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Beaufort, SC is One of America's Cutest Small Towns

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ashton Pointe Apartment, Beaufort, SCEvery year, the best small towns in America draw tourists—and new residents—to their streets in droves. They are, after all, reminders of a simpler way of life, where mom-and-pop shops are the norm, everybody knows your name, and the pace is slower.

Beaufort, SC made the list of nine of the cutest small towns-- a haven to a romantic Southern getaway that feels untouched by time.

Beaufort, South Carolina

If this Lowcountry fishing village looks straight out of a movie set, that’s because it is: Beaufort was the backdrop for such films as Forrest Gump and The Big Chill thanks to its sprawling antebellum mansions, moss-draped oaks, and picturesque downtown streets.

Located on Port Royal Island in South Carolina’s Sea Island chain, the town makes an ideal base for enjoying simple pleasures and all manner of aquatic diversions, including paddle boarding, kayaking, dolphin watching, and crabbing.

For more information on apartments in Beaufort, SC contact Ashton Pointe.


Renting in Beaufort, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ashton Pointe, Beaufort, SCIf you’re thinking about moving to the Palmetto State, you’re probably wondering about the cost of living in South Carolina.

Rent in South Carolina

The average monthly rent in South Carolina is low compared to the national average. A studio apartment in South Carolina has an average rent of $1,078, $23 above the U.S. average. But, a one-bedroom apartment in South Carolina rents for about $170 below the average for the country as a whole.

What about two bedrooms? The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in South Carolina is $280 below the national average. Three-bedroom apartments are even more of a bargain. In South Carolina, a three-bedroom place rents for $313 under the U.S. average.

There’s more good news for anyone planning to retire in South Carolina. The state does not tax Social Security retirement benefits. Plus, there’s a $15,000 deduction for seniors receiving any other type of retirement income.


There’s more to life than just the necessities. One popular extra expense in South Carolina is a beach. If you’re a nature-lover, be sure to take advantage of what South Carolina has to offer. Admission to Huntington Beach State Park is only $5. Caesars Head State Park is even more of a bargain, at $2.

Love zoos? You can visit the Greenville Zoo for just $9 or the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, South Carolina for $13.95.

For more information on apartments in Beaufort, SC contact Ashton Pointe.


What to Consider When Choosing Where to Retire

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ashton Pointe, Beaufort, SCYou may be focused on being near an awesome golf course, but your health and happiness will rely more on these key factors when you retire.


Housing is the biggest factor in most Americans’ budgets, by far. In retirement, especially, if you can eliminate a mortgage payment or rent, you can keep your housing costs from changing while your income is fixed.

Renting a home in retirement is tempting, and for good reason: In many markets, renting still is cheaper than buying a home.

Renting buys retirees the flexibility to move on a whim. It’s a more carefree life, with no expense or labor for home and yard upkeep. Leaky faucet? Just call the landlady. Let her deal with it.

Median rents rose more than 6 percent from 2007 to 2015. Increases may slow and prices may even stagnate, as after the Great Recession. But to be safe, renters should be ready for increases in costs.

2. Entertainment

“Best-of” lists of places to retire typically focus on college towns with an abundance of cultural opportunities, including cheap and free concerts, plays, lectures and visual arts. All great. But what if you care more about browsing flea markets? Or rooting for a major league sports team? First-run movies? Jazz clubs? Whatever is your thing, this is your time, so make sure your new hometown will deliver when it comes to your unique interests.

3. Employers

Employers? Sound crazy? Once, perhaps. But today most of us probably get it: Retirement often isn’t permanent. A survey found that 54 percent of workers age 60 and older planned to work part- or full-time after retirement.

Many Americans, in fact, cycle in and out of retirement. Some retirees grow bored and want stimulation from work. Others learn that their retirement income doesn’t stretch as far as they’d hoped. Or they lost savings or home equity in the recession. You, too, may want to work again after being retired for a while — and you won’t want to move to find it.

In addition to all that, a town with plenty of living wage jobs is a healthy, livable town with a strong economy — the best kind of place to live.

4. Excellent medical care

It’s self-evident, but it’s worth saying: Older people consume more medical care. And they often require care from specialists and facilities specializing in, for example, orthopedic care and geriatric care (and doctors who’ll take your insurance). Find out if your destination has what you need by talking with people and calling providers.

5. Proximity to your family

Being near family when you retire isn’t crucial, and it isn’t for everybody. But even if you don’t mind not seeing family members for extended periods of time, think about the fact that your children or loved ones may one day need to take an active role in your care, perhaps even becoming your caregivers. Great distances make caregiving stressful and often agonizingly difficult for adult children who are also raising families and working.

