One of the primary draws of eastern South Carolina is its affordable beauty. Located in Horry County, the community of Garden City is situated along the Atlantic Coast and offers a relaxing and luxurious oceanfront lifestyle. Year-round 20,000 people reside in the Garden City community, but many more spend their vacations here for the mild climate and miles of beach. The nearby waterways offer plenty of opportunity for water activities, such as swimming, boating, fishing and kayaking. The surrounding area is home to several historic sites and other attractions, as well as shopping, dining and entertainment complexes. Because this is such a popular vacation destination, lodging and travel-related businesses are prevalent. Other major employing industries include retail trade, educational, health and social services, professional services and construction. Students are served by either Horry County School District or Georgetown County School District. Nearby colleges and universities include Coastal Carolina University. Real estate options in the three communities include estate properties, single-family detached homes, condominiums, townhouses and land lots. Residents of Garden City enjoy a high quality of life in a gorgeous oceanfront community.
Many home seekers and vacationers alike come to South Carolina for the golf. The sheer number of courses throughout the state and particularly along the coast catches the interest of any avid golfer. The Grande Dunes course offers six sets of tees and stunning views from bluffs running along the Intercoastal Waterway. Indigo Creek challenges golfers with an array of bunkers, water and doglegs. Litchfield Country Club and Arcadian Shores are the classics of the area. Opened in 1966 and 1974, respectively, these courses have maintained their original designs over the years. Litchfield was named one of the “World’s 50 Best” by Conde Nast Traveler, while Arcadian has been recognized by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest. Diamond Back golf course was designed by Russell Breeden and opened in 2000. Surrounded by natural woods, Diamond Back is known to be an addictive challenge of navigation around bunkers and lakes. For a break from the tees, outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy the many water sports available in the area. The beaches are popular, though the Southern Strand area beaches can be narrow, particularly at high tide. Fresh and saltwater fishing are available at Huntington Beach State Park. The park is a 2,500-acre site featuring a lagoon, campsites and miles of trails for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking. The park is also popular with bird watchers and rock climbers. Wild Water theme park and Legends in Concert are also popular local attractions. In addition to the water slides, the water park facility operates a wave pool, lounge pool, kid pool and other water activities. One can also drive go-carts or play miniature golf on a treasure island-themed course. Legends in Concert puts on a Las Vegas-style show complete with dancers, orchestra and tribute artists, honoring the hottest names in entertainment.
History and nature enthusiasts will enjoy Brookgreen Gardens, once a successful rice plantation, is now 9,000 acres of wetlands. The site includes a wildlife park with alligators and otters, a bird sanctuary and aviary and picnic areas. Georgetown historical sites include the Rice Museum and Kaminski House. The museum documents the growth of South Carolina’s rice plantations with maps and artifacts. The Kaminski House is a gorgeous 18th-century home overlooking the Sampit River. While the architecture is striking, Kaminski House is better known for its collection of rare American and English antiques.