Living Someplace Others Want to Vacation:
We all let out a little whoop recently when the New York Times ranked Greenville, SC as one of the top 52 places to visit this year. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/travel/places-to-visit.html?_r=2 They shined a light on what we celebrate every day in the Upstate: clean air and gorgeous landscapes, a vibrant restaurant scene, big-city cultural opportunities, and solid recreational options. What’s not to love?
At Sabal, we’ve been building permanent homes in three regions where lots of people want to visit. Myrtle Beach attracts 16.1 million people a year; Charleston 4 million and Greenville is growing at 3.9 million.
It’s no accident that we’ve concentrated our work within those three regions. A recent article on Money Crashers http://www.moneycrashers.com/best-american-vacation-towns-live-year-round/ noted that while not every tourist-friendly town is a candidate for full-time relocation, there are those that make absolute sense. (In fact, Greenville made Money Crashers’ list at #9. The writers noted its proximity to the I-85 corridor, the southern Appalachians, and the surrounding green space and forest that lend a small-town feel.)
The article notes that full-timers look for the “sweet spot” of ample employment opportunities, reasonable living costs, family-friendly amenities and recreational opportunities that often are too hard-to-get in bigger cities or suburban sprawls.
South Carolina is winning the relocation race: United Van Lines reports our state is the #2 relocation destination in the country. And we’re betting a healthy percentage of those folks were initially introduced to the charm of the Palmetto state as visitors. So what extra benefits do you get when you move to Sabal’s South Carolina communities?
- In Myrtle Beach, you gain access to miles of pristine white sand beaches, multiple golf courses, affordable air access via the International airport, a growing sector of employment opportunities, and so much more.
- In Charleston, the beach beckons, as does historic downtown, dozens of nationally renowned restaurants, world-class festivals like Spoleto and SEWE, and the list goes on.
- And Greenville? Well, there’s the one-two punch of Fall for Greenville and Artisphere festivals, as well as mild summers, a buzzing food and brewery scene, and access to a very robust employment scene.
The bottom line for many is that a permanent home in a place where millions vacation is often the perfect way to balance life and work. Just remember to plan for all those visitors to YOUR home (guest bedrooms tend to fill up pretty fast in this part of the country!).