June 2020

21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Cedric Gray

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Cedric Gray
Real Estate Agent, Magnolia Capital Real Estate

Known by some locals as the unofficial mayor of Bluffton, Cedric Gray is easy to spot with his tall frame and big smile. He can often be found in Old Town, convincing visitors they should become permanent residents. Local Realtors are on the front lines of greeting our island visitors, and Cedric is a pro at making people feel like they instantly have a new friend in the South.

Tell us something the average person doesn’t know about purchasing real estate in South Carolina.
What’s unique about our area is the abundance of gated communities. You won’t see for sale signs in yards, and you can’t really look around at what is available without the assistance of a local Realtor.

What question are you most frequently asked by our visitors?
The first question is about hurricanes and floods. Although we’ve had a lot of near misses in the last several years, Hilton Head Island has not sustained a direct hit by a major hurricane in a long time. The next question is about property taxes. The majority of people moving here are coming from up north, so they are pleasantly surprised at how low our taxes are.

If you could advise our visitors to do just one thing while they were here, what would it be?
Visit Parris Island in Beaufort on a Friday to watch one of the Marine Recruit graduations. That is one of the most impressive ceremonies I have ever been a part of or seen.

What do you love most about living here?
It feels like you are on vacation every day.

How long have you lived in the Lowcountry, and what brought you here?
I’ve been in the Lowcountry for 11 years. I moved here from Japan where I was stationed with the Marines. After my tour, I decided to relocate to South Carolina.

Favorite local annual event or festival?
My favorite is the RBC Heritage.

When you aren’t showing property, where can we find you, and what are you doing for fun?
I’m probably out on the water. There are so many activities to enjoy here: kayaking, wakeboarding, jet skiing or just chilling on the local beaches.

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