Best of luck!
I find it hard to believe that I am the only one responding who prefers the "south end" over all the others. Our family has owned in both North Myrtle & on the South end and I can say with 100% certainty that Surfside Beach, Garden City and Murrels Inlet are definitely where we have felt most "at home". We have lived in Surfide Beach for 8 years and feel we are truly part of a "community" not typical in other areas.
We have 3 children (12, 13, & 14) who have attended Seaside Elem, St James Middle and our oldest is currently in his first year at St James High School. We could not have asked for a better experience for our children. Having come from north of the Mason Dixon line, we were definitely of the "private school mindset" upon arriving in SC. However, Seaside Elementary School came highly recommended and after an extensive amount of research and investigating, we decided to give it a try and could not be more happy with our decison.
The most important question is: where is it that you really want to be? If the beach is "your thing" then Surfside is a GREAT place to start your search. Several friends who live in and around Carolina Forest have often expressed regret in their decision to live so far away from the beach. They spend so much of their time commuting to activities at the beach and the summer season can make you feel like your taking a "road trip" just to get here. We lived all over the country prior to making the Grand Strand our home and getting into the area that attracts you most (keeping the school district in mind) is key. Now is the perfect time to secure a 6 month (or annual) lease while you check things out and decide where it is you really want to be before making that ultimate decision. Please let me know if I can be of assistance! We received some extremely valuable advice before making our decison and I would welcome an opportunity to share our experience with you.
We're way less congested than Carolina Forest. Read up on that area before you get into it.
Enjoy you new life "at the beach" . Some of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life live in South Caroliina.
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Personally, I am a big fan of the Carolina Forest Area. The reason being is the location to everything in the Myrtle Beach area. My wife and I live in The Farm at Carolina Forest and absolutely love where we live. As our child becomes older and attends school in the next few years I will be more than happy to send her to the schools in Carolina Forest. In the last 2 years there have been two new schools that have opened just behind our development. They are Ocean Bays Elementary & Middle School. Also, the Academy of Fine Arts just opened up as well. Your children will love the amenities included in the farm. The price point in which you are looking will also fit in perfectly at The Farm. There are several other communities around Carolina Forest that also would fit your needs. To see some more information on The Farm at Carolina Forest, here is a link to see a little more about why I like where I live. http://activerain.com/blogsview/635665/A-Night-at-The. If I can be of any further assistance, do not hesitate to contact me.
I am an agent here in Carolina Forest. We are located west of the Intracoastal Waterway, and as such, are outside of the wind pool area with regard to insurance rates. I have seen many of my clients recieve great quotes on insurance here. My children attend class in Carolina Forest , and I am very happy with the schools in this district. The demographics compare between the two districts very well, and both the St. James and Carolina Forest Schools have great reputations.. There are several neighborhoods here in Carolina Forest that have great amenities, and many plans and available homes for a big family.
Feel free to give me a call, I would love the opportunity to show you what Carolina Forest has to offer.