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We Specialize in Myrtle Beach, SC Real Estate. Lots of options are waiting for you in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and choosing the right realtors can help you in finding the perfect area and the right home for you and your family and make your dream a reality!  Let us help you in making one of the biggest, if not the biggest, decisions in your life.   

We were both born and raised along the Grand Strand and know the entire Horry County, so no matter what style of home you are looking for or what area you prefer, we can help you!  Please give us a call and let us help you make your dream a reality!  843-222-8566.

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Oct. 14, 2021

Which Town Should You Stay in Near Myrtle Beach?

Which Town Should you stay at near Myrtle Beach?

 

If you have been researching to plan a trip to Myrtle Beach in the near future, you may have realized that Myrtle Beach is more than just one small town – it is a moniker used to describe a bunch of places in the area that is more formally known as the Grand Strand. Myrtle Beach itself is an actual place, but it is surrounded by other wonderful locations like North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, and Murrells Inlet. In this post we will break down what you can expect to find in each of these four locations, and hopefully give you a better idea of which place might be the best one for you to search for accommodation. Each area is worthy of your time in its own way, but each area also caters to a different audience or vibe. This post will help you to determine the ideal spot for you!

 

1.      Myrtle Beach

 

Myrtle Beach, the namesake of the broader area surrounding it, is by far the most popular beach in all of South Carolina. It has built up such a massive and successful tourism sector that it can host millions of visitors per year. As the place in the Grand Strand receiving the most annual tourist traffic, Myrtle Beach tends to be very busy and always have a lot going on. If you like to be in the middle of everything and have great dining right at your doorstep, staying in Myrtle Beach may be the ideal option for you.

The luxury of having everything so close does come at a cost, though. Myrtle Beach can be very loud and very crowded, which can take a bit of the relaxation out of your vacation. While it does have a high concentration of great stores and restaurants, it isn’t the only city in the area that has a lot to do, and the surrounding places are definitely more relaxed. If you like a bit of solitude while still being in reach of all that Myrtle Beach has to offer, you may be more interested in one of the other places on this list.

 Myrtle Beach Busy Fun Place to Stay

2.      North Myrtle Beach

 

North Myrtle Beach, located just north of Myrtle Beach (if you couldn’t guess), offers a great blend of busy with relaxing. Stretching almost entirely to the North Carolina border, North Myrtle Beach has a great offering of restaurants, golf courses, and other activities. Barefoot Landing, one of the premier shopping centers in the Grand Strand, is located within the borders of North Myrtle Beach, too.

 One of the greatest strengths of North Myrtle Beach is its proximity to all of the main attractions in Myrtle Beach while still maintaining its peace and quiet. Getting to major tourist stops, like the baseball stadium and Broadway at the Beach, is very quick and easy, and the restaurants in the area tend to be much less crowded than in Myrtle Beach. If you want a convenient blend of quiet with convenience, you should consider checking out North Myrtle Beach.

 North Myrtle Beach Quiet Place to Stay

3.      Murrells Inlet

Located about a half hour south of Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet is a bit of a drive away from all of the fun in Myrtle Beach. Don’t worry though! Murrells Inlet is filled with plenty of things to do on its own. This small fishing village was apparently once the home to the legendary pirate Blackbeard, giving it a unique identity. Nowadays, the quaint and beautiful town has grown around the tourism industry, and it provides a great, slightly more remote place to stay in the Grand Strand.

Murrells Inlet has some really great dining options, too, meaning you would not need to drive all the way to Myrtle Beach to grab a nice bite to eat. One very unique option is the Dead Dog Saloon, which has created a reputation of its own. Regardless, Murrells Inlet is a great option for people looking for even more peace and quiet who don’t mind being a bit further away from the action in Myrtle Beach. The great restaurant scene here honestly makes visiting Myrtle Beach unnecessary unless you’re looking to do something that is specifically located there, like Broadway at the Beach.

