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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 for more information on purchasing a second home or relocating to this special paradise located in South Carolina.

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.

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Jack Kilgore Helped Make Fripp Island What It’s Become

Jack KilgoreLocated near the southern tip of South Carolina, Fripp Island has long been a highly desirable destination for South Carolina residents to find their vacation home, as well as for vacationers from all across the United States.

Fripp Island, though, has not always been the vacation destination it is today. It was thanks to the vision of Jack Kilgore, who partnered with a number of investors more than 50 years ago to develop what was then a jungle into a picturesque resort.

Kilgore first visited Fripp Island in 1960, according to a recently posted article on by David Lauderdale. After seeing the area, he convinced 14 other investors to purchase the 3,500-acre land that was used primarily as a remote hunting and fishing escape. For a man selling trucks at the time, putting his life savings and begging others for an investment was a huge gamble.

It paid off handsomely over time, as any resident today can attest. Kilgore envisioned the island as an exclusive vacation property, and he began selling lots in 1963, driving potential buyers alongside the beach and cooking fish just caught out of the ocean.

Kilgore developed the island during the next 13 years, helping to bring infrastructure to Fripp Island, including building private bridges and securing a fresh water line. He also brought amenities such as inn, restaurant, golf course and marina. All told, his vision helped spur the growth on the island.

When he cashed out his stake in 1973, it was worth more than $3 million and the island’s development began to truly bloom.

Fripp Island still remains a premium vacation destination today. If you are looking to buy a vacation home on Fripp Island, take a look at the properties available from Fripp Island Real Estate. Tucked between the South Carolina coast and the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, Fripp Island remains one of the top places in the country for golf, watersports and relaxing. Come see what Kilgore imagined more than 50 years ago and how it’s grown to become such a fantastic place to relax, unwind and enjoy.

How to Increase Your Vacation Home’s Value

south carolina vacationWhether you rent out your second home throughout the year, or spend the majority of the time living in it, keeping its value up is always important. While the value of your vacation home may inherently rise with the market, there are a few things you can do to boost its value even higher. Take a look at the following suggestions, and begin thinking of ways that you can increase how much your property is worth.

When it comes to the value of any home, especially your vacation house, the way it looks on the outside is incredibly important. Invest some time and money into landscaping to ensure the lawn looks neat and clean. Pruning and trimming bushes and trees is always a smart idea, and even grow a garden if you plan on being around for a long time. Of course, you can always hire someone to take care of your lawn and garden while you’re away. Just don’t neglect your property’s landscape in favor of focusing on the interior.

One of the simplest ways to boost the value of your home is by adding on new rooms. This is especially true when it comes to vacation homes, as they are often a place where large groups of friends and family members gather for weeks at a time. Having extra bedrooms, bathrooms, lounges, and more can really make your property stand out to someone who needs a lot of space.

Installing new and modern appliances throughout your home is also a great idea. Of course, simply having modern appliances throughout your home isn’t enough. You also have to carefully maintain them. Don’t allow your appliances to fall into a state of disrepair by tackling problems as soon as they arise.

Take advantage of these suggestions and you can easily make your vacation home worth more than what you bought it for.

Fripp Island; Come for the Local Food, Stay for the Real Estate

Carolina Rib Rub Fripp Island real estate is among the most booming markets in the country. Few other markets in the country could rival the affordable paradise smack in the heart of the Sunbelt. But the draw to the South Carolina barrier islands goes far beyond affordable property investments.
The South Carolina barrier islands are known for excellent local food recipes and ingredients. The freshest seafood combined with southern home cooking make for some true favorites, on not only the local, but national levels.
Low Country Boil
1 Tbsp Old Bay; 5 lbs Potatoes ; 3 (16 ounce) packages cooked kielbasa sausage; 8 ears fresh corn; 5lbs whole crab; 4lbs peeled shrimp
Boil large pot of water
Add Old Bay, potatoes and sliced sausage. Boil 10 minutes.
Add the chucked corn and chopped crab. Boil 5 minutes
Add shrimp. Boil another 4 minutes.
Drain and serve.
Carolina Ribs
2 racks pork spareribs; 3C BBQ seasoning; 1/2C brown sugar; 1/3C lemon juice; 1/4C white vinegar; 1/4C apple cider vinegar; 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce; 1/4C molasses; 2C mustard; 2 tsp minced garlic; 2 tsp salt; 1tsp black pepper; 1 ½ tsp red pepper flakes; 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Whisk together the brown sugar, lemon juice, white vinegar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, molasses and mustard.
Add to mixture garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper.
Preheat grill/smoker
Rub ribs liberally with barbeque seasoning, cover and cook until desired tenderness (around four hours).
Baste ribs with mixture liberally throughout final half hour.

