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Dec. 3, 2018

Top 10 Best Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

If you're considering buying a buying a condo in Myrtle Beach, or you already have a beach property, you will probably know about some of the perks of living in this beautiful South Carolina town

The golf courses, beaches, shops and a sense of community really is second to none. That's not to mention the year-long calendar of events ranging from arts and craft expos, historical celebrations and cultural festivals to sporting events

But all of those activities and exercise you're going to be doing are going to work up a real appetite. So what's good to eat?

Luckily for you, dining out in Myrtle Beach is also first class.

Myrtle Beach has a wide range of restaurants offering most types of cuisine, including fine dining, seafood shacks along the boardwalk, Italian bistros and southern classics. There is so much choice, in fact, you might not know where to start!

So if you want to dip your toe into the local restaurant scene, look no further than our handy guide to the 10 best restaurants in Myrtle Beach.

Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar

The SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar is located in the North Myrtle Beach area and is a must for all wine buffs and fine dining connoisseurs. The chef and owner, Kenneth Northcutt, also prides himself on offering the best wines to accompany his exquisitely cooked food.

Living up to its name, the restaurant is an homage to the ocean with the Sea Blue color dominating the interior. Subtle lighting creates a relaxed and intimate atmosphere at night, making it a great place for a romantic meal or special occasion.

Seafood features heavily at SeaBlue and the menu offers classic dishes including lobster thermidor and oysters Rockefeller, and live fish tanks adorn the dining room.  The house special is a Fruits of the Sea platter incorporating lobster, shrimp, and scallops, with an added extra of truffle. 

SeaBlue also offers hand-cut USDA Prime steaks, the "turf" you can add to your choice of "surf." Choose from Filet, Ribeye, or Strip, and pair it with Maine lobster tail, jumbo scallops, crab cake, or grilled or blackened jumbo shrimp. 

Bistro 90

Bistro 90 is a North Myrtle Beach steakhouse, known to Grand Strand locals and visitors for more than 9 years, as the "go-to," Steak and Seafood destination.

Bistro 90 prides itself on serving dry aged, USDA prime steak, and chops, and claims to be the only restaurant on the Grand Strand to hand-cut all of its steaks to order.

The menu is not limited to steaks, though. The bistro also serves New York style pizza and other Italian dishes as well as locally caught seafood.

Bistro 90 has rich red and gold decor with Italian landscape paintings and dark wood furniture, creating a real Old World charm. But this bistro is as fancy as you want to make it, and you can dress as casually as you like.

The staff provide an attentive and friendly service and will leave you wanting for nothing. So, hang out at the bar, dine inside, or relax on the patio and let Bistro 90 become one of your new favorite restaurants. 

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot is part of a national chain that has turned the 70s classic of fondue into an art form.

Each table has a heating station at the center, where a bubbling pot of gooey cheese is placed. Bread and various vegetables and fruit can then all be dipped into the delicious melted cheese with forks.

The Melting Pot is open all day and offers brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu is not all melted cheese, though. There is a wide range of salads and a selection of meat from the grill. But if you are going to the Melting Pot, you really do need to try the fondue.

But make sure you leave room for dessert!

If you have never had chocolate fondue then you are really missing out. Strawberries, bananas, and cake can all be dipped into silky melted chocolate for a dessert you won't forget. Plenty of people come late just for dessert.

And all of this can be washed down with a wide selection of excellent wines.

The Melting Pot has both booths and tables so couples and larger groups can all be accommodated. An excellent way to share food with friends and family, it is a dining experience and a talking point, and you will keep going back for more. 

Eggs Up Grill

The Eggs Up Grill is a small, regional chain that started in Pawleys Island in 1986 and branches soon started "hatching" across the Carolinas. With multiple locations across the Grand Strand (Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside, Conway, Garden City, and Pawleys Island).

As the name suggests, the menu is all based around the humble egg. 

Open from 6am-2pm, there is no better way to start your day than with an Eggs Up Grill breakfast special. The corned beef and eggs are all homemade, and the sweet potato maple pancakes are just to die for. 

Other breakfast delights include omelets, french toast, scrambles, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches.

The lunch menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. All are homemade and super generous. 

The Great American Cheese Burger (Black Angus burger with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, mustard, ketchup and dill pickles on a toasted bun) is a customer favorite. As are the Loaded Home Fry Platters (fries covered with cheddar cheese, onions, peppers, diced ham, jalapenos and salsa).

No matter how you like your eggs in the morning, the Eggs Up Grill will become a regular part of your life in Myrtle Beach.

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Sea Captain's House

The Sea Captain's House offers traditional seafood favorites served in a bustling yet cozy 1930s cottage overlooking the ocean.

The Sea Captain's House has it all: atmosphere, history, fresh seafood, all with a sea view. 

The restaurant is open all day and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

The breakfast will certainly set you up for the day. The Seafarer's Omelette is made with crabmeat and shrimp as well as fresh mushrooms and mozzarella.

The dinner menu offers everything you could wish for from a South Carolina seafood restaurant such as jambalaya and traditional shrimp and grits.

The food is generous, fresh and full of southern warmth. 

Hot Fish Club

The Hot Fish Club serves local seafood in a relaxed creekside restaurant. 

Located in the oldest existing restaurant building on the Grand Strand, Hot Fish Club has a fascinating history that dates back to the 18th Century.

The Hot Fish Club originally formed as a social club for members who were dedicated to gourmet food, strong drinks, and having a good time with friends. 

The original club dissolved just after the Civil War, but the restaurant continues the local tradition of fresh fish and stiff drinks. 

Dinner is served Tuesday to Sunday from 4-9pm, but the gazebo stays open well into the night, usually hosting live music.

The menu includes every type of seafood you can think of, all at a super reasonable price. Fried or grilled seafood platters, steampots, and plates of salmon, grouper, lobster... it's all there!

And if hot fish is not your thing, then ribeye steaks, homemade meatloaf, and southern fried chicken are also on the menu.

The Early Bird Specials are served between 4-6 pm and are amazing value for money. You can get a seafood platter with flounder and oysters and choice of sides for $12.95! 

Best Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Gulf Stream Cafe

Set in a wonderful location overlooking the ocean on one side and Murrells Inlet on the other, Gulfstream Cafe is known for its scenic views and excellent seafood. One of Myrtle Beach's most popular restaurants on the water, Gulf Stream is a must-visit for any new resident or tourist. 

Gulf Stream Cafe offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Outside you can sit on the deck enjoying views of the ocean and Murrells Inlet, and inside you can enjoy a more cozy or intimate table. 

The menu is traditional seafood, including southern fried seafood platters, she-crab soup, and oysters Rockefeller. For those that are not fish lovers, dishes such as Parmesan Chicken or roast duck are very tasty alternatives. 

Like most restaurants in Myrtle Beach, the Gulf Stream also offers an Early Bird menu starting at 4 pm.

Sunday brunch buffet prices are $9.95 for adults and $5.95 for kids. Brunch items vary but may include southern classics such as stuffed french toast, seafood crepes, crab cake sliders, or N'awlins shrimp & grits.

Solé Italian Restaurant

Chef Carlos Ribera and his wife Patricia Ribera are the proud owners of Solé Italian restaurant. After 27 years from opening their first Italian restaurant in Miami, they moved to Myrtle Beach. 

Today the restaurant is a popular family-run Italian, offering dishes cooked in an authentic way by Chef Carlos and his family. 

Antipasti Napolitano, spaghetti marinara, cannoli and tiramisu all feature on the traditional Italian menu. Linguini Malafemina is one of Sole's most popular dishes. This mouth-watering dish is served with shrimp, scallops, clams, muscles in a white wine and garlic sauce or a red spicy fried Diablo.

Simplicity is the name of the game at Solé. The decor is not overly adorned or fancy. The dining room is quaint and homely, and the service is familiar and friendly. All this creates the atmosphere of a wholesome, family-run restaurant where all the emphasis is on the food.

The Library Restaurant

If you are looking for a more formal dining experience in Myrtle Beach, then The Library is an excellent choice. 

The only Three-star restaurant on the Grand Strand since 1974, The Library restaurant specializes in table-side service from the Caesar salad to Steak Diane. 

The atmosphere in The Library is an oasis of tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach nightlife. Soft classical music, candles, and tuxedoed serving staff add to the elegance and timelessness of this traditional restaurant. 

Featuring European and Continental Cuisine, The Library's extensive menu offers a variety of cuisine to suit all tastes. From the Escargot appetizer cooked in garlic herb butter to the She Crab Soup with sherry, almonds and burnt cream, the starters are excellent in their own right.

The Library is renowned for its Steak Diane, prepared at your table with cognac and burgundy mushrooms, and the Filet and Lobster surf-and-turf special. 

As to be expected with a restaurant of the caliber of the Library, the wine list is robust and well thought-out. Old world and new world wines are all chosen carefully to accompany the menu and knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you with your choice.

Martin's Restaurant

Martin's Restaurant is a bit of a hidden gem for locals in Myrtle Beach.

Founded in 1994 by chef patron Martin Dobr, Martin's Restaurant offers casual fine dining and European cuisine for breakfast and dinner, seven days a week.

The eclectic menu reflects Martin's heritage, having been born in Czechoslovakia and lived in Austria, Canada and all over the United States. Dishes include Soft Shell Crab, Frog's Legs, Wiener Schnitzel along with classics like Lobster Thermidor.

The Early Bird specials run until 6:30 pm and include Shrimp Scampi, Beef Burgundy and a Catch of the Day, with most dishes costing less than $13.  

There Are So Many More Restaurants In Myrtle Beach

So those are 10 of the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach. But that's only the tip of the iceberg! There are so many more excellent restaurants to explore. 

Along with its stunning beaches, golf courses, shops, and entertainments, Myrtle Beach really is a world-class location for dining. With the freshest seafood money can buy, and plenty of southern soul food, the food is a reason to move Myrtle Beach in itself.  

So if you are considering buying property or moving to Myrtle Beach you can look forward to exploring all these wonderful restaurants. And who could ever get bored of dining with an ocean view?

If you would like more information about Myrtle Beach real estate, or what life is like as a Myrtle Beach resident, check out our other blog posts

Posted in News
Nov. 27, 2018

10 Best Things to Do on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Have you ever jammed out to "Dancin', Shaggin' On the Boulevard?" If so, you've already taken a trip to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, even if you're halfway around the country.

The classic beach music tune, penned and recorded by country music group Alabama, pays homage to one of the East Coast's most beloved and nostalgic treasures. Though the boardwalk has seen many transformations over the years, it has retained its good, old-fashioned charm, much to the relief of the approximately 14 million tourists who visit the locale every year.

Whether it's your first or 100th time visiting, there's always something to do on the boardwalk, at almost any time of day. Today, we're diving into the ten best ways to spend your time here. 

Ready to learn more? Grab your sunscreen and let's take a trip.

Things to do on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

1. Ride the SkyWheel

Opened in May of 2011, the SkyWheel offers visitors a bird's eye view of the many Myrtle Beach attractions. Start your journey here and while you're floating above the ocean and streets below, pick where you want to go next. From pregnant women to seniors, this ride is all-accommodating, making it a spot your entire family can enjoy.

The towering structure operates as a traditional Ferris wheel, only with plush, climate-controlled gondolas instead of rickety exposed seating. At 187 feet tall, it was the second-tallest observational Ferris wheel in the country at the time of its construction. 

For the ultimate experience, schedule a trip to the SkyWheel at dusk, when it's illuminated by a dazzling display of colorful lights! Seating up to six people at a time, the ride offers the ultimate in comfort while also allowing visitors to see the city from an entirely different perspective. 

