Elms of Charleston
9100 Elms Plantation Blvd., North Charleston, South Carolina 29418
Gated, Wooded 55+ Community, The Elms of Charleston, Has Patio Homes and Garden Homes in a Pretty, Lowcountry Setting
In an area once covered by plantations, North Charleston is just north of Charleston on the South Carolina mid-coast. It sits along two rivers and is the site of the Elms of Charleston, a gated 55+ community with detached patio homes and attached garden homes for sale.
Construction of the Elms began in 1987 and ended in 2016. The original builder was Summerville Homes, but Ryland Homes took over construction a few years later and eventually built 325 properties. Flat and wooded, the community boasts Lowcountry charm and a sense of privacy.
The residences are all single level, and they are not crowded together. Sizes range from approximately 1,400 square feet to nearly 2,000 square feet with two to three bedrooms and two baths. All homes have an attached one or two car garage. Most residences have mature landscaping, a front or back porch, plantation shutters and a pitched roof. Exteriors are vinyl with wood trim. Streets meander so that traffic is minimal, ensuring quiet neighborhoods.
Prices start in the mid- to high-$100,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change. Lawn services, powerwashing of all homes once a year and painting of wood exteriors every five years are covered by the HOA.
Residents gather at the clubhouse for a variety of activities, including card games, pot lucks, dances and more. Outside of the clubhouses, a swimming pool, tennis courts and walking trails await. A full time activities director makes sure that there is always something to do. Day trips to surrounding cultural amenities and the beach happen on a regular basis.
North Charleston is home to the Boeing Company, which builds airplanes. The Navy's Joint Base Charleston is also here. Just six miles down the road, romantic Charleston beckons with its art galleries, film festivals, museums, historic homes, theater companies, restaurants and festivals.
North Charleston has a hospital, but it is not accredited. Charleston has four hospitals, and all are accredited by the Joint Commission and accept Medicare patients. For military retirees, Charleston has a VA hospital.
The area has a subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures in the 80s and 90s, and winters are mild with temperatures in the 40s, 50s, 60s. On average, the city receives 46 inches of rain per year.
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Francisco de Gordillo explored the present-day South Carolina coast during 1521 but was unable to establish a town. The French also failed to colonize in 1562. The English settled here in 1670, but they moved on to Charleston when the conditions worsened. The two Carolinas split officially in 1729. The state was the first to leave the Union during the Civil War.
South Carolina was once primarily agricultural and still grows peanuts, watermelons, peaches and tobacco. Today, though, it is mostly known for its textile mills. Wood products, asbestos, steel, pulp and chemicals are particularly important. A commercial tea plantation, and the only one in America, lies on an island 20 miles South of Charleston.
Top attractions include Fort Sumter, which is a national monument, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the Cypress Gardens (located in Charleston), Hilton Head resorts, the Cowpens National Battlefield, the Botanical Gardens and the Riverbanks Zoo.
Population - 4,961,018
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 5%
White persons, not Hispanic - 64%
Median household income - $45,483
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
55+ Communities and Single People
It often seems as though 55+ communities are full of happily married people. This is not always the case, though, as the demographic fact is that women often outlive their spouses. It is true that newer developments draw couples because newer developments tend to draw younger retirees. This is simply because older communities have residents who moved in longer ago. Older developments have more singles, particularly women, because the residents are often older. As to where to find single men, that is out of our area of expertise.
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