daytrip under moss-draped oaks. Locally owned shops to stop off and browse for kitsch run the gamut from book stores, antique shops, pottery stores and furniture retailers.



Home to some of the best native trees for furniture building, the Lowlands are a haven for furniture enthusiasts and builders alike. Among the most solid, handmade wooden furniture available, the trees harvested in this region of the country include oak and a wide range of conifers. But in addition to the trees cut down and harvested are the long-felled swamp trees.



Because much of the backwoods in South Carolina is composed of peat swamp forest, fallen trees are not allowed to fully decay. This has to do with the high water table and subsequently waterlogged soil preventing oxygen levels from accumulating. The result is solid furniture with breathtaking grain patterns and knots.



Also on your way down the coast, be sure to stop off and visit the barrier islands. The Hilton Head Lowcountry resort island, serving as an entry point to the Port Royal Sound, offers some of the most spectacular golfing in the entire region. Meanwhile, Fripp Island has some of the best restaurants on the South Carolina Barrier Islands and very affordable real estate.

Tips for buying a luxury home

luxury homeBuying a home is a hard enough, stressful process, but purchasing a luxury home is a completely different monster. There are some tips and suggestions you’ll want to take into account when doing so, and these tips are outlined below.

1. Learn the luxury home search process

Many times, luxury homes will go unlisted and the reason for this is to protect the seller’s identity and privacy. More often than not, these types of properties will be found through a realtor’s connections.

2. Hire a local expert real estate agent

This step is critical in the process of purchasing a luxury home, because not only will they know where to find these homes, but they have a bit more control when accessing high-end properties in terms of fewer open houses and appointments.

3. Don’t decide based on photos

Always make sure you don’t dismiss any of the prospective houses based on their initial photos. A lot of times large homes aren’t very photogenic and need to be seen in person in order to appreciate them.


4. Choose your bank wisely.

It is very strongly recommended that you go to the bank that you have the best relationship with when purchasing a luxury home. The reason for this is because they already have your portfolio. This will make your life that much easier when purchasing any type of home.


5. Make sure to document everything

Anyone who makes a substantial amount of money has a manager or an accountant who helps shelter their money as much as they can, so it can be difficult for the back to see that you have the income. This is why it is so important to document everything because in the high-end market today scrutiny is at it’s highest.



Following these above tips should de-stress your home buying process and get you into that luxury home as quickly as possible.

What Drives South Carolina Population Boom

Fripp IslandPlaces and regions have growing and shrinking populations for any number of reasons. No matter what the region, it must have a population to thrive. Some areas attract population with elements influenced by humans while some areas have draws much more profound.

The northeastern United States has always had the densest population in the country. This is where the pilgrims first landed and where the British established settlements back in the 17th century. It was subsequently established as the center of national commerce. Cities like New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Buffalo were booming until the mid-20th century. But as you probably know, weather in these regions can be unbearable in the winter months.

In the meantime, with advent of electronic air conditioning at the dawn of the 20th century- ironically in Buffalo, NY- scorching hot summers were made much more pleasant. This however opened the door for migration to the much warmer, sunnier southern region of the country.

The blazing hot summers south of the Mason-Dixon Line were then a tolerable tradeoff for the incredibly mild winters, compared to the ferocious northern winter weather. This gradually opened the door to migration from other parts of the country throughout the 20th and into the 21st centuries.

From 2000 to 2010, for example, the South grew in population by 14.3 million people to 114.6 million. This compares to the West having increased 8.7 million to 71.9 million, the Midwest having gained 2.5 million to 66.9 million and the Northeast having grown 1.7 million to 55.3 million. As a component to this above-average population growth, South Carolina grew 60million residents from 2013-2014.

From 2010 to 2014, the population of South Carolina was up 4.5% compared to the national growth rate of only 3.3%. Nothing can beat the draw of warm, sunny weather found in the Sunbelt- anytime in the near future, anyhow. This is why the region will continue to grow, attracting a growing population as long as a society exists, namely South Carolina.

Acclimating to Fripp Island Starts with Local Business

South Carolina Vacation Just like any new place you move to, acclimation and being on the same page as the locals gives you peace of mind. It boosts your confidence to call yourself a member of the locality. And now you’ve decided to pick the best coastal island in South Carolina, to own real estate and start a new chapter, you have to familiarize yourself with the way of life on Fripp Island.

