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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
Ingredients:
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
Ingredients:
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

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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 www.Fripprealestate.com

83 Ocean Creek Blvd Fripp Island, SC

83 Ocean Creek Blvd
Fripp IslandSC 29920
$650,000price
4bedrooms
3full baths
1,744square feet
138278listing id

Great home on the water with private shared dock. Open floor plan with great views of the canal. Large bedrooms and great hardwood floors throughout. The exterior the home has Hardy plank for easy maintenance. Would make a great first, second or rental home. Is currently on the rental market doing very well.

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StatusACTIVE
CountyBeaufort
Year Built2001
Property TypeRESIDENTIAL
TypeSINGLE FAMILY

Basic Features

Address: 83 Ocean Creek Blvd
Bank Owned Y/N?: no
Bedrooms: 4
City: Fripp Island
Construction: Hardi Plank
Cooling: Heat Pump
County: Beaufort
Dining: Liv/Din/Combo.
Exterior Extras: Deck, Thermo-Panes, Porch, Screened Porch
Foreclosure Y/N?: no
Full Baths: 3
Heating: Heat Pump
IDX Property Type: Residential
Latitude: 32.311641000000
Listing ID: 138278
Listing Price: $650,000
Longitude: -80.492270000000
Major Area: 7A-FRIPP ISLAND
Minor Area: 7049-Ocean Creek/Vb
Property Type: RESIDENTIAL
Remarks: Great home on the water with private shared dock. Open floor plan with great views of the canal. Large bedrooms and great hardwood floors throughout. The exterior the home has Hardy plank for easy maintenance. Would make a great first, second or rental home. Is currently on the rental market doing very well.
Rent/Lease: neither
Short Sale Y/N?: no
Square Feet: 1,744
State: South Carolina
Status: ACTIVE
Street Name: Ocean Creek Blvd
Street Number: 83
Total Baths: 3
Type: SINGLE FAMILY
Waterfront: Tidal Creek
Waterfront Community Y/N: yes
Year Built: 2001
Zipcode: 29920
Zoning: PUD

Advanced Features

Aicuz: N
Appliances/Equipment: Elec/Oven/Range, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Disposal, Ice Maker Conn., Vent Fan, Ceiling Fan, Smoke/Heat Detector, Fireplace/Equipment, Cable TV/Available, Dryer, Washer
Approx. Age: 11-25 Yrs.
Basement: No
Covenant: Y
Cumulative DOM: 161
Directions: Hwy 21 to Fripp Island
Dock: Private Dock
DOM: 161
Dryer Connection: Yes, Electric
Family Room: yes
Fireplace: Gas
Fireplace Y/N: yes
Flood Zone (Y/N): yes
Floors: Wood Floor, Ceramic
Formal Dining: no
Foundation: Elevated
Garage/CarportT: 2 Bay Attached
Golf Community: yes
Home Warranty: N
May be Sub 3rd Party Appr: no
Olrea/B: N
Other Rooms: Family Room, Utility Room
Roofing: Composition A/S
Room Count: 6
Sale/Rent: For Sale
Shared Interest (Y/N): no
Status Category: ACTIVE
Style: Two Story
Walls: Sheetrock
Washer Connection: Yes
Water & Sewer: Public Water, Public Sewer
Water Heater: Electric
Will Sell: Conventional, Cash

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161 Ocean Creek Blvd Fripp Island, SC

161 Ocean Creek Blvd
Fripp IslandSC 29920
$659,900price
5bedrooms
3full baths
2,875square feet
134741listing id
 south carolina oceanfront homes for sale
  
Beautiful marsh and ocean views from this 5 bed room, 3 bath, kitchen, open dining-living area home with 4 decks (2 screened, 1 covered, 1 open). Galvanized steel framing, roof trusses, and floor systems coupled with fire-resistant soy-based foam insulation makes for exceptional strength and energy efficiency. Under-house garage with room for 6 cars also has an enclosed 15×30 ft. workshop/storage area. Golf cart included. Furnishings negotiable.
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StatusACTIVE
CountyBeaufort
Year Built2005
Property TypeRESIDENTIAL
TypeSINGLE FAMILY

Basic Features

Address: 161 Ocean Creek Blvd
Bank Owned Y/N?: no
Bedrooms: 5
City: Fripp Island
Construction: Hardi Plank
Cooling: Heat Pump
County: Beaufort
Dining: Liv/Din/Combo., Great Room, Breakfast Area
Exterior Extras: Deck, Porch, Screened Porch
Foreclosure Y/N?: no
Full Baths: 3
Heating: Heat Pump
IDX Property Type: Residential
Latitude: 32.311949000000
Listing ID: 134741
Listing Price: $659,900
Longitude: -80.492588000000
Major Area: 7A-FRIPP ISLAND
Minor Area: 7007-Marina Area
Property Type: RESIDENTIAL
Remarks: Beautiful marsh and ocean views from this 5 bed room, 3 bath, kitchen, open dining-living area home with 4 decks (2 screened, 1 covered, 1 open). Galvanized steel framing, roof trusses, and floor systems coupled with fire-resistant soy-based foam insulation makes for exceptional strength and energy efficiency. Under-house garage with room for 6 cars also has an enclosed 15×30 ft. workshop/storage area. Golf cart included. Furnishings negotiable.
Rent/Lease: neither
Short Sale Y/N?: no
Square Feet: 2,875
State: South Carolina
Status: ACTIVE
Street Name: Ocean Creek Blvd
Street Number: 161
Total Baths: 3
Type: SINGLE FAMILY
Waterfront: Marsh/Water/View
Waterfront Community Y/N: no
Year Built: 2005
Zipcode: 29920
Zoning: PUD

