Pines at Gahagan
501 Gahagan Road, Summerville, South Carolina 29485
Cozy 55+ Pines at Gahagan is Just Outside of Charleston, South Carolina and Has a Clubhouse, a Swimming Pool and Brick Single Story, Single Family Homes for Sale
Summerville is nestled on a ridge in the woods about 20 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina. It started out as a retreat for wealthy Charleston landowners in the 1700s, and many of the early homes still stand. Leisurely, quaint and dubbed the "Flower Town in the Pines" for its beautiful azaleas, Summerville is also the site of the Pines at Gahagan (Gah-hey-gan), a gated 55+ community with single family homes for sale. Well manicured, its grounds are dotted with lakes, trees and ponds.
Construction on Pines at Gahagan started in 2006 and continues today. This is a cozy enclave with only 109 homes situated along just a handful of roads. Each home has a beaded vinyl and brick exterior, a small covered front porch, a pitched roof, a one or two car attached garage facing the street and a free standing mailbox. With each dwelling sitting on nearly zero lot line and therefore having a small site, yard work is minimal.
The community has eleven different floor plans, and living space sizes range from approximately 1,400 square feet to nearly 2,800 square feet with two to three bedrooms and two to three baths. The dwellings are single story but some of them have a second story loft. Standard features include granite kitchen countertops, hardwood floors and a sunroom. A few models have dormer windows.
Prices start in the mid-$200,000s. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it may change.
The amenities do not rival those of a larger community, but they meet the needs of residents. The red brick clubhouse has 4,700 square feet and boasts nice large rooms and a fitness center. Outside, homeowners enjoy a swimming pool and patio that are just a short walk from any home. Events and activities include card games, potlucks and excursions into town. Because the community is small, neighbors know one another, making social gatherings comfortable and inviting.
Outside of the Pines at Gahagan, residents find even more to do. Summerville has a Saturday farmers' market, a symphony orchestra, historic house tours, locally owned eateries and some big box stores. Four golf courses are in town or nearby. Each April's three day Flowertown Festival is a particular highlight that draws artists, craftspeople and 200,000 tourists from all across the region.
Summerville Medical Center is a teaching hospital with 94 beds and is part of the TridentUSA Health System. It is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a certified stroke center. Charleston has four more hospitals.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. Winter temperatures are in the 40s 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain per year.
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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.
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
Designed for Aging
Many new retirement developments are being "designed for aging." What does this mean? While baby boomers have every intention of staying active during their retirement years, living with design elements that make one's living space more accommodating is also a good idea. In homes designed for aging, the home has just one story. The path from the master bedroom to the bathroom is short, well-defined and well-lit. Door handles are levers instead of knobs. All thresholds are flush. Toilets are a few inches higher. Bathroom floors are made from a no-slip material. In a well-designed home, these are just a few of the features specifically incorporated for aging bodies.
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