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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Myrtle Beach, South_Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, long a favorite beach and golf resort, is now a rapidly growing community with over 300,000 people in the Metro.  Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand, which stretches for 60 miles, is one of the finest stretches of beaches in the word. It also offers sensational golf, fishing, shopping, and more than 1800 restaurants.  Many people who settle here are northerners looking for a warmer climate.

Where to Retire in Myrtle Beach and Home Prices

Myrtle Beach has every type of retirement community option– from living in the heart of the city to all types of planned communities farther out from town. Some are 55+ age restricted, while many others are open to anyone, but in effect 50 plus.  See link at top right for Directory of Active Communities.
Real estate prices in the area tend to vary tremendously, reflecting the intense competition for retirees.  Careful research will turn up  bargains.  According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price of a home during the second quarter of 2018, was $222,600 in the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach area. Property taxes are are based upon 4%-6% of appraised market value multiplied by a millage rate between 100 to 200. Typical taxes for a full time resident under 65 for a home valued at $150,000 would be about $900 and $500 for someone over 65. Homeowners 65 and over can be eligible for a $50,000 homestead exemption.

What is special about Myrtle Beach

• The Grand Strand – one of the world’s longest sections of perfect beach • Tremendous variety of shopping and restaurants • Popular theatre with big name acts every day of the year • 120 golf courses • A housing style for every taste and budget • Mild climate • SC is considered a tax-friendly state for retirement

What is not special about Myrtle Beach

 A Wings store ( beach necessities) on every corner; traffic; spring break; living in a tourist town

Climate and Physical Environment

Myrtle Beach is the first community in South Carolina as you come from the north. The terrain is dominated by its long stretch of Ocean beach. Stretching away from the water the terrain is flat and sub-tropical. The average July high is 91 and the average January low is 34, August is the wettest month.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are seven featured theatres in Myrtle Beach, helping it deserve its reputation as a hot spot for live family entertainment, music, dance, comedy, and celebrity concerts. Among the more famous venues is the Carolina Opry, which features a continuous stream of big name acts. The Palace Theatre is the home of Le Grand Cirque, and Dolly Parton's Dixie Stamped Dinner and Show is worth a visit.

Crime

As is the case with many resort communities, the crime rate is high - about twice the national average.

Medical facilities

Grand Strand Regional Medical Center

Transportation

Myrtle Beach International is convenient and offers low-cost fares to many destinations; Other than walking on the beach for miles, the community itself is not walkable and is considered car dependent.

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