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Forest Beach: An Original

Hilton Head Island has become synonymous with exceptional golf. And why not? Golfing greats like Arnold Palmer, Arthur Hills, Robert Trent Jones Sr., George Fazio, Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus have all lent their special touch to the championship courses here. But before there was great golf, Hilton Head Island was treasured for its pristine coastline.

Few would deny the affect the ocean has on a persons disposition and well-being. Perhaps it's the vast wilderness that stretches out beyond the shore, nearly touching the sky that helps to keep us centered on what is important. Maybe its the ocean breezes that whisper on shore or the sounds of the waves that relax us that makes the ocean a great source of comfort. Whatever its magic, millions of people seek out these great bodies of water every year and Hilton Head Island's Forest Beach is no different.

Steeped in Tradition
Many of the neighborhoods in Forest Beach are the oldest on the island, some dating back to the 1950s. In 1972, the Holiday Inn arrived, setting up the famed Tiki Hut which continues to attract locals and visitors today.

The three miles that make up the Forest Beach community is separated into North Forest Beach and South Forest Beach by the unique retail center that is Coligny Plaza. The first hardware store and the oldest grocery store on the island are still open for business, serving millions of visitors annually.

Like much of the Hilton Head Island area, the community is focused on keeping the environment thriving. Over the past several months, Forest Beach has been part of a renourishment project that has pumped sand from area sand bars back onto the coast.

Downtown Hilton Head
Coligny Plaza is a combination of restaurants, shopping and family fun says Sean Ryan with Sean Ryan & Associates, part of ERA Evergreen Real Estate.

"It's a true beach community," he says. "It's where Key West meets Hilton Head."

Sean and his family live in Forest Beach and often stroll down to Coligny Plaza from their home for ice cream. For many on Hilton Head, this has become the new downtown with unique shops, local dining and entertainment.

"Coligny Plaza is great for children," adds Ron because of its location on the beach as well as programs geared toward children like a duck pond and ongoing puppet shows.

Many new home buyers on North Forest Beach are buying older homes and renovating them into luxurious beachfront homes.

North and South Forest Beach homes range from villas and condos to magnificent mansions, keeping current with its non-traditional, eclectic brand. As a community that is enjoying rebirth, buyers are reacquainting themselves with uniqueness that is Forest Beach.

Sean Ryan can be reached at Sean Ryan & Associates, ERA Evergreen Real Estate (800) 711-5053 ext. 227