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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Bluffton, South_Carolina

Bluffton is a small town (but 37,000 in the area) on the coast of South Carolina just off of Hilton Head Island, beautiful by nature, with pristine beaches and Lowcountry charm. The town is located on a bluff overlooking the May River in an area long known for tourism. In the old town near the river, residents will discover art and antique galleries and the Riverfront Pocket Park and Garden. The area is famous for its Bluffton oysters, and in town the oldest continuous oyster-shucking facility in South Carolina is a local attraction.

Where to Retire in Bluffton and Home Prices

The area is developing rapidly with many upscale communities aimed at retiring baby boomers and active adults 55+. Many of these new planned communities are strategically located off the new Buckwalter Parkway. reports the median home value to be $454,597 in early 2023, up about 15% during the past year.

What Is Special about Bluffton

• Charming old town on the river • proximity to Hilton Head Island, Savannah, Beaufort and a short ride to the beautiful city of Charleston • luxurious golf course communities • a new and rapidly developing area • milder winters

What Is Not Special about Bluffton

It’s a very small town with hot and humid summers and tourists. Traffic is horrific in summer.

Climate and Physical Environment

Bluffton is located on the May River near Calibogue Sound near Hilton Head Island and the coast. The area has many wetlands and rivers.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are  antique stores, art galleries, and museums in Bluffton (such as the Heyward House Historic Center). Nearby Hilton Head Island and Beaufort have cultural opportunities, as does nearby Savannah. The University of South Carolina-Beaufort offers part-time and continuing education opportunities.


The crime rate is average.

Medical Facilities

Hilton Head Hospital is 7 miles away and Costal Carolina is 2 miles away. Beaufort Memorial is 25 miles away and Savannah Hospital is 20 miles away.  there is a new Medical Park in Bluffton also.


Savannah/Hilton Head International airport (22 Miles); When compared to other communities, Bluffton is very walkable.


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