Skywheel on the boardwalk

2. Shop at the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

Since 1946, the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove has been the go-to spot for Myrtle Beach shoppers looking to score a unique souvenir. At more than 25,000 square feet, the legendary retail megalith is stocked with more than 70,000 items. If you can't find it here, you must not need it!

When it first opened, the Gay Dolphin was designed more as an amusement park for children, with a small gift shop attached. Yet, as many spots around the boardwalk have, this locale changed shape and intention over the years. One reason for the transformation? Hurricane Hazel tore down that first shop back in 1954. They rebuilt, and now it's the largest gift shop around and one of the Grand Strand's most iconic treasures.

Owned and operated by the Plyler family for more than 70 years, this is an area anchor and one you can't afford to miss, even if you don't intend to walk out with a purchase. 

Take your time perusing the store's multiple levels and 50 sections, aptly designated as "coves." From Elvis memorabilia to personalized bicycle tags, noisy seat cushions, and a lifesized Yeti, you'll have plenty to marvel at, and isn't that part of the charm of Myrtle Beach in the first place?

Gay Dolphin on the board walk in Myrtle Beach

3. Play at the Fun Plaza

When you're planning to visit Myrtle Beach, you might not think of spending a day at the arcade, but this area is good at surprising you. The Fun Plaza is the area's oldest game spot, and it has a little something for everyone. That's why it deems itself "Myrtle Beach's Largest Family Fun Center."

Those who love throwback games can hole up by the pinball or skee ball machines. More active players can try their hand at free-throw basketball or air hockey. Then, there are more computerized, high-tech games for the latest generation. This can be a great place for parents to bring their kids to work out some excess energy after a long day by the ocean. Or, it's also an ideal spot for adults to engage and indulge their inner fun-loving tyke!

Work up an appetite here, then head to find something great to eat, which brings us to our next stop.

4. Enjoy Delicious Seaside Dining

Sometimes, you just want to grab a quick snack before heading out to sit by the ocean. Other times, you want to get dressed up and head to a nice dinner with water views, enjoying some of the freshest catch of the day. Either way, you can find these dining options and more on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

If it's a fast bite you're after, try out the Killer Fries at Iggy's Italian Ice. Topped with cheese, barbecue, jalapenos, and sour cream, it's an indulgence that you won't soon forget. You can also try out the Boardwalk Snack and Ice Cream Shop, Peaches Corner or the Boardwalk Coffee House if you need to eat and run.

If you have more time, try out Dirty Don's Oyster Bar and Grill, LandShark Bar, Art Burger Sushi Bar, and Grill or the Pier House Restaurant at 2nd Avenue. Any of these will offer you the dinnertime treat you're after. Stick around a little and end the evening with a nightcap at Hurricane's Daiquiri Bar and Grill or Duffy's Tavern!

Seafood on the boardwalk

5. Take in Some Live Music

The musical group Alabama didn't just sing about the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. They played here, too, when they were first coming up the ranks. In fact, they were the house band at the Bowery more than three decades ago.

A popular restaurant, bar and live music venue, the Bowery is located between the boardwalk and Ocean Boulevard, just a short walk from the Atlantic. Even now, it's still one of the top places to take in a live show in the area. Country music group The Bounty Hunters perform six nights a week at the Bowery, so you're privy to a great show no matter when you make your way inside. 

Another popular spot for live music is Ground Zero, a venue aimed at creating a positive and encouraging space for local teenagers to connect. Or, you can head to Tin Roof, a fun dive bar that hosts myriad events throughout the week. From Friends trivia night to live acoustic, funk and rock music, there's something going on here seven nights a week. Grab a drink and your sweetheart and get out on the dance floor!

Myrtle Beach boardwalk

6. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

Visiting Myrtle Beach is a sweet adventure in more ways than one. While you're near the boardwalk, stroll down to I Love Sugar! A towering candy store with wall-to-wall offerings filled with confections, it's a dream for both children and adults.

From hard-to-find retro favorites (think vanilla bullseyes and atomic fireballs) to modern delectables, you'll have aisle upon aisle to browse. There are also clothing items and collectibles, all centered around delicious confections. Just try to leave with your arms empty!

There's a pull to this place that few can resist. It's a colorful, delightful way to spend an afternoon or to wrap up an evening of adventure. 

7. Try Your Hand at an Escape Room

In the past few years, almost every hotspot destination has invested in hosting an escape room experience, and for good reason. These real-life adventure games allow groups to work together to solve challenges and complete puzzles to make their way out of a locked room or series of rooms. Along the way, they build teamwork and cooperation skills. They also have a ton of fun!

While by the boardwalk, you can make your way into the Myrtle Beach Room Escape. Here, you can choose from a variety of room styles, but the premise is still the same. You'll have 60 minutes to make your way out! 

From rooms centered around The Walking Dead television series to jailbreak scenarios, Harry Potter themes and more, there's something to pique everyone's interest. 

8. See All that Ripley Has to Offer

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is home to a handful of adventures brought to you by Ripley's. Visit Ripley's Believe It or Not! to see oddities ranging from shrunken heads to the world's tallest man. Then, walk down to Ripley's Haunted Adventure to walk through a spooky property full of nerve-shattering surprises.

With live actors and animatronics, you'll see why this isn't your run-of-the-mill scare zone. Rather, it's a multi-million dollar property that boasts several levels of thrills and spooks!

You can also visit Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze or the 5D Moving Theater for a live action ride that will leave your senses spinning. The true-to-life 3D imaging combines with surround sound and special effects for an immersive and interactive experience like no other. Especially on a rainy day, these Ripley attractions are guaranteed fun for the whole family and a great way to see Myrtle from a new perspective. 

If you're willing to travel just a little bit outside the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, you can continue the fun with the Ripley's Believe It or Not Aquarium. Located at the Broadway at the Beach entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the aquarium boasts a variety of exhibits. The kid-friendly spot is a local favorite, with live shows, diving tours, and an expansive gift shop. 

Ripley's on the Boardwalk

9. Ride the Sling Shot Thrill Ride

Is there someone uber-adventurous in your party? If so, the Sling Shot Thrill Ride is made just for them! Not for the faint of heart, the ride propels you 300 feet into the air at speeds that reach more than 100 miles an hour.

You'll have an ideal vantage point of the entire area from your sky-high perch, though you'll begin your journey by looking at the glorious beachside clouds. That's right! For this ride, up to two people lie side-by-side on their backs, then they soar above the crowd. During the ascent, they'll be turned upright for a once-in-a-lifetime view of the coast and its surrounding structures. 

At the ride's highest point, you'll be as tall as the observation tower in the Eiffel Tower. Want a little more adventure? You can even make the capsule spin in the air as you catapult around. Then, you'll return back down only to head back up again! 

10. Take a Break By the Ocean

Of course, though there are plenty of Myrtle Beach activities to enjoy, one of the best parts about the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is that it's only a few steps away from the ocean. With many grab-and-go dining options at your fingertips, it's a cinch to buy a Nathan's hotdog and a large soda, then take your lunch down to the shore. 

With its expansive coastline, clean waters and great shelling opportunities, Myrtle Beach is an ideal place to set up camp and soak up the sun for the day. When you're ready for a refreshment or some quick entertainment, you can hike back up to the slew of shops, restaurants, and attractions that sit right behind you. 

Ocean view from the boardwalk

Visit the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Today

When you want to feel the salty air in your hair and those East Coast rays on your face, there's nowhere better to be than Myrtle Beach. The heart of the area is the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, and this is a great place to start your vacation off right.

Are you interested in investing in rental property here? The bustling tourist attractions at Myrtle Beach make it a profitable and reliable place to earn a passive rental income, all while allowing you to come and visit any time you want!

To learn more about condos for sale in this area, visit us and begin a real estate search. Our team of experienced agents knows this beach forward and backward and can recommend the best seasonal or full-time properties to meet your needs. 

Browse our market reports and get started on your next adventure today. Your beachside oasis awaits!

Posted in News
Nov. 20, 2018

17 Awesome Outdoor Activities to Do in Myrtle Beach

If you're unfamiliar with Myrtle Beach, it helps to think of it as one giant, sandy playground for all ages, whether you love art and history or an up close and personal experience with local wildlife. 

Either way, we all know why Myrtle Beach should be at the top of your list for a vacation (or a long-term stay). 

Got an adventurous spirit? You'll love Myrtle Beach. Check out these 16 outdoor activities in Myrtle Beach you won't want to miss. 

1. Visit Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum

Well this one may not be outdoors... but it is top rated! This is one of the most fun museums you'll ever visit. Step back in time and play the games of your youth or introduce this American pastime to your kids. You'll enjoy playing over 25 machines and the admission is only $12 and hour. Voted as on of the top cheap things to do in Myrtle Beach and Trip Advisors number one attraction in Myrtle Beach. 

cheap things to to in Myrtle Beach

2. Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is a favorite of Myrtle Beach residents, especially during the holiday season when they put on their Nights of a Thousand Candles. 

It's the floral jewel of coastal South Carolina, a 9,100-acre nature and wildlife preserve that's part of the Register of National Historic Places. 

It was built on four former rice plantations and was created in 1934 by Archer and Anna Huntington to feature Anna's sculptures, as well as the work of other local artists. Today, it contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture in the United States. 

You can walk the Lowcountry trail to experience local history while taking in the local wildlife at the zoo. 

fun things to do outside in Myrtle Beach

3. Kayak and Stroll in Murrells Inlet

If you like a more active daily adventure, we recommend a visit to Murrells Inlet, better known among South Carolinians as the Seafood Capital of the South!

Murrells Inlet is a quaint, colorful fishing village 10 miles south of the hustle and bustle of downtown Myrtle Beach. In fact, locals say it was once the lair of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. Today, though, Murrells Inlet is a peaceful town (with a taste for adventure). 

A half-mile stroll along the Marsh Walk gives you a stunning view and a chance to watch fishing boats bring in the daily haul. If you prefer to get up close and personal with the inlet's saltwater ecosystem, rent a kayak from Express Watersports and paddle through the marshes. 

And when you're done, don't forget to have dinner made from the fresh local catch. Murrells Inlet is famous for their fried seafood platters and hushpuppies, but don't miss out on other favorites like blue crabs, flounder, oysters, grouper, and shrimp. Make sure to dine waterfront for the full experience!

best things to do outside in Myrtle Beach

4. Visit Myrtle Beach State Park

Myrtle Beach State Park is one of the best things you can do in Myrtle Beach, bar none. 

You wouldn't expect a 312-acre oceanfront state park to be smack in the middle of a coastal tourist destination, but that's exactly what Myrtle Beach State Parkoffers. 

It was donated in 1934 by Myrtle Beach Farms, and the area has been grateful for it ever since. The park has an ocean fishing pier, nature trails, bike paths, equestrian trails, and a campground just 300 yards from the beach. 

Plus, there are all kinds of educational programs based around the park's natural resources--great for the kids to learn something new while having fun. 

Myrtle Beach outdoors

5. Explore Atalaya Castle in the Sand

Then, there's Huntington Beach State Park, another massive state treasure measuring around 2,500 acres with gorgeous beaches and some of the best bird watching on the East Coast. 

It's also home to Atalaya Castle in the Sand, the stately former home of Archer and Anna Huntington, for whom the park is named. 

It was built in the style of the Moorish fort of the same name. Take yourself on a self-guided tour through brick-lined halls and a courtyard of blossoming wildflowers and palmetto trees (free of charge with park admission!)

