Beautiful Cities and Towns With A Variety
Oyster roasts and Frogmore stew are just some of
the diverse culinary treats that await newcomers to the Low Country of South Carolina. Retirees moving to this unique
region to live along its challenging fairways and on its sandy beaches find themselves immersed in a culture quite unlike
anything they have encountered back home in the Mid-west or East. With a sense of tradition and heritage lingering from
the Old South and spurred by a surge of golf course communities and resort developments, South Carolina's
coastal region presents a lifestyle and quality of life that is both hospitable and full of opportunities for fun and adventure.
Extending from the Grand Strand surrounding Myrtle Beach southward to Charleston and beyond to Beaufort
and Hilton Head, this is one of the most popular and fastest growing retirement areas in the entire country.
Vacationers, long attracted to Myrtle Beach for its beautiful, wide beaches and its more than 100 public
golf courses, are now returning to retire here, and now, as prices climb for prime real estate, developers of new retirement
communities are pushing further inland to a number of smaller towns, heretofore by-passed as retirement destinations.
Charleston Offers Traditional Neighborhood
Living or Waterfront Luxury
The epicenter of the Low Country is Charleston, an historic and architectural jewel that draws thousands of visitors each
year to wander its tree-lined streets and lush gardens and stroll through its unique shops and galleries. Beneath this pleasant
and exciting facade is a city with grace and charm, one whose beautifully restored buildings, quiet residential neighborhoods
and surrounding small towns offer an exciting array of housing choices for gracious retirement living.
Towns Near Lakes and Mountains
But great retirement living in South Carolina is not limited to the coastal areas.
In fact, for anyone searching for a place to retire in the mountains or retire near the water, the lakes and mountains of the Up Country in the northwest corner of the
state may be even more inviting than the oceanfront. Here, you will find a combination of pristine lakes, mild four
season weather and picturesque small towns, such as Seneca, Clemson and Pendleton, all resting in the shadows of the Blue
This is a slower-paced
lifestyle, yet still with outstanding golf, not to mention acres of mountain woodlands and a varied selection of waterfront
properties. Residents have access to the advantages of quality health care facilities, a nationally-known university and an
interesting variety of shopping and commercial areas.
For many, the retirement destination of choice is Aiken, a small city with a population of about 26,000, located just
a short distance from Augusta, Georgia. Noted for its rolling green pastures, steeplechase races and well-manicured horse farms,
Aiken is also home to a number of residential golf course communities specifically targeted to the retirement market. In stark
contrast to some of the crowded, congested coastal regions, life here moves at a slower pace, one where steeplechases and
polo matches take the place of surfing and deep sea fishing.