• Beaufort Lifestyle Magazine

The real estate market in Beaufort is making a comeback. 2017 has proved to have the strongest spring in ten years by being up 139% and shows a strong indication for the second home market.


With offices on Harbor Island and in Coosaw Point, Island Realty of the Lowcountry is the leading company in sales in for Harbor and Fripp Islands. Their agents in the Harbor Island office reside on one or the other of the islands, and their agents in the Coosaw Point office live in Beaufort. Of the five principle

owners, they boast over 150 years of combined real estate sales experience in the area.


Island Realty of the Lowcountry is consistently among the sales leaders in all of Beaufort County’s MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and their twelve agents constantly have their fingers on the pulse of existing and forecasted trends.


Although Island Realty of the Lowcountry handles properties for buyers and sellers all over Beaufort, and they offer services for not only residential properties, but also commercial properties and land, Fripp and Harbor Islands are their particular specialty.


Owning a home on one of the beautiful sea islands is like having your own piece of paradise where all sorts of options abound in terms of price, style, architecture, location and amenities. All part of living away from the hustle and bustle of city life, everything slows down with golf carts and bicycles being the main form of transportation. Both Harbor Island and Fripp Island are wildlife sanctuaries.

They offer the enjoyment of deer, rare birds throughout, Snowy White Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Ospreys and Loggerhead turtles coming in each spring to lay their nests and hatchlings late summer/fall … not to mention an alligator sunning beside a lagoon drawing never ending interest from guests.


Harbor Island, with its beautiful white powder beach, offers inclusive amenities with property ownership on the island. The Swim and Racquet Club includes a community pool, fitness rooms, volleyball, party room, mini-store, tennis and basketball courts as well as a community garden.


In addition to three and a half miles of pristine beach, Fripp Island provides broader options offering a resort membership to include two top ranked golf courses, tennis, various pool complexes, restaurants, shops, and a deep

water marina. If you’re a golf lover, award winning Ocean Point and Ocean Creek golf courses will delight your very soul.



With beautiful beaches and a subtropical climate that enhances the beauty of the landscape as well as bird and animal life, each of the islands has its own character and each is a good choice for a primary or secondary residence. Many

options are available for short term rentals on both islands, making an investment there able to provide some return.


Jennifer Helms and Ken Willis have extensive history and knowledge of these islands. Ken was president and partner of the Fripp Island Real Estate Company from 1990 until 2001. The Fripp Company, under the leadership of Willis, developed and operated the island during the years that all of the current amenities were developed. He brings that extensive experience as a partner to Island Realty of the Lowcountry and has developed a strategic plan to grow and expand the real estate company. Willis, now Broker-in-Charge, sees a need for a real estate company to specialize in specific project marketing and sales. Jennifer has been Island Realty of the Lowcountry’s Broker-in-Charge since 2014 and has lived on Fripp Island since 1998. She was one of the original agents selling real estate on Fripp Island when the resort was sold. She, and co-owners Theresa Cooper, Todd McDaniel, and Coleman White, started Island Realty of the Lowcountry in 2002. They are looking forward to expansion, and with the help of Ken Willis, the company is currently in negotiations with several developers seeking to develop land in northern Beaufort County.


Homes such as the one pictured here on Fripp Island, exemplify the listings Island Realty of the Lowcountry provides. The professionalism with which they handle their clients, buyers and sellers alike, is memorable and makes working with them an enjoyable experience. Their continuous referrals from past clients and friends speak volumes of their integrity and service over the years.

story by Carl Joye    photography by John Wollwerth

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