Retire in Charleston

Meet Don and Lois

Want to know what it's like to retire in Charleston?

Don and I lived in Newtown Square, PA. We loved PA. It’s beautiful. We also had a beach house in NJ. Our children married and moved to different states. Our thought was to move South and have nice weather (no snow and ice). Looked in Fla. and said no thank you. Checked out N. Carolina which was OK. Traveling back and forth to Fla. on our vacations, we always made a stop in Charleston and loved it, so we figured why not? We found the Elms of Charleston first and didn’t look any further. We have lived here for 20 years and to be truthful, it has been a 20 year vacation. There is so much to do and see here that we are always going somewhere or doing something.

So Don and Lois, what about Charleston initially appealed to you?

The appeal was the wonderful weather. Close enough to the beach, Charleston, a typical southern town of Summerville is just 20 minutes away where we go to church.

What is an aspect of the area that you, or other retirees may dislike?

The only thing that you may dislike is the traffic. But I guess that’s everywhere now days.

What is an aspect of your daily life in the area that you weren't expecting before you moved?

Don and I volunteer at the SC Aquarium once a week, some folks volunteer at the hospital at the hospital across the street and the library. A lot of us volunteer for the Historic Charleston Foundation. Don is an active birder and we’re members of the Charleston Natural History (Audubon Society). He also has let bird walks to different places 2 times a month for 7 years. We also guide walks over to the college property to show our new residents the remains of the Plantation House ruins with a small historic talk.

If you ever left Charleston, what would you miss the most?

The Elms along with our lovely club house has a swimming pool, tennis/pickle ball court, shuffle board court. We are one large family. Everyone knows each other. The lawns are taken care of, houses washed every year and painted every 5 years. We can travel for a week, month or longer and not worry that the house is not taken care of. A HOA with bylaws, covenants, R & R’s keeps us looking great all the time.

What advice would you have for people moving to this community?

Charleston has wonderful restaurants, theaters, Symphony, choirs, golfing, ice hockey team and festivals all the time. Spoleto performing arts festival is world wide famous and happens ever year. Cruise ships leave from here. Hospital and many medical buildings right across the road. I could go on and on. Come on down because to see it is to believe.

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