Myrtle Beach is an important retirement destination with many 55+ communities in Myrtle Beach for every price range. The senior population here is 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.It is also a popular vacation destination along the Grand Strand.
Cities mentioned on this page: Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Conway, Surfside Beach, Little River
Cresswind Myrtle Beach - By award-winning Kolter Homes. Named one of the "top 50 Best Master-Planned Communities" in the United States by Where to Retire magazine. It ranked as the best active adult community in Myrtle Beach in 2017. Resort-style community with 2- and 3-bedroom detached single homes and 2-car garages started $300's.
Near the airport, only about a mile to The Market Common with shops and restaurants, Myrtle Beach State Park, Grand Strand Regional Hospital and more. Very close to ocean amenities. 1947 Cresswind Blvd. (Farrow Pkwy and Cresswind Blvd) - Myrtle Beach
Carillon at Tuscany - Sold Out - By D R Horton - 55 community of single family homes in master community Tuscany - 3 bedroom medium to large homes started in low $200's. Amenities include Clubhouse, Fitness, Pool, walking trails, fishing lakes and more. 4 different communities here - 4073 Belle Terre Blvd., Myrtle Beach - See local Realtors
Waters Edge - In North Myrtle Beach by Freedom Homes - Gated over 55 community of single homes started in mid-$260's.
1130 Inlet View Dr., North Myrtle Beach
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 by Jensen is on the southern section of The Grand Strand. 4353 Erie Dr., Little River - See our review of Jensen Communities
Eagle Crest Retirement Residence - Apartment Homes by Holiday - includes meals, housekeeping. 843-448-9300
Covenant Towers - Condominiums near Pine Lake Golf Course on 9 acres. See Independent Living listing below.
Ocean Pines/Magnolia Grove - By Jensen at Myrtle Beach Garden City Beach (No longer sold under the jensen banner--is now Sun Communities) - 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. Contact Sun at their website or phone 888-757-8749. My Review.
Seasons at Prince Creek West - Murrells Inlet - Sold Out - In the best location and close to ocean. This over 55 community offers homes with community amenities - started in the $200's. See local Realtors for resale. 136 Grand Cypress Way, Murrells Inlet See our Review of Seasons at Prince Creek West
Belle Mer - Sold Out - Medium to large homes started $260's. Clubhouse, pool, social activities. Low country and craftsman-styled. Bill Clark Homes are not designated as age restricted but may be focused on seniors (verify). Between Surfside Beach and main Myrtle Beach areas. See local Realtors.
1045 Beaver Run Blvd., Hwy 17 and Coventry Rd.
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. Were priced from $100's for home only (verify). 144 Lakeside Crossing Dr., Conway - See Sun Communities or local Realtors
The Lakes at Myrtle Beach - Sold Out - DR Horton - 3 and 4-bedroom single homes were from low $200's. Check back with the builder for any community expansions. 240 Wateree River Rd., Myrtle Beach
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. Verify all information. 101 Myrtle Trace Dr., Conway, SC
Arrowhead Grand - 15 minutes to ocean and near Intracoastal Waterway - Large Mediterranean-styled homes in gated community within the larger Arrowhead golf course community (verify) - included features - Bill Clark Homes-not age-restricted but senior-focused (verify). Abcaw Blvd. off Hwy 501, Myrtle Beach
Cottages at Shaftesbury - Conway - Golf course community by H&H Homes with clubhouse, pool, dock, Pro Shop, bar and grill, free golf and more (verify). Small to spacious homes started $180's. 583 Shaftesbury Lane, Conway
Reflections - Over 55 gated community in Conway of single homes by Freedom Homes - Medium to spacious homes started in upper $100's. Amenities include clubhouse, pool and park area. Hardee Ave., Conway
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. Started $100's. See local Realtors.
"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.) See their website for all Bill Clark Homes.
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 - started in $240's. 11157 SC 707, Murrel's Inlet
Surfside Beach Club - Sold out - Large homes in gated community started $300's. 6 miles to International Airport - l.7 miles to beach. Off Highway 17 Bypass. See local Realtors for resales.
This is the order of communities and route I took starting at Murrells Inlet. (Verify all information.)
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 $!00's. There are also villa homes starting in the $75,000. Occupancy fee. Call for details 843-353-6440 - 101 Brightwater Dr.
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.
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.
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.
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
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