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.
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.
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
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 low $200's. Not over 55 but there are features active adults would enjoy.
Area amenities include:
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 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.
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 just the low $200's.
Lakeside Crossing 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.
144 Lakeside Crossing Dr., Conway - Lakeside Crossing at Myrtle Beach
The Lakes at Myrtle Beach The Lakes at Myrtle Beach - DR Horton - 3 and 4-bedroom single homes from the $220's.
1 home left but check back with the builder because the community may be expanded.
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. Low homeowners. Clubhouse, pool and more. There is a hospital and outlet shops in Conway.
101 Myrtle Trace Dr., Conway, SC
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."
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
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
Jensen Country Lakes