55 Communities in South Carolina 

This page has 55 communities in South Carolina.  

To make it easier to understand areas of South Carolina let's divide them up into sections.   They are all popular for retirement :

beach on the "Grand Strand" at Myrtle BeachThe "Grand Strand" at Myrtle Beach - popular "playground" for beach lovers
  • Here we have the Myrtle Beach area which is very popular for seniors.  It has a variety of communities and different price ranges.  Home prices there are still affordable  but this situation may not last long if the area becomes more popular.  Therefore, we have a separate page for communities in Myrtle Beach on our site.  It's a residential area for those who like the ocean and seafood restaurants. It's a quieter part of the "Grand Strand."
charlestonaquarailing315minHistoric homes in Charleston with beautiful ornate balconies
  •  There is the Charleston area with Mt. Pleasant and Summerville nearby.  Charleston has 377 restaurants.  In fact, it is #7 for best foodie cities on Food and Wine magazine's list.  Charleston is a huge tourist city.   See my tour of historic homes in Charleston on my blog.
  • The Hilton Head Island area in Bluffton (the low country).  It has one of the most active retirement communities: Del Webb Hilton Head for a luxury home lifestyle near the ocean.  Also gaining in popularity here, is the newer Latitude in Margaritaville by Minto.
  • Northern areas include the Lake Wylie area with sailing, fishing and hiking with the cities of York and Greenville.  It's also not far from Charlotte, NC, a large metropolitan area.

Which one would you choose?

Contents: Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville
Myrtle Beach
Hilton Head
Lake Wylie
Fort Mill/Indian Land (Charlotte)
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55 Communities in South Carolina in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville 

Mt Pleasant

  • New  Encore - Restore at Carolina Park - Mt. Pleasant by David Weekley Homes.  Master community of Carolina Park.  Three collections starting in $499's for the garden series of single homes.  Lifestyle Coordinator for activities and recreational amenities.  Call for an appointment. 843-823-3020    
  • Coming Soon Point Hope by Del Webb - Mt. Pleasant near Charleston -  Clements Ferry Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC - 843-396-5900 - 55+ community in Point Hope master community  - Planned amenities include clubhouse, pools, and recreation.  Join on website the Interest List for updates.  About 30 miles to Summerville


  • The Ponds: A master planned community where you can find new homes or choose your lot and build your own.  Picture moss-draped oaks.  In Summerville 25 miles to Charleston. From upper $300's 
Cresswind Charleston SC community boating on pondCresswind Charleston - Photo by Kolter Homes
Crosswind Charleston community - boating on pondCresswind Charleston - Photo by Kolter Homes

LOCATION:  Summerville

FEATURE:    In master community The Ponds; Gated

CONTACT:   467 Hundred Oaks Pkwy, Summerville - 843-832-6100 - Open Daily 

Award winning homes by Kolter Homes - In master community The Ponds of 1000 acres and moss-draped oaks |  Clubhouse and pool |  Focus on fitness with a full fitness center, onsite YMCA and proposed aquatics |  Walk trails, rec fields, ponds and fishing, activities and more   |  2 and 3-bedroom medium to large single homes starting $395's.  |  Farmhouse Social Center. 
467 Hundred Oaks Pkwy, Summerville - 888-476-3017 - Open Daily

LOCATION:  Summerville

FEATURE:    Lakefront 55+ Community; Gated

CONTACT:   109 Magnolia House Dr., Summerville - 843-891-6675 - By appointment only

By K Hovnanian.  |  Centered around a lakes system with boating, boat ramp and storage, kayaking, fishing and more (verify).  |  Gated, clubhouse, pool, tennis, trails, outdoor amphitheater and more.  |  11 mi. to Summerville and about 30 mi. to Charleston.  |  Cottage-style designs  Small to large single homes from lower $400's.  

