5 Popular Gated Communities in South Carolina


Living in a gated community offers several positives, including an added sense of security, peace of mind, and a lot less traffic. South Carolina is home to several gated active adult communities that not only provide the added level of privacy, but also a variety of home options, prices, and enviable amenities. Below, we’ve highlighted five of the most popular gated communities in South Carolina that suit almost all types of lifestyles and budgets.

Carolina Orchards – Fort Mill

High $200s – Mid $500s

Conveniently located near Uptown Charlotte, Carolina Orchards is a gated age-restricted community set to have 722 single-family homes upon completion. This 55+ community offers three design collections and eleven different floor plans. Homes range from 1,234 to 2,565 square feet and can have up to three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two-and-a-half-car garage.

Amenities within the gates include a clubhouse, a fitness center, an aerobics and dance studio, meeting rooms, and an indoor pool. Outdoors, residents will find a pool, a pavilion, tennis and pickleball courts, a dog park, and gardening plots.

Hilton Head Plantation – Hilton Head Island

Low $400s – High $1Ms

The large community of Hilton Head Plantation is an established development that was started in 1973. Spread over 4,000 acres, the neighborhood is made up of a combination of more than 4,000 single-family, attached, and condominium homes that are available as both new construction and resale homes for sale.

Hilton Head Plantation has an extensive list of amenities that include multiple clubhouses, a hobby and game room, catering kitchen, and fitness room. Enjoying the outdoors is easy with six miles of walking and biking trails spread throughout the property, several pools, two conservatories, a stocked fishing lake, gardening area, and multiple athletic courts.

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head – Hardeeville

Mid $200s – Mid $300s

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head is another popular gated community in South Carolina that has a lot to offer its residents, from its laid-back vacation-like lifestyle to its long list of desirable amenities. The neighborhood’s final plans include 3,000 single-family homes, which are available as new construction with a wide variety of floor plans.

There are six attached home models in the Caribbean Collection that range from 1,503 to 1,862 square feet, while there are nine single-family floor plans to choose from that are slightly more spacious with 1,684 to 2,564 square feet of living space.

Residents of Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head will have access to amenities like an entire town center, 290,000 square-foot retail center, on-site restaurants and grills, a fitness center, an arts and crafts studio, a pet spa, a ballroom, and more. Outdoor amenities include multiple pools, beach access, several athletic courts, and even a dog park.

Myrtle Beach Golf & Yacht Club – Myrtle Beach

Low $100s – High $100s

Myrtle Beach Golf & Yacht Club not only offers residents the pros of living in a gated community but also offers some of the most affordable prices in South Carolina with prices starting in the low $100s. Homes are available on a resale-only basis with several different designs and floor plans to choose from that were built by multiple builders throughout the years.

Most residences range from approximately 1,100 to 1,800 square feet of living space and have two to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and attached garages. Beyond the vast selection of resale homes, Myrtle Beach Golf & Yacht Club also provides its residents the opportunity to live a low-maintenance lifestyle with a homeowners’ association that takes care of general tasks like maintenance of community grounds and lawn care.

Buyers will have access to several amenities in the development, including a community center, multi-purpose rooms, outdoor pool and spa, two shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, a picnic area, plus, walking and biking trails. As an added bonus, there’s also RV and boat storage available.

Sun City Hilton Head – Bluffton

High $100s – High $800s

The gated community Sun City Hilton Head is the largest active adult community in South Carolina. It’s home to over 8,000 residences with a mixture of both single-family and attached homes to choose from. New and resale homes for sale built by several different builders are on the market with villa townhomes offering 1,000 square feet of living space and single-family homes offering up to 4,000 square feet.

Sun City Hilton Head’s amenities are part of the community’s allure with everything from a 45-acre town center and amenity complex to a social hall and 540-seat performing arts center. Outdoor amenities range from a 20-acre fishing lake and three golf courses to gardening plots and fitness trail.

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