|Charleston, South Carolina, a
city steeped in American Revolution and Civil War history
and culture, is the location of genteel The Elms of
Charleston, a former plantation (circa 1694) that is now a
gated 200-acre, 55+ active adult community with patio homes
and town homes for sale. This development is smaller
than many newer communities and with only 319 residences
tucked along tidy, tree-lined streets, it has the ambiance of a
quaint village. The builder here is Summerville
Construction of The Elms started 1987, so it is an established community
with new and re-sale homes. Re-sales town homes range in size from 1,254 square feet to 1,381 square feet, have two
bedrooms and 1.5 to 2.5 baths. Mid-sized single
family homes have 1,464 square feet,
two bedrooms and two baths. The largest single
family homes have three bedrooms, two baths and come with 1,749 to
square feet. All
residences come with a one or two car garage and are built on one level. HOA fees
include exterior maintenance, lawn maintenance and all
amenities. Visit www.summervillehomes.org for more information.
One of the pluses of living at The Elms is the close proximity of
Charleston Southern University and the Trident Regional Medical Center, a
296-bed, tertiary-care hospital providing a comprehensive range of
Residents also enjoy a large clubhouse (8,500 square feet) with
a pool, croquet courts, tennis courts, a library, game rooms, a kitchen, a
dining room and an exercise room. On staff is a full-time Resident
Services Director, and there are more than 50 clubs and plenty of scheduled
events to provide opportunities for social interaction. There is also a
fully-stocked fishing lake.
North Charleston is a suburb north of
Charleston and will soon be the site of a new Boeing manufacturing plant.
as the name would imply. delightful city, characterized by West African, traditional southern American and
French elements. Founded in 1670, it is known as the Holy City
due to its number of churches. Live oaks draped in Spanish moss, grand
historic homes and southern hospitality all add to Charleston's charm.
Having said that, there are also risks to retirement in Charleston. Located in southern
coastal South Carolina, it has a significant hurricane risk. Mild winters, hot, humid summers, and significant rainfall are the
norm; the average January high is 58 degrees, and the average July high is 90
degrees. January lows are in the 30s and 40s; July lows are in
the 60s and 70s. Charleston also has a higher than average crime rate.
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