It all starts with a vacation…
That is the response after asking residents: “What brought you here?”
I am deeply impressed about the stories from people who were on vacation with their parents when the lighthouse wasn’t even built, and I am keen to get to know how they discovered this place!
You may know that the history of Hilton Head Island goes a long way back and was named after Captain William Hilton in 1663, but I am thinking about how this Island became the # 1 island in the USA and the #2 in the world. The success of Hilton Head Island starts with Sea Pines and the story of Sea Pines starts with Charles Fraser.
In 1950, Hilton Head Island had only one paved street and nothing else, not even electricity.
Charles Fraser saw potential in the dense forest leading to the ocean and had the vision of a resort /retirement area. In his master plan for Sea Pines, he established a concept with strict land usage and land-preservation covenants to preserve the environment. In 1958, the first deed was signed, $5,300 for a beachfront lot. It was sold for $9,600 in 1962!
Interesting fact: Sea Pines Real Estate was founded in 1957, as the first real estate company on the island. Some of our agents can tell first hand stories about that time! For example, how Charles Fraser turned down some buyers because they didn´t meet the high criteria. In 1960, he built himself a home that was not only to live there and entertain guests but an example of his idea of what a Sea Pines house and landscape should look like.
In the early 1960s, the first condominiums in Sea Pines were built and Sea Pines was no longer just a private residential community but was quickly becoming a resort destination. Visitors became buyers at a time when there was only a swing bridge, one supermarket, and one retired doctor who ran the Sea Pines Medical Center. What a life!
I wasn´t lucky enough to discover this extraordinary place as an “early adopter” – but I found it about 4 years ago and like so many people before me, I fell in love with the island and the Lowcountry. So much so that I moved here a few months later.
Since then, I have been so very happy about my move. It’s one of the best decisions of my life. I try to meet as many people as possible who can tell me more about the island, to explore all the places that tell a story and I am excited to share my experience and help people find the right place when they decide to move.
Today, taking a vacation or living in the Lowcountry is no longer an adventure, it's a wonderful excursion to a unique place where history, activity, nature, culture, and a high quality of life come together. By flipping through the Hilton Head Island 2018 Official Vacation Planner you can see the progress this Island has made in many regards.
But one thing didn´t change: people come for vacation and stay for life!
Nov. 21, 2018
What a wonderful day!
I had heard of Thanksgiving when I lived in Germany, but I had no idea how wonderful it is to celebrate with people I’m grateful for until I moved here. When I lived in Germany, I used the time between Christmas and New Years Eve to think about what and who I was grateful for at the end of the year, and I wrote thank you cards to those people. Now, having a special day not only to think about how grateful I am, but being able to celebrate it with these friends, family and clients who I consider family, is even better.
I want to thank the following people in my life very much for all that they do and mean to me: Susan, Sara, Lorraine, Sandy, Kathy, Will, Tina, John, Gail, Andy, Beverly, Falko, Carol, Al, Amy, Heather, Mollie, Mary Ellen, Carl, Doerte, Peter, Katharina, Terry, Lorri, Nancy, David, Meg, Gary, Bill, Elizabeth, Farid, Ed, Mark, Dru, Grant, Deb, Dennis, Ginger, Grant, Cris, Lindsey, Michael, Suzanne, Holly, Chuck, Jean, Jacqueline, Kevin, Karen, Lynne, Jessie, Anuska, Roland, Connie, Ronald, Sharon, Alex, Norma, Betty, Don, James, Michelle, Barbara, Cindy, Ron, Larry, Martin, Tammy and Munjid.
I am sure this list is not complete, but I am grateful that I met you and have you in my life.
I am so grateful for my nice clients to let me do what I love to do, for my great colleagues who help me to deliver the best service, for my friends who help me and make me laugh and for the many, many people I don´t even know their names but who lighten up my day, by serving in supermarkets and restaurants, delivering mail and produce products that make my life easier and enjoyable.
And I am thankful every day that I am living here in Paradise...