 Murrells Inlet Great Restaurants South Carolina

4.      Surfside Beach

 

Surfside Beach is my personal favorite, and here’s why. Firstly, it is located just a short drive – like ten minutes – from all of the action of Myrtle Beach. Secondly, I think that the beach in Surfside is the nicest in the whole Myrtle Beach area. The sand is very fine and nice, the water is pretty clear for the area, and the beach doesn’t tend to be packed. In fact, that is the main draw of Surfside Beach. It is known as the family beach area, as it is most frequented by families looking for a safe and quiet place to take their kids.

Surfside Beach’s proximity to all of the action in Myrtle Beach while still maintaining its relaxed, peaceful, and safe atmosphere is what makes me personally recommend Surfside Beach to any friends or family I have visiting the area. If each of the options I already wrote about appealed to you in some way, Surfside Beach is kind of the perfect blend of them all. If I were you, I’d be sure to consider Surfside Beach for your next trip to the Grand Strand.

Surfside Beach Best Family South Carolina

 

Hopefully this post helped you to determine which town you should stay in near Myrtle Beach on your next trip to the Grand Strand. If you visit Myrtle Beach and fall in love, reach out to us for help. We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. 

Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

 

Written by Greg

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Oct. 11, 2021

The Top 10 Reasons to Retire in Myrtle Beach

The Top 10 Reasons to Retire in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is extremely popular these days. People come from all over the world for various events and festivals that happen in the area throughout the year, and times like the Fourth of July seem to be like a madhouse. If you’re looking to retire, you probably want to get away from it all and have your own little piece of paradise. If you’re looking for peace and tranquility that is away from it all and a prime place to spend out the later years of your life, it doesn’t sound like Myrtle Beach would be the place, right?

Wrong. This is absolutely wrong.

 

Yes, there are parts of Myrtle Beach that get crowded during busy times of the year, but this small drawback is very avoidable in the grand scheme of things, and it certainly doesn’t detract from the overall paradise that you can experience throughout the rest of the year! Despite any negative things you may have heard, Myrtle Beach is quite possibly the perfect place to retire. This post is going to outline the top ten reasons to retire in Myrtle Beach.

 Beautiful Sunrise in Myrtle Beach

1. Perfect South Carolina Weather

We wrote about this one pretty extensively in our post about the weather in Myrtle Beach, but basically, the weather in Myrtle Beach is almost perfect for retirees all year long. In the summer, temperatures get warmer but very tolerable, and in the winter the temperature doesn’t drop too far below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Seeing snow is probably something you will never have to worry about, and outside of July and August the heat should not really ever exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

The true sweet spot of Myrtle Beach weather, however, is the spring and fall, otherwise known as the shoulder seasons. The weather in the spring and the fall is by far the best weather in Myrtle Beach, and we even wrote in our post about the best times to visit Myrtle Beach that October is surprisingly one of the best times of the year to visit! If you like moderately warm weather but still want to see four seasons, Myrtle Beach is the perfect place for you.

Perfect Weather to Retire in Myrtle Beach

2. Endless Shopping and Dining Options

This is actually the reason that many people come to Myrtle Beach. A good portion of people that come don’t even care about the beach itself – they come for the areas top notch dining and shopping scene. Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing provide awesome places to spend a day or an evening shopping and eating, as they are both filled with boutique stores and fantastic restaurants. If you are looking to snag good deals, you can head to the Tanger Outlets of Myrtle Beach, which are filled with retailers ranging from Nike to Levi, and beyond.

While the shopping and dining in places like Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing are fantastic, and the steep discounts that you can find in the Tanger Outlets of Myrtle Beach are definitely something to write home about, arguably the best thing to mention when it comes to shopping and dining is the myriad of restaurants that dot the coastal highway. From local favorites like The Grumpy Monk to classic eateries like Crabby Mikes, there are plenty of places to eat your fill in Myrtle Beach, and you definitely won’t go hungry!

Shopping Broadway at the Beach

3. Fantastic Golf Courses

Myrtle Beach is nationally famous for its golf; some might even argue that it is an international golfing destination. The Myrtle Beach area is the home of over 80 award-winning golf courses, and each one has something unique about it. The courses are exquisite, but the weather and the scenery during your day on the green is what elevates the experience even further. Imagine golfing with a view of the Atlantic Ocean on a perfect, sunny and 75-degree day. It doesn’t get any better, right? If you retire in Myrtle Beach, this can be your weekly reality and you can explore each and every one of those award-winning golf courses.

