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Myrtle Beach Vacation – The Best Mile

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is an exciting relativity new attraction in Myrtle Beach. The beach boardwalk stretches from the 2nd Avenue Pier to the 14th Avenue Pier and is home to several festivals and events all summer long. For instance, the Ocean Boulevard’s Hot Summer Nights at Plyler Park is a main attraction that features live concerts on Tuesdays and Saturdays, A “Kid’s Carnival” on Monday nights, and amazing fireworks show on Wednesday nights! The 1.2 mile-long oceanfront boardwalk also features numerous shops and restaurants along its path and is divided into three sections.

The northernmost portion stretches from the 14th Avenue North Pier to Plyler Park. The mid-section is located from Plyler Park to the former Pavilion Amusement Park site at 8th Avenue North and has a more carnival-like atmosphere with oceanfront dining and businesses. The Southernmost end leads down to the 2nd Avenue Pier and has an oceanfront park.

Some interesting facts about the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is that is took nine months to build and cost close to $7 million to make. There are also about 800,000 feet of lumber, 300,000 nails, 555,000 screws, and 10,000 bolts that make up the boardwalk!


The Grand Strand’s History

The history of the Grand Strand along South Carolina’s coast is among the most fascinating and vibrant in America. Located in the northeastern corner of the state and ascending down to what is called the Waccamaw Neck in Georgetown County, the area is famous for excellent family beaches and its southern hospitality.

The first inhabitants of the area were the Native Americans and were joined in 1526 by explorers who arrived under the Spanish leadership of Lucas Vesquez de Aylion. However, the settlement of Charles Town further south in 1670, changed the population and landscape of the area. Early crops such as indigo, was made as cash crops but the cultivation of rice on massive plantations made merchants and planters the richest in the colonies.

During the American Revolution, the area played a significant role by sending both Thomas Lynch Sr. and Thomas Lynch Jr. to sign the Declaration of Independence and having the famous General Francis Marion, the legendary Swamp Fox, lead many guerrilla actions throughout the conflict.

By 1840, the Georgetown District produced nearly one-half of the total rice crops of the United States and became the largest rice-exploring port in the world. With this type of accomplishments wealthy planters and their families began seeking refuge from the hot summer plantations and escaped to the breezy comforts of Pawleys Island, which turned it into one of the first summer resorts on the Atlantic cost.

After the Civil War, the rice culture slowly faded and the lumber and naval stores became the primary industries around the area. Local residents were hardworking farmers, lumberman and turpentine distillers. Around 1900, Burroughs and Collins Company, a timber-turpentine firm with extensive beachfront holdings began developing the resort potential of the Grand Strand by constructing a railroad to the beach from Conway. The company built the first hotel, the Seaside Inn, in 1901.

In the 1920s, a group of Chicago businessmen created an upscale oceanfront resort that included the Ocean Forest Hotel and the area’s first golf course. In the 1930s and 1940s, growth along the strand began to languish due to the Depression and World War II. However, in the 1950s Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand soon became one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Southeast.

In the 1960s and 1970s growth continued at an astonishing rate and new accommodations and attractions were developed. This has not only made Myrtle Beach an area for year-round tourism but it also made it into one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States and one of the best places to live.


Myrtle Beach SkyWheel Update

The SkyWheel is one of Myrtle Beach’s new attractions this year and its grand opening will be Friday, May 20, 2011. The SkyWheel consist of 42 gondolas that will go around as the wheel turns. This allows people to see as far north as the South/North Carolina boarder and as far south as the Inlet. Of the 42 gondolas, one will be a V.I.P. with leather seats and a glass bottom. It will also rotate around six times while the regular will go around three times. The admission will be $12 for adults, $8 for ages 3-11, military, and 55 and older, and those 2 and younger will get on free. The SkyWheel attraction will be fitted with 1 million LED light bulbs for after dark display and special effects will kick in for a full-blown light show once or twice a night. So come on out this Friday night and support the opening of a great attraction! The SkyWheel is located at 1101 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach and the hours of operation will be 10 a.m. until 2 a.m.


The Dunes Golf and Beach Club

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has been ranked number 46 in Golf Digest’s 2009-2010 “America’s Top 100 Great Public Courses.” This was just published in the April issue and the Dunes Club qualifies for this list of the country’s top public and resort golf courses by allowing limited package play through member hotels and package providers. The Golf’s Digest’s rankings are based on extensive play and scrutiny of thousands of courses every two years by a panel of over 900 low handicap golfers. According to the Golf Digest, “the courses were judged on various criteria: shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambiance.

