Luxury living at Hilton Head!

A little juicy assignment came along my way a few days ago. Yes, it would seem that I like to take my time churning assignments out. Anyway, the assignment is a cross between real estate and holidays and was juicy in one sense of the word…

…yummy houses!

The location? A rather cosy yet quaint (my personal opinions) island on the East Coast of the US. From its website…

Hilton Head Island is one of South Carolina’s most beautiful barrier islands. It is the second largest barrier island on the East Coast. The overall length of the Island is about 12 miles and the widest point is approximately 5 miles.

Its natural beauty and expansive Atlantic beaches have made it a world-class resort destination for over 1.5 million visitors each year and why over 35,000 people have chosen to call the Island their permanent home.

Thousands of years before the first Spaniards set foot on the shores of the New World, this Sea Island was home to Native Americans dating back to at least 2000 B.C. Yemassee Indians hunted and farmed in this area until the early 18th century.

Today, the Island bears the name of the English explorer Captain William Hilton. In 1663, he was sent to prospect the Carolina region. Subsequent colonization of the area brought an era of cultivation where cotton, rice and indigo were harvested by slave labor on vast plantations. After the Civil War, the Island’s land was divided and bestowed to former slaves who would live quietly on Hilton head for the better part of the next century.

The development of Hilton Head Island began when a young, visionary landscape architect named Charles Fraser laid out the master plan for the Island’s south end community. The vision was to “lay lightly on the land” by building unobtrusive homes to blend into the landscape. Roads would wind around, not through, sensitive areas, and land would be set aside in its pristine state for the enjoyment of generations to come. The rest of the Island followed suit, creating a resort community like no other.

Hilton Head rentals includes both oceanfront and plantation views and range from bungalows to apartments. The one that I took a fancy to was a 2-bedroom apartment-style home overlooking the ocean for a rather fancy price of USD800 to USD1,600 a week. Yes, they don’t come cheap but at least one can take comfort that the apartments are fully furnished and well, it’s luxury living.

Yes, I can always dream, can’t I?

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