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It is Cheaper to Rent a Home than Own in South Carolina

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Ashton Pointe Apartments, Beaufort, SCOwning a home is often considered the American dream — and it's an expensive one. Homeowners in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., pay from 33% to 93% more for housing each month than do renters living in the same state.

But many homeowners reap benefits that you can't get from renting, such as financial security and stability, tax deductions, and a vehicle for retirement savings. 

While renting can't offer those long-term financial benefits, the study found that it's cheaper to rent on a month-to-month basis. If you're wondering how to save money for a down payment, renting can help you build that nest egg. However, in extremely expensive or competitive markets renting might be better for the long haul.

To determine the monthly homeownership premium — the additional cost of owning instead of renting, expressed as a percentage — NerdWallet compared 2015 American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau for the median gross rent and median homeownership cost in each state and Washington, D.C. Median gross rent includes the costs of monthly rent and utilities for all kinds of rental properties, and median homeownership cost includes monthly mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance and utilities.

This comparison doesn't include the down payment required to buy a home, which is traditionally 20% of the home price for conventional mortgages.

Key takeaways

Owning is more expensive everywhere. Across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., it costs more each month to own a home than to rent. The median cost people pay nationwide to own a home is 54% more than the median cost of monthly rent.

In some states, the cost of owning far eclipses renting.

In South Carolina it costs 43% more to own vs. rent each month!

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Many High Earners are Renting Instead of Buying

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Ashton Pointe Apartments, Beaufort, SCThe Fastest Growing Group of Renters: It May Surprise You

So you think you have the average American renter all figured out—that they're a group of young, unsettled, commitmentphobic folks, just starting out and scraping by? Well, you might want to widen out that picture a bit. The reality: The fastest-growing group of new renters includes those aged 50 or older, or younger folks raking in six-figure salaries, according to a new report.

This is a tale of the haves—who could afford to buy a home, but choose not to—and the have-nots, who don't make enough money to become homeowners. And although overall rental prices are starting to level off, and in some cases even dip a little, there still aren't nearly enough affordable rentals to meet the overwhelming demand from lower-income renters.

The new renter: Older and wealthier than you'd expect

Overall, renters had a median age of 40 in 2016—up from 38 in 2016. (In comparison, homeowners are a median 56.) That's because more baby boomers, whose kids have flown the coop, are downsizing out of their large, suburban homes and opting for maintenance-free rentals instead. No more mowing the lawn and shoveling snow for them! That's pushing up the median age of all renters.

More folks earning some serious dough are also choosing to rent rather than buy. About 13.3% of renter households made more than $100,000 in 2016. That's up from 9% in 2006.

That's partly because some high earners are saddled with high student debt loads, making it difficult to cobble together a down payment. In addition, more-walkable cities, many of which have undergone attractive revitalizations, have also become desirable places to live. So those with means are willing to lease a unit in a newly constructed community with luxe amenities.

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Living Well in Beaufort, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Ashton Pointe Apartments, Beaufort, SCAshton Pointe offers a unique lifestyle of luxury and convenience unmatched in the greater Beaufort area. Ashton Pointe is a community boasting stylish architecture, an exceptional mix of amenities and the added benefit of distinctive interiors featuring designer touches.

These apartments in Beaufort, SC offer spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Our apartments comes with a fully equipped kitchen, full size washer and dryer, walk-in closets and screened in porch. We feature a sparkling swimming pool, fitness center, BBQ grills, and Internet Cafe. Other amenities include:

  • Gorgeous Fully Equipped Kitchens
  • Washer/Dryer In Every Home
  • Spacious One & Two Bedroom Floorplans
  • Cutting Edge Work out Facility with Speed Bag
  • Detached Garages with Remote Access
  • Invigorating Zero-Entry Swimming Pool
  • Relaxing Screened Patios
  • Spacious Walk-In Closets
  • Resident Amenity Center w/ Internet Cafe
  • Outdoor Gathering Areas with Grills
  • Tanning Salon
  • Game Room with Billiards
  • Oval Soaking Tubs in select homes
  • Conveniently Located on Robert Smalls Pkwy

Ashton Pointe Apartment Homes offer comfort, beauty, and inspired living unmatched at any other apartment rental community in the Beaufort, SC area. Situated in a gorgeous setting, Ashton Pointe offers spacious one and two bedroom apartments full of natural light, gorgeous kitchens, full sized washers/dryers included, screened-in porches, generous 9 ft ceilings and spacious walk-in closets. Living well is easy at Ashton Pointe. After all...Living well is the Pointe!