It's only a short walk from the beach, so you can get your surf on before lunch and get a taste of history with a pleasant stroll in between. 

best outdoor activities on the Grand Strand

6. Shelling and Lighthouse Cruise

If you want a combination of South Carolina's best sights with the water, make sure to check out the Shelling and Lighthouse Cruise

On this cruise, the Carolina Rover takes you on a three to four-hour tour along where the Atlantic meets the Winyah Bay. It's a birdwatcher's paradise, so make sure to bring your binoculars and your camera. 

You'll also pass the Georgetown Light 1811, South Carolina's oldest lighthouse, proudly lighting seafarer's way home for two centuries. 

Once the cruise portion is finished, you'll be free to comb the beach for an ever-changing array of shells. And don't forget to keep an eye out for bald eagles, dolphins, alligators, and sturgeon. 

top thing to do outdoors in Myrtle Beach

7. Soar + Explore

Maybe you like your adventures to have a bit of altitude and speed. For that, we recommend Soar + Explore, a zip lining and ropes course. 

The zip line takes participants 50 feet in the air, soaring on a course that travels 1,000 feet between towers. The ropes course is tropical-themed, standing at 40-feet tall. You'll navigate 33 challenge levels designed with more than 3,000 ropes and cables.

The challenges become progressively more difficult, so you can turn it into a full-day adventure for the whole family to enjoy. 

Explore the outdoors in Myrtle Beach

8. Visit Little River's Vereen Memorial Gardens

If you find yourself in the North Strand, make sure to visit Vereen Memorial Gardens. It's one of those hidden gems that you always hear about but aren't sure if it lives up to the hype (hint: it definitely does). 

It was once part of a 400-acre plantation owned by the Vereen family. Today, it's 114 acres of woodland and salt marsh that are popular among nature lovers, especially bird watchers. Keep your eye on the interpretive signs to see where the most interesting flora and fauna are. 

If you feel like bringing lunch, there are even picnic areas where you can relax. 

Walk through the salt marsh and gardens

9. Reel in a Big Catch

With all the water around Myrtle Beach, one of the most popular outdoor activities for tourists and locals alike is fishing. 

Whatever your fishing style--dangling a line off a pier, crabbing, or reeling in a big one off a deep-sea fishing boat--you can find it in Myrtle Beach. The piers are bustling fishing hubs with cleaning stations and seats for leisurely fishing that will bring in the whole family. 

Many of them also have cafes and live music venues on top of the bait and gear rental, so you can relax after a long day of fishing with a good dinner and a great view. 

Fishing in Myrtle Beach South Carolina

10. Go on a Dolphin Watch and Sightseeing Cruise

Myrtle Beach has over 60 miles of coastline, giving you plenty of space to see and experience the local wildlife. 

We recommend taking a cruise on the Atlantic--there's a good chance you'll see dolphins, sea turtles, and other sea life. 

If you want a dolphin cruise specifically, check out the Sea Screamer, which cruises around several uninhabited islands to look for schools of dolphins. Don't forget to bring your camera so you can share the sights with your loved ones when you get back. 

watch the dolphins

11. Horseback Riding on the Beach

What better way to take in the benefits of the ocean than a horseback ride on the beach? 

Horseback rides on white sand are the stuff of romance novels for a reason, but you don't need to be with your Valentine to enjoy a ride. 

Check out Inlet Point Plantation, which uses all 1,380 acres of Waites Island for year-round horseback tours. Experienced guides offer basic instruction in riding so that even the greenest rider can enjoy these tours. 

They depart from the stables and follow the beach trail, the Intracoastal Waterway ride, or the plantation tour. For something more romantic, you can book a sunset or sunrise tour, as well as extended trip options so you have more time to enjoy Waites Island. 

Riding horses in Myrtle Beach

12. On Par at the Golf Courses

Everybody knows that if you want a great golfing experience, you should come to South Carolina. And if you want some of the best golf courses, why go anywhere but Myrtle Beach?

For a truly unique experience, we recommend Tidewater Golf Club, which combines a scenic design with a well-crafted golfing experience. Make sure to enjoy the view at the 13th hole, which gives you a stunning panorama of the Atlantic Ocean and Cherry Grove Beach Inlet. 

In fact, Golf Digest named it one of the top public golf courses in America. 

Best Myrtle Beach Golf Courses

13. Alligator Adventure

As the name implies, Alligator Adventure does feature the many alligators native to Myrtle Beach, but there's something for all animal lovers here as well. 

If anything, it's as much a zoo as an alligator park, with animals from the local area (otters) to far-flung corners of the world (tigers). 

If you want a good show, don't forget to see the live alligator feedings and lessons in alligator handling. 

Oh, and there are quite a lot of different alligators to see here, ranging from common American alligators to Chinese and albino alligators--even a few crocodiles! Just don't confuse the two. 

Aligator Adventure Myrtle Beach

14. Campground Capital of the World

Myrtle Beach is known as the campground capital of the world. And with close to a dozen campgrounds hosting more than 7,000 campsites, we've definitely earned the title. 

The good news for campers is that you'll have plenty of options when planning your next night under the stars. 

And really, when you can sleep just a few minutes away from the sandy turf, does it get much better than that? 

Camping in Myrtle Beach

15. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade

Your outdoor activities don't need to be in the far-flung marshes or in the woods. You can experience great adventures within downtown Myrtle Beach. 

In particular, we love the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade, which has brought tons of fun activities to downtown. The Skywheel, the largest Ferris wheel on the East Coast, offers scenic views of the Atlantic and the Grand Strand. 

But don't neglect the rest of the boardwalk, because it's full of open-air cafes and shops facing the beachfront. 

Walking on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

16. Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex

Wrightsville Beach is a smooth, soothing stretch of clean sand just east of Wilmington.

It's great for enjoying the view by day or sunset, but you can also go for one of their family-friendly activities like treasure hunts and surfing lessons. If you like your beach day with a bit of history, make sure to visit the small history museum located in a restored beach cottage nearby. 

When the sun goes down, make sure to do the rounds at one of the many restaurants and taverns in the area (the seafood is always a great idea). 

17. La Belle Amie Vineyard

If you're in the Little River area and looking for an adults-only excursion, we recommend checking out La Belle Amie Vineyard. 

La Belle Amie specializes in traditional Southern muscadine wines for a true taste of the Southern life. But if muscadine isn't your thing, they also import wines from family-run wineries in France. 

Check out any of their many events throughout the year, from music festivals to charity functions. 

If you're just in town for the wine, the tasting room offers five samples for $5, which includes a souvenir wine glass (which should also help you decide what to purchase in the gift shop before you leave). 

La Belle Amie Vineyard

Want to Experience Activities in Myrtle Beach?

Myrtle Beach Outdoor Balcony

After you've tried all of these activities in Myrtle Beach, we could hardly blame you if you decided you wanted to move here for good. 

If you do decide to become a local, we're here to help you make that transition as fun and exciting as your day at the beach. 

If you're in the market for Myrtle Beach real estate, check out our available property listings to see if your dream home is waiting for you. We've got everything from single-family homes to luxurious beachfront properties to condos, so we're confident we can meet whatever your needs are. 

And if you have any questions (or just can't wait to get started) make sure to get in touch with us today.

You have questions...we have answers!  Give us a call.

Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts

604 N 27th Ave 
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

843-839-9870

 

Posted in News
Nov. 9, 2018

15 Beautiful Perks to Retirement Living in Myrtle Beach, SC

So, your years and years of hard work finally paid off. After 40 or so odd years of getting up early and working late, it's finally time to retire.

Most people look forward to this glorious time when you can sleep in and spend your days relaxing. But, the truth is that many retirees find themselves bored with no place to be 40 hours a week.

One of the best ways to avoid this slump is to choose the ideal place to move after retirement. While Florida may be the first state that crosses your mind, there are tons of benefits to living in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Do you want to know what they are? Keep reading to learn 15 perks to retiring in Myrtle Beach.

living in Myrtle Beach SC

1. The Weather is Great

Do you currently live in the northern part of the United States? It may be nice experiencing a white Christmas, but let's face it - 9 times out of 10 we curse winter weather. After all, nobody likes shoveling snow or scraping ice off their cars.

But shoveling snow is more than an inconvenience. The combination of exercise and constricting arteries due to the cold temperature make it more likely for you to have a heart attack. In fact, 100 people die every winter from shoveling snow!

Luckily, you won't have to worry about that if you retire to Myrtle Beach. The weather stays relatively warm throughout the winter, and residents rarely get snow. When they do, it's usually just a dusting, so no shoveling will be required.

Summers in South Carolina do get hot. But living in Myrtle Beach will provide you with that cool sea breeze to make the temperature seem more comfortable.

2. The Beaches are Gorgeous

Are you worried about having nothing to do if you stay in your current town after retirement? Sure, there may be a few fun things, but just how often can you check out that one art gallery before you get bored of it?

One of the best parts of retiring in Myrtle Beach is, well, the beach! It provides you with a source of entertainment that will never get boring.

Plus, the beaches are clean, warm, and have soft sand.

3. It Feels Tropical

If you're like most people, you probably spent a good amount of time at work daydreaming about escaping to a tropical paradise. "How nice would it be if I was sipping a Pina Colada out of a coconut as the palm trees swayed above me instead of doing these spreadsheets right now?"

Living in Myrtle Beach gives you the chance to feel like you're living on a tropical island without ever leaving the comforts and convenience of the United States behind.

You'll find your fair share of palm trees, which really helps bring the tropical feel to the beach. So, you can grab your favorite frozen drink and soak up the sun.

4. There Are Plenty of Outdoor Activities

Spending your days on the beach probably sounds amazing. But, if you want to make the most of your retirement, you'll want to mix things up every once in a while.

Luckily, Myrtle Beach has much more to offer than a beach. Of course, the ocean opens you up to a whole variety of activities, like sailing, boating, and deep-sea fishing. If you're looking for something to get your heart pumping, parasailing, surfing, and banana boat rides are always available.

If you want to enjoy more relaxing water activities, head up to Cherry Grove where you can go kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

Looking to spend some time out of the water? No problem! Horseback riding, hiking, and biking are also popular activities in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach outdoor activities

5. There is a Favorable Cost of Living

We know what you're thinking: "All these benefits must mean that retiring in Myrtle Beach will come with a big price tag." Well, think again!

One of the biggest benefits to choose Myrtle Beach is the favorable cost of living. It has a lower cost of living in comparison to other popular retirement cities. Both housing and transportation are cheaper than the national average, too.

Plus, property values in Myrtle Beach holds well, so buying a home or vacation home here is a great investment.

6. Taxes are Affordable

It's always nice to retire to a place with a low cost of living. But sometimes people forget to research taxes in their new city and end up with an unpleasant surprise.

Thankfully, this isn't a problem in Myrtle Beach. Not only is housing cheaper than the national average, but property taxes are below average, too.

The tax benefits are even greater for retirees. Social Security benefits do not get taxed in South Carolina, and there is a nice tax deduction for retirement income. All these benefits mean that your retirement fund can stretch further in Myrtle Beach than it could in other popular cities.

7. You Can't Beat the Golf Courses

Do you want to stay healthy in retirement but think that hiking and biking may be a little too strenuous? Well, golf is a popular sport in Myrtle Beach that produces several health benefits that will help both your physical and mental wellbeing.

Of course, it also gives you a chance to meet new friends and build relationships in your new city! Let's face it, no place would feel like home if you don't have those solid connections.

If golfing sounds like a great retirement sport to you, then Myrtle Beach is perfect. Not only does the weather provide you with excellent golfing conditions almost year round, but there's no shortage of golf courses to choose from.

Myrtle Beach is commonly referred to as the Golf Capital of the World. And there's a reason why. Myrtle Beach boasts tons of amazing golf courses, so you'll never run out of places to practice your swing.

