South Carolina appeals to retirees because of the tax write-offs, moderate Mediterranean climate, and diverse active adult communities. Unlike jampacked Floridan retirement communities, where senior citizens have to wait hours to enjoy the community amenities, SC is less crowded. Be it golf, magnificent geographical feat, or equestrian facilities, the elders can enjoy everything with peace and tranquility.
5 Most Popular Destinations For Retirement In South Carolina
1. Anderson Farms, Aiken
Aiken Farm checks out all the points a horse lover is looking for: equine-friendly parks, walking trails, horse riding and workout rings, a community barn, and access to the riding-friendly courses of both Anderson Farms and the neighboring Hollow Creek Nature Preserve. Dubbed “South’s Best Small Town” by the Southern Living Magazine, this 600-acre equestrian community boasts ranches and modern house layouts featuring 2 to 8-acre plots. There are flowing waterways, hilly terrain, and a scenic paradise for all residents inside the community—all within 20 minutes of downtown Aiken.
Anderson Farms doesn’t have strict guidelines for home design; the homeowners can buy their plots ($25,000-$30,000/acre) and design the property according to their equine needs upon following the building guidelines and bylaws. The retirees live a hassle-free life as the Anderson Farms Property Owners Association (AFPOA) ensures the aesthetic appeal of the home and landscapes and takes care of the community amenities (chicken coop, equine facilities, gardens) and street maintenance.
2. Kiawah River Estates, Johns Island
What can be better than Kiawah River Estates for water activity enthusiasts as the lavish gated community near the intersection of three South Carolina Sea Islands: Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns Islands? The strategic location of the estate near the Atlantic Ocean and Haulover Creek, the residents enjoy boating, fishing, and fun water activities at the ocean and intercoastal waterways. Thanks to the Bohicket Marina’s expansive design (200 feet) and modern docking features, residents can anchor their superyachts and leave for yacht charters whenever they want.
Just because there are a lot of water activities involved with the Kiawah River Estates community doesn’t imply that the residents will feel stranded and out of metro perks. The residents can maintain an active land-bound lifestyle through the Kiawah River Estates courts (tennis & pickleball courts, shuffleboard, basketball) and access to Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Moreover, the Freshfields Village and Bohicket Marina Village provide exclusive shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences, while the Historic downtown Charleston is only 20 miles away.
3. Sun City, Hilton Head
Sun City offers a plethora of amenities (spa, boutiques, gaming) and activities (golfing, water activities, or strolls at the powder white beaches) to keep the senior citizens occupied. This 5,725-acre active-adult community drew the attention of many elders through clubs and groups (ceramics studios, sewing, photography, computer, cards, and billiards) where similar-minded individuals can share their hobbies. Also, the Magnolia Hall and Prickney Hall host movie premiers, ballrooms, and meeting spaces- helping the residents better bond with the community and recent trends.
The community management controls the property maintenance tasks such as lawn care, security, and standard amenities (pools, fitness center). Since the Sun City homes are predominantly single-family properties of 1000-4000 sqft and beyond, it suits the retirees seeking privacy or willing to downsize. Also, the carefully designed single-story layout makes the property upkeep and moving around the house more accessible for the seniors.
4. The Cliffs at Glassy, Landrum
The Cliffs at Glassy is an animal and wilderness lovers’ paradise courtesy of hiking and biking trails, dog parks, hang gliding, and wildlife viewing. Although this scenic mountain community is nestled in nature, it presents a plethora of amenities for the seniors: a clubhouse, wellness center, outdoor swimming pool, sports courts, hair salon, and a stunning cliffside chapel. The community possesses the only mountaintop golf course in South Carolina -Glassy Mountain Golf Course- 3,000 feet above sea level.
On a clear day, the residents can enjoy 75 miles of unobtrusive view of the Glassy Mountain. However, the recreational activities at The Cliffs at Glassy go beyond solo mountain gazing; they promote communal activities with a wide variety of clubs, such as weekly events at the sunset pavilion, gardening, bicycling, singing, and card games. Considering the proximity to NC and SC (short 15-20 minute drives), residents can meet friends and families from both states.
5. Brays Island, Sheldon
Brays Island is the perfect neighborhood for boomers dreaming of living idle days like the Wild West era. Acclaimed as “America’s Premier Sporting Community,” it provides a variety of high-quality hunting, fresh and saltwater fishing, and shooting opportunities. From shooting expo, 30+ pointing dogs, and hunting seminars to deer herd management and fly fishing Cobia, Brays Island has everything a pro or newbie sportsman wants. Yet, this 5,500-acre private community is located an hour from Charleston and Savannah and less than 30 minutes from Beaufort.
Brays Island management decided to uphold the customs of the southern plantation – the perfect setup for a traditionalist retiree. Brays Island community’s unique residential layout suits the necessities of individuals with miles of private outdoor space. The community has only 325 individual (1 acre ) lots dispersed across the neighborhood, leaving 94% of the area available for outdoor activities.
Thanks to versatile retirement communities where individuals can find their homes based on hobbies and activities, retirees are leaning more towards purchasing properties in the private communities of SC. Owing to the state’s acclaimed golf courses and topography, the boomers are flocking here to make it their forever home.