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Coastal South Carolina Best Places To LiveWelcome back to another week of visiting the Coastal SC best small towns and cities in the coastal Charleston SC metropolitan area!

Now it occurred to me the other day that in all my enthusiasm I’ve neglected to talk a little about why I’m bringing these best places to your attention.

You longtime readers of The Carolina Report know that one of the reasons I recommend looking at smaller cities and towns outside much larger metropolitan areas is that you will often find good deals.

When it comes to housing, cost of living, community, peace of mind, etc., being next door to a bigger city you’ll still be able to enjoy all they have to offer.

I’m always amazed at the opportunities that can be had in such places throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.

Take some time and look at some of the previous issues of The Carolina Report about small towns that have taken off in the North Carolina Piedmont best places to live of  Raleigh NC area.  You’ll notice that a lot of areas went from small towns that had spent decades slowly dying, to in a matter of years becoming not just viable communities but vibrant places where people really wanted to make a life.

I don’t know how many places I’ve gone in South Carolina and North Carolina where the remnants of old long dead factories and warehouses have been given new life as apartments or shops and with them entirely new neighborhoods have formed.

There’s a lot to take in so sit back and enjoy the ride and keep a few of these things in mind as we continue this journey to the best places around Charleston SC together!

For the next few weeks we’re in the fun, sun and sand of South Carolina Coast Best Places To Live.

This week we head to a seven mile long, one mile wide barrier island just 25 minutes east of downtown Charleston, SC to the city of Isles of Palms, SC, population 4,133.

Coastal South Carolina Best Places To LiveIf you like the beach, you’ll love Coastal SC Isle of Palms because it’s pretty much the center of life here in this relatively affluent little beach town.

Sixty years ago Isle of Palms SC was a sleepy little Charleston bedroom community blessed with a wonderful climate, a wide blue ocean and a lot of amazing natural beauty.

Most of that holds true today but what has changed is the level of development and how accessibility has improved over the years.

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People here know how to have fun, but are also quite active in their community and interested in making sure what they have is preserved and well-taken care of.

It’s the kind of place where being on the “Island Turtle Team” that monitors the native endangered loggerhead turtle population is a big deal.

In general, Isle of Palms SC has first rate services and amenities.  Its local shops thrive and its restaurants are first class and very well-known throughout the area.

And remember, if there’s something you can’t find in Isle of Palms then Charleston is only minutes away and Mount Pleasant SC is even closer.

Isle of Palms SC is on the high end of real estate prices in the area but if you decide to relocate or retire here you definitely get a lot for your money.

Our second Coastal SC community this week is conveniently located in the northeast corner of the Isle of Palms but instead of a town or city we are going to visit something we haven’t talked about in awhile; a planned gated private resort community.

Sitting on some of the most beautiful Coastal SC land you’ll find in North Carolina or South Carolina, is Wild Dunes, with a year round population of around 500 families.

Coastal South Carolina Best Places To LiveFirst off, why are we looking at a planned community?

Well, why not?

Remember, most planned communities are little towns unto themselves that provide you a sense of assurance about the safety of both you and your family and your real estate investment.

Better yet you can be just as assured that your neighbors share similar interests and concerns or why would they be living there?

Wild Dunes is both an exclusive resort as well as a gated residential community.

Some have described it as “living in a first class vacation destination surrounded by a private country club.”  In fact, permanent and part-time residents of Wild Dunes can buy membership in the Wild Dunes Club.

This means at any time you can run by the resort and have access all manner of services and amenities, first class golf and tennis facilities and so much more.

Needless to say, real estate prices here are well above local, state and national averages but I will say that Wild Dunes has an active community association.  Virtually every neighborhood condominium complex has similar homeowners organizations offering both high standards and more assurance that you will enjoy living here.

Speaking of other planned communities within Wild Dunes, I want to put in a plug for the Villages at Wild Dunes which you’ll find in our SC Communities Directory.

Although I have no hard and fast numbers on median home values in Wild Dunes, I can tell you the typical house or condominium in the Villages runs anywhere from $450,000 to $2,000,000+ with the typical square footage running from 500 to 3,000 sq. ft.

Whether you’re considering finding a part-time vacation home or getting ready to take the plunge and have a little fun, the Wild Dunes is an amazing place to relocate or retire in South Carolina.

I’ll see you next week as we continue to visit the best places to live around Charleston, SC.

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Robert Bencivenga is a professional site locator and location analyst for major corporations. Robert researches the growth of NC and SC to find the Best Places to Retire or Relocate that are still affordable.

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