Un-Retire In Charleston!

Posted by Scott Campbell on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 7:40am.

If you dream of relaxing in your lounger with remote control in hand... If your idea of a great time is going to the coffee shop and talking with other seniors about your ailments…That’s for folks who want to retire to Florida or Arizona.

If you dream of action packed days doing all the things you always wanted to do more of in a small city that delivers on the dream – you need to check out Charleston. I call it “un-retirement”. Sure leave the big city hassles and especially the stress of a job behind and rest for a few weeks…then dive into days packed with the activities you love.

Get out on the water angling for big fish at dawn in Charleston harbor. Share pictures of your catch with your golf buddies on the back nine in the afternoon. Show off your backhand at doubles tennis at the Family Circle Tennis Center. In the evening dazzle everyone with awesome barbeque skills on the deck of your fabulous waterfront home. Life in Charleston is refreshing and pure fun – greatly enhanced by the wonderfully friendly people here.  

Who wouldn’t want to spend the rest of their life here? Charleston was recently voted #1 by Conde Nast Travelers, ranked on qualities like ambiance, atmosphere, restaurants and lodging. We even beat out San Francisco. The overriding factor in selecting Charleston was the welcoming, polite, friendly people.

Does Charleston have a lot of retirement oriented communities? Heck no! Who wants to retire with a bunch of us old folks? Charleston has a wonderful mix of all demographics. Daniel Island is one of our favorites with young starter families, plenty of middle aged families and a good representation of retired families mixed together. Living around young families seems to keep an energy in the air that is inspiring to all ages. Not your idea of retirement…I understand and off to Florida you go… Otherwise check out Daniel Island, I’ON, Isle of Palms and many others we are happy to show you.

The options to fill your days are many – there are many pristine beaches no more than twenty minutes away, charming historic southern architecture to enjoy, cobble stone streets to explore in historic Charleston, theater (The Dock Street Theater opened in 1736 - seriously), plantations to check out, and enchanting horse-drawn carriages with great tour guides with stories that make you laugh until it hurts. At the end of the day throw your shopping bags in the car and walk to one of the many award-winning restaurants frequently featured in the national news.

 No wonder people love to visit Charleston. But can you imagine the joy of living  here every day? You bet! This 90 second video produced by the Charlton Visitor’s Bureau is a must to enjoy a peek into our unusual culture –  


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