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Memorial Day in the Lowcountry

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ashton Pointe Apartments, Beaufort, SCIf you live in an apartment in Beaufort, SC you may be looking for some fun, exciting, relaxing or festive way to spend Memorial Day in the Low Country.

Rest and recharge at one of the many bed & breakfasts or embark on an adventure that gets your heart pumping—from the Lowcountry Oyster Trail to bike riding the Spanish Moss Trail to exploring the rich legacy of the U.S. Marine Corps at Parris Island Museum, there is a memory for everyone waiting to be made. Whether you’re want a last-minute weekend excursion or have been looking forward to Memorial Day for weeks, here is your go-to guide to spending Memorial Day in Beaufort.

Freedom Fest

Start off Memorial Day weekend at the Chosin Foundation’s Freedom Fest comedy event on May 26 in Port Royal where proceeds go towards The Children of Fallen Soldiers. Enjoy mouthwatering food and drinks along with laughter that’ll make your belly hurt as the event brings in five comedians from across the US.

Lowcountry Oyster Trail (LOT)

Started by Bluffton resident and entrepreneur Larry Hughes, the LOT is every seafood lover’s dream. Check out the two-day itinerary to explore over the holiday weekend and discover the best oysters paired with the best attractions in the Lowcountry. Best of all, a portion of the profits help promote and enhance marine ecological research, analysis and environmental stewardship for the region.

Port Royal Farmer’s Market

Rain or shine, visit the Port Royal Farmer’s Market where a variety of local fruits, veggies and more are sold from around the area. Take a stroll through Heritage Park and see all the Lowcounry has to offer and then head on over to the Spanish Moss Trail right after for an eight-mile bike ride.

Tour Parris Island Museum

As the second oldest city in South Carolina, explore the long and rich history of the United States Marine Corps and the legacy of Port Royal. From early Native American inhabitants of Port Royal to the modern Marines, experience Beaufort like never before.

Experience the Gullah Festival

Kicking off Memorial Day weekend, the original Gullah Festival happens in the historic waterfront park in the middle of downtown Beaufort. Started in 1986, the three-day festival celebrates the African American Gullah heritage in the Lowcountry and is designed for families with live music, educational activities, food and entertainment.

Unplug, recharge and reconnect this Memorial Day weekend in Beaufort—you won’t regret it.


The South's Best Parks

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 18, 2018

Ashton Pointe Apartments, Beaufort, SCDo you live in an apartment in Beaufort, SC? If so, don’t miss these beautiful, budget-friendly escapes in our own backyard. These are some of the best State Parks in the South according to Southern Living Magazine.

Huntington Island State Park

Huntington Island, SC

If you’ve been searching for a perfectly picturesque beach—5 miles of it—Hunting Island State Park won’t disappoint. It has even been immortalized in movies like Forrest Gump and G.I. Jane. Take in the full view of the ocean, beach, and marshland by climbing to the top of the Hunting Island Lighthouse; lucky visitors might even snag a reservation at the lighthouse cabin. The island is named for the hunting done here in years past, and today you can still see deer and waterfowl regularly. The endangered loggerhead turtle nests here as well. If you’d like to catch some fresh seafood for dinner, try crabbing or fishing off the pier on Fripp Inlet. Enjoy a cool Atlantic breeze as you swim, boat, or kayak. Bonus: pirate stories. Hunting Island and nearby Beaufort were supposedly layovers for Blackbeard and his “associates.”

