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Where to Retire in Beaufort and Home Prices

The area has developing rapidly with many upscale communities aimed at  baby boomers and adults 55+ looking for vacation and retirement homes (see link at right). Most of these new planned communities are heavily oriented towards golf. There are many nice neighborhoods within Beaufort  such as Spanish Point, as well as in surrounding towns life Bluffton. For more detailed information about Beaufort see our Retire in Beaufort guide.
The housing crunch had slowed the pace of development here considerably.  Zillow reports the median home value is $208,500 in mid-2018.

What is special about Beaufort

• Charming old town in the Low Country  • Numberous awards as "Best Small Southern Town", "Small Town Arts", and "Best Fishing Town "• Proximity to Hilton Head Island and Savannah • Luxurious golf course communities • The town has 304 acres designated as a National Historic Landmark • Milder winters •Second oldest city in South Carolina

What is not special about Beaufort

• It can be over run by tourists in season • Not for people in the fast lane •See comment in Medical section.

Climate and Physical Environment

Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island and the Beaufort River. This area between Charleston and Savannah is often referred to as the Sea Islands or Low Country because it has so much water and so little elevation. This diverse city has a mild climate in the winter - the average January low is 39 and the average July high is 91. August is the rainiest month.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Beaufort  has  many  art  galleries and has won numerous awards as an arts town.  Additionally  there  is  the  Arts  Council  of Beaufort County with its 12,000 square foot community arts center, the Beaufort Orchestra Society, the University of SC-Beaufort's Performing Arts Center, and the Penn Center. Festivals such as the Water Festival and the Shrimp Festival keep things interesting. Nearby Hilton Head Island has cultural opportunities, as does nearby Savannah.

Crime

City-Data reports that crime is higher than the national index - 611 vs. 319. Cityrating.com confirms that for both violent and property crimes. That said, retirees should remember that crime is all about neighborhood - in the areas they are likely to live and frequent crime is undoubtedly low.

Medical facilities

Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Hilton Head Hospital a 5 star hospital is 17 miles away. One visitor to Topretirements wrote in: "Is there a rheumatologist in the area? The answer is: yes I have found several in the area of Beaufort, Bluffton....Goggle or look in yellow pages..With the baby boomers retiring in the area more and more specialist are appearing in the area...

Transportation

Savannah/Hilton Head International (42 Miles), and 2 smaller airports are closer

Valuable Links

Visit Beaufort

Wikipedia page for Beaufort is quite informative

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