The Best Small 55+ Communities in South Carolina


Sometimes bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to where you live. There are many positive attributes that come with living in smaller communities, which often provide residents plenty of privacy, peacefulness, and the chance to build close-knit relationships with neighbors that last a lifetime. Below we’ve highlighted the best small communities in South Carolina that have less than 100 homes.

Carillon at Tuscany — Myrtle Beach

Low $200s – High $200s

Located in the vibrant Myrtle Beach area, this gated and age-restricted community offers residents a small and intimate setting with only 85 homes within the property. Both new and resale single-family homes are available. There are several distinct designs and floor plans to choose from that span between 1,460 to 2,747 square feet in size. Carillon at Tuscany’s largest model offers potential homebuyers three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Homeowners’ association (HOA) fees cover everything from lawn irrigation and mowing to weekly trash service and one year of termite protection—giving homeowners the luxury of a low-maintenance lifestyle. The community also has a wide variety of amenities that include a 2,000 square-foot fitness center, game room, two outdoor pools, lighted tennis courts, movie theater, and 10 miles of walking trails.

Liberty Cottages at Park West — Mt. Pleasant

 Low $400s – High $500s

Situated in gorgeous Mt. Pleasant, Liberty Cottages at Park West is both an age-restricted and gated community that provides residents with constant peace of mind. The entire neighborhood is made up of only 43 upscale homes with new and resale options available.

Amenities are plentiful in the neighborhood with most home maintenance taken care of by HOA fees, two outdoor pools, six tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, and an on-site playground that’s perfect for visiting grandchildren to enjoy. There’s even a bank, hair salon, veterinarian’s office, dentist, and urgent care center on the premises. Along with its many amenities, Liberty Cottages at Park West is also conveniently located near several beautiful beaches and historic Charleston.

Middleborough at Shadowmoss Plantation — Charleston

 Low $200s – Mid $300s

As if the beautiful and historic city of Charleston didn’t have enough reasons to move there, Middleborough at Shadowmoss Plantation is just one more reason to fall in love with the area. This gated community was originally built in 2007 and features 46 low-maintenance condos that come with three different floor plan options and range in size from 1,785 to 1,975 square feet. Each plan includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, two-car garages, plus, added touches like cathedral ceilings, gas fireplaces, and granite countertops..

Middleborough at Shadowmoss Plantation amenities includes a fitness center, library, sauna, outdoor pool, as well as walking and biking trails—and golfers will love the community’s 18-hole championship golf course, driving range, and putting green. History buffs will love Middleborough’s location as it’s only minutes away from downtown Charleston and historic sites such as Fort Sumter, Patriots Point Museum, Drayton Hall Plantation, and the Charleston Tea Plantation. Plenty of shopping and dining options are also only a few miles away. 

The Villas at Woodcreek Farms — Elgin

Mid $300s – Mid $400s

As one of South Carolina’s newest small communities, The Villas at Woodcreek Farms is quickly getting noticed by active adults looking for a vibrant community with lots of amenities. The Villa’s new homes have four different models to choose from that range between 2,050 and 2,075 square feet. Each model’s floor plan includes the option to have three or four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Some additional options can incorporate a den into each floor plan and add additional parking space.

Monthly HOA fees cover basic landscaping chores and some home maintenance. The community features several coveted amenities, including two clubhouses, 14 tennis courts, two pools, and two 18-hole championship golf courses.

Waterside Pointe — Myrtle Beach

Mid $500s – Mid $500s

This brand new gated community has it all from its prime location in Myrtle Beach along the Intracoastal Waterway to its fine amenities and upscale homes. The age-restricted Waterside Pointe is slated to only have 47 single-family homes upon its completion. In addition to its desirable location and beautiful housing options, Waterside Pointe is packed with amenities—which it shares with the Del Webb Myrtle Beach and Grande Dunes communities—like an indoor pool, fitness center, card room, outdoor resort-style and lap pools, several athletic courts, and miles of walking and biking trails.

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