As most folks who reside in Bluffton can attest, the reasons to live in this slice of Lowcountry heaven are as many and as varied as the ombre hues found in a May River sunset; the mild weather, the friendly people, the bodacious local food, the growing economy and an appealing sense of place that truly sets Bluffton apart.
Once you’re made your decision to make your home in Bluffton, it can be advantageous to do some research and planning to ensure that the positive, exciting aspects of your move stay that way. Both the Town of Bluffton and Beaufort County offer helpful resources for Lowcountry newbies, making reinventing the relocation wheel a thing of the past. Add to that the ever-helpful Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and the transition to becoming a Blufftonian is a snap! The Chamber’s Bluffton office is located at 216 Bluffton Road at the corner of May River Road and Highway 46.
Did you know that Bluffton is the fifth largest municipality in South Carolina by land area? For more interesting facts like this including more on the exact location of Bluffton in respect to the county and state and the neighboring towns of Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Savannah, GA, check out the town web site (townofbluffton.sc.gov).
Here you can also find town ordinances, and links for various forms and permits – like business licenses – and sign up for certain services such as trash service. Bluffton depends on active participation from its residents and by volunteering to serve on various committees and commissions, you too can take a role in shaping the Bluffton of the future.
If your relocation needs include purchasing a home, there are many REALTORS® in the area, including those who specialize in waterfront, golf course, planned development, rural acreage and rental properties. From brand spanking new to historic, there is variety to be had and enjoyed in Bluffton. Contact one of our real estate professionals to help get you started.
You may realize that Bluffton and in particular Old Town Bluffton, is brimming with history, lore and legend. The Heyward House Historic Center, located at 70 Boundary Street, is headquarters of the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society and the best place to learn about Bluffton’s past. The Walking Tour here is a great way to get your historical bearings, with knowledgeable docents who can fill you in on lesser-known Bluffton tales, including stories of local ghosts and haunted places.
If there’s one thing – or maybe 3 or 4 things – that Blufftonians love it’s a good party. Thus ways have been found to celebrate throughout the year and yes, everyone is invited! In the late Spring, the Bluffton Village Festival take over Old Town the second Saturday in May and in October the week-long Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival take advantage of the beautiful weather and on-going local seafood harvest with activities for those aged 2 to 92. The annual Bluffton Christmas Parade is held the first Saturday in December and everyone participates – either being in the parade OR watching it pass by.
Additionally, there usually are events happening any given weekend – a charity-sponsored chili cook-off, a Sunset Party at Oyster Factory Park, an art walk through Old Town galleries, or a party at the sand bar – not to mention the weekly Farmers Market of Bluffton. Just check the Old Town Bluffton online calendar OR back here with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber event calendar and take note of anything that perks your interest.
Of course, the proximity to water and all its wonderful natural offerings are a big draw here in Bluffton. If you hunt or fish you will need to acquire the proper license(s) and learn about the local safety rules and regulations. For instance it is illegal to feed alligators or feed, ‘tease’ or follow dolphins, sea turtles or any other sea creatures by motorized boat. For more information visit the SC Department of Natural Resources web site: dnr.sc.gov. If you would like to partake of some of our delicious local seafood like shrimp, oysters and blue crab by catching it yourself there’s information about this on the site as well. However, a trip to Bluffton Oyster Company, located near Oyster Factory Park in Old Town, can set you up and you don’t need to even cast a net, just call ahead to find out the fresh catch of the day.
If your idea of outdoor fun relegates you to dry land, Bluffton now boasts 9 parks/recreation areas, with varying degrees of amenities. Two of the newest, Buckwalter Trail, has a 1.35 mile pedestrian trail and the New River Trailhead Park, includes miles of unpaved rail-trails for hiking on foot or traversing with an off-road bike. Again, the town of Bluffton web site offers lots of good information and maps.
Moving to Bluffton also grants you access to a lot more than just great weather. We are home to award-winning public schools and two higher education institutions with campuses in the Bluffton area – the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s New River campus and the Technical College of the Lowcountry. Excellent health care facilities, cultural opportunities and all the services you would expect to find in a burgeoning environment are here. And if you’re an entrepreneur searching for a space and resources to start or grow your business ideas, the Don Ryan Center for Innovation in Bluffton is a great place to start!
Helpful Relocation Resources & Information Links:
- Beaufort County Government
- Beaufort County School District
- Bluffton Oyster Company
- Don Ryan Innovation Center
- Hilton Head Area Association of REALTORS®
- Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
- Old Town Bluffton
- SC Department of Natural Resources
- Technical College of the Lowcountry
- The Heyward House Historic Center
- Town of Bluffton
- University of SC Beaufort