Advanced Features south carolina oceanfront homes for sale

Aicuz: N
Appliances/Equipment: Elec/Oven/Range, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Disposal, Ice Maker Conn., Vent Fan, Ceiling Fan, Smoke/Heat Detector, Cable TV/Available, Dryer, Washer
Approx. Age: 1Day-10Years
Basement: No
Covenant: Y
Cumulative DOM: 3095
Directions: Hwy 21 to Fripp Island
Dock: Not Applicable
DOM: 1625
Dryer Connection: Yes, Electric
Family Room: yes
Fireplace: Gas
Fireplace Y/N: yes
Flood Zone (Y/N): yes
Floors: Some Carpet, Wood Floor, Ceramic
Formal Dining: no
Foundation: Elevated
Garage/CarportT: 2 Bay Attached
Golf Community: yes
Home Warranty: N
May be Sub 3rd Party Appr: no
Olrea/B: N
Other Rooms: Utility Room, Foyer, Master Bedroom 1st Floor
Roofing: Composition A/S
Room Count: 7
Sale/Rent: For Sale
Shared Interest (Y/N): no
Status Category: ACTIVE
Style: Other
Walls: Sheetrock
Washer Connection: Yes
Water & Sewer: Public Water, Public Sewer
Water Heater: Electric
Will Sell: Conventional, Cash

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126 Ocean Creek Blvd. Fripp Island, SC

126 Ocean Creek Blvd.
Fripp IslandSC 29920
$675,000price
5bedrooms
4full baths
3,209square feet
125707listing id\
Fripp Island Real Estate

Beautiful and will-maintained 5 Bedroom, 4 Bath home on extra large homesite in well established and desirable Ocean Creek neighborhood in the heart of Fripp Island. Master Bedroom has spacious his and her closets and lots of closet space. Big bright kitchen has plenty of cabinets.Large living area with great views of the Ocean Creek Golf Course.

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StatusACTIVE
CountyBeaufort
Year Built2000
Property TypeRESIDENTIAL
TypeSINGLE FAMILY

Basic Features

Address: 126 Ocean Creek Blvd.
Bank Owned Y/N?: no
Bedrooms: 5
City: Fripp Island
Construction: Frame, Stucco
Cooling: Heat Pump
County: Beaufort
Dining: Formal
Exterior Extras: Deck, Grill, Thermo-Panes, In Ground Sprinkler, Porch, Screened Porch
Foreclosure Y/N?: no
Full Baths: 4
Heating: Heat Pump
IDX Property Type: Residential
Latitude: 32.312834000000
Listing ID: 125707
Listing Price: $675,000
Longitude: -80.495628000000
Major Area: 7A-FRIPP ISLAND
Minor Area: 7007-Marina Area
Property Type: RESIDENTIAL
Remarks: Beautiful and will-maintained 5 Bedroom, 4 Bath home on extra large homesite in well established and desirable Ocean Creek neighborhood in the heart of Fripp Island. Master Bedroom has spacious his and her closets and lots of closet space. Big bright kitchen has plenty of cabinets.Large living area with great views of the Ocean Creek Golf Course.
Rent/Lease: neither
Short Sale Y/N?: no
Square Feet: 3,209
State: South Carolina
Status: ACTIVE
Street Name: Ocean Creek Blvd.
Street Number: 126
Total Baths: 4
Type: SINGLE FAMILY
Waterfront: None
Year Built: 2000
Zipcode: 29920
Zoning: PUD

Advanced Features Fripp Island Real Estate

Aicuz: N
Appliances/Equipment: Elec/Oven/Range, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Disposal, Ice Maker Conn., Vent Fan, Ceiling Fan, Smoke/Heat Detector, Cable TV/Available, Dryer, Washer, Whirlpool Tub
Approx. Age: 1Day-10Years
Basement: No
Covenant: Y
Cumulative DOM: 1389
Directions: Hwy 21 to Fripp Island
Dock: Not Applicable
DOM: 1389
Dryer Connection: Yes, Electric
Family Room: yes
Fireplace Y/N: no
Flood Zone (Y/N): yes
Floors: Some Carpet, Wood Floor, Ceramic
Formal Dining: yes
Foundation: Elevated
Garage/CarportT: 2 Bay Attached
Golf Community: yes
Home Warranty: N
May be Sub 3rd Party Appr: no
Olrea/B: N
Other Rooms: Family Room, Study/Den, Sitting Room, Pantry, Utility Room, Foyer, Master Bedroom 1st Floor
Roofing: Composition A/S
Room Count: 9
Sale/Rent: For Sale
Shared Interest (Y/N): no
Status Category: ACTIVE
Style: Two Story
Walls: Sheetrock
Washer Connection: Yes
Water & Sewer: Public Water, Public Sewer
Water Heater: Electric
Will Sell: Conventional, Cash
Fripp Island Real Estate