Explore low-maintenance active adult retirement communities in South Carolina

South Carolina Active Adult Communities

Active adult communities in South Carolina are attractive retirement destinations for individuals looking for recreation, culture, and warm weather. The Palmetto State has a variety of low-maintenance active retirement communities, from Lowcountry and oceanfront resort communities in Coastal South Carolina, golf and lake communities in the Midlands, and outdoor recreational communities in Upstate South Carolina.

Living in South Carolina's active adult communities has many advantages that attract retirees seeking a combination of comfort, community, and a fulfilling lifestyle. With mild winters and warm summers, it’s easy to enjoy outdoor activities year-round, from golf and tennis to walking along the beautiful coastline.

South Carolina's active adult communities often prioritize a vibrant social atmosphere, providing residents with numerous opportunities for engagement and connection. The state's Southern hospitality is evident in these close-knit communities, where neighbors often become friends through shared interests, clubs, and organized events. The communities featured here give residents convenient access to favorite pastimes like golf, tennis, pickleball, boating, fishing, and hiking. South Carolina also has endless opportunities for learning in retirement, through its numerous museums, historical sites, and performing arts centers. This is your guide to the best active adult communities in South Carolina.

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Anderson Farms

Aiken, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Aiken, South Carolina

Anderson Farms is a South Carolina equestrian community combining small-town charm with resort-style luxuries. Amenities include nature and walking trails, community garden and chicken coop, a pond with dock access, and optional membership at The Reserve Club at Woodside. Horse hobbyists have access to riding and workout ring, community barn, and riding trails. Homes starting in the mid $400,000s. Read More...

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Brays Island

Sheldon, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Sheldon, South Carolina

A private residential sporting community located between Charleston and Savannah, combining world-class hunting and shooting facilities and over 60 miles of equestrian trails with traditional resort-style amenities including championship golf, tennis, swimming, fitness, dining and concierge services. Lots from $350,000 to $550,000; Homes from $1.3 million to $2.9 million. Read More...

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Callawassie Island

Callawassie Island, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Callawassie Island, South Carolina

Residents of this low-density 880-acre Lowcountry oasis enjoy privileged access to 27 holes of Tom Fazio-designed golf along with first-class tennis, fitness and swimming facilities at a prime location between Hilton Head and Beaufort. Homesites start at $50,000; Villas and Homes are priced from $200,000 to $2 million. Read More...

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Daniel Island

Charleston, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Charleston, South Carolina

Located within 15 miles of Charleston's historic district, Daniel Island is a 4,000-acre award-winning island town featuring 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 provides the island with a wide array of water sports and recreation. Homes, condominiums, and townhomes priced from the $400,000s to $10 million. Homesites from $1 million to over $4 million. Read More...

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Dataw Island

Beaufort, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Beaufort, South Carolina

Located just east of the historic waterfront town of Beaufort, South Carolina in the heart of the Sea Islands, buyers at this secluded gated community gain access to a pair of golf courses designed by Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills, club facilities, tennis, marina and recreational boating. Lots begin at $15,000, with homes and villas priced from $400,000 to $2 million, including new homes and resales. Read More...

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Grande Dunes

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Nestled along Myrtle Beach's celebrated Grand Strand, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal waterway, Grande Dunes offers a par-71 golf course, an award-winning tennis and fitness center, and a 126-slip marina. Homes priced from the $400,000s to over $1 million. Read More...

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Haig Point

Daufuskie Island, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

Haig Point is an intimate, sea island golf community located on the northern tip of Daufuskie Island, SC, between Hilton Head Island and Savannah. Accessible only by private ferry, Haig Point’s amenities blend into the island’s natural beauty, including the 20-hole Rees Jones Signature Golf Course, an equestrian center, a fitness center and the Calibogue Club with views of the Calibogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Homesites priced from $150,000 to over $1 million; Homes from $500,000 to $3.5 million. Read More...

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Handsmill on Lake Wylie

York, South Carolina Active Adult Community
York, South Carolina

Located just 30 minutes from Charlotte, Handsmill on Lake Wylie is a 55-plus community in historic York, South Carolina. This active adult community features the 13,433-acre Lake Wylie for fishing, boating, and a variety of watersports. Other amenities include a clubhouse with social lounge and catering kitchen, a fully equipped fitness center, and an outdoor pool with a splash pad. Homes in a variety of designs and floorplans range from 2,300+ to 3,400+ square feet priced from the $300,000s to $1 million. Read More...

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Horizons at Summers Corner

Summerville, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Summerville, South Carolina

Horizons at Summers Corner is Lennar’s newest 55+ active adult community in Summerville, South Carolina, just outside Charleston. The community provides residents 55 and older with several desirable onsite amenities, including a clubhouse, 95-acre lake with lakeside pavilion, an exclusive swim complex, fitness center, walking trails, and a village center with commercial space. The age-restricted community features low-maintenance homes and South Carolina real estate with Lennar’s innovative Everything’s Included® packages. Priced from the low $300,000s. Read More...

