Home Sellers Love Matterport 3D Videos on Hilton Head Island


I am so excited to announce my most recent acquistion to help people to sell their Hilton Head Island home!  About two weeks ago we took ownership of our Matterport 3D camera.  In the past two weeks my husband, Tom, otherwise known as my tech guru, has been shooting scans of some of my clients homes and loading them on to the Matterport interactive video platform.  The results are incredible!  Here is what some of my clients have to say:

Hi Cathie,

This is the coolest thing!

It seems easier to navigate on a smart phone, because of the touch screen.  My computer is not touch screen.

The place looks really nice.  Connie and I resent your email to some of our family and friends and they said that it was beautiful.

Thanks,

Chuck.

Love it!  Now I can go there virtually.  The camera quality is exceptional.

Tom K.

If you are interested in selling your home on Hilton Head Island or in Bluffton, SC please call or email me to learn about how the Matterport technology might benefit you.  Don’t delay, the Matterport time schedule is filling up fast!

Click here to see our most recent Matterport 3D video scan

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10 Things You Need To Know About Living on Hilton Head Island


Hilton Head Island is a special place to live, full of opportunities for recreation, fun things to do and unique neighbors.  Here is my video, 10 Things That You Need to Know About Living on Hilton Head Island.   Share it with your friends and text me if you would like a list of homes or condos for sale on Hilton Head Island!

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Volunteering on Hilton Head Island


One of my favorite things about Hilton Head Island and Bluffton is that they are vibrant, energetic communities full of good hearted people with a passion to help their neighbors.  There are any number of charities providing vacations for ill children and their families, supporting hospice services for those that are terminally ill and their families, reading and tutoring children in our schools, feeding and protecting animals and providing medical services and help with bills to people in our community that are struggling, if you have a passion, there is probably a charity in the Lowcountry that can benefit from your talents.

That’s why I was so enthralled by an article in the January issue of Hilton Head Monthly, also featured in Lowcountry Weekly titled ‘There’s an APP for that…’.  The article was written by Denise Spencer, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, the premise of the article is that new technology widens the performance gap between wealthier and poorer students, causes socialization issues (how many times have you been out to lunch with someone that cannot put their smart phone down for 60 minutes) and causes us to waste time on our devices that might be spent better volunteering.

Denise proposed that we pledge to match our spending on new technology with contributions to charities, I love that idea!  I am going to make the pledge, will you?

Drone video helps home sellers on Hilton Head Island


Thinking about selling your home on Hilton Head Island?  I am excited to share our new drone video technology and the difference that it makes in home marketing.  We bought our drone camera two weeks ago and this is our first video for a home seller.  I feel certain that the videos will only get better as we learn more about the camera and flying the drone.  The drone camera allows us to show potential home buyers where the home is located within the community and provides unusual and interesting perspective on the community amenities. 

This video was produced to market 550 Ocean Course Villas in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island.  550 Ocean Course Villas is a beautifully renovated villa walking distance to the new Plantation Golf Club and the soon to open new Sea Pines Beach Club.  The current owners opened up the kitchen to the living area creating an airy feel.  She is a cook so they put in a gas cooktop, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.  The wood floors add warmth and the medallion in the entry adds interest.  The master bath renovation includes a separate shower and a bubble tub.  The video shows the potential home buyer how close the villa is to the new Sea Pines amenities and shows how impressive the new facilities are.  Click on the photo below to view the video.

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Call or email me to learn more about how our drone camera can help you sell your Hilton Head Island home, for home marketing that is ‘Above the Crowd’.

10 Places to Eat on Hilton Head Island Without Waiting


If you’re visiting Hilton Head Island this week, you’re here at a busy time of year.  This is the week of the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing and Easter week, the island will be hopping!  But you don’t want to wait long for dinner.  Visit my website for my top 10 places to eat on Hilton Head Island without waiting, whether you are looking for a good burger, a pizza or some crab legs, there’s something there for you.  My husband and I are foodies and these are some of our favorite restaurants on Hilton Head.

For more information about visiting the island on Heritage Week you might want to  visit the Island Packet, there are new rules this year about what can be brought on the golf course.  You can also visit the RBC Heritage website.

Hilton Head Island Redevelopment Plans


What’s new  on Hilton Head Island, you ask?