LOCATION:  Summerville

FEATURE:    In award-winning Nexton master community; gated

CONTACT:    Oak Park St. and Scholar Way, Nexton Parkway, Summerville - 866-216-0136 - Model Open Daily - also virtual online tours.

Gated community of 2-5 bedroom homes in award-winning Nexton master community. Starting $376's.

Indian Land

  • Coming Regency at Sugar Creek - By Toll Brothers - Harrisburg Rd., Indian Land, SC - 2 collections start $500's (verify) - Lancaster County - Clubhouse, pool, trails, recreation.  

Resale 55 Plus Communities near Charleston

Pines at Gahagan poolPines at Gahagan pool
  • Pines at Gahagan - Gated, boutique-size community by H&H Homes were priced from $200's. Large single homes. Clubhouse, pool with patio and other amenities.  Close to shopping and restaurants.   501 Gahagan Rd., Summerville
  • Dell Webb's Charleston - Summerville and 25 miles northwest of Charleston - Gated single-family homes within the master planned community of Cane Bay with miles of walking trails and many  amenities - started low $200's.  409 Coastal Bluff Way, Summerville  
  • Carillon at The Ponds  - Summerville - By DR Horton - one and two-story traditional homes in a gated community.  The Ponds is composed of 1950 acres and only 850 will be built on.  This is a small section of 56 homes for those over 55. Sold.  Amenities include:  
  • 21 miles of nature trails - 
  • saline pool -
  • Near YMCA -  
  • wooded areas - 

3, 4, and 5 bedroom homes started high Mid-$200's. 
326 Hundred Oaks Pkwy, Summerville  

  • Liberty Cottages at Park West - Mt. Pleasant - By Lennar.  3013 Rice Field Lane, Mt. Pleasant - See local Realtors.
  • The Elms -  North Charleston. Small to medium appealing cottage-styled single homes with 3 BR's and garage started from upper $100's to $200's.   Former plantation.  8 mi to downtown.  Resale--See local Realtors.  Amenities include: 
  •  fitness
  •  tennis 
  • walk paths 
  • electronic gated
  • clubhouse and pool
  • social activities  
    Elms Plantation Blvd., No. Charleston 

Ladson near Summerville Manufactured Homes 

  • Southern Palms Ladson SC - gated resale manufactured homes community between Summerville and Charleston  

Myrtle Beach 

Myrtle Beach at dawnSurfside Beach Myrtle Beach at dawn

Invigorating beaches along the Grand Strand, 60 miles of fun, sun, and sea.

Go here for Review and listings of Myrtle Beach retirement communities (separate page).

Also see the review of Jensen manufactured homes over 55 communities from our trip to Myrtle Beach.

55 Communities in South Carolina coastal:  the "low country"


Fact about Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton by Del Webb: This is possibly the most active Del Webb community with over 100 clubs and organizations.  See our blog about large communities.  It has:

  • 3 18-hole golf courses (in an area that is known for golf)  
  • 3 Fitness Centers
  • 6 Pools
  • Woodworker's Shop
  • Bocce
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Road Scholar travel program
Sun City Hilton Head clubhouseClubhouse

Sun City Hilton Head

LOCATION  Bluffton:

FEATURE:  Near beaches of Hilton Head Island; Starts $401s; Gated

CONTACT:  138 Kings Creek Dr., Bluffton - 877-785-8319; Walk-in customers welcome 

Over 55 new single ranch homes by Del Webb at Bluffton -  premier community in the Carolinas with wide range of prices and floor plans.  Small to large 1, 2 and 3-bedroom contemporary single homes.  3 collections.  Three 18-hole golf courses.  New plans start $401's.

Hilton Head 

CCRC Community on Hilton Head Island

  • The Cypress of Hilton Head - Award winning luxury continuing care retirement community located in Hilton Head Plantation - Home ownership - Cottages, villas and apartments for 62+ - Many social and recreational activities including 3-hole golf.
    20 Lady Slipper Lane, Hilton Head Island - 800-458-8585

Resale 55+ homes in Hilton Head

  • The Haven at New Riverside by Del Webb - Bluffton  |   Gated resort community  | 
    Approx. 500 2-3 bedroom medium to large single ranch homes. Amenities include:
  • Recreation: Pool, tennis, fishing, Fitness, pickleball, bocce, biking and walking
  • Road Scholar
  • Medium sized homes started low $220's.