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K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Carolina Oaks

Bluffton, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Bluffton, South Carolina

Located in the scenic Lowcountry, this 55+ active adult community offers new homes just 20 miles from Hilton Head Island beaches and historic Savannah, Georgia. Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, resort-style swimming pool, tennis & pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, walking & biking trails, dog park, community gardens, and more. Homes priced from the $400,000s. Read More...

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

Summerville, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Summerville, South Carolina

Located 30 minutes from Charleston, K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay is a new 55+ community offering an active lifestyle. The lakefront clubhouse features saline indoor and outdoor swimming pools, athletic club, and tennis, bocce ball & pickleball courts. Residents enjoy a variety of clubs and activities including fishing, kayaking, boating, paddle boarding, walking trails, and bird watching. Priced from the low $400,000s. Read More...

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Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Kiawah Island, South Carolina

This coastal South Carolina community offers numerous recreational pursuits, including seven golf courses, a tennis program and 10 miles of famously unspoiled beaches. Historic Charleston is just 21 miles away. Lots priced from $325,000 to $40,000,000; Homes from $1,575,000 to $22 million. Read More...

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Kiawah River Estates

Charleston, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Charleston, South Carolina

This waterfront community in the South Carolina Lowcountry is a short drive to historic Charleston and offers access to Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Exclusive amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, tennis & pickleball courts, a crabbing dock, fishing ponds, and more. Lots priced from $200,000 to $1 million; Homes from $700,000 to $2.5 million. Read More...

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Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head

Hardeeville, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Hardeeville, South Carolina

This Jimmy Buffett-inspired 55+ community is located in the heart of coastal South Carolina, minutes from Hilton Head Island. The community offers a laid-back lifestyle with resort-style amenities including a clubhouse, resort-style swimming pool, indoor and outdoor dining, fitness center, tennis & pickleball courts, pet spa, and a theater. Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC are within a short drive. Homes priced from the low $300,000s to the mid $400,000s. Read More...

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Oldfield

Okatie, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Okatie, South Carolina

Deep in South Carolina's Lowcountry, between Beaufort and Hilton Head, is the club community of Oldfield. Amenities include a Greg Norman golf course, Equestrian Center, Sports Club with 6 tennis courts, fitness center, resort-style swimming pool and lap pool, the River Club with fine and casual dining and the Outfitters Center - a hunting lodge with outfitters store and wildlife education center. Lots prices beginning at $175,000; Homes from $700,000 to $2 million+. Read More...

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Palmetto Bluff

Bluffton, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Bluffton, South Carolina

Situated in the picturesque South Carolina Low Country along the May River, Palmetto Bluff offers an array of amenities including a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, a Sports Campus, an interior freshwater river system, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff--ranked the #1 Top U.S. Resort by the readers of Conde Nast--and a Spa. Lots ranging from 1/3 acre to 15-acre family compounds are priced from the $400,000s to $3.75 million; Homes from $2.5 million to $5 million+. Read More...

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Port Royal Plantation

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

This private oceanfront community on Hilton Head Island boasts award-winning golf courses, a private beach club, tennis & pickleball courts, and multiple amenities to enjoy Lowcountry nature and wildlife. Hilton Head's popular attractions are just minutes from the community gates. Real estate options range from undeveloped homesites to bungalows to oceanfront estates. Homes priced from $700,000 to $8 million+; Lots from $125,000 to $2 million+. Read More...

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Riverton Pointe

Hardeeville, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Hardeeville, South Carolina

Riverton Pointe is a new gated golf community just outside of Hilton Head in Hardeeville, SC. Located 14 miles from Hilton Head beaches, 26 miles from Savannah, GA, and 95 miles from Charleston, the idyllic Lowcountry community offers resort-style amenities and a Nicklaus Design golf course. In addition to the world-class course, members and residents have access to a pro shop, clubhouse with new restaurant, and practice facilities, the club features a fitness and swimming complex, tennis and pickleball courts, and more. Premium South Carolina real estate on wooded, lake, and estate-sized homesites with new luxury single-story home designs from approximately 1,600 to 3,500 square feet. Lots priced from $40,000. Homes/townhomes priced from $400,000. Read More...

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Roselyn

Lancaster, South Carolina Active Adult Community
Lancaster, South Carolina

Roselyn is a new active adult 55-plus community in Lancaster, SC. About an hour south of Charlotte, residents of the South Carolina community enjoy an array of resort-style amenities and social opportunities in a charming southern town. Amenities will include a clubhouse, swimming pool, pickleball courts, and trails that link to the Carolina Thread Trail. Close to golf, shopping, dining, and top-notch healthcare, the 55 and over community features four unique home collections from Lennar. Prices from the high $300,000s to the $500,000s. Read More...

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Savannah Lakes Village

McCormick, South Carolina Active Adult Community
McCormick, South Carolina

With two lakefront golf courses and 2,200 primary and vacation-home residents, this member-owned lakefront sporting community in western South Carolina is surrounded by 60,000 acres of protected forest land and state parks at the confluence of the Little River Blueway Adventure Region and Lake Thurmond. Lots priced from $25,000 to $200,000; Homes and Cottages from the low $300,000s to the $900,000s. Read More...

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