Living on Fripp Island is a slower and more relaxed way of life with much milder weather than what you’re probably used to, which is obvious. Maybe tacking back the pace a bit once you’re officially on island time should be your first order of business. But what may take a little more familiarizing is to gather how well the community supports local and small business.

There are plenty of local businesses that any resident would pick over a big box or corporate retailer. It’s just the way of life valued and cultured across the Island. And whatever service and business you’re looking for, local Fripp Island businesses likely offer it. Everything from local coffee shops to technology services to grocery and fish markets are offered by local business.

So remember when you buy into Fripp Island, you’re doing so much more than simply buying real estate in the most beautiful corner of the country; you’re buying into a way of life. This is a way of life wherein you support your neighbor and appreciate local neighborhood ethics.

South Carolina Sun a Draw for Vacationers, Investors

Coastal SCOff the coast of South Carolina is Fripp Island. This 3,000-acre barrier island is named after pirate ship captain, Johannes Fripp. Today, the three miles of beach and wildlife sanctuary draw visitors from all over the country. The semitropical temperatures make Fripp Island a great getaway for anyone that likes tanning on the beach, golfing, experiencing nature and trying the local fare.

Average temperatures of 85 degrees in the summer and 60 degrees in the winter provide a great environment for year-round visiting. In addition to the beautiful beaches and variety of golf courses, tourists can also freshwater and saltwater fish. For those that like water sports, kayaking is a prevalent activity along with dolphin watching that the whole family can enjoy. Bike and golf cart rentals are also readily available for visitors that want to tour the island at their own pace.

After a day of activities, seaside restaurants offer the best coastal food around. Local seafood is served is establishments from fancy dining to cafes and delis on the island. A visitor’s center on the island has a general store for every-day purchases, but also has a gift shop for souvenirs before you head back home. In total, Fripp Island has around 300 rental properties, which often have ocean views.

However, many properties are often on the market for sale instead of rent. Fripp Island has many private homes close to the ocean or golf courses that can be purchased as a seasonal or year-round residence. Investing in Fripp Island could provide your family a vacation home as well as supplemental income if you decide to rent it out during vacation seasons.

Hundreds of residents already live on the island. With all that the island has to offer, it’s a great place to be able to visit whenever you want. And on the other hand, it’s the type of place that other people want o visit as well, creating ongoing demand to rent your property.

Sweet Corn Chowder (Gluten-Free) Stock


Sweet Corn Chowder (Gluten-Free) Stock

To make your own chowder stock use:

5 to 6 ears of corn cobs

8 cups of water

1 tablespoon of freeze dried chives

Simmer for 45 minutes and strain. Reserve for your corn chowder receipe below:

5 to 6 ears of corn that was cut from the cobs

2 to 3 peeled and diced white potatoes

4 tablespoon of unsalted butter

1 teaspoon of kosher salt

1 teaspoon of sugar

2 to 3 stems of fresh thyme and tie together so you can remove stems before finishing your chowder

5 cups of your corn stock

Simmer above until potatoes are tender. Remove bundle of Thyme and about ¼ of mixture. You need to blend the ¼ of the mixture to use as your thickener, instead of using flour. That will make it gluten-free.

Add ¾ cups of heavy cream or half & half. Sprinkle with coarse ground black pepper. I always fry up several pieces of Board’s Head Pancetta (gluten-free) to top the chowder. Seve while hot. You can add grated g-free cheese, or your special hot sauce but I love to add Amy’s g-free ketchup to the top. This is so good!

If you don’t want to make your own stock and still stay gluten-free buy a bag of Frontier gluten-free “Illinois Prairie Corn Chowder” mix. All you add to this is your white potatoes, 8 cups of Pacific National Chicken broth –g-free or vegetable broth g-free if you want to stay meat free, 2 cups of heavy cream ( I use 1 cup of heavy cream and 1 cup of half & half), and 2 to 3 ears of corn cut off the cob

Frontier makes several hearty g-free soup mixes. They are all dried with no salt or preservatives. So now you have 2 corn chowders to try! Like my blog and more recipes will follow!


Homemade Peach Cobbler

Homemade Peach Cobbler


This peach cobbler receipe is over 40 years old and has been published in several church cookbooks. Fresh peaches, if available, are perfect in this receipe but if you cannot find them, a jar of peaches will do. Use the following ingredients.

4 to 5 fresh peaches or a jar of peaches
1 cup of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 stick of unsalted butter
¾ cup of milk regular
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of fresh grated nutmeg
You also need ½ cup of light brown sugar.

