Guide to Buying Vacation Property in South Carolina

Beachfront house with wooden walkway

by Caroline Kirby

Rich history, tranquil beaches, welcoming people, and southern charm are just a few good reasons why you should add South Carolina to your list of destinations. In fact, South Carolina has been smashing records related to tourism year after year as more people start to see the allure of the Palmetto state.

Looking for a vacation property? South Carolina is a hidden gem for family getaways and relaxing days. Read on to learn more about why this small state has a lot to offer and what your options are when it comes to buying vacation properties.

What Are You Looking For?

South Carolina has a little bit of everything and contrary to popular belief it isn’t just for beachgoers—in fact, we can break the state down into three geographical categories. Mountains, Midlands, and Coast; so what are you looking for? If you’re not sure, we’re going to explore all three options today to help you make the right choice.

1. The Mountain Region

Full of waterfalls and state parks this area is excellent for anyone with a dream of their own cabin in the woods. Head to Greenville which sits at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains and is home to one of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s last creations. Further north you’ll find the Blue Ridge mountain region which is small but has tons of state parks.

2. The Midlands

If you can’t decide how to split your time between the beach and the mountains, the Midlands is a great choice. This region is within close proximity to many lakes, rivers, and large cities. If fly-fishing or whitewater rafting is more your speed, this is the area for you. Columbia, Lexington, and Seven Oaks are all popular cities.

3. The Coast

Perhaps the most famous area of South Carolina is this—thanks to the sandy white beaches (which are generally less crowded than those of Florida), historic cities, and top-notch golf courses, what’s not to love? Choosing the right part of the coast will depend on what you’re looking for. Charleston is a bustling city with a lot to offer but moves at its’ own pace while Pawleys Island is a low-key, relaxing beach town.

If reading about these regions didn’t make you fall in love with South Carolina, we’re sure the affordable prices will do the trick. Apart from figuring out your budget, when deciding what you want from a vacation property we recommend going over the following two questions:

Who is the home for? You and your spouse? All of the grandkids? Take some time to decide who and how often people will be visiting.

What activities do you enjoy? If you know that you only want beach time, then the coastal region is obviously the best choice, but maybe you want a little combo of beach and mountain? Then you should be looking in the Midlands. Hammer out what it is you want from the area.

Having a home away from home is a dream for many and if you’re ready to make that dream a reality we have the resources you need. Check out all the listings in South Caroline right here.

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