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What’s NOT to love about living on the Grand Strand?
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area, aka The Grand Strand, is what we call ‘home’. Strand Security is a locally owned AND locally operated small business. We live where we work, we work where we live.
We love the simple, southern life after moving south over 10 years ago from Maryland.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’d like to share 5 reasons why we love living it up on the Grand Strand.
South Carolina beaches, need we say more?
The Grand Strand boosts over 60 miles of beaches, from Little River on the North Carolina border down to Pawleys Island! Public beaches, private beaches, two State Parks and lots of activities.
and so so much more!
If you love the sand between your toes, the Grand Strand is the perfect place to live as you’ll have year-round access to beach activities!
The Grand Strand is home to hundreds of restaurants. No matter your taste, you’ll find it here. From Seafood restaurants in the SC Seafood Capital of Murrells Inlet to Franchise Restaurants at both Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing, to speciality restaurants all over the Grand Strand. There is something for everyone. Lots of southern food and charm to be found!
We love, love, love that we can be outside year-around. We might not be able to use our pool in the winter time, but it’s certainly warm enough to play golf or go for a beach walk. Our kids wear shorts and t-shirts during all seasons and we can run, bike and walk most days.
Who doesn’t love sitting on their porch for most of the year?
Talking about the weather… the Grand Strand has a subtropical climate. The ocean temperature is affected by the gulf stream, making August water temperatures range upwards of 80F! Say what?
Especially for those who have lived in the North East, say goodbye to cold water temperatures and start enjoying the warm ocean waves.
Last but not least, living on the Grand Strand is affordable, cheap even compared to other areas of the US.
Housing is affordable and new home construction is at an all-time high. South Carolina taxes are some of the lowest we’ve seen, making relocating to the Grand Strand a great option for those who work remote, or those looking to retire!
Now that we’ve shared why we love the Grand Strand, we’d love to know from you what you love about it! If you are in need of home security, new cameras, a home theatre, a business security solution, central vacuum or smarthome technology, give us call today!
While 2020 has been a weird year for all of us, we are still grateful for a tenth anniversary year.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’ve been blogging all year in a series we call ‘10 reasons to love‘. As this is month ten, this is the tenth installment of a 12-month series!
Interested in reading any of the other articles in the series?
Let’s get started with October’s edition!
The weather is so fine we can spend hour upon hours on our porches. Our friends and family join us as we sit and watch neighbors mow the lawn, kids play outside and friends walk their dog. Everyone wave and time just seems to stand still. If you are lucky, you’ll be invited on the porch to have a glass of iced tea!
Nothing says South Carolina like sweet tea. It’s a staple in all southern homes and visitors are offered a tall glass of cold, refreshing sweet tea. Don’t confuse sweet tea with hot tea or *gasp* ask for unsweetened tea! Drink is sweet, like the people of this state!
When you are home, you are family. When you are brought into a home as a stranger or a friend, you leave as family! Southern families embrace their visitors and will make you feel oh so special!
While the sounds of southern voices might seem sweet, don’t be fooled by ‘Bless her Heart’. Expect rich conversations, gentle scolding and strong opinions about God, country and freedom.
While Southerns might have a different opinion than you do, they will wrap it all up in a nice and polite package! They will stay calm cool and collected. Etiquette dictates they keep their cool and stay polite no matter what, offering southern hospitality even if you agree to disagree. They’ll Bless you Heart, and will remain polite.
Southern foods are rich in tradition, and butter! Southern foods are plentiful and delicious. They include okra, greens, Fried Chicken, black-eye peas, hush puppies and BBQ.
While we love our K & W and Cracker Barrel there is no substitute for home cooked meals! Getting invited to Thanksgiving Dinner or Christmas means getting double, triple of all your favorite sides and desserts as southern cooks go all out to please their families.
Living in the south means you understand southern charm. Sweet Meemaws who love and spoil their grandkids, ladies who sat through hours of cotillion to learn not only the right etiquette, but also how to charm just about anyone, anywhere at any time!
People in the south take care of their own, and then some! They share what they have, no matter how little with those less fortunate. Charity is learned in Sunday school classes, in the home and is continued at work! Many adults are involved in charitable organizations making the lives of other southerns just a bit better.
