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Shelter Cove

Shelter Cove - Life in the Lowcountry's Mediterranean Villag

Imagine having breakfast in an outdoor setting, watching the early morning activity of the local marina as boats are scrubbed and readied for a day out on the open water. The backdrop of the harbour is a Mediterranean village and the bustling community is already alive; boutiques and cafes are opening, art galleries are displaying works by local artists and the theater box office is selling out of tickets.

Sound like a European city? It's the distinctive community of Hilton Head Island's Shelter Cove and it could easily pass for a small, waterfront community somewhere in Italy or France. Fortunately at Shelter Cove, we can all speak the language.

The 15.5 acre Shelter Cove Harbour has been described as one of the finest ports of call on the East Coast because of its unique restaurants, shops and cultural programs. It is also the largest protected harbour on the Island. Shelter Cove Marina offers accommodations for up to 170 boats with floating docks for boats up to 150 feet. The harbour is just off the Intracoastal Waterway, making it a great location to set sail for a day of offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nature tours for dolphin and bird watching.
"Shelter Cove Harbour is not just a place. It is a destination. From the moment the sun rises you will sense the energy that surrounds this exciting harbour," says Realtor Mark Lynch with Dunes Marketing Group. "You will find an array of shopping, dining, entertainment, water sports, fishing excursions, day cruises and much more. No matter what time of day it is, you will find the harbour bustling with tourists, residents,merchants, boat owners and crew hands."

According to Realtor Paul Daniels with Dunes Marketing Group, the marina is the biggest amenity for residents. "If you love the water and boating, the feel of a village by the water and a home that requires no maintenance, Shelter Cove is perfect."

Residential living in Shelter Cove is full of choices, yet there are no single family homes. There are, however,many options in the form of condos, villas and town homes. Shelter Cove residences have security, privacy and each villa area has its own separate pool complex.

Paul has a listing in Tradewinds, the newest community in Shelter Cove. The brand new end unit is 2500 square feet of luxury with 3 bedrooms/3.5 baths, a two-car garage and a private elevator for just $649,000.

Shelter Cove has been a work in progress since beginning construction in 1980. Tradewinds exists on one of the final pieces of land on the Island and is one of the newest homes available, though many older villas and condos have been refurbished.

Access to Palmetto Dunes Resort
Shelter Cove residents are extended privileges to the world-renown Palmetto Dunes Resort which offers world class golf, white sandy beaches and award-winning tennis.

The Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and is rated as one of the best courses in the Southeast by the readers of Golfweek magazine. The George Fazio Course is ranked among the top 100 courses and is the only par-70 course on Hilton Head Island.

The third course, the Arthur Hills Course, consists of 10 holes on the water and is played alongside the rustling ocean breezes that carry across the undulating landscape. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both played this course, recently named the "Golf Course of the Year" in South Carolina by the South Carolina Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association.
The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center has been included in Tennis Magazine's list of "The 50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts" since 1975. The facilities include 23 clay and 2 Nova ProBounce courts.

For the many who enjoy a brisk walk or bike ride, there are miles of walking and biking trails that extend through Shelter Cove and Palmetto Dunes. There are also three miles of unspoiled beaches and 11 miles of winding lagoons.

Shelter Cove Amenities
While Palmetto Dunes is a nice alternative to the comfortable, intimate community of Shelter Cove, it remains a distinctive community that attracts visitors, part-time residents, full-time residents, and new home buyers annually. The Mall at Shelter Cove is the only enclosed shopping area anchored by Belk and Saks and is stocked with more than 55 upscale shops and restaurants.

The open-air Plaza at Shelter Cove hosts special events, boutiques, cafes and more. During June, July and August, Harbourfest entertains the tourists and visitors with special programs,music and even fireworks which illuminate the sky every Tuesday throughout the summer months. Also within walking distance is the $10 million Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, which serves as an art gallery, educational center and theater.

"If you want to take in a Broadway show, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina offers them," adds Paul. The theater is currently playing The Buddy Holly Story through July.The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina produces five plays or musicals annually.

There are also several musical programs that include pop, jazz, big band, the blues and gospel.

As the sun sets, the harbour again opens up as fishing boat charters begin to unload their fresh catches says Mark. "As the sun finally begins to set over the giant masses that line the harbour, you will be amazed by the magical and brilliant colors. It is at that very moment when the stress of the day simply fades away."

Shelter Cove is an investment, not just in terms of capital gains, but also an emotional, personal investment. It is a haven for individuals from every walk of life from families to retirees, to young couples and more. It is rich in culture and offers a unique setting that flows along European-style architecture into a beautiful deep water yacht basin. Short-term rentals are allowed which makes these homes a great addition to any portfolio.

"This is a wonderful community," adds Paul.

Prices in Shelter Cove range in price from $300,000 to $900,000.

Any one of our hard-working real estate agents can assist in finding a home in Shelter Cove. Special thanks to Paul Daniels and Mark Lynch for their help on this article.

To contact Paul Daniels with Dunes Marketing Group, call 843-842-0826, cell 843-384-5384, or by email at pauldaniels@hargray.com

To contact Mark Lynch with Dunes Marketing Group, call 843-842-0819, cell 843-816-5888 or by email at MarkLynch@hargray.com