Sometimes it takes decades of vacationing in the Pawleys Island area and long-term planning before the dream of living in this beautiful place can be realized. And for some fortunate people, it happens quickly. More than one house guest from “off” have decided to become permanent residents of the Hammock Coast.
If the smell of pluff mud automatically relaxes you, the idea of playing golf year-round makes you giddy or the beach is your heaven on earth, you’re probably already planning a move.
Life on the southern end of the Grand Strand means small-town living, friendly people, peacefulness, endless natural beauty. The property taxes are a fraction of those in many Northeastern locations. Hardware stores are stocked with cast nets and beach chairs rather than snow shovels. And there are so many wonderful things to do, it’s similar to living in a vacation spot. Oh wait…
Boating, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding or just riding the waves at the beach – water is the center of most outdoor activities in this area. It is everywhere – ocean, five rivers, bays, tidal creeks. And a comfortable water temperature, even during the cooler sea- sons, makes it inviting.
Average Water Temperature
Winter – 53° Spring – 72° Summer – 81° Fall – 64°
The only way to discover which water activity you might want to pursue after your move is to try them! There are several local watersports companies (Boating and Boat Tours section on page
35) that offer everything from parasailing and jet ski rentals to kayaking tours and surfing lessons.
Fishing is the number one recreational water activity in the Pawleys Island area. It’s always fun to have a charter guide take you out (Fishing on page 38), but Georgetown County also has 23 public boat landings if you have a boat and are ready to strike out on your own.
If you’re not playing in the water around Pawleys Island, chances are you’re on a golf course. The entire Grand Strand is famous for its renowned, award-winning golf courses, and the Murrells Inlet, Litchfield and Pawleys Island area have more than a dozen of the finest (Golf on page 40). Many are built on property that was once part of an antebellum plantation, brimming with giant, moss-draped oaks, azaleas, wildlife and water.
Average Air Temperature
Spring 83°(H) 45°(L)
Summer 91°(H) 67°(L)
Fall 85°(H) 46°(L)
Winter 63°(H) 37°(L)
Playgrounds, 20 community parks, 15.2 miles of bike paths, 51 baseball and softball fields, 14 multipurpose fields, 12 community and senior centers, 31 tennis courts and 13 regional parks are also part of Georgetown County, and they are a large contributing factor to the high quality of life that this region is famous for.
Golf and recreation opportunities aren’t the only perks to living in a town that has to keep thousands of tourists engaged and happy every year. Vacationers all have to eat, and they love to shop. And they are more likely to return or recommend a place if the experiences are outstanding.
The answer to this conundrum is world-class cuisine (Restaurants on page 53) and an abundance of charming boutiques (Shopping on page 67) in the Pawleys Island area. The best part? As a resident, you’ll get to eat and shop at these places year-round – after 18 holes or a day on the beach.
Making the Move? Here are some local businesses that may help. For more information, turn to the Professional Services and Shopping sections on pages 45 and 67, and find their locations on the map in the center of the magazine.
Bellamy Law Firm: A full service firm headquartered in Myrtle Beach, now with offices in Pawleys Island. Bellamy Law Firm was founded in Myrtle Beach in 1962 and recently merged with a firm that has been in existence in Pawleys Island since 1993. Bellamy offers outstanding individual lawyers that provide a depth of talent. This allows clients to benefit from the strength of many attorneys practicing diverse, yet complementary areas of law, including: real estate closings and development; corporate law; wills, trusts and estate planning; family law; and probate law. Bellamy Law.com (843) 237-3400
Field Insurance Agency: A multi-line agency offering competitive insurance products for Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Hilton Head and the surrounding areas of South Carolina. Field Insurance is staffed by professionals committed to providing their clients with outstanding service and coverage. With an emphasis on quality coverage, competitive rates and an overall simplification of insurance, their mission is to identify and minimize their clients’ exposure to risk. Field Insurance will analyze your complete insurance needs, design a responsible protection program and place the coverage through the insurance company offering the most cost effective protection for every situation. fieldinsuranceagency.com (843) 238-2411
Furniture & Mattress Gallery: With a deceptively unassuming store front, Furniture and Mattress Gallery was established in 1992 by owner, Bettie Jones. The 22,000-square foot store offers an extraordinary selection of complete home furnishing with a variety of styles and price points to satisfy every customer. Rowe, Four Seasons, Stanley and Lexington, as well as Kingsdown and Tempurpedic mattresses are only a few of the manufacturers carried. Visit the showroom and experience the exceptional service that the friendly sales staff provides. You will not be disappointed! FurnitureAndMattressGallery.com (843) 651-3501
Island Floors & More: This locally owned design center has been flooring the beach with a unique and designedly different approach since 1984. Allow them to work with the vision you have for your house to help make it your home! Visit their “New for 2017” showroom, which features current, trending and timeless products. Browse for new carpet, wood, tile, luxury plank, custom area rugs, stair runners, cabinets, counter tops, back-splash options and more. Island Floors & More offers basic design help, free estimates and can install most of their products. Island Floors & More’s custom rug shop has offered cleaning and repair services for more than 30 years. They look forward to seeing you soon! IslandFloorsAndMore.com (843) 237-4704
The Lakes at Litchfield: The number one goal at The Lakes at Litchfield is to help their members live longer, healthier and hap- pier lives. Anyone, at any age, in any condition, can improve the quality of their life. This is achieved here by embracing a wellness philosophy in everything they do – award-winning wellness pro- grams, gourmet dining, never ending social calendars and services that allow members to stay independent in their own home. The Lakes at Litchfield offers a continuum of living options including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Lakes-Litchfield.com (843) 353-6040
Paragon Custom Construction: Founded in 1995 by an award- winning architect, Paragon has built some of the finest homes in the Grand Strand. Their team seamlessly merges the design process with construction in order to enhance quality, achieve simplicity, assure accountability and deliver homes of beauty, durability and timelessness. Paragon specializes in the construction and renovation of homes, multi-family residences and commercial facilities. Their building services are managed by a builder with more than 40 years of experience who combines old-world craftsmanship with an efficient and cost effective approach to building in the Lowcountry. paragoncustomconstruction.com (843) 979-5455
South Atlantic Bank: Formed in 2007 to meet the unique financial needs of consumers and businesses in coastal communities, South Atlantic Bank has offices in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Georgetown and Mount Pleasant. Their primary focus is establishing customer relation- ships through quality service and convenience, with a high level of personal attention. As a full-service community bank, South Atlantic provides a wide range of personal and business products, including checking, savings and money market accounts, along with mortgages, loans and lines of credit. They also offer techno- logically advanced products, including a goMobile banking app. South Atlantic Bank is chartered by the state of South Carolina and fully insured by the FDIC. southatlanticbank.com Murrells Inlet: (843) 848-2000 | Pawleys Island: (843) 848-2049 | Georgetown: (843) 436-6800
Taylor and Gruber, LLC: Providing tax and accounting services to the Grand Strand since 2004. The partners, Thom Taylor and Kirk Gruber, have more than 50 years of combined experience advising closely-held businesses and their owners, as well as individuals with complex tax situations. The goal at Taylor and Gruber is to add value by minimizing their clients’ taxes and by helping them make sound business and accounting decisions. A full array of tax planning and compliance services is offered, as well as full accounting support. TaylorGruber.com (843) 237-7447