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It's no surprise Sun City Hilton Head is on top of the list again.

There are many worthwhile reasons to consider retiring to the state of South Carolina, including its enchanting coastal towns, desirable year-round climate, state tax benefits, and many attractions, just to name a few.

And, while there’s absolutely no shortage of excellent 55+ communities to choose from in the Palmetto State, there are several that overshadow the rest for their impressive amenities, housing options, and more.

Here are the five most popular active adult communities with homes for sale in South Carolina based on pageviews on from January 1, 2018 to December 21, 2018. 

1. Sun City Hilton Head - Bluffton 

High $100s - Mid $700s

This established, age-restricted community is the largest active adult community in the Palmetto State with more than 8,000 homes. Sun City Hilton Head is well known for its many posh amenities, which include three 18-hole golf courses, two on-site grilles with a wide variety of food options, two indoor lap pools, a 17,000 square-foot social hall, and expansive fitness center.

Additionally, residents can take advantage of an aerobics and dance studio, performing arts center, arts and crafts room, plus, the neighborhood’s 20-acre fishing lake is perfect for a day outside spent casting a line. For residents who want to be involved there are also over 200 organized clubs and interest groups to join within the community.

Sun City Hilton Head is made up of a mixture of single-family and attached homes that can be purchased as new or on a resale basis. There are more than a dozen unique floor plans to choose from, giving potential home buyers plenty of options when it comes to the layout and design of their ideal home.

2. Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head - Hardeeville

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

The new Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head community has quickly become one of the most popular active adult communities in the South — and all for good reason. The gated, age-restricted community offers residents the opportunity to live a low-maintenance lifestyle with a vacation-like feel.

Designed to mimic a laid back resort, the palm tree-lined Latitude has a lot of enviable amenities for its homeowners to enjoy, including the Latitude Bar & Chill restaurant, tiki huts and cabanas, and a resort-style pool. There’s also a movie theater, pet spa, and a 290,000 square-foot retail center for any shopping needs. When it comes to buying a new home Latitude has numerous choices built by Minto Communities.

There are six villa home models to choose from with sizes ranging from 1,503 to 1,862 square feet of living space. Single-family homes come in nine different floor plans that can have up to  2,564 square feet of space.

3. Sun City Carolina Lakes - Fort Mill

 Low $200s - High $600s

Located less than 30 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, Sun City Carolina Lakes is one of the top 55+ communities in the area. Situated just over the state line in Fort Mill, SC, where taxes are relatively lower than those in the Queen City, the community is an incredible option for active adults to consider.

The large Del Webb development is home to more than 3,000 homes and has a wide range of price points that are sure to fit almost any budget. Places are available on a resale-only basis with a combination of single-family and attached homes to choose from.

Along with plenty of housing options Sun City has a wealth of noteworthy amenities, including a clubhouse, indoor lap pool and spa, on-site restaurant, fitness center, indoor walking track, ballroom, coffee shop, and art studio. Outdoors, residents will find an 18-hole golf course, several athletic courts, gardening plots, fishing lake, and pet park. Staying involved and social in the community is a breeze for residents with more than 135 organized clubs and interest groups.

4. Lakeside Crossing - Conway

Below $100k - High $100s

Active adults flock to the Lakeside Crossing community for its laid back atmosphere and resort-style amenities. It’s gated and age-restricted with a total of 692 homes. There’s a combination of new and resale homes available for affordable prices. 

Homes come in four different floor plans and range in size starting at 1,397 and going up to 1,907 square feet. All plans feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a den, and an attached garage. As an added perk, nominal homeowners’ association fees cover general maintenance on the grounds and common areas.

Notable amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, on-site pub, hobby and game room, library, business center, and walking trails. Along with its affordable prices and amenities, another big draw for Lakeside Crossing is its close proximity to Myrtle Beach. Residents can hit the sandy shores of the popular vacation spot within a 15-minute drive.

5. Savannah Lakes Village - McCormick

Low $100s - High $600s

Rounding out the list of the most popular communities with homes for sale in South Carolina is Savannah Lakes Village located right on the border of Georgia along the Lake Thurmond shoreline in the town of McCormick. Designed to provide residents with a country club lifestyle, the established community built in the late 1980s, has myriad of amenities and housing options.

Homes come in a variety of styles and floor plans that have been built by multiple builders throughout the years. New and resale homes are available and buyers can choose between attached and detached single-family homes. Attached properties typically range between 1,200 to 2,400 square feet, while the detached single-family homes range from 1,900 to over 4,000 square feet in living space.

Savannah Lakes residents will enjoy many luxe amenities include membership to the two community owned golf courses, on-site restaurants and grills, indoor and outdoor pools, 23,000 square-foot recreation center, and several walking and biking trails.