Myrtle Beach Golf

8. There Are Tons of Festivals

Alright, so do we have you sold on hitting the golf course and the beach on a regular basis? While this will be enough to keep you entertained most days, you may still be craving a little more variety in your schedule.

And we don't blame you - with all this newfound free time on your hands, you'll want to switch things up and keep your days exciting.

Luckily Myrtle Beach is like a revolving door of festivals and events. From Oktoberfest to Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, there's always something new and unique to check out.

9. You Can Shop till You Drop

Do you pride yourself for being in style? Do you follow the latest home decorating trends?

Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to shop to your heart's content. You'll find an outlets mall where you can snag great deals on your favorite brands as well as boutiques for more unique pieces.

Of course, don't forget to check out some of the amazing dining, too! Nothing wraps up the perfect day of shopping better than an amazing dinner.

10. Don't Forget to Check Out the Art

If you're just moving to Myrtle Beach, you may be looking for the perfect artwork to hang in your new home. You can get some great inspiration at Brookgreen Gardens.

When you first arrive, you'll be blown away by the beauty of these gardens. They display impressive architecture and fragrant flowers. Keep your eyes peeled - you may even catch a glimpse of some wildlife.

But the real lure of the Brookgreen Gardens are the regularly hosted art shows and exhibitions. Since they use traveling exhibitions, you can return time and time again and see all new pieces of art. It's a great way to spend the afternoon if you're looking to relax and experience some culture.

Or check out the Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum for some retro fun

Fun things to do in Myrtle Beach

11. It's Easy to Travel in and Out

Is your son getting married? Or maybe your daughter is having her first baby (and your first grandchild)! When you're picking the perfect city to retire to, you'll want to consider the transportation options available.

Myrtle Beach has a nice airport that will allow you to easily fly to your hometown for holidays and important family events. Of course, it'll also be easy for your friends and family to visit you in your new city.

And flying isn't the only easy way to get in and out of Myrtle Beach. Highway 31 is a great option for those who are going to a nearby city or state.

12. You Can Take Day Trips

"There are so many wonderful things to do in Myrtle Beach. Why would I want to leave?!" Well, it's true - Myrtle Beach is jam-packed with activities to keep you busy. But you may want to explore the surrounding cities, too.

The cities of Charleston and Georgetown are both within two hours from Myrtle Beach. They are great places to visit if you're looking to learn more about the history and culture of South Carolina.

If you're willing to drive a little further, Savannah, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina can both be reached in four hours. While you may not want to take these trips too often, they can make great destinations for special occasions. Let's face it - nothing says romance more than a day in Savannah.

13. There's a Sense of Community

So, Myrtle Beach seems like a great place to retire to so far. But you may still feel a little unsure about moving to a touristy city. "Won't it be hard to make friends if everyone is only visiting for the summer?"

While there are tons of people constantly flocking in and out of the city for their annual vacations, there is also a strong sense of community amongst the residents. Myrtle Beach is a top city to retire to, so you'll find plenty of other retirees who have moved from all over the country.

You'll also experience that famous southern charm that will make you feel like you're home in no time. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly, that you'll wish you moved here sooner!

14. There are Many Retirement Communities

Of course, meeting friends can be hard as an adult. When was the last time you met someone outside of work, anyway?

Luckily this is made easier in Myrtle Beach due to the high volume of retirees. There are many retirement communities, including 55+ housing communities, retirement condos, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes.

Moving into a retirement community is one of the best ways to meet other retirees in the area. Most of them even host activities to make meeting people easier.

Plus, there is such as a wide array of housing options, that you're sure to find one that fits your current needs, and you'll be able to find one that will meet your future needs if you require more care in the coming years.

15. You'll Get Great Healthcare

While you may be in great health now, you should consider the quality of healthcare when choosing your perfect retirement city.

Since Myrtle Beach is a popular city for retirees, there is amazing health care available. You'll find award-winning medical centers who utilize the best treatments and technology available.

Plus, there's no shortage of senior care services, such as in-home healthcare or senior transportation services. You can feel safe aging in Myrtle Beach knowing that you'll have access to the best care when you need it.

What's it Like Living in Myrtle Beach, SC?

If you're thinking about moving when you retire, living in Myrtle Beach, SC should be at the top of your list. It offers everything from warm weather and great entertainment options, to a sense of community and top-notch health care.

Are you ready to retire to Myrtle Beach? Check out our website to start searching for properties today.

Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 1, 2018

Vacation Rental Tax Rules (So You Won't Get Screwed by the IRS)

You've gone back and forth about whether to buy a vacation home, but finally, you decided it was for you and, better still, you decided to buy a home in Myrtle Beach.

Once you've purchased the home, the last thing you want to think about is taxes. Especially if you're earning a little money from the property.

We can't blame you. It's nice to have a little extra income from a property you already love.

But vacation homes come with certain tax rules that are different from a primary residence. Here, we're breaking down the essential vacation rental tax rules that you need to know to prepare your paperwork for Tax Day.

Because while an easy Tax Day isn't quite as nice as a day at the beach, it makes that day at the beach way more relaxing.

Vacation Rental Tax Rules

Is Your Vacation Home a Vacation Home?

First things first: is your vacation home actually a vacation home?

If you don't understand why we need to ask that question, we're going to cover a few basics.

What we're really asking here is whether your vacation home is a rental property (i.e. investment property) or a second home. In the eyes of the IRS, these are two very different things.

Rental Property vs. Second Home

A vacation home can be viewed as either a rental property or a second home, but how it's classified to the IRS will change how you file taxes for that property.

If your vacation home is an investment property, then these two things must be true:

  1. It is not your primary residence
  2. It was purchased for the purpose of generating income

Basically, if you buy a property with the intention of making money off of it rather than having your family live there, then that property is an investment property.

A second home is an entirely different beast. It's defined as a residence which you and your family occupy for part of the year in addition to your primary residence. Usually, it's used as a vacation home, though it could be a condo or apartment in a city where you regularly conduct business.

Rental Properties

Tax Treatment of Rental and Investment Properties

If your property qualifies as a rental or investment property, it's taxed entirely differently from a primary residence or a second home.

Because these properties are purchased and owned with the express intent of making an income, you need to report your rental income and expenses on the Schedule E form. You will then pay the taxes you owe after deducting your expenses.

If you lost money on the property, you have two options:

  1. Use the losses to offset income from other properties, or
  2. Claim up to $25,000 of the loss against other income

Keep in mind, however, that you must have an adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less in order to fully claim the loss.

Tax Treatment of Second Homes

Second homes, on the other hand, get treated the same as a primary residence when Tax Day rolls around.

This means that all the same rules apply to your mortgage, property taxes, and interest.

For example, you can write off up to $1 million in mortgage debt incurred in buying or improving the property. You can also write off up to $100,000 in home equity debt, which is a debt against your first or second property that was not incurred for the purposes of buying or improving the properties.

These limits are overall, not on a per-property basis, so if your net mortgage debt is greater than $1 million between the two properties, you can only write off the first $1 million of mortgage debt.

Tax Treatment of Second Homes

Does Your Home Qualify as a Residence?

This begs the question: how do you know if your home qualifies as a residence?

What if you use it as a second residence but rent it out through services like Airbnb part of the time?

Basically, if your home is rented for at least 15 days of the year and your days of personal use qualify your home as a residence, then the rules of a vacation home apply. If you have absolutely no idea what that meant, read the next section. 

* Please note, we are not accountants, attornies or homes inspection companies, we are real estate brokers. You want to check with professionals for their financial help.

Vacation Rental Properties

A Few Vacation Rental Tax Rules

While there are several tax rules that law-abiding, taxpaying investment property owners should abide by, there are two big ones that come up the most often:

  1. The 14-day rule
  2. The personal use rule

These two rules are the easiest guidelines to follow to figure out what your property is considered in the eyes of the IRS and how you'll be expected to pay taxes on it.

The 14-Day Rule

Think of the 14-day rule as the golden rule of rental properties, because that's exactly what it is.

In the simplest possible terms, if you rent out your property for less than 14 days of the calendar year, then you can pocket the income without the property being viewed as a rental property, which means you don't have to pay taxes on it.

If you rent out your property for more than 14 days of the year, then the property is officially an investment property in the eyes of the IRS and, tragically, you have to pay taxes on the income.

If the home is considered a rental property, then the property falls into one of three categories:

  1. Rented for 14 days or less
  2. Rented for 15 days or more and used by the homeowner for less than 14 days
  3. The owner uses the property for more than the 14 days the home was rented

If the property is rented for less than 14 days, then it is still considered a personal residence and rental income is not taxable. This is good news because you can still deduct mortgage interest and property taxes under Schedule A.

If you fall into the second category, then the property is a rental and all rental income is viewed as business income. As such, all rental income must be reported to the IRS and the owner can deduct rental expenses like:

  • Mortgage interest
  • Property taxes
  • Insurance premiums
  • Utilities
  • Depreciation
  • Maintenance expenses

The amount of rental expenses that can be deducted is based on the percentage of days that the home was rented out, which is calculated by dividing the total number of days the home was rented by the total number of days the home was used (rental days plus personal days).

Finally, if you fall into the third category (the home was used as a personal residence for more than 14 days of the year) then the property is again viewed as a personal residence and rental losses cannot be deducted.

As you can see, the 14-day rule has a dramatic effect on how your property is taxed, so it's vital that you keep good records.

Personal Use

Part of the 14-day equation is personal use. What does that actually mean?

Well, the actual definition of personal use is fairly broad.

It includes any days that you, your family, or a relative stayed in the property (even if that relative was paying rent), but it also includes days that you have donated use of the house (for use in a charity event, for example) or days that you rented it out for less than fair market value.

Again, good record-keeping is vital.

Vacation Rental Property Tax Deductions

Vacation Rental Property Tax Deductions

So, if you've got a grasp on the whole 14-day rule and personal use rule, then we should take some time to talk about potential tax deductions for your property.

Writing Off Rental Expenses

As it turns out, many rental expenses can be written off under Schedule E, which is great news if you own a rental property.

Some common things you can write off include:

  • Homeowner's association dues
  • Condo dues
  • Insurance premiums
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Legal fees
  • Mortgage interest
  • Taxes
  • Commissions paid to rental agents

However, it also includes less obvious deductions, like fees required to pay an accountant for your Schedule E taxes.

You can also deduct travel expenses, but with certain limits. If you travel locally to your rental property, you can write off costs like maintenance or showing it. You can also write off the standard mileage rate plus parking and tolls (if you use your own car).

If you travel outside your local area, then the story is a bit different. You can write off expenses if you're traveling to collect rent or if you're traveling to maintain, conserve, or manage the property.

Repairs vs. Improvements

There's a lot of tricky IRS rules around the question of repairs vs. improvements.

It sounds like an issue of semantics, but it's a big difference in the eyes of the IRS. You can deduct the cost of a repair in a single year, but if a cost is classified as an improvement, you have to depreciate the cost for as many as 27.5 years.

An improvement, according to the IRS, is when a property undergoes a betterment, adaptation, or restoration. If you're not sure whether something qualifies as an improvement, consider whether it was needed as a result of a particular event (like a storm) or whether you're correcting wear and tear.

Writing Off Rental Expenses

Tips to Make Tax Day Easier

Even after you have a grasp on how your property is classified and you understand the types of deductions available to you, Tax Day with a vacation house can still feel incredibly confusing.

The good news is that there are a couple things you can do to make your life a little easier before Tax Day rolls around.

Keep Flawless Records

Perhaps the single best thing you can do for yourself is to keep flawless records.

