The state of South Carolina is full of desirable 55+ communities that have a lot to offer residents, but these five rise above the rest for their easy access to popular lakes and rivers, as well as their extra amenities like community docks, boat slips, and storage.
Savannah Lakes Village - McCormick
This large community is a water lover’s dream with 25 miles of shoreline that follow along Lake Thurmond — a 71,000-acre lake located in McCormick, SC.
Savannah Lakes Village has a total of 4,800 homes spread throughout a number of neighborhoods. And, it’s made up of a combination of single-family and attached homes that are available on both a new or resale basis. For potential homebuyers who can’t get enough of the lake, there are even homesites with lake views available.
Single-family homes range in size from 1,900 to 4,000 square feet of living space and can have up to five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and an attached garage. The attached homes in Savannah Lakes are a desirable option to consider for a low-maintenance lifestyle. They range from 1,200 to 2,400 square feet and can have up to four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and an attached garage.
Residents who love being on the water will enjoy the community’s many organized clubs that are dedicated to all things water, with everything from kayaking and canoeing clubs to water skiing and sailing. Other amenities within the community include a 23,000 square-foot recreation center, bowling alley, fitness center, two 18-hole golf courses, and on-site restaurants.
Four Seasons at The Lakes of Cane Bay - Summerville
Four Seasons at The Lakes of Cane Bay is one of the newest 55+ communities in South Carolina. It features a variety of new single-family homes that are for sale starting in the low $200s. Current plans call for 800 homes upon completion.
Homes come in a wide selection of floor plans and designs for potential homeowners to choose. The gated, resort-style community is ideal for residents looking for easy access to water as it is centered around a 300-acre lake that’s perfect for fishing and boating. The development also features boat ramps and storage for residents to use.
A 20,000 square-foot clubhouse sits lakeside and boasts a top-notch fitness center as well as indoor and outdoor pools. Other notable amenities include an outdoor amphitheater, community garden square, several athletic courts, and walking and biking trails.
Grayrock Village at Lake Ridge - Fort Mill
Grayrock Village at Lake Ridge is a small community located in Fort Mill, just a short distance from the area’s popular Lake Wylie. The man-made lake is 12,455 acres, has more than 300 miles of shoreline, and sits right on the North and South Carolina state line.
The lake also has a public boat ramp that’s situated directly beside the Lake Ridge community and there are a number of public marinas also within close proximity that make it easy for residents to dock their boats. Additionally, the Catawba River is nearby and provides another great option for boating and fishing trips.
Both new and resale single-family homes are available coming in several different designs and floor plans. Notable amenities in the neighborhood include the Lake Ridge Clubhouse, a fitness center, outdoor pool, two tennis courts, and walking and biking trails. There are also many social clubs and organizations to participate in, including book club, bunco, couples golf, and Zumba classes.
Palmetto Shores - The Cove - Chapin
Palmetto Shores - The Cove is a low-maintenance community that’s located on the banks of Lake Murray in Chapin. Located in the Palmetto Shores master-planned community, residents enjoy shared community amenities.
The neighborhood’s direct access to the lake is one of its biggest draws along with the community dock and boat launch. There’s also boat storage close by for residents who own their own boat.
Homes in Palmetto Shores are low-maintence with first-floor master suites. Sizes range from approximately 1,720 to 2,641 square feet and can feature up to three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, plus a two-car garage.
Executive Courtyards at Lake Carolina - West Columbia
Executive Courtyards at Lake Carolina is the smallest of the five active adult communities in South Carolina that are big on boating with only 45 single-family homes in total. It’s an age-restricted neighborhood with new and resale homes on the market.
Homes range in size from around 1,500 to 1,700 square feet of living space with two floor plans. Residents will love the community’s close proximity to Lake Carolina with easy boat access from the Executive Courtyard’s docks.
Walking trails also lead to the lake providing a tranquil retreat where homeowners can enjoy the fresh air and scenic views of Lake Carolina. Beyond the outdoor amenities that are centered around the lake, Executive Courtyards has an expansive clubhouse that’s a hub for activity and socializing with a cozy lounge and indoor fireplace where residents can relax and unwind.