The other factor that makes Myrtle Beach such a great place to golf is the low cost to play. While the courses are world-class, you’ll find that the greens fees are often significantly lower than they are at home, because Myrtle Beach just tends to be a cheap place to spend your time. More on that later, but lower greens fees mean you can afford more days each week golfing!

Retire and Golf on Myrtle Beach

4. Friendly People

I promise you, the cliché is true. People really are so nice in the South! If you’re coming from the North or the West Coast, odds are you’ve heard of “southern charm.” Let me just say, nine times out of ten, this is really the case. People in the south just tend to be extremely friendly, and North and South Carolina might just be the friendliest states in the country.

Maybe this can all be attributed to the high amount of sunshine and great weather. Or maybe it is a result of the sea breeze sweeping over the area in the morning. Regardless, whatever the cause is, the people here are very friendly and it makes living in or visiting the area extremely relaxing and pleasurable. If you don’t believe me, take trip to Myrtle Beach yourself and witness just how friendly everyone tends to be.

Friendly Waitress Myrtle Beach

5. Affordable Housing Market

If all of that still isn’t enough to convince you that Myrtle Beach is a great place to retire, maybe these next few points will be. Firstly, the housing market is Myrtle Beach is very friendly to buyers. The prices are very low when you consider the fact that you are buying prime real estate by the beach, and the current mortgage rates are also quite low. These two things added together mean that it is the perfect time to be checking out real estate options in the Myrtle Beach area! If you are thinking that this may be an option for you, even if you are just generally curious, you should reach out to us and chat. We have decades of experience selling properties in the area and would love to help you think about finding the perfect home!

Now, just how cheap is housing in Myrtle Beach? According to Zillow, the average home price in Myrtle Beach is currently around $231,000. This number is roughly $50,000 cheaper than the national average, which is shocking considering that Myrtle Beach is such prime real estate! Buying a property in Myrtle Beach now with such low values provides a good opportunity for your investment to grow over the coming years, too.

Buy New House in Myrtle Beach

6. 60 Miles of Coastline to Live in

Remember at the beginning when we mentioned that a little bit of congestion in the city of Myrtle Beach during the busy times of the year was not enough to ruin your experience there as a retiree? That’s largely because the area is so massive, you can always find a peaceful place to pass the time. In fact, if you choose to live in a more relaxed area, like North Myrtle Beach, you’ll feel the effects of the busy season even less. With 60 miles of coastline, the Myrtle Beach area stretches almost two hours from top to bottom. The majority of tourists coming during the busy months stay closer to the city of Myrtle Beach and just outside in Surfside Beach. So, if you live a bit further away from the heart of things, you’ll feel the busy months even less.

This doesn’t have to mean that you’re away from all the fun, either. During the busy months, traffic is much worse and is the reason that the area may take two hours to drive from top to bottom. In the lower months, there is not much traffic at all, and you can get all around the area much more quickly. If you visit the area and take your time exploring, odds are you’ll be able to find the perfect area to live in according to your own desires and standards.

60 Miles Coastline Myrtle Beach

7. Low Taxes and Cost of Living

We touched briefly on this one earlier, but I wanted to take a second and point out exactly why Myrtle Beach is such a cheap place to live. One of the biggest factors in this is the low taxes throughout all of South Carolina. The income tax for a typical person in South Carolina is one of the lowest income tax rates in the country, and the property and gas tax rates are extremely low as well. Comically, people that live on the border of North and South Carolina, like in Charlotte, drive across the border into South Carolina whenever they need gas. It can be as high as forty cents cheaper per gallon in South Carolina!

These tax factors contribute to a generally low cost of living. This is why housing is cheap, golfing is cheap, and the gas you’ll use to get from your house to the golf course is cheap! As a retiree living on a generally fixed income, effortless ways to save money like this go a long way in stretching your budget and spending money on the experiences that you value most.

Low Cost of Living Myrtle Beach

8. Calabash Seafood

I know that I already wrote about dining in Myrtle Beach, but locals would argue that Calabash Seafood is so special that it deserves its own bullet point in this post. In fact, we even wrote an entire post about it, which you can find here. Now, what is Calabash Seafood and why is it so special?

