Bluffton, SC Real Estate and Community Information

About Bluffton

In South Carolina the coastal town of Bluffton has been referred to as the "last true coastal village of the South." The small town of approximately 14,000 residents is nestled between Hilton Head and Savannah. Located on a high bluff, Bluffton offers wonderful views of the May River. The river has been central to the town's history and continues to be the lifeline of the small community. In recent years, the town has expanded by 900 percent. Additionally, more than 32,000 acres of territory have been added as well, making Bluffton the fifth largest town in South Carolina (by land area).

History

Founded in 1852, Bluffton quickly became a popular destination for wealthy plantation owners and business people who were protesting federal taxes. The Bluffton secessionist movement was in line with the larger movement that was taking South Carolina by storm. Incidentally, South Carolina was the first state to secede from the union.

Life In Bluffton

Meandering through the Old Town area of charming Bluffton, the May River provides beauty and adventure to the gorgeous South Carolina community. If you follow the gentle stream of the winding river you are sure to see the stunning Lowcountry marshes, an array of local wildlife, and spectacular coastal views.

Close to the river's banks, the historic district of Old Town Bluffton is a site not to be overlooked. The unique district is home to a many wonderful examples of historic architecture, galleries, creative art, shopping, dining, and entertainment. The colorful and historic district is walkable milieu filled with great art, a fantastic culture, and loads of southern charm.

Those who are considering a move to the Lowcountry should not overlook this fantastic community. The town of Bluffton is growing quickly, and is home to many new housing developments. Beautiful new homes are being built in the picturesque South Carolina Lowcountry everyday. Contact Rita Cymbalista, and discover the many exciting new home ownership opportunities in Bluffton.

Shopping

Bluffton boasts many wonderful opportunities for shopping. From big-name retailers to unique locally owned boutiques, Bluffton offers shoppers a wide array of retail options. From the small boutiques in Old Town to the newer stores at Buckwalter Place, Bluffton shoppers are able to enjoy multiple shopping districts. Because of the town's recent growth many new shops and retail spaces are opening up every day. It is an exciting time to live in the small coastal community. In addition to the many wonderful brick-and-mortar stores, residents of Bluffton are able to enjoy the regional offerings of several open air markets. Both Old Town and Buckwalter Place host weekly Farmer's Markets and offer up opportunities to enjoy the fantastic fresh local produce, freshly caught seafood, food trucks, entertainment, homemade crafts, artisanal foods, and more.

Arts And Culture

It is no secret that the charming community of Bluffton has an artistic side. Old Town Bluffton is brimming with colorful art, sculpture, and hand-crafted decor. The many artistic additions featured throughout the town signal the town's deep artistic undercurrent that runs heavily throughout the historic community. Walking along the streets of Bluffton, residents are presented with a lovely array of gallery spaces and art. From oils and acrylics to sculpture and pottery, every sort of medium is well-represented in the picturesque town of Bluffton.

Artistic Spaces And Places
  • Amos Hummell Creations
  • Calhoun Street Gallery
  • Fishbone Gallery & Gifts
  • Four Corners Art Gallery & Framing
  • Jacob Preston Studio
  • La Petite Gallerie
  • May River Gallery
  • Pluff Mudd Art
  • Society of Bluffton Artists
  • The Filling Station

Parks And Recreation

The town of Bluffton is known for its picturesque scenery, beautiful Lowcountry wetlands, and views of the scenic May River. Residents of the charming southern town are given ample opportunity to enjoy the lovely landscape of their hometown. Bluffton is home to numerous parks, including the Buckwalter Regional Park. The expansive regional park features soccer fields and skateboard-ready facilities. Close to the park, residents will find the well-maintained Buckwalter Trail. The path perfect for hiking and biking through the scenic Lowcountry landscape. Additionally, residents of Bluffton enjoy easy river access. Boat landings, such as the Oyster Factory boat landing, the Alljoy boat landing, and the Calhoun St. boat dock allow residents to get out on the water easily, day or night.

Residents of Bluffton are also able to enjoy a few rounds of golf at one of the region's many golf courses. Close to Hilton Head, the Bluffton region is home to more 30 regional courses. In addition to the many nearby courses, residents of Bluffton are able to enjoy their own home-grown, world-class championship course. The May River Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, is a fantastic golf facility located in charming Bluffton.

Attractions And Activities

Many people are attracted to the charming and historic Old Town district of Bluffton. The district's art galleries, unique shops, and dining options attract visitors to the area year-round. Within the historic district residents are also faced with a number of interesting attractions, including the May River Theatre. “Bluffton’s Theatre” brings many outstanding theater productions to the Bluffton and Hilton Head region. Another popular attraction is the historic Heyward House. The plantation era house is today a museum as well as Bluffton’s official welcome center. Throughout the year, the house remains open to the public and offers guided tours.

Events

Music, festivals, theater productions, and dances, Bluffton has it all and much more. The hospitable southern town is a hotbed of artistic and cultural happenings. From its regular theater productions and gallery openings to its many seasonal festivals, there is always something going on in Bluffton.

Rita Cymbalista
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