Good friends have decided to move to Hilton Head Island, SC. They love their house on Keuka Lake, but are finding that it’s too big for just the two of them. Their family is dispersed around the country nowadays, and they’re not making use of the lake’s recreational opportunities the way they once did.
And so they’re off to Hilton Head. Let’s take a look and see if they’ve made a common sense decision.
Bear in mind that our friends are fit and youthful retirees. Hilton Head offers them a wealth of options for staying that way. It’s a golfer’s paradise, and he’s a golfer. Tennis courts abound, and they can bike, walk, or kayak year round. Temperatures are ideal, from a northerner’s point of view, for three seasons of the year, and in the summer, a swim or a trip to the fitness center is always a possibility.
As for fun and entertainment, there’s tons to do. Just take a look at this New York Times article, “36 Hours in Hilton Head, SC.” Education need not be neglected. An Osher Lifelong Learning Institute affiliated with the University of South Carolina Beaufort, offers a full range of courses just off the island at the university’s Hilton Head Gateway Campus.
For getaways, the fascinating city of Savannah is less than an hour distant; and Charleston can be reached in two hours.
Our friends have family nearby Hilton Head, and will be able to care for his 92 year-old mother in their new home — which, incidentally, is all on one floor.
They are thinking of returning to the north in the summer, possibly renting on Keuka Lake. They’ll have a long slog by car to do so, involving way too much time on I-95. Still, our local Florida snowbirds make a longer trip twice each year, and we never hear them complain about it. For a quicker trip, our friends could head to the Hilton Head Island airport, where American Airlines has three daily flights to its Charlotte hub; or take a shuttle to the much larger Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Trains on Amtrak’s main east coast line also stop in Savannah.
If you’re considering buying on Hilton Head, the Zillow website indicates that places can be found in a wide range of prices. You might have a nagging worry about a hurricane at the back of your mind, but Where to Retire magazine, in its January/February 2016 issue, reports that the island hasn’t suffered a direct hit in more than 100 years.
About the only drawback to Hilton Head that Common Sense for Seniors staff can find is a shortage of public transportation. In fact, TripAdvisor writes that “Public transportation is virtually nonexistent on Hilton Head Island.” But driving is not an issue for our friends, so Common Sense for Seniors says: “More power to them!” They have indeed made a common sense decision.