Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Murrells Inlet, SCAfter living in Austin, Albuquerque, Virginia, Perth, & Houston, I’ve found Murrells Inlet, SC. A mix of my past locations. Between the entertainment, exceptional food, climate, clean beaches that can be enjoyed year round without layers of clothes and proximity to Charleston, SC, I believe that I’ve found MY CITY. It is about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach. The population here combines people from the south with northerners who have had enough o f traffic and cold weather. It is interesting and obvious that the people from the northeast that move here make a real effort to gear down to a more relaxing lifestyle. It seems to take some time, but, once they’re here for a few months, they become a part of that relaxed, less stressed base of the community. In fact that characteristic exudes from them. Courteous drivers are the norm.Being near the coast, it is humid in July & August, but it isn’t quite as humid as Austin in the hill country, where we moved from after 12 years. Austin is one of the best places to live for most people. But, it has become a congested little Houston. A distinct contrast to where I live now. The Myrtle Beach area is also growing, especially on the north side. The new Market Commons, a self sustaining community, just opened on the south side. Murrells Inlet, south of Myrtle Beach is also developing, but, due to the geographic layout, will reach its limits without becoming over populated. We’re s ituated between the ocean and the Waccamaw River which is part of the inter coastal waterway. Just minutes away, Myrtle Beach provides unlimited family activities; the first Hard Rock Theme Park opened this year. There are theaters, factory outlet centers, entertainment venues such as The House of Blues, and water parks, but the main family activities are still the beaches and businesses close by. You can launch a huge boat in the inlet into the ocean,or go up small creeks off the Waccamaw into wildlife filled cypress marshes that haven’t changed in hundreds of years, in a small john boat. There are waterfront restaurants on the ocean and fresh water sides of the village. And, they are excellent. Murrells Inlet’s moniker is “The Seafood Capital of South Carolina”. Fresh seafood in brought in daily. Medical facilities are top notch and plentiful. I paid 00 a year for taxes on my 300k house in Austin but pay 00 here for my house of the same price. There is a state income tax, b ut it is negligible and doesn’t make a dent in the difference. Pawleys Island, seven miles to the south of Murrells Inlet is the oldest vacation resort on the east coast. Quaint boutiques and specialty shops abound. The original hammock shop still exists. Many people that live here began visiting during their vacation and decided to make their dreams into realities instead of just hoping to live here one day. After being here nearly two years I’m extremely glad that I decided to just “do it”! Come see for yourself. We’ll be glad to have you! Brick Graham

Sent by Brick from Murrells Inlet, SC

6 Responses to “Beachin”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for posting information about Murrells Inlet on Who’s your City. I’ve lived in many places from Michigan, to Florida, Houston and now Austin, and I’m still looking for that perfect place … with a BEACH! Austin’s been great for raising kids but I plan to check out your city when I’m in SC for work next month. It sounds like a great place.

  2. Brick Says:

    For some reason, the amount of tax that I paid in Austin, 8000 per year was edited out of my original text. I pay 1400 here. You’ll love this place! When you’re close by contact me and I’ll refer you to some great places. BrickG1@gmail.com

  3. Brick Says:

    I’m at myspace.com/coastalsoul

  4. Quinn Says:

    Thanks for posting that information. I spent a long visit in Austin and although it was nice, it did remind me in some ways of a smaller Houston. Any areas in or around Murrells Inlet, SC that have bars hosting Alternative Music Bands and Independent Coffee Shops? Those are things I look for in a city along with an eclectic mix of people, so I don’t stand out in a crowd. :)

  5. Brick Grham Says:

    Well, our property taxes ended up being a little over $800 this year! One tenth of the ones in Austin! Still loving it here!!!

  6. Wendy Hermance Says:

    A few cons to Murrells Inlet and Charleston: Homeowners insurance is high and getting higher, the public schools are not good, and if you are a single woman or are politically progressive you won’t find this area ideal. The state was just listed as an endangered natural habitat and then we have our politicians; Mark Sanford, Andre Bauer, Joe Wilson, Wallace Scarborough, etc. I’ve been a Realtor here since 1993 – but I’m very forthright and honest!

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