South Carolina
Retirement Communities

...great climate for retirement

South Carolina Retirement Communities in this section are not age-qualified but are good for retirement.  For over 55 communities in South Carolina, please go to:

55+ South Carolina or

Myrtle Beach for over 55.

Feel the wet sand between your toes..the rising sun on the horizon promises another lazy day at the beach..the climate is warmer along the coastal areas. If this is your dream, read on.

South Carolina is also loved by golfers. In the Spring, golfers come to this state for its warm climate and golf.  Myrtle Beach with its approximate 100 golf courses, twenty of which have been ranked in the top 100 by Golf Digest, is a popular golf and retirement destination.

Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach are the most popular areas for a coastal retirement; other retirement areas are Aiken (horse country), Augusta, Charleston, Greenville, the lake areas, and more. 

Golf is so popular in South Carolina that you will find most communities have golf courses nearby even if it is not included at the community--but please check.

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Lakes, golf and equestrian | Lakes with Golf | Equestrian | Coastal

Places on this page:

  • Aiken
  • Augusta
  • Bluffton
  • Callahassee Island
  • Georgetown
  • Hilton Head
  • Kingstree
  • Lake Greenwood
  • Lake Thurmond (McCormick)
  • Myrtle Beach non-age restricted 
  • Pawley's Island

Active retirement communities with Lakes, Golf and Equestrian  

New and Resale

Aiken  (also see equestrian)

  • The Reserve at Woodside Plantation -  Aiken SC - master-planned community. Niklaus golf course - equestrian. 2 hours to Carolina beaches. Low maintenance villas to estates. 30 acres of nature preserves with ponds for fishing. Offers "The Reserve Club."  See The Cloisters luxury community.  
    1411 Silver Bluff Rd. - Ph: 803-641-9663
  • Cedar Creek - Aiken - Small quaint town - University of South Carolina nearby - Aiken Branch is here with Academy of Lifelong Learning.

Newest neighborhood features 1/2 acre wooded lots backing to green space.  Senior Wellness Center.  Village Green.  Smaller patio homes and assisted living center are planned for future (verify).

See list of resales on their site.  18-hole semi-private golf course by Arthur Hills. Miles of walking trails, designated bicycle lane and more. Cedar Creek  - Ph: 800-937-5362

North Augusta

  • Mount Vintage Plantation and Golf Club North Augusta, South Carolina and minutes to Augusta Georgia and Aiken SC - Athletic Center, Equestrian facility, 5000 acres, town center. Maintenance-free community. Walking and biking. Patio homes start $300's. Lots available. Mount Vintage Plantation and Golf Club
    Ph: 888-271-3330

Lake and Golf  

New and Resale

Lake Greenwood

  • Grand Harbor Golf and Yacht Club On Lake Greenwood.  3 neighborhoods - Also, award-winning golf - variety of homestyles. Homesites start less than $50,000.  Homes from mid-$200's (verify). Exclusive gated.  Patriot Golf Course.  Grand Harbor Marina with 80 boat slips. See link for The Plantation neighborhood, below. Grand Harbor Golf and Yacht Club - 
  • Also see the Canoe Bay Townhouse neighborhood for low maintenance lifestyle starting low $300's (verify prices with local Realtors).
    200 Grand Harbor Blvd., Ninety-six, SC - Ph: 877-401-6330 

McCormick-Lake Thurmond

  • Savannah Lakes Village - McCormick. On Lake Thurmond. Lake Thurmond is 90% underdeveloped and is the largest man-made lake East of Mississippi.

 This is one of the more affordable communities with lake amenities. Homesites start at $25,000 - golf sites start at $50,000 and lakefront $85,000-370,000. Homes $160's and up. Ideal for boating and fishing and 2 golf courses. Unique climate nestled in forests. New homes available.  Savannah Lakes Village  - 5812 U.S. Highway 378 W. - Ph: 864-391-4116  

Hilton Head (also see Coastal)

  • Callahassee Island Near Hilton Head - Wildlife habitat. 27-hole championship golf, tennis, fitness, deep water docks. Homes from $300,000.  Homesites from $100,000.  Resales.  See local Realtors.


