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March 31, 2017

North Myrtle Beach Residential Communities

North Myrtle Beach is an up and coming area.  Recent development is changing the landscape rapidly, while at the same time preserving the things that attract people most such as the Crescent Beach, Cherry Grove and the Inlet.  Dredging is underway in Cherry Grove and property values will surely rise substantially once this project is complete.

Communities of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Com

North Myrtle Beach is also home to numerous golf courses such as:  The Dye Club, Fazio, Norman and Love Courses of Barefoot Resort, Azalea Sands, Possum Trot, Tidewater Golf Club and The Surf Golf and Beach Club.  If you're a golfer, you may enjoy viewing homes on Golf Course View page.

If you're trying to decide on a location to purchase a new home or vacation property, below is a list of almost every single community in North Myrtle Beach, SC.  Contact any of our experience Real Estate Team to assist you or for more information.  

North Myrtle Beach Communities and Homes For Sale

 

North Myrtle Beach is a beautiful area that borders the southern tip of the "Grand Strand".  With miles of white, sandy North Myrtle Beach Homes For SaleBeaches and numerous activities, its no wonder its one of the most popular destinations on the east coast.

Ace Realty's office is located in North Myrtle Beach, so when you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact one of our REALTORS.  If you'd like to connect with us on a social level, visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/AceRealtyCo/ or on Google +

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Dec. 26, 2016

Kingston Plantation - Oceanfront & Gated

Kingston Plantation Waterpark

Kingston Plantation – Kingston Plantation is a gated community in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There are a variety of property types available. Luxurious, Oceanfront condos line the Atlantic Ocean. There are also private Villas & Townhouses with wooded and lake views. The amenities are fantastic and include a Waterpark, Ocean Access, Walking Trails, Tennis Courts, Pools, Volleyball Courts and a Fitness Center. Its located within minutes of the Tanger Outlets and shopping centers. View Condos and Villas For Sale in Kingston Plantation by clicking on any of the links below:

Margate Tower | South Hampton | North Hampton | Brighton | Royale Palms | Villas
Kingston Plantation, Margate Tower

Volleyball Court, Kingston Plantation

North Hampton Tower Kingston Plantation

The Lakes in Kingston Plantation

Kingston Plantation Lakes
Dec. 26, 2016

Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Homes

Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Homes For Sale

If you’re searching for the perfect Oceanfront setting, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a fantastic place to find your dream home.  Featuring white, sandy beaches with undisturbed dunes overlooking the deep blue Atlantic Ocean.  In addition to the tranquil setting of the beach, there are so many amazing attractions such as 100’s of restaurants, golf courses and shopping outlets.  There’s also an Oceanfront Boardwalk with lounge areas, music, entertainment & a Skywheel within the heart of Myrtle Beach.

View the latest list of Oceanfront homes for sale in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

You may also enjoy viewing Oceanfront homes for sale in North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach & Pawleys Island.  Contact one of Ace Realty’s Real Estate Experts when you’re ready to find your Dream Home.

Dec. 26, 2016

Tidewater Plantation Homes, Condos & Townhouses

Tidewater Plantation is beautiful, gated, Golf Course & ICW view community. The amenities are incredible and include the following: A Beach Cabana, Pools, Hot Tubs, Tennis Courts, Exercise Facility, Security and Clubhouse with planned activities.Tidewater Plantation, North Myrtle Beach

View All Homes For Sale in Tidewater.  Or, search by specific sections such as:

The Bluffs – This is a separate, gated section with spectacular homes and additional amenities such as: A large pool, Jacuzzi tub, bocce ball court, covered picnic tables and a lakeside deck.  It borders the Cherry Grove Inlet with salt water marshes, amazing views and wildlife.  and, golf course and lakes.  The salt water marshes  amazing views.  The golf course is spread throughout and homes line the course.

Harbor Loft– Residential, elevated HPR homes, some of which border the Intracoastal Waterway.  There is a community boat dock and there are some private docks as well.  These homes feature rooftop sitting areas to take in the amazing views along the waterway and marshes.

South Island–  This luxurious section borders the Intracoastal Waterway and features homes with boat docks.  Some homes have views of the marsh and golf course.

