In 2014, Forbes put Charleston on its list of the 25 best places to retire, citing coastal living, the warm climate and robust economy as some of the best features. Add that to the list of “top cities” accolades Charleston has acquired in recent years and it’s no wonder people are flocking to the Holy City.
Baby boomers looking to retire are finding the Charleston area an ideal choice. And it’s popular among those who are nearing retirement and want to use their future retirement home as a vacation home today. A number of high-end condo and townhome complexes are popping up around Charleston to accommodate the influx of newcomers each year, offering an ideal entry to the exciting lifestyle of the city.
These low-maintenance choices are an ideal option for retirees as well as for those who aren’t yet full-time residents but want a place to escape for long weekends and vacations. There’s no need to worry about exterior maintenance and the sizes are great for individuals and couples ready to downsize.
Here are five residential complexes you might want to visit if you’re looking to take advantage of living the Charleston lifestyle without the worry of traditional home maintenance:
One Vendue Range – Situated on Charleston’s waterfront, this 49-condo luxury complex offers the convenience and beauty of living in the heart of historic downtown. It has views of the Charleston harbor and Waterfront Park while being steps from shopping, dining and entertainment.
The Albemarle – This historic-looking complex includes 65 condos and townhomes with an interior garden and pool. It is just a few minutes from downtown Charleston and a short walk to West Ashley’s South Windermere area. Offering luxury condos and underground parking at an attractive price point.
Dockside Condominiums – This gated community offers some of the best views of Charleston. Located on the Cooper River, these condos are near the South Carolina Aquarium and newly renovated Gadsdenboro Park. The complex has a number of amenities including parking, a fitness center, club room and private deep water boat docks with water and electricity.
Tides IV – Located just across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Mt. Pleasant, these luxury condos are minutes from downtown Charleston. Slated for opening mid-2016, Tides IV still offers the opportunity to customize interior finishes for new owners. Amenities include a pool and patio with outdoor kitchen and fire pit, fitness center and easy access to area beaches.
Halsey Park – This residential project is under construction on the western edge of Harleston Village in the heart of downtown Charleston. These Rowhouses are equipped for the latest technology needs and have private elevators, parking and a shared central park along with rooftop garden patios offering spectacular views of the Ashley River. They are fee simple ownership with a HOA to maintain the grounds and exteriors. Plus, the location is convenient to Charleston amenities and entertainment.
More condo developments are being added regularly and each complex has its own unique character and charm. The options are varied, but going fast as Charleston attracts dozens of new residents daily. Now just might be the time to start thinking about your retirement plans and start picking your favorite views of Charleston.