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The Best Neighborhoods to Retire in Charleston, South Carolina

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A recent study by personal finance website WalletHub compared affordability, quality of life, health care, and availability of recreational activities for seniors in more than 180 U.S. cities. It comes as no surprise that Charleston, South Carolina claimed the top spot as the best U.S. city to retire in 2022, with other popular retirement destinations in Florida and Arizona also making it into the top 10.

Charleston, SC has so much going for it! Surrounded by coastal scenery, calming ocean breezes and beautiful weather year-round, this highly sought-after region checks all the boxes for a wholesome retirement. To top things off, South Carolina offers some favorable senior tax breaks and a very affordable overall cost of living.


If you love the conveniences of city life, then Charleston is where you will thrive during your retirement years. With several top tier senior living communities in close proximity to the city center, you will have plenty of options to suit your preferences and budget. Live your best life at one of the many 55+ active adult communities, like Overture West Ashley, or plan for your long-term care needs in a continuing care retirement community, like the highly acclaimed Bishop Gadsden. One thing is for sure, this historic port city will not disappoint! Its deep southern roots are widely spread throughout the local community and can even be enjoyed in its stunning architecture and excellent cuisine.

Mount Pleasant

Just a short drive across the Charleston Harbor and you will find yourself in the charming streets of Mount Pleasant. Thanks to North America’s longest cable-stayed bridge, the Ravenel Bridge, you’ll never be more than a few minutes away from the historic Charleston city center. Senior living communities in this area are often nestled in retreat-like settings, like the beautiful grounds of Somerby Mount Pleasant, which will bring a certain peace and tranquility to your days. If you love spending time outdoors, especially golfing or fishing, then the limitless options in and around Mount Pleasant will be sure to get your seal of approval. With a variety of community events hosted throughout the year, the Memorial Waterfront Park and Mount Pleasant Pier also make the perfect social gathering places to catch up with family and friends.

Daniel Island

As a more recently developed area of Charleston, Daniel Island is fast becoming the go-to for luxurious retirement living. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of parks, the purpose-built resort lifestyle communities on Daniel Island, like Daniel Pointe Retirement Community, will make you feel as if you’re on an endless vacation. With all the modern facilities and services at your fingertips, you will have everything you need to make the most of your golden years. Enjoy an extensive range of golf courses, country clubs, tennis courts, and so much more in your very own slice of paradise.

Whether you are only just starting out in your search for senior living options, or you are eager and ready to make the move, Kithward can help you seamlessly navigate this next exciting chapter of your life.


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