Courtyard Park–  A tucked away, wooded section of Tidewater with modest homes.

TIDEWATER TOWNHOUSES AND VILLAS View All Villas, Condos & Townhomes For Sale:  Tidewater Ridge, Courtyard Park, Clubhouse Villas, Teal Lake Villas, Heron Lake Villas & Lighthouse Point Villas Clubhouse Villas – This section is relatively close to the clubhouse and has view of the golf course, Intracoastal Waterway and marsh.  These building are 3 stories tall and feature 2 and 3 bedroom villas all on one level. Tidewater Ridge –  This section is made up of 3 Bedroom Townhouses.  The Master Suite, Living room, Kitchen, and Screened Porch are all on the first level.  There are four townhouses per building and nine buildings in total.  This section is also relatively close to the Amenity Center. Teal Lake Villas –  These villas have scenic views of the lake and are located close to the golf course and driving range. Heron Lake Villas –  Nestled among the tall pine trees, these villas are located close to the Amenity Center, Tennis and Pool area. Lighthouse Point Villas –  Views of the 9th green of Tidewater golf course and clubhouse.

FEATURED CONDOS FOR SALE IN TIDEWATER PLANTATION

Tidewater Plantation Pool Area

TIDEWATER PLANTATION LAND & LOTS FOR SALE

Tidewater Plantation Land For Sale – There are a variety of lots available in Tidewater. Some have Golf Course, water or marsh views.

 

Dec. 26, 2016

Aberdeen Homes & Condos For Sale

Homes for Sale in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a golf course community located in Longs, South Carolina. Many of the homes have fantastic golf course views . The community features a pool and a clubhouse. The association dues are very reasonable.

There is a separate condominium section called Aberdeen Buck Creek on Tupelo Drive which has 3 and 4 story buildings with condos available on each level. Long term rentals are permitted in Aberdeen.

Contact us for more information or to set up a viewing for any of these properties.

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Dec. 26, 2016

Big Landing Plantation. The Hidden Gem Of Little River, SC

Big Landing Plantation Day Docks

Now this is what you can call a true “Hidden Gem”!  Big Landing Plantation is a magnificent, Gated Community located in Little River, South Carolina. It borders the Intracoastal Waterway and a Tidal Marsh with amazing views and undisturbed woodlands in the background.  Being only minutes from North Myrtle Beach, SC and Calabash, NC, its in a unique and very convenient location for shopping and dining.

The Live Oak At Big Landing Plantation

This tranquil, luxurious community boasts the natural beauty of Live Oak trees which are over 100 years old, a pier with day docks and a pool area with a large clubhouse featuring a full kitchen.
Residents of Big Landing Plantation love their community; thus the limited availability throughout the years.  The breathtaking Marsh Views, Waterway access and unbelievable amenities are coupled with a very low Homeowner’s Association fee, which is attractive in itself!
The Pool Area at Big Landing Plantation
There is now a listing with remarkable features & views available!   Click Here to view the Big Landing Plantation Listing and call us for details!  This is an extremely rare find along the Marsh.
Front View Big Landing
A View From Behind 2278 Big Landing, Dr., Little River SC 29566
Left Side Of The House

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Dec. 26, 2016

Pelican Bay Homes For Sale

Pelican Bay is a gated, Intracoastal Waterway community situated in Little River, SC.  It’s conveniently located close to the Robert Edge Parkway leading into North Myrtle Beach. The North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports complex is only minutes away as well. The lots are large & wooded. Many of the lots are over a 1/2 acre!Pelican Bay Homes For Sale, Little River SC

Most homes in Pelican Bay were constructed by H & H Homes and come with standard features such as Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, High SEER HVAC systems,  Hardy Plank siding, 2' x 6" construction with R-19 Insulation in the Walls.

Pelican Bay Homes, Little River SC

Community Amenities include trash pick up, a boat launch, boat storage area, day docks on the Intracoastal Waterway.  View Homes For Sale In Pelican Bay

Dec. 26, 2016

Interesting Facts About Myrtle Beach Golf Courses!

The Dunes Club Myrtle Beach

Palm Trees, Greens and lovely people. South Carolina: #1 in Golf

Each year thousands of people travel from all over the country to golf on the lovely greens of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. “The Grand Strand” has been named ‘The Seaside Golf Capitol of the World’ with over 100 Championship courses along the small stretch of the East Coast.

