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NFT: Bluffton, SC...Retirement follow-up

Bill L : 2/13/2018 9:28 am
Sort of a follow-up to a thread on retirement locations that was here last week.

Someone mentioned that his parents had just retired to Bluffton, SC. Spurred by that post, my wife and I are headed to Bluffton in a couple of weeks to check it out. Her excuse is that they are having a marathon there and mine is that I want to get out of the cold. Retirement is still several years away but we are doing a meandering look at areas that might be potential places to settle down and gum our food.

So, I wanted to ask, is there anything in Bluffton that we should focus on while we visit, with the goal of a potential landing spot? We will check out Hilton Head and Savannah for tourism stuff so if there is something we shouldn't miss from that respect that would be cool too.

In the retirement vein, next year we probably will look at Wilmington/Leland, and even New Bern in coastal NC. I heard that those places have higher than average crime though. We've also looked at Tempe/Mesa which were really nice but when they said they had 116 last summer, I got a bit scared. Also looked at Prescott and Sedona. Sedona was too pricey and touristy for me. I liked Prescott (is it very nice Mike?) but it falls a little short of my top criteria of close to a medical university hospital and close to an international airport.

TL;DR
Bluffton recs?
Can't answer your questions  
adamg : 2/13/2018 9:29 am : link
cuz I'm some naive kid still. But, Savannah is an awesome town. Definitely check it out and find some good shrimp and grits.
A friend of mine is the mayor of neighboring Hardeeville.  
Section331 : 2/13/2018 9:45 am : link
I haven't been, so I can't make any recs, but they love it. I can say you should definitely check out Savannah, a great town. The Olde Pink House is a cool spot, but if you go, try to eat in the bar downstairs. It is a really old bar, and has the same menu as the dining room, which didn't impress me at all. Alligator Soul and The Grey are other restaurants I highly recommend in Savannah. It is also one of 3 towns in the US that allows you to carry your drinks around town.
You should spend some time in Beaufort as well.  
Peter from NH (formerly CT) : 2/13/2018 9:57 am : link
Smaller town than Savanah but closer to Bluffton. Bluffton/Hilton head area has a range of "plantations" from super premium to ? Finding the right community for your circumstances could take some time.
Hey Bill  
Ross : 2/13/2018 9:58 am : link
That might have been me as my mom moved to Bluffton three years ago and LOVEs it.

When we visit her, we go Savannah and take the trolley tour of the city. YOu can get on and off as many times as you want to walk around and check stuff out yourself.

I also recommend going to Beaufort and taking the tour. Pretty cool little town and a ton of movies were filmed there. The Big Chill, Forrest Gump and Prince of tides are three off the top of my head.

Hilton head is great..but better in the summer.

We moved to Summerville, SC  
jvm52106 : 2/13/2018 9:59 am : link
and I love it here. I would check out Daniel Island,Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island etc., all around the Charleston area. These keep you in a great position for North travels (Charlotte, Wilmington, Raleigh), South (Hilton Head, Savannah, GA, Jacksonville, Fla, Orlando, Daytona etc.) all within 5/6 hours.
RE: Hey Bill  
Bill L : 2/13/2018 10:01 am : link
In comment 13830779 Ross said:
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That might have been me as my mom moved to Bluffton three years ago and LOVEs it.

When we visit her, we go Savannah and take the trolley tour of the city. YOu can get on and off as many times as you want to walk around and check stuff out yourself.

I also recommend going to Beaufort and taking the tour. Pretty cool little town and a ton of movies were filmed there. The Big Chill, Forrest Gump and Prince of tides are three off the top of my head.

Hilton head is great..but better in the summer.
Thanks! I believe it was your post that started us looking there. Will definitely check out Savannah and hopefully squeeze in Beaufort (I think Reb said he was going to end up in Beaufort...we can start a BoSox South fan club). One thing I do want to do is look at neighborhoods, houses, and housing costs in Bluffton, so if your mom sees a stranger peeping in her windows, tell her not to cal the cops.
RE: We moved to Summerville, SC  
Bill L : 2/13/2018 10:03 am : link
In comment 13830781 jvm52106 said:
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and I love it here. I would check out Daniel Island,Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island etc., all around the Charleston area. These keep you in a great position for North travels (Charlotte, Wilmington, Raleigh), South (Hilton Head, Savannah, GA, Jacksonville, Fla, Orlando, Daytona etc.) all within 5/6 hours.
I think that we are going to take a trip to the Charleston area this summer or next summer. I want to go to some of these places in the summer to feel them at their worst.
One thing about "touristy" areas  
SomeFan : 2/13/2018 10:05 am : link
they are often times better places to live if high-end. Think Naples, FL, not honky tonk.
It's an awesome place.  
John M in Albany : 2/13/2018 10:05 am : link
My daughter was in law enforcement there for 6 years, she recently moved back to upstate NY. My other half and I are definitely looking for a place there. There are several reasons.

