Retire to Myrtle Beach
South Carolina/Retire to Myrtle Beach
From being home of one of the "Top 10 U.S. Boardwalks" by National Geographic to being host to one of the "Top 10 Public Gardens in America" according to Coastal Living Magazine, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is truly a paradise for anyone looking to retire to Myrtle Beach.
The city was founded in 1957 and features 60 miles of pristine beaches, makes the top 10 list of 2011 restaurants per capita by Pinpoint Demographics, and is home to hundreds of golf fairways designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones and Greg Norman. In fact, PGA.com named Myrtle Beach among the "Top 9 Family Golf Resorts."
Myrtle Beach offers hundreds of things to do from hiking and biking to water sports and amusement parks. The cost of living is slightly lower than the state average, and the city has its own international airport and hospital. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate named Myrtle Beach one of "America's Most Fun, Affordable Cities." Myrtle Beach retirement homes vary in size and location. Home buyers have the option of fully furnished condos, cozy beach cottages and homes with larger lots.
Shopping and Dining
Those who retire to Myrtle Beach have access to a wide variety of restaurants, including small diners and cafes, pizza parlors, seafood restaurants, and more. The House of Blues serves fish, pasta, salads, stead and more. Drunken Jack's, located in Murrells Inlet, offers entertainment nightly until 10:00 p.m. There are also many restaurants that offer take-out and delivery for those looking to have a quiet night in.
Myrtle Beach also offers both indoor and outdoor shopping malls, including the indoor Coastal Grand Mall and the outdoor Broadway at the Beach. There is also an outlet mall, the Tanger Outlet, and local flea and farmer's markets. Most shopping locations also have different types of restaurants as well as entertainment like theaters, amusement parks and more.
Parks and Recreation
The Myrtle Beach area is home to two state parks, Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park. Both offer miles of hiking trails, fishing, picnic sites, camping, as well as meeting spots and cabins for those who want to hold a special event or stay the night in the park. Myrtle Beach also offers many water parks, miniature golf courses and attractions like the Family Kingdom Amusement Park and the NASCAR Speedpark.
Residents and visitors can also enjoy entertainment like Ripley's Attractions, Pirate Adventures, an IMAX 3D Theater, and the Big "M" Casino, which is a gambling cruise that offers blackjack, craps, roulette and more. The cruise also offers an all-you-can-eat buffet.
While Myrtle Beach is a tourist attraction and draws thousands to its beaches for spring break and other dates, there are plenty of quiet, secluded beaches and areas throughout the city. Residents often enjoy walking through the state park areas or relaxing in private pools in their condo complexes. The city's population is around 40,000 and is growing steadily. Median housing prices average just under $200,000 with Myrtle Beach retirement homes for sale from under $100,000 for small condos to well over $1 million for larger homes with a lot of acreage.
The January 2011 cost of living, according to City-Data.com, was 92.3, which is 7.7 percent less than the U.S. average. Myrtle Beach boasts a moderate climate that attracts residents year-round. The highs in the summer average in the 80s while the lows in the winter average around 60 degrees. The city receives more than 200 days of sunshine on average per year.
More than 20 percent of residents have a bachelor's degree or higher, and nearly 50 percent of the residents are currently married. Many work in the hospitality industries, although the International Technology and Aerospace Park draws professionals with technical backgrounds as well. Some residents choose to buy Myrtle Beach retirement homes that they live in year-round, while others are seasonal residents and enjoy their Myrtle Beach retirement homes during parts of the year.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Within 70 miles of the city, students have higher education options available, including Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Coastal Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. They city has many highly ranked public and private schools, including the Cavalry Christian School, Carolina Forest Elementary School and Myrtle Beach High School.
Myrtle Beach is home to the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and is within 20 miles of Conway Medical Center, Waccamaw Community Hospital and Loris Community Hospital.
The Myrtle Beach International Airport serves residents and vacationers, while the Amtrak bus station offers a comprehensive bus system throughout Myrtle Beach and adjacent areas.
If you are looking to retire to Myrtle Beach, 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.
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