Homes for Sale in Carolina Forest

Carolina Forest, South Carolina Real Estate and Community Information

Carolina Forest SC Real Estate

Located midway between Conway and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Carolina Forest is a 9000-acre planned community and one of the most desirable and fastest growing areas in central South Carolina. The community, a joint venture between the International Paper Company and local government, was started in the early 1990s and will have more than 20,000 homes and 56,000 residents when the project is completed.

Shopping and Dining

Shopping and dining areas are an integral part of the Carolina Forest plan. Residents don't have to travel far to shop or enjoy a meal with friends. No homes for sale in Carolina Forest are more than a few miles from shopping and dining venues.

Shopping in Carolina Forest centers around Forest Crossing which is home to dozens of independent retailers; these include an Italian restaurant, an art gallery, an investment broker and medical offices. A new shopping plaza, anchored by a Food Lion grocery store, is currently under construction.

For bargain shoppers, Tanger Factory Outlet Center, with more than 100 discount retail shops, is located just a few miles from Carolina Forest.

Carolina Forest residents need never go hungry, as the area boasts a diverse array of eateries. Among the local favorites are Costa's Pizza, Pane e Vino for medium-priced Italian fare, Hana Teppanyaki House for Japanese cuisine, and Tavern in the Forest, which serves American food and excellent burgers.

Parks and Recreation

One of the best things about living in Carolina Forest is the abundance of parks and green spaces. In addition, most parts of Carolina Forest are within five miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches.

There are four golf courses in Carolina Forest and the community is adjacent to Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve, a state-owned, 9460-acre expanse of virgin wetland and forest. Additional, yet undeveloped, parkland has been set aside in the community master plan, so the area will continue to have ample parks as it grows. The Intercoastal waterway, which connects the mid-Atlantic with Florida, cuts through Carolina Forest and there are several recreational lakes in the area.


Homes for sale in Carolina Forest are separated into 21 subdivisions, called plantations. Some are restricted to single family home while others allow single-family homes, apartments, and condos. Each plantation has its own character and separate amenities.

The median price of homes for sale in Carolina Forest in 2011 was $310,000, but that number can be deceiving. Homes for sale in Carolina Forest range in price from the low $200,000s to well over $1 million. Carolina Forest real estate ranges from modest townhomes to traditional one to four-bedroom single-family homes, to palatial estates with ample acreage.

Avalon, one of the most popular housing divisions, offers residents private security, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, community basketball courts and softball, and soccer fields. Carolina Waterway Plantation offers luxury, custom homes along the Intercoastal Waterway, with private boat docks, boat storage, a gated entrance, tennis courts, and a community clubhouse. These are just two of the 21 distinct areas in Carolina Forest.

Schools, Health, Transportation

School-age children who live in Carolina Forest attend the Horry County School District schools. The Carolina Forest attendance area has eight schools: five elementary schools, two middle schools, and Carolina Forest High School. It is one of the best-regarded school districts in the state.

You're never far away from medical care in Carolina Forest. The 219-bed Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, known for its cardiac care unit, is less than 10 miles away. In addition, there are urgent care and outpatient clinics located directly in Carolina Forest.

It's easy to get around the Carolina Forest. The traffic pattern for homes in Carolina Forest was designed into the master plan, so the area has avoided haphazard growth and subsequent traffic congestion. In addition, SR 501 connects the area with Conway and Myrtle Beach and SR 17 travels up and down the Carolina coast.

Myrtle Beach International Airport, which serves more than 700,000 passengers each year, is just ten miles away from Carolina Forest, so your friends back home won't have far to drive when they come to visit you in South Carolina.

If you are looking for homes for sale in North Myrtle Beach and thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (843) 839-9870 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.