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Hilton Head Lakes

61 St Andrews Crescent, Hardeeville, South Carolina 29927

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Lowcountry All Ages Community of Hilton Head Lakes is Popular with Retirees and Boasts Single Family Homes, a Golf Course, a Waterfront Clubhouse, a Beach and More

Sandwiched between historic Savannah and Hilton Head Island near the southern South Carolina coast, Hilton Head Lakes sits on 4,700 acres of flat Lowcountry land. Construction began in 2008 and continues today. The development's current preferred builder is RealStar. Resale single family homes, new models and homesites are for sale.

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Although this gated community is not age restricted, its amenities appeal to older active adults and retirees. The elegant, 14,000 square-foot clubhouse fronts water and offers boat access to more than 150 acres of navigable lakes. The community has twelve miles of walking trails, twenty-two miles of shoreline, an 18-hole golf course, a beach, practice greens and swimming pools. A full time activities director is on staff to help organize events, classes and groups. Zumba, knitting, book discussions, poker, canoeing, and kayaking are currently on the community calendar. With nearly half of the community grounds preserved in their natural state, residents enjoy a soothing environment peppered with pretty homes and groomed landscaping.

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Homes at Hilton Head Lakes can range from 1,298 square feet to more than 2,375 square feet. Most floor plans include two to four bedrooms, a two car garage, a screened porch or lanai and up to three baths. A den, bay windows, a bonus room, a second floor and a sunroom are a few of the floor plan options. Homesites overlook the community's nature preserve, its golf course or one of its lakes.

Prices begin in the mid- to high-$100,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as it may change.

Wooded Hilton Head Island, or Hilton Head, is just twenty minutes to the east. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and its Choral Society have strong regional reputations. The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a showcase for theater professionals and a venue for festivals, including WineFest, one of the largest such festivals on the East coast.

Savannah, twenty miles to the southeast of Hilton Head Lakes, is known for its diverse culture, eclectic culinary scene and old fashioned Southern hospitality. Once on the decline, it is now happily flourishing as an architectural showcase. Civil War era cemeteries, 150 year old churches and 10 museums ensure that there is always something to explore. The bottomland hardwoods and marshes of the nearby Savannah Wildlife Refuge are home to a long list of migratory birds and other wildlife.

Hardeeville's Coastal Carolina Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Summer temperatures are in the 70s, 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are usually in the 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 48 inches of rain per year.

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Visit www.hiltonheadlakes.com for more information.

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South Carolina:

Francisco de Gordillo explored the present-day South Carolina coast during 1521 but was unable to establish a town. The French also failed to colonize in 1562. The English settled here in 1670, but they moved on to Charleston when the conditions worsened. The two Carolinas split officially in 1729. The state was the first to leave the Union during the Civil War.

South Carolina was once primarily agricultural and still grows peanuts, watermelons, peaches and tobacco. Today, though, it is mostly known for its textile mills. Wood products, asbestos, steel, pulp and chemicals are particularly important. A commercial tea plantation, and the only one in America, lies on an island 20 miles South of Charleston.

Top attractions include Fort Sumter, which is a national monument, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the Cypress Gardens (located in Charleston), Hilton Head resorts, the Cowpens National Battlefield, the Botanical Gardens and the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Stats:

Population - 4,961,018

Persons 65 years old and over - 16%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%

Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 5%

White persons, not Hispanic - 64%

Median household income - $45,483

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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55+ Communities and Single People

It often seems as though 55+ communities are full of happily married people. This is not always the case, though, as the demographic fact is that women often outlive their spouses. It is true that newer developments draw couples because newer developments tend to draw younger retirees. This is simply because older communities have residents who moved in longer ago. Older developments have more singles, particularly women, because the residents are often older. As to where to find single men, that is out of our area of expertise.

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