Best South Carolina 55+ Communities for Snowbirds


South Carolina is an ideal location for snowbirds to escape the cold winter months with its mild temperatures that average in the 70s, thousands of miles of beautiful coastline, and plenty of activities to keep just about anyone busy all season long. Whether you’re a snowbird looking for the first time, a halfbacker, or a long-time South Carolina visitor, there are plenty of options for active adults.

Below we’ve highlighted the best South Carolina Communities for snowbirds to consider.

Myrtle Beach Golf & Yacht Club — Myrtle Beach

Low $100s – High $100s 

The Myrtle Beach Golf & Yacht Club is made up of single-family homes that are available only on a resale basis. Houses within the community are all single-level but built by multiple builders, which gives potential homebuyers lots of choices when it comes to designs and floor plans. With prices starting in the low $100s, the neighborhood is an affordable option for snowbirds looking for a second home in a prime South Carolina location.

Myrtle Beach’s mild temperatures let snowbirds enjoy spending time outside all winter long and there’s plenty to do with the area’s famous golf courses, sandy beaches, and many other outdoor attractions nearby. The Myrtle Beach Golf & Yacht Club is also conveniently located near several shopping centers, restaurants, health care facilities, and an international airport.

Spring Forest — Murrells Inlet

Low $100s – Mid $100s

This age-restricted community is small and intimate with less than 130 homes within the entire neighborhood. Spring Forest offers single-family homes at an affordable price point with options starting in the low $100s—perfect for potential homebuyers looking for a second home.

Homeowners’ association fees cover lawn mowing, trash removal, maintenance, R.V. and boat storage, as well as any maintenance in Spring Forest’s common areas, making it the perfect spot for snowbirds who want the luxury of a low-maintenance lifestyle. On-site, there’s an expansive clubhouse, fitness center, game room, library, and an outdoor pool.

Sun City Hilton Head — Bluffton

 High $100s – Mid $700s

As one of the largest and most popular active adult communities in the state, Sun City Hilton Head, is known for its modern amenities, resort-style living, and beautiful surroundings. Homes within Sun City start in the $100s with both new construction and resale homes available, giving homebuyers a lot of options depending on specific wants and needs.

Beyond the plentiful housing options, snowbirds will particularly enjoy the wide variety of ways to stay active in Sun City Hilton Head with 12 tennis courts, 54 holes of golf, a state-of-the-art fitness center, dance studio, and trails. If that’s not enough, there are also more than 200 organized clubs for residents to take advantage of, with one that’s entirely dedicated to traveling. As an added bonus, several of the community’s amenities will come in handy when out-of-town guests come to visit, including the indoor and outdoor pools, a playground for grandkids, and a 20-acre lake that’s perfect for a family fishing day.

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