Colder weather can be seriously detrimental to the health of young folks, seniors and anyone else when cold weather exacerbates illnesses or physical conditions.
People who seek out warmer climes during cold weather are called snow birds, but thatâ€™s not what itâ€™s all about. Seeking warmer climes is all about remaining independent, about not allowing the illnesses to render their sufferers helpless.
Renting for a season or owning St Simons real estate as a second home makes sense for anybody. Especially attractive to seniors and the suffering are homes surrounded by warmth, clean clear fresh air and the sounds of water and nature to soothe the savage breast.
Island vacations and getaways usually give people the impression of heat, sunshine on warm white beaches and suntan lotions.
Beach towels, bathing suits and flip-flops complete the picture. However, you can leave the parkas, boots, gloves and long johns at home. You wonâ€™t need them on St. Simons. You might want to bring a sweater or a windbreaker, because youâ€™ll be getting around the islands to see their wonders. It will be breezy, but 60 to 68 degree weather is generally considered mild here.
Obviously, the island wonâ€™t be as crowded in the off season as in the summer, but other charms await cold-weather fleeing house hunters.
Just over 13,000 residents remain from summer numbers. You wonâ€™t wait in long lines to eat at the finest of restaurants on the island, nor will you be nudged off crowded paths while walking arthritic knees back into shape. You will be able to walk your dog on the beach due to summer pet restrictions being lifted in winter.
Island attractions are more fun minus flashing cameras, conversations on iPhones and delighted squeals.
Quiet communing with nature is a ferry ride away from Little St. Simons Island. Its unpopulated unspoiled beauty is a popular experience among islanders. Youâ€™ll spend the day at Lodge on Little St. Simons, having meals prepared home-style while walking the island, getting a look at the wildlife and NOT watching TV.
The King and Prince as well as the other hotels on the island offer activities like boating, golf, biking and hiking, spas and most excellent food.
Island life also includes festivals like the Bluegrass Festival, the Mistletoe Market and St. Simons Island Storytelling Festival.
Two staples of original Southern and island life that has lasted until present times are rice and seafood. Take a ride on the Lady Jane as you fish for shrimp. Tour the Hofwyl-Broadfield plantation to see what a rice plantation looked like from its inception until today.
Island Real Estate
If climbing the stairs to get to a condo with a spectacular water view is too much for seniors or asthmatics, perhaps a home with wood beams and wide-plank floors, nine bedrooms, eight and one-half baths with lake views would be an alternative. It is located in 19 Darien Circle.
Perhaps nine bedrooms are too many to dust. How about four bedrooms with full baths offering a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and lake views? You will find it in 160 Sea Island Lake Cottage Drive.
For those whose illnesses or perhaps not-quite-yet-THAT-senior circumstances merit a condo or townhome, please find available the gated ocean-front Grand. With four bedrooms and three baths, this fully furnished third floor condo has ocean views visible from large open rooms. It is found in 1400 Ocean Blvd. #308.
Donâ€™t let cold weather make your life and your health miserable. An island getaway or a second home is just a phone call or an email away. Contact DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty for more information.