By Melissa LaScaleia
Carolina Forest is a 25 square-mile residential community located between the cities of historic Conway to the west and fun-loving Myrtle Beach to the east. With a mere fifteen minute drive to our famous white sandy beaches, and adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and wild beauty of the Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge, the location, services, and economics of Carolina Forest makes it one of the area’s most desirable communities in which to live. Highways 31 and 501 offer easy connection points to the rest of the Grand Strand and surrounding environs.
Sporting its own award-winning public school system, which was designated best in the state; golf courses, medical, emergency and public services, entertainment, a myriad of shopping and dining opportunities, low taxes, booming economic growth, and burgeoning job market, Carolina Forest is a vibrant, growing community with much to offer residents as well as those looking for investment opportunities. The Tanger Outlets, a comprehensive, upscale shopping complex, lies on the outskirts.
The Carolina Forest area has witnessed a steady and consistent growth; from 2000 to 2010, the population rose from 3,500 to 18,000 people. Today it soars above 35,000. The community is being developed according to a master plan, with new neighborhoods and amenities being added constantly to meet demand. More than half of the area’s hardwood forests and pine trees have been protected as conservation land, ensuring the fabric of this community remains preserved in nature.
The Farm, Spring Lake, The Bluffs on the Waterway, Waterford Plantation, Waterbridge, Summerlyn, and Southgate, are some of the most popular neighborhoods in Carolina Forest. Clean, safe, high-quality, new, and family friendly describes the feel of the area. Options for homes include a wide range to appeal to anyone’s taste: single family, apartment complexes, long term rentals, condos, townhomes and luxury estates.