Monday, April 28, 2008

Myrtle Beach Retirement Communities

-------------Litchfield Lakes Retirement Community

My family is largely comprised of baby-boomers. Myself, my brother and his second wife, my oldest sister, and even my nieces and nephews are all between the ages of 45-70.

The oldest members of the family have all invested in senior citizen communities which provide luxury living from good health all the way to nursing facilities to the end of life.

I have an aunt and uncle, another aunt, and my brother all living in these types of communities. I myself, would prefer to live in a gated area without small children and be surrounded by quiet and BORING retirees! I've got a ways to go yet, in age as well as being financially able to afford such a neighborhood, but I hope to find myself there one day.

I have read that seniors 65 and over will comprise 36 percent of the population in the Grand Strand by 2025. Although we don't have a large number of retirement and assisted living neighborhoods at this time, I would bet we will see a big increase in them in the next 10 years or so.

In Myrtle Beach, we have several retirement communities to choose from...

In Carolina Forest, a new senior development called Brightwater has popped up off International Drive and River Oaks Dr. Brightwater will have 110 single family homes for independent retirees, 48 assisted living homes, 24 available beds in a nursing home provided, and another 24 units assigned to the unfortunate Alzheimer's patients.

Ranging from around $275K to $475K, the houses are affordable and offer every amenity. Apartments or condos will be priced at just over $100K to $325K. A clubhouse is included, providing meals, activities, housekeeping and a 24/7 emergency service. The services are bundled with the cost of the homes and apartments, and helps to take the worry out of growing older gracefully and securely.

Eagle Crest is located on Robert Grissom Highway in Myrtle Beach, between 17 business and 17 Bypass. Pet friendly, smoker friendly, and with the average resident age of 80, Eagle Crest seems geared to the more traditional type of retirement community. With accommodations ranging from studios to 2 bedroom suites, this is an apartment/condo type setting, as versus the single family home look of Brighwater.They boast an excutive chef, paid utilities, around the clock resident manager, housekeeping, meals to include special diet requirments, and the regular amenities of any hotel. They are a part of a chain of retirement facilities under the name of Holiday Retirement. The website doesn't list pricing, unfortunately. They advertise giving you a tour and a free lunch to visit and learn more.

Located amongst the elegant settings of Pawleys Island real estate, the Lakes at Litchfield is the luxury version of Brighwater. Private luxury homes, 2 bedroom exclusive apartments and a luxurious clubhouse make this the place to retire. Again, they have independent living, 57 beds in assisted living, skilled nursing, and Alzheimer's care.

They list their mission statement as being dedicated professionals providing peace of mind, fun, safety, honor, dignity and integrity. Their purpose is listed as being a light in the world, making a difference in the quality of others' lives, and to treat the residents like their own parents.

That's a pretty impressive resume.

Again, there seems to be no way to find pricing on the web. Perhaps someone from the community will read this and provide this information?

Folks in our generation that can afford it seem to have more to look forward to than our parents and grandparents. As more boomers reach the age of needing these services, hopefully more Myrtle Beach retirement communities will be built.

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