I was born on another barrier island....Atlantic City, N.J. and grew up in Leave-it-to-Beaverville, Margate, a small town south of Atlantic City! As soon as I graduated from Centenary College, I headed for NYC, to live at The Barbizon Hotel for Women. I started my modeling career but then was hired for my "dream job", as a textile designer at the J. W. Valentine Co. Three years later I married and headed for another "dream job", as an art teacher at The American School in Lugano, Switzerland. After returning to the states, we moved to Philadelphia, where our children were born.
Enroute to Disney World, in our station wagon in 1973, our tired 5-member family stopped for gas in Hardeeville. After many hours on the road from Radnor, Pa., the station attendant suggested we spend the night at the Inn On Hilton Head Island, a place I had never heard of. The old swing bridge was OPEN, so we turned off the motor and sat there...for 15 minutes while a sleek, beautiful, sailboat named COMPASS ROSE, finally slipped by. There were no cars behind us and none on the other side of the bridge! The road was only 2 lanes and we passed no one on our way to the "inn". After checking in at the Hilton Head Inn (gorgeous), we went to see Harbour Town! While my late husband was taking the kids to see the famous (to him) Harbour Town Golf Course, I hopped on the back of a real estate agent's golf cart, went to see the Heritage model villa, and signed a sales contract for it that day!!! We later returned to Philadelphia, landed in a blizzard, and then and there decided we were moving to South Carolina!! What a shock to family, friends, and neighbors. We moved here in 1974. It was the best decision we ever made. After being hired by Charles Fraser (founder of Sea Pines, owner of the COMPASS ROSE) as the new Advertising Dir. of the Heritage Classic magazine, and later hired again by Charles Fraser to sell real estate at the Twin Oaks Model (across the street from our new house) I moved forward. I subsequently became the Owner/President of Harbour Realty and Rentals. As a founding member of the Hilton Head Board of Realtors, the Multiple Listing Service, President of Seaview Properties; Broker-in-Charge of Lighthouse Realty at The Intercontinental, Broker-in-charge of Wexford Realty, I've enjoyed a 39 year real estate career on this beautiful island. My 3 children; Sunny, Hank and Amy grew up here and upon college graduation left for the "big city"; NYC, Wash. D.C. and Boston respectively. As soon as all had graduated, I sold my company and returned to the Sea Pines Co. The girls returned to rear their families here and Hank is still at The Pentagon, figuring out how to "come home". So, this is my story, my home, my nirvana. As all my clients, friends, and family say; "life is really better here!" Call me. You will love it here, too. My office is at the Sea Pines Welcome Center, so stop in anytime.