View of a lighthouse and docks at dusk in Hilton Head, South Carolina

Active adults who want to relax on the water should take a look at these South Carolina communities.

There can be many reasons why active adults are attracted to certain communities over others, and having easy access to the water—whether it be the ocean or a freshwater lake—can often be the deciding factor for buyers who love to boat. Fortunately for those considering buying real estate in South Carolina, there are a number of communities that are either located directly on the water or extremely close by.

Here are five South Carolina communities big on boating.

Four Seasons at The Lakes of Cane Bay - Summerville, SC

Low $200s - Mid $500s

Located near historic downtown Charleston, the Four Seasons at The Lakes of Cane Bay is a popular choice among active adults who want to be close to the coast and also have the option of spending the day on the lake. This lakefront community is both gated and age-restricted, and it will consist of 800 single-family homes upon final completion. There are more than a dozen floor plans ranging from 1,320 to 2,626 square feet with two bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, dens, and two- or three-car garages.

The community has plenty of water recreation options for residents to enjoy as well as amenities like a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, a variety of athletic courts, and a garden square. Walking and biking trails also zigzag throughout the property. Not only do homeowners have easy access to the community’s lake for fishing and boating, but they also have access to boat storage.

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Grayrock Village at Lake Ridge - Fort Mill, SC

Low $300s - Mid $500s

Featuring 180 homes, Grayrock Village at Lake Ridge is part of the master-planned community of Lake Ridge. With more than a dozen floor plans, this community offers interested buyers many options to choose from. Homes range from 1,644 to 3,493 square feet with two to six bedrooms, two to four-and-a-half bathrooms, a den, and two-car garages.

Grayrock Village at Lake Ridge is conveniently located near Lake Wylie, giving residents who like to boat easy access to the water. Beyond its desirable location, the community offers a number of amenities, including a clubhouse with a multipurpose room, a fitness center, and a hobby and game room. Outdoors, residents will find a pool, tennis and basketball courts, and walking and biking trails.

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Hampton Lake - Bluffton, SC

High $300s - High $1Ms 

Situated close to Hilton Head, Hampton Lake is another South Carolina community that’s big on boating. Not only is it located close to some of the area’s most popular beaches, but it also boasts its own 165-acre lake.

This development is home to 900 single-family and attached homes with a vast selection of floor plans available from different builders. Models vary from 1,518 to 3,205 square feet and can have two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and two- or three-car garages. 

Within the community's gates, residents will find three clubhouses that offer a myriad of amenities ranging from on-site restaurants and bars to ballrooms and state-of-the-art fitness centers. There are also plenty of outdoor amenities, including an 18-hole golf course, an adventure lagoon and lazy river, multiple tennis courts, and more. Active adults drawn to the community for the lake will also appreciate having access to Sandi Pointe Beach, a boathouse, lakeside docks, and a boat storage area.

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Palmetto Shores — The Cove - Chapin, SC

Mid $200s - High $200s

Palmetto Shores — The Cove should be on every active adult’s radar who’s looking for real estate in a waterfront community. Situated along the shores of South Carolina’s Lake Murray, the small neighborhood will only feature 55 homes upon final completion. Potential buyers can choose from nine floor plans that range from 1,720 to 2,641 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages.

Amenities within the small community include access to the lake, community dock, and boat launch. There's also an outdoor pool and cabanas on the property for residents to enjoy.

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Savannah Lakes Village - McCormick, SC

Low $100s - High $600s

Rounding out the list of South Carolina communities big on boating is Savannah Lakes Village. It’s ideal for active adults looking for real estate in a waterfront community. The expansive development sits along 25 miles of Lake Thurmond and has over 4,800 homes. It also offers over a dozen floor plans ranging from 833 to 2,688 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and up to a two-car garage.

Along with easy access to Lake Thurmond, Savannah Lakes Village’s amenities include two 18-hole golf courses and clubs, a 23,000-square-foot recreation center, a bowling alley, indoor pool and outdoor pools, and a number of athletic courts for tennis, pickleball, and bocce.

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