Aiken--the Center of the Equestrian Culture

  • Brigadoon - Near Aiken in the heart of thoroughbred country - equestrian community - 2 polo fields- see local Realtors.
  • Kalmia Landing - Aiken - charming smaller community is very near the University of South Carolina in Aiken with continuing education.   Also near the Aiken regional medical center. Resale homes and lots. Not equestrian community but area is equestrian center of SC.  Kalmia Landing - Ph: 803-642-9765 (office hours)
The Ridge at Chukker Creek pondPhoto by The Ridge

The Ridge at Chukker Creek -  Aiken - Unique features make this community interesting - all-age community has a retirement focus - equestrian facilities - considered a "green" community (for savings on energy and maintenance), homes are built to green-built guidelines. See their website for all the details.

Spring-fed pond, Nature Preserve, Athletic complex, trail network, waterfront community center and more. The Ridge at Chukker Creek in Aiken - Ph: 803-502-1030

Also see: Mount Vintage Plantation and The Plantation communities under Golf category, above.  Also, Grand Harbor, under lakes, has equestrian facilities.

Go to our page on Equestrian Communities in the U.S.


shrimp boats in South CarolinaShrimp boats near Hilton Head

Hilton Head/Bluffton/Beaufort/Savannah

  • Overlook at Battery Creek Beaufort - From mid $300's - Marsh views. Minutes to historic Beaufort, Hilton Head, Savannah and Charleston. Quiet and scenic coastal area.

Hilton Head Island

  • Hampton Pointe - The Villa Collection - By Toll Brothers - Minutes to Hilton Head Island. Gated country club style neighborhood with golf, tennis, pool, miles of walk and bike paths, activities and more.
    Hampton Pointe Blvd., Hardeeville, SC - See local Realtors


  • Hampton Lakes Community - Bluffton - Discovery package. Freshwater lake community near Hilton Head. The new Amenity Village will be the focal point of activities. Adults-only pool with cabanas. Also, boathouse, dog park, fitness and more.

Vacation Rentals in South Carolina:

  • The Arbors at Hampton Lakes - By K Hovnanian - cottage-styled single homes from low $300's.  20 Hampton Lake Dr.

See their Vacation Ownership program where you can come part of the year and rent out your home when you aren't there.   
20 Hampton Lake Dr., Bluffton - Ph: 866-875-LAKE - 3-day Discovery Program (see rules)

Myrtle Beach Non-Age Restricted

For Age-restricted, see over 55 communities at Myrtle Beach

  • Woodland Valley 300 acres - nature preserve - walking trails, lakes, clubhouse, golf. 15 minutes from North Myrtle Beach - golf course community.  Gated custom homes and home sites.  Nature trails through 100 acres of conservation area. Developers retained a large amount of the tree life providing a buffer between homes.

Near Grand Strand but a less congested area. Near Grand Strand Regional Hospital and Coastal Carolina Univ. for continuing education. See local Realtors.

model home in South Carolina

See our Review and listings of Over 55 Retirement Communities at Myrtle Beach (11)

Pawley's Island

Pawleys Island marshesThe haunting beauty of Pawleys Island at dusk

New by Lennar:

The Colony at Pawleys Island - 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach and 70 miles north of Charleston - 49 medium to large single homes - experience a unique lifestyle - Charleston-styled homes - Enjoy area amenities from golf to canoeing, bicycling, tennis and beaches.
88 Southgate Court, Pawleys Island, SC - 843-471-9814

Georgetown (30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach area):

  • Riverhouse Georgetown - By Litchfield - Homesites from $59,900. Gated, boat storage, docks, outdoor fire pit, pool, private boat ramp, tennis.
  • Harbor Club Near Georgetown marina. Deep water slips, views of Winyah Bay, walking trails, natural lakes - 5 miles from Atlantic jetties. 
  • Cravens Grant Georgetown - gated waterfront community in "Low Country" on Winyah Bay. Four rivers and Intracoastal waterway meet. Charleston-style homes with porches. Boat dock (verify).
    2449 Sandy Bay Rd., Kingstree, SC - See local Realtors

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