Beaufort Area Real Estate
Immersed in history and charm, Beaufort is the second oldest city in South Carolina, located between Charleston and Savannah. Winding streets take you to antebellum houses and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, but also to newer vibrant neighborhoods and lively commerce districts.
The town of Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island, one of many coastal sea islands that make up the area. Lady’s Island, St Helena Island, Dataw Island, Harbor Island, Hunting Island, Fripp Island, and Parris Island are just some of the islands that make up the Beaufort region.
Located in northern Beaufort County, locals say the Beaufort area is “North of the Broad.” The Broad River, a tidal river that flows out to Port Royal Sound, cuts Beaufort County in half with Bluffton, Okatie, and Hilton Head being “South of the Broad.”
Each neighborhood has a unique feel and charm. Your CGR agent can provide more information on these quaint areas.
Outdoor Activities Abound
Home to miles of saltwater creeks, barrier islands, and inland history, there is much to see and do in the Beaufort area. Nature is in full display, with coastal birds, marsh, and even dolphin siteings common. Fishing charters, kayaks, paddleboards, and sailors are part of the local scene. On land, there are many sidewalks perfect for strolling and bike riding. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park is a popular spot for community events and gatherings, but also a nice spot to catch a sunset on a bench swing, play on the playground, or watch the boats come and go from the city marina.
Some additional spots to check out that feature the lowcountry outdoors:
Hunting Island State Park – a great spot for a day visit or overnight camping with beaches, nature center, and a lighthouse
Cypress Wetlands – half mile trail/boardwalk idyllic spot to birdwatch and enjoy the peaceful saltwater marsh
Spanish Moss Trail – 10 miles great for walking or biking along water and marsh views
Port Royal Observation Tower – 4-story tower with panoramic views of marsh and the rivers
The Sands – community beach popular for shark teeth hunting
History & Culture
Instrumental in both the American Revolution and Civil War, there is significant history in the Beaufort area. A walk around downtown will confirm the rich antiquity, culture, southern hospitality, and charming coastal atmosphere. Located just uptown, The Point Neighborhood is home to 12 blocks of houses that retain the pre-civil war style in which they were originally constructed. Spanish Moss and historic churches flank the homes, some of which are more than 300 years old. Additional places of historical significance worth visiting are Stephen Elliott Park, Beaufort History Museum, Gullah Geechee Visitor Center, Penn Center, Old Sheldon Church Ruins, Fort Fremont, and Parris Island Museum.
Perfect Produce in St Helena
Home to one of the largest Gullah populations in the area, St Helena Island also boasts many U-Pick farms and roadside produce stands that have been around for generations. What a fun way to celebrate what each season has to offer… Wildly popular and a big local favorite, strawberry season in early spring! And throughout the growing season, multiple farms offer tomatoes, summer vegetables, and pumpkins in the fall. There are also farmers markets offering a full array of items, including the freshest caught local seafood.
Pets are welcome in Beaufort. There are numerous dog parks as well as city parks where your furry friend can run around and play! Click here to see where your pets are welcome.