Calabash is a style of cooking, and in basic terms it is the deep frying of very fresh seafood that is lightly battered in corn meal. The corn meal batter adds a slightly sweet taste to the food, and the proximity to the ocean makes the seafood extra fresh and delicious. Calabash Food has been famous in the area for almost a century, and it is, by itself, one of the reasons you should retire in Myrtle Beach. It is served up in all-you-can-eat buffets throughout the area, and the number of foods that can be fried and served Calabash style is more than you can probably imagine. On your next trip to Myrtle Beach, be sure to check out Crabby Mike’s or The Original Benjamin’s to see what all of the hype is about.

Calabash Style Seafood

9. Excellent Healthcare Providers

As a retiree, you probably care about having great healthcare. In fact, this should be one of the biggest factors playing into your decision when it comes to where you retire. Myrtle Beach certainly meets the mark when it comes to providing high quality, accessible healthcare. The area is home to three major healthcare systems: Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Georgetown Hospital System, and McLeod Health. Each of these health systems has several satellite offices and provides every typical service that you could need at a very high level.

On top of the great hospital systems and doctors that are found throughout the area, you can also rely on several top-notch nursing home facilities that specialize both in assisted living and patient rehabilitation. When you decide to retire in Myrtle Beach, you can rest assured that you are in good medical hands.

Great Doctors in Myrtle Beach

10. Amazing Beaches

The beaches may be the final item on the list of the best reason to retire in Myrtle Beach, but they are certainly not the worst of the reasons! The beaches in the Myrtle Beach area are very good, especially by East Coast standards, and there is a beach that suits everyone’s needs. Some beaches are more laid back and quiet, others are popular for families, and some are known as the busy, loud beaches that get jam-packed with crowds.

Regardless of the type of beach you prefer, all of the beaches along the Grand Strand have great water temperatures during the beach season, have very fine and smooth sand, and offer incredible views of the sunrise. If you enjoy the sunrises, walks, or picnics on the beach, Myrtle Beach is an incredible place for you to retire.

 Myrtle Beach Incredible Ocean

 

Hopefully this post provided some insight about retiring in the Myrtle Beach area. It honestly is a fantastic place to retire, and the best way to know if it is for you is to take a trip and visit! You need to try the Calabash food and see the epic sunrises before dividing to live there permanently anyway, right? If you visit Myrtle Beach and fall in love, reach out to us for help. We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams.

Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

 

Post written by Greg

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Oct. 7, 2021

Ten Things to Consider When Searching for Your Next Home

Our top things to make sure not to overlook when you search for the next place to call home.

 

Signing a contract to rent or buy a home is a big deal. Like we mentioned in our post on reasons to buy a home instead of renting one in 2021, a mortgage is one of the biggest financial commitments you will make in your life. Even if you are only looking to rent a home, odds are that the rent you will be agreeing to in your lease will be the highest monthly expenditure that you have. With such a high price tag, it’s important that you due your homework and pick the perfect place to call home. This post is going to pick out some of the crucial things to think about and look for during your search for your next home. Some of them are more obvious than others, and they all come down to personal preference and priority. However, to find the perfect home, you should think about each and every one of them.

 

1.      Lighting

Many people forget to think about lighting when they search for their new home. Turning on the lights is all you need, right? Who cares about sunlight? Thinking this way might make you feel differently after a few months of living in your new home.

Honestly, getting a good amount of natural light through the windows is very important. It brightens up your home and makes you generally happier, all while lowering your electric bill. We’re not kidding – higher amounts of natural light are scientifically proven to make people happier, and using sunlight to brighten your home rather than light fixtures can save you a lot when it is time to pay the electricity bill! Regardless of how nice a house or condo may be, if it tends to be like a dark cave for most of the day it will eventually get to be depressing.

Of course, lighting changes throughout the day. If you have a beachfront condo in Myrtle Beach, for example, you are going to get incredible lighting from the east in the morning and then more light from the west in the evening. This is something to consider as you tour different homes during your search, as the hour of your visit can greatly impact your overall impression of the place, for better or for worse. Don’t wait until its too late to realize how important good lighting is. You will thank us later!