As we've noted, the 14-day rule and the number of days you use the residence for personal purposes are a huge defining factor in the tax classification of your property.

But both only give you a span of about two weeks before your property stops being a residence and starts being an investment property. If those 14 days are spread out as a few days here and there over several months, it can be tricky to keep track of whether you've passed the 14-day mark or not.

And that can land you in trouble when Tax Day rolls around.

You'll have a much easier time managing your property if you treat it like a business from the very beginning. Keep pristine records of everything, but especially rental periods.

Fill Out Form W-9 Taxpayer Identification Number

Filling out your W-9 form isn't just for your taxes in the future, though that plays a big role.

Companies like Airbnb, Flipkey, and HomeAway all have to withhold a full 28 percent of your rental income if you don't provide them with your W-9. And there's no good reason to lose 28 percent of your rental income all year when filling out the form shouldn't take you more than 10 or 15 minutes.

Do yourself a favor. Fill out the form and save a copy.

Deduct Guest-Service and Host-Service Fees

Most short-term rental companies like Airbnb charge a percentage fee, which is usually called either a guest-service fee or a host-service fee.

This is taken off the top of what guests pay, so you never see it. It does, however, appear on the 1099 form that Airbnb and other companies send to the IRS each year to report your rental earnings.

You can (and should) deduct these fees from your rental income (if you rented for less than 14 days of the year).

Rental Property Investment in Myrtle Beach

Finding Your Rental Property in Myrtle Beach

You know the vacation rental tax rules, you know how to classify your property, you know what you need to fill out, and you know how to make your life easier next April.

What are you waiting for?

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Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 23, 2018

Your Guide to the Best Myrtle Beach Neighborhoods and Nearby Towns

Have you always dreamed of living the beach lifestyle?

Do you often wonder what it would be like if the ocean was only a few steps or a quick drive away?

If you're interested in the beautiful South Carolina beaches, then it's likely that you've already started researching some of the most famous and well-loved Myrtle Beach neighborhoods.

You've likely also looked into some of the more long-term residential towns near Myrtle Beach.

But with so many wonderful options to choose from, it can be tough to determine what the best places to live near Myrtle Beach actually are for you and your family.

This post is here to help.

In it, we'll break down some of the most popular Myrtle Beach neighborhoods, towns, and suburbs.

myrtle beach neighborhoods

1. Briarcliffe Acres

This Horry County town is one of the very best Myrtle Beach neighborhoods.

Especially if you enjoy the small-town vibe, you'll be pleased to know that Briarcliffe Acres has less than 1,000 residents. It's only about four miles to the middle of North Myrtle, and about eleven miles from the middle of Myrtle beach itself.

Additionally, it used to be known as an excellent area for farming, as the crops on sand dunes thrived from the sea air. Farmers from nearby towns would come to Briarcliffe Acres in the summer, to escape the extreme heat of the farms where they lived throughout the year.

Interestingly, Briarcliffe Acres started off as a retirement community, primarily because developers saw opportunity in the farming community that flocked there.

Things evolved from there, and now, families of all ages and sizes call Briarcliffe Acres home.

If you want a combination of oak forests and the beach, then this is the perfect place for you.

2. Pawleys Island

If you're looking for some of the best towns near Myrtle Beach to call home, then you've probably already started checking out the famous Pawleys Island.

Not only is it an incredibly popular destination for tourists all over the world, it's also becoming an increasingly popular area for families in love with the beach lifestyle to relocate to.

With so many things to love about Pawleys Island, it's not hard to see why.

There are only about 100 year-round residents, which means that you'll certainly be able to enjoy the quieter beach lifestyle in the off-season.

If you're into the "shabby chic" aesthetic, then there are few places better for you than Pawley's Island. It's also a popular area for those who love to play golf, as the town is home to several famous courses.

And for those who can't seem to get enough of good Southern cooking? Pawleys is a good idea.

You'll enjoy Lowcountry cuisine, irresistible seafood, and so much more.

Plus, Pawleys is only about 70 miles away from Charleston, which means that bigger city living is only a quick drive away. It's closest to Litchfield Beach, but is only about 25 miles from Myrtle Beach.

It's beloved as a destination for those who want to get away from the crowds of Myrtle, but who don't want to be completely isolated during the high season.

3. Cherry Grove

Sandwiched neatly between North Myrtle Beach and Little River, Cherry Grove is the perfect place for those who want to live slowly and quietly.

It's one of the smaller towns, but because it's still somewhat untapped, it's not in any way overcrowded. You'll enjoy evenings out on the pier -- the same place where the largest tiger shark in the world was caught!

While sharks certainly aren't the norm, fishing for just about everything else here is.

It's also an ideal space for avid golfers. After your day on the course, you should make it a point to enjoy a meal at the world famous Duffy Street Seafood Shack, which is a cultural icon in South Carolina and beyond.

Residents and visitors alike will also enjoy doing the famous shag dance at Harold's on the Ocean, a famous oceanfront bar in the area.

It's also ideal for those who don't mind spending the afternoon antiquing, as it's home to many fabulous antique shops perfect for helping you to decorate your new condo.

4. Ocean Drive

If you want to live in the epicenter of the most popular Myrtle Beach neighborhood, then you simply have to call Ocean Drive home.

This neighborhood is right in the middle of North Myrtle Beach, and serves as the "meeting point" for both tourists and residents alike. This means that there's always something going on in this area!

You can participate in shag dancing festivals and competitions that take place here throughout the year, or just try out your moves on the famous pier.

Main Street in the Ocean Drive area is home to stages for outdoor shows and music festivals, art exhibitions, food festivals, and so much more.

You'll have countless boutiques to shop at and many more restaurants to dine in. Plus, best of all, you'll be right on the water!

5. Windy Hill

If you're interested in a beach that's a popular area for families with younger children, then you should certainly take a closer look at Windy Hill.

It's one of the quieter neighborhoods in the area, and it's packed with inlet coves. This is perfect for teaching small children how to swim, and allows you to relax without having to keep an eye on them all the time.

Look for a condo in the area, as it's likely going to be one of the smartest investments that you can make when it comes to buying property in the Myrtle Beach area.

It's also just five minutes away from US 17, which is where you can find groceries, banks, and everything else that you need.

6. Crescent Beach

If the busy, more developed vibe of Myrtle Beach just isn't right for you?

Then you might want to look into the much quieter Crescent Beach neighborhood. It's one of the best-kept secrets in the area, and is especially well-known for being one of the cleanest beaches in South Carolina.

If you like taking your morning walks on the sand, then this is the area that you should consider moving to.

There is certainly no shortage of things to do in Crescent Beach. If you're more of a thrill seeker, then we know that you'll love giving parasailing on the beach a try.

You can play putt-putt with your younger children and even go scuba diving to get to know exactly what you're swimming with.

The area also offers beautiful sunrise kayak tours, so that you can always take in the most beautiful part of the day.

7. The Market Common

Of course, no article on the best neighborhoods in Myrtle Beach would be complete without a mention of the famous Market Common.

This area is especially popular among younger Myrtle Beach residents and potential condo owners, and has a more modern feel than some of the other areas.

Think of The Market Common as less of a "beach town" and more of a village. Though of course, the beach is only a few moments away!

The area is packed with all different kinds of stores, movie theatres, and famous clothing stores.

It's also well-known for the many farmers' markets and music festivals that take place here throughout the year. You can even take a ride on the historic trolley to get an excellent idea of what the town looks like!

8. Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet is unquestionably one of the best places to live near Myrtle Beach, SC.

It's ideal for those who want to kick back, relax, and enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle. The town does get busy in the summer, but you'll find that the tourists at Murrells Inlet are much less rowdy than those in Myrtle Beach proper.

Plus, it's well-known for being a fishing destination and town, which means that you'll be able to enjoy local and fresh seafood throughout the year.

As a resident, you'll also enjoy walking through the town's famous Brookgreen Gardens. The gardens contain not only stunning flowers and live oaks, but also art exhibitions and sculptures throughout the year.

It's also near to the Huntington Beach state park, which is a wonderful public space that you and your whole family will be able to enjoy.

If you feel like heading out on the town, then you can visit the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, which is dotted with fabulous restaurants and bars. Be prepared to dance the night away to the live music that's so often playing.

9. Georgetown

Georgetown is, unquestionably, one of the most well-loved Myrtle Beach suburbs.

One stroll through this historic and beautiful town, and it's certainly not hard to see why. It was first established in the early 1700s, but it's one of the rare suburbs that hasn't become overly developed since then.

Georgetown's history revolves around its lucrative rice trade, which at one time made about half of the rice for the entire United States. It was also a famous port city, and pieces of the port culture still certainly exist today in Georgetown.

Expect to see many boats docked in at the harbor in Georgetown.

It's also home to countless food and music festivals, so even in the off-season, you'll always find something to do.

You can enjoy shopping and dining on the famous Harborwalk, and even take boating tours on the public dock.

Visit the Gullah Museum, the Rice Museum, and the countless adorable shops and fine dining restaurants throughout the town.

10. Little River

Last on our list of the best places to live near Myrtle Beach, SC?

The dreamy town of Little River, which sits right on the Intracoastal Waterway. This means that it's right on the border between North and South Carolina.

Little River is primarily known as a historic spot, and is famous for being a fishing village. It's only about 15 miles outside of Myrtle Beach.

It's also nearby to a gambling boat, the Vereen Memorial Gardens, and most famously, Waties Island. Waties is completely undeveloped for close to three miles, so it's ideal for those long walks on the beach.

Waties is most famous for its sea turtles, and the community takes protecting them very seriously. Its shoreline is dotted with sea oats, live oak trees, beautiful dunes, and offers stunning sunset views.

Of course, we're also certain that you'll enjoy the annual Blue Crab Festival -- so make sure that you come hungry!

Ready to Move to One of These Myrtle Beach Neighborhoods?

We hope that this post has you excited about buying property in any of the Myrtle Beach neighborhoods and surrounding towns mentioned in this post.

Not only are all of these areas excellent spaces to live in. They're also ideal for those who are interested in getting the perfect investment property.

Of course, once you've found the right neighborhood or suburb for you and your family? You also need to find the right real estate agent to help you find the condo or property of your dreams!

We can help you with that.

As one of the highest rated real estate agents in Myrtle Beach, we'll offer you the local expertise and industry experience that you'll need to make the right move.

Ready to learn more -- and to find the condo you've always wanted?

Get in touch with us today to get started. We can't wait to connect you with the perfect beach condo for your family and lifestyle.

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 15, 2018

12 Myrtle Beach Activities That Are Perfect for Seniors

South Carolina is one of the top three states for retirees. The state sees a net increase of over 8,000 retirees moving to the state each year.

Myrtle Beach's warm climate and friendly tax laws for seniors make it one of the fastest growing retirement communities. Myrtle Beach activities provide retirees with world-class dining and entertainment.

Relaxing at the beach is fantastic! You don't need to go lay out at peak hours to enjoy the beach. An invigorating sunrise walk on the beach is one of the best free things to do in Myrtle Beach.

If you are not an early riser you can take an evening stroll as the sun goes down. Myrtle Beach has 60 miles of brown sugar sandy beaches for you to enjoy.

Expect the beaches to be crowded during peak times. June, July, and August are the busiest times of the year.

Considering relocating or vacationing in South Carolina? Let us help you discover all that Myrtle Beach has to offer.

Myrtle Beach Activities

 

1. Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum

Affordable Things to do in Myrtle Beach

If you like retro things to do, your going to love this place. It will take you right back to a time of your youth. This museum is a fun  hands on museum where you actually get to play your favorite games. Its also one of the most affordable things to do in Myrtle Beach! Located at 607 N 27th Ave, Myrtle Beach SAC 29577 you will find games from the 1970's, 80's 90's and today. 

