HILTON HEAD, South Carolina
Bob and Heather Cherichella’s decision to pull up stakes and relocate to Hilton Head seemed more of a foregone conclusion than an actual decision. Having maintained a second home in Wexford Plantation for several years, they’d grown fond of the community and the friends who lived there.
In North Carolina, they were closer to their youngest child, a student at Emory University, and Bob was right in the heart of the East Coast territory he managed. When they stopped to think about it, it made no sense to stay put. “Why are we living in Indiana?” they asked themselves. “Let’s come here full time!”
Everything about the place felt right. “There’s a rhythm we really like,” Bob explains. “A bit of the Old South. And great people! The weather’s warm, and the roads aren’t crowded. It suits our temperament.”
On Valentine’s Day 2001, they bought a new house in Wexford Plantation and immediately undertook an extensive six-month renovation. (Bob’s friends asked, “What are you going to give her next Valentine’s Day?”) The Cherichellas remained in the house while it was being remodeled, moving from room to room and vacating the premises only once (for 14 days) while the hardwood floors were being installed.
When the last of the work was completed, the house, according to Bob, looked “absolutely spectacular. Heather had done a great job!” Their furniture and other belongings were put in place the first week of August, and Heather cooked her first meal in the remodeled kitchen.