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Spend a good amount of time in Charleston because son goes to school there, and this weekend ventured across the Cooper River Bridge?? to Mt Pleasant. Seemed like a real neat place. Particularly liked Old Village and Ion communities. Anyone else knowledgeable or have any experience in those areas. Might be a potential retirement place. Thought I'd ask.
I really hope to retire to the Charleston area (still have quite some time before that happens). Go hit up Red's Ice House for food and drinks.
I lived in Mount Pleasant for a couple years in the mid 90's and have been back several times since. And my sis-in-law lived on Isle of Palms, near the post office. I would highly recommend it for a retirement place. Great proximity to beaches - just over the causeway to isle of palms and sullivan's island, golf, boating, and Charleston a short trip away just over the cooper river bridge. It's laid back but plenty to do with tons of amenities. I would live in Mount Pleasant or Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes before Kiawah, simply because of the location to Charleston and more to do within radius of 5-10 miles. SPORTS MT Pleasant was a fun sports bar back in the day where we'd watch the VT games; owned by a USC die hard. USC sucked back then but they were loyal fans and fun atmosphere at Sports. I'd imagine they are in clam/oyster heaven given what Spurrier has done with the program. Thumbs up for Mt. Pleasant!
Awesome. Thanks for the insight. Just beginning the process, next 3 to 5 years or so. Not a Florida person. Love Charleston area; wish it were a little closer to Blacksburg. Like to be within 4 hours.
It`s funny,though,how plans can change. We bought property 15 minutes outside of downtown Asheville 8 years ago with the intent of eventually retiring there and only having about a 3 hr drive to Blacksburg. We live in Atlanta and 4 years ago our grand daughter was born. She lives 5 minutes away. My wife says that I can move to Asheville,but she isn`t moving. So,I guess we are staying in Atlanta. Maybe we`ll build a small vacation house there in the new few years.
I lived there for a couple of years in the mid-2000s. I loved the area. It does get hot and muggy in the summertime, though. Mt Pleasant was nice, but I eventually moved to Daniel Island and preferred it to Mount P. 5 1/2 hours to Bburg.
It's not too bad of a trip to BBurg (5-5.5 hours depending on pace) and good roads on the way and a pretty ride once you get just N of Charlotte.
My grandparents retired to Hendersonville in the late 70's (since deceased) and my parents had a lot at Kenmure Country Club in Hendersonville, with the intent to retire there about 10 yrs ago. Unfortunately my mother passed and my dad sold the lot. He remarried and his wife's grandkids (3 and 3 mos) are in Lititz, Pa. They now live 10 min away from them in Pa!
You're on to something...build a little mountain retreat; your family will come up quite a bit and you'll have your getaway.
Can't argue Daniel Island, very nice. I bucket the two areas since in the same vicinity. I have a friend whom I grew up with in NJ who is moving to Daniel Island any day/week/month. Only downside is the summer heat/humidity but at least you can wash it down with a dip in the ocean;).
I just graduated college and applied for a few jobs down there. I've heard its a great area. But, I couldn't imagine being 5 hours away from Blacksburg, especially since I've spent my entire life in either Roanoke or Radford.
Hopefully I can get a job with Modea whenever they expand and that will allow me to kill two birds with one stone. I'd get a job in my field (Advertising) and work in Blacksburg. I could live with that.
I drive past Kenmure all of the time. That's a nice neighborhood, for sure - especially the house up on top of that huge rockface/cliff. And I give credit to the groundskeeper on that golf course to keep it up in the winter months.
I have read the posts with great interest. I agree with everyone of them basically. I lived in the Charleston area years ago and loved everyone of the places mentioned. Great place to retire Mt. Plesent ,Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island. Lived near Ashville for a short period of time but have realtives in the area and have traveled there most of my life. Hendersonville, Brevard, and Weaverville area are my favorites.
How about the suggestion of a home in the Charleston area and a summer reatreat near Ashville. Ashville has the museums,medical care, and educational facilities along with a beautiful and accessable downtown.
