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Retiring to Hilton Head Island: What to look for in Hilton Head Island properties

Hilton Head Island has become a popular destination for retiring in South Carolina – and for good reason. This award winning residential resort community is home to world class amenities, arts and culture, golf courses, tennis clubs and  world-famous beaches, offering retirees a wide range of options for leisure, life learning and entertainment.

The median age is 54 with approximately 40,500 residents. Hilton Head offers several age-restricted communities particularly designed for active senior living.

There are very few locations better than Hilton Head when it comes to retirement communities. If you’re thinking of moving here, look for properties that will help make your golden years convenient, comfortable and enjoyable.

Here are some of the features to look for in a property.

1. Community amenities and attractions

Your choices in Hilton Head include golf, tennis and beach communities. In many cases, you get more than one of these amenities. In Palmetto Dunes, for example, you’ll find three of the island’s best golf courses, as well as three miles of powdery white sand beaches. The community also boasts a tennis center, resorts, Hilton Head Marriot Resort and Spa and Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort.  Palmetto Dunes, Shelter Cove and Leamington is surrounded by water and offers any outdoor water sport, biking and leisure paths throughout.

Within Palmetto Dunes is Leamington, an exclusive community that offers private beach access and allows residents to go around the neighborhood and to nearby amenities in their personal golf carts.

Across from Palmetto Dunes is Shelter Cove, a marina community that’s centered on Shelter Cove Harbour, Hilton Head’s largest deepwater harbour. The harbour offers excellent shops and restaurants, 170 boat slips, boating and fishing charters and water sport rentals. If you love fishing, boating and sailing, you get easy access to excellent facilities on the harbour.  The entire Shelter Cove area with Shelter Cove Towne Centre and The Plaza at Shelter Cove has been a boom for the epicenter of Hilton Head Island.

2. Assisted or independent living?

In looking for a home in Hilton Head Island, one of the things you have to consider is whether you can live an independent, active lifestyle or will need assistance.

Most communities in the island offer a great lifestyle to include active seniors. The property owners’ associations in these communities always consider the safety and convenience of residents of all ages.

If you or an elderly family needs assistance, the island’s 55+ age restricted communities offer facilities and services that address these needs. Whether you or your family member requires help only in basic tasks like housekeeping, buying groceries and preparing meals, or something more exhaustive, such as Alzheimer’s care or other types of nursing care, you can find the Hilton Head community that provides what you’re looking for.

Age-restricted communities also offer health, fitness and recreation programs designed specifically for seniors. Additionally, residents get to participate in community activities that promote socialization and camaraderie.

3. Proximity to healthcare facilities

One of the best things about retiring in Hilton Head Island is easy access to quality healthcare services. The island has its own hospital, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, and is in close proximity to two other large hospitals, Coastal Carolina Hospital and Beaufort Memorial Hospital. If you need to visit these facilities often for regular check-ups or treatments, consider looking for a home in nearby communities. The selection of first-class medical care is within several miles of reach