It is no surprise that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is attracting droves of new residents this year. Anyone interested in swapping a metro hustle for miles of pristine sandy beaches, seafood brunches, and mild weather all year round is bound to set their sights on Myrtle Beach. This South Carolina beach town has been a beloved tourist destination for decades. To this day, Myrtle Beach draws upwards of 14 million visitors each year. Add this to a growing community of long-term residents, and you have a thriving blend of energizing vacationers with the mainstays of the community. With leisure on the menu, scouting a new home in Myrtle Beach may feel too good to be true – but we’re here to tell you, the sky is the limit for new homebuyers on and around the Grand Strand. Here are a few reasons why residential life is thriving in this gem on the Carolina coast.
Reasons To Check Out New Homes in Myrtle Beach
- Beaches for Days
Could life feel like a vacation every day? Gazing out upon a Myrtle Beach sunset evokes feelings of summer vacation, long days in the sun, and relaxation. We can’t emphasize enough how impressive and inviting the beaches are in Myrtle Beach. The area boasts 60 miles of white sandy shoreline – with a refreshing variety of waterfront amenities dotting the coast.
Tourists are known to flock to places like SkyWheel Myrtle Beach, an enormous observation Ferris Wheel that offers city views and a dazzling Atlantic vista, all in one spin. SkyWheel is a short stroll from the Myrtle Beach boardwalk, an elaborate 16-block promenade dotted with shops, restaurants, bars, and places to take in the local color. Any day of the year, visitors to the boardwalk can check out tourist hits, from thrill rides to the arcade to haunted houses. The boardwalk is home to a number of exciting festivals that take place all year long, drawing visitors and locals alike. The Carolina Country Music Fest in early summer, for instance, features over 30 of the biggest names in country music for several days of rocking, rolling, swaying, and dancing with crowds of fans. SunFun is a festival with games, parades, entertainers, and street snacks on a more family-friendly note. All summer long, Hot Summer Nights runs almost every night with family fun, live music, and more. And, for those who want to warm up the boardwalk in the winter months, Holidays on the Boardwalk includes a light festival, visits with Santa and the Elves, and the spirit of the holiday season.
To break free from the crowds, Myrtle Beach State Park is a wildlife preserve with a long stretch of undeveloped, pristine coastline. This local favorite is a sweet place to take in the wildflowers, watch for bald eagles and sea turtles, and take camping trips.
Fishing, paddling, and sailing are hot attractions on the Myrtle Beach waterfront. Water babies take note; there is no shortage of recreational joy on the enormous crescent of sand that makes up the Grand Strand. Some of the most family-friendly beach zones are around Surfside, just south of Myrtle Beach State Park. Young adults and college-aged kids find their niche around 21st Avenue, where the beaches have a thriving social scene. Murrells Inlet and Garden City are stunning areas where parks give way to the beach, creating a sense of true escape.
- A Lifestyle You Can Afford
Another reason Myrtle Beach is worth considering beyond what it offers for tourists: it is affordable to live there! New homebuyers will feel unintimidated by the cost of newly built houses in beautiful communities throughout the Myrtle Beach area. The cost of living is well below the national average. This means essential everyday goods, groceries, healthcare, and transportation will not break the bank. To sweeten the deal, even more, Myrtle Beach benefits from delightfully affordable tax rates. Sales tax is comparable to other high-volume tourist destinations; however, property taxes are remarkably low in South Carolina, considering its tremendous appeal for new homebuyers.
- Weather That Makes You Want to Explore
Not all east coast beach towns can offer a year-round climate that makes people crave outdoor time. Yes – summers are hot and humid, but the great Atlantic is right there to cool you down. And in wintertime, daytime temperatures are mild and inviting.
New homebuyers fleeing the Northeast and Midwest can appreciate the lure of a climate that makes it possible to live life outdoors, any month of the year. Imagine the possibilities for gardening, entertaining, hosting out-of-town guests, and taking advantage of the great outdoors.
More famous than its SkyWheel or its Medieval Time is Myrtle Beach’s coveted status as a paradise for golfers. Known by many as the “Golf Capital of the World,” there are more than 100 golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area – and some are very near the water’s edge. A favorite for PGA Championships and amateur courses as well, Myrtle Beach is the perfect home for families who bond over making par.
Myrtle Beach’s esteemed place in golfers’ hearts may be common knowledge – but did you know that it is also home to more miniature golf courses than any city on earth? That’s right; there are enough mini-golf courses around the Grand Strand to merit a Pro Golf Association’s Tournament. If nothing else, long-term residents have a trusty venue for every birthday party or celebration for years to come without ever having to visit the same mini golf course twice.
- Excellent Livability
Sure, the tourism is good – but how does Myrtle Beach provide for its long-term residents? Myrtle Beach does not disappoint when it comes to schools, healthcare, transportation, and easy access to other parts of the Carolinas.
Because the city’s temporary population expands dramatically during high tourist season, it is surprisingly well equipped with healthcare services for short-term and long-term care. The Myrtle Beach area is also well equipped on the education front, with excellent options for elementary school, middle school, high school, and a handful of notable universities.
On the transportation front, central Myrtle Beach is highly walkable and pleasant for getting around on foot or by bicycle. Within the central business district, the Coast RTA system is helpful for traveling longer distances within the area. Beyond the city center, having a car is crucial. Carolina gems like Wilmington and Charleston are just a short drive away to keep you plugged into the surrounding culture. Myrtle Beach is served by Myrtle Beach International Airport, which is conveniently located in the heart of tourist destinations and offers hundreds of nonstop flights from far-flung places like Miami, Denver, Minneapolis, and Boston.
H&H’s New Homes Myrtle Beach
If you’re a new homebuyer and want to get a deeper look at how you could make your next home in the land of permanent leisure, H&H Homes has you covered. We build high-quality, newly constructed homes in communities throughout the Myrtle Beach area, with communities in Longs, Conway, Little River, and Carolina Forest.
Homebuyers who want to be close to the action and the beat of Myrtle Beach will love Indigo Bay, a gated, master-planned community in the heart of Carolina Forest. Not only does Indigo Bay feature a 50-acre lake – but it also includes a private clubhouse with a pool. Poolside days, kayaking in the lake, and soaking up the sun are all on the menu in this exceptional community. Local favorites like golf courses, the Hulk-Horry County Bike Park, and outlet malls await just outside the gates.
Are you seeking a bit more peace, quiet, and luxury? A short drive inland from the buzz of Myrtle Beach, in lovely Conway, South Carolina, H&H’s community at Shaftesbury Oaks. This brand new neighborhood sets charming, newly constructed homes amid 300-year old oak trees. There is a world-class golf course at Shaftesbury Oaks as well as a warm and inviting clubhouse. Spend your evenings taking in breathtaking views of the Waccamaw River on the clubhouse patio, and your days on the golf course, at the pool, or soaking up the fun at the beach.
H&H Homes is currently building brand new construction just across the Intercoastal Waterway from central Myrtle Beach in Little River, South Carolina. Our Villas at Sandridge neighborhood is an exciting, brand-new community where residents can benefit from the joys of starting fresh, with easy access to local schools and churches, North Myrtle Beach’s deluxe nature trails, and beach complex, and an abundance of places to eat and shop off Highway 17.
H&H Homes is one of the most trusted, premier home builders in South Carolina. Get in touch today with our skilled team of Online Home Sales Counselors to learn more about a community, explore great deals, or estimate your home loan costs. We are here to make the home buying process as smooth and collaborative as possible. Let us help you find the perfect nest to start your next chapter in beautiful Myrtle Beach.