Retirement home breaks ground in Hilton Head Island

A Florida company broke ground this month on The Bayshore retirement home in Hilton Head Island.

A one-of-a-kind waterfront rental community for seniors started construction in January in the lower part of South Carolina.

The Bayshore on Hilton Head Island will be the first “independent- and assisted-living community” built in 17 years in the Beaufort County resort town with many retirees.

Tampa, Fla.-based developer Bayshore Retirement Living says The Bayshore will be an upscale, 126-residence community providing services for people who are independent and those requiring assistance. The home will be constructed in a five-story residential building.

“The Bayshore represents the next generation in senior living matching innovative design with best-in-class service,” according to the developer.

The project sits at 421 Pope Squire Road on the west side of Hilton Head Island.

“This new residential model complements the current range of single family homes and condominiums in Hilton Head Plantation and throughout the island,” says Bill Harkins, Hilton Head Island town council member and Mayor Pro Tem. “The product offered will appeal to the discerning person looking for high-end amenities and long term comfort and security,” he says.

Bayshore will boast an expansive pier and dock to serve as an outdoor living area and to moor the community’s boat — geared to take residents on sunset cruises. Luxurious living features also include full kitchens with designer cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and full-size refrigerators, the developer says. One- and two-bedroom apartments will showcase 9- to 11-foot ceilings, full-size stackable washers and dryers and plank floors in the common areas.

An “innovative and appealing” perk at The Bayshore will be the broad-based care levels within the properties. According to Bayshore Retirement Living, the entire community will be licensed to provide assisted living services. That way, seniors can age in place. If they move in as independent residents, they “will not have to move from their units or to another wing if and when they determine they need assisted living services,” the company says. Instead, services and care will be delivered to them for an additional charge.

The Bayshore on Hilton Head Island will feature an “extensive array” of attractions including a spa, salon, movie theater, dining room overlooking the resort style pool, outdoor putting green, resident garden, library, café, arts and crafts center, courtyards with fountains and lush landscaping and a waterside swing trellis and fire pit.

Residents can frequent the private Sky Bar and Club on the fifth floor, commanding “spectacular” views of the water.

“From the town’s perspective, this exciting project represents a significant addition to our tax base, a major infusion of investment capital, and employment opportunities for some 70-plus people,” Harkins says.

Bayshore Retirement Living, whose principals boast more than 50 years experience in senior housing development and operations, oversees the property through its ownership joint venture, Bayshore Hilton Head LLC. The Bayshore on Hilton Head Island will be open by second quarter 2017, according to the developer. Visit

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