114 Walden Lake Rd., Conway, South Carolina 29526
Lakeside Crossing, a Peaceful 55+ Manufactured Home Community Not Far from Myrtle Beach, Boasts Attractive Homes with Views of Water and Woods
Located about 15 minutes inland from the Atlantic Ocean and about five miles from Myrtle Beach on South Carolina's northern coast, Conway is the setting for Lakeside Crossing, a 55+ manufactured home community in a quiet, suburban-like setting. The community has 700 or so properties with nine different floorplans. It was developed by Sobel Company but is now owned by Sun Communities.
Home sizes range from approximately 1,100 square feet to approximately 2,800 square feet and have two to three bedrooms. Optional upgrades include a fireplace, a skylight, a sunroom, custom cabinetry and a custom deck. All residences have an attached garage and a front porch, and many back to a lake or a wooded area. Lawns are well maintained.
Prices start in the low-$100,000s. Most homes have an HOA/lot fee in the $400 to $600 per month range, depending on the property's age and location. The fee covers street maintenance, lighting, trash pick-up, lawn mowing, amenities access and the land rental. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change down the road.
It is worth noting that before Sun Communities bought the development in 2015, residents complained about rapidly rising HOA fees. Those concerns seem to be gone now.
The clubhouse boasts a heated pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor Jacuzzi, a computer center, tennis courts, a library, a hobbies studio and aerobics classes. Outside is a private fishing pier and a lakeside beach. The community employs an activities director so there are plenty of social and recreational get-togethers year-round.
One of the oldest towns in South Carolina, Conway started out in 1734 and sits along the Waccamaw River. It has grown by nearly 25% in the last decade and attracts families and retirees looking for a slower pace, proximity to the ocean and a lower cost of living. Parts of Conway are a little bedraggled, but giant moss-draped live oaks and distinctive homes create a classic Southern tableau.
Conway Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.
The climate is hot and humid in the summer and mild in the winter. The average January high is 56 degrees, and the average July high is 88 degrees. On average, the area receives 52 inches of rain per year. Hurricane Matthew in 2016 brought street flooding to Lakeside Crossing. Hurricane Florence in September, 2018 caused minimal damage.
Visit www.suncommunities.com/community/lakeside-crossing for more information.
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
Designed for Aging
Many new retirement developments are being "designed for aging." What does this mean? While baby boomers have every intention of staying active during their retirement years, living with design elements that make one's living space more accommodating is also a good idea. In homes designed for aging, the home has just one story. The path from the master bedroom to the bathroom is short, well-defined and well-lit. Door handles are levers instead of knobs. All thresholds are flush. Toilets are a few inches higher. Bathroom floors are made from a no-slip material. In a well-designed home, these are just a few of the features specifically incorporated for aging bodies.
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