March 2015

Say Hello to the Future: Kirk's Bluff

Author: Laura Jacobi

A new townhome development near Old Town Bluffton is drawing from the historic roots and urban feel of the area. Kirk’s Bluff, named after Bluffton’s co-founder James B. Kirk, will include 36 townhomes within walking distance to Bluffton’s Promenade and eclectic Calhoun Street. This “pocket-neighborhood” is located at the corner of Goethe Road and Hildebrand Street.

Developer Jim Moore has built townhomes like these all around the Southeast including Tennessee, Georgia and several towns in North Carolina. This parcel of land across from the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce was the ideal location for one of his projects. “We had the perfect location and the infrastructure was already in place,” Moore said.

According to Moore, most of his townhome developments are “designed to fit well in markets with historical roots and cultural appeal.” And as a Hilton Head Island resident since 1983, Moore knew this area of Bluffton fell right in line. “Old Town is a unique place and has a draw of its own,” he said.

The rapid rate at which the lots were reserved proved to him he made the right choice. The first 24 lots became available for commitment in September and were quickly reserved, according to the real estate agent selling the development, Michelle Moore. But she is quick to mention that these are only reservations at this point until building begins. Therefore, if anyone is interested in living in Kirk’s Bluff, there is a waiting list and could still be opportunity to buy.

According to Michelle, developer Jim Moore’s daughter, the model homes should be up around the first of April. By that time, all who have reserved lots can take a walk through to ensure they want to move forward with their build.

The first 24 townhomes built, which will be between 1,770 and 2,200 square feet, will range in price between $209,900 and $259,000 and include one- or two-car private garages. Those models include the Gaston, the Eaton and the Chatham Grand, and are planned to be completed by November of 2015.

The second phase will include 12 lots fronting Goethe Road. These homes will have driveways and garages in the back along with larger porches and front yards. Also, according to Michelle, these lots on Geothe Road are zoned for live/work, which means if there is interest, buyers could have professional offices built on the top level of the townhomes.

Michelle began taking reservations for the second phase in February but encourages those who desire to live near Old Town to call for availability. She says the second phase models, which include the Charleston, the Edisto and the Georgetown, should be open by the end of 2015. This phase will hopefully be built out by spring 2016.

According to Michelle, potential homebuyers love the development’s proximity to Old Town and the Promenade, as well as the fact it will still provide that “neighborhood” feel they crave. She has seen a mix of interest from retirees looking to downsize to young families and professionals wanting to be near the heart and excitement of Old Town.

The low-maintenance exteriors and floorplans have made these units very popular in other markets, Moore said. The landscaping, exterior of the buildings (except for the windows), roofs and common areas will be maintained by the homeowners’ association, and those fees will be $150 a month. This feature allows homeowners to “lock and leave,” meaning residents can leave for extended vacations or business trips without concern over the upkeep of their property.

Three floorplans are available to choose from within each phase of the development, all with spacious interiors ideal for entertaining friends or family. Two of them include a master bedroom on the first floor, which is becoming increasingly popular according to Moore. The interiors include vaulted ceilings in the living room and an extra bank of windows to let in more natural light.

“These (units) seem much more like a single-family home than a townhouse,” Moore said.

The exteriors of the units are designed with Lowcountry architectural features including bigger shutters, shake-siding detail and more trim.

Ashley Ingram LLC is the builder for the townhome development. Although Moore knew this location in Bluffton would be the perfect spot for his development, he was still a little surprised by how quickly the lots were initially reserved. He’s excited to get the models finished so prospective buyers can “see and feel the real product.”

Moore is keeping a close eye on this particular development since the project is so close to home. “I want to make sure people get exactly what they want,” he said, “and be sure it’s done right.” 

For more information, contact Michelle Moore at (843) 290-3466 or Visit for renderings and features.

First Phase: 24 Lots

The Chatham Grand
1,771 heated sq. ft., Three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, Open kitchen, Private office/study, Spacious great room, Vaulted ceiling, Private garage

The Eaton
1,830 heated sq. ft., Three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, Two-story family room, First floor master suite, Open kitchen, Private office or 4th bedroom, TV loft, Private garage, 2nd story private balcony

The Gaston
2,207 heated sq. ft., Four bedrooms, 2 1/2 half baths, Wrap around porch, Vaulted ceilings, First floor master suite, Eat-in kitchen, Private office or nursery, Extra loft area, Bay window, Potential third bath, Private two-car garage

Goethe Road: 12 Lots

The Charleston
1,717 heated SQ. FT., Three bedrooms, 2 1/2 half baths, Rear entry private garage, Separate family room, Open kitchen, Large front porch, Live/Work residence, Vaulted ceilings

The Edisto
1,830 heated sq. ft., Three-four bedrooms, First floor master suite, 2 1/2 baths, Open kitchen, TV loft, Spacious great room, Vaulted ceiling, Rear entry private garage, Live/Work residence, Double Carolina porch

The Georgetown
2,207 heated sq. ft., Four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, Large wrap around porch, Vaulted ceilings, 1st floor master suite, Eat-in kitchen, Private office or nursery, Extra loft area, Bay window, Rear entry two-car garage, Live/Work residence

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