5 Things to Know Before Moving to Carolina Forest
Located between Myrtle Beach and Conway along the Intracoastal Waterway, Carolina Forest is one of the most popular residential communities in the Grand Strand area. This master planned community features beautiful homes, plenty to do, and neighborhoods with an impressive array of amenities.
If you are considering a move to Carolina Forest, we would love to help you find your new home sweet home. Contact us any time to learn more!
In the meantime, here are 5 things you might want to know before moving to Carolina Forest.
1. Carolina Forest is not a town
Carolina Forest is a masterplanned community that is part of the Grand Strand, but it is not its own incorporated town. It is right outside the boundaries of Myrtle Beach, and Carolina Forest residents and businesses all have a Myrtle Beach address.
However, because Carolina Forest is technically not within the boundaries of any city, residents and business owners only pay county taxes, not city taxes.
2. Carolina Forest is divided into diverse neighborhoods
When people hear the term "masterplanned community," they may imagine a single neighborhood or HOA, but Carolina Forest is actually made up of multiple neighborhoods. There is a diverse range in price points and housing types in Carolina Forest, with neighborhoods of smaller, more affordable homes as well as luxury communities that inclusive exclusive resort-style amenities.
If you decide that Carolina Forest is your ideal location, you will still have plenty of options as you consider what type of home and neighborhood is right for you.
3. Carolina Forest homes run on propane, not natural gas
Many residents of Carolina Forest that relocate from other areas are surprised to find that gas stoves, fireplaces, and water heaters are fueled by propane tanks buried on the property rather than a natural gas line. Heat in Carolina Forest homes is generally fueled by electricity, not gas. There are some exceptions to the rule, particularly in newer Carolina Forest developments, but keep in mind that you are likely to end up in a home that is run by electric heat, in addition to some propane.
4. Carolina Forest is not in a major evacuation zone for hurricanes
The threat of hurricanes evacuations and flooding is a genuine concern for South Carolina residents near the coast. This is true of anywhere in the area, and flood insurance is often a necessity in the Grand Strand area because of it.
Keep in mind that much of Carolina Forest is not even in an evacuation zone. There is a portion that is part of Evacuation Zone C, the third tier of evacuation zones in the case of a hurricane. In context, living in Carolina Forest poses a lower evacuation risk than many other local areas.
5. Carolina Forest is not yet complete
One of the best perks of living in Carolina Forest is the development that continues to take place. With careful protections in place to preserve the natural beauty and forested areas, Carolina Forest can benefit from continued development without threatening the parts residents love most. The best is yet to come in Carolina Forest, and it's easy to see why it is widely considered one of the best places to live on the Grand Strand.
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Listing information last updated on December 8, 2023 at 5:00 AM EST.