1)The beaches are awesome, good sand, not crowded, without the touristy crap. You can even ride a bicycle on them.

2)The golf courses are top notch. Plenty to choose from and not that expensive. Do not go into the woods for balls, it ain't worth it.

3) Bluffton is not on the island so it is less crowded. In my retirement I want quiet serene drama free days, kids being what they are these days....

4) The amenities, shopping, gas, restaurants are all close and easy to get to.

The drawbacks, there really is not an airport that close, Savannah is only a half an hour away, but flying into it is pricey and finding flight is a pain in the.... South Carolina gets hot and humid even in October/November, yes I know thats the reason to go, but.....maybe Im not ready to retire yet???

Good Luck!
Savannah airport can't be any worse than Albany?  
Bill L : 2/13/2018 10:10 am : link
In terms of direct flights, higher costs etc. Or is it? When we go, we found cheaper flights from Hartford (and esp NYC, Boston, etc) but I'm too lazy to drive there.
bill  
Ross : 2/13/2018 10:13 am : link
feel free to email me rossww@yahoo.com
Flights  
John M in Albany : 2/13/2018 10:26 am : link
I am also too lazy to drive from Albany. Yes Albany is a lot like Savannah,, but it is where I am so..........
Would love to hear your review when back  
giantsfan227B : 2/13/2018 10:30 am : link
A few years ago we vacationed in Isle of Palms. I loved Mt. Pleasant SC and had a realtor send me a ton of stuff. We know people that recently relocated there as well with great reviews. I have heard good things about Bluffton as well. Still many years before retirement but it never hurts to be prepared.
Mt. Pleasant..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 2/13/2018 10:38 am : link
is a frequent destination for retirees from the Carolinas. The Charleston area has a lot of attractive choices.

Bluffton isn't bad - I really like that area, but if you are looking to travel North by car, the extra 90 minutes you save helps a lot. Plus, Bluffton and Hilton Head are both tucked away a little off the interstate, although with Bluffton you're about 10 miles closer than in Hilton Head.

You'll find air travel easier out of Charleston than Savannah, too.

Probably can't go wrong in either place, but Charleston area living is more appealing to me.
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Named Later : 2/13/2018 10:48 am : link
Bill, we checked out all those beachy towns leading up to retirement.....we chose Summerville SC just outside of Charleston. In my opinion Charleston has more to offer than Savannah or Wilmington. We were looking for Restaurants, History, Entertainment and we found it all in Chuck-town. They play a game called "Golf" down here if you're interested. Oh and there's the Yankees Minor-League Team, when they play the BoSox farm team from Greenville upstate -- it's a Rumble.

Beaufort has a nice "small town" feel but is still close to things. New Bern is much the same. I have not been to Bluffton, but it seems kind of remote to me.

You should make a few trips to these places as you get closer to Retirement.


Beaufort?  
Greg from LI : 2/13/2018 11:16 am : link
Watch out for the sand fleas
There's gotta be a place  
lugnut : 2/13/2018 11:59 am : link
for you around Charleston. Folly Beach? Edisto? Fripp?

One thing about all places you're considering -- hope you like the heat (and occasional hurricane scare). Good call on visiting in the summer (which lasts 6-8 months down there).
New Bern, NC  
bruce in wny : 2/13/2018 12:04 pm : link
My dad spent 26 happy years in retirement there. It's worth a look.
have lived in Bluffton for 18 years now  
SCGiantsFan : 2/13/2018 1:27 pm : link
Certainly, qualify as a local at this point.

Bluffton does have a lot going for it, as all the above have mentioned. It does get warm and flat out, hot. If we could do away with July and August, we'd be good.