138 Kings Creek Court, Bluffton 

  • Riverbend - By Del Webb  |  A gated neighborhood of Sun City Hilton Head and 15 miles from Hilton Head  |  Large custom homes on wooded lots  |  2 golf courses  |  access to Sun City Center amenities.  Resales.  138 Kings Creek Dr., Hilton Head.

Lake Wylie and Indian Land

LOCATION:  Lake Wylie, York SC (location on Lake Wylie)

FEATURE:    lakeside; planned 37-slip marina (verify)

CONTACT:   Kolter Homes

Single homes priced from $400's -  If you can put up with a commercial, here is a nice you tube video by a Realtor doing a walk through of Handsmill The Gentry - 55 plus community by Kolter (please verify all information in video as we are not responsible for third party information)

  • Coming Regency at Sugar Creek - By Toll Brothers - Harrisburg Rd., Indian Land, SC - 2 collections start $500's (verify) - Lancaster County - Clubhouse, pool, trails, recreation.  

Greenville - western south carolina

More affordability in this area than other parts of South Carolina.  It is about 102 miles to Charlotte, NC, and 63 miles to Asheville, NC.  

  •  Pennington Farms Sold

LOCATION:  Anderson (Greenville area)

FEATURE:  Near shopping and historic downtown Anderson

CONTACT:  118 Rossmoor Court, Anderson, SC  

By Freedom Homes  |  Large 3 and 4-bedroom stylish single ranch homes started in $220's.  |  Low maintenance lifestyle (verify)  |  Near country clubs, medical center and YMCA.

Resale homes in Fort mill and indian land, sc (south of charlotte, nc)

  • Carolina Orchards


FEATURE:    Resort Amenities

CONTACT:  1277 Carolina Orchards Blvd., Fort Mill, SC -  

By Del Webb  |  Small to large 2-bedroom ranch homes were from mid-$200's (now starting $400's) |  Indoor and outdoor pools.  |  Fort Mill is near the NC border.  SOLD

Carolina Lakes model home

Sun City Carolina Lakes by Del Webb - Fort Mill near Charlotte metro area and 5 miles from North Carolina border - 18-hole golf - lakes - miles of walking trails. Single homes started from $212,999. Over 100 clubs. Five collections. 5074 Grandview Dr., Fort Mill  

Lancaster over 55 communities

  • Tree Tops - Sold out

LOCATION:  Lancaster

FEATURE:   Guard gated; Resort Amenities

CONTACT:   3040 Arches Bluff Circle, Lancaster, SC  

By Lennar  |  South of Charlotte  |  Gated community of single homes with a nature theme  |  Access to 10-acre lake  |  Lagoon and lap pools and social activities  |  Pricing started mid-$200's.

  • Edgewater--the Cottages

LOCATION:  Lancaster

FEATURE:   On Fishing Creek lake with marina; golf

CONTACT:  21228 Sanctuary Dr., Lancaster  - 803-709-8503 - Open daily

Active adult community with resort amenities currently and more planned for future - cottage-styled homes - small to medium sized homes started in mid-$200's. Near U of South Carolina with free classes for seniors (verify)  

Most Popular on this page (updated quarterly by click-through rate) 

  1. Margaritaville - Hilton Head
  2. The Ponds - Summerville
  3. Cresswind Charleston

Related pages for South Carolina 

See the Myrtle Beach Retirement Communities page

Cresswind model home in Myrtle Beach

South Carolina communities with no age restriction

ocean beach in South Carolina

Also, see Best Guide's blog about the Charleston Tour of historic homes.

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