Many people associate Beaufort with motion pictures, including "The Big Chill," "Forrest Gump" and "The Prince of Tides."
Most love the architecture pictured in these movies, particularly in Beaufort's National Historic District known as The Point. So do the residents of Newpoint, a traditional walking residential community located on Lady's Island, just outside the Beaufort city boundary.
Begun in 1991, Newpoint is located on the deep waters of Factory Creek. The community — situated on a 25-foot waterfront bluff — overlooks historic Beaufort and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, a series of bays, lagoons, rivers and canals running from Norfolk, Virginia to Key West, Florida.
Newpoint residents enjoy access to the water through a community dock. Many gather on the dock's iconic gazebo at dusk to watch impressive sunsets framed by specimen live oaks.
Comprised of 53.6 acres, the community is just off South Carolina State Highway 802, also known as Sams Point Road. From the Newpoint entrance, it's only 3.1 miles to the heart of Beaufort at Carteret and Bay Streets.
Grocery and other stores are just minutes away, and Beaufort Academy is less than a quarter mile away. There are six golf courses within a fifteen-minute drive, and Hunting Island State Park is a 20-minute ride away.
The property has an average elevation of 23 feet, which is one of the highest sites in the county. Because of its elevation, federal flood insurance is not required.
Newpoint is bounded on the north by Bluff Farm, a single-family residential subdivision, on the east by Sams Point Road, on the south by a ten-acre historic estate, and on the west by Factory Creek.
Summer High: the July high is around 91 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 39
Sperling's Comfort Index for Beaufort is an 83 out of 100. A higher score indicates a more comfortable year-round climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54. The index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70 to 80 degrees and accounts for humidity.