Winter months can be a bit harsh and unpredictable, so it’s no surprise a lot of active adults prefer to escape somewhere warmer as soon as the temperatures start to drop. South Carolina’s mild winter weather makes it a popular destination for those Snowbirds who want to flee the cold and snow to soak up the sun in cities with warmer climates.
Here are the 10 best communities in South Carolina for Snowbirds:
Mid $200s - Mid $1Ms
Sun City Hilton Head is a favorite among active adults for many reasons, but snowbirds who want to spend the winter being active and outdoors will particularly love the for community for its outdoor amenities. These amenities range from more than a dozen Har-Tru tennis courts to a 20-acre fishing lake and three 18-hole golf courses. The community’s list of indoor amenities is also impressive and includes a social hall, a ballroom, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Sun City Hilton Head also offers snowbirds a wide variety of housing options whether they want to downsize or have extra square footage and plenty of space for guests to visit. There are several dozen floor plans to choose from that range from 1,039 to 3,728. These homes for sale have one to five bedrooms, one-and-a-half to five-and-a-half bathrooms, and two- or three-car garages. Several of the plans also include den areas.
High $200s - Low $1Ms
Savannah Lakes Village is another great option for snowbirds who want to spend the winter in South Carolina. The resort-style community is made up of a mixture of condos, apartments, and single-family homes for sale. The community offers its residents desirable amenities as well as a homeowners’ association that takes care of maintenance like lawn care.
Savannah Lakes Village will have a total of 4,800 homes and offers options ranging from 833 square-foot condos to 2,688 square-foot single-family homes. Noteworthy amenities include a 71,000-acre lake where snowbirds can spend the day on the water as well as two golf clubs and a multitude of athletic courts. There’s also a 23,000-square-foot recreation center that features a ballroom, a fitness center, aerobics studio and indoor pool.
Low $200s - High $200s
Snowbirds who are on a budget and looking for affordable options should consider Conway’s Myrtle Trace. The development boasts 518 single-family homes with prices starting in the low $200s. The ranch-style homes offer two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached garages.
There are several amenities within the neighborhood for snowbirds to take advantage of, including a clubhouse that serves as the prime social hub where neighbors can come together and socialize. The clubhouse features a hobby and game room, and a multipurpose room with a catering kitchen where organized events can be thrown. Outside the clubhouse, residents will find a pool, bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits, and shuffleboard courts. Staying social is a breeze with a myriad of clubs and interest groups that range from a bowling league and book club to garden clubs and game nights. Along with its amenities, Myrtle Trace gives snowbirds easy access to Myrtle Beach and some of the state’s most popular beaches.
Mid $300s - Mid $400s
Cadence at Tega Cay is ideal for snowbirds who want to escape to a small, tight-knit community with serene surroundings. The neighborhood features 125 single-family homes for sale with five distinct floor plans that range from 1,852 to 2,637 square feet. These homes have two to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached garages. Snowbirds who like to entertain will especially appreciate the fact that each home has a private courtyard patio that’s ideal for hosting guests. The community’s amenities include lots of parks and outdoor spaces, a communal space, and an outdoor pool and patio area that boasts a cabana and lounge chairs.
Mid $300s - Mid $400s
Summerville’s Del Webb at Cane Bay will appeal to snowbirds looking for an age-restricted, gated community with a resort-style feel. Spread over 360 acres lush with vibrant florals, wetlands, and landscaped terrain, Del Webb at Cane Bay delivers on scenery and amenities with a long list of impressive perks for residents to take advantage of, including a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse and recreation area with a state-of-the-art-fitness center, an indoor pool, a sundeck, and fire pit.
Del Webb at Cane Bay is also conveniently located within a short 30-minute drive of Charleston, making it easy for residents to explore the historic city and enjoy all it has to offer, from a thriving culinary scene to buzzy shopping areas, and scenic beaches. The community has a variety of home models available that range from 1,109 to 3,800 square feet and have one to four bedrooms, one-and-a-half to four bathrooms, and two- to three-car garages.
Low $300s - High $500s
Cresswind Charleston is another age-restricted community in Summerville that should be on snowbirds’ radar. The development will feature a total of 600 single-family homes for sale upon completion. Home models within Cresswind Charleston range from 1,454 to 2,570 square feet and have two to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages.
Notable amenities include a clubhouse, a fitness center, athletic courts, and event lawn, and outdoor amphitheater. The community’s convenient location near Charleston offers snowbirds lots of things to do outside throughout the winter. History buffs can visit one of the area’s many historical sites like Fort Sumter, while beach lovers can spend plenty of time on one of Charleston’s scenic beaches.
Mid $200s - Mid $500s
Located 20 miles north of the Myrtle Beach area, the Bridgewater community offers snowbirds the convenience of living close to the popular vacation destination, without having to live directly in its busyness. The expansive neighborhood is spread over 950 acres and features a mixture of attached and single-family homes for sale. Floor plans range from 1,454 to 3,349 square feet and have two to five bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and attached one- to three-car garages.
In addition to the community’s variety of homes and desirable location, there are several amenities for residents to enjoy, including a clubhouse, a fitness center, two-resort style pools, a dog park, community gardens, and a fire pit.
High $200s - High $300s
Snowbirds looking for peace and quiet during the winter months should consider Carillon at The Ponds. The age-restricted community is home to 56 homes, but is situated within a 1,100-acre preserve with scenic ponds and picturesque woodlands. There are nine floor plans for potential homeowners to consider that range from 1,460 to 2,991 square feet and have three to five bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Carillon at The Ponds also has an impressive list of amenities such as a 20-acre lake, 21 miles of nature trails, and a saltwater pool. There is also a 25,000-square-foot YMCA, where there’s no shortage of workout equipment.
High $100s - Mid $1Ms
Indigo Run should be at the top of every Snowbird’s list who likes to golf. The gated, golf course community features two championship courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son. If the enviable location in Hilton Head and the golf courses aren’t enough to pique interest, the resort-style amenities are sure to impress. The list includes several clubhouses, a pool and whirlpool spa, an on-site restaurant, tennis courts, and so much more.
Homes within Indigo Run are a mixture of attached and single-family floor plans that range from 1,450 to 5,800 square feet and have three to five bathrooms, two to six bathrooms, and two- to four-car garages.
Low $400s - Mid $600s
Finishing off the list of the best communities in South Carolina for snowbirds is Del Webb Charleston at Nexton. The gated and age-restricted neighborhood offers its residents a myriad of resort-style amenities, a wide selection of floor plan options, and plenty of ways to stay social and active through organized clubs and community events ranging from guest speakers to seminars. Homes for sale within the community range from 1,262 to 3,810 square feet and have two to five bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and two- or two-and-a-half car garages.