6. Public transportation

Younger retirees don’t usually give a thought to the availability of transportation. They’re accustomed to hopping into cars and going where they wish, when they wish. But that independence and freedom rarely lasts forever. If you intend to stay in a new community as you age, you may eventually want to use buses, trains, light rail, cabs and ride-sharing companies. Assure yourself, long before you need it, that your new town has plenty of ways to get around.

7. Assisted living, retirement homes and elder co-housing

It’s not a bad idea to pay attention to the availability of long-term care nearby. Nearly 70 percent of people who are 65 and older will eventually develop disabilities and 35 percent will spend time in a nursing home. A little basic research on the front end can help you make sure it’s a good one.

8. Social life

Talk with people you meet to gather a sense of how friendly the community is. If you are looking for a faith community, investigate the congregations that might appeal to you and attend services at several to test the waters. Ask yourself where and how you will make friends. Shop the grocery stores at a couple of different times of day and week to see if people are interacting or simply hurrying in and out. Try to pick up a sense of how warm and open to newcomers the town is. Even those who are not social types may be unhappy in an atmosphere that is cold, exclusive or frenetic.

9. Cafes, restaurants and gathering places

Where do people gather in the community you are considering? Try to look at the place with the eyes of someone who has just moved there: Visit the coffee shops, senior center, parks and movie theaters. If you speak a second language, is there a cultural center where you’ll feel at home?

10. Learning

One of the joys of retirement is having the time to learn simply for the fun of it. Make sure you won’t be stuck in a learning desert — and don’t make assumptions, good or bad, without checking into what’s available. If you have dreamed of attending classes and lectures and picking up new skills or honing old ones, find out what’s available. A quilter, for example, would look for a vibrant quilting or fabric store that’s a hub for workshops, classes and group activities. A busy arts center or arts supply store opens the door to classes in painting, drawing, fiber arts and photography. Look for a brick-and-mortar bookstore, a good sign of a community for people who like to read, think and discuss. Drop into the store and ask what’s going on in town, where book talks and lectures are held and how often. Visit a lumber or hardware store, poke around and ask people about woodworking or boat-building classes in town. A visit to the website of the local community college and other schools will give a sense of the classes, clubs and weekend events offered to community members who are not pursuing a degree.

11. In-home care

If you plan on staying in the community, it’s smart to look at resources you may need down the road. Ask realtors and others you meet about the availability of home health care aides. How many agencies are in town? Are their services highly recommended? What is the prevailing wage? Could you afford to pay it if you need help? Maybe it’s prudent to consider a less-affluent community where you could more easily afford home care.

Do you know where you want to live in retirement? For more information on apartments in Beaufort, SC contact Ashton Pointe.


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Hurricane Preparedness for Beaufort, SC: What You Need to Know

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Ashton Pointe, Beaufort, SCWith the potential threat of Hurricane Irma, many who live in our apartments in Beaufort, SC are asking, "how should I prepare?".

Although the path of Hurricane Irma is uncertain, it doesn't hurt to be ready just in case.

What should I do or get are the number one questions folks are asking in regards to Hurricane Irma.

It is certainly best to start preparing now instead of waiting until the last minute. For starters, you’ll need to make a plan for your family. There is a possibility that you may not all be together if something were to happen, so figure out how you will keep in contact with each other should Hurricane Irma affect our area.

Also, keep up with a list of numbers just in case you need to reach out for emergency help.

When putting together your hurricane survival kit, here are a few necessities you’ll need to keep in mind:

  • Water. One gallon per person per day, for at least three days, for drinking and hygiene.
  • Food. You’ll want to get at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Have a can opener for canned food.
  • Radio. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both emergency chargers and for mobile devices.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Whistle to signal for help.

Emergency officials are keeping a very close eye on Hurricane Irma. If an evacuation order is given, you should heed the warning.

New advisories from the National Hurricane Center are issued several times daily. For the latest advisory, you can always visit our Hurricane Center online download our free WTOC First Alert Weather App on your mobile device.

If the order is given to evacuate, it is important to know where to go and what to do. If a storm is approaching and watches or warnings have been issued, state and local leaders will give an order to evacuate ahead of the storm. It is important to leave right away so you are not stuck in traffic. Often times the South Carolina governor will call for a lane reversal on I-26, which means all lanes will be turned into evacuation lanes heading out of harm’s way.


Reasons to Move to South Carolina

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ashton Pointe, Beaufort, SCFrom its rich culture and vibrant heritage to the natural beauty and acres upon acres of green space, South Carolina is one of those states you can’t help but love. It’s the 23rd most populous state—with almost 5 million people calling it home. And we've got eight reasons why you may want to do this, as well.