Natural Lighting In Home Makes You Happier

2.      Size

Everyone has different needs, and no measurement shows that more than the square footage of a new home. Some people are comfortable raising a family of four in a 700 square foot apartment, while other single people need at least 1,000 square feet just to not feel cramped. Only you know the right answer to the question of how much space you need to live comfortably, and for some people, too much space can be more stressful than too little!

Of course, expectations are vastly different between homes and apartments, as most homes will tend to be much bigger than apartments. Still, it is important to envision the future, as your space needs will change over time. If you’re looking to start a family, you will probably need more space in the near future than you do right now. If you are moving closer towards an empty nest, you might not need as much space and might want to consider downsizing. If grandchildren are on their way, it is important to consider the rooms and spaces you will need as they grow up in the coming years, if you intend on staying in your home that long.

Determine How Much Space You Need

3.      Layout

You would expect layout to kind of go hand in hand with size, but that isn’t quite the case. For example, there are two-bedroom apartments that are 750 square feet and one-bedroom apartments that are over 1,000 square feet. As a result, square footage simply can’t be the only determinant when it comes to satisfying your space needs. It is much more complicated than that!

When it comes to the layout, there are two main things to consider. Firstly, what rooms are in the home, and where exactly do they fall on the floor plan? Let’s say you are looking into buying a three-bedroom house right on the beach. That sounds like a dream, right? In many ways, it probably is! However just because there are three bedrooms, and the home is in a great location doesn’t mean that it is the one for you. The living room and dining room may be in the same open space, for example, or the bathrooms might be on the opposite side of the house as the bedrooms. The point is, you need to double check the layout of the home and critically consider whether or not it is conducive to your future goals.

Layout is More than Just Size

4.      Price

Arguably the biggest limiter for most people during the home-searching process is price. After all, odds are you don’t have unlimited funds to dip into for your next home! The price needs to fit into your budget, both now and in the future. What exactly does that mean?

Firstly, we think you should check out our post on building a budget to save for a home. Honestly, it’s great both for people looking to buy a new house and for people looking to rent an apartment. We included plenty of general tips that can help you to find funds you didn’t know you had!

Anyway, when considering the price of your new home, make sure to include any fees that might be included when fitting it into your budget. Between closing costs, parking fees, condo fees, and property tax, there is a lot more that goes into the cost of a new home than just the sticker price on the sign outside. As you will be signing a contract that obliges you to monthly payments typically for at least a year, you need to be very careful not to overspend or exceed your budget, as you will be feeling the ramifications of that decision for many months to come.

Don't Exceed Budget When Buying Home

5.      Location

You probably already have a general idea of where you want to move. Myrtle Beach, perhaps? We sure hope so; we’d love to meet you and convince you why Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to buy a home, if you haven’t already decided that! But regardless of the city or town, there is a lot more that plays into the actual location of the home that you need to consider when deciding between different options.

This might be proximity to restaurants and stores. It might be the school district that the home is in, as a block’s difference can mean an entirely different educational landscape. It could also be the proximity to public transportation, as you might be a bus or subway type of person! Also, you might like the hustle of a city and not mind the street noise, or you might prefer being a bit further away from the noise in exchange for longer drives to get to places that you need to go. Regardless, going deeper than just a city or town level and considering the actual location of the home is very important and is often overlooked.

Choose Location Carefully When Buying Home

6.      Utility Bills

Do you enjoy paying your electricity bill every month? Yeah, we don’t either. Sadly, paying utility bills is just a part of life and we can’t escape it, no matter how much we would like to. What we can do, though, is minimize the monthly amount of our money that has to go towards paying them. While adapting personal habits and lowering your consumption is one way to lower the bills naturally, another way is to actively compare the average utility bills in the areas that you are looking and search for places that tend to stay on the lower end.