Amicalola Falls State Park

Dawsonville, GA

Many a grand adventure has begun under the stone archway at Amicalola Falls State Park as hikers set off onto the legendary 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail. Watching those backpackers begin their treks is one of the highlights of visiting the park. If you’re feeling more inspired by a bit of weekend adventure, Amicalola has plenty to offer. Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge features the Zip Line Canopy Tour and suspension bridges for a day of sightseeing and fun, and the GPS Scavenger Hunt allows families to hike while searching for secret spots designed to help kids learn about nature (there’s even a prize at the end). The park’s 3-D Archery course, designed for both amateurs and professionals, teaches basic bow-and-arrow skills and allows students to “hunt” for bears, deer, and more in a virtual course. Don’t miss the view at Amicalola Falls itself. With a 729-foot drop, it’s the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River and can be reached by trail, stairway, or car.

Cloudland Canyon State Park

Rising Fawn, GA

On the edge of Lookout Mountain sits Cloudland Canyon State Park, home to waterfalls, sandstone cliffs, caves, and creeks just waiting to be explored. This gorgeous spot on the Cumberland Plateau has miles of wonderful trails. Take a short stroll on Overlook Trail, or try the more challenging Waterfalls Trail. Hiking isn’t the only adventure Cloudland Canyon has to offer. Over 30 miles of mountain biking trails and 16 miles of horseback riding trails plus an 18-hole disc golf course and a fishing pond draw hobbyists of all types. Or share a special group experience by booking a cave tour through G3 Adventures. Their family-friendly excursions here and at nearby Pigeon Mountain might get you a little wet and muddy, but they’re experiences you won’t forget. Pick an unusual lodging option (and skip the DIY tent setup) by staying in one of the park’s 10 yurts, circular domed tents that are kept pitched and ready for up to six people.

Hanging Rock State Park

Danbury, NC

Visit the beautiful Sauratown Mountains, called “the mountains away from the mountains” because they’re so close to the Blue Ridge Range but aren’t part of it. This park, created in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. Hiking trails overlook mountains, waterfalls, and a cave. Admire the serenely cascading streams, and take a dip in the pools below. Rent a rowboat or canoe on the 12-acre lake to angle for catfish and bass, or spend the day in a kayak on the Dan River. Rock climbers can take advantage of almost 2 miles of 400-foot-tall cliffs at Moore’s Wall and Cook’s Wall, while mountain bikers will love riding along the rock ledges and streams.


Beaufort, South Carolina: A Happy Seaside Town

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Ashton Pointe Apartments, Beaufort, SCIndeed, Coastal Living magazine proclaimed Beaufort the nation's Happiest Seaside Town earlier this year, citing "Lowcountry friendliness and urban refinement … antebellum architecture, exquisite local cuisine, and rich African-American heritage."

In nominating towns, editors considered qualities such as rankings in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, as well as the number of sunny days, beach health, walkability and intangibles such as "coastal vibe."

Beaufort possesses all those attributes, though strictly speaking, it isn't seaside. It lies on Port Royal Sound and the banks of the brackish Beaufort River. Open water is 16 miles east of the historic town center, where Hunting Island State Park sports 3 miles of pristine beachfront, acres of woodland and a historic lighthouse.

Set in the heart of South Carolina's Sea Islands, Beaufort has a walkable downtown that boasts art galleries, bookstores and antiques shops. Restaurants serve fresh-off-the-boat seafood and classic Lowcountry cuisine such as thick, spicy gumbos and just-picked collard greens. And a sprawling waterfront park doubles as a stage for live concerts.

History here is as palpable as a Lowcountry breeze blowing through the salt marshes. Roots run deep in downtown Beaufort, designated a National Historic Landmark, as well as on nearby St. Helena Island, home to a rich Gullah heritage nurtured by slave descendents.


The Spanish arrived in the early 1500s but failed to make a go of it. The French later met a similar fate. In 1711, the British established the first successful settlement, despite attacks from Yemasee Indians. (The town's oldest house, said to date to 1717, still has holes that supposedly were designed as rifle slots for defense against Indian attacks.)

But for all this layered history, it's the Civil War — or, "the recent unpleasantness," as McGowan calls it — that still resonates with many.

Beaufort was the first — and last — Confederate town occupied by Union troops during the war. They arrived in 1861, causing 1,400 residents — among them, wealthy owners of cotton plantations on nearby St. Helena Island — to flee. Ironically, the Northerners' long occupation helped ensure Beaufort's preservation. Some homes were confiscated and converted into Union hospitals. Of 7,500 casualties buried in the town's National Cemetery, just 117 are Confederates.

