This is a popular vacation destination plus the senior population has been increasing. The area has 3 hospitals, a Market Commons (combination of residences and retail), the ocean beaches, shopping, restaurants, abundant entertainment venues and more. In other words, something for everyone.
First Trip: A look back at my first visit
Driving down highway 40, I saw one billboard after another advertising retirement communities at Myrtle Beach and new homes.
Everywhere in South Carolina are the tall dark-needled pines. They have always been there and probably always will be. Also sprinkled among them are the palms which give a nice tropical feeling.
The sand at the beach is very soft and powdery and creamy white. I was surprised to find the water warm as a bath this June day. There was no chill upon going in. The sun gave off intense warmth and the morning walk along the beach was extremely energizing.
I also found roadside farm stands loaded with sweet and fresh local produce like peaches, cantaloupe, golden squash, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and local honey.
We were lucky to find a hotel at North Myrtle Beach steps to the sand at a reasonable price.
I went to Myrtle Beach with the purpose of finding retirement communities for over 55 and review the area. There is so much new home development going on right now at Myrtle Beach you would think there was going to be an invasion of baby boomers. (It turns out I was right about that!)
Before you even get to Myrtle Beach, there are developments. I found many along route 210. It looked like here you could find a lot for putting your single family manufactured home on.
There were also new communities that are great for retirement but not age restricted.
Myrtle Beach started out as a small beach town some 50 years ago but it is very obviously now a large resort area, and still growing, with housing for seniors in every price range.
Myrtle Beach, also known as the Grand Strand, is divided into 3 parts which are the northern end, the central part and the southern end. North Myrtle Beach is a little more quiet, relatively speaking, the center section has the large million dollar resorts and the southern end generally has some of the nicest residential areas including Murrells Inlet and Surfside Beach.
It is a 60-mile stretch filled with shopping, restaurants, golf, hotels and condominiums. The main road that goes along the Strand besides Ocean Blvd. is highway 17.
Cresswind Myrtle Beach Cresswind Myrtle Beach By award-winning Kolter Homes - Resort-style community with 2- and 3-bedroom single homes and 2-car garages starting in the mid-$200's. Not over 55 but there are features designed for active adults.
Area amenities include:
I would recommend making an appointment before going, if you want time with an agent, as this community is very popular.
Location: 1947 Cresswind Blvd. (Farrow Pkwy and Cresswind Blvd) - Myrtle Beach - For more information: 843-848-9988 - Open Daily
Coming Del Webb at Myrtle Beach - In the master community of Grande Dunes - Be updated by signing up on their website. Medium to large homes with resort amenities including golf. This area is out of the congested areas but convenient to all the restaurants, beaches, and activities associated with Myrtle Beach. Some plans have private suites for guests (verify). Price coming.
6200 62nd Avenue North, Myrtle Beach - 866-271-5745
Carillon at Tuscany Carillon at Tuscany - New homes by D R Horton - 55 community of single family homes in master community Tuscany - 3 bedroom medium to large homes start in low $200's. Amenities include Clubhouse, Fitness, Pool, walking trails, fishing lakes and more.
4 different communities here - Carillon is for over 55.
4073 Belle Terre Blvd., Myrtle Beach - 843-903-7230 - Open Daily but appointments are recommended
New Waters Edge - In North Myrtle Beach by Freedom Homes - Gated over 55 community of single homes starting in mid-$200's.
1130 Inlet View Dr., North Myrtle Beach - 843-655-0347
Country Lakes Country Lakes At Little River. This is one of the retirement communities at Myrtle Beach of manufactured homes by Jensen Residential Communities. Jensen's builds land lease manufactured home communities for over 55.This is a gated community. Another over 55 community of Jensen's is on the southern section of The Grand Strand. 4353 Erie Dr., Little River - See our review of Jensen Communities
Eagle Crest Retirement Residence Eagle Crest Retirement Residence - Apartment Homes by Holiday - includes meals, housekeeping. 843-448-9300
Covenant Towers Covenant Towers - Condominiums near Pine Lake Golf Course on 9 acres. See Independent Living listing below.
Ocean Pines Manufactured Home Community
Ocean Pines/Magnolia Grove - By Jensen at Myrtle Beach Garden City Beach - I reviewed this manufactured homes community -- see review for an affordable and very nice community close to the beach and the famous Brook Green Gardens. 3196 Moonshadow Lane, Garden City Beach near The Grand Strand. There is an office on site but best to call first.