Spring is here and there is a lot going on around the island.  The Town of Hilton Head has recently approved the preliminary plans for redevelopment of the Shelter Cove Park.  The plans include an open air pavilion for entertainment events, restrooms and a boardwalk along the Broad Creek with a dock out into the marsh.

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The Shelter Cove Park will be adjoined by the Chaplin Linear Park connecting Shelter Cove with Collier Beach.  This project will include a series of pathways, boardwalks and trails with educational venues to teach visitors about the important ecological features of the island including the significance of the marshes, the folly and the maritime forest.

The new Shelter Cove Towne Center is well underway.  The Kroger store is open and full of goodies, stop by there when you’re here.  The north end of the new mall is well underway and most of the structure between the two Belk stores has been removed and construction will begin there.  The new shops at the Towne Center include a Serg Group restaurant (Serg Group includes many popular island restaurants including One Hot Mama’s, Frankie Bones and The Skull Creek Boathouse), a yogurt shop and The French Bakery and Courtyard Café, a local favorite relocating from Pineland Station.

The town is also moving forward with plans for a campus of USCB on the island.  There is an agreement in place for the town to purchase 5.54 acres on Office Park Road.  USCB is interested in providing a Hilton Head Island campus for juniors and seniors in their Hospitality Management Program and their OLLI (Oscher Lifelong Learning Center) on island events.  OLLI provides over 400 classes and events throughout the year in Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.

To learn more about living and retirement on Hilton Head Island or to search for properties visit my website.

A Day Trip from HIlton Head Island, Charleston Cooks


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Hilton Head Island is a pretty wonderful spot, full of great adventures, but everyone needs a day away now and then.  This past Saturday my husband, Tom, and I spent the day in Charleston.  I had given Tom a class at Charleston Cooks for Valentine’s Day (good wife points), since Tom is a cook I booked a participatory class with Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, authors of several cookbooks on Lowcountry favorite dishes.  Participatory classes are a little more expensive but attendees participate in the cooking as compared to demonstration classes, less expensive but less fun for a more experienced chef.  We began at 10:00am and enjoyed a lovely time cooking with Nathalie and Cynthia, Charleston Cook’s chef, Donna, had taken care of making all of the arrangements and everything was set up for all of us to cook.  Those of you that know me know that I was there for the eating but I did manage to cut up vegetables without cutting off my fingers.  We cooked three variations of shrimp and grits, biscuits (a quintessential part of southern cuisine), peaches and cream pie and homemade butterscotch pudding.  Nathalie and Cynthia supervised our cooking of their recipes and showed us easier ways to prepare the ingredients and ways to prep the ingredients more easily.  We had a lovely time and we all shared the meal at the end with a glass of wine, what a great lunch!  Tom purchased Nathalie and Cynthia’s book, ‘Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking’, which he has been studying ever since we got back from Charleston last night.

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Done with the cooking, we decided to take a stroll around Charleston, we lived in Charleston for five years so it was a stroll down memory lane.  We walked down East Bay Street and visited a lovely shop with reclaimed building materials.  Tom is a contractor specializing on renovations on Hilton Head Island so we had to stop in and see what unusual materials they had that can be offered as options to his clients.  Then we walked up Broad Street, across on Meeting Street, then up to N King Street.  I had to make a stop at Anthropologie to take a few photos to send to my daughter (a little encouragement to work is always good). 

 

We walked through Marion Square where the Food and Wine Festival was in full swing, back down to East Bay to Ted’s Butcher (Tom is wishing that he had bought the duck fat, I may have to get some on my next trip).  We dropped in at the Vegetable Bin on East Bay and bought beets, I love roast beets and they are $1.00 a piece at the grocery store, we got three pounds of gold and red beets for $3.00. 

A quick stop at the rooftop bar and restaurant at the Grill 225 at the Market Pavilion but it was a beautiful day and there were no tables (they don’t take reservations so go early), we did take in the beautiful views of the Charleston harbor.  A little further down East Bay Street we stopped at the Southend Brewing Company and Smokehouse, a lovely place for a snack and a libation.  Tom enjoyed the stout.

It was a great way to spend the day in Charleston, we highly recommend the cooking classes at Charleston Cooks and the shop has lots of great gizmos to peruse.  The shop offers 10% off for people that attend a class so take your gadget list with you.  Upcoming classes include ‘Spring is Coming’, featuring light and fresh spring recipes and ‘Couples Night, Spring Entertaining’ for the couple that wants a night out in Charleston.