Now, how is this possible? There are many things that go into your utility bills every month, and there are several things that might lead you to spend more than you need to each month. For example, some windows are really bad at insulating your home and cause your heating and air conditioning bills to go up during the hottest and coldest months. Old appliances, like microwaves and refrigerators, may use more electricity than newer ones for doing the same exact job. Even checking out the gallons per flush of the toilets is worth considering! Each of these factors, and more, contribute their little portion to the utility bill each month, and finding a place with new windows, appliances, and environmentally (and budget) friendly lighting fixtures can shave a good chunk off of your monthly payments.

Old Appliances Raise Utility Bill

7.      Neighbors

You have less control of this one, but it’s important to investigate it as much as possible before moving into a new home. While it is pretty hard to meet new neighbors before moving into a home, and the neighbors themselves move in and move out over time, considering the general vibe of the building or neighborhood is really important when deciding which home to go with.

If you are moving into a house, you can get a general idea about the neighbors from what the outside of their home looks like. Never judge a book by its cover, but definitely consider the effort they put into maintaining their home. Bad lawncare, for example, can lead to your own lawn being infested with dandelions or other weeds! In an apartment building, consider the thickness of the walls, the smell of the building, and the appearance of any laundry facilities or trash rooms. That can give you a good idea of who you’re living with.

Good Neighbors Are Important

8.      Landlord, Property Manager, or Realtor

If you are going to buy a home, this one might be a little bit less important to you, as your interaction with a realtor may dwindle as you take ownership of the house. We’re still always here to help, though! If you are looking to lease a home or an apartment, however, you will always have a landlord or property manager to consider. This one can make or break a good home.

Landlords can be very hit or miss. Some really care about their tenants and strive to provide the best service possible. Maintenance requests might be filled as soon as within a couple of hours in some places! However, other places have a very different track record, and this can lead to a bad experience. Firstly, it is very important to be a good tenant. That can go a long way. When you sign a lease, you are agreeing to pay rent on time. If you don’t pay your rent on time, you don’t really have room to complain about bad service. However, if you pay your bills on time and respect the rules, you can expect perfect service in return. If that isn’t met, the situation may begin to deteriorate over time. Vetting the landlord or property manager before signing a lease can save you a bunch of headaches down the line. To do this, we recommend finding reviews online or searching for other properties that they may own and getting in contact with the current tenants.

Bad Landlord Ruins Home

9.      Level

This one applies more so to condos and apartments, as houses tend to be their own entity. That is not always the case, though, as split-level homes may fall into this category, too! There are a few different things to think about regarding the level, or floor, of the home you are considering.

Firstly, do you or someone in your family require the home to be ADA accessible? If this is the case, first floor units, ramps, and elevators might be really important to you. Do you prioritize getting good natural light in the home? Higher floors might be a better option for you. If there is no elevator, do you mind taking the stairs up four stories? Are the floors thick enough to block out the sound from above, or would you be better off on the top floor to block out noise?

All of these things should factor into your decision. Low floors tend to be noisier, both from neighbors above and street sounds outside, but they are also easier to get to and to move in to. Higher floors tend to get better lighting and be quieter but require the use of an elevator or flights of stairs to get up and down. That’s not a great thing if you have a new puppy!

Consider story when Renting

10.  Amenities

The final factor that we recommend considering is any amenities that may be offered by the property you are considering moving in to. With regards to a stand-alone house, this might include a pool, a garage, a finished basement, beach access, or many other things. When it comes to an apartment complex or a housing development, this may include a gym, a pool, tennis and basketball courts, a business center, a community lounge, and more. Some people don’t really care about all of the bells and whistles that may be offered, but to other people they can mean tons of savings.

Depending on where you live, a gym membership may cost you hundreds of dollars per year. A pool membership may cost you the same. These amenities, if you will use them, can be worth hundreds to thousands of dollars to you per year and can change the value you get for your monthly mortgage or rent payment.

 Pool Worth Money in Rent

Hopefully this post helped you to think of a few aspects of home searching that often go overlooked. Again, buying a home or signing a lease is one of the biggest commitments you will make in your life, and it is crucial that you do your homework before signing on the dotted line. If you have any questions about anything you read in this post, be sure to reach out to us at the email address or phone number below.

We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

 

Post written by Greg

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Oct. 4, 2021

What is Calabash Seafood and Why is it Famous?