1. A slower pace of life

You truly have the best of both worlds in South Carolina. The major cities, like Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville, boast a myriad of entertainment, arts, and delicious culinary wonders, but still offer residents the opportunity to take a step back, unplug from the rat race, and enjoy the sweet, slow pace of southern life.

2. Affordability

Your wallet will be happier in South Carolina than most places in the country. The cost of living here is remarkably low—almost 13% lower than the national average. Here and you’ll have enough money to vacation wherever you want—whether that means crossing the ocean or hitting up a dreamy bed and breakfast to explore the rest of this beautiful state.

3. The beach

Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Hilton Head: The list goes on and on. With miles of seashore, luxurious resorts, and plenty of offshore recreation, South Carolina is every beach bum’s dream come true. You can have your pick of beaches: whether you’re looking for a vacation hub crawling with nightlife and amusement parks like Myrtle Beach, or a more remote and pristine getaway like Kiawah Island. Silky white sand awaits—all you have to do is pick your poison.

4. Southern hospitality at its finest

Rumor has it sweet tea was born in South Carolina. And hey, there’s even Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka for the grown-ups. The tea might be sweet, but the people are even sweeter. Conde Nast actually listed Charleston as the third friendliest city in America in its 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards, noting its laidback and sophisticated atmosphere.

5. Natural beauty

With century old oaks and silky white sand, South Carolina is home to an abundance of natural beauty. The water is clear and the sunsets here rival Hawaii. Take a stroll down historic lanes lined with ancient trees (like the famous Angel Oak, estimated to be more than 400 years old) draped with ethereal Spanish moss and you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever lived anywhere else.

6. Warm weather

Farewell, winter coats; hello, short sleeves. The average temperature in South Carolina is about 64 degrees, with annual lows in the 50s. The warm, sunny climate means you get to spend at least seven to eight months enjoying all the weather has to offer.

7. All the green space / parks

Lace up your hiking boots and grab a map—South Carolina is a great state to get in touch with your explorer side and connect with nature. Here you’ll find 47 state parks covering more than 80,000 acres of land. Named one of the top 25 beaches by TripAdvisor, Hunting Island State Park is a perfect destination for swimming or sunbathing—or even fishing in one of the island’s lagoons. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, consider taking a hike to Raven Cliff Falls in Caesars Head State Park, observing the wildlife at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, or canoeing down the waters of Congaree National Park.

8. History galore

The famous city of Charleston—with its antebellum architecture and charming cobblestone streets—isn’t South Carolina’s only nod to history. There are many sights to been seen in downtown Beaufort, which was founded in 1711 and is the second oldest city in South Carolina. The whole state is draped in a mesmerizing history, from the USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter, to the century old Sheldon Church Ruins (above) and Botany Bay Plantation Heritage.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.


More People are Moving to Beaufort, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 25, 2017

Ashton Pointe, Beaufort, SCIt’s no secret that there are tons of people moving to Beaufort from places all over. You could probably take a street census and find that the number of transplants is staggering. In fact, moving to Beaufort is so common that it’s even being commercialized with such things as bumper stickers that say “Beaufort Native,” just so folks don’t get confused. There’s also a local saying, “I’m not from Beaufort…but I got here as quick as I could.”

So what’s so great about Beaufort, South Carolina that waves of people are compelled to move here?

Beaufort is a romantic and popular destination for tourists from all over with nearly 3 million visitors each year enjoying historic, as well as golf, sport fishing, and beach vacations. Beaches, the lighthouse, campground and nature features makes Huntington Beach the single most visited State Park in all of South Carolina. History exists at nearly every turn as some 304 acres of the city of Beaufort, in its picturesque downtown district, have been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Who wouldn’t want to live here?

The weather is perfect with very mild winters and hot summers that are perfect for the beach or pool. The scenery is amazing.

Beaufort has everything. There is literally something for everyone here. From museums, to beaches, to parks, water sports, theatre, a thriving art scene, not to mention shopping galore…Beaufort has at least one thing that would compel any given person to move here.

Beaufort is also rich with enthusiasm and positive activity. It may be the “365 days of sunshine per year” or all the general happiness that comes with living in such a special part of the Carolina Lowcountry. The atmosphere created by the people in Beaufort is amazing. The city is littered with health food connoisseurs, outdoor enthusiasts, pet lovers, successful small business owners, and a myriad of creative types. People who move to Beaufort are often instantly enchanted by its rich, nationally important local history.

For more information on apartments in Beaufort, SC contact Ashton Pointe.


