Retire in America's Most Romantic City

January 31, 2017

Retirees are falling in love with Charleston, named “America’s Most Romantic City” by Travel + Leisure magazine. A growing number of 55+ communities are popping up around the charming southern city, offering a revitalizing sense of adventure for active adults. Charleston’s enchanting landscape, stately antebellum homes, local culture, and soulful Lowcountry cuisine create a special ambience reflective of its rich history. The Old South feel, cobblestone streets, and shady, moss-draped oak trees are all part of the city’s allure.

The beloved waterfront Battery Park promenade is perfect for watching the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over Charleston Harbor. From touring the city by horse-drawn carriage to row boating through the serene waters of Cypress Gardens, there are endless ways for couples, empty-nesters, and retirees to discover the city. Here are a few communities in and around Charleston that will enable you to make “America’s Most Romantic City” your new home:

Daniel Island

Daniel Island is frequently named among Where to Retire magazine’s “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.” Located within 15 miles of Charleston's historic district, the 4,000-acre award-winning island town features traditional neighborhoods, a downtown, parks, marsh-lined rivers and creeks, and a private country club with golf courses by Tom Fazio and Rees Jones. A coastal setting and the Charleston harbor provide the island with a wide array of water sports and recreation.

Cresswind Charleston

Cresswind Charleston

This active-lifestyle community inspires active adults to live life to the fullest, offering a fitness center with classes and nutrition programs, an activities director, walking trails, and a full list of resort-style amenities. Several golf courses are located nearby and the community is a short drive from Folly Beach and Isle of Palms. 

K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay

K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay is a new 55+ community with 300 acres of lakes and protected wetlands. Residents live the active adult lifestyle through kayaking, fishing, bird watching, lakefront trails, and countless activities and clubs. There is also an athletic club, swimming pools, and courts for tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball. 

Kiawah River Estates 

Kiawah River Estates

Kiawah River Estates, a gated retirement community in South Carolina's Lowcountry, offers waterfront living near Kiawah Island. Enjoy stunning scenery, a pool, tennis courts, and more within the community, or golf, boat, and fish nearby. Choose from beautiful homes and experience the charm of historic Charleston, just 20 miles away.