Originally settled in 1825 as a summer resort for wealthy rice and cotton plantation owners, historic Bluffton, South Carolina features exquisite antebellum homes, quaint bed and breakfasts, historic churches, charming boutiques and colorful restaurants. Located on the bluffs of the May River and just 10 minutes from Hilton Head Island, Bluffton homes and neighborhoods are defined by a small-town warmth.
But, as one of the fastest-growing towns in South Carolina, and even at its current area of 54 square miles, Bluffton has a whole lot of character. The rapid growth of the city includes the developments of several new award-winning K-12 schools, as well as the local campuses of 2 different higher learning institutions. Even though Bluffton has many established business, its inviting atmosphere and encouragement of innovation has brought in many entrepreneurs and start-up companies. As a result, Bluffton is a bustling town that has maintained its roots and quirkiness while still embracing growth. Bluffton has become a sought-after place for young families, with its availability of employment and education, as well as its opportunities for art, music, water activities and recreation.
Old Town, which is considered the heart of Bluffton ( and is also known as Downtown), is a traditional coastal village of moss-covered oak trees, restored cottages, and quaint shops and eateries. The 1 square mile area that composes Old Town is an embodiment of the Lowcountry and its laidback charm, but the character contained within this small area manages to make Old Town seem larger than it actually is.
Palmetto Bluff, located outside of Old Town, is surrounded by the May, Cooper, and New Rivers, and showcases the natural beauty of the Lowcountry with maritime forests and estuaries. At Palmetto Bluff, cottages of all sizes abound on quiet streets, and while there are plenty of recreational opportunities both on and off the water, as well as eateries and shops, an air of serenity pervades the neighborhoods.