South Carolina has experienced rapid growth in the last 30 years, much of it from retirees seeking a warmer climate and lower cost of living. As more and more baby boomers begin to retire that trend is certain to continue. Retirees have been moving into all parts of the state, the area in the southwest low country, but near Hilton Head has experienced the most explosive growth.
South Carolina's population is growing. Some of that growth is coming from retirees entering the state. Obviously the housing market crash has impacted sales and prices in 55+ and active adult communities in SC, but probably less so than for the housing market in general. For the record, South Carolina has an income tax maximum rate of 7%, people over 65 get some significant exemptions.
Thanks to the great success of Hilton Head Island as a vacation and retirement spot, the entire southwestern area of the state is now a retirement hot bed. Part of the attraction is the many rivers and bays are in the area, making waterfront living possible for many people at somewhat reasonable prices. Here we will take a look at the various areas near Hilton Head.
Bluffton. This is a much nicer town, located on a bluff overlooking the May River. In this old town near the river you can discover art and antique galleries and the Riverfront Pocket Park and Garden. The area is famous for its Bluffton oysters, and in town the oldest continuous oyster-shucking facility in South Carolina is a local attraction. Bluffton also hosts a number of active adult communities, including some huge ones.
Beaufort. Just north of Hilton Head is another classic southern town, Beaufort. Horse-drawn carriages roll along streets in the town’s charming historic district that are overhung with Spanish moss. The area offers a laid back atmosphere that most people find very relaxing. Beaufort has 304 acres of the town designated as a National Historic Landmark. Many active adult communities radiate from town.
Other Towns in the region. The region is dotted with active adult communities to explore. Some of the other small towns in the Southwest Low Country include Laurel Bay, Burton, and Shell Point.
What People Like about this area of SC:
- Mild winter climate
- Being near the coast, bays, and rivers
- Cachet and prestige of Hilton Head
- Brand new,master-planned developments
- Outstanding recreation such as golf, tennis, fishing, boating
- Many of the towns are charming