South Carolina’s vibrant coastal town of Myrtle Beach is full of everything from entertainment and cultural amenities to a myriad of shopping and dining options. Its convenient location to some of the South's best beaches only adds to the area's charm, making it an idyllic location for active adults looking to retire on the east coast.
Luckily, living in one of the most sought-after destinations in the Palmetto State doesn’t have to put a massive dent into your retirement account; there are numerous active adult communities in Myrtle Beach that offer affordable prices without cutting corners on amenities.
Here are the most affordable retirement communities in Myrtle Beach.
High $200s - High $300s
Spread over 540 acres, Chesapeake Homes’ Bridgewater community will feature 1,550 single-family and attached homes upon completion. Potential residents can choose between 11 floor plans that span between 1,586 to 2,860 square feet of living space. Plans feature two to five bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached garages.
Final plans have the community’s list of amenities including a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse, a great room, multipurpose rooms, and a card room. There’s also a state-of-the-art fitness center for residents. Outdoor amenities include two resort-style pools, a patio, a fire pit, a gazebo, and an outdoor grill. Residents can take up gardening in the community garden, while their four-legged friends can run off excess energy in the dog park along the walking and biking trails that wind throughout the property.
Low $100s - Low $400s
Myrtle Beach’s large Berkshire Forest community is set to have 1,500 single-family residences once it’s constructed. There's a wide variety of styles and designs to choose from across four home collections and 20 floor plans. Sizes range from 1,656 to 3,200 square feet with two to six bedrooms, two to five bathrooms, and two- to three-car garages.
Amenities within the neighborhood include a residents’ club, a fitness center, an outdoor pool and patio, a spa, and several athletic courts. Homeowners’ association (HOA) fees cover general lawn maintenance and upkeep throughout the development.
Low $200s - Mid $300s
Another affordable retirement community in Myrtle Beach is Cameron Village, a 344-home development made up of single-family and attached homes. The attached homes are between 1,446 and 1,582 square feet with up to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. Single-family home models are larger and range from 2,248 to 3,179 square feet. They can have up to four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a two-car garage.
HOA fees allow residents to live a low-maintenance life where they can spend more time enjoying the many amenities within the community. The list of amenities includes a clubhouse, a multipurpose room, an outdoor pool, two tennis courts, and a basketball court. There are also walking and biking trails, a playground, and scenic ponds.
Mid $100s - Mid $200s
Rounding out the list of the most affordable retirement communities in Myrtle Beach is the gated Myrtle Beach Golf & Yacht Club. The 1,024-home neighborhood has single-family homes available on a resale basis only. Sizes range from 1,100 to 1,800 square feet with up to three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Noteworthy amenities within the gates of Myrtle Beach Golf & Yacht Club include plenty of places to socialize like a community center, a number of multipurpose rooms, an outdoor pool and spa, plus two tennis courts.
Additionally, there’s a picnic area for residents to enjoy a meal outside on a nice day, a playground that’s perfect for grandchildren to explore while visiting, and walking and biking trails that wind through the neighborhood and past scenic lakes and ponds. Homeowners who like to camp, boat, or fish will appreciate the community’s RV and boat storage.