After the panelists submitted their evaluations, Golf Digest averages the scores of the categories and totals the averages to determine the overall rankings. A course must be two years old to be considered for “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.” Dennis Nicholl, the Dunes Club head golf professional stated: It’s an honor for The Dunes Club to be recognized as one of ‘America’s Top 100’ courses.” The Dunes Club golf course was built in 1947 and by designed by Robert Trent Jones. The course’s Hole 13 is better known as “Waterloo” and is the Dunes Club’s signature hole and has been honored by GOLF Magazine and Sports Illustrated as one of the greatest golf holes in the world. This summer, The Dunes Golf & club will host the 97th Carolinas Amateur and qualify for the South Amateur.


Myrtle Beach Top Vacation Destination

Myrtle Beach has become one of the most popular family vacation destinations in the United States. The Myrtle Beach area has numerous events, great beaches and unlimited entertainment. In addition, there are over 250 golf courses and with the area being a milder climate, golfers travel year around to enjoy the best of the beach. The area has about 15 million visitors annually and is a huge vacation destination for those of the inland cities of North and South Carolina. CNNMoney.com has even named Myrtle Beach as number 8 on their list of having Great Vacation Homes. On their site they feature a compact cottage that has great amenities. They state “who needs to rattle around in a lot of extra space on vacation anyway…the beach is steps away and offers beach chair and umbrella rentals. In addition, the community has swimming pools, miniature golf, oceanfront playgrounds, and security.” Myrtle Beach Vacation RentalsWith vacations homes becoming even more affordable who wouldn’t want to take on the opportunity to enjoy the best of the beach. According to CNNMoney.com, “the median price of a vacation home was $150,000 in 2010, down 11.2% from a year earlier…in contrast, the national median for primary residences fell only 4.5% in 2010, according to the National Association of Realtors.” With the fall in prices this will open more opportunities for more families to buy a vacation home at an affordable rate. If you are looking for a second-home, then the Myrtle Beach area is a great choice! With family-friendly beaches, entertainment, and shopping, who wouldn’t want to spend their vacation here?


Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Most Affordable Real Estate

Of all the miles of coastal living between North and South Carolina to choose from, it can be a tough decision where to place your second home. Depending on what exactly you are looking for, be it a secluded island that can only be reached by ferry, or an area packed full of golf courses, this area is ideal for you! If you were to break the coastline down into three sections, you can see each segment is vastly different, however, still comfortably similar. The northern portion, including the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is perfect for those who enjoy the relaxed, beach-oriented atmosphere. Opposite of that is what’s considered “low country,” ranging from historic Charleston, SC to Hilton Head and Kiawah, which is considered to be the ritziest and most elaborate area. For those who are not looking for either of those extremes, you can always meet in the middle – Myrtle Beach real estate. This is idyllic for those who are interested in a mixture of the two. Located from Wilmington, NC to Georgetown, SC, this area spans both states’ coastal region. This region most often accentuates family activities, world class golf for the avid golfer and contains the most affordable options. It is also home to the infamous Myrtle Beach, which has 60 miles alone in beautiful coastline. Whichever area appeals to you, SC Beach Real Estate is here to help you through whatever it takes to make this area your home! So give us a call today and let’s start your second home search!

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Home Sales in Myrtle Beach on the Rise

Although the real estate market in Myrtle Beach has improved over the first half of 2010, according to Realtors, but with the prices of properties continuing to drop, there is still a ways to go before the market reaches stability. There are great opportunities for buyers with low prices available and interest rate at an all time low.  Single-family homes grew 32 percent and condo sales rose 38 percent in the first half of 2010, in comparison with the same period from 2009.  Foreclosures and short sales are sold at discounted prices, which is driving down the real estate values overall; with this, the drop in values isn’t great for property owners trying to sell but for some buyers it can mean an unexpected buy here in Myrtle Beach! It may take a couple of years to get through the short sales and foreclosures, but once those distressed properties are off the market there will be hopeful improvement! With the possibility of prices still dropping in 2010, and the interest rate fluctuating a bit, the second half of the year should stay stable and make way to the gains in 2011. Considering the market is the most opportunistic one when seen in years, its sparking the interest of Buyers who normally wouldn’t invest in such properties.


Myrtle Beach Home Proclaimed Historic Landmark

This week one of Myrtle Beach’s oldest and finest homes will be recognized and honored as a national historic landmark in its own ceremony. The house stands on the Northwest corner of Ocean Boulevard and 38th Avenue North. In a city press release, the residence was stated as being part of the Myrtle Heights-Oak Park neighborhood, which is already in the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the homes in this neighborhood are dated in the 1920’s-1940’s. This honorable and memorable ceremony, during which the home will receive a plaque, will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.