 

2. Watch a Minor League Baseball Game

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the resident minor league team. They are a Single-A affiliate to the Chicago Cubs.

The park they play at is seniors friendly. Games tend to be quieter as there is less capacity then professional teams.

You can catch their games from April to August. During this time there are games almost every day so you are sure to find one that fits your schedule.

Promotions

Every night of the week there is a different promotion to take advantage of. Mondays you can get half off your ticket with a backpack buddies donation.

Celebrate Taco Tuesday with $2 tacos. Wednesday you can buy BOGO hot dogs. Thursdays are $1 draft beer and half off wine.

Friday is the ultimate in deals with $2 craft beer drafts and BOGO sausages. If you have a first responder ID you will also get 1/2 off your tickets on Friday.

3. Boat Cruises

There are plenty of intercoastal waterways for you to cruise. All you need to do is decide what style of cruising you want to do.

You could plan a romantic dinner cruise for you and your partner. For more of a party take a trip on the Big M Casino Boat.

Once on board, you can enjoy the buffets, live entertainment, and Vegas-style gambling. If you are looking for more adventure consider a cruise that takes you out into the Atlantic.

There are many tours that offer dolphin watching excursions. If you prefer to bring your sea life home with you, take one of the fishing charters.

4. Fish From the Piers

Love to fish but prefer to keep your feet on solid ground? Fish from one of the piers that line Myrtle Beach's coast.

These areas have some of the longest piers on the entire East Coast. The Apache, Cherry Grove, and Surfside offer clean and senior friendly facilities.

The Myrtle Beach State Park is another place you can go fishing. Know that fishing is popular and you will share the pier with other fishing enthusiasts.

Pier fishing is one of the best fun free things to do in Myrtle Beach. All you need to bring is some bait and your pole.

Apache Pier

Be sure to visit the longest wooden pier on the East Coast. It's open year-round for use.

During the day there is a bait and tackle shop open for all of your fishing needs. When it's time for a lunch break stop by Croakers.

They offer a selection of locally caught fish and shrimp. If meat is more your thing they also offer burgers and hot dogs.

When the sun goes down stick around for the nightly entertainment during the summer months. Award-winning bands come out to play your favorites.

5. Golf Outings

Myrtle Beach is known for some of the top golf courses around. There are over 100 different courses in the area to choose from.

Courses at every skill level can be found, so you're sure to find the right challenge for your game. Be sure to check out the Dune golf and Beach Resort or Caledonia Golf Course.

Caledonia

The course at Calendonia is a Mike Strantz design that has a layout worthy of admiration. Golf enthusiasts refer to Strantz as an artist with a bulldozer.

You will find 6,526 yards on 125 acres of land. Decades-old live oaks line the fairways as Spanish moss hangs from their limbs.

If you want to make a weekend out of your visit be sure to check out their stay and play packages. There is even an option to buy a combo ticket for the True Blood course across the street.

6. Experience the Art Museum

Sunny warm afternoons are the perfect time to cool off in the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach. This award-winning museum is a three-story house on the outside.

Inside though you're struck by pure sophistication. National exhibits are regularly featured.

Artists such as Frank Lloyd Wright have exhibits. Smaller regional artists also have exhibits of their southern influenced art and photography.

Admission to the museum is free for everyone. If you'd like to attend one of their many talks, events, or classes you will need to buy tickets.

7. Ripley's Aquarium

Need a place that is perfect for the young and old? Ripley's Aquarium is one of the best family activities in Myrtle Beach.

The aquarium offers a variety of activities depending on how close to the sea life you want to get. If you want to get up close and personal you could go swimming with the sharks.

If swimming is too close, you could have a sleepover with the sharks, outside the tank of course. Whatever you choose to do, the employees are ready to answer all your questions.

Everyone working at the aquarium is well equipped with knowledge of the marine life. Look for their senior discounts for cheap tickets.

For an even better deal, look for their partnership tickets. You can get tickets to the aquarium and pelicans baseball games.

8. Wheels of Yesteryear

Get ready to see some of the coolest vintage cars around. This car museum opened in 2009 with 100 cars.

A private collector owned the collection and decided he wanted to share it with the public. Visiting this museum gives you an up close and personal look at some rare vintage and muscle cars.

Over the last 45 years, Paul and Carol Cummings have lovingly restored each of the cars. They took care to preserve all VIN numbers to keep the original spirit of the car.

They rotate the cars every year in January. This ensures you'll get a new delight every year you visit.

Notable Cars

The collection includes a 1971 Plymouth "Hemi" Cuda convertible. It has an automatic transmission. It also has the E-body which was only offered in 1970 and 1971.

The Corvette is one of the most recognizable and loved cars in American car culture. Now is your chance to see a 1962 Stingray.

This particular car has knock off wheels and 327 cubic inch V-8. There are very few of these cars left in existence today.

For those who are into trucks, there is a 1955 Dodge Stepside Pickup. The V-8 first appeared on models from this year. It also has the rare feature of a large back window.

9. The Carolina Opry

Spend two hours enjoying the show that has received accolades from the likes of USA Today and CNBC. The Carolina Opry combines dance, comedy, and music to create a thrilling show.

The cast of 35 performers rotates throughout the year to provide an ever-changing show. You'll relax in the luxurious theater as you take in the world-class talent and elaborate costumes.

Time Warp

If a variety show doesn't pique your interest, consider the Time Warp series. You'll see the same world-class artists from the Opry performing the songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Musical performances get a modern enhancement with multimedia screens and special effects. This high energy show will take you back through the times by way of America's most popular songs.

10. Legends in Concert

See your favorite artists in concert again with the Legends in Concert tribute show. Each performer looks like their legendary artist counterpart.

Talent abounds though as they also sing live as the pay homage to the icon they portray. You'll find artists from throughout the ages ranging from Adam Levine to Louis Armstrong.

You'll want to keep going back as new artists are featured every four months. Some of the performers to visit Myrtle Beach include Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and Lionel Richie.

11. Brookgreen Gardens

Spend the day at Brookgreen Gardens enjoying the outdoor mix of nature, art, and history. These beautiful botanical gardens were founded in 1931 and are a National Historic Landmark.

Botanical Gardens

The gardens offer 9,127 acres of preserved and cultivated landscape for enjoyment. Check their website to find out what is in bloom in the butterfly garden.

Be sure to see the Live Oak Allee. You'll see 250-year-old Live Oak trees from the 1700s when the property was rice plantations.

Sculptures

While strolling the many gardens you will notice large sculptures displayed among the blooms. This is the largest collection of American figure sculptures in the country.

There are also three galleries that house the rest of the collection. It will take you more than one visit to see the entire 2,000 piece collection from 425 artists.

Food

If you get hungry while roaming the grounds you have two options. You can either visit the onsite restaurant or bring your own picnic.

Excursions

As we mentioned the grounds include over 9,000 acres, this is way more property than what you want to walk. You can still enjoy the property with one of the excursions offered.

Choose either the boat or overland vehicle tour to enjoy a look deep into the property. The boat excursion is on a spacious 48-foot pontoon boat.

You'll cruise the waterways of the old rice plantations now home to South Carolina wildlife. If water isn't your interest try the Trekker land tour up the highest bluffs on the property.

You'll appreciate the sweeping views of the landscape. Be aware that this excursion is bumpy and will justle you make the trip.

12. The Market Common

If you are looking for an escape from the beach tourist chaos venture to the Market Common. It's located on the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base as a live-work dining and shopping complex.

Food

You'll find a selection of restaurants offering Chinese, American, and Italian cuisine. There is also lighter fair to satisfy your sweet tooth with doughnuts or ice cream.

Shopping

Stroll along the beautifully manicured walkways as you peruse the selection of shops. You'll find national brands such as Orvis, Pottery Barn, and Southern Living.

Farmers Market

From May through September a farmers market takes over the common on Saturdays. You'll be able to buy locally handmade items, baked goods, and produce.

Grand Strand Senior Center

The Grand Strand offers daily activities and classes specially designed for seniors. Fill your day with your favorite activities or learn something new.

Some of the classes offered include quilting, oil painting, line dancing, and music. If you are looking for a card game bridge, canasta, bunco, and bingo are all offered.

Myrtle Beach Activities Are Waiting for You

If you are looking for things to do in myrtle beach this weekend, try out one of these suggestions. Before you know it you'll be meeting people, making new friends, and settling in.

Your Myrtle Beach activities don't have to cost a fortune. You just need to know where to look to find a great deal. Some great free activities are the museum and pier fishing.

The aquarium and minor league baseball games offer cheap things to do. Look for the senior days and special discounts.

While not cheap, the golfing opportunities are some of the best in the country. The same is true for the cruising charters, you'll spend some money, but get breathtaking views of the water.

Let us help you find the perfect retirement condo in Myrtle Beach with these tips.

Posted in Market Updates
Sept. 25, 2018

How to Make a Condominium Investment Part of Your Retirement Plan

Recent estimates have found that nearly half of Americans approaching retirement age don't have enough money to retire.

If you're one of those Americans, don't get disheartened yet. There are a lot of options out there that can serve as financial safeguards. A condominium investment might be the best way for you to get some enjoyment out of your golden years and make some money while you're at it.

Here are some things to consider before you do it.

condominium investment

A Condominium Investment for Retirement

In order to make an investment in a condo, there are a number of things that you have to have fleshed out in your head before you take action. From location to practicalities like finances, try to take the following things into account.

Where Do You Want to Be?

A lot of people migrate to Florida to find retirement condos, and for good reason. Before you make an investment that you hope will sustain you through old age, you should make sure that the locale is to your liking.

Consider visiting places like Myrtle Beach and see multiple locations to get a good feel. This is the first thing you should do because the location is going to be the bedrock of all of the decisions you make beyond that point. Things like property taxes and rental value will be dependent on the area and quality of condo that you purchase.

Think About the Logistics of the Investment

Speaking of things like property taxes, it's time to consider all of the extra things that don't come immediately to mind when you think of investing.

Let's flesh out a simplified example of a condo investment to give you a good idea of how much money will be coming in and out. Let's say that you buy a condo for 100,000 dollars. We'll also say that the rent you charge will be 1,000 dollars a month.

That's will total out to 12,000 dollars a year, making the return 12 percent in the first year. That's going to remain fixed at 12,000 dollars a year, and your investment will be paid off in less than 10 years, which is pretty good.

That being said, there are a number of expenses that you have to take into consideration. You'll be faced with a real estate tax, which we'll say is around a thousand dollars per year. You will also have to pay insurance on the property, coming in at around 500 dollars per year.

You'll also have maintenance fees and things to take into consideration. These will depend on the quality of the condo and the attitude of the renters. You should also consider the idea that the condo won't be used every month out of the year so there are some losses there. Let's just say that the condo will be vacant for two months per year.

Condominium investments are still fantastic options, but it's important to look at the finances realistically before you jump into something.

Condo Association Fees

Many condos have association fees that are required at certain intervals. It's understandable that these would be required, considering the fact that there's a lot to be done around the property. Just like you would need to keep up maintenance on your home, the condo association has to maintain a lot of things as well.

Maintenances can include landscaping to keep the property value up, repairs on damages from weather, and parking and garage issues. The condo association fees are highly dependant on your location, but you can expect to pay two to three hundred dollars a month if you're choosing a mid-range condo.

More Locational Considerations

On top of finding a nice location and decent condo association to fit into, you need to consider some other external factors that could impact your investment. First, is the location one that will keep people coming for years to come?

