Hilton Head Lakes
61 St Andrews Crescent, Hardeeville, South Carolina 29927
Lowcountry Lakefront Community of Hilton Head Lakes is Popular with Baby Boomers and Boasts Single Family Homes, a Golf Course, a New Amenities Center and More
Sandwiched between historic Savannah and Hilton Head Island near the southern South Carolina coast, Hilton Head Lakes sits on nearly 1,000 acres of flat Lowcountry land. Construction began in 2008 and at build out, the community should have 600 single family homes. Although it is not age-restricted, Hilton Head Lakes markets itself to people seeking a place to retire and has amenities that appeal to older active adults.
The development has had a number of builders, but the current preferred builder is RealStar. Floor plans range from 1,298 square feet to nearly 3,000 square feet and include two to four bedrooms, two to three baths, a two car garage and a screened porch or lanai. A den, bay windows, a bonus room, a second floor and a sunroom are extra options. Exteriors are vinyl or stucco with brick or stone accents and come in muted green, blue or brown. Some garages face the street while others sit an a 90 degree angle to the front entryway.
Prices begin in the high-$100,000s and reach into the $500,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as it may change.
With nearly half of the community grounds preserved in their natural state and the other half nicely groomed, Hilton Lakes has a soothing quality. The elegant, 14,000 square-foot clubhouse sits next to more than 150 acres of navigable lakes and has day docks. The brand new amenities center has a swimming pool with a beach entry, a grilling area and a fitness center.
Residents also enjoy 12 miles of walking trails, an 18-hole golf course, practice greens and a beach. A full-time activities director is on staff to help organize events, classes and groups. Zumba, knitting, book discussions, poker, canoeing, and kayaking are currently on the community calendar.
Wooded Hilton Head Island is just 20 minutes to the east. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and its Choral Society have strong regional reputations. The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a showcase for theater professionals and a venue for festivals, including WineFest, one of the largest such festivals on the East coast.
Savannah, 20 miles to the southeast of Hilton Head Lakes, is known for its diverse culture, eclectic culinary scene and old fashioned Southern hospitality. Once on the decline, it is now happily flourishing as an architectural showcase. Civil War era cemeteries, 150 year old churches and 10 museums ensure that there is always something to explore. The bottomland hardwoods and marshes of the nearby Savannah Wildlife Refuge are home to a long list of migratory birds and other wildlife.
Hardeeville's Coastal Carolina Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 70s, 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are usually in the 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 48 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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