Ferber Family Scores Big With Move To Daniel Island
It should come as no surprise that Steve and Roe Ferber scored a homerun of sorts when they decided in 2008 to make a big move from Washington, DC – their home of 30 years – to Daniel Island. As the owners of Sports Bingo, Inc., a company they created six years ago for fans of more than 200 teams, tracks and universities in 34 states and Canada, the Ferbers know when conditions are favorable for a victory.
“We decided to start looking around after our youngest daughter graduated from college,” said Steve, from their home in Daniel Island’s Mitchell Wharf neighborhood. “We asked ourselves, ‘Where do you want to go?’ And because we weren’t tied to anyplace, and the work that I was doing…could be done pretty much anywhere, we were mobile!”
They soon set their sights on the Charleston area, a place they had come to know well after vacationing with their three children at Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms for many years. Their first Daniel Island experience came when they attended a Davis Cup event featuring Andy Roddick at the Family Circle Tennis Center. Both avid sports fans and tennis players, Roe and Steve were hooked. They bought a condo to “test” out Daniel Island living out before making it official.
“Every quarter we’d come down and stay for a couple of weeks and say, ‘do we like it?’” added Roe. “Every time, we said ‘This is perfect, we love it!’”
The empty nesters are now at least somewhat retired, although they both chuckle at the notion since life seems every bit as full as it was in their earlier years. Webster’s Dictionary calls retirement a “withdrawal from action” or a “retreat.” For Roe and Steve, who both have publishing backgrounds, it has meant simply starting life anew and pursuing those things that are most meaningful and fulfilling. Their highly successful Sports Bingo company, which started as a fun family activity in 2007, is one such endeavor. Steve is also an author, blogger, and a regular contributor to the Daniel Island News.
Both Roe and Steve are active volunteers in the local community and also love to take part in island events, such as the family-friendly July Fourth celebration, Park Day festival, and the Susan G. Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure.
“There are plenty of activities, both here and in downtown Charleston,” Steve said. “Probably the biggest surprise to both of us is how much is going on each weekend!”
Having a great place for family to visit is yet another perk. Their young grandchildren live just ten minutes away with their daughter, Melyssa, and her husband.
“It’s a terrific place for spending time with our grandkids,” said Roe, who enjoys taking her grandchildren to the island’s parks.
When the island was recently named one of the “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States” by Where to Retire Magazine, Roe and Steve were quick to lavish their own praises on the place they now call home.
“We weren’t surprised at all,” said Roe. “Every time friends come down to visit from Washington, DC they’re impressed with what we’ve found.”
“Everyone who visits loves the pace and the feel of the island,” added Steve. “And having the water close by – both the rivers and the ocean – is a huge plus.”
The magazine also cited the island’s appealing mix of businesses, amenities and professional sports offerings. Steve and Roe see the island’s close proximity to downtown Charleston and easy access to the airport as additional selling points. And the island has also proven to be a wonderful place for making new friends.
“When we moved here, we found that everybody on Daniel Island was pretty much transplanted as well. Everyone was really looking to connect with each other,” says Steve.
The Ferbers are also fans of Daniel Island’s climate and outdoor lifestyle.
“We love the weather,” says Steve. “We’re in heaven!”