Was actually thinking about a house in the Charleston area and one in Blacksburg. Personally, I'd retire in Blacksburg but I'd be on my own - if you know what I mean.
Seriously, I really liked the community feel of Mt Pleasant. And I love the architecture - traditional with the porches on the front, etc. The heat is a potential issue, but they say that's less an issue as you get older. Crap, I have parent/in-law in sweaters and heavy socks in my house as I walk around in shorts.
Where are you located now? Like the Charleston/New Orleans/Key West double gallery arch style as well. We are looking to build that style of house for our retirement...but in St Augustine. Yes, its Florida, but its not south FL. Lots to like about this area.
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Lots of Hendersonville memories from my youth - jersey boy's family making the annual trek south to see grandparents in Hendy and my aunt/uncle in Greensboro. Good times - golf, rafting, hiking, sliding rock slide. I need to take a trip back there. It's been a while and m My grandparents were at 111 Erkwood drive just off 25 not far from Carl Sandberg house. Would like to see how they built out Kenmure too and see what they did with the lot my parents had.
John, not sure if you think you'll be in the area but there is a new restaurant called Flat Rock Wood Room located about 0.25 mile from Erkwood on 25. They are a combination BBQ joint and brick oven pizza - it is the bomb. Wash it down with some Pisgah Brewing IPA and you'll be experiencing a little slice of heaven. The owners are yankee transplants from Michigan, but that just means they are like the other 90% of Hendersonville/Flat Rock residents, and a Jersey Boy like yourself would fit right in. But, they are super friendly and it is like a small town family atmosphere in there.
If you're ever down that way, drop me a line and we can share a pint or two.
p.s. - I can take a photo of Kenmure then next time I'm passing by and email it to you if you're interested, but I doubt they'll let me through the gate, so I'll just have to take it from the highway. I think I may still have your email address.
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Poe's Tavern is a name capitalizing on the fact that to get to IOP you have to cross over Gold Bug island. If you are a poe fan you know that he wrote about this island and also mentioned Sullivan's Island. You guys have sparked a lot of fond memories. I love both areas and yet here I am in south Florida.
Just a Gamecock passing thru and hope you guys don't mind me throwing in my .02 cents worth. I was born in Columbia and have lived the majority of my life all over South Carolina. As the OP mentioned, Mt Pleasant as a possible retirement area and I would certainly encourage him to investigate it further. It is a really cool area that is just minutes from downtown Charleston, that has just about anything you could want. I went to school in "Chucktown" at The Citadel, lived on the Isle of Palms(next door) for another 5 years, and my brother married a Charleston girl which requires automatic relocation to the "Holy City" as it is referred to locally.So I still go back to the area on a regular basis. The attraction to this island is easy to understand as it has an abundant supply of activities year round. Golf, fishing, sailing,shrimping,weather, excellent medical facilities, arts (Spoleto), history, etc. There is also good hunting for dove, quail,duck, hogs, and deer within 45 minutes if you are in to that.Just depends on what you like. My one word of caution when looking for property in the area is to check out the annual taxes, especially if you are looking at beachfront. They can be significant.
I'm with you Leanderthal, the 2 home retirement is my goal as well as I love the beach and the mountains equally. I purchased a home about 45 minutes south of Charleston a few years back on a little island called Edisto Beach, and my goal is to find a place or lot in the Asheville area in the next 2-3 years. Nothing fancy mind you, just want the quiet, hopefully with a creek nearby. My wife and I have really enjoyed our excursions to Asheville over the last 5 years and the area just seems to have a "calm" about it that we like. Plus there is a ton of property for sale in the area right now, so hopefully the right deal will come our way.
Good luck to all the Hokies this year, and please beat the Hell out of Clemson !
Knot Hole I also have some fond memories of Edisto. Still have a relative that has a house on Edisto. Good luck on your Ashville quest .
Edislow is how we refer to it, where we all take off our watches when we cross the bridge onto the island, because you are now on island time which is completely different.Thank you sir and the best to you as well !
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