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!


Southern Meatloaf & Fresh Corn

Southern Meatloaf & Fresh Corn

I am writing about my “Southern Meatloaf” which is gluten-free but taste great. If you don’t want to make gluten-free, all you need to do is use regular items where I use gluten-free items. My grandchildren love the recipe and don’t even know that it is g-free. I think that they like it so much because it’s sweet! The ingreclients are as follows:

2 lbs. of ground meat (1lb chuck and 1 lb sirloin)

1 cup Red Mill g-free rolled oats

¼ teaspoon of thyme

2 teaspoons of freeze dried chives

2 teaspoons of fresh cracked black pepper

2 eggs (beaten)

½ cup of regular milk (almond milk can be used if you cannot have regular milk)

¼ cup of light brown sugar

½ cup Amy’s gluten-free ketchup

¼ cup of Boars Head g-free honey mustard

Mix all of above in large bowl and place in large 9×12 heat proof glass container. Top with ½ of the following mixture keep the other half for later.

1/3 cup of light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of g-free Board Head honey mustard, and

3 tablespoon of g-free Amy’s ketchup ( Mix together)

Stir together and spread ½ on meatloaf top, cover meatloaf with parchment paper, and then aluminum foil. The parchment keeps the tomato product off the foil. Preheat oven to 375 F and cook for approximately 1 hour remove paper and foil then add remainder of topping place back in oven for 15 to 20 minutes until topping lightly brown. Hope you like this meat loaf, I’ve included a picture. You can add sautee veggies that have been grated, such as carrots, parnips, zucchini, or yellow squash to have more fiber. I would not add more than ½ cup total of all. If you have any questions, like my blog and I will be glad to answer any questions.

Fresh Sweet Corn

This is a great veggie to have with your meatloaf. You can steam it, or boil it or grill it. Roll in melted unsalted butter and fresh ground black pepper and sprinkle with a little sugar! Another way to have corn on the cob is after you cook it, while hot, coat with sour cream and roll in Mexican Quesco Fresco cheese. Yummy! Another way is to cover with unsalted butter while hot and drizzle fresh honey over it. Delieous! Next time, I will give you my corn chowder recipe and fritters. For a sweet treat, my peach cobbler. It was published in several church cookbooks!


History of Fripp Island

Fripp Island SC

Fripp Island real estate

John Lee

In the days of yore, this majestic 3,000-acre island was a popular oasis for world explorers and a quiet retreat for treasure hunting pirates who sailed the seas preying on ships of all nations. Because of its reputation for being a pirate hideaway, stories about Blackbeard, pictured above, and his buried treasure on the island still persist.

History did not record a name for Fripp Island until the 17th Century when the island was deeded to Captain Johannes Fripp, a swashbuckling privateer, who like other letter-of-marquee men and pirates of that time, sailed the Seven Seas in search of gold and treasures. Captain Fripp was a big powerful man whose reputation as a skillful sea warrior marked him as a fearful foe. For reasons unknown, Captain Fripp never gained the notoriety of Blackbeard and other scurrilous pirates of the time being a privateer of sorts made it possible for Captain Fripp to take sides with any nations paying the highest price for his services. England needed all the help she could get at the time, so King Charles of England made Captain Fripp an offer he couldn’t refuse.

It proved to be a good arrangement for both England and Captain Fripp. Fripp was given the responsibility of defending the British encampment located in nearby Beaufort against marauding Spanish and French, a task accomplished successfully. With the French and Spanish unable to penetrate the English stronghold in Beaufort, the English had time to further reinforce the coastal defenses of Beaufort. On behalf of England, King Charles officially deeded this island to Captain Johannes Fripp.

The island became known as Fripp’s Island. Captain Fripp settled there, married a woman by the name of Martha Scott and had a family. The Fripps became one of the wealthy southern families prior to the Civil War. Unfortunately, most of the records of the Fripp family were destroyed when the courthouse burned during the Civil War. Several descendants and namesakes of Captain Fripp still live in the Beaufort area.
Development of Fripp began in 1961. Before then, the island served as a favorite hunting and fishing spot. In 1963, the half-mile access bridge was built to connect Fripp and Hunting Islands. By 1971, Ocean Point Golf Links had opened and the first homes had appeared. The Fripp Company, Inc., purchased the island’s undeveloped land and amenities in 1991. During the next decade, more than 20 million dollars in capital improvements were completed. In January of 2001, the Fripp Island Company, LLC purchased the amenities and some undeveloped land.

