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Get to Know the Grand Strand: Murrells Inlet, SC

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Get to Know the Grand Strand: Murrells Inlet, SC

There is no better place to call home than the Grand Strand. The weather is mild and pleasant year-round, entertainment abounds, and the cost of living is phenomenal. In the past year alone, the Myrtle Beach area grown by 3.8%, with more than 1,400 people relocating every month.

With so many people flocking to the area, there are probably some of you out there who are still trying to figure out the lay of the land. At Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living we want everyone to feel completely at home in this community. That’s why BHGRE Elliott Coastal Living is here to offer a local’s insight into the neighborhoods and townships that make up the Grand Strand.

This week, we will be looking at the vibrant coastal community of Murrells Inlet, SC.

History

Situated just a short drive south of Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet is one of the oldest coastal communities in South Carolina. The area was first settled by the people of the Waccamaw tribe several thousand years before the first European settlers arrived on the inlet. The Waccamaw called the area Wachesaw or “Place of Great Weeping”, a reference to the various shell burial mounds found throughout the area.

The name “Murrells Inlet” first appeared on maps during the late 18th-early 19th centuries, a reference to the large swaths of land owned by captain John Morrall. Although small, Murrells Inlet became a booming port for shipping rice and indigo to Great Britain, and later, turpentine, cotton and peanuts to ports in the North. During the golden age of piracy, Murrells Inlet became a favorite haunt for many infamous buccaneers, including Blackbeard and Stede Bonnett.

After the Civil War, the area’s roll as a shipping port and thriving economic hub diminished greatly. Many of the areas once glorious plantation homes fell into ruin during the turbulent Reconstruction period. It wasn’t until a widely publicized hunting trip by President Grover Cleveland that the area saw a resurgence as a vacation destination and second home. Many wealthy northern business owners purchased the ruined plantation homes at a bargain and restored the homes to their former glory. Today many of the plantation homes in the Murrells Inlet Historic District are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Attractions

Today, Murrells Inlet is one of the most popular tourist towns in South Carolina. The area’s abundant waterfront restaurants and fishing flotillas has earned Murrells Inlet the reputation of “South Carolina’s Seafood Capital”.  By far, the area’s most popular attraction are the various water sports options. Kayaking, jet skiing and deep-sea fishing are all popular Murrells Inlet pass times. Golfers will adore playing on the inlet’s various championship golf courses, including Blackmoor Golf Club, International Club, TPC Myrtle Beach,  

Nestled in the heart of this winsome fishing village, you’ll find the always popular Inlet Marsh Walk. The Marsh Walk is a half-mile wooden boardwalk along a natural saltwater estuary. The boardwalk boasts a spectacular array of waterfront restaurants, boutique shops. Savory Lowcountry cuisine is bountiful here, including fresh seafood, juicy steaks, and a range of mouthwatering delicacies prepared by an endless assortment of award-winning chefs.

Just a short drive away from the Marsh Walk sits the pristine Brookgreen Gardens. A once popular hunting lodge for America’s rich and famous, the verdant gardens boast menagerie of gorgeous wildflowers and wildlife. Across the street from the verdant gardens sits the beautiful Huntington Beach State Park.

Real Estate

If you are looking to relocate to Murrells Inlet, turn to the local real estate professionals at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living. For more than 60 years, the friendly staff and real estate professionals at BHGRE Elliott Coastal Living have helped the people of the Grand Strand with all their real estate needs. Visit our website or stop by our office today to explore the incredible homes and condos available for purchase in Murrells Inlet, SC.  

Kyle earned his Masters and Bachelors Degrees from the University of Alabama. A native of the Upstate, Kyle fell in love with the Grand Strand as a child during summer vacations with his family. A passionate writer, reader and world traveler, he can always be found on the beach with his head in the clouds and a book in his hands.

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