A beautiful location can get a property far, but economic factors can cause people to be scared away or opposed to the idea of vacationing there. Properties near college campuses are typically in high demand. That's a factor that isn't likely to change, either, because older parents are likely to vacation where their children go to school and work.

Other factors to consider are natural resources, economic trends, and frequency of hazardous weather. These factors will give you an idea of whether or not the area is growing or declining in popularity, which is essential to the value of the investment.

If you find an area that is on the upswing, the odds are that your demand will increase as time moves on. In that case, you can raise the price of rent and improve the value of your investment.

One thing to look out for is a growth in popularity due to a major business. While general growth in city infrastructure and popularity is a good thing, you should be wary of those cities that grow as a result of one business.

What Could Happen?

Even though Disney shows no sign of ever losing importance, let's take Disney Land, for example. Imagine that Disney Land was located on the waterfront, surrounded by condos full of people who vacationed near the park to play and enjoy the scenery.

While the natural beauty would be great, that condo would not be quite as desirable if it weren't next to one of the world's most popular theme parks. Now imagine that you bought a condo near Disney Land immediately before the park went out of business.

What was a fantastic investment at first turned into a purchase with a poor rate of return. Few people would want to vacation to a place that had no notable qualities other than a beach. There are beaches everywhere, and people are likely to purchase where there is more to offer.

Research into the area and find out what the odds are that something is going to change drastically in the near future. Associations that have been long-standing are great bets because they show a consistency with the local economy.

Do You Plan to Buy With Cash?

You might want to buy a property with cash if you have the option. Most people don't have fifty to one hundred thousand dollars on hand to put toward an investment, though.

If you're looking further out and considering buying a condo a few years down the line, consider speaking with a financial adviser to discuss ways that you could save enough to pay for a condo in cash. If you're thinking more short-term, however, you may need to mortgage on your condo.

Mortgages shouldn't be something to deter you from making an excellent investment, though. Whether you've paid off a previous mortgage in the past or you've managed to avoid ever taking one out, the option is a valid one.

Optimizing Your Mortgage Situation

There are a lot of ways that you can improve your odds when it comes to getting a good rate on your mortgage. A lot of it has to do with your credit score and your history as a renter or homeowner. It's likely that you have a lot of experience with credit if you're considering retiring.

That being said, some things aren't set in stone yet, and you can still bump down your rate. One thing that significantly helps is having the ability to put down a significant amount toward the mortgage in advance. You don't always need to give a down payment but it can really help.

You should seek to have the ratio of down payment to mortgage at about eighty/twenty. So if your mortgage is going to be 100,000 dollars, you should try to give a down payment of 20,000. This can be difficult, but you'll find that the amount you save on interest is well worth it.

Getting Pre-Qualification

Looking at a mortgage will give you a good idea of where your finances stand and how much you can spend on a property. Getting pre-qualified can happen extremely fast, taking only a few minutes if you do it online, and will give you an idea of what kind of rates you will be able to get on different properties.

Doing this will give you a framework to use while you're looking for properties. It will save you from some heartbreak if you fall in love with a property that doesn't work out in pre-approval. Pre-approval is what you do when you've pinpointed a property and are looking to take out a mortgage on it.

When you get to the mortgage stage, you should certainly consult with a financial adviser and get quotes from different lenders. Lenders often have varying pros and cons, and you may find that some will work better for you than others. Don't pick the first one you find and go with it, make sure to scan your options.

How Do You Plan to Treat the Property?

What's the end goal for you in owning an investment property?

If you play your cards right and plan carefully, investing in a condo could be one of the best decisions you ever make for your retirement. Get a good idea of how much income could conceivably come in each month and plot that forward into the later years of your retirement.

If the numbers aren't adding up the way you need them to, there are some options you can consider. If you're looking at properties that are likely to increase in value, you should consider flipping yours to make a profit and invest in another.

Ever heard of the guy who started out with a cell phone for sale on craigslist, eventually trading his way up to lavish cars and properties? Your initial investment doesn't need to be the only one you ever make. There is certainly room for upward mobility in retirement, and it all depends on the investments that you make.

Word to the Wise: Get a Realtor

Realtors have an ear to the grindstone when it comes to specific areas, properties, values, and projected value. Finding a great realtor is a lot easier than it seems, and doing so will likely save you thousands of dollars in red tape and difficulties finding properties.

A realtor will turn you on to things that you may not have considered as well. The rental industry is changing in the modern age, with many people seeking not to stay in condos, but to occupy homes for short amounts of time. This is a result of the "Air B&B" craze, which is allowing people with extra space to make significant monthly income.

You can consider buying a home in a vacation area as well. This is a great option for those seeking to retire and make money while only owning one property. If you buy a property with significant guest space, you can isolate that space and rent it out for higher rates than you would a condominium.

These rates rise if you live in an area with high touristic value. Cities that host the Superbowl, for example, find that Air B&B rates often triple, with people renting out their homes for 70,000 dollars a week in some cases. This is an easy way to have a strong income and a stream of new, interesting people consistently coming through.

For those who don't like the idea of having strangers within their home, consider properties that have a guest house on the property. Guest houses hold a higher value than sectioned off living spaces because, understandably, people like to have their own space.

Looking for a Condo? Check Out Myrtle Beach

As we've discussed, a condominium investment is better in an area that people love to be. There's no better place for condos than Myrtle Beach. The town has a tried and true history of being able to draw people in and keep them there.

If you're interested in finding a property in the Myrtle Beach area, we've got you covered. We're sure you won't regret the decision.

Posted in Market Updates
Aug. 29, 2018

7 Rainy Day Activities in Myrtle Beach for Your Family Vacation

Are you heading to Myrtle Beach for this year's family vacation?

Tourists flocking to Myrtle Beach can look forward to plenty of sunshine and hot weather. But, as with most humid climates, this area is home to above average rainfall.

In fact, Myrtle Beach receives an average of fifty inches of rain per year. This is nearly twelve more inches that the average rainfall for the rest of the United States.

That being said, it's always a good idea to have pre-planned activities that are fit for the rain. Fortunately, Myrtle Beach is home to year-round attractions that have the ability to make even the rainiest of days fun.

From a world-renowned pinball museum and aquarium to a famous outlet center and art museum, it's safe to say that there's something for everyone in Myrtle Beach.

If you're planning a trip to Myrtle Beach, you're going to want to ensure that you familiarize yourself with these rainy day activities in Myrtle Beach. We're uncovering seven of the best family-friendly activities.

rainy day activities in myrtle beach

1. Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum

If you're looking to experience the number one Myrtle Beach attraction on Tripadvisor, then look no further.

The Pinball Museum is famous in South Carolina and attracts locals and tourists alike. Stepping foot into the museum, you'll be automatically transported back to the 1980s!

The museum is home to the largest collection of public pinball machines in South Carolina. What separates this pinball collection from others is the fact that these pinball machines are functional and visitors can actually play with them.

If you're not exactly a pinball fanatic, fear not. The Pinball Museum is also a fun place for non-pinball enthusiasts to spend the afternoon. The Museum also has a number of other games available for enjoyment. For a complete list, click here!

Not only is this option fun for the entire family, it's also extremely affordable at only $12 for each hour of play. Rather than having to purchase tokens for each machine, all machines are accessible throughout the hour. Remember, this is an extremely popular attraction. That being said, you may be subject to wait times.

Here, all workers are volunteers and feel passionate about the incredible environment in which they have created as well as the children's charity they support. This is a labor of love that has been carefully crafted to perfection.

The museum is located at 607 N 27th Ave in Myrtle Beach near the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and is only four blocks from the ocean.

Myrtle Beach Pinball Musuem

2. Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

Are you looking to get in touch with your artistic side?

If so, why not spent the afternoon perusing the Franklin G. Burroughs Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum?

This art museum is considered to be one of the finest museums in all of South Carolina. It also happens to be located in a stunning retrofitted home that has been converted to a tasteful event space.

Visitors can look forward to a collection of exhibitions, interactive displays and creative and educational programs. Based on the programs that exist at the time, visitors can expect these programs to be age appropriate and cover a wide variety of topics and collections.

If you plan ahead, you can look to arrange to take a guided tour of the exhibits. If you're lucky, you might even get a chance to meet the artist themselves! For a list of current exhibitions, click here.

Because this museum is not large in size, it makes it easy to view the entire gallery in a timely manner and to genuinely enjoy the entire experience. Visitors can also look forward to an oceanview tea room as well as a much-celebrated gift shop.

Best of all? There is no specified entrance fee! Visitors can choose to donate whatever amount they see fit. This allows the art museum to be an affordable day spent with family and friends.

3. Legends in Concert Myrtle Beach

Have you always had in on your bucket list to witness a tribute band? How about the likes of Elvis Presley and The Beatles? Or, what about Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe?

While we may no longer have the option of watching these legends perform in the flesh, these tribute performances offer the next best thing! As it turns out, a taste of live entertainment just might be the best method of brightening up a rainy day.

Legends in Concert is internationally acclaimed to be a fantastic show and experience. Fun for all ages, this gives families the perfect setting for witnessing an unforgettable show.

Not only does every performer look the part, they've also perfected the natural voices and dance routines of the stars they pay tribute to. If you never got the chance to see these stars first-hand, a rainy day in Myrtle Beach is the perfect occasion to finally make this dream come true.

Of course, there are countless tribute performances throughout the country. But, Legends in Concert has truly stood the test of time for thirty years. It has also been awarded the best tribute show and has been praised by critics everywhere.

Guests can look forward to singing along the all of the classic hits. This is truly one of the best, family friendly experiences in Myrtle Beach!

Shows take place on an almost daily basis and prices range depending on the show. For added reassurance, tickets should be purchased in advance.

4. Ripley's Aquarium

If you're looking for an attraction that's really going to resonate with the kids, you're going to want to check out Ripley's Aquarium.

Here, visitors get the experience the depths of ocean life from a safe distance. Whether you're interested in the wide variety of fish that are home to the ocean, looking to come face-to-face with a shark or study the beautiful underwater environments, there's something for everyone.

You can even take it one step further and dive with sharks or have a sleepover in the company of the sharks! These are unique experiences that kids are certain not to forget.

Visitors can also look forward to an educational experience. The employees at the aquarium are trained professionals that are well equipped in their knowledge of marine life. You can learn about conservation, zoological practices and even learn more about their sea turtle rescue and release programs.

Tickets start at $24.99 for children and $34.99 for adults. However, there are specialized and discount passed available to retirees and seniors, students and those affiliated with the arm.

5. Tanger Outlet Center

Looking to strike a deal and knock some items off your shopping list?

As much as we look to spend the majority of our time on vacation outdoors, a rainy day makes for a great excuse to get some shopping done. Whether you're in search for yourself or for gifts to bring home, why not shop at a discounted price?

The Tanger Outlet Center in Myrtle Beach carries incredible stores from clothing and shoes to households and electronics. Here, shoppers can look forward to a wide variety of major brands being represented at discount prices.

These are brands such as Adidas, Banana Republic, Gap, Under Armour, Polo and more!

Sure, these items may be last year's inventory, but there's no denying the incredible variety available and at prices that you simply just can't beat. The outlet center is also home to a good variety of restaurants and food courts making it easy to spend the afternoon.

Pro tip: seek to arrive as early as possible. This helps to beat the crowds not only indoors, but also when it comes to finding a parking spot! You can also pay $10 to become a lifetime Tanger Club Member which provides you with plenty of worthwhile coupons for your shopping experience.

Unlike some major outlet malls, Tanger Outlets in Myrtle Beach has been praised for their pleasant and overwhelmingly clean environment. It's also had a major upgrade within the last few years making it not just an attractive indoor space, but also easy to navigate for shoppers.

