When it comes to choosing a place to build a new custom home, eastern South Carolina should be at the top of your list. With mild year-round weather, a laid-back coastal lifestyle, and some of the best dining in the country, this unassuming corner of the state ticks all the boxes for a life well lived. And with South Carolina’s overall low cost of living and positive job growth, it’s a smart decision to live here, too.
Horry County: Home of Myrtle Beach
Horry County’s claim to fame is the one and only Myrtle Beach! With over 60 miles of beautiful, sandy coastline and so many activities and attractions for all ages and abilities, Myrtle Beach remains one of the most popular summer destinations on the East Coast. Should you get tired of beach life (as if!), the Myrtle Beach International Airport flies to more than 50 nonstop destinations so you can get out into the world and explore.
If you love dining out, you’re in for a treat. Myrtle Beach has more than 1,500 restaurants to choose from, which is more per capita than Paris and NYC! From fine dining to a casual bistro, there’s something for everyone and lots to try.
Georgetown County: Outdoor Lover’s Paradise
Georgetown County, just south of Horry County and sharing the same stretch of Atlantic coastline, is an outdoor lover’s paradise. With a web of rivers — including the Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw, Black, and Sampit — all flowing into the Winyah Bay, this area is a mecca for water sports of all kinds. If you love to surf, kite surf, kayak, paddle board, and more, you’ll love being close to all the action in Georgetown County.
Williamsburg County: History and Charm
Sitting back about 50 miles from the coastline is Williamsburg County, home to beautiful historic architecture and some of the best river adventures around. Buildings like the 1823 Williamsburg County Courthouse, along with the plentiful live oaks, help this area preserve its history and sense of Southern charm.
For those who love to get out into nature and casually explore, the Black River flows at the perfect pace to take boat trips to watch wildlife or sharpen your photography skills, and fisherman are drawn to it for the bountiful bream, catfish, largemouth bass, and red breasted sunfish.
Florence County: Travel Hub & Dining Destination
The most inland of the new counties where ValueBuild is now building, Florence County is a place to enjoy the best of the region. It occupies a convenient location at the intersection of I-95 and I-20, so getting anywhere else in the state, or in the entire Southeast, is easy. This area is also extremely entrepreneur-friendly, with the county maintaining a strong focus on small business.
After working hard all day, take your pick from hundreds of great restaurants in Florence County. New, old, locally-owned — it’s easy to discover your favorites and visit time and time again, or try something new every week. There’s a big focus here on local specialities like barbecue and low country cuisine — and pecans… lots of pecans!
For the youngest residents, many elementary schools in Florence County are rated above average, and high schools have a strong graduation rate.
Marion County: The Best of Southern Charm
Marion County is home to quaint towns and endless natural beauty, offering some of the best fishing, hunting, hiking, antiquing, and dining in the region. If you enjoy a slower pace of life surrounded by beautiful landscapes, Marion County is for you. One of its gems is Little Pee Dee State Park, where you can fish for bream, bass, and catfish, canoe or kayak, hike the Beaver Pond Nature Trail, camp or stay in a cabin, or simply stroll during the springtime to observe the hundreds of dogwoods in bloom.
ValueBuild Homes is excited to build in these amazing counties of eastern South Carolina! You can choose from 30+ floor plans that are 100 percent stick-built on-site, which saves time and money during the building process. Get in touch to learn the first steps to building your new custom home in Horry, Georgetown, Williamsburg, Florence, or Marion counties. We can’t wait to work with you!