10 Reasons to Retire in Summerville, SC

For those seeking a vibrant lifestyle rich in amenities during their retirement years, check out Summerville, South Carolina. Rich in southern hospitality, this town in the heart of the Lowcountry is known as the birthplace of sweet tea and nicknamed “Flowertown.” Summerville is located outside Charleston, but with the ample world-class dining, arts and culture, and outdoor recreation within reach, why leave? Learn why retiring to an over 55 community in Summerville, South Carolina is perfect for you.


1. Beautiful Year-round Weather

Enjoy Summerville's mild weather all year round. The seasonal highs range between 59 and 91F, enabling an active lifestyle throughout the seasons. Snow isn't something residents worry about, as it rarely happens. Summerville’s temperate climate and regular rainfall supports the area’s gardening culture. Admire brilliant azalea blooms during Summerville’s Flowertown Festival.


2. Summerville's Thriving Dining Scene

Taste some of the best in classic Lowcountry fare in Summerville. In Nexton, try local favorites, like the from-scratch Poogan's Southern Kitchen and the Travel Channel-featured Page's Okra Grill. More classic South Carolinian fare is found across Summerville, such as at 2019 Journal Scene Reader's Choice winner Lowcountry Fish Camp and BBQ from local chain Swig & Swine.


One place you can’t miss is Hall’s Chophouse in Nexton. This family-owned and operated fine dining institution is an iconic venue in the Charleston area. Its prime steaks are hand-selected and meticulously aged. Hall’s also serves fresh seafood and authentic Lowcountry fare with a five-star touch.


All across Summerville and Nexton await restaurants inspired by every region, like Madra Rua Irish Pub, SOL Southwest Kitchen, and Carolina Ale House.


Ample tasting opportunities also await you. Taste spirits at Firefly Distillery, Charleston’s oldest working distillery. Their selection includes vodka, rum, moonshine and specialties like Sweet Tea Whiskey. Over at Deep Water Vineyard, embrace the terroir of the south’s native muscadine grape with 100% South Carolinian vintages available. If craft beer is more your style, the Oak Road Brewery is Summerville’s local destination.



3. Breathtaking Islands and Beaches

Do you love watching sunrises over the water, the thrill of the catch, or the sound of water rippling off a paddle? Summerville is the place to be. You are never far away from the water in the Summerville area, with Lake Moultrie in your backyard and the beaches of Charleston a short excursion.  


Sullivan Island is the place for postcard-perfect day trips and long weekends. Try your luck surf fishing from its shores, or tour one of the oldest still-standing forts along the eastern seaboard.


The contemporary Sullivan's Island Lighthouse stands guard over Breach Inlet. Here, the waters ebb in and out of the tidal marshes, making it a popular fishing spot. Fun fact: its Thompson Park was the site of a historic Revolutionary War battle.  


Across the inlet awaits the Isle of Palms, a premier vacation destination ranked sixth among the Top 10 North American Islands by Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards. Pristine water, world-class resorts, golf courses, and seaside dining complement the six miles of classic white beaches.



4. Holistic Healthcare

No need to travel far for excellent healthcare. In Nexton, a range of professional medical services are available minutes away, with even more facilities available in the greater Summerville area. A sampling:

  • Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital is a full-service hospital with inpatient and outpatient healthcare services.
  • The nearby Summerville Medical Center is part of the Trident Health System, with a 24-hour emergency room and acute care services.
  • MUSC Health is building a Community Hospital at Nexton Health to further meet its patient needs.


In short, it’s easy to find providers to keep your whole body healthy throughout retirement.



5. Superb Location for Day Trips

When you want to take a short vacation or to explore some new sights, Summerville places you a short drive from some of the South's most iconic destinations. For example, the numerous golfing resorts of Hilton Head Island are about a 1 1/2 hours' drive away.


If culture is more your interest, take a trip to downtown Charleston. Walk its historic market, book a carriage ride or a walking tour, or spend the day along its waterfront park. Charleston's ample historic attractions and dining opportunities guarantee a memorable trip. Another option is to venture slightly further to Savannah and its historic setting, located about 1 1/2 to two hours away.


In nearby Columbia, fill the day with an assortment of activities. Tour the University of South Carolina or the various galleries of the Columbia Museum of Art. Take the whole family to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. For retail therapy, check out the Market Place in Chapin. Rent a boat and explore the shorelines of Lake Murray.


6. Plentiful Opportunities for Golfers

If you enjoy hitting the links, Summerville is your place for year-round play. Six public and private golf courses await you in town, with another 13 courses a short drive from the city. Of course, you're also a day trip to some of the South's best golfing destinations.



7. Arts and culture

Experience the museums, performing arts, and other cultural events that make Southern living so dynamic. Our balmy weather allows for festivals throughout the year. Two of the largest are the Spoleto Festival USA, a performing arts festival, and the Charleston Food and Wine Festival.


The local festivals highlight the unique character and charm of southern living. Each spring, thousands visit Azalea Park and Summerville’s Flowertown Festival to wander its 12-acre oasis and Sculpture in the South installation at the height of breathtaking blooms.


Naturally, the birthplace of sweet tea also has a Sweet Tea Festival, typically held in September. To learn the history of the south’s iconic beverage, explore Summerville’s Sweet Tea Trail, a great way to shop and sip your way across town.


Enjoy more southern charm at the Saturday Farmer’s Markets. On the Third Thursday of each month, enjoy a street fair and extended businesses hours in historic downtown. Entertainment has included local bands, regional author book signings, and car shows. The yearly holiday celebrations brighten the heart of town with an ice rink, holiday parades, and tree lightings.


Nearby Charleston is home to the Dock Street Theater, America's first public theater. Its performing arts legacy is alive in the thriving community theaters. Catch a Summerville Orchestra performance, a traveling Broadway show, or improv comedy at any of the regional performance venues.


8. Active Adult Community of Del Webb Nexton

Enjoy a thriving, active lifestyle in the 55+ adult community of Del Webb Nexton. A full-time lifestyle director leads a packed calendar that keeps you entertained every single day. Nexton features numerous amenities such as abundant green spaces and parks, 50 miles of walking trails, barbecue grills, pickleball and bocce ball courts, and more. The extensive Nexton programs include clubs and activities, water aerobics classes, planned social events, and organized workshops. You'll appreciate a thriving retirement community committed to living life to its fullest.


9. Summerville Offers Safety

Summerville and Nexton are among the safest cities in South Carolina, with a total crime rate of 36 incidents per 1,000 people. In addition, Del Webb Nexton is a gated community, providing you peace-of-mind through extra security.


10. Summerville's Low Cost of Living

Compared to its northern neighbors, Summerville's enriching lifestyle won't dig deep into your retirement savings. Our property taxes are lower, and so is our housing cost. You can gain more value for the same amount by living in Summerville. The area also has a lower cost of living than some of its more populated neighbors, like Savannah and Hilton Head.


Active Adult Community of Nexton

If you're considering South Carolina or Charleston for your retirement, visit Del Webb Nexton. Summerville's best over 55 community is designed to make the most out of your active lifestyle. Not only will you have access to ample amenities, but you'll enjoy the cultural and lifestyle attractions of Summerville and the surrounding area.



Contributed to The 55+ Society by Casey McKenna-Monroe

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Published  5.23.21 

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