Was 70 yesterday, high of 58 today, back to 80 tomorrow. We do have a good bit of pollen once spring truly sets in. not a deal breaker, but something to be ware of. At times you can see the pollen being blown out of the pine trees.

Bluffton is trying to keep it's character. I reside upon the Historic Preservation Committee for the town. We are currently continuing out expansion of side walks and on street parking. The town has been working to address parking issues. some residents just can not deal with a 4 minute walk from a parking lot. They want to park right tin front of where they are visiting.

The town and county put on a number of outdoor activities through out the year. Mayfest is always a good weekend. Calhoun street is shut down and art merchants and what not try to sell there stuff. We have a Framers market every Thursday. They close off part of Calhoun street to allow this to take place.

If you like and have a boat, we have ample water ways. Always nice to get out to the any of the sandbars and chill for a while.

Savannah is really just 30-40 minutes way. A nice place to stroll and enjoy one's self. They really need to get a handle on their crime. They are trying, but at times you;d think it was one step forward and to steps back. If you like Savannah, read the book, it will help provide some context. The book, being "Midnight in the Garden of good and evil."

Actually moved to Bluffton From Wilmington. I do miss the surf of NC. The beaches of Hilton Head Island just do not have anything to make cause the waves to break. There are only a few public beach access on HHI. most accesses are with in the plantations.

The Heritage of Golf is coming up in a month, that's a fun event. Charleston and the tennis tournament is just up the road.

We due have a local university, via University of SC, Beaufort.

If you need more info or have questions feel free to touch base.
RE: We moved to Summerville, SC  
emcca005 : 2/13/2018 1:39 pm : link
In comment 13830781 jvm52106 said:
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and I love it here. I would check out Daniel Island,Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island etc., all around the Charleston area. These keep you in a great position for North travels (Charlotte, Wilmington, Raleigh), South (Hilton Head, Savannah, GA, Jacksonville, Fla, Orlando, Daytona etc.) all within 5/6 hours.

I taught in Summerville for the past 4 years before moving back north, it's a great area. Went to Bluffton for some golf a few times, gorgeous area. You really cannot go wrong with anywhere in the lowcountry. Great climate, scenery, and food options.
RE: ..  
emcca005 : 2/13/2018 1:41 pm : link
In comment 13830867 Named Later said:
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Bill, we checked out all those beachy towns leading up to retirement.....we chose Summerville SC just outside of Charleston. In my opinion Charleston has more to offer than Savannah or Wilmington. We were looking for Restaurants, History, Entertainment and we found it all in Chuck-town. They play a game called "Golf" down here if you're interested. Oh and there's the Yankees Minor-League Team, when they play the BoSox farm team from Greenville upstate -- it's a Rumble.

Beaufort has a nice "small town" feel but is still close to things. New Bern is much the same. I have not been to Bluffton, but it seems kind of remote to me.

You should make a few trips to these places as you get closer to Retirement.
What's your favorite course in the Charleston area?
also the best part about this years superbowl was the Riverdogs 74% discount due to the total points being so high, had to have something to root for with such miserable teams participating.

This is really great stuff  
Bill L : 2/13/2018 1:43 pm : link
Thanks everyone!
Bill  
SCGiantsFan : 2/13/2018 1:50 pm : link
just sent you an email. Feel free to contact me, if I can help.

Where are not sea side, but we are happy - ( New Window )
That's no joke...  
BamaBlue : 2/13/2018 1:53 pm : link
In comment 13830932 Greg from LI said:
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RE: Beaufort? Watch out for the sand fleas


Visiting lovely Parris Island for my Son's graduation several years ago, I got bitten by one of those sand fleas. One bite and my foot looked like a rugby ball and it itched like crazy for a couple of weeks...
I still can see it in my head  
Greg from LI : 2/13/2018 2:46 pm : link
PT formation on Parris Island, 6 am or so, dawn breaking around us.....and as we stand at attention, you can see them coming, like a black fog around you. Little bastards would eat us alive. It was like getting pricked by a needle over and over again all over your body, if it was a needle that made you itch like crazy, and god help you if a DI caught you slapping at them or scratching.
One of the Mets' A-ball affiliates were known as  
Section331 : 2/13/2018 2:51 pm : link
the Savannah Sand Gnats until the relocated to Columbia.
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