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Myrtle Beach South Carolina
Myrtle Beach became a city in 1957 but had a long and colorful history dating back hundreds of years before that.
The area was originally inhabited by the Waccamaw and Winyah Indians and later was settled by Spanish explorers. The English took over when the Spanish died from disease, but then they faced the threat of pirates from the sea. Later, the city endured Hurricane Hazel, which demolished buildings along the Grand Strand. All of these stories have become an important and cherished part of the city’s history, along with folklore about friendly ghosts that look after residents.
While parts of the city act as a tourist attraction and offer fun family activities and a bustling nightlife, residents can easily find solitude in one of the area’s state parks or along with parts of its 60-mile stretch of beach. Myrtle Beach has something to offer anyone; from vacation condos to large family homes with acreage, the city is consistently one of the fastest-growing in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Shopping and Dining
Myrtle Beach restaurants offer just about every type of food imaginable from Thai to American to French cuisine. Foodies are sure to enjoy themselves in one of the many highly-rated restaurants, while diners just looking for a quick meal can easily pop into one of the many pizzerias and local cafes. Planet Hollywood offers a themed dining experience, Croissants Bistro and Bakery uses the freshest local ingredients in its unique creations, and Sticky Fingers Smokehouse is known for its authentic barbecue meals.
Shoppers have three unique shopping centers to enjoy: Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach and the Coastal Grand Mall. Barefoot Landing stretches out along the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach and offers jewelry, clothing and tourist souvenirs, among other goods. Broadway at the Beach features unique specialty shops, discounts for locals and more. The Coastal Grand Mall is the area’s newest shopping center and is indoors with large, overhead skylights.
Parks and Recreation
Anyone who owns Myrtle Beach real estate or simply visits the area can appreciate the area’s incredible outdoor recreation opportunities. The city is within easy reach of more than 150 golf courses, both private and public, as well as two state parks, Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park. Between the two, residents and visitors have miles of hiking trails, world-class fishing, nature centers, picnic areas, hundreds of camping sites, quiet cabins and much more.
Myrtle Beach’s man-made parks draw large crowds as well. Families and couples can enjoy themselves at Myrtle Waves Water Park, which features more than 30 water slides and go-carts, as well as the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, complete with roller coasters, bumper cars, and an oceanfront waterpark. Myrtle Beach is also home to a museum, aquarium and several theaters that host the biggest names in music, comedy and arts entertainment.
Myrtle Beach Living
What makes Myrtle Beach real estate so valuable is the many accolades the city has received, including being named the No. 3 boardwalk in the United States by National Geographic 2010 and having it’s Grande Dunes Resort Club selected as the 2009 National Golf Course of the Year. The city has also been listed as one of the 100 Best Retirement Towns in American by Where to Retire magazine. On Yahoo.com, users rank Myrtle Beach as the World’s Best Beach.
Myrtle Beach’s population is near 40,000 and continually rising. More than 22 percent of the residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Unemployment in the area is slightly lower than the state and national averages, and many residents work in the hospitality, food services, construction, and retail industries. Seven percent are employed in professional, scientific and technical services industries. Myrtle Beach real estate includes beachfront condos, multi-family houses as well as large, upscale single-family homes. Some homeowners purchase a vacation or second homes in Myrtle Beach and hire property managers to take care of them while they are away. Others are permanent residents and enjoy the average of 215 days of sunshine per year as well as the moderate climate that ranges on average between 60 and 90 degrees.
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Schools, Health, Transportation
Myrtle Beach has many top-rated schools to offer families, including both private and public schools. Hospitals in the area include the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center as well as three others within short driving distance of Myrtle Beach. The city is home to its own international airport as well as an Amtrak station. Most commuters driver 18 miles or less to work while others bike and walk to work.
If you are thinking about buying Myrtle Beach real estate or selling a home in 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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