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janiekins Aug 29th, 2005 08:54 AM

Retiring in or near Charleston, South Carolina
My husband and I would like to plan a trip to look around the Charleston, SC area in early December to check out different areas for retirement within the next few years (we are 48 years old now). Maybe golf communities or something near the water?? Looking to build or buy a very nice home. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

GoTravel Aug 29th, 2005 08:58 AM

What is your budget? On the water is $1.5 million plus depending upon community.

A very nice home not on the water is $700,000 and up.

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janiekins Aug 29th, 2005 09:04 AM

Budget is around $1 million - can you recommend any new golf communities?

GoTravel Aug 29th, 2005 10:21 AM

Daniel Island

Ion Village


Wild Dunes

I would probably start with a good realtor.

Where are you moving from? Do you have a tentative year? The reason I ask is you may be better off buying something you can rent in a higher tourist area and down the road sell and dump that into your true dream house.

Example, you could get a beach house on Edisto Island for that amount, rent it for 5-10 years to help pay, then turn around and sell it when you are ready to move down.

Ocean front property will continue to rise in value even when other real estate is tanking.

morris6225 Sep 3rd, 2005 09:31 PM

Janie--my hubby and I are thinking of retiring to Charleston also. Our budget will not be as generous but I am finding lots of areas near the water that are far less than 1K. I contacted a realto in the area. She has been sending me listings according to my specifics (price range, number of BR's, baths, and neighborhoods) I have a mapping program that has helped me locate the homes and see what the neighborhoods are like. ie: restaurants, hospitals, attractions, etc. I would suggest staying there in the summer--summers are very hot and humid in Charleston (I don't know where you are living now) We have a month long stay planned for next year. Hope all this helps you.

ydoc Oct 20th, 2005 11:34 AM

Isn't there an island that is very rural? John's Island maybe? I'm hearing lot sizes over 5 acres are being sold off. We are also in our late forties and are looking for a milder climate area for a second home. It has to be near sailing as my husband races sailboats as a hobby, golf and offer all types of outdoor activities. There are new private communities cropping up all over the United states. It's so hard to take the time to visit so many. That's why I'm trying to do the research on the computer.

GoTravel Oct 20th, 2005 02:57 PM

5 Acres on the water that doesn't include marsh will run you $20 million dollars if it even exists.

The coastal areas are very expensive.

Ann123 Oct 24th, 2005 12:32 PM

Have you looked at Litchfield Beach? It is north of Charleston (and south of Myrtle Beach) and has a very good golf course. Much of the Charleston area has become 'trendy' and the prices have gone up accordingly. When you say the water, don't limit yourself to the ocean. The marshes and the Intercoastal Waterways are great. Plus we have several large lakes. try Lake Murray near Columbia - no hurricanes!

sctiger Dec 6th, 2005 04:51 PM

ydoc, I know what island you are talking about, it is dewees (sp) island. It is located just off the tip of Wild Dunes, and it is very secluded, but nice. There are no cars on the island, so you must either have a boat, or use the ferry. Also, lots are not 5 acres for 1 mil, however they are less than most other places.

GoTravel Dec 7th, 2005 04:43 AM

sctiger, lots are about one million per acre on Dewees Island.

ydoc Dec 7th, 2005 05:15 AM

We are not able to afford anywhere near a million per acre. It was a nice thought though!

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