Known for its equestrian culture, charming Aiken has a lanquid pace, leafy neighborhoods and stately homes. It is a great retirement spot!
Kalmia Landing is a cozy, lushly landscaped 55+ community on 35 acres in Aiken, South Carolina. It was built from the 1980s to 2007 and is dotted with 126 single family homes and 12 condominiums.
Overlooking the May River on South Carolina's southern coast, Bluffton began as a summer retreat and today is growing thanks to its proximity to Hilton Head Island.
This active adult developments boasts a wide range of prices, a town square, a performance hall, a large social hall and more.
Beautiful, romantic and full great restaurants and historic architecture, Charleston charms nearly everyone. Is it a great place to retire?
Once home to pirates and bounty hunters, Folly Beach is on Folly Island just southeast of Charleston and is known to locals as the "Edge of America."
Known for having one of the best beaches in the state, Garden City is surrounded by creeks and tributaries, making fishing, crabbing, birding and boating a way of life.
In the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greer is growing and has a revitalized town core, historic neighborhoods and an award-winning parks and recreation department.
Started in the mid-1600s and on a barrier island of the same name, wooded Hilton Head Island, or Hilton Head, is largely a confederation of 15 gated communities, most of them tucked in large stands of trees.
Hilton Head Island, located on a barrier island of the same name off the southern South Carolina coast, is the setting for beautiful Hilton Head Plantation, an all ages community that appeals to baby boomers, empty nesters, pre-retirees and retirees. Construction began in the early-1970s and is ongoing.
This affluent barrier island community is just 15 miles east of Charleston on the mid-South Carolina coast. It may be best known for its clean beaches, weathered boardwalks and colorful eateries.
Irmo is in the heart of South Carolina's Midlands, just outside of the capital city of Columbia and almost halfway between the state's mountains and its beaches. It has small town charm and a good reputation.
Lexington is in the center of South Carolina, just outside of Columbia, the state capital, and started out in the early-1700s when England's King George II established several backcountry townships.
Land's End is a gated, all ages condominium community. It takes up about a third of a strip of land that juts into Lake Murray. Some sections of the peninsula are only wide enough for a road and nothing else.
The Palmetto State was one of the original 13 Colonies and a major player in the American Revolution. It was the eighth state to enter the Union on May 23, 1788. South Carolina's early agriculture economy was dependent on slave labor. The first state to secede from the union in 1861, South Carolina was also where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired.
South Carolina is comprised of three geographic regions. Its Lowcountry (the Atlantic Coastal Plain) includes the Sea Islands, salt marshes, estuaries, bays, and the Sandhills. Up Country begins with the Piedmont. Rivers here helped encourage the growth of Columbia, the capital city. The Blue Ridge Mountains contain Caesar's Head State Park and Sassafras Mountain, the state's highest point. Weather across all areas can be humid. Winters can be mild, summers hot. Snowfall is rare. Tropical cyclones can be a problem.
The state continues to be an agricultural powerhouse. Peaches, pecans, broilers, turkeys, and cattle are leading products. Shrimp, clams, crabs, oysters, and snapper contribute to the economy. Thanks to the state's tourism business, service industries have become important. Myrtle Beach is one of the nation's primary resort destinations and hosts more than 100 golf courses.
Musicians James Brown, Chubby Checker, and Dizzy Gillespie are native South Carolinians. Visual artist Jasper Johns studied at the University of South Carolina. The Columbia Ballet, founded in 1961, has grown from a small community troupe into a national force.
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