What golfers don’t realize is… Each of these greens have a story of their own. Here are some extremely interesting facts about even the most popular of Myrtle Beach Golf Courses:

1) Wicked Stick: If you hit a ball into someones yard, the clubhouse will reimburse the balls lost; and they also offer coffee and tee all the time.

2) Oyster Bay: the only out of bounds on this green is the road on #18. On #17 (an island green) the oyster shells around the green are considered part of the water hazard.

3) Thistle: This is the only course in Myrtle Beach with 12 minute tee times. Most often tee times are seven, eight or nine minutes. Thistle will be opening one of the largest and most technologically sound clubhouse very soon. They also the average the largest greens at about 7,300 square feet.

4) World Tour: The largest green in Myrtle Beach. It is #9 on the Open 9 and a little over 18,000 square feet.

5) Grand Dunes: This is the longest course in Myrtle Beach, from the tips it reached  seven thousand six hundred eighteen yards. Thats longer than the U.S. Open!!

6) Blackmoor: This course has a graveyard on #13 which rests a plantation family and their slaves!

7) Farmstead: This Golf Course is located right on the North Carolina / South Carolina border. 22% of the coarse is in South Carolina and the other 78% is in North Carolina; Therefore when you tee off on #10 you tee from NC into SC. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could hit it into Georgia?!  ????

8) Heritage: This course has 2 graveyards. One is on #8 and rest slaves and on #4 is rested the bodies of settlers who once owned the land.

9) Bald Head Island (North Carolina): This course actually allows no cars (golf carts only). Although this is an island there are deer and other wildlife such as alligators inhabited here. How did they get on an island? During low tide wildlife can move easily from island to island.. this is the only explanation we have. The MOST Amazing fact about Bald Head is how it got it’s name. Bald Head Island got its name from the days of Blackbeard(Yes, the pirate!) You see, when low tide would come around, ships would consistently run aground. Blackbeard knew this happened often and the ships were there for the taking, word spread to “Beware of the Bald Head” as Blackbeard’s men would scalp stranded sailors when the raided the grounded ship; Hence the name, Bald Head Island.

10) Barefoot Resort and Golf: This as well as its sister greens called the “Dye Course” are my personal favorites. This course offers the most reasonable golfing price around for the amenities and service available in Myrtle Beach. Barefoot hosts the annual Hootie and the Blowfish Festival each year after Monday after the Masters. In addition to these amazing accomplishments, Barefoot was recently chosen for the location of filming “The Big Break”.

WOW! That’s a lot of interesting information. Who knew Golf Courses have such stories to tell?

Golfing is a passion for many and when the Sun goes down.. these greens turn into a miraculous sight of pure unwavering beautyGolfing is a passion for many and when the Sun goes down…   these greens turn into a miraculous sight of pure unwavering  beauty!

Myrtle Beach Golf Course Communities & Homes

South Carolina: #1 in Golf
“Smiling Faces and Beautiful Places”

Dec. 26, 2016

The Home Buying Process - A Step By Step Guide

The Home Buying Process

The Process of Buying a Home

  • A step by step guide through the transaction process for both experienced and first time home buyers.

Buying a home is one of the largest investments most people will make in a lifetime, and we as Realtors are here to assist you through the process with dedication and your best interest at heart. Even if you have previously purchased a home, many laws and regulations have been changed within the Real Estate Industry in recent years. Many people choose to rent instead of purchase simply due to the fear of the home buying process; However, as experienced and educated Realtors it is our personal duty and honor to walk with you step by step through the following process while working on your behalf to make your transaction as smooth as possible:

