The greater Bluffton area has boomed in the past several years with the addition of multiple, gated golf, tennis and boating plantations and developments designed for young families. The enchanting downtown area of this riverfront village however, still exudes a southern charm that traces its roots to pre-Revolutionary America. Old Town Bluffton is comprised of a Nationally Registered Historic District, situated next to new commercial and residential centers designed to preserve the old town look and feel. Locals have a keen appreciation for the beauty of the area and it's reflected in seasonal festivals, holiday parades, and a profound love for the May River and its laidback lifestyle. Several Bluffton private residences and commercial buildings are protected by an active Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. Home designs are rich in Lowcountry flair with accents including porches, metal roofs, dormers and sidewalks. There are older single-family homes, stately riverfront mansions, burgeoning condominium and apartment complexes along with brand new, moderately priced family homes in private neighborhoods. Each specific community suits different styles and budgets and adheres to their own Property Owners Association governing covenants, and design and development guidelines.