Across the Beaufort River on St. Helena Island, 55 cotton plantations were home to 10,000 enslaved Africans who became classified as "contraband" after Union troops arrived in Beaufort. Because they were largely left to themselves after — and even before — the owners fled, their language, a Creole English dialect called Gullah, survived, along with many of their West African tribal rituals.

Penn Center, one of the first schools for former slaves, was established in 1862. Today, the site is a 50-acre National Historic Landmark District with 19 original buildings. Its museum offers a fascinating view into the island's Gullah culture.

The spot also figures into civil rights history as a place where early movement leaders gathered, and where Martin Luther King Jr. wrote part of his "I Have a Dream" speech.


Hollywood discovered Beaufort with the filming of The Great Santini, released in 1979. It was based on the novel by longtime resident Pat Conroy, who's still a fixture around town. Enough notable films — The Big Chill and Forrest Gump, among others — followed, to spark the creation of drive-by tours of on-location sites.

Other sorts of artists predate the movie makers' arrivals. Beaufort has been an art mecca since the late 1800s, notes J.W. Roane, executive director of the local arts council.

But is it a happy arts town?

It's special. People come to Beaufort because it's beautiful. And yes, you could say it's the happiest seaside place.

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Living in Beaufort, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 26, 2018

About the Town

Ashton Pointe Apartments, Beaufort, SCOn the island-dotted coast between Charleston and Savannah lies a Lowcountry gem. The South Carolina town of Beaufort, at the east end of Port Royal Island, combines Southern warmth and a history as piquant as Beaufort stew. Founded three centuries ago, downtown Beaufort is a National Landmark Historic District, with restored 18th- and 19th-century buildings that live today as family housing and retail space.

Walk down waterfront Bay Street and you're following in the footsteps of bold pirates, Colonial shipbuilders, rich planters, and Union soldiers. Nearby, huge live oaks draped in Spanish moss loom over streets lined with handsome antebellum houses, signs of wealth from the indigo, rice, and cotton trade.


From Waterfront Park's inviting promenade to the shops and sidewalks of Bay Street, Beaufort's community pride is celebrated nearly every month with events such as holiday parades (one for boats, one for street floats) and the 10-day Water Festival in July. Festival or not, the water exerts an irresistible, year-round pull, for everything from fishing and sailing to kayaking and paddleboarding.

The abundance of shoreline means many homes are close to the water. Houses with deepwater docks often fetch seven-figure prices. There's a diverse mix of housing, from renovated historic homes and new condos around town to fixer-uppers, remodeled properties, and just-built waterfront bungalows on nearby islands.


Much of the town is surrounded by tidal wetlands, but the Beaufort River has a small stretch of beach edged by marsh grass near the long boardwalk and boat launch.

What to Do

Take a leisurely ride along Woods Bridge's dedicated bike lane, or practice your kayaking skills on the water (with an eye out for dolphins!). There are annual festivals for shrimp and film, and the African-American Gullah culture lends a rich history to the town. Nearby Port Royal's The Sands beach is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the shrimp boats.

Shops and restaurants cluster on and just off Bay Street. Shop for home accents and decor items. Art galleries abound—the Beaufort Art Association Gallery showcases work by more than 90 artists.

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Coastal Living

Beaufort is One of The Most Underrated Places In South Carolina

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ashton Pointe Apartments, Beaufort, SCThere are places in South Carolina that are overlooked more than they should be. It's important for you to know what these places are so you can consider visiting or even better...moving there. You need to make special plans to see these places for yourself. Our favorite of the12 underrated places in South Carolina that you will not regret going out of your way to see is...

Beaufort, SC

Most people skip right through Beaufort and they are missing out on so much. Beaufort is the second-oldest city in South Carolina. It has beautiful scenery, a bustling downtown, and still manages to keep that southern charm. It did get recognition in Southern Living as "the best small southern town" not too long ago. So, if you are going to Charleston or wandering around the lowcountry, don't forget Beaufort.

