Located in unincorporated Horry County around the junction of Highways 544 and 707, Socastee lies along the Intracoastal Waterway and abuts the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.
Once a bedroom community for soldiers stationed at the base, Socastee has forged its own identity since the closing of the base in 1994 and developed into a residential and commercial center.
Large single-family neighborhoods and multi-family complexes make up most of Socasteeís housing market, and the expansion of Highway 31 to Highway 544 (and future plans to extend the thoroughfare to Highway 707) have sparked development in more rural areas.
Waterfront homes on the Intracoastal Waterway with private docks are in high demand for boaters looking for the least expensive real estate on the water.
The Horry County Police and Fire & Rescue cover the area, but there is no city government in place despite recent talks of incorporation.
Socastee has its own elementary, middle and high schools through Horry County Schools, as well as parks and recreation facilities, a library and other amenities.
Current construction will give residents a straight shot across Highway 17 Bypass to Market Common and the beach.
About the area
- Population: 19,952
- Average Home Price: $154,400 (includes single-family homes and condo units)
- Government info: Horry County Government, 1301 2nd Ave., Conway, SC, 29528, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
- Contact: (843) 915-5020 or www.horrycounty.org
- Schools: Lakewood Elementary (Excellent), Seaside Elementary (Excellent), Socastee Elementary (Excellent), Forestbrook Elementary (Excellent), Forestbrook Middle (Excellent), Socastee High (Excellent)
Taking a closer look at one of the most popular communities in the Myrtle Beach area:
Riverbend, as the name suggests, is situated on a stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway where a dogleg turns the riverís inland course back out toward the sea.
Located across from Enterprise Landing near the juncture of the Intracoastal Waterway and Waccamaw River, residents with boats have lots of opportunities to launch and beat the traffic to travel up and down the Grand Strand.
Three- and four-bedroom homes of varying styles make up this HOA-operated subdivision, and most lots are less than 1 acre.