Tanger Outlets has two locations in Myrtle Beach that are located on Highway 17 as well as Highway 501.

6. WonderWorks

If you happen to be feeling adventurous, why not work up the courage to head to Myrtle Beaches favorite educational amusement park?

WonderWorks is home to over 50,000 square feet of entertainment. Not only is the area known for their fun and exciting attractions, it's also a fun and exciting educational experience for kids.

Here, kids can learn about science, natural disasters, space, and art. It's safe to say that this is certainly a fun way to learn without sitting in the classroom!

For the more adventurous, rest assured there are plenty of tasks at hand. Visitors can look forward to a glow-in-the-dark ropes course, zip line, laser-tag arena, and a 6D extreme motion ride.

Generally, the whole exhibit takes about 3-4 hours to get the full tour and experience. However, once a guest pays their initial fee, they can spend as much time inside the park as they would like.

You can also leave the attraction and come back that same day. One ticket allows you entry throughout the entire day. This means you can leave for a quick lunch break if you'd like to stray outside of the park.

However, the park is home to a restaurant that serves common dishes such as pizza, sandwiches and more. There is also a fully stocked bar for adults!

Tickets start as low as $18.99 for children and $28.99 for adults

7. Wheels of Yesteryear

Calling all vintage car enthusiasts!

If you're looking to really blow your mind with some of the coolest cars you've ever had the privilege of laying your eyes on, you're going to want to check this out.

Wheels of Yesteryear is a car museum that opened to the public in 2009. Originally, the 100 cars in the collection belonged to one sole owner. However, he decided to open his collection for the enjoyment of the public.

Here, visitors come from all over the globe to bear witness to this incredible collection of vintage and muscle cars. This allows visitors to be up close and personal with a collection of cars that many of us have only seen in the movies. You can even look forward to seeing the famous car from the legendary Joe Dirt movie!

Even for those that are self-professed car enthusiasts, it's only natural to enjoy the simple trip down memory lane such a place brings to its visitors. This car museum is especially popular with the older population that enjoys seeing cars from their youth!

As for tickets, adults can expect to pay a flat fee of $10.00 whilst children's tickets cost $7.00.

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Rainy Day Activities in Myrtle Beach

On top of its 32,000 residents, Myrtle Beach attracts nearly 14,000 tourists on a yearly basis.

Not only are the beaches and weather patterns some of the best in the world, Myrtle Beach is also home to some incredible all-weather attractions. This is why so many visitors choose to buy vacation homes in Myrtle Beach!

Whether you're a music junkie, looking to get some serious shopping under your belt or get in touch with your artistic side, there's certainly something for everyone.

While most flock to Myrtle Beach for the beaches, these rainy day activities in Myrtle Beach help to make any day fun and exciting. And, because Myrtle Beach is home to above average rainfall, it's always beneficial to keep these indoor attractions in mind.

If you're looking to learn more about Myrtle Beach and what it can offer you, be sure to visit our blog. See you soon!

Posted in Market Updates
Aug. 10, 2018

How to Find the Perfect Retirement Condo in Myrtle Beach

The average age of retirement is 62 but the average age of death at 78.6 that leaves us with over 15 years to fill. Many people at the age of retirement choose to downsize.

Maintaining a large home takes a lot of work and money. Most retirees don't want to spend their hard-earned free time on yard work and repairs. Which is why many retirees look to purchase a condo and some even relocate to another part of the country.

But if you're going to go through all that effort, you want to find the perfect place and home to live out your golden years in comfort and style that's still affordable. Which is why many retirees are looking to move to Myrtle Beach, SC.

We want to help you find the perfect spot to call home for many years. With that in mind, keep reading to learn how to find the perfect retirement condo in Myrtle Beach.

Retirement Condo

Retirement Condo Location

Your first order of business is to determine where you want to live. Some seniors focus only on finding a place where only seniors are allowed. Usually, that starts at 55 plus but some places have their cut-off around 65 years of age.

If you're looking to move into senior condos, your first order of business is to figure out where they are located. While senior living condos are in every state, there may not be any in the town you currently live in.

You may also decide you want to live somewhere else in the country. If you choose to move, you'll have to figure out if you want to move closer or further away from your family.

Also, the weather will play a huge factor in your life. If heat and humidity bother you, then a senior condo in the south may not be for you. If however, you hate the cold and never want to see snow again, then South Carolina is a great option.

Not everyone wants to purchase a condo for seniors only. You may prefer to live out your golden years surrounded by people of all ages rather than within a community filled with members of your own generation.

Retirement Taxes

Taxes and Other Expenses

When you're retired, your income levels are much lower than when you were working full time. Due to retirement and often, health issues, many seniors are on a fixed budget.

Certain states like New Jersey are known for their high taxes. Those on a fixed income should look to move to states with lower taxes to help make their money last longer.

Most retirement villages and even condos also have added on monthly fees you're expected to pay. Most of the fees go towards shoveling the snow, landscaping, and other types of maintenance but how much they are varies depending on where you're planning to live.

Make sure you fully understand the extra expenses you'll have to pay before you decide which retirement condominium you want to spend the rest of your days in.

Choose Whether You Want to Rent or Buy

Right now, it's more expensive to buy a condo than to rent one in every state. However, before you move to a senior condo, there are more considerations you need to make.

If you decide to buy your own condo, you can decorate it however you want. It's also yours to sell, you can take out equity, and it's something you can pass down to your heirs.

If you choose to rent a retirement condominium, when something breaks, there's someone else there to fix it for free. And if something like a major appliance breaks and can't be fixed, it's replaced by the management company, not you.

Work With a Realtor

Trying to find the perfect retirement condo on your own will take a lot of work. Unless you know exactly where you want to be, it's a good idea to hire a realtor.

A realtor is going to know exactly where all the senior living condos are located. They'll also help you narrow down your search without feeling overwhelmed by the vast amounts of choices you can make.

Realtors also have an ongoing network of people and vendors who keep them in the loop whenever a new condo is available. They can also help you search in your price point and make sure you get the best deal.

Also, if you need to sell your home, a realtor will make life a lot easier and less complicated. A realtor can also help you ask the questions you didn't even know to ask.

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Look Beyond the Glitter

Most retirement condo communities come offering a wide array of activities for seniors. Many have swimming pools, tennis courts, and even golf courses.

While this looks and usually is, impressive, your goal is to look beyond the glitter to see what's really going on in the background. The worst thing you can do is end up in a senior condo where the administration is completely useless.

Don't just take one tour of any retirement condominium you're looking at. Staffing levels and senior activities may vary at different times of the day. Maybe you walked in during chair yoga which happens to be the only health class offered that's halfway decent.

Talk to as many staff members as possible. Ask them how long they've worked there for. Turnover is high at senior living condos due to the low pay. Look for a senior condo where the staff is invested in their careers.

Don't forget to talk to the residents as well. While they might look happy and healthy at first glance, you don't want to end up stuck in a community with angry, petty people who make you feel like you went back to 7th grade.

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Look at the Various Levels of Care Offered

Some retirement condos offer no care at all. You simply are a resident and are allowed to enjoy the amenities but if something happens to your health, it's your responsibility.

Not all senior living condos are like that. Many offer a range of care to their residents.

Some offer round-the-clock nursing care for individuals with serious medical needs. Others offer 24-hour supervision to provide additional assistance with daily living but are otherwise healthy individuals.

Other communities are known as continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). These senior living condos provide access to care when and if they need it. There are different levels and residents can move in between these levels as they need to.

Also, don't forget to consider the fact that while you may have your health and energy at this point, things can change at any moment. If you're planning on living out the rest of your days at the same senior condo, take into consideration possible future health requirements.

 

Faith-Based Communities

Some people may want to live the rest of their lives in a faith-based retirement condominium. Many retirement communities are owned and operated by faith-based organizations.

Faith-based senior living condos offer opportunities to make friends and provide fellowship with other residents who share similar values and morals. This may help to provide someone moving to a new residence with the reassurance that at least they have their faith in common with their new neighbors.

Many new residents feel as though they're treated like old friends and already have a built-in community to come home to. Of course, those from different religious backgrounds and walks of life are always welcome at faith-based retirement communities.

Activities

As we've already mentioned, most senior living condos offer a wide array of fun-filled activities. That doesn't always mean you want all the extra bells and whistles.

Find out what the residents at the retirement condos like to do for fun. See what types of extra amenities are offered on the campus itself.

Then look to see what types of amenities are offered off-campus in the surrounding town or neighborhood.

Whlie it's great that your community may offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities if the town doesn't have basic amenities like a grocery store, pharmacy or a few restaurants, that may become problematic.

It's also a problem if there are no nearby hospitals or quality doctors in the nearby area.

Also, not everyone wants to move to a retirement condominium and become the life of the party. Some people prefer a quieter lifestyle with only a few good friends in order to call a place home.

And if you hate golf but the golf course is the premiere attraction at your senior condo, this may not be the place for you. Make sure you enjoy the type of lifestyle offered at your senior condo.

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Focus on Low Maintenance

You didn't work your entire adult life to use your retirement for doing chores around your home. Unless you really enjoy doing that type of stuff, it's probably a better idea to find a senior condo that handles all that stuff for you.

Also, let's face it. You're not getting any younger. As you age, basic tasks become harder to perform. You may find your energy isn't what it once was.

It's also entirely possible for you to suffer from a major health problem. Even a small stroke could leave you unable to walk. While it's a scary thought, the time is now to start making arrangements for possible "what ifs".

Focus on finding a senior condo that is easy to maintain. Consider downsizing and getting rid of everything you are no longer using, no longer need, and no longer want.

Smaller space means less time cleaning. Make sure your lawn care and landscaping needs are handled by someone else.

Figure out what your next steps are should you become incapacitated and communicate those wishes with your children. Get your will in place and let someone know where you keep it.

The more you prepare ahead of time, the easier the transition. And the more you focus on finding senior living condos that are fully maintained, the more you can focus on enjoying your life after you move.

Always Read the Fine Print

If you choose to live in retirement condos for seniors where healthcare and other services are offered, there's a chance you may have to sign a contract.

Even in basic retirement villages, there are rules and regulations you should be aware of before you decide to move there. They may have a say in what decorations you can put up and what trees you can plant in your yard.

At senior facilities where healthcare is offered, it's perfectly legal for the establishment to ask a resident to leave if they are becoming a problem. A problem may be that you are simply getting too sick for them to properly care for you.

Another reason residents in senior living condos are asked to leave is for behavioral problems. If a resident becomes abusive or combative, it's common to ask them to leave to ensure the safety of the other residents and staff members.

Know in advance what might trigger the decision to have you removed from your home. Then make sure you determine what the next course of action you and your family need to take should you find yourself in this position.

What do retirement condos cost

 

 

Cost

You can now find senior living condos in all different types of price ranges. There are those for the extremely wealthy and even those communities willing to accept Medicaid.

Unfortunately, most retirement condo communities don't publish their price list on their websites. The price also depends a lot on the types of amenities offered and in some cases, which services you want to receive.

Keep in mind that not all communities structure their fees and costs in the same way. Some may have hidden fees that can quickly add up if you're not aware of them. If your retirement condo has a kitchen and you ask for room service, you may have to pay extra for that request.

After narrowing down your list of senior retirement condos and taken into account your current and possible future healthcare requirements, it's time to start collecting quotes from them all.

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Find Your Retirement Condo With Us

Never be afraid to ask as many questions as you need in order to make the right decision. Your retirement condo may be the last place you call home in this world, so make sure you love it.

We can help you find the home of your dreams. Click here to start your search with us.

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