Hilton Head Island in South Carolina is a half-island spread over a 12 miles long and 5 miles wide landscape. Back in 1985, this island was not too populated and was not really an attraction among tourists. There were just a few residential units and the real estate prices were quite cheap back then as compared to the current estate. Plantation ownership changed in 1985 and by then there were private gated communities such as Sea Pines, Hilton Head Plantation, Palmetto Dunes, Shipyard, Shelter Cove, Long Cove, Spanish Wells, Wexford, Indigo Run and Skull Creek Point.
The modern Hilton Head real estate was begun here in 1956 by Charles Fraser who developed a private plantation community of 5200 acres and called it Sea Pines. In the year 2005, The Riverstone Group bought Sea Pine resort and rebuilt it with a huge sum of $50 million to include a Plantation club, Harbor Town Golf links clubhouse and the Beach club.
Hilton Head Plantation located on 4000 acres of land has been investing $2.5 million in a recreational amenity called Spring Lake Pool which is three decades old. The Hilton Head Island enjoys an ocean view front and has attracted tourists over more than a decade and has added as much as $1.5 billion to the local economy in a year. The island’s population has grown immensely and it peaks during summer vacation. The Island has a prolific history of occupation by Native Americans and European trades and exploration.
Hilton Head Island offers a lot of entertainments for the tourists to choose from as it consists of an Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, the Hilton Head Choral Society of 120 members and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. It hosts the Heritage Golf Classic on the golf links on Sea Pines for golf enthusiasts. Hilton Head Island is a barrier island and is a great place for surfers with its shifting beaches.
The island celebrates various annual events such as the Gullah celebration which is a tradition of the Gullah native islanders, wine tasting fest, Wing Fest, Barbeque Fest, Harbour fest, food fest, motoring festival and the Dove Street festival of lights to name a few of the popular ones.
Hilton Head Island is also ideal for naturalists and those interested in wildlife as it is home to hundreds of bird species, dolphins, alligators, loggerhead sea turtles, deer, stingrays and manatees. The Coastal Discovery Museum along with the department of Natural resources undertakes the Sea Turtle Protection Project from the month of May to October. The estuaries enjoy a rich marine life including oysters and sport fish. The beaches of Hilton Head Island are a place to see dolphins strand feeding which is a rare occurrence.
With so many real estate businesses on Hilton Head Island one can find a home or tourist home to suit their interests. You can choose a place that could serve as a great meeting place for family get-togethers or a place just to relax in and maybe rent out the lot to meet the real estate prices and demands.