Peel, cut, and slice your fresh peaches. Place peaches and the extra ½ cup of light brown sugar n micro able safe dish and warm until sugar is melted. Sprinkle this with 2/3 of the cinnamon and nutmeg spices. Mix, heat oven to 350 F Place the stick of the unsalted butter in 9 x 12 glass ovenproof dish and melt. Mix the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and the remaining 1/3 of spices together, add the 3/4 cup of milk. Stir. Add the batter to the melted butter in large 9 X 12 ovenproof dish, do not stir. Place peaches in the center of batter, do not stir. You can sprinkle a little of cinnamon over the top of the batter. Do not cover dish. Batter will cover peaches when it bakes. Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes or until top is medium brown. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!

I also have added two great Corn Chowder receipes. One from scratch and the other from a dried pack of mixture. Like my blog and these are the next receipes that I will post.

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Fripp Family


Newspaper article deals with Fripp family

Lowcountry History
by Gerhard Spieler

Published 2nd March 1982

 English friends of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie E. Fourton, of Fripp Island, recently sent a newspaper clipping headed “Arthur started something with his family research.” The article had been published in the Evening Echo, of Bournemouth, England, on Oct. 23, 1981, and even Included a photo of Tidalholm, on the Old Point of Beaufort.
 The Evening Echo article dealt mainly with the genealogical researches of Arthur Fripp, a retired auctioneer, In Rowland Hills, Wimborne: “The great Fripp taunt began two years ago when Mr. Fripp’s daughter Patricia, whose public speaking tours of America earn her 1,000 dollars a lecture, asked her father about their ancestors.”
 Being In America at the time, Patricia Fripp telephoned eight Fripps listed in a South Carolina telephone directory. A correspondence began which “revealed that one John Fripp, of Bristol, had emigrated to Carolina with his son in the late 17th century, bought a plantation on Edisto Island in 1696 and that the family had gone on to control nine plantations with 300 slaves.”
 The article continued to relate how Charles II had granted Fripp’s Island “to Captain Fripp the pirate as a reward for his help in the successful defence of Beaufort, South Carolina, against the marauding French and Spanish during the battles for the colonies.”
 A deeding of Fripp Island to Captain Fripp by Charles II of England has never been substantiated by any historical source. However, it is known that “John Ffripp” on May 12, 1698, “his Marke for Cattle & Hoggs which. is a Cropp & a ye right Ear and a Cropp and a Slitt in ye Left” for his livestock on Edisto Island. The first mention of Fripp Island was in Governor Blake’s records which read “ffebry 6, 1695/96. This Day came Richard Benett of ffripps island & recorded his mark for Cattle & Hoggs as followeth halfe of ye Eares off & Two peaces cut out.”
 It should be noted that the name of “Johannes Fripp” the privateer is essentially the same as “John Ffripp” the Edisto planter and the first of the American Fripps. There is a similar story about Captain Mongin, an early settler of Daufuskie Island, which is just as difficult to document, concerning a royal grant to a British sea captain.
 John Fripp, whose first mention was on Edisto Island, purchased his first tract of land on St. Helena Island in 1707. In 1724, he purchased an additional 480 acres. By 1860, his sons and descendants owned about twenty plantations, encompassing 12,000 acres of land on St. Helena and neighbouring islands. William Fripp, Sr. owned 3,472 acres; Captain John Fripp had 2,210 acres, in addition to a large tract of Hunting Island, used as a game preserve and for hunting.
 The Fripp family was partly Episcopalian and partly Baptist. According to Davidson, in his book The Last Foray, “it was said that whenever Captain John Fripp made a donation to (the Episcopal ‘White Chapel’), his brother, ‘Good Billy’ Fripp made a larger one to the Baptists whose brick meeting house was more commodious and more substantial if somewhat less aesthetically successful.”
 Some of the Fripp plantations on St Helena Island mentioned in U.S. Treasury Department records during the War Between the States included Oliver Fripp’s plantation, Thomas B. Fripp’s plantation (“Tom B”), Hamilton Fripp’s plantation and John Fripp’s ‘Big House’ plantation.
 All of the plantations named above were confiscated by the U.S. government for “non-payment of taxes” during the War Between the States.
 Which still leaves unanswered the question of where the privateer Captain Johannes Fripp fits into the Fripp Family chronicle.