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Beaufort is South Carolina’s Most Naturally Beautiful Town

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ashton Pointe Apartments, Beaufort, SC South Carolina is home to many charming small towns. You’ll find them from the foothills of the mountains all the way to the coast. On any given weekend, we can take a vacation right in our own backyard.

The second oldest city in South Carolina is one of those perfect spots for a “staycation.” A naturally beautiful “town,” Beaufort will enchant you in the best way possible. In fact, Southern Living named Beaufort “The South’s Best Small Town in 2017.” But really, that’s only one in a long list of accolades this great community has earned from being so darn charming.

Let’s take a closer look at the allure of this historic Lowcountry treasure.

From the moment you enter downtown Beaufort, you'll be mesmerized by the charm, the beauty and the people. The streets are lined with enormous antebellum homes surrounded by massive oak trees draped in Spanish moss.

The roads are dotted with the occasional horse-drawn carriage and covered with tree tunnels. It's the kind of town that makes you naturally smile and greet strangers as if they were next door neighbors.

Beaufort's waterfront offers sweeping, gorgeous water vistas - and a park that's fully integrated with the commerce taking place along the next street back, called Bay Street.

Restaurants, coffee shops and dessert bars along the park have entrances on their street-facing sides as well as their waterfront patios.

Beaufort's waterfront is wildly popular and a superb way to kick back and relax. But there is so much more to see, so get up and get moving!

Historic churches, houses, and other landmarks make exploring Beaufort's downtown a photographer's paradise. And then, there's The Point.

The Point is Beaufort's pride and joy. In it, you'll find the famous house called "The Castle" (shown above). An Italian Renaissance style home smothered with Antebellum appeal, this delicious find is reportedly super haunted.

The name, "The Castle" comes from the castle-like appearance of this enormous dwelling. A stroll around The Point neighborhood is like peeking into the pages of every novel set in a southern town dripping in antebellum charisma.

Mostly void of those tall "privacy" walls, these properties are laid out in full view so you can gawk all you want. But they're still private property so you'll want to hold back the urge to take a closer look.

Over on the other side of downtown rests one of only three national cemeteries in South Carolina. This solemn place is a peaceful inspiration. The grounds are smattered with centuries-old Oak trees covered in hanging moss that quietly frames the countless rows of organized memorials.

The South's Best Small Town In 2017 (as ranked by Southern Living) will delight and enchant you with her naturally beautiful surroundings. Have you visited Beaufort yet?

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Move to Beaufort, SC and Live Longer

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Ashton Pointe Apartments, Beaufort, SCTrue South Carolinians know there’s no better place on Earth they’d rather live. And as it turns out, there’s one unique place in South Carolina where people actually live longer than other parts of the state – in some cases, MUCH longer. And while the sought-after state of immortality cannot be achieved on Earth, the residents of Beaufort County are getting closer to it than the rest of the state.

According to recent research figures, the life expectancy of Beaufort County's residents at birth is 81.3 years.

Still another report breaks that down to a life expectancy for males at 79.47 and females at 81.3. The lowest statistics in the state are in Marlboro County for males — who have a life expectancy of 68.96 years. The differences represent a huge disparity. But why are people living so much longer in Beaufort County than other parts of the state?

The statistics include data for Beaufort, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, as well as all of Beaufort County.

But those three areas are well planned with areas to exercise and relax. But researchers don't attribute those things to making the needle go up for life expectancy. They have some other likely reasons for the uptick in Beaufort County.

Quality of life is only one factor.

Researchers also believe the higher numbers are due in part from the influx of affluent, highly-educated people moving to Beaufort County from other parts of the country.

They also believe that the socioeconomic status of Beaufort County's residents plays a large role. The more money you have, the better access you have to healthcare.

The same is generally true for persons who attain higher levels of education.

While no single factor alone was attributed to the increase in life expectancy, it's easy to see how each could positively affect how long a person lives.

The nationwide study concluded that Beaufort County was one of the top counties in the US to have the highest increase in life expectancy since 1980.

Incidentally, in 1980, the county with the highest life expectancy in South Carolina was Pickens County.

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Ashton Pointe Apartment Homes

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