  1. Contact Us! -Once you have reached out to a Realtor, we have the ability to give you access to many properties listed in the MLS and you will be allowed to save any homes you are interested in. (Upon deciding to purchase you may wish to decide how you chose how to fund the sale. If you wish to finance, speak with your loan officer about obtaining a “Pre Qualification Letter” or ask your Realtor for suggested Lenders and discuss financing options such as VA and FHA loans for eligible properties.)
  2. Look, Look, Look! -Narrow the searches you and your Realtor have gathered to the properties that meet your criteria and your Realtor can schedule showing appointments for you to look at them yourself.
  3. Make an Offer! -If you have found a home that you wish to purchase your Realtor will write and offer to Purchase. At this point there may be negotiations between your Realtor and the Seller’s but once an agreement has been made and all parties have signed you are officially under contract! An “Earnest Money” deposit will be collected and held through closing at which time the funds will be credited towards the purchase price.
  4. Choose an Attorney -In South Carolina both parties are represented separately throughout the transaction to closing. During the process the title to the home will be researched and cleared for your purchase. The attorney will work closely with both your Realtor and Loan Officer (If you choose to finance) If you do not have an attorney, your Realtor may give you a list of Law Offices in your area; Once you have chosen the Realtor will send the ratified contract in to be processed.
  5. Order a Home Inspection! -Although this is not a requirement, it is always advised that Buyers order a Home Inspection within the time allowed per your contract in order to protect themselves. This inspection report will state any faults with the home. South Carolina Law states that any Structural, Plumbing or Electrical defects may allow the Buyer to withdraw from the sale without penalty in the event that said items are deemed unsatisfactory and the Seller neglects to correct said items or agree on a monetary compensation for the required repairs.
  6. Review the Wood Infestation Report (Commonly referred to as a CL100) -This inspection is most often provided by the Seller unless otherwise stated in the purchase agreement. The report will state any concerning moisture levels, wood rot, Active or previously treated termites or any other wood destroying organisms. The CL100 will most likely be ordered by the Closing Attorney within 2 weeks of closing as the report is only valid for 30 days. Any issues stated which would hinder the sale of the property must be treated and/or repaired prior to closing.
  7. Schedule Your Final Walk Through! -All Buyers are given the right to a final walk through inspection with their Realtor prior to closing.
  8. Close! -After all necessary steps have been completed and any loan documents are prepared, your Attorney will schedule a Closing time to review and sign all financial and binding documents. When both parties have signed closing documents the Attorney will record the deed into your name as the Buyer, at which time you are officially a Home Owner!

Ace Realty looks forward to assisting you and is dedicated to providing quality, client level service.  Thank you for visiting our website: www.AceRealtySC.com

Dec. 26, 2016

Tips for Preparing your Home’s Entrance

Home Entrances - Myrtle Beach, Preparing an Entrance

The exterior of a home is what a buyer sees first, so we often hear the term “curb appeal”.  After all, a first impression goes a long way.  So what’s next?

Entrance.  Once a buyer is enticed by the appearance of your home, their next step is to “take the grand tour”.  So what the potential buyer views when first entering is extremely important.  Here’s what Barbara Ballinger, a writer for the National Association of REALTORS had to say on this topic:

“Despite the increased prominence of back doors, mudrooms, and other alternative entryways, most visitors still enter a home through its front door.  Here’s how you can help buyers and sellers set the stage for a gracious point of arrival.

With pressure to justify every square foot of real estate and conserve energy, the larger-than-life front hall is undergoing a metamorphosis.  It’s not disappearing, though—rather, it’s doing its job of welcoming in a more compact, efficient way.

Design experts may use different terms to describe the space beyond a front door—vestibule, hallway, entryway, foyer.  The terms are quite interchangeable with slight variations. A vestibule is generally a small, separate air-lock that stops cold and hot air from entering the rest of the house.  A hallway provides entry but also links spaces and rooms—at the front or anywhere in the home, says design guru Marianne Cusato, author of The Just Right Home (Workman Publishing).  Of course there are dozens of other words you can use to describe this space.  And whether you pronounce the foyer as foy-yay with a French spin or foy-er (rhymes with lawyer) really depends on how grand you or your home owners want the space to sound.

Whatever you call it, it’s important to understand the potential impact the entrance to a home can have on a visitor’s first impressions, says Stephanie Mallios, e-PRO, salesperson with Towne Realty in Short Hill, N.J. “If there are too many shoes and coats strewn about and no place to put keys or gloves, many buyers will have a tough time imagining how they’ll live there,” she says.

Study these eight design details to help your clients create a welcoming space that does its job well, both aesthetically and functionally—no matter what it’s called.