On January 31, 2003, the Fripp Group, Inc., purchased Springtide Village at Fripp, LLC. The purchase included over 7 acres of property along with the Fripp Island Real Estate Co., the visitors’ welcome center building at the entrance to Fripp Island, SpringTide Market, Mangos retail space and Channel 7 cable television (L.O.C.). In addition, the acquisition included the corporate office buildings and miscellaneous support facilities for the Fripp Island Company, LLC, owners of Fripp Island Resort.

The principals of the Fripp Group, Inc., are committed to the positive development and improvement of Fripp Island properties and amenities on behalf of all residents and property owners on the wonderful island we call home. Fripp Island Real Estate

Southern Food


Southern Food


When cooking “Southern Food” everyone has their special secrets. Usually, if you ask someone what the ingredients in their recipe, they state “a little of this” or “a little of that” and that true! My son and grandchildren are always calling me to say “mother or grandmother what ingredient did you leave out of the recipe that you gave us, we made it and it doesn’t taste the same as yours! I usually say oh, you must mean the “little of love” that I added. They laugh and say that “it’s more than love,” When I cook, I’m always adding a little white sugar, brown sugar, or fresh ground nutmeg to many items that I make. My mother always put a pinch of sugar in all her vegetables dishes that she made, and it truly made a diffence. Any cooked tomato recipe also needs a pinch of sugar! I guess that is what southern cooks would say that the sugar represents “love,” the sweetness!

Another difference in my southern cooking is that I do not use salt except in baking goods or grits. Many years ago, my husband developed high blood pressure and his doctor told him to quit using salt so I starting substituting salt with fresh ground pepper and fresh herbs to take the place of salt and they make your food taste much better plus you gain great health benefits. One can really taste the goodness of the fresh vegetables and meat dishes! We do not miss the salt at all. When we have relative and friends down to visit, one of the first things that I remind them is I don’t put salt on our food or put a salt shaker on the dining table. If they want salt, after tasting my cooking, they have to ask for it! My cornbread recipe is over 60 years old and my family will fight for the last piece. My home made chili recipe is just the same not a drop left in the pot, they lick it clean! Plus my chili is gluten free and you cannot even tell!

Several other items that I do not use in cooking are garlic and onions. I have asthma and they both irritate my condition, whether I eat or even smell them. My substitute is freeze dried chives. When watching T.V. cooking shows, I’m totally shocked at all the garlic and onions the chiefs use. It’s like that they cannot make a single dish without either one! You can always flavor your meals with celery, carrots, or parsnips instead of garlic and onions. Many foods are better the simpler that they are made. I don’t even remember anyone in my Southern family using garlic. My mother’s family was farmers feeding from the earth with produce or animals that they raised. Mind you, they were my parents, grandparents and great grandparents!

If you like this blog, I will start putting pictures and recipes up of the food I make. My next blog is going to be on gluten free food and cooking gluten free. I will also talk about the disease.

Fripp and Harbor Island Properties

Fripp and Harbor Island Properties

Fripp Island real estate

John Lee


About five years ago when I realized that I could offer the very best service and help buyers and sellers make right decisions, I establish this company. I have been in the real estate business about 17 years working  for other companies. I felt like, this company, would provide personal service through communication. What most real estate agents on Fripp Island don’t understand, is that buyers and sellers want to be communicated with when selling or buying Fripp Island Real Estate. I also work on Harbor Island with buyers and sellers, looking for Harbor Island Real Estate.

Fripp and Harbor Islands are located in the Low Country of South Carolina. Fripp has some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere on the East Coast. We have homes listed from $285,000 to $2,500,000 and condos from $95,000 to $600,000. Lots on Fripp range from $60,000 to over $1 million for oceanfront.

Fripp has 3 ½ miles of coastline and most of the island is heavily wooded with large oak trees and Spanish moss. This is unlike the Florida islands which has been ravaged by hurricanes and have little trees. Fripp Island is unique; it has two professional golf courses, 10 swimming pools, clay tennis courts, and many restaurants on the island. There are no commercial buildings on the island; it is just a great place to live, so if you’re looking for a fantastic place that has everything Fripp Island is the place you need to be.

If you want personalize service and lots of communication, then I’m the agent you need to work with. I will work hard to find you the perfect property or to sale your existing property. I enjoy selling Fripp island real estate because the island sales itself. There is no other place on East Coast like Fripp Island. It has everything that you want or need to enjoy life. So if you want little a piece of heaven call me, John Lee,   cell 843-575-2820 are visit my website