Top 20 Retirement Communities in the South
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Cedar Creek - Aiken, SC
Ever since the mid-1800’s, Aiken, South Carolina, continues to be a popular destination for Southerners weary of humidity and Northerners just plain weary. The area’s lovely rolling hills and temperate climate, not to mention world-class cultural and equestrian activities and award-winning golf have made it enormously popular with retirees and young families alike.
Among Aiken’s many claims to fame is its status as an "All-America City." Diane Mahon, who moved to Cedar Creek from Michigan, relishes the cultural community she’s discovered in her new home town. "We love Aiken’s vital downtown with its charming shops and great restaurants," Ms. Mahon said.
Certainly, retirees find plenty to like about Cedar Creek — named "Best Neighborhood" by "Where to Retire" magazine. The community prides itself on a "multi-generational" mix of owners including about 25 percent employed and 75 percent semi-retired or retired. Surrounded by magnificent horse farms in beautiful western South Carolina, Cedar Creek has been designated as a bird and wildlife sanctuary. Developed with respect for the pristine forests surrounding it, Cedar Creek offers residents picturesque walking and bicycle trails, a 25-meter competition swimming pool and lighted tennis courts. Spacious wooded homesites border a championship golf course that earned a four-star "outstanding" rating from "Golf Digest." About one-third of the planned homesites have been purchased with over 175 homes built and another two dozen or so under construction.
"Living in Cedar Creek is like living in a resort area year round without the usual traffic and crowds," said Gail Hooke, formerly of New Jersey. "We love it!"
"Upon arriving in Aiken, we were most impressed by how friendly everyone was and how we instantly felt comfortable," said Connie Carocci, who moved from New Jersey to the Cedar Creek community just outside of Aiken.
Cedar Creek is conveniently located 25 minutes from Augusta, Ga., and within a 2 and 1/2 hour drive to South Carolina’s beaches, North Carolina’s mountains and cities such as Atlanta, Charleston and Charlotte.
Retirement Community Amenities:
- 4-star rated "outstanding" 18-hole Arthur Hills designed golf course
- 25-meter junior olympic swimming pool
- lighted tennis courts
- scenic nature walking trails
- bicycle lanes
- pro shop
Homesites from $32,500
Homes from $147,000 to over $550,000
Unique Features: Spacious wooded homesites; No city taxes; University town
Cedar Creek Properties, Inc.
2178 Club Drive
Aiken, SC 29803