While our goal at Lowcountry Properties has always strictly been about helping clients in the real estate market, we've decided to post some information about the potential development of our downtown marina.  What does this have to do with real estate?  Actually, everything.  Beaufort is a unique, quaint city with the waterfront along Bay Street being the crown jewel of the town.  Development of this public property seems counterintuitive to what most people love about Beaufort, it's natural beauty and tranquil lifestyle.  If you are a current resident, wish to move here one day or simply vacation in Beaufort, SC, we encourage you to read below and help by signing the petition to stop this development.

Stop Marina Development Relevant Links:

Sign the Petition:  Click here

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Facebook Event Page:  Click here

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Four members (of your five-member City Council) are moving forward with selling or leasing YOUR PROPERTY for private development – at the 4-acre site where the Beaufort Marina Parking Lot is currently located. The City’s chosen developers are Jim Chaffin and Steve Navarro, and they plan to build a new development called “River Place” there, with “a boutique hotel, retail, restaurants, and full-time and seasonal residences.”            

YOUR PROPERTY, located in the heart of Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District, is City-owned, and zoned “Conservation-Preservation.” The City has filed a rezoning application to rezone it to “Core Commercial”, permitting up to 50-foot tall buildings with no parking requirements.              

While we don’t yet know the terms of the deal and because the land is worth so much money, the project will have to proceed at the highest densities and heights in order for the developer to pay you a fair market price. Or, the City will have to subsidize the true cost by selling it at less than fair market value, or by tax incentives, or through tax-supported infrastructure – in other words, you lose YOUR PROPERTY by selling it to a private developer for his profit, and you may even get to pay him for it, too!              

This property was created from dredging with public funds, stabilized and improved with public funds when the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront park was built, and has been used by the public and maintained with public funds for decades. It belongs to YOU!            

Support a new vision for YOUR PROPERTY: permanent use as public open space, gathering space, marina facilities and family recreation, and an expansion of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park – while preserving YOUR spectacular water access and view. We believe this alternative vision will actually bring more economic prosperity and allow you to enjoy YOUR PROPERTY to the fullest. Meanwhile, let the City build the type of project it envisions for “River Place” somewhere else – just don’t ask you to subsidize it.  

If you support this new, alternative vision, please sign this Petition to show our elected officials what the public voice and vision really are.

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Beaufort, South Carolina is renowned for its beautiful scenery, amazing year-round climate, and peaceful lifestyle. Popular with families, retirees, and high end home buyers, Beaufort is an exceptional place to call home. If you're thinking about buying or selling Beaufort real estate, then you've come to the right place for information. Our advanced Beaufort real estate search allows you to easily customize your search parameters so that you see only the listings you want to see.

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Buyers will find exquisite luxury homes in Beaufort, SC and in surrounding communities like Spring Island and Brays Island. Beach properties are also available in ocean front resorts such as Fripp Island and Harbor Island. For retirees, Dataw Island has proven to be one of the region's most popular luxury retirement communities.

Buyers looking for something centrally located with upscale housing will not be disappointed with Lady's Island. There, buyers will find a range of properties and neighborhoods to choose from, including golf course communities, equestrian estates, and classic family-friendly neighborhoods.

Beaufort is the second oldest town in South Carolina, and is home to some of the state's finest examples of antebellum architecture. In addition to its rich history, many buyers are drawn to Beaufort because of the laid-back coastal lifestyle the community affords. Residents are friendly and welcoming, and the pace is much slower than in nearby Charleston. The town has worked hard to preserve Beaufort's history and close-knit feel, while remaining open to responsible growth.

The charming and historic City of Port Royal SC features everything from waterfront mansions to small cottages.  With such a large selection of available listings and close proximity to Parris Island, it's no wonder why this area is so popular.

Beaufort has a genuine small-town charm that wins over hundreds of visitors every year. Many people own vacation homes in Beaufort, as the weather is moderate and the quality of life can't be beat. There are numerous waterfront parks to visit, locally-owned shops and art galleries, as well as an abundance of recreational opportunities.

The area has attracted a number of filmmakers over the years who sought to capture Beaufort's coastal beauty. National publications have also recognized Beaufort, South Carolina as one of the best communities in the nation. Among its accolades, Beaufort SC has been voted:

  • Best Small Town by Southern Living Magazine
  • Top 50 Adventure Town by National Geographic
  • Top 20 Fishing Town by Field and Stream
  • 12th Best Small Town Art Destination in the USA by Budget Travel

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