Retire in South Carolina

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ashton Pointe, Beaufort, SC6. South Carolina

  • Population: 4.7 million
  • Share of population 65+: 14.7%
  • Cost of living: 12% below the U.S. average
  • Average income for 65+ households: $39,985
  • Average health care costs for a retired couple: Below average at $373,631
  • South Carolina's tax rating for retirees: Tax Friendly

If the mild weather and southern charm of the Palmetto State isn't enough of a retirement draw for you, surely the affordability can tempt you. On top of well-below-average living costs, the tax situation goes easy on a fixed income, too. South Carolina doesn't tax Social Security benefits and offers generous exemptions on other types of retirement income. It also does not levy an inheritance or estate tax. Property taxes tend to be very low.

South Carolina also offers ample amounts of golfing, beach bumming and water activities.

For more information on retiring an apartment in Ladson, SC contact Abberly Crossing.

Millennials Love to Rent

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ashton Pointe, Beaufort, SCReal estate companies think Millennials will become “career renters” -- at least in the near term. In fact, the number of career renters is growing.

Many students in their mid 20’s are renting until they finish their schooling. However, at that point, they will have 10’s of thousands of dollars in loan debt. Many can envision renting for the rest of his life.

They don’t want to take on more debt. They don’t want to have another credit check; they don’t want to talk to another set of bankers; and they don’t want to put so much liability on the line.

For many Americans hard hit by the recession or dealing with large student loan debt, the idea of renting indefinitely has become appealing. No mortgage to pay off, a living space that comes with built-in amenities, and a landlord who takes care of upkeep and maintenance.

This may be particularly true for the country’s youngest adults, who are delaying homeownership and for whom taking on a mortgage is seen as one more debt to pay off. From 2006 through 2011, 25- to 34-year-olds experienced the largest decline in homeownership compared with any other age group. Among households headed by 25- to 34-year-olds, renters increased by more than a million from 2006 to 2011, while the number who own fell nearly 1.4 million.

Today’s young adults are not only delaying homeownership, they’re delaying many of the life events that often come with homeownership, including marriage, children and settled careers. The flexibility to be able to pick up and leave an apartment building or city for a job can be crucial.

Not Attached to Owning

For others the decision to rent long term is motivated as much by finances as by lifestyle. Flexibility is the biggest factor in choosing to continue renting. They feel at ease knowing that if they had to relocate, the process would be less complicated.

But they are also averse to putting themself in a financial bind. A house can be an investment, but they are not looking to go further into debt.

Real estate companies say they’ve noticed rental residents are now more often single, older and staying longer than in past decades. And those who do move out are more often moving to another rental over buying a home.

The trend makes sense given Millennials’ affinity for renting just about everything else, from cars to clothes.

A lot of young people don’t have the same attachment to ownership of anything.

An iffy job market has also continued to permeate other aspects of Millennials’ lives, especially where and how they live.

They entered the job market when it was harder to find a job, and the effects of entering the labor market when jobs are scarce are long term.

Going High End

To some extent, real estate developers anticipated this trend, and started offering rental units in locations attracting young professionals to meet demand, often equipped with high-end amenities such as pools, gyms, brand-new kitchen appliances and social events for the building.

In light of where we are in the economy, people are still looking for a quality place to live, but they’re not interested in a long-term deployment of their capital in homeownership.

Real estate developers say renting appeals to today’s young adults not only because it requires less responsibility but also for its ease in urban areas. Metropolitan cities are attracting young adults.

For more information on renting apartments in Beaufort, SC contact Ashton Pointe.


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Reasons to Retire in Beaufort, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Ashton Pointe, Beaufort, SCBeaufort is located on the mainland, set back from the ocean, tucked between the protected Saint Helena Sound and Port Royal Sound. Beaufort is a fascinating coastal area to find a high quality of life.

Here is why we believe Beaufort is one of the best cities to retire in South Carolina:

Adventure - With more time on your hands at retirement, you will be looking for interesting things to do which won’t require much effort. Kayaking is the most popular water sport here. You will find bottlenose dolphin, bird wildlife and fish habitats. Of course, fishing, boating or walking the beaches at Hunting Island State Park are popular too.

Cuisine - When you think of Beaufort SC neighborhoods, think of fresh seafood. Shrimping and crabbing describe everyday life on the water here. You won’t have a problem finding an excellent place to dine in one of the best cities to retire in South Carolina.

Romance - Bay Street in downtown hugs the Beaufort River. Waterfront Park, the public community lawn for outdoor concerts, has a row of public swings designed for two, overlooking the river. The swings face the Woods Memorial Bridge which leads to Hunting Island State Park - named one of America’s Top 10 Beaches. Antebellum mansions dating back over 200 years are now Romantic Bed & Breakfast Inns overlooking the Beaufort River.