Seasons at Prince Creek
Seasons at Prince Creek West Murrells Inlet - In the best location and close to ocean. This over 55 community offers homes with community amenities starting in the $200's. Few new homes left. See local Realtors for resale.
136 Grand Cypress Way, Murrells Inlet - Call for appt to see new while they last: 843-945-1880
Belle Mer - New medium to large homes start $260's. Clubhouse, pool, social activities. Four models to view. Low country and craftsman-styled. Bill Clark Homes not age restricted. Between Surfside Beach and main Myrtle Beach areas. Belle Mer
1045 Beaver Run Blvd., Hwy 17 and Coventry Rd. - 843-504-4544
Lakeside Crossing - Conway - Manufactured homes development. This location is further back from the beach between route 501 and 544, but still relatively close. Clubhouse, spa, social amenities, recreation and on-site social director. Priced from low $100's for home only. Some new sites now.
144 Lakeside Crossing Dr., Conway - Lakeside Crossing at Myrtle Beach
The Lakes at Myrtle Beach SOLD The Lakes at Myrtle Beach - DR Horton - 3 and 4-bedroom single homes were from low $200's.
SOLD OUT but check back with the builder for any community expansions.
240 Wateree River Rd., Myrtle Beach - 843-646-2353
Myrtle Trace Myrtle Trace - 518 homes - DR Horton - resales - 15 lakes - 2 and 3-bedroom single homes - Phase 1 began 1980 and last phase was in 2005. Charming neighborhood with serene ambience. Low homeowners. Clubhouse, pool and more. There is a hospital and outlet shops in Conway.
101 Myrtle Trace Dr., Conway, SC - See local Realtors.
Arrowhead Grand - 15 minutes to ocean and near Intracoastal Waterway - Mediterranean-styled large homes in gated community within the larger Arrowhead golf course community (verify) - included features - Start $250's. Bill Clark Homes-not age-restricted. Arrowhead Grand Abcaw Blvd. off Hwy 501 - 843-997-9758
New Cottages at Shaftesbury - Conway - Golf course community by H&H Homes with clubhouse, pool, dock, Pro Shop, bar and grill, free golf and more. Small to spacious homes starting $160's. Cottages at Shaftesbury
583 Shaftesbury Lane, Conway -
Coming Reflections - Over 55 gated community in Conway of single homes by Freedom Homes - Medium to spacious homes start in low $200's.
Amenities include clubhouse, pool and park area.
Hardee Ave. - 843-655-0347
Woodlake Village Woodlake Village - Murrells Inlet 13 miles south of Myrtle Beach on the Coast. 450 homes - resale. Indian Wells golf course adjacent. Resort amenities. Low homeowners fee. Start $100's.
"Seafood Capital of the World."
Bill Clark Homes does not classify their communities as age-restricted but, depending on the community, the majority of residents at their Myrtle Beach area communities are over 55 (please verify with the community.)
Pheasant Run at Collins Creek - Between Murrell's Inlet and Surfside Beach off Rte 707 at Pheasant Run Dr. - By Bill Clark Homes. 79 spacious homes on wooded and lake view lots - start in $240's.
11157 SC 707, Murrel's Inlet - 843-504-4544 - Pheasant Run
Surfside Beach Club - In final phase - Large homes in gated community starts $300's. 6 miles to International Airport - l.7 miles to beach. Off Highway 17 Bypass - 843-340-3457. Surfside Beach Club
This is the order of communities and route I took starting at Murrells Inlet. (Verify all information.)
Covenant Towers - Covenant Towers - There is a skilled nursing facility located on the campus - Adjacent to Pine Lakes County Club - Choose your apartment size from studios to 2 bedrooms with dens with balcony.
5001 Little River Rd., Myrtle Beach - 843-449-2484
Brightwater - This is a continuum of care community for independent, assisted living, memory care and more. Some may prefer this style of community. For independent living, there are cottage homes starting in the high $200's. There are also villa homes starting in the mid-$100's. Occupancy fee. Call for details 843-353-6440 - 101 Brightwater Dr.
I found a magazine, "Grand Strand New Home Guide," that markets many of these retirement communities at Myrtle Beach. I recommend that you pick up a copy. It is free and I found it very helpful. You can get it by going to their website at New Home Guides
Myrtle Beach SC listings (this page)