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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:55 pm 
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Hopefully I'll get some responses to this. I don't see very many recent posts?
My family (my mom, her parents, her sisters & their kids) vacationed in Cherry Grove for the first time in 1982. Someone in the family has gone every year but one (when a cousin in Arizona got married) since then. We've had as many as 16 or 18 go and as few as 2. My husband and I have often half-heartedly talked about moving down there because we love it so much, but I figured there would be no way we could ever afford it.
However, this year we (hubby and I) weren't able to go and I really missed it. I have been seriously thinking about us moving down there and have looked at different apartments. The rent isn't really that bad on some of them (I have found some around $800 a month). We have mainly looked at North Myrtle/Cherry Grove and even up into Calabash, and also down toward Garden City/Murrel's Inlet/Pawley's Island. I know there is no way we can afford right on the beach- but would love to be within 1-5 miles away.
Has anyone relocated from another state and can you give me any pointers? We are far from rich, but if we could find somewhat decent jobs I would think we'd be ok. It also depends on who goes with us. Our boys are 21 and 25 right now, and by the time we decide to do it's hard to say what they may want to do. My mom has joked (or she may be serious) she is moving with us if we go. :mrgreen: So depending on them, we could possibly split the rent like 3 ways.
We will be down there the end of next May, so plan to just drive around one day looking at different places just to get an idea.
I really really want to do this. :sad:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:44 pm 
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Wish I could give you some pointers...hopefully some locals who have moved to the area will be able to advise you! Good luck to you! I hope you are able to work out a move... :sunny:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:58 pm 
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ohiojo wrote:
Wish I could give you some pointers...hopefully some locals who have moved to the area will be able to advise you! Good luck to you! I hope you are able to work out a move... :sunny:


Thanks!! :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:01 pm 
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You might be surprised at just how affordable condos are in the Little River-Cherry Grove area. If you are willing to be 1-5 miles......you certainly should be able to find a place....2 BR....2 BA for 800 or less. But you really ought to think about buying a condo in that area.....Especially if you look in late Nov.-Early December some of the prices may shock you......and in a good way. I could not believe just how affordable they were.....and decent condos as well.

Search here:

http://alex.myrtlebeachrealestatedeals.com/

or here:

http://www.c21theharrelsongroup.com/

Search for say......2 Bed....2 Bath condo or townhouse....When you get the results order them by price ascending.....

You'll get 2 or 3 pages of places for less than $75K

Good luck.

We bought last December.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:34 pm 
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I don't know what state you would be moving from, but here is a link where you can calculate the cost of living in each state:
http://www.bankrate.com/calculators/sav ... lator.aspx

Calculate moving cost:
http://www.relocation.com/library/movin ... tmlCompare cost of livinh:

Compare cities:
http://www.bestplaces.net/compare-cities/

Be sure to read this before you start worrying about Myrtle Beach's high crime statistics:
http://www.funbeaches.com/crime.html

Here is some general information about Horry County:
http://www.sciway.net/cnty/horry.html

We moved here 17 years ago, and we haven't regretted a day. I took a huge salary decrease, but we knew this way ahead and decided to move anyhow while we would have (hopefully) many years together before retirement. I think sometimes you need to follow your dreams.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:05 pm 
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My mom has lived in Myrtle for years, so I am down all the time. I also know several people from my area who have moved and I've also met a lot of locals that I am friendly with because I am there so often!

If you aren't near the beach housing can be inexpensive. However, the salaries are pretty low. If you are in healthcare or hospitality, those are where a lot of the jobs are. A friend moved from DC (granted, it is way expensive here), but she went from making 80k to 24k and works a lot more hours. She also works a side job (she does have a nice house in Surfside, about 1.5 miles from the beach). A lot of the bartenders and waitresses I've met work two jobs in the summer (or as many shifts as they can get) to make up for the down time in the winter.

Also, when you pick a place to live think about the commute in the summer as well. The trip from North Myrtle to Garden City is great in the winter on most days, but try it on a Friday during the summer. It is as bad as a big city!

I would say to have a few months worth of savings put away if you really want to make the move. I know lots of people who have done it and love it. I've also met some who did not plan very well and have had to scramble.

Good luck!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:34 pm 
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Thanks everyone!! I'll definitely check out those links posted!!
I've been looking at 3 bedroom apartments/condos mainly. It just depends on if our boys or my mom would decide to go with us. Would be nice to have an extra bedroom in case someone wants to come visit. :) If no one moves with us or just my mom we could probably get by with a 2 bedroom. Plus, it's not like we couldn't find a different place after a year or so down there if need be (if we're renting).
Yes, we are willing to live in a place away from the beach. A mile or two would be awesome so I could just walk there, but could deal with a little further, too. :mrgreen:


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