While the Grand Strand has some of the best beaches on the east coast and is jam-packed with fun activities and other things to do, the Myrtle Beach area is just as famous for its mouth-watering local cuisine – Calabash food. Calabash food is probably the main reason why everyone seems to pack on a few pounds during their trip to Myrtle Beach, and if you’ve ever had it before, you can probably imagine why. If you haven’t had it, though, you’re probably wondering “what is Calabash food?” This post is going to answer that question for you and will also provide a little insight into what makes Calabash food so famous.

 

What is Calabash food?

Calabash food is the extremely popular local style of seafood in the Myrtle Beach area. This regional style of cooking is named after the town of Calabash, North Carolina which is a bit under an hour north of Myrtle Beach. In the 1930s, locals started opening up small restaurants that served their local cooking, and as people passed through, the food spread like wildfire. Basically, Calabash style seafood is lightly breaded in cornmeal and then deep fried. It might not sound too special or unique, but the freshness of the local seafood mixed with the cooking style are honestly a magical combination. If you like seafood, it really is some of the best fried food you’ll ever have.

Hush Puppies in Myrtle Beach

What kinds of Calabash Food are there?

Calabash food can be pretty much any kind of seafood. The offerings range from shellfish like scallops and clams, to fresh fish like cod and flounder, to hush puppies! If you’ve never had hush puppies, you are probably wondering “what are hush puppies, anyway?” Good question. Honestly, they’re my favorite Calabash food item. Hush puppies are basically the batter that is used to bread the seafood, deep fried. There isn’t anything inside of them. They are kind of like corndogs, but without the hot dog and stick, and even more deeply fried. They’re just fried batter, and if you add a little bit of honey butter, they may be the best Calabash food that you’ll ever try.

Where can I get Calabash Food?

Calabash food is served all over and in all kinds of different settings, but the best way to eat it is in the giant Calabash buffets that are dotted throughout the area. These are great, because you can try as much of everything as you want. If you try out the Calabash scallops and love them, you can go grab a second plate. If you try the Calabash shrimp and realize they’re not your thing, you can go grab a plate of something else that you like a little bit more. Do you have people in your group who aren’t really fans of seafood? Most of the Calabash buffets are so huge that they have plenty of non-seafood items on offer, that way everyone has something to choose from. I should also mention that most of the buffets serve bottomless crab legs, so while the ticket price can be on the higher end, you can absolutely get your money’s worth!

Calabash Fried Shrimp in Myrtle Beach

Which are the best Calabash Buffets in Myrtle Beach?

This question doesn’t have an easy answer. Depending on who you talk to, you will almost always get a different answer. The big buffets are all different, serving different food and offering up a different ambiance. Some are a bit nicer while others are more casual. Some focus on the Calabash food specifically while others offer up a wider menu. They are just all different and the “best Calabash buffet in Myrtle Beach” is going to be different for everyone.

With that being said, there are three very popular ones right in Myrtle Beach that tend to hover around the top of the list. Firstly there is Crabby Mike’s, which is located in Surfside Beach right off of highway 17. Crabby Mike’s has a little bit for everyone, with great seafood options, a full-service bar, and a handful of non-seafood options. It is an awesome all-around place, and if you can get a table without an absurd wait time, you should check it out.

Then there is The Original Benjamin’s, which is a lighthouse shaped restaurant offering up an even wider selection of food than Crabby Mike’s but without the bar. At The Original Benjamins, you will find a great buffet area with seafood and non-seafood entrees and side dishes, a full salad bar, a carving station, and a very long buffet stocked specifically with Calabash-style fried seafood. If you’re looking for the buffet with the widest offering, this one may be the best option for you.

Finally, there is Captain Benjamin’s, not to be confused with The Original Benjamin’s. Captain Benjamin’s is just like the other two options on this list. They have a great food offering in the buffet, a standard menu that you can order off of if you’re not looking to eat your body weight in seafood, and a full bar so that you can complement your hush puppies with a little beer. No matter which Calabash buffet you choose – whether it is on this brief list or not – you’re going to be in for a treat. For more places to eat or other information for your Myrtle Beach trip, check out this post.

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