The south, and of course South Carolina is steeped in tradition. If you live here, you know! High school football games are huge. Homecoming is better in South Carolina than anywhere else. Tradition seeps into every aspect of life in the south.
Strand Security has been serving the people of the Myrtle Beach area, including all of Horry County and Georgetown County for over 10 years! We live where we work. We love Southern Hospitality and have been the recipient of many wonderful home cooked meals, lovely traditions and great conversations.
Let us know how we can help you with your security and safety needs, now and into 2021!
How often we hear this from our visitors? Oh my, all the time!
Do you hear the same thing about the Grand Strand?
We hear this from people on vacation who visit the Grand Strand and fall in love with our beaches, our way of life and the laid back attitude found in and around town.
However, living in a place you vacation is a totally different thing than visiting, as we all know.
Case in point; New York City is a great place to visit as a tourist, but how many of us really want to go live in Manhattan where the cost of living is high, traffic is crazy and one of the few places to go play outdoors is in Central Park?
We love our Grand Strand for all that it is and all that it offers.
Are you ready to make a move?
If you are someone who is considering, or is ready, to move to the Grand Strand, or you know someone who is contemplating making this move, this article is for y’all!
The U.S. Census Bureau says the Myrtle Beach metro area is the second fastest growing area, by percentage, in the country.
Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show from 2010 to 2018, the Myrtle Beach metro area grew nearly 28% and from 2017 to 2018 the area grew 3.8%.
According to Kruea, 1,400 people per month are moving to the metro area.
Read more about growth on the Grand Strand here.
In this article, we will give you five reasons you too should become a Grand Strand resident and move to the beach; the best beach in South Carolina, hands down.
Depending on where you are coming from, the weather can’t be beat! If you are contemplating a move here from ‘the north’, South Carolina and the Grand Strand will offer you sun, sun and more sun and very little, if any, snow and ice. Certainly not enough snow to have to own a snow shovel or a windshield scraper.
Locally we joke that we have a short Spring and almost immediately move from winter to summer and that’s no lie. Springtime is glorious and our weather is why millions of golfers descend on our town in the springtime (and the fall) to play on our beautifully maintained golf courses. A forecast of sun, decent temperatures, and low humidity make for a perfect golf paradise.
Summers are hot and humid, but all homes and businesses have central AC and we have pools and the beach! The Grand Strand sports 60+ miles of beach and thousands of pools!
If you love to play golf, swim and outdoor living, come live on the Grand Strand. We enjoy the outdoors all four seasons!
Have we mentioned our beaches yet?
They are beautiful, plentiful and diverse. If you like busy beaches with activities like parasailing and banana boating, try our Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach beaches. If you want nature and the beach, try the beaches at our two State Parks; Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park. If you like more secluded beaches, visit The Point in Pawleys Island or Cherry Grove beach. Fishing can be done on all beaches and from many piers.
The beach offers great family entertainment; how about enjoying the beach year around?
Come move to the Grand Strand.
If neither the beaches nor the weather has convinced you of a fun lifestyle, maybe the entertainment options will.
Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Tanger Outlets, Market Common, you name the type of entertainment, we have it.
Go Karts, Science Center, Aquarium, Putt-Putt, Bowling, Rides, Wheels, Games, Movies, and much much more! Anytime you want to get off the beach, come to town to have fun.
Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand are still growing and growing. New infrastructures, new hospitals, new schools, new restaurants, shopping malls, and new entertainment; in the nearly 10 years we’ve lived and worked here at Strand Security, we’ve seen lots of growth and change!
There is lots of new construction.
The housing market is great for buyers – homes are still affordable and there are many new neighborhoods popping up.
If nothing else will entice you to make the move to our beautiful area, the low cost of living on the Grand Strand should do it! Compared to other states, our cost of living expenses are lower than most and there are plenty of jobs to be had for those who are skilled and willing to work.
Property taxes are low and we have one of the best merit-based scholarship systems for college-bound students in the USA. If you have children, this alone could make a move to the Grand Strand attractive.
We absolutely love where we live and work, play and relax and we know you will too!
Come join us permanently and when you do buy a home, let us know how we may help make your move safer and more secure.