Size, Scale, Sequence.  Due to energy-efficiency concerns,an entry with a soaring ceiling and sweeping staircase is far less popular than it once was.  Still, a modest entryway as small as 4 feet to 5 View straight through from Foyerfeet wide can convey a proper sense of arrival, says Cusato.  More important than size is the scale (the space should be in proportion with the rest of the house) and the sequence (the rest of the home should flow out in a logical way), says architect Duo Dickinson, author of Staying Put (Taunton Press).  Upon entering, people should be able to see other spaces and rooms and know where to go next, says architect Julie Hacker of Cohen-Hacker Architects in Evanston, Ill.  In the best layouts, there may even be a view straight through to a backyard.

Height. The number of levels or floors in the structure often determines this factor, though even two- and three-story homes are moving away from entries with soaring ceilings.  The location of a stairway will hinge in part on square footage and what role an architect or builder wants the stairs to play.  In smaller homes, it’s often part of the foyer but off to the side, and goes straight up—being purely functional.  In larger homes, the staircase might occupy its own separate hall and curve gracefully to a landing, past a window or window bank, and up to the next level.  To carpet or not is a personal preference, though bare treads can be noisy; a good compromise is a runner covering painted or hardwood treads.

Millwork. To fashion a gracious entry, most design pros recommend a door that is at least three feetEntrance Of Home wide and 72 inches tall.  The trend of pricey double doors is disappearing, according to Chicago-area builder Orren Pickell.  Whether a door includes a glazed transom or sidelights should depend on how home owners feel about privacy and bringing natural light into the interior.  The size of the glazing should be proportional to the door’s width and height.  For baseboard and crown molding, simplification is the overriding trend, which keeps fussiness and costs down, except for the most traditional houses, says Cusato.  Wainscoting is another way to add visual detail. Columns are helpful to screen off adjoining rooms without completely walling them off.  Hacker uses two columns with space for books cut out on the back side of each on the living room side to separate areas in her home.

Lighting.  Good lighting is essential for safety, but it also sets a welcoming mood.  A chandelier or large pendant is the obvious choice, while ceiling cans or sconces also work well.  Whatever fixture home owners prefer, advise them to install dimmers.  Not only will this allow them to save energy, but options for differing lighting intensity and color can also help set a dramatic mood for a party, a bright feel for an open house, and a low-light one for romance.

Flooring.  A visually rich, substantial looking floor will reward visitors, says Dickinson. But due to the wear and tear common for front entryways, it should also be practical. Slate, stone, and porcelain meet that criteria, though they can be cold on bare feet in winter.   Avoid soft woods that may dent and scratch; don’t use carpeting since it will become too dirty with traffic; and avoid vinyl unless it’s one of the more expensive, newer-looking versions.  Home owners may wish to set off the area in a different material than adjacent rooms and hallways.  But choosing one common material for several rooms produces a feeling of continuous flow and makes smaller rooms appear larger.

Furnishings.  Depending on the entry’s size, home owners might consider adding a table to place mail, gloves, hats, and keys.  Also, a mat or rug to wipe off feet and a chair or bench to put on and take off footwear can be helpful for maintaining tidiness.  Finally, a mirror to check one’s appearance before heading out the door—or joining a group when entering—can be a welcome sight.

Wallpaper vs. Paint. This choice is highly personal.  If home owners love color, they should go for the paintbrush, with the knowledge that darker palettes can add drama and romance.  Of course, not all future buyers will have the same taste, but repainting is an easy home repair in smaller areas.  If your clients are into patterns, the same rule applies, though today many wallpapers are quite easy to hang and remove.  The key is for surfaces to appear clean and not look dated, which may mean banishing that old-school floral style.

Bells and Whistles.  A coat closet is a nice extra, as is a powder room, though newer construction may feature such conveniences at the back of a domicile where they’ll be used most frequently.  An umbrella stand can hold a variety of other items—canes, tennis racquets—neatly, and niches or shelves can display collectibles.  A doorknocker outside, even if rarely used, is a classy touch akin to wearing one great piece of statement jewelry.  It can really give the front door a Downtown Abbey feel.

If your buyers and sellers take away just one lesson from you, it should be that a well-planned front entrance—no matter the name, size, or style—will add value to their home. “

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