Art - Author John Villani named Beaufort South Carolina as one of the Top 100 Art Towns in America. There are 10 art galleries in downtown Beaufort. ARTworks, sponsored by the Art Council of Beaufort Port Royal and Sea Islands, offers adult art classes 365 days a year; instruction in clay, pottery, basketry, writing and more. Local art festivals, exhibits, theatre and concert performances are coordinated by ARTworks in various locations throughout Beaufort South Carolina. Beaufort SC neighborhoods are a great place to live if you enjoy art.

Patriotism - Parris Island Recruit Depot and Marine Corps Air Station are both located in Beaufort South Carolina. Occasionally, you will hear a fighter jet flying overhead locals call ‘the sound of freedom’. Beaufort SC festivals include musical performances and Presenting the Colors by local military branches dressed up in red white and blue. Veterans have access to the Naval Hospital in Beaufort.

Best Beaches - Hunting Island State Park is just to the east of Beaufort South Carolina on Saint Helena Island. Hunting Island State Park has been named a Top 10 Beach because of the unspoiled miles of shoreline.

Organic - Farms still decorate the horizon as you drive through Lady’s Island, Saint Helena Island and the more rural areas of Beaufort. U-Pick farms and Farmer’s Markets are popular places to find seasonal produce and homemade products. In the summer months, on Wednesday at Beaufort’s waterfront, you will find more local grown products and on Saturday’s, an open air Farmer’s Market takes place in Port Royal.

Festivals - Your calendars will be filled with festivals in the Lowcountry, entertaining and fun events to share with your grandchildren. The Irish Festival, Soft Shell Crab Festival and Taste of Beaufort take place in the spring. The Beaufort Water Festival and Shrimp Festival takes place in the summer. The Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens takes place in October.

Simplicity - It is a pleasure to discover a place offering the simple pleasures of life, what we look for at retirement. The southern charm from the people in Beaufort, makes it easy to meet new friends. Without the noise and dense traffic found in highly populated cities, you will find you can breathe easier in Beaufort and make each moment count. Beaufort is quickly accessible from Interstate 95. The New York Times named Beaufort South Carolina as one of the Best Small Towns.

For more information on apartments in Beaufort, SC contact Ashton Pointe.


You May Not Be Ready to Buy a Home

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ashton Pointe, Beaufort, SCBuying a home can be a good investment. It can be a rewarding experience for you and your family.

But the fact is, it isn't right in every situation and it only works if the buyer is financially prepared. As we saw during the housing crisis, buying a house when you aren't ready can lead to disastrous results.

How can you tell if you're ready? The experts at real estate marketplace Trulia suggest asking yourself some questions.

The first has to do with income. Does your household earn enough money to make the monthly payment on a home, pay for insurance, pay the taxes, and cover maintenance and repairs?

When you rent your home, all of those costs are baked into the monthly rent. If the water heater goes bad, that's the landlord's problem, not yours.

It's true that, with low interest rates, a mortgage might be the same, or even less than rent in some markets. But you can't overlook the other costs of owning a home.

Debt-to-income ratio

What about your debt? If you have outstanding student loans and rising credit card balances, you might not be ready to take on a mortgage. In fact, that could be one thing that might disqualify you.

Lenders look at a borrower's debt-to-income ratio. If the ratio is too high, it reduces the amount you can borrow. In most cases, a lender will want your debt to be no more than 36% of gross income.

When looking at your savings, don't just think about how much you need for a down payment. If the down payment takes all your ready cash, you'll have nothing left to cover those expenses that almost always crop up in the first year of home ownership.

Two important factors

Before considering a home purchase, you also need to make sure you will qualify for a mortgage. Two factors could keep that from happening.

First, you need to have been on the job, or employed in the same industry, for at least two years. Lenders want to see that employment consistency before they'll consider funding your home purchase.

Second, you need a reasonably good credit score. While it is true you might qualify for a subprime mortgage with a marginal credit score, there could be some real disadvantages to being lumped into the subprime sector.

Having a better credit score -- 720 or better -- will get you a better interest rate, in most cases. So it might be wise to spend some time trying to raise your credit score before considering a home purchase, and the easiest way to get started on that is to simply pay all of your bills on time.

Finally, give some thought to the future. If you purchase a home, you'll need to live in it for a while before you can sell it without losing money. The experts at Trulia suggest three to five years is the minimum length of time you'll need to live in it before selling.

If you think there's a good chance you'll be relocating in a couple of years, the prudent thing to do is keep renting.

